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Fleurieu Folk Festival Folkathon: Review

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Haydn Radford -A freelance writer born in Adelaide, who loves living here. I write about movies, theatre, entertainment, literary and art events. I am happy to promote & review your events.
Folkathon that leads us to Fluerieu Folk Festival in October
Folkathon - Review
Chris Finnen: Nominated into Blues Hall of fame New York, USA, in August 2013 - Photo courtesy of Reg Bettesworth.

If the recent Folkathon held at Port Noarlunga on 1 June is any indication of what we can look forward to at the Fleurieu Folk Festival 2014, then we are in for another exciting festival in Willunga on 24 - 26 October when over 60 acts will feature some of the finest folk, acoustic and roots performers from all over Australia.

The Folkathon, proved to be a fabulous 10 hour folk music marathon featuring some of Australia's finest performers. All the proceeds from the event will go towards the Fleurieu Folk Festival 2014 fundraising campaign.

For folk music lovers it was an event that provided something for everyone, whether it was beautiful acapella singing or brilliant musicianship producing an extreme variety of music that included and fused various genres of blues, country, Celtic, country rock music and some very energetic border morris dancing, and a guest poet with a keen sense of humour.

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Chris Finnen - Blowin' up a storm. Photo by Writer.

What also makes these festivals special is the gathering of some brilliant musicians and singers who gain a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction from jamming together and spontaneously creating some wonderful music and memories.

Folkathon 2014 was hosted and sponsored by the Port Noarlunga Bowling Club: Hunt Park, River Road, Port Noarlunga." The club rooms provided ample seating and dance area for those motivated to have a good time and dance to the rhythm of the Celtic music and the graceful movements of local identity, Michael, a renowned Fleurieu folk music enthusiast, who certainly set the pace for the younger dancers.

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A lot of fun was had by those participating as well as those who enjoyed observing. Photo courtesy Courtney Robb.

Some of the highlights of The Folkathon program:

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Emlyn & Jodie O'Regan - beautiful singing and harmonizing. Photo by Writer.

Emlyn & Jodie O'Regan
With beautifully trained voices Emlyn and Jodie sung a collection of gospel, folk and old songs, including Lavendar Blue, You are my Sunshine, Black is the Colour, Michael, Row the Boat Ashore without any instrumental accompaniment, putting their own stamp on songs with their haunting and unique acappella arrangements.

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A.P. D'Antonio: some fine country blues pickin' and singing. Photo courtesy of Charles Sharrads.

A.P. D'Antonio
With his authentic freewheelin', raw performance of 1920's - 1940's country blues Anthony played an array of country folk songs including St James' Infirmary, Candy Man & One Kind Favour and some talkin' blues, along with his own composition about the Semaphore Reform School.

Folkathon a fund raiser for Fleurieu Folk Festival 2014
Saltwater Taffy - Sweet four part harmony. Photo by Writer.

Saltwater Taffy
Adrienne Piggott, Kim Brown, Bronwyn Lloyd and Nikki Nicholson are Saltwater Taffy. They presented a wide variety of old timey and new country songs in four part harmony including some bluegrass, Waylon Jennings, Casey Chambers and Appalachian songs. All beautifully sung.

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Ragged But Right: their lively music gets audience's feet tapping and hands clapping Photo by Writer.

Ragged But Right
Ragged but Right are Ian Davis, Mike McGregor and Paul Reynolds. Their lively renditions of 1920 & 30's Appalachian jug band music, hill billy blues and dust bowl ballads got the audience's feet tapping and hands clapping along.

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Hot for Joe - a mysterious, wild & dramatic performance. Photo courtesy of Courtney Robb.

Hot For Joe
Hot For Joe is an Adelaide-based women's border morris team formed in 1993. They perform a precise and energetic form of dancing, that inspires modern interpretation of an ancient dance tradition known as border morris dancing from the Cotswolds and the North West of England. Their wild and dramatic performance requires precise and energetic dancing.

They have been recipients of the South Australian Folk Federation Award twice, and have been nominated for a SAMIA twice.

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Hot for Joe - Precise and energetic dancing. Photo courtesy of Courtney Robb.

Folkathon - Review
Chris Finnen: lots of honest & gutsy blues. Photo by Writer.

Chris Finnen
As always, Chris Finnen, the renowned musician who is described as the "guitarist's guitarist", presented some great blues slide guitar and pickin' as he performed some old blues songs as well as some of his original compositions, adding his touch of humour to the lyrics as he embraces everyday experiences.

He entertained us with a variety of songs, including No Body Knows You When You Are Down and Out, Freight Train & Baby Please Don't Go along with some Stone's hits It's All Over Now and Walkin' the Dog and an electric slide instrumental rendition of Waltzing Matilda followed by his own song, Nuclear Wasted with a dash of sly humour.

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Courtney Robb - Her husky vocals are woven with delicate guitar in a style, which embraces folk, country and blues. Photo courtesy of Courtney Robb.

Courtney Robb
Courtney's blues and country guitar backing to her husky vocals are engaging as the passion in her lyrics as she shares her songs with her heartfelt performance. The same energy she expresses whether it be her original songs or her cover versions of songs by Dolly Parton or Elton John.

Marta Bayly joined Courtney on stage and as a duo they played and harmonized together songs of love, belonging, heartache and failure; songs you feel were written just for you from Courtney's new album, In the Dark. .

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Courtney Robb & Marta Bayly played and harmonized together songs you feel were written just for you. Photo courtesy of Courtney Robb.

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Cal Williams Jr: fantastic bottle neck slidin' blues & pounding guitar sounds. Photo courtesy of Courtney Robb.

Cal Williams Jr
Cal Williams Jr. has drawn upon the rich roots of early Delta Blues and British finger-style folk to create a unique brand of slide guitar. He performed an elaborate slide guitar and picking accompaniment to numbers Southbound Train & Seventh Son.

Courtney Robb & Cal gave an impressive duo rendition of Dave Van Ronk's Careless Love and Bob Dylan's I Shall be Released. followed by a pounding rendition by Cal of a Son House song with the powerful drumming accompaniment provided by Dean Lizotte from Half Way Forth.

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Halfway to Forth: shades of honest folk, country & blues. Photo courtesy of Courtney Robb.
Halfway to Forth
The brotherly duo Dan & Kyle Lizotte performed their own blues style blending different forms of roots music with shades of folk, gospel, country and blues. A combination of old and new songs with seemingly effortless bottle neck slide guitar, banjo pluckin' and driving percussion and kazoo.

Carl Williams Jr returned to join Dan and Kyle on a high energy rendition of Ramblin' on my Mind.

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Serendipity are duo of Kacey Stephensen & Emily Schoof; they play delightful guitar & sing endearing melodies. Photo courtesy of Courtney Robb.

Kacey Stephensen and Emily Schoof are Serendipity. Their duo performances comprised of engaging and beautiful harmonies are combined with energetic and talented playing on guitar and mandolin. Their repertoire included their original songs Life Song, Snowflakes & Wildman as well as the title number from their new album Run with Me. Emily and Kacey's cover version of the song Michigan, a composition by the Milk Carton Kids is always a crowd favourite as Serendipity continue to gain a stronger following in the folk scene and various other music gigs.

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Spiral Dance - A blend of high energy folk rock. Photo courtesy of Reg Bettesworth.

Spiral Dance
Their high energy Folk Rock music has elements of magic and mystery has been inspired by stories of myth, legend and ancient folklore. Their rich vocals and rousing and irresistible Celtic sounds with electric guitar, bass & accordion backup certainly got dancers moving with great enthusiasm during the exciting performances of Bad Boys and Whickerman.

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Maria Vouis Guest Poet proving poetry can be fun and entertaining. Photo by Writer.

Maria Vouis
Special guest was local poet whose engaging delivery of her poems entertained us and was further proof that poetry can be entertaining, quirky, sexy without offending and lots of fun.

For further updates of Fleurieu Folk Festival 2014 watch this space.
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Why? A great opportunity to see some of the finest acappella singing, blues, folk, Celtic and traditional country music performances from all over Australia.
Phone: 0417985657
Where: Willunga South Australia
Cost: Folkathon $25/$20
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