Much-loved Australian band, The Bushwackers are celebrating their 48th year of performing and have a long and proud history of playing festivals and events around the country since their formation in 1971.
The Bushwackers will bring their exciting brand of Australian music, featuring the Lagerphone of frontman Dobe Newton (co-writer of I Am Australian) and a band of stellar musicians, to the upcoming Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival. Pioneers of the bush dance, their music is decidedly Aussie, imbued with the stories, humour and history that has helped forge the national identity.
Along with their concert spots, The Bushwackers will run a family bush dance on the Sunday in the hall - likely to be a blast from the past for those who remember the hugely popular dances in Sydney and Melbourne during the '70s and '80s.
Musician Roger Corbett, who has been with The Bushwackers since 1980, said it was the band's first time in Kangaroo Valley. "We are so looking forward to it," he said. "We've done 25 albums and our shows will feature originals and a lot of the bush classics we've done over the past almost 50 years.
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"We will have our two special fiddle players with us, a full band and we will be joined by Rory Phillips, the youngest Bushwacker we've ever had. It's going to be very fun."
Thirteen-year-old Rory Phillips from Tumut first performed, guitar in hand, at age seven, and has already achieved more than most. An aspiring songwriter, Rory's influences span blues, country and rock, but it is his gift for the guitar which really sets him apart. Rory released his debut EP, Cars and Guitars in 2017, which has enjoyed radio air play across the country and overseas.
Other performers set to grace the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival stages include Scott Cook & The She'll Be Rights from Canada, George Mann from the US, Mike & Ruthy from the US, Skinner & T'witch from England, The Sweet Sorrows from Ireland, as well as AJ & Jenny, Melanie Horsnell, The Grubby Urchins, Fred Smith Band, Paul Greene, The Rhythm Hunters, Charlie and Jenson, Bleeding Gums Murphy and many more.
While the music is a huge part of the festival, there are plenty of other activities and events to enjoy all weekend. Those who would like to wet their whistle while enjoying the festival sights and sounds can head over to the bar and try a Shark Island craft brew or beverage of their choice.
Koori camp, 'Mudgingal' will feature Indigenous performers and activities, including a smoking ceremony, didge workshops, Elders talking circle, story and song writing workshops, a concert, weaving class, native plants and bush tucker session, jam sessions and art and craft for children, and more.
There's also much more than folk music to enjoy - there are plenty of blues, jazz, world music, and '60s and '70s pop performers, so there's something for everyone. Enjoy dancing all weekend, a poets' breakfast every morning and a rousing ukulele muster each morning.
Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival is on from Friday, October 18 to Sunday 20 in six venues. Purchase tickets online at kangaroovalleyfolkfestival.com.au or at the gate.