Scene News: Queenscliff Music Festival 2018 third line up announcement

Queenscliff Music Festival 2018 reveals third batch of artists

Hot on the heels of impressive first and second announcements, the 21st Queenscliff Music Festival has unveiled the latest artists joining the line up for 2018.

Now playing between Friday 23 – Sunday 25 November will be the likes of Australian music legends The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull, festival favourite Vince Peach, singer-songwriter Al Parkinson, duos The Twoks and This Way North, bluegrass five-piece The Collingwood Casanovas, hip-hop-rock trio The Cool Calm, Sydney blues artist Jesse Redwing and alt-country couple Montgomery Church. Nahko and Medicine for the People’s energetic violinist Tim Snider (USA) will also be coming Down Under to showcase.

Queenscliff Music Festival are also excited to announce the Festival of Small Halls will be coming to Queenscliff this year. The Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by Woodfordia Inc, this year in partnership with QMF. The artist line-up for Small Halls incorporates one Australian artist and one International touring artist, and in 2018 QMF will host Juno-nominated Canadian folk-pop duo Madison Violet and growling Aussie blues-folk troubadour Harry Jakamarra.

And in the latest ticket news, 2 Day Saturday + Sunday tickets are now sold out, with 3 Day and all single day tickets selling fast, and prices set to increase on Saturday 1st September, so be sure to secure your tickets ASAP!

The third line up announcement is:

Al Parkinson
The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull
The Collingwood Casanovas
The Cool Calm
Harry Jakamarra
Jesse Redwing
Madison Violet (CAN)
Montgomery Church
Tim Snider (USA)
This Way North
The Twoks
Vince Peach

Tickets: 2 Day tickets sold out!
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Al Parkinson
Al says her genre is Happy/Sad. Her songs come from him, her and them. She has a loud laugh and wants to be friends with everyone. You will usually see her onstage with three backing singers who sound so damn good it makes you feel a bit weird. She plays electric guitar and a ukulele comes out from time-to-time. Her playful onstage banter is the perfect compliment to her soulful voice and wonderfully constructed songs of love and loss. Stories to which everyone can relate. Al has played a number of festivals all around Australia and has solid knowledge of the venues in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
** https://www.facebook.com/alparkinsonmusicpage (https://www.facebook.com/alparkinsonmusicpage/)

The Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda Bull
The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most enduring touring bands. Writer of milestone songs including So Young, Hit And Run, Shape I’m In, Hold On To Me, Harley and Rose and The Chosen Ones, Joe Camilleri’s music has become part of Aussie music culture. Since their multi-platinum conquest of pop radio with The Black Sorrows in the late 80s, Vika & Linda Bull have forged diverse pathways into soul, gospel, blues & country, performing with Paul Kelly, Rockwiz, C.W. Stoneking, Deborah Conway and Kasey Chambers to name a few. ** http://www.theblacksorrows.com.au (http://www.theblacksorrows.com.au)

The Collingwood Casanovas
The Collingwood Casanovas are a 5 piece Bluegrass band from Melbourne. Drawing on the raw emotional sound of Bill Monroe and The Stanley Brothers the Casanovas have made their homes in Pubs and beer gardens performing hundreds of gigs since their inception in 2015. Playing classic Bluegrass and Country repertoire along with charming originals the Casanovas are Urban Bluegrass with plenty of fire and spark, going from burning picking to sweet harmonies with just the right amount of rough edges.
** https://www.facebook.com/collingwoodcasanovas (https://www.facebook.com/collingwoodcasanovas/)

The Cool Calm
The Cool Calm formed in late 2016 when long time friends from Melbourne’s music scene got together to chase the sound they love. They forged their sound in boozy all-night jam sessions and years spent worshipping at the altar of neo-soul greats, the blues fire breathers, dub-plate masters and hip hop moguls. Their sound and electric live shows have found fans opening for Dan Sultan’s Australian tour as well as sets at the Red Deer festival with the Preatures.
** https://www.thecoolcalm.com.au (https://www.thecoolcalm.com.au)

Harry Jakamarra
Harry Jakamarra has a voice that stops you dead in your tracks. A punchy, Springsteen-esque growl that’s imbued with the rugged texture of the West Australian desert where he grew up. Harry’s songs are truly Australian – just like ‘Wake in Fright’. A Kimberley Cowboy turned Mad Max, Harry tours in a vegie oil powered fire engine he converted to a house. He tears the roof off Pilbara pubs and southern sit-down gigs alike with his dry Guitar picking and dark, twisted lyrics. He’s inspired by Warumpi Band, Midnight Oil and Gillian Welch. Coloured by a life spent on the road, Harry’s music is the most genuine thing you will hear this year. His songs have the poetic staying power of Wilfred Owen, Paul Kelly and Hank Williams. ** http://www.harryjakamarra.com (http://www.harryjakamarra.com)

Jesse Redwing
Jesse Redwing grew up on punk, found inspiration in the likes of Peter Green, John Mayall, Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton and the Stones, then took a step back to “the real shit”: Chess Records, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon. Jesse was told by a street vendor in San Francisco that he must have been reincarnated from John Lee Hooker. A lot of fellas can play the guitar, quite a few can sing, but how many really feel it deep down in the well? Redwing has dedicated his life to reaching that source we all have and can all relate to. Recently people have begun to notice the talent of this young man. Last year he signed a worldwide publishing deal with Big Deal / Mushroom Music, his song ‘Crawlin Up The Walls’ featured in hit Netflix series Shooter and he played huge shows such as Hope Estate with rock legends Cold Chisel, performing to over 10,000 people.
** https://www.facebook.com/jesseredwingmusic/ (https://www.facebook.com/jesseredwingmusic/)

Madison Violet (CAN)
For those who don’t know of Madison Violet, it all began in 1999. Brenley and Lisa met over weak coffee and broccoli omelettes, in a restaurant called The Green Room, in Toronto. It was a chance meeting, 1900 kms away from the small town where both Lisa and Brenley’s fathers were born. That was 17 years ago, and the pair have been writing and creating beautiful music together ever since. When you hear them, the first thing you’ll notice is that their voices blend perfectly. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana. In a word, they are musical chameleons.​ ** https://www.madisonviolet.com (https://www.madisonviolet.com)

Montgomery Church
Cielle Montgomery and James Church are ‘Montgomery Church’ – a blend of acoustic folk, americana and bluegrass influences, grown and distilled in the Snowy Mountain ranges of country New South Wales. With their organic union of dobro, guitar, harmony vocals, and a somewhat contemplative songwriting style, this captivating duo are enthralling in their dynamic intimacy and embrace all that is subtle, spacious, and sensitive. Cielle and James have toured extensively throughout Australia, playing numerous sold out shows, house concerts and festivals. ** https://www.montgomerychurch.com.au (https://www.montgomerychurch.com.au)

Tim Snider (USA)
World-folk-jazz-pop hybrid Tim Snider wanted to play violin from a very early age. An Itzhak Perlman performance on Sesame Street when he was just three-and-a-half years old was his earliest musical inspiration, and over the years other influences came into play. He’s shared bills with artists as diverse as Steel Pulse to Robert Randolph and the Family Band, as well as touring a large chunk of the world playing his own music. Tim tours as the violinist for Nahko and Medicine for the People and has recorded and produced three of his own albums.
** https://www.timsnidermusic.com (https://www.timsnidermusic.com)

This Way North
It’s easy to forget that This Way North is a two-piece band. Drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla create a uniquely full, expansive sound that translates effortlessly from the studio to the stage. Currently, of no fixed address, the country Victorian girls are enjoying life on the road, but one thing is evident their sound: their home is on the stage. Whether in a local dive bar or at an international festival, This Way North plays with more passion and energy than a 10-piece band, drumming up a contagious euphoria. Big, rhythmic, spacious and saturated with summer, they invite you to turn up the volume and let loose.
** http://www.thiswaynorth.com (http://www.thiswaynorth.com)

The Twoks
Violin and Drums duo the Twoks featuring Xani Kolac (electric violin/vocals) and Mark Leahy (drums) have been making dance/pop music on the arty fringes of Melbourne for six years. With many diverse influences, this duo is an eclectic mix of dark and bright, art and pop. The Twoks have played countless festivals across Australia and have toured internationally in the UK, US and Japan. ** http://thetwoks.com (http://thetwoks.com)

Vince Peach
Vince Peach was born in Liverpool and has been spinning original soul 45s for as long as anyone can remember. An avid collector of Northern Soul, Vince still manages to unearth gems that keep dance floors jumping all over his adopted homeland. With records arriving on a daily basis, you can always be sure to hear something new at his gigs around town. He hosts Soul Time on PBS FM and is the original DJ at Cherry Bar – the Thursday night soul sessions ‘In the Basement’ has been running for 11 years and is the longest running weekly soul night in the world.