2016 Headline Acts

10 String Symphony

[span size="5"] [/span][span size="6"] Nashville duo 10 String Symphony began as a partnership of mutual admiration­­ a much needed creative release valve for Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5­string fiddle players and veteran sidemen of Nashville’s music scene. Rachel, a former Illinois state fiddle champion in the old time tradition, needed an outlet for the new sort of songs she was writing, while Christian, originally a classically trained violinist, now a current touring member of the Jerry Douglas Band, was looking to get in touch the impetuous spirit of the rock bands he played in before his arrival in Nashville. With the love of the 5­string fiddle and its musical possibilities as its focal point, the band’s mission statement was as clear as it was expansive: Two fiddles. Two Voices. Epic music.[/span]


One Up, Two Down

[span size="5"]One Up Two Down [/span][span size="6"]One Up, Two Down hail from three countries joined by the Pacific Ocean. Fiddler George Jackson and guitarist Daniel Watkins, from New Zealand and Australia respectively, are back to back winners of the Australian Bluegrass Scholarship ('12, '13) and veteran touring musicians in the Australian bluegrass scene. Together with North Carolinian old time multi-instrumentalist and Yale School of Music trained (MM '13) double bassist Andrew Small, they bring together raw old-time groove, bluegrass dexterity, and folk storytelling. The music showcases a deep knowledge and respect for tradition while simultaneously establishing these musicians as boundary pushing musical explorers. No barrier is too great to stand between musicians with a powerful musical connection and One Up, Two Down is a perfect example of music bringing people together. They have recently released their debut EP, recorded in Nashville, TN.[/span]

Cool Grass

[span size="5"]Cool Grass Band Image [/span][span size="6"]Coolgrass win and delight audiences with their hilarious take on bluegrass, and are favourites throughout Australia and New Zealand. They have been featured at Australia’s National Folk Festival, the Auckland Folk Festival, Port Fairy, the Harrietville Bluegrass Convention, the Redlands Bluegrass Festival, the Fairbridge Folk Festival, the Tamworth Music Festival and many more, plus many folk clubs, wineries, town halls, arts councils, pubs and so forth across Australia and New Zealand. They have recorded 4 CDs – Toad Rage (2004), Jaguar Breakdown (2006), Never Put The Banjo Down (2009) and Most Peculiar (2012). [/span]

Pipi Pickers

[span size="5"]Daniel-and-Kelly-433-1024x682 [/span][span size="6"] When you just need that sweet Bluegrass sound, the Pipis won’t disappoint. Heavily influenced by New Grass Revival and Tim O’Brien, the four piece bluegrass band. The Pipis rejoice in laying down their energetic, contemporary, “full-bodied” style of bluegrass. Hailing from the seaside village of Leigh in New Zealand, they have played the main stage at the Auckland Folk Festival, Wellington Folk Festival, Warkworth Kowhai Festival, Harrietville Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Convention the Great Alpine Pick, and MountainGrass, all in Harrietville, Victoria, Australia, and the Redlands Bluegrass Festival in Queensland, Australia.  They’re a regular feature at the Bunker in Devonport, playing for both the Folk and Bluegrass clubs. The Pipis are Barry Torkington on guitar, Garry Bigwood on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Nat Torkington on 5 string banjo, and Jenine Abarbanel on double bass and vocals.  Jenine’s strong leading vocals have been compared to Natalie Merchant and Gillian Welch.  Nat Torkington is considered one of the best Scruggs-style 5-string banjo pickers in New Zealand, and his licks will blow your mind. .[/span]

Astro Cobalt

[span size="5"] [/span][span size="6"] Take four highly trained musicians, add addiction to bluegrass, a passion for contemporary music, traditional music and all good music generally and what do you get? Astro Cobalt! Coming to you from between the churches of Adelaide, this band are tuned up and ready to roll, Banjo Style! Band members: Jeri Foreman - Fiddle, Paul Cooper - Banjo, Gage Stead - Bass, Doug Loudon - Guitar .[/span]


Haywood Billy Goats

[span size="5"] [/span][span size="6"] An old time string band out of Chatham County, NC, the Haywood Billy Goats have become one of the most respected string bands in theNorth Carolina old time music scene. Their tight, hard-driving sound and repertoire of traditional NC dance music has earned the band top finishes in a number of reputable string band contests throughout the region as well as numerous ribbons for twin fiddling. Members of the group have won blue ribbons at prestigious contests such as the Mt. Airy, Union Grove, and Fiddler’s Grove Festivals as well as a first place finish at the 2015 Australian National Bluegrass Mandolin Championship. In addition to being in demand as a square-dance band across North Carolina, the Haywood Billy Goats have played for dance contests at various festivals throughout the region and have performed with legendary NC dance ensemble, the Green Grass Cloggers. Holding great appreciation for older-generation musicians in the traditional music community,the Billy Goats have spent considerable time playing with and learning from many respected old time musicians from the Round Peak and Piedmont regions of North Carolina. Members of the Billy Goats have also performed with Sierra Hull, Ricky Skaggs, Jim Lauderdale, Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass, and Mandolin Orange. [/span]

Nine Mile Creek

[span size="5"]Nine Mile Creek Band Image [/span][span size="6"]Nine Mile Creek is a Bluegrass band playing traditional and original Bluegrass, Swing and Americana. Long time fans of the bluegrass genre and those appreciating the joys of good acoustic music are enthusiastically discovering Nine Mile Creek's fresh approach. Full-on up tempo rhythms underpinned by Andrew's bass and Kevin's guitar are a feature of the band's sound. This provides a platform from where Colin's banjo brings traditional bluegrass tunes to life, all nicely rounded out by Mark's mandolin playing. Lead vocal duties are shared, and two, three and four part harmonies make for an exciting, toe-tapping musical experience. Mark Pottenger and Andrew Barcham were keen to continue the experience they'd had playing in previous bands, and with Colin Weight on banjo formed a trio that performed at the Kelly Country Pick in 2012. Kevin Parsell completed the line up and Nine Mile Creek was born. The band is building a strong repertoire and is a regular contributor to the Mountain Pickers Association's monthly night at Burrinja Café in Upwey. In 2013 they performed at the Great Alpine Pick in Harrietville, closely followed by a support slot for New Zealand band The Pipi Pickers. They also perform at non-Bluegrass events, introducing the joys of Bluegrass music to enthused audiences. Expect Nine Mile Creek to become regular performers at Bluegrass and other music festivals and events, as they entertain audiences with their special blend of hi-octane traditional and original material. [/span]