Woodford Folk Festival and Mullum Music Festival
present Queensland Summer 2013
Rose Cousins (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Rose Cousins finds insight in solitude and strength in numbers. Supported by a thriving Halifax music scene and welcomed by an equally vibrant Boston community, her new album ‘We have made a Spark’ was made in the spirit of community and collaboration. Rooted in authenticity and conviction of voice, from driving opening track ‘The Darkness’ to stark piano ballad ‘Go First’, you feel as though Rose Cousins sings for you, about your life. It is that sincerity that leads some to compare Cousins to our most beloved songwriters, and yet, her passionate delivery is distinctly, Rose.
From writing songs from a tiny cabin without electricity on a New Hampshire island (All The Stars, The Shell) to the stage of one of her many international tour stops, her lone voice reaches out to listeners, all of us surrounded by our own forms of darkness, and charges us to have the courage to forge ahead.
Cousins won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary
Singer of the Year in 2012, and her 2012 CD ‘We Have Made a Spark’
won the 2013 Juno Award as bestSolo Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.
Jordie Lane (Melb, Victoria, Australia)
See the photos and you would be forgiven for thinking that Australian Jordie Lane is just another guitar wielding, hat wearing, beard sporting, love song singing troubadour. A closer listen reveals the love songs are epic tales based on historical figures, the protest songs feature lady-boys and fornicating dogs, the guitar work takes you from early Dylan to southern blues, and that felt hat is camouflaging a messy mop of hair, from a long night spent rescuing a passed out Irish crowd member. You never know what to expect at a Jordie Lane show, and you get the feeling neither does he.
Lane has that rare quality of being able to lure and capture his listeners with his playful charm, rhythmic finger picking, and most of all, that voice. In the same way Joan Baez used to fill Club 47 with pure, unplugged resonance, Lane’s voice has a remarkable ability to climb into every corner of a room, and safely and permanently reside. He sings with effortless volume, in a tone so rich it never fails to silence an audience. He always leaves you with something to take home.
Jordie is touring off the back of his brand new EP
‘Not Built To Last’
and rounding off a huge year of touring
in Australia, Canada, and the US.
Mt Mee Jinibara people, place orig ‘Dahmongah’ – flying squirrel A drive up to Mount Mee is likely to be slow, your vehicle crawling along the roads as you crane your neck to try to safely check out the breath-taking views of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Take in the spectacular panorama of all of … Read more
Chinchilla/Boonarga Barangun people, name der. from local word for Cypress Pine, Jinchilla This is easily one of the best ‘hall-stories’ on the tour – the only hall in the world known to be dedicated to a moth. Still the best example of bio-control ever, a South American moth rid the Aussie outback of evil cacti … Read more
Degilbo Wakka Wakka, Darielbelum & Dundubara people, name from: dackeel bo ‘sharp/upright stones’ Degilbo’s 110 year old hall sits in a tiny community where the folks are so polite that they’ll beep the horn to warn a stray magpie off the road. Originally formed around the gold-rushes in nearby Paradise and Shamrock, Degilbo has amazing … Read more
Wallaville Taribelung Bunda, Goreng Goreng, Gurang and Baillai people Deep in the heart of sugar-cane country, about 60kms inland from Mackay, Pinnacle sits amidst lush green hills. While Pinnacle itself might be the perfect setting to break your trip for a famous Pinnacle Pub pie, it’s also a good spot to plan your tour of … Read more
Pinnacle Yuwi Yuibera people Deep in the heart of sugar-cane country, about 60kms inland from Mackay, Pinnacle sits amidst lush green hills. While Pinnacle itself might be the perfect setting to break your trip for a famous Pinnacle Pub pie, it’s also a good spot to plan your tour of the towns of the Pioneer … Read more
Capella The drive to Capella passes by in a series of contrasts in colour and texture, from Oz-like, pillowy green fields just past Emerald to gently undulating waves of hazelnut coloured grasses. Newly taken crops leave stalks in rich earth and perfectly maintained fences divide irrigated fields from those lying fallow with the precision of … Read more
Barcaldine Iningai people Sheep and beef cattle rearing are the main industries in this area, but it’s fair to say that the number of people stopping by to see the disarmingly exquisite Tree of Knowledge sculpture, which commemorates the 1891 shearer’s strike (and the bones of the Australian labour movement) is an industry in itself. … Read more
Charleville Bidjara people Charleville has a number of historical footnotes that may catch your attention, but perhaps none so much as the cannons on display in town, which were used in 1902, unsuccessfully, firing into the clouds in an attempt to bring rain to break the drought. These cloud cannons are a great introduction to … Read more
Mitchell Gunggari people Mitchell’s history involves an Aboriginal population acknowledged to have inhabited the area for at least 19,000 years, bush-rangers, miners, and the birth of Australia’s shortest-serving Prime Minister, Francis Forde. A more modern experience, however, might bring you to Mitchell as a worker for one of the nearby mines, or see you settling … Read more
St George Kamilaroi people The fish are jumping, and the cotton’s high – St George is known as the Fishing Capital of Inland Queensland and is home to Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Golden Perch, and Silver Perch..You’re likely to have encountered emus running alongside your vehicle on the way into town, their brown feathers bobbing and … Read more
Eudlo Gubbi Gubbi people, name from local term for ‘freshwater eel’ Eudlo is famous for many things – great jam and preserves, a train crash back in the days of black and white photography, its nearby Buddhist institute of Chen Rezig, the fact that it doesn’t have ‘town water’, the satisfying way that the name … Read more
Wolvi Budjilla people: ‘place of wallabies’ Wolvi straddles an area of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland where dairy farms and granite blend gently into thick sub-tropical jungle. Following the one dirt road for an hour can deliver you from an almost-English lushness with a slow migration of grazing cows and explosions of bougainvillea and jacaranda … Read more
Sandgate Turrbu/Yugarabul people: ‘Warra – a stretch or expanse of water’ Sandgate originated as a sea-side resort town for early European Brisbane residents, with boating, golf and swimming combining with the existing heritage listed building to create ideas of a Gatsby-ish playground in the romantic recollections of locals. Theatre has played a part (ho ho! … Read more
Forest Hill Forest Hill lies deep in the Lockyer Valley, South East Queensland’s salad bowl – rated as one of the top 10 most fertile farming areas in the world. Narrow country roads open out into golden fields of baled hay, green shoots, or fragrant, freshly turned earth, and colourful produce is for sale in … Read more