When he debuted in 2002 with the album To Let, Xavier Rudd began a journey that would see him become one of the most iconic voices in Australian music, literally and figuratively. With each new album, this journey has wound like a river making its way toward the ocean - twisting and turning, flowing and cascading as it relentlessly pushes forward.
Introducing himself as an artist of both imagination and conscience, To Let was definitive of Rudd’s ability to marry uplifting music with thought-provoking themes and concepts. It was music that, one way or another, made you feel good. With an array of guitars, didgeridoos, stomp boxes and percussion, Xavier Rudd re-introduced a lot of Australians to the sounds and stories of the land’s original owners, while introducing the rest of the world to an entirely new sound altogether.
Blistering live sets on the festival circuit throughout Australia, Japan, Canada, America, Europe and the UK, have had critics and fans raving about his unique blend of roots, blues, beats and a whole lotta groove for now, more than a decade. Nominated five times for Australia’s ARIA Awards, and a swag of award wins including MBAS Blues Performer of the Year 2003 and the AIR Best Independent Blues and Roots Album, and in 2009, taking out a prestigious APRA songwriting award for Blues & Roots Song of the Year.
His album of 2010, Hot Mama Vibes, was nominated for Best Blues & Roots album by both the Australian Record Industry Association and Australian Independent Record Label Association, and after a sold out national Australian tour, he capped off 2010 supporting Jack Johnson’s Australian tour.
“…funky, heavy, rootsy soul beats, and that’s not even mentioning Ash Grunwald’s rustic soul voice.” - Sunday Telegraph. ”Amazing for one guy with a guitar and percussion” - Sydney Morning Herald.
Lior burst on to the Australian music scene in 2005 with his stunning debut album, Autumn Flow. Recorded and released entirely independently, and spearheaded by This Old Love and subsequent singles Daniel and Autumn Flow, the album became one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history with sales surpassing Platinum.
A swag of accolades followed, amongst them three ARIA nominations (including Best Male Artist), as well as Triple J’s prestigious ‘J Award’ nomination for Album of the Year. Most artists set out with an ambition to build a career based on musical credibility and integrity whilst maintaining an independence and individuality in their craft. Lior is certainly part of that rare breed that has achieved this whilst garnering a great degree of success and critical acclaim.
Eleanor McEvoy is a household name known the length and breath of Ireland. Her songwriting has inspired people of all ages and backgrounds. Her song Sophie taken from the album Snapshots has touched the hearts of people around the globe who suffer from eating disorders, thus leading to over one million hits on YouTube. Her massively successful song Only a Woman’s Heart went on to be one of Ireland’s biggest selling records and landed McEvoy a major deal with Geffen Records.
McEvoy, an illustrious musician of the highest standard, is a northsider from Ireland’s capital who got her start in the grimy, religion-bound, pre-Celtic Tiger Dublin. Escaping the norms of her environment through music, youth orchestras, and traditional festivals, McEvoy went on to study classical and contemporary music at Trinity College Dublin before embarking on her signature songwriting and musical career that now sees her as one of Ireland’s finest and best-known female acts.
Eric Bogle is a well-respected, internationally-known singer/songwriter. Originally from Scotland, he emigrated to Australia in 1969. In 1980, after some years working as an accountant, he decided to abandon the relative security of having a proper job and set out on the far more uncertain career path of a professional musician.
Since then Eric has travelled the world with his music. In the past 30 years or so he has toured North America 8 times, Europe 12 times and has appeared at most of the major music festivals both in Australia and overseas. He has recorded a total of 16 CD's during his long career, and also a DVD. Many of his songs have become Australian classics, songs like And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, Now I'm Easy and Shelter.
In 1987 Eric was awarded the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to the Arts in Australia, and in 1985 he was awarded the United Nations Peace Medal in recognition of his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial equallity.
A warm and engaging stage performer with a shrewd common sense view of the world we live in, Eric has the knack of being able to cut to the heart of the matter with a few well-crafted lines.
Seychelles islander Grace Barbé is the real deal, a genuinely exotic world music star for the 21st century, with the talent, looks and voice to match. Grace’s soulful music reflects and celebrates the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage (African, Asian and European).
A colourful and energetic fusion of tropical island rhythms with African percussion, reggae, pop, rock and latin flavours, Grace’s “Afro-Kreol” sound is original, fresh and funky.
Having already performed at Australia’s leading music festivals including Byron Bay Bluesfest, WOMADelaide and Woodford plus internationally at SAKIFO and IOMMA (La Reunion), Reggae Donnsa (Mauritius) and Carnivale Internationale de Victoria (Seychelles) Grace is already well on the way to becoming the next diva of world music in the tradition of Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba.
Grace lights up the stage with a vibrant and engaging presence that compels the audience to get up and dance. Her voice is a remarkably powerful instrument, and as a songwriter she has a rare and natural gift for rhythm and melody. Grace plays guitar and bass and sings in three languages; English, Kreol and French.
Australian-based musician Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. With a back catalogue of 14 studio albums, Jeff has been featured at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and venues internationally for the past decade. Blending rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff Lang is a singularly unique performer in our world.
Jeff has been showered with achievements and awards throughout his career - the most outstanding would be his six ARIA award nominations, as well as his two wins in 2002 and 2010.
Jeff’s last album, Carried In Mind (ABC/UNIVERSAL) has been nominated for both an Aria award and an AIR award, was named ”Album of The Year” by Australia’s roots music bible, Rhythms and also recently won the ”National Folk Recording Award presented by Australia’s National Film and Sound Archives.
Lang has built up a devoted, almost cult-like, following with his live performances.
This Russian-Jewish-Scottish bred Cockney hit the road in his late teens to live by his wits, and as a jug-band player, a regular in Hamburg blues clubs, and a fire-breathing musical clown in a Mexican circus. The rigours of circus life in a small travelling Mexican circus drove him over the border to Texas. Lacking a U.S. visa, McLeod took on Austin’s clubs from a base in Mexico. In 1981 he won the Texas harmonica championships and hung out in Austin playing with, among others, Texas greats Jimmy Dale-Gilmore and Butch Hancock.
He made it back to London to embark on a music career, which he launched with Angry Love in 1985. He is a storyteller supreme, weaving his Cockney spruik into highly rhythmic Latin/reggae/ blues inspired music; a one man soul band and once seen never forgotten.
Over his much travelled career, Rory has played harmonica, guitar, spoons and trombone with many great musicians including, Ani Di Franco, Michelle Shocked, Towns Van Zandt; from West Africa Ali Farke Toure, from San Antonio Flaco Jiminez, and in Australia Mick Thomas, and the Backsliders.
The scope of Hanggai’s music is almost as wide as the grasslands out of which they journey. Taking in the wild open spaces of Inner Mongolia and the teaming, churning streets of 21st century Beijing, Hanggai’s music embraces the looking-glass world of rock, pop and bluegrass as seen and heard by a new generation of Chinese.
The six-piece Hanggai encompasses a hell of a lot of tradition, culture, fusion and folklore to produce their unique sound. With their brand new album He Who Travels Far, they continue to grow, incorporating many of the experiences that the past year of international touring has brought them.
Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of records, collaborative projects, and constant touring. This will be Peter’s third outing at our festival and he brings a very special guest.
Richard Greene, ”one of the most innovative and influential fiddle players of all time,” grew up in Los Angeles and studied classical music until his encounter with the pyrotechnic fiddling of Scotty Stoneman; from then on Richard was a fiddler. He first attained prominence with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in 1966 as one of Monroe’s first ”northern” band members. Richard then went on to found the revolutionary Folk-Rock group Seatrain, pioneering the first use of the electric violin in Rock. His advanced technique and intense yet ”cool” tone shocked audiences and prefigured such players as Jean-Luc Ponty and others, influencing a generation of fiddle players including Darol Anger, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan. Richard’s return to acoustic music occasioned the invention of ”New Grass” or ”New Acoustic” instrumental music, now a mainstay throughout the world’s acoustic music festivals.
A fiery yet charming ensemble featuring brass, guts, words and skins, Flap! have been described as music that is both old and new, a rambunctious collage of 1920’s jazz, English folk, gypsy brass and Trinidadian calypso influences. The end result is something fresh and distinctively Australian.
Flap! are not your everyday band. Influenced by the 1920’s prohibition-era dance bands but with a hip modern groove, Flap! feature an unusual but exceedingly effective line up of banjo-ukulele, cornet, trombone, double bass and drums.
They’re the two left in the juke joint when the hurricane’s about to make landfall, when the revellers have gone home, sweat-soaked and exhausted. The bulbs are blown out, the floor’s full of glass, but two men are honour bound to keep playing, pouring their sweat into the parched earth like libation.
In the best traditions of two man blues and roots, Swamp Thing is a duo that you know are playing to stay alive. A former member of The John Butler Trio, Michael Barker (drums/percussion/KeyBass/Vocals) formed the power blues/roots duo Swamp Thing with Grant Haua vocals/guitar in 2010. These two unique musicians share a wealth of experience to craft blues- flavoured music with a deep groove and soulful spook.
Described by Inpress Magazine as ”Cabaret/Circus/Euro Indie Folk-Pop Wunderkinds”, Melbourne quintet The Tiger & Me weave a rare mixture of styles and sounds as three lead vocalists exchange and merge tunes from whispered ballad to fevered maelstrom. Driven by piano, bass and drums, the band also draws on guitars, ukulele, accordion, violin and five voices to create an identifiable sound. The band released their critically-lauded debut album From a Liar to a Thief in 2010, which led to breakthrough appearances at several festivals including Port Fairy and Apollo Bay.
Regarded as Queensland’s premier Celtic group, Sunas has been delighting audiences around Australia and overseas with their fresh and exciting take on traditional Celtic music.
Known for their engaging and intense stage presence, they are a group not to be missed. Sunas is a fiery four-piece band featuring multi-instrumentalists and exquisite three-part vocal harmonies. They play a unique and unforgettable blend of original, contemporary and traditional tunes and songs.
The debut album A Breath Away from Shadow was awarded four out of five stars by the Courier-Mail, and five stars by iTunes. Their second album, Celtic Road, was released with the ABC in 2011, was 5-starred by Amazon and spent over 10 weeks in the Aria classical/world charts, climbing to number 4 and made the ABC’s top 10 best-selling albums of 2011.
In 2012, Mustered Courage played at every major folk festival in the nation. Through these experiences, these young song-writing pickers slowly earned a reputation for being one of the hottest, exciting and innovative bluegrass bands in the country. Mustered Courage captivated audiences in December 2012 at the Woodford Folk Festival. This year, the band has now has been added to many more festivals, such as the Port Fairy Folk Fest and The National Folk Festival.
Mustered Courage recently won the Country Category at the 2012 Music Oz Awards and toured extensively in 2013 promoting their new breed of alternative bluegrass to the world.
“Like fellow musical border crossers the Wilson Pickers, Mustered Courage make something old sound fresh with as much enthusiasm as skill. Nice.” - Bernard Zuel (Sydney Morning Herald).
Blair Dunlop is a 21-year old captivating vocalist, phenomenal guitarist and over the past year has emerged as one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters. He is the son of former Fairport Convention member Ashley Hutchings, and took over running The Albion Band from his father in 2011.
Blair’s vocals have a paradoxically light and raunchy feel, a very much ‘once heard, never forgotten’ sound. On guitar, he is forging a style of his own which is quite breathtaking. He has already been asked to appear at guitar conventions and featured recently in Acoustic Magazine purely as an up-and-coming guitarist.
These travelling players are custodians of an ever-evolving tradition, blending the old and the new, continue to cross cultures and create new genres with their unique and universally-acclaimed show Gentlemen of the Road. Transcending trends, capturing hearts and crossing boundaries, these 3 actors/musicians/clowns at the pinnacle of their powers flow seamlessly together - steady, joyful, resonant - in a celebratory performance.
A story without words unfolds… moments of inspired stillness… physicality and dynamism… rhythmic squeezebox… breakbeats and ballads… witty and charming… performed with impeccable timing.
This is where circus meets theatre and live music is played. A common ground where magic is made.
Funny and upbeat, with just a pinch of sass, the Good Lovelies’ textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and witty on-stage banter have enlivened the folk music landscape since they joined forces in 2006 for their first show at Toronto’s funky Gladstone Hotel.
How the Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore) got together is a bit of a mystery: Sue remembers meeting her band mates during a limbo competition, Caroline thinks they met at a chess tournament, but Kerri is convinced they first crossed paths during a bar fight. Their tireless rain or shine outlook and undeniable mutual respect have helped the trio weather years of constant touring and won them a loyal legion of fans.
Inheriting his passion for music from his father and grandfathers, all talented musicians in their own right, Walker formed his first band at the tender age of 12. He cut his teeth on classic blues, surf and folk before finding his own voice in the raw honesty of acoustic roots music.
Hailing from regional Victoria, Walker has performed alongside some of Australia’s finest, including Archie Roach and Vika & Linda Bull, as well as performing at some of the country’s finest festivals, including St Kilda Festival, Moomba Festival, Nannup Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, and the 2012 Australasian World Music Expo, and making his international debut with a stand-out tour of Canada in 2012.
Call them what you will – “Balkan gypsy brass band”, “roaring ’20s swing ensemble”, “Wild West fiddle contest” or a “soundtrack for Looney Tunes” – it barely scratches the surface. There are few, if any parallels to the sound of The Woohoo Revue.
A fiendishly talented sextet of horns, strings and drums, The Woohoo Revue have forged their reputation throughout Australia as a festival favourite with their signature sound and an adrenalin-fuelled celebration fit for dancing, drinking, and ignoring tomorrow. Their fiery compositions and virtuosic musicianship invoke a sense of romance and bravado. Every tune expresses a sense of occasion, transporting the listener to a rampaging after-party at a circus sideshow in a palatial ballroom.
Australia’s favourite bluegrass funsters The Pigs are known worldwide for their combination of super-catchy original tunes and foot-stomping ‘Piggified’ cover versions. Crashing through musical genres like a runaway tractor, the Pigs’ latest album, The Great Bluegrass Swindle marries superb musicianship with a distinctly Australian sense of humour – and hints at the uniquely bent energy of The Pigs’ exceedingly popular live shows.
For over 8 years now, The Pig Family has been stepping out onto the big festival stages around Australia, barefoot and bewildered. Meanwhile the band’s YouTube Channel has seen more than 400,000 hits, with their Single Ladies video becoming something of a sensation (also seen on ABC’s Spicks and Specks and Australia’s Got Talent). In 2013 The Pigs’ Great Bluegrass Swindle rolls on, with more Australian dates, followed by a return to Germany and Denmark.
The stunning artistry and musicianship of Mongolian horse head fiddle player and throat singer Bukhu meets the beautiful lilt of Arabic Oud and Turkish Saz of John Robinson, intricate and melodic lines of winds jack of all trades Andy Busuttil and smooth, inventive upright bass of Bertie McMahon, as well as guest percussionist Peter Kennard. EQUUS is the latin root of the word ’equine’. The traditional songs of Mongolia played as you have never heard them before. Unpredictable and spectacular. Exciting, pulsing, invigorating music. A Festival special event.
Hat Fitz is a "veteran” wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, a record that is not likely to ever be broken, and one which bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers.
Cara draws on her soul background (she’s toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and the hugely popular Corrine Bailey-Rae), and although blessed with a sensational voice she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer’. She has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once.
Jack Carty is a rare find. An inspired artist with a way with words and melody crafted by a unique upbringing, a natural flair and a dedication to his craft. Now 23, Jack spent his formative years tucked away in the secluded Bellinger Valley on the NSW mid north coast where music and stories acted as gateways to the wider world over the range and as distractions from the sheltered familiarity of a close knit community. In this environment Jack was afforded the time and the space necessary to listen, learn and write. And write he did, as often and as honestly as he could.
At 16 Jack packed his bags and hightailed it to Sydney’s bright lights and big personalities, leaving his friends and family behind to settle in the inner west, meet some like minded musicians, and play. The result was a string of line-ups and musical experiments resulting in adventures to venues and towns all over the east coast and a strong grassroots following.
George and Noriko met by chance in Melbourne and after uncovering the similarities between traditional Japanese music and blues began to explore the uncharted musical possibilities. The two styles produced an amazing cross over and they began preparation for a performance at the 2007 Melbourne Fringe Festival. The West vs East project showcases the power and creativity that comes from the mixing of cultures.
Both musicians were born and raised in Japan but have made their lives in Australia. They promote and retain their Japanese customs but embrace and welcome the music and arts of so many other cultures. Mixing well known blues songs with ancient Japanese music enables people to, not only through sound but also sight, experience first hand the coming together of traditional and contemporary.
The traditional dress worn by Noriko, the cowboy image of George, the use of Taiko (Japanese drum) and the explanations and teachings given by Noriko and George provide an all round cultural feast.
After receiving wide praise for her debut album Gypsy soul(2009), Snez has spent the last two years touring Australia with her co-writer, producer and guitarist; Stewart Peters, squeezing their world into a van for months at a time, visiting remote and regional Australia, sharing stories and songs… and loving every minute of it!
Snez is a maverick in the independent music scene, defying any old pigeonhole… never afraid to put her heart on her sleeve, or just let it all loose.
She has shared the stage with notable artists including Renee Geyer, Jenny Morris, Robyne Dunn, Mahalia Barnes, Gangajang and has been co-writing and performing with Stewart Peters, a man of many talents for 5 years.
Stewart cut his production teeth with the Australian rock producing legends Vanda & Young (AC/DC, Rose tattoo, Flash n the Pan, Choirboys, The Angels and of course The Easybeats) at Alberts Productions during the ’80’s. Stewart has since moved into a more comfortable (for him) acoustic/adult pop genre and has had continuing success as a writer/producer with various artists.
A 25 year old honest, engaging singer-songwriter with a distinct resonant voice and deft acoustic guitar style. Sings intimate and disarming songs of failed love, great love, missing home, the intricacies and anxieties of the human experience. He is a multi-instrumentalist with a deft touch and a voice like caramel that has overtones of James Taylor. His sensibility is that of the west coast artists of the seventies, and his interest is in the songs for their own sake. This may explain his fascination with old analogue technology, as he goes from real to reel.
At 17 he left school and studied Fine Art and Design in Galway but after 4 months packed it in as writing music was taking up all of his time. Two years later he signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell and was introduced to Bernard Butler and they began recording in Edwin Collins’ London studio with Bernard producing. Sketch the day, paint the night was his first album.
Over the next few years he would travel for a few months at a time through Europe, Asia, USA and South America and return home in between to record the new material which became the self produced, The Spirit Store and Only Love is Real.
He was nominated for Best New Irish Act in the 2004 Meteor Music Awards and voted No.8 in the Trad/Folk section of the Annual Hot Press Awards 2005.
By June 2007, hungry for new inspiration he moved to Amsterdam, and subsequently made the move to live in Australia. Through his career he has shared the stage with Bert Jansch, Joan Armatrading, The Waterboys, Badly Drawn Boy, Billy Bragg, John Martyn, Donovan and Shane MacGowan.
This band is a blues/soul outfit consisting of Jesse Valach (Guitar/Vocals), Torren Dove (Bass), Anthony Murray (Drums) and occasionally Rowan Mumford (Hammond) that formed around 3yrs ago after a small blues jam session at an RSL in Elwood, Victoria.
In that time they have performed at some of Melbournes top venues including The Vineyard in St. Kilda, The Nighthawke in Mentone, and The Cornish Arms Hotel in Brunswick. Although relatively new to the blues community they have already shared stages some of Australia’s biggest blues names including Andrea Marr, Jimi Hocking, Ray Beadle, and Geoff Achison. A highlight has been playing behind revered blues master Chris Wilson.
A popular selection of covers and fiery guitar with soulful/reggae/funk infused originals make this outfit a major act to watch for in the very near future.
The Borderers are well known performers at many of the world’s top music festivals having played Byron Bay Blues & Roots, Port Fairy Folk, Edinburgh and Womad Festivals in Australia and the UK – as well as touring Canada and the USA. They’ve also supported artists including Tom Jones, The Proclaimers, The Chieftans and Shane McGowan from The Pogues. They got together in 1994 and have released 9 albums, 4 EP’s & 2 kids albums. Lead singer, Alex, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and came to Australia in 1987, whilst Jim was born in Glasgow, Scotland and arrived in Australia on Christmas Eve 1993.
What sets the BordererS apart from other bands is their ability to get the whole audience involved.
”You must be dead if you’re not seen dancing at a BordererS gig” Jamie McKew - Port Fairy Festival Director (The biggest Folk / Roots festival in Australia) Jim & Alex Voted Best World Music Act At the Musicoz Awards!
From the very heart of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park (Australia) comes the moon-dance tree-dreaming voice of Rachael Brady. Country, soul, bluesy with a whole lot of heart, there’s something about Rachael’s music that will make you fall slightly more in love with each listen.
Inspiring, inspired, loving, nourishing, her lyrics are all at once strong and vulnerable and her music has been described as having “genuine depth, beauty and intelligence.” She explores her fears and joys with vigour and irreverence, personally taking you by the hand and showing you who she is… sometimes funny, sometimes strange, a little bit kooky, always oddly beautiful.
Andrea Soler is an award winning Australian singer songwriter with compelling vocals and insightful lyrics. Andrea who has just recently toured throughout ten countries in Europe and the UK summer festivals including Isle Of Wight, Larmer Tree and the Sunrise Festival, and was claimed as ”A Larmer Tree Festival favourite” at that festival in 2012.
Musically inspired by the passionate joie de vivre of her French ancestry she exudes a distinctly European influenced sound, yet maintaining her own take on indie folk. Likening herself and her music to the old ways of gypsies and travelers; expect a swathe of moods and emotion from Andrea’s soulful live performances.
The Mae Trio write contemporary folk songs that are surprisingly mature and insightful for musicians aged between 19 and 22. This multi-award winning trio brings a fresh take to the Australian folk scene in which they are deeply embedded by drawing on a range of contemporary ideas and influences. Their songs range from an intricate and detailed tribute to 19th century designer William Morris to a catchy yet thoughtful reflection on the effects of the drought on their home town in Central Victoria, Australia. They arrange them tastefully for banjo, cello, fiddle, ukulele, guitar, bass and superb 3 part vocal harmony. The trio present an engaging live performance, inviting the audience in with their infectious warmth and humour.
The trio’s debut album Housewarming, produced by the internationally renowned Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty), will be released in August 2013. Winners of the Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award 2013 and the Lis Johnston Award for Vocal Excellence 2011.
Cole (guitar) and Van Dijk (fiddle) combine their flamboyant disregard of traditional folk structures with a supernatural complicité to construct a riveting and rickety platform on which to build Australia’s New Tradition. Setting their musical compass by the dance music of Western Europe in general and Great Britain in particular, their original melodic constructions reference the badlands of the trad landscape, but their arrangements incorporate harmonic and rhythmic structures more commonly associated with contemporary extrapolations heard within the concert hall. This is the unexpected resurrection and re-creation of Australia’s mongrel traditions, left for dead but secretly blooming in the sub-tropics.
Established 2011, Belle Jar plays an energetic blend of gypsy, Klezmer, swing and pop styles, with a mixture of English and French lyrics. Belle Jar plays mostly original songs. They are a popular party band in the Blue Mountains for their driving rhythms and infectious melodies that get audiences up and dancing, sometimes on the tables. Their lyrics tell stories of urban disenchantment and of breaking out of the monotonous mould of the ordinary. Songs regularly culminate in wild abandon.
The band likes to dress according to their mood which can be anything from circus to burlesque to Paris chic and enjoys nothing more than a dancing, theme dressed audience to party with.