The line up of artists at the 2022 Gathering features acoustic music with emphasis on original songs
Fiona Boyes / Eric Bogle / Nancy Bates / Khristian Mizzi / Greg Champion / Andrew Clermont / Bluegrass Junction / Brushwood Folk Band / Courtney Robb and Snooks La Vie / Kelly Menhennett / The River Pearlers / Marcus Cassells and Azlan Harris / Frans Flissaard / Penny Burke / Corey Theatre / Vetter og Villskap / Stumpy Gully Bush Band
Please be aware that the lineup may change depending on COVID-19 restrictions that may be in place at the time of the event.
Fiona Boyes - Australia’s 1st Lady of the Blues
Fiona Boyes plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles. She has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter. As an Australian artist. Winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, she has toured widely, performing at acoustic, guitar, jazz, and blues festivals, clubs and cultural centers in more than 20 countries.
Eric Bogle is a Scottish folk singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Scotland, he emigrated to Australia at the age of 25, to settle near Adelaide, South Australia. Bogle's songs have covered a variety of topics, and have been performed by many artists. Two of his best known songs are "No Man's Land" and "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", with the latter named one of the APRA Top 30 Australian songs in 2001, as part of the celebrations for the Australasian Performing Right Association's 75th anniversary.
Nancy Bates is a Barkindji Woman, and an accomplished singer-songwriter. She has been under the wings of national treasure Archie Roach for 3 years as a backing vocalist and gutarist for his wonderful songs and music. She tours nationally and internationally as a band member and support act.
In her own right, Nancy is a prolific vocalist and songwriter who caught the attention of Archie Roach and his Manager Jill Shelton in 2014. Archie Roach rates Nancy as one of the finest singer-songwriters in Australia, who deserves to be heard.
Nancy will be holding a song writing workshop on the weekend.
Andrew is an International performer, 3-time winner of the “Bluegrass Guitar Champion” at Tamworth, and Director of the Golden Fiddle Awards. Andrew Clermont is a talented multi-instrumental musician from Bluegrass to Indian, Scandinavian to Old time music.
Andrew has toured Australia and US country music and rubbed shoulders with the cools of jazz and classical.
Andrew was recently inducted into the SA Music Hall of Fame and will be one of the key people on the panel for the Youth Mentoring program.
Khristian Mizzi is a singer songwriter whose poetic lyrics and beautiful voice earnt him a standing ovation at Sandford 2020. Khristian was awarded the 2017 Troubadour Artist of the Year. His songs elegantly articulate many contemporary issues Australia and the World are facing today. His award winning songs have been described as 'captivating', leaving listeners feeling they have experienced something truly special.
He has performed as headline act at various Regional Concert Halls, House Concerts and has performed at numerous Festivals around the country where he continues to captivate capacity audiences.
He will be on the panel for the Youth Mentoring program.
Corey Theatre is one of Australia’s most important emerging Indigenous singer songwriters. Corey is a singular artist whose extraordinary talent is capable of speaking eloquently to our sense of national identity. Through both his work as a leading exponent of Gunditj-Mara language revival and his deeply personal and genuine approach to songwriting Corey’s songs convey a sense of country and place few other songwriters are capable of.
Brushwood Folk Band
The Brushwood Folk Band is a 5–piece band playing traditional Celtic and Folk music. Brushwood Folk Band are an Adelaide-based group comprising of; Joe Cairns Vocals and Bodhran, Brent Miller Bass and Vocals, Kath Kennedy Fiddle and vocals, Mike McGregor Guitar Mandolin vocals, and Doug Campbell Guitar.
The band can be seen playing at festivals and sessions around the country and in their home state of SA. Their music is Celtic / Australian with some contemporary thrown in depending on the audience.
Specialising in toe tapping jigs and reels with some beautiful ballads and old favourites.
Courtney Robb and Snooks La Vie
Adelaide-based Courtney and Snooks are a duo whose performances will leave you wanting more. Courtney is a talented bluesy singer song writer and is ably supported by Snooks with some of the best harmonica playing you will ever hear.
Courtney and Snooks move between the lines of alt-country infused folk and blues. Courtney’s charged vocal delivery demands something of her listener as the imperfections and fragility of her stories reveal themselves. Together with Snooks’ soaring harmonica they create a unique and compelling sound, encompassing a soulful pop sensibility that has seen the duo attract the attention of local and interstate music festivals and music lovers alike.
The River Pearlers
The River Pearlers is a trio group featuring vocals, guitar, double bass and fiddle. Henk Groot (vocals and guitar) was originally from Millicent. They entertain with original, folk and country songs. The River Pearlers are Henk Groot (guitar, vocals), Tony Schick (double bass) and Ashley Turner (fiddle).
Henk began playing guitar at 12. He’s played gospel, cabaret, folk and country and now plays folk banjo, mandolin and fiddle. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Henk’s ambition is to write the quintessential Aussie folk song with the support of his fellow ‘River Pearlers’. Fiddler, Ashley Turner, plays a variety of styles and focuses on ‘Old Timey’ and Western Swing. He collaborates with Henk and other great Australian musicians and songwriters. Tony Schick started playing Celtic music as a guitarist with local bands in the 70s, but over time he developed an affinity with the double bass. In another dimension he also plays double bass with the Adelaide Scottish Fiddle Club and the “In Your Dreams” String Band.
Greg Champion is an Australian songwriter, guitarist, radio personality and athlete.
Champion is most recognised for his work as part of the Coodabeen Champions as a songwriter and guitarist. Greg often appears on the program writing songs about both Aussies rules football and cricket. He is an avid Australian rules football fan, supporting the Adelaide Crows and since the 1980s has penned many tunes on the Australian game. Of these, the most famous is "That's the Thing About Football", which has gone down as a classic Australian rules song, and has been used on Seven Network's Australian Football League coverage.
Stumpy Gully Bush band
Stumpy Gully is a fun band that was formed to support
community events and raise funds for local charities and
community groups. The group plays a mix of bush, folk and
bluegrass often interrupted by spontaneous outbursts of bush
poetry or lively banter.
There's more to come on this talented singer songwriter - stay tuned!
Kelly Menhennett’s distinctive voice quiets the most crowded of bars, honky tonks and street corners in music-loving destinations all around the world. Armed with a shy charm and wry wit, she is a consummate storyteller. With her spellbinding mix of alt-country, blues, and ballads, Kelly will leave every audience craving more
Penny Burke has a very, distinct, unique voice that you could recognise anywhere. Her style is very much rooted in Country Music, although she has branched out into many different genres over the years with the many musicians she has met and learnt from in her travels. She is a little bit, serious, a little bit funny, but ALL about enjoying music and joining in the crowd.
Vetter og villskap
Vetter og villskap features Petter Attila Næssan, Corey Theatre and Ashley Turner
Eclectic and intimate, Vetter og villskap (‘supernatural beings and wildness’) merges ancient stories and Scandi-Folk melodies with new arrangements and Norwegian singer-songwriter tunes. The instrumentals and songs deal with vetter; powerful, mysterious, often malignant beings, how they interact with humans, and how – at times – these forces may be defeated by love, music, and knowledge.
Stumpy Gully Bush Band
Stumpy Gully is a fun band that was formed to support community events and raise funds for local charities and community groups. The group plays a mix of bush, folk and bluegrass often interrupted by spontaneous outbursts of bush poetry or lively banter.