The 52nd National Folk Festival is on its way with the announcement of our 6-Pack Taster, a little tease of things to come. Heading to our shores all the way from the UK to performer exclusively for Festival goers are Faustus and Belshazzar’s Feast.
Described by The Guardian as “one of Britain’s outstanding folk bands” Faustus is Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose. Members of this 'bloke folk' triumvirate of prodigiously talented multi- instrumentalists have also performed in other leading acts including Bellowhead, the Seth Lakeman Band, Waterson:Carthy and Whapweazel. Their three albums and dynamic shows have earned them widespread acclaim as the leading lights of their generation.
Belshazzar’s Feast (Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin) play breathtakingly beautiful and wickedly inventive tunes on oboe, accordion and violin, many of which incorporate slapstick comedy with outstanding musicianship.
For the very first time at NFF and, from our featured State of Victoria is Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission. Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas, will be joined by Squeezebox Wally on piano accordion and a rotating lineup of talented performers to keep the party alive with Mick's unique mix of folk, roots and country.
Frumious, representing our second featured state of Tasmania is a high-energy quintet from Hobart. Borrowing from many styles and cultures, their music is an infectiously upbeat fusion of folk and gypsy jazz with a fresh, contemporary and original sound.
Making up the final third of our 2018 artist 6-pack are two Festival favourites. Guitarist-singer-songwriter Katey Brooks (UK) has a haunting intensity and a "voice to melt glaciers" (Venue Mag). After blowing away three full houses at the 2017 Festival, Katey is packing her guitar and returning to Australia with her new album, We The People.
Another returning Festival favourite is the ‘raucous and manic’ trio from the NSW east coast, 19- Twenty. Featuring Kane Dennelly (vocals and guitars), Syd Green (percussion, drums, dobro) and John Gwilliam on double bass and vocals, 19-Twenty believe in “asking for forgiveness not for permission” and, accordingly, their music is the closest to punk the blues will ever get.