Rhiannon Giddens - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2015 - in Katoomba!

Rhiannon Giddens (USA)

One of the brightest rising stars in music today, Rhiannon Giddens indisputably stole the show at the T Bone Burnett–curated 2013 Another Day, Another Time concert—a celebration of the early ’60s Folk revival at New York City’s Town Hall.

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Mary Black - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Mary Black (Ireland)

Marking Mary Black’s retirement from touring, Ireland’s premier female singer says goodbye to her fans on this side of the pond with The Last Call Australian tour.

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Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro (Japan)

 Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro. Bit of a tongue-twister, yeah?

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Luka Bloom - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Luka Bloom (Ireland)

Much loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom is a master of the concert stage. His incredibly gifted electro-acoustic guitar playing guarantees an impassioned live performance of his original, poetic and melodic songs. Luka’s concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people’s work.

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Colin Hay - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Colin Hay

While his voice and visage are still familiar to millions from his tenure as front man of pop sensations Men at Work, the past twenty years have found him quietly re-introducing himself to new generations of fans.

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John McCutcheon - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

John McCutcheon (USA)

John McCutcheon delivers a mesmerising amalgam of song, story and music that speaks to the heart and soul.

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The Young 'uns - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

The Young 'uns  (UK)

Recently crowned Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Young’uns are a force of nature on stage.

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Kutcha Edwards - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Kutcha Edwards

Kutcha Edwards is one of Australia’s most respected and inspiring Aboriginal singer/songwriters.

Kutcha’s music, theatre and community work has made him a legend in the Indigenous community, throughout Australia and internationally. He has sung at major events, spoken to politicians and dignitaries, worked in prisons, sat with kindergarten children and won some awards long the way.

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Shellie Morris - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Shellie Morris

2014 NT Australian of the Year and NAIDOC Artist of the Year, Shellie Morris is one of Australia’s finest singer songwriters and her voice and heartfelt music has seen her grace the stage from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 to Vancouver Winter Olympics, Japan and London.

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Frazey Ford - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Frazey Ford (Canada)

Frazey Ford, known as a founding member of the beloved alt-folk band, The Be Good Tanyas, returned last October with her second solo effort, Indian Ocean — a lush album filled with songs about love, contrition and being bold.

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Xylouris White - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Xylouris White (Crete/Australia)

Xylouris White is a duo comprised of master of Cretan lute, George Xylouris, and Jim White, a most innovative and charismatic drummer.

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Steve Poltz - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2015 - in Katoomba!

Steve Poltz (USA)

As good as his albums are (and they're very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he's on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend – no two are alike – and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song.

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The Rambling Boys - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

The Rambling Boys (Ireland)

They are a group of amazing musicians with successful individual careers who have been members of various Irish traditional groups.

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Jaron Freeman-Fox - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Jaron Freeman-Fox (Canada)

Limitlessly creative and playful, The Opposite of Everything dances down a line between the beautiful and the absurd, transforming Freeman-Fox’s intricate violin compositions into an infectious party.

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Truckstop Honeymoon - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Truckstop Honeymoon (USA)

Hollering with all their hearts over a five string banjo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about.

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Jaaleekaay - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Jaaleekaay (Gambia/Australia)

Jaaleekaay is a unique collaboration between Australian guitarist Steve Berry and two of Gambia’s leading musicians, the highly celebrated singer Yusupha Ngum and kora prodigy Amadou Suso.

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Yarwah - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Yarwah

When a group of musical conservationists join forces with the passion to hold onto their ancient musical cultures and language - but to fuse it together with 21st century technology, a new band is born – Yarwah.

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Tony McManus and Beppe Gambetta - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Tony McManus and Beppe Gambetta (UK/Italy)

Scottish born and Canadian resident Tony McManus is the world's undisputed greatest Celtic guitar player whilst Italian Beppe Gambetta is one of Europe's hottest flatpickers with America in his heart and his roots in the sun and olive trees of the Mediterranean.

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Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (UK)

Winners of the 2014 BBC Folk Award for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting and innovative duos to emerge from the UK.

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Róisín O - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Róisín O (Ireland)

Dublin-born Róisín O is one of the most promising new artists to emerge from the competitive Irish music scene in recent times. In a relatively short time-span she has shared stage and studio space with some of Ireland's leading artists, and proved that combining a collaborative songwriting style, the warmth and depth of her expressive voice, a hot band and a commitment to hard work is still the best way to progress. 

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Dave Gunning - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Dave Gunning (Canada)

There are stories that wash over you like a tide, and then there are stories that grab you by the heart . Pictou County, Nova Scotia born and bred singer-songwriter and working class hero Dave Gunning has made a point of finding the latter and wrapping them up in song.

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The Once - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

The Once (Canada)

Over the past 5 years, THE ONCE has been making a name for themselves in their native Canada, collecting a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards and a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album on the way.

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Moxie - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Moxie (Ireland)

When five young Irish musicians hibernate for two weeks to explore their music by the ever changing sky and the rhythmic movements and sounds of Irelands west coast Atlantic sea you get Moxie, a group who are inspiring audiences with their new palette of 21st century Irish music.

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La Mauvaise Reputation - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

La Mauvaise Réputation

French gypsy swing virtuosos La Mauvaise Réputation are Australia’s most authentic interpreters of the wild rhythms and passion of 1930s Parisian hot jazz and the beautiful melodies of classic French chanson — sung en français, bien sûr.

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Anne McCue - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Anne McCue

Anne McCue is touring the world to celebrate the release of her sixth album, Blue Sky Thinkin'.

"McCue's virtuosity is no surprise, but the ease with which she's absorbed and restated the beating heart of swing music is impressive and thrilling.”  — No Depression.

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Mzaza - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Mzaza

Exploring themes of migrations and the spirits of ancestors left behind, MZAZA are influenced by vocalist Pauline Maudy’s French, Moroccan and Spanish Sephardic heritage and also the family journey of percussionist Jordan Stamos from Turkey to Greece.

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Buckman Coe - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Buckman Coe (Canada)

Bridging the worlds of roots, soul, and reggae, Buckman Coe is a passionate believer in the power of music to shape the future.

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Knox - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Knox (Fiji)

Noke "Knox" Kalounisiga, Fiji’s premier award winning contemporary singer/songwriter is a celebrated household name in his homeland Fiji.

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The Beez - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

The Beez (Germany)

The Beez, that crazy cabaret band from Berlin, have become festival favourites in Australia since 2006 and now, oh lordy! they’ve just graduated from their famous "Sitzdisco" (dancing while seated) to "Moshpitzen" (mosh pitting) with new drummer Annette Kluge.

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Z-Star - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Z-Star (UK)

Expect some dark tales and wild mind blowing earth shattering BluesRockPsycheSoul from Z-STAR, the music project of British Trinidadian singer songwriter Zee Gachette, whose legendary live shows have spurred a myth-like reputation that spans the globe.

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David Spry - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

David Spry

Original singer/songwriter, David Spry draws influence from his world travels and relates this to his Indigenous Australia heritage through heartfelt, powerful and uplifting songs.

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Matty T Wall - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Matty T Wall

Matty T Wall wrings raw emotions from single notes, stretching the strings of a Les Paul into sounds both persuasive and human. With his vocals, he coils along the lines of the guitar and he enjoys using his voice as another instrument.

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Rumjacks - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

The Rumjacks

These Celtic punk folk rockers come thundering out of Sydney, and have been likened to The Pogues, Billy Bragg and the Dropkick Murphys. Come and see why they have over 70,000 Facebook likes and millions of views on Youtube.

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The Morrisons - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

The Morrisons

“The Morrisons play big band folk, like a mash up of both Inside Llewyn Davies and Oh Brother Where Art Thou’s T-Bone Burnett” – Concrete Playground. 



Winners of the 2014 Folk/Acoustic Song of the Year at the Australian Song Writers Association Awards, The Morrisons fuse Australian stories and sounds with the spirit and intensity of old time American bluegrass, country and folk.

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Kuarna Cronin - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Kaurna Cronin

Recipient of the 2015 Folk Alliance Youth Award and the prestigious 2014 APRA-AMCOS Emily Burrows Award this wandering storyteller is on the cusp of a new breed of Australian DIY folk artists, reimagining the way music is shared, written and enjoyed globally.

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The Raglins - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

The Raglins

The Raglins are two of Australia’s leading young folk musicians. Together they perform traditional Australian folk songs with a modern twist, reinterpreting ballads and arranging them into something contemporary, and extremely memorable.

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King Curly - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

King Curly

Hailing from the Blue Mountains, King Curly has been recording and touring throughout Australia, Europe and the USA for about 15 years.

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Jim Jarvis & Alan Meadows - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Jim Jarvis & Alan Meadows

This duo are veteran acoustic music performers who first came to prominence in the Sydney folk scene of the early seventies. They’ve been in blues bands, swing bands, jugbands and dabbled in jazz, country and folk rock along the way.

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Kay Proudlove - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Kay Proudlove

A display of honesty and a general acceptance of awkwardness, Kay's live performance is much like being invited to her lounge room.

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The Child Ballads - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

The Child Ballads

Sung by Mara Kiek, The Child Ballads is an outstanding new work by Andrew Robson that sets a new benchmark for folk music in Australia.

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Snail - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Snail

Follow the trail of this giddy girl group as they lead you into their world of cardamom cake and awkward social trials.

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Big Rory & Ochy the Dog - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Big Rory & Ochy the Dog

Big Rory and Ochie the Dog are no ordinary street theatre characters. They explode onto an audience.

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Circus Solarus - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

Circus Solarus

Circus Solarus is looking forward to performing for all our fans for the 21st festival, you’ve been saying hello at other events throughout the year, but the Blue Mts Music Festival is our favourite.

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The Wagana Dancers - appearing at the 20th Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues - Katoomba - NSW Australia

The Wagana Dancers

The Wagana Dancers are the Blue Mountains national and international touring Aboriginal women and girls dance company. They honor and respect the Darug, Gundungurra and Wiradjuri peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands they dance on and they proudly share their love of dance, culture and storytelling at many festivals and events. Wagana means ‘to dance’ in Wiradjuri language and their shows beautifully weave together traditional and contemporary movement, imagery and song.

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The Cleaning Ladies - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2016 - in Katoomba!

The Cleaning Ladies

Rubix cubes, permed hair, Humphrey without underwear….Trip down memory lane with The Cleaning Ladies from the 80s! Voted best rock’n’roll hygienists 3 decades in a row.

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