✭Jeff Scroggins & Colorado – USA✭
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado comes to us as a high-energy bluegrass band that features the National banjo champion, Jeff Scroggins. The band also includes Jeff's son, Tristan Scroggins, who is an award-winning mandolin player and accomplished songwriter. Tristan and Jeff’s original instrumentals play a large role in the band’s unique and energetic sound. Lead vocalist Greg Blake is also an award-winning guitarist. Accomplished fiddler Ellie Hakanson also provides vocals, and another award-winning musician, Mark Schatz, on bass.
✭The Blue Ridge Broadcasters – USA✭
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 traditional band and fiddle contests.
✭Bryant & Brown – USA✭
This quartet 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 of playing traditional music.
✭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. The Pipis bring a love of the genre and a desire to share that love with as many people as possible. The Pipis feature Jenine Abarbanel on double bass and vocals, and Nat Torkington, New Zealand's best 5-string Scruggs-style banjo player. They are supported by Barry Torkington on guitar and Garry Bigwood on mandolin.
Rhodeworks is an award-winning bluegrass/folk band presenting traditional and well-loved bluegrass songs alongside their original material. Laurence (17), Sam (15) and Nate (12) are largely self-taught multi-instrumentalists and vocalists who have performed at major festivals throughout NZ and Australia. In 2017 they were recipients of the Frank Winter award (NZ) 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.