Andy Brown (New Brunswick, Canada)
A three-time International Songwriting Competition Finalist, Andy Brown has emerged a must-see performer on the Canadian and International music scene. An official Taylor Guitars and Sennheiser Microphones artist, Andy's song ‘Ashes’ was featured in ABC's hit show ‘Rookie Blue’ in the fall of 2011 which helped shoot both the song, and his sophomore album ‘False Alarm’, to #1 on the iTunes Canada singer/songwriter charts. The album and the song also charted in the top 10 in the same category on the US iTunes charts. His music has since been featured on NBC, CTV, Global TV, Showcase, and CBC, and has earned him a slew of national and international songwriting awards and nominations. With performances alongside some of Canada's top musical exports, support slots for 5-time Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama, and tour stops from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Sydney, Australia, the last few years have been non stop for Andy. His honesty as a songwriter, expressive showmanship, and soaring vocals have made him a fan-favourite wherever he performs. In the past twelve months, Andy has supported Australian legends such as Ian Moss, Ray Beadle and Diesel, performed in front of sold out crowds in East Canada and is making waves around North America. Andy’s last Australian tour was as a direct, nationwide support for Australian Idol Winner Damien Leith’s national ‘Without a Fight’ CD release tour with Andy also penning two of the tracks featured on Leith’s new album.
The Mae Trio (Victoria, Australia)
The Mae Trio write contemporary folk songs that are surprisingly mature and insightful for musicians aged between 19 and 22. This multi-award winning trio brings a fresh take to the Australian folk scene in which they are deeply imbedded by drawing on a range of contemporary ideas and influences. Their songs range from an intricate and detailed tribute to 19th century designer William Morris to a catchy yet thoughtful reflection on the effects of the drought on their home town in Central Victoria, Australia. They arrange them tastefully for banjo, cello, fiddle, ukulele, guitar, bass and superb 3 part vocal harmony. The trio present an engaging live performance, inviting the audience in with their infectious warmth and humour. The trio’s debut album ‘Housewarming’, produced by the internationally renowned Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty), was released in August 2013. In the brief time that has followed, they’ve been booked for every major folk festival in Australia, as well as being courted by the UK’s top events and festivals, including a recent appearance at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for the Commonwealth Games Celebrations. No strangers to touring, sisters Elsie and Maggie Rigby and childhood friend Anita Hillman had toured in family bands and their own outfits prior to the sudden success of The Mae Trio.