Majors Creek Festival
Majors Creek Festival 2016
“Raised By Eagles’ songs are the kind you fall in love with at the first listen and then endlessly trawl bars and venues across Melbourne to be near again. This is no crush. This is a great, enduring romance” – LIZ STRINGER Australian Singer/Songwriter
A band that remains unaffected by the smoke and mirrors of music in the post-modern era, and encapsulates the art of storytelling at it’s heartfelt finest…
Neil Murray- the man behind “My Island Home”, “Blackfella Whitefella” and “Good Light in Broome” -is one of our finest singer songwriters. A founding member of the pioneering indigenous group the Warumpi Band, he has enjoyed a three decade plus career releasing several remarkable solo albums. In 1995 he received the APRA song of the year award” for “My Island Home” which featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. His songs have been recorded by Mary Black, Jimmy Little, Missy Higgins, Powderfinger and Christine Anu. His latest album is “Bring Thunder and Rain”.
Lucie Thorne has earned her place as one of Australia’s most striking contemporary songsmiths. Touring far and wide in a sensational collaboration with long-time musical partner, legendary drummer Hamish Stuart, the pair continue to garner extraordinary acclaim. Their newest release, Everything Sings Tonight is at once bold, poetic and musically adventurous, and shines with that signature intimacy and warmth for which their live shows have become so renowned.
Lauded for writing “some of the most simple and beautiful songs you will hear” (****The Age)
“Exquisitely impressionistic… poetry in motion” (**** Rolling Stone)
“Atmospheric, innovative… brilliance” (**** SydneyMorningHerald)
Harry Hookey is an aria nominated singer/songwriter from Gippsland but Burra, Gympie, Parachilna, Wangaratta, you name a town in Australia, chances are Harry Hookey has played it, probably in the last month. This is a man who lives and breathes the troubadour tradition.
“That’s sort of the aim of the game,” he smiles. “Most weeks I’ll have four or five gigs and just keep it happening. I’ve slept in my car a lot over the last couple of years. That’s my main address. And Australia’s a great country for it too: you meet a lot of cool people.”
That’s been the lot of this Gippsland-born boy who gave up the country for the city, and life as a would-be lawyer for life as a roaming musician.
“I listen to a bit of country music, but I’m mainly from a folky background. I’m a big fan of the early Dylan records, a bit of Woody Guthrie, early Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, all that sort of stuff. That’s what I grew up listening to and then branched out into rock, and then found country a bit later with Hank Williams. I think my music’s a reflection of all those tastes, all mixed together,” he says, “somewhere between James Taylor and Nirvana.”
Andrea weaves melodies and storytelling together to create a rich tapestry, much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village. Each song is crafted in a way that allows the listener to subtly enter into the space between words and really experiencing the story. Her music crosses into various contemporary genres including folk, funk and soul, however it is her smooth laid-back vocal tones that make each song come alive.
The Timbers’ thumping rhythms and big misty mountain melodies will cast you away to a sweaty, smoky, melting-pot of folk, roots and Celtic bushman brassy punk. They rollick and hammer their way through live gigs with abundant energy and have become festival favourites throughout Australia. This Adelaide based band has an infectious desire to take their audience on a wild ride of non stop musical passion with no limits.
Stallholder and volunteer applications opening soon.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Majors Creek Festival will take place from Friday 11th until Sunday 13th November in a number of venues in and around the Majors Creek Recreation Ground.
We are looking for performers across a range of musical genres – folk/roots, Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, blues, Americana, singer songwriters, and more – who are willing to participate in a number of activities during the festival including concert performances, workshops, themed concerts, dances and children’s events where possible.
We are also looking for professional dance acts to be part of our dance program for both display shows and to run dance classes. Please fill out the application form specifically for dance acts.
‘Majors’ has always been known as one of the friendliest small festivals on the eastern seaboard and a place where people enjoy rubbing shoulders with their musical heroes at the bar or in one of the concert venues. We encourage your participation in informal sessions and sing-alongs at the bar and at the Majors Creek Hotel.
Majors Creek is approximately 1 hour and 15 min from Canberra with its closest town for supplies, hospital etc is 16km away in Braidwood. The majority of the performers camp on-site but there is a range of comfortable accommodation available in Braidwood.
A small number of billet places are available for performers in Majors Creek itself but those are prioritised to performers who are travelling with small children or who have mobility issues.
APPLICATIONS TO PERFORM AT MAJORS CREEK FESTIVAL 2016 ARE NOW OPEN!
Some more great photos from our 2015 festival are below and in our gallery!