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Ramshackle Army

Ramshackle Army

The 6 piece Celtic punk band Ramshackle Army (RSA) entered the Melbourne pub scene in June 2010. From there they have expanded outward, to the wider Australian punk audience and have additionally made multiple trips to the United States to perform.

In mid 2016, The RSA returned back into the studio to record their EP “Whitewashed Graves” with Sam Johnston (responsible for the band’s first EP) at Holes and Corners in South Melbourne. The EP was released December 2nd 2016, and was their first on Australian independent label Folk ‘TilYa Punk Records and was distributed worldwide by MGM.

The first single off the EP “Foreign Soil” was premiered on Triple J and saw commercial play on Triple M, leading to the band being named “Home Grown Artist of the Week”.

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Cameron Holmes & The Blues Dudes

Cameron Holmes and The Blue Dudes

Cameron Holmes & The Blues Dudes (CHBD) is a five-piece original blues outfit led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Cameron Holmes (One Bad Day, Present Day Theory) combined with the talents of founding members drummer Cale Burke (Spook The Banshee) and bassist Sam Hudson (The Fog, Peyote Sun) together with John Hunter Combo (Jimmy Deadman Communion) on harmonicas and Ian Maddick (saxophone).

CHBD’s distinctive “blues with a Melbourne twist” and the power of its songs and stage presence have won growing popularity and return bookings around Melbourne, Bendigo and Warrnambool as well as a magnificent reception at Echuca’s famed Winter Blues Festival. A truly original and unique band.

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The Bottlers

The Bottlers
The Bottlers are a hard playing, nine piece, all acoustic folk punk band hailing from Sydney, Australia. Drawing life breath from not only the traditionally folk fuelled rural reaches of the nation but also it’s cityscapes and suburban streets with a solid tip of the hat to the folk, punk and folk punk pioneers that have traipsed and trekked the trails well before them.

The Bottlers believe folk based music should progressively speak of the times it exists in whilst hearkening back to it’s past, to the true heart of folk music, people. Because you truly can’t get where you’re going till you know where you’ve been.

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Jakal

Jakal

Six teenagers who play their own versions of jazz standards, on the edge fusion and original compositions. Featuring the soulful voice of Jessie Hillel, Imre Scicluna on Saxophone, Kane Watts on Drums, Max Teakle on Keys, Oskar Moore on Trombone and Sam Watts on Bass.

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The Seduceaphones

The Seduceaphones

The Seduceaphones are a Balkan Brass Band that are at the forefront of Melbourne’s Gipsy music scene. Their unique sound is a dance fusion groove that both pays respect to the Macedonian Brass traditions, and Melbourne’s ever evolving music scene. The Seduceaphones are the electrifying result of traditional experimentation. They are a brass experience that has never failed to get the crowd dancing in new and unusual ways.

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CHeese EXcursion

CHeese EXcursion

The CHeese EXcursion family blast grooves through your cosmic mind with death-ska and psychedelic hysteria. Witchdoctor cabaret for a new generation of thrill-seekers, darkly zany and brutal zazz swatches to stimulate zeta waves in the physiological nervous system those whom like to dance like flaming chickens. Hillbilly hoedown, small-big-band, funk orchestral, thrash-jazz fiesta to get your interpretive dance on!

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Trash Lily

Trash Lily
Hey friends, we are Trash Lily, a four piece alternative punk/rock band from Bendigo, VIC, Australia. We’ve got plenty of original songs polished for you good people to get around at gigs (you can find out when we are playing on our Facebook page).

Cheers mates

– Trash Lily​

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Four Lions

Four Lions

Four Lions formed in Bendigo, Victoria in late 2014, and play their own style of Americana Post Punk music. They took their name from a drinking fountain in their hometown which was designed by architect William Vahland.

Four Lions are fronted by songwriter Shann Lions who also plays the harp/guitar, who is complimented by Keith “Lighting” Macqueen on the lead guitar/backing vocals, Greg Perry on the bass guitar, and Jordan Allen on the drums. Four Lions shows have also included David Moore on pedal steel guitar as an accompanying artist.

They are a 100% self financed/managed/booked/promoted act.

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Bill Barber

 
Bill Barber

Bill Barber is one of the most exciting young artists in the thriving Australian Blues scene. Bill took an interest in Blues at a young age and by 14 was making the rounds, performing in Melbourne venues alongside Australia’s most respected Blues artists.

What sets Bill apart is his dedication to the Blues. While most young artists enter the Blues via the roots music movement, Bill’s passion is for Blues in its true form.

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Steph Bitter

 
Steph Bitter

Steph Bitter is one of regional Victoria’s favourite young folk singer/songwriters, recognized for her soulful songwriting and expressive live performances. She has been influenced by artists like Josh Pyke, Daughter and Fleet Foxes, and writes what she feels. Her songs reflect her experiences and emotions towards the things around her – sometimes haunting, sometimes exciting, sometimes dark… but always beautiful.

Steph’s music is relaxing, moving, inspiring and even sometimes confronting. She’s adored by all those who hear her voice and witness her gorgeously honest songwriting.

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Grim Fawkner

 
Grim Fawkner

Grim Fawkner is an itinerant indie-folk musician, full of song and wanderlust. From singing in the streets around Australia and NZ, to playing some of the best stages in the country, Grim is effortless and somehow always suitable.

But it is this performer’s voice which stands him out amongst the crowd – rich and raw, passion embodied, and with projection enough to shake the lethargic shackles off all the dream-pop, shoegaze kids. This is a voice that commands attention, and tears at your soul, from smooth blues-inspired numbers to manic indie-folk songs with as much intensity as a full band could muster.

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Sherri Parry

 
Sherri Parry

Sherri Parry is already making a name for herself as one of the most exciting singer/songwriters in the Victorian folk scene.

Sherri Parry’s music showcases both composition skills and world views well beyond her time, and her live performances are nothing but a testament to that, delivering intimate, ethereal performances that never fail to leave audiences spellbound.

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And many more, including Sketchy Essentials, Little Bee, Sean Orr Band, Jakal, Frank Bell, Daniel Aaron, Pat Ward, Bridie Lynas and Maya!
 
Don’t miss out on the inaugural Goldfields Festival, commencing March 9th-12th, 2018!