Craig Woodward is a Melbourne based multi-instrumentalist and American ‘Southern’ Old Time music specialist who grew up at Warracknabeal. Craig is bringing three line-ups to this year’s Grampians Grape Escape. The Flying Engine Stringband is the latest incarnation of the band formally known as Headbelly Buzzard, their residency at the Railway Hotel in North Fitzroy is a Melbourne institution, now in it’s nineteenth year. The band are a five piece acoustic up-tempo American ‘Southern’ style Old Time Stringband featuring Craig on fiddle and claw-hammer banjo and vocal, Liam Wratten on fiddle and banjo, Susan Shaw on guitar, Brett Leppik on banjolin and Jeremy Hanley on double bass. The Flying Engine Trio play a mix of up tempo fiddle and banjo dance tunes as well as some more laid back grooves. The ‘Johnny Can’t Dance’ Cajun Trio play traditional Cajun and Creole music from Southwest Louisiana featuring two-steps, one-steps, blues, breakdowns and Stomps from the Swamps!
Four-piece outfit The Sons of May are an indie-folk-rock outfit that exudes an infectious folk swagger while reminiscent of artists such as John Butler, Glen Hansard and Mumford and Sons. The Sons will deliver a refreshing antipodean take on the well-trodden Folk-Rock genre. The band have enjoyed touring around Australia and are now on the cusp of their debut album release.
Bree-Arne Charmley is a singer-songwriter from Point Lonsdale. She started out on the piano when she was just three and learned to play by copying her mother and also found that she could play tunes just by listening to them. Despite being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 19, which has resulted in her losing some balance and needing a wheelchair, Bree-Arne recently gave birth to her first child. Bree-arne’s poetic lyrics about her life experiences, blended together with pitch perfect, soulful vocals forms a unique music style that fits perfectly with Halls Gap in May.
Lucy Bowen is a ratbag, gyspy child with sparkle in her heart. Honesty as raw as a good cuppa earl grey. A bounce for life higher than Lucy in the sky. Victorian born singer songwriter writer, 23 year old, Lucy Bowen will inspire, strip back, add a touch of nonsense and even challenge a good heart. Lucy is a musical delight and has charmed the socks off Grampians locals in recent years. Lend her your ears and this girl will warm your heart and leave you smiling. As Lucy says, “It’s the simple things in life keep us happy and alive”.
Candice McLeod‘s trademark exuberance has captivated audiences around Australia. Drawing influence from Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell and Rick Price, Candice’s music truly reveals her gypsy soul in its most raw form.
Stay tuned, the rest of the music line-up for 2014 will be announced soon!