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Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with the Port Fairy Folk Festival and The National Folk Festival presents

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys & Siskin River

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Hailing from Prince Edward Island on Canada’s east coast, the multi-award-winning Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music in an exhilarating live show that instantly enamours audiences, with jaw-dropping stagecraft and showmanship. Whilst simultaneously playing the fiddle – and exhibiting an outright disregard for the physics of a double bass, in an unforgettable live experience – Gordie MacKeeman’s thrilling ‘Crazy Legs’ dance style mixes with close-harmony bluegrass vocals, Peter Cann’s blistering guitar solos, and the lively multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb (vocals, banjo, guitar, pedal steel guitar and double bass) and Mark Geddes (double bass, drums, percussion, mandolin and banjo). The band’s most recent album, Pickin’ n Clickin’, was honoured with the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year, and the band were awarded the Galaxie Supernova Award at the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for their outstanding high-energy performance. The Rhythm Boys have performed at the legendary Glastonbury Festival, Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival, WOMAD, Celtic Connections, and throughout Canada, the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Malaysia and Australia.

The band’s most recent album, Pickin’ n Clickin’, was honoured with the 2014 East Coast Music Award for Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year,
and the band were awarded the Galaxie Supernova Award at the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival
for their outstanding high-energy performance.

Siskin River (New South Wales, Australia)

A compact duo with big sound, Siskin River delivers an original style of folky blues & roots, with a stomping groove factor, delectable riffs, fast fingers, and evocative lyrics. With Tullara's unique style of percussive guitar tapping, Shalane's earthy vocals, three years on the road, two EP's, and now their debut album 'The Hours They Keep' (released August 2014), these sisters are redefining 'Sibling Rivalry'. With their unique sound and striking live performances, Siskin River have been winning over audiences since they first hit the road in December 2011. During three years of non-stop touring, sisters Shalane and Tullara Connors have taken 'Cabin Fever' to brave new heights travelling State and Territory and living out the back of their trusty wagon “The Siskimobile”. Now, having featured at an astounding number of festivals across Australia including Woodford Folk Festival, Falls, Caloundra, Queenscliff, Port Fairy, Mullum, Festival of the Sun and Fairbridge (to name a few) the duo finally released their much anticipated Debut Album 'The Hours They Keep' (produced by ARIA nominees Nicky Bomba and Robin Mae) in August 2014.


In 2014 Siskin River finally announced
their long-awaited debut album
'The Hours They Keep'.

ABOUT FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS What is it:

The Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by the Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with many other wonderful Australian festivals, regional partners and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music. It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home and Abroad into their towns, and a way of exploring this vast country in the spirit of hospitality and great fun.

The artist line-up for Small Halls will always be at least one Australian artist and one International touring artist, who play music of exceptional quality and heart. They’ve been chosen for the tour not only because of their beautiful songs and tunes, but because they have the ability to really connect with the people they play for, whether through storytelling, the ability to tell a good joke (or a truly terrible one), a wonderful warmth and a real interest in visiting places a little off the beaten track. Each night of the tour is hosted by volunteers from the local community, so it’s also a chance for a town to show off their warmest welcome and most enthusiastic audiences.

From our farmlands to the flood lands, the rainforests to the outback, Festival of Small Halls audiences can expect a beautiful night of original music, as well as a chance to catch up with their families and friends during a supper break, where cake and tea are served. It’s an all ages event and all are welcome.

Click on the tours link to find out if we’re coming to a town near you – and if we’re not, please extend the invitation. We’d love to come visit.

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