✭Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – USA✭
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” that features the amazing banjo playing of Jeff Scroggins. Jeff’s fiery style and lightning fast licks have earned him many fans worldwide, and have left many a first time listener in stunned disbelief! It also features the award winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son Tristan Scroggins. Tristan is also an accomplished songwriter, and his and Jeff’s original instrumentals play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic sound. The band also features incredible bluegrass vocals, led by the powerful voice of front man Greg Blake. Greg has twice been nominated for SPBGMA’s “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award and his phenomenal bluegrass guitar playing has earned him 9 nominations and an amazing 5 consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year! Rounding out the band with harmony vocals on fiddle is Portland, OR native, Ellie Hakanson and award winning musician on multiple instruments, Isaac Callender, playing the bass.
✭The Blue Ridge Broadcasters – USA✭
Comprised of some of the most inspiring, innovative, and engaging young musicians on the old-time scene, the Blue Ridge Broadcasters perform a mix of driving fiddle tunes and traditional songs. The members of the Broadcasters have been working together for over a decade, teaching, recording, performing, and competing. They have appeared together at The Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop, West Virginia, winning multiple first place prizes in the traditional band and fiddle contests.
Building on their deep reverence for Appalachian old-time music to create compellingly new sounds. They can crank out blistering fiddle tunes made to move dancers or draw out the mystery from a crooked, haunting melody. They can tease out the funkiness from a country blues. They can blend their voices into sweet harmonies, breathing new life into old songs.
✭Bryant & Brown – USA✭
This extraordinary foursome presents old-time music traditions of North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia and other southern U.S. states with depth and expertise reflecting long experience. Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Mike Bryant, and Marcia Bryant carry on the traditions they learned directly from the late masters such as Tommy Jarrell, Benton Flippen, Paul Sutphin, Luther Davis, and many others over their 40+ years playing traditional music. These two couples, who love to make music together, bring you the real old-time music sound with an easy, down home friendliness in every performance.
✭Cameron de Whitt - (USA)✭✭
Cameron DeWhitt is a clawhammer banjoist and Old Time musician living in Philadelphia. He hosts the weekly podcast Get Up in the Cool, which features conversations and musical collaborations with some of Old Time's heaviest hitters, like Ken Perlman, Adam Hurt, Spencer & Rains, and Jake Blount. Joining him are Gareth Bjaaland of The Pitts Family Circus and Nara Demasson of Demasson Musical Instruments.
✭Pipi Pickers (NZ)✭
The Pipis play a blend of contemporary and traditional hard driving bluegrass with solid instrumental chops and an engaging performance style that puts a smile on everyone’s face and infuses even the most dreadful of murder ballads with a sense of joy and energy. The Pipis bring a love of the genre and a desire to share that love with as many people as possible. Nat Torkington is New Zealand’s best 5-string Scruggs-style banjo player, and is ably supported by his father Barry on guitar, Garry Bigwood on mandolin, and wife Jenine Abarbanel on double bass and vocals.
Rhodeworks are an award-winning bluegrass folk band who play fast paced, high energy folk music, presenting a set of traditional and well-loved bluegrass alongside their original material. Laurence (17), Sam (15) and Nate (12) are largely self-taught multi-instrumentalists and vocalists who have performed at festivals throughout NZ and Australia. Including, MountainGrass, Auckand Folk Festival, WellyFest, HamsterFest, Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival, and Aongatete. In 2017 they were recipients of the Frank Winter award for their Outstanding Musical and Vocal talents.
Australia's premier bluegrass band, Bluegrass Parkway hold true to the origins of this exciting musical genre, capturing the magic of the golden years of bluegrass. Bluegrass Parkway remains faithful to the 1940s by playing to a single microphone and incorporating strong three and four part harmonies. Whether it be the traditional sounds of Monroe and the Stanley Brothers or material closer to the 'cutting edge', Bluegrass Parkway will thrill you with great picking, strong harmonies and fancy footwork!
✭Appalachian Heaven Stringband ✭
The Appalachian Heaven Stringband is well known for its tight, driving arrangements of Americana tunes and old time songs from the southern Appalachian USA mountains. The best old-time/Americana band in Australia right now; with their trademark three part harmony, chunky, yet mesmeric guitar, fiery fiddle, haunting cello, and driving clawhammer banjo, the Appalachian Heaven Stringband engages with audiences of all ages. Fun, enthusiastic and talented, an upbeat entertaining show that everyone will enjoy.