The Chocolate Lilies is an a cappella choir formed in 1994, based in Hurstbridge and Warrandyte. The choir is named after a local purple and black wildflower that smells like chocolate. The choir aims to provide a supportive environment for people to develop their singing ability, a sense of belonging and to have fun. They sing an eclectic blend of world, gospel, contemporary and original material, with a beautiful soulful sound and rich divine harmonies.
Anna Cordell’s rich folk music straddles that place between light and dark where true human emotion exists, her poetic musings and penchant for the minor key coupled with her intricate nylon playing and haunting yet uplifting voice make for an incredibly enthralling performance
Sisters and Misters
A fabulous Melbourne mass vocal group. The majority of these people, not only have never sung in public, but also have had no previous singing experience. Sisters and Misters is led by Irene Bennetts.
Ruth Hazleton and Bill Jackson
Highly regarded individually in the Australian acoustic music scene for their vocal abilities, song writing and musicianship, partners Ruth Hazleton, Vocals / Banjo / Guitar and Bill Jackson Vocals / Guitar / Harmonica first joined forces in 2007.
Individually and together they have toured the UK, Ireland and the US and have recorded and released more than a dozen albums to wide critical acclaim internationally - Ruth as part of seminal Australian Folk Duo, Kate Burke & Ruth Hazleton and Bill as a solo performer. Both are also past nominees for The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards.
The duo presents a combination of original songs and traditional songs from the Americana and folk music traditions.
Elbow Room play original music and a selection of eclectic covers that are from any one of a number of genres, sometimes all in 1 song…Elbow Room are Folk, Rock, Pop and Punk.
Elbow Room are – Gez – Guitar/Vocals – Kris – Drums and Sean – Bass/sometimes 12 string Guitar/vocals.
Gez Smith has probably written more songs than any one I have ever met or heard of. He has a great way with words/stories and hooks to get the listener in! He plays left handed even though he is right handed. He drives trains.
Kris Arrowsmith has played drums since he was a kid. It is rumoured he had a kit in his Mums womb. He is a powerhouse drummer who has a deep love of Animal from the Muppets.
Sean Flynn plays bass and sometimes 12 string guitar and has been known to write songs on one, thinking it is the other. He has a backing vocal style that ranges from broken chicken to broken horse. He currently has the best beard in the band.
Other festival activities are on the Entertainment and workshop page