The Pirateman Michael Speranza… is ”An outlandish vagabond from another world...Specialising in nautical nonsense and sea shanty shenanigans, Pirateman brings a treasure trove of talent anywhere he goes! From crystal ball "contact juggling", LED & Fire circus arts and puppet characters quite literally hiding in his sleeves, Pirateman is sure to leave land lubbers bewildered with delight. He doesn't steal treasure, he only takes a piece of your imagination and heart with him as he sets off to his next adventure bringing joy, glee and magc from the seven seas. He will perform Fire and LED performances (collaborative with others as well as solos, LED ocean voyage act, Family friendly circus show "ARRR" is for Adventure, Circus workshops focusing on contact juggling/ juggling/ staff/ poi/ other manipulations from plates/ diabolo/ flower sticks. Solo or collaborative, hour slots, Pirate art and craft up-cycling workshops,  Roving entertainment and collaborative pieces  with community members and touring artists. http://piratemanmichael.com

 

 

 

Katie McKay is a highly accomplished performing artist, known for her versatility and creativity. As a performer on viola and electric violin, she has a passion for presenting new and unique music, fusing aspects of music making from a wide variety of genres and cultures. Katie frequently performs around Australia in various chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras, and has spent the last year collaborating and studying with artists in New York thanks to the generous support of the Australia Council and the WA Department of Culture and the Arts. Katie has received music degrees from the University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and has held full-scholarship positions at the Australian National Academy of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. She is also an accomplished researcher specialising in the development of socialist realism in Soviet music, and a passionate music educator.

 

Taiko On! Perth’s first dedicated performing Taiko Ensemble, an elite performance group focussing on the traditions and skills of Wadaiko and blending contemporary influences of percussion, dance, flute and Didgeridoo. Performance Style Traditional Festival Drumming in a variety of styles and positions with syncronised movements, vocalisation and energy.  Performance highlights include ZEST FEST – Kalbarri – Community workshops, school program and Performance,  Shinjyu Matsuri – Pearl Festival Broome WA, many more  & Consulted to WA Ballet 2017.  

 

Taiko On! Yoshitaka Saegusa aka Sanshi is a Japanese contemporary didgeridoo player who started playing didgeridoo in 1997. His passion took him to Arnhem land - the home of didgeridoo, where he met the didgeridoo master Djalu Gurruwiwi and his family. Sanshi was adopted into their family and given an aboriginal name "Malarra" (meaning Manta Ray). He performs as a solo artist, collaboration artist, studio musician, the trio "Breath" with Anne Norman (Japanese shakuhachi flute) and Reo Matsumoto (Beatbox), World fusion band “Eastwinds” and Taiko ON. Sanshi had played with several musicians and artists, from modern electro music to classical music, world instruments, dancers, live painting artists and live poetry readings. Sanshi’s didgeridoo performance techniques, variety of percussive rhythms and diverse range of sounds are ground breaking. His CDs include: "Chikyu" (meaning Earth);"Bansuri"; "Ancestral Spiral"; “Ocean Breath”; “Eastwinds” and other collaboration albums have also been released.  After the March 11 Earthquake disaster in 2011 in Japan, Sanshi has participated in charity concerts, and as a result, has realised music is a powerful tool for creating positive steps towards helping others. His performance style is Traditional Festival Drumming in a variety of styles and positions with syncronised movements, vocalisation and energy.  He plays Instruments Japanese Taiko Drums, Large “Nagado” and “Hira-daiko to small “Shime-daiko” Bamboo Flute & Didgeridoo as well as a variety of traditional percussion instruments.

 

Abigail Rose has trained in multiple circus disciplines in New Zealand, discovering a passion for creativity and physical challenge. She was trained by Deborah Pope on Swinging Trapeze in New Zealand and then continued her training across Canada to New York USA. She has spent the past 10 years performing aerials across the Southern Hemisphere and running workshops in multiple schools and outreach programmes in Western Australia and South Africa. More recently performing at the Glastonbury Performing Arts Festival in the United Kingdom. She specialises in Aerial Rope and Double Trapeze and has been working for Zip Zap Circus in South Africa on multiple outreach projects for kids.  Since 2017, Abigail has built a successful circus school in the South Island of New Zealand by creating the Arrowtown Kids Circus. Her acts will capture you through beauty and strength on the Aerial Rope and Trapeze. Taking many different forms they will amaze any audience.

 

Eloise Green has performed at over ninety festivals in 20 countries around the world. She has produced and performed in her own productions that have secured seasons at the London National theatre, Melbourne Arts Centre and Brisbane Festival. She has also performed in ’The Funatorium' produced by The Sydney Opera House which still continues to tour. In 2003 Eloise completed a Bachelor of Circus Arts and for 2 years performed as M.C. and acrobat with ‘Circus Oz’. Eloise has also been the recipient of state and Federal funding to create and present several productions and undertake professional development opportunities. She has been the Artistic Associate for the South Australian Circus Centre which included co-ordinited and directed numerous state funded outreach programs that utilise circus as a social tool within communities and schools. Eloise began performing and training at the age of six with Adelaide’s youth circus, Cirkidz and since then has performed in over fifty different productions in theatres, big tops, train stations, forests, caravan parks, on the beach, the street and islands all over the Globe.  ‘Eloise has a proven track record as a performer… Her performances are funny, skilled and inclusive, and she has a rare combination of raucous comedy and disciplined circus skill. Eli has an infectious and generous energy and enthusiasm, particularly in front of a crowd. She also has an extraordinary ability to play off the energy of a crowd, incorporate improvisation and heckles as well as interact with individuals from the audience.” Mike Finch, Artistic Director, Circus Oz ‘Eli Green is a unique performer who has the ability to completely engage with & engage her audience in her performances and this is a rare talent indeed. I have watched Eli’s work evolve and to my delight she is always original, comic, quirky and feisty when she performs her take on the world! Eli Green is an outstanding Australian performer.’  Gail Kelly, Director of Austalian Circus Arts and Physical Theatre Association 

 

Layla Rose Hanbury, known mononymously as Layla, is an Australian hip hop singer-songwriter and MC from Perth. In January 2005 she released her debut solo album, Heretik, on Obese Records. She is a member of Syllabolix (SBX) Crew, with other MCs including her husband, Dazastah (aka Darren Reutens). The couple also perform as Layla and Dazastah. During September and October 2011 the duo were a support act for another SBX artist, Drapht, on his Australia-wide Party Party Party Tour

 

As mischievous as she is charming, Fremantle’s Mama Kin is part raconteur and all-out entertainer. With a widespread reputation for her unique blend of foot-stomping soul, heart wrenching ballads and stirring live shows, Mama Kin is back with a swag of new songs and a shift  in sonic direction. Her new album, The Magician’s Daughter, signals an expansion in Mama Kin’s musical palette. It ushers in a depth and potency underpinned by Mama Kin’s vocals that so spectacularly hover between vulnerability and power. Cinematic at times, with lush arrangements and bold production by Jan Skubiszewski (Way of the Eagle, Owl Eyes, The Cat Empire), The Magician’s Daughter pushes Mama Kin’s own boundaries, challenging her trademark sound. Where her debut album Beat and Holler was a soulstress’ war cry, traversing the riotous and the raw, her sophomore album takes us deeper into the human condition, where the magic lives. She will collaborate with the Carnarvon Community Choir and perform with them at the Gascoyne River Music Festival & the Eventide Festival in Carnarvon - the GiM Festival finally!  She was the winner of a WAM Award for Folk Act of the Year 2013, Nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album 2013, Nominated for an AIR Award for Best Blues and Roots Album 2010 & 2013. “It exists in the soulful place where art meets the world” The Sydney Morning Herald “excellent, soulful and feisty”  The West Australian “complex and varied…exciting and intricate” Tone Deaf “Feisty and full of heart and melody, Mama Kin’s smoky vocals are both seductive and tender” ABC Radio “The result is hypnotic” Stack Magazine “definitely my favourite and most inspiring album of the year so far”  Triple J Magazine “It doesn’t ever really let go, musically, sonically and emotionally”  The Sydney Morning Herald “a delicious hotpot of soulful grooves, seductive melodies, stomping percussive beats and classic old-world instrumentation” The Sunday Mail “lashings of pop nous” Rolling Stone “a remarkable piece of songwriting, so tender and real”  The Melbourne Magazine, The Age “really special, totally smouldering” The Sun-Herald “a giddy joy to watch” FasterLouder “a delicious hotpot of soulful grooves, seductive melodies, stomping percussive beats and classic old-world instrumentation” The Sunday Mail “heartache and melody…pulling you along for a beautiful journey.”  Triple J “There is something primal and infectious about soul delivered this way.” AIR Independent Review 

 Mama Kin Spender will headline the Gascoyne River Music Festival on Saturday 12 May 2018!

Formidable Vegetable Sound System Having performed everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to the local farmers market over the past four years, Formidable Vegetable Sound System are the world's most successful experiment in eco-swing-funk with their energetic mashups of ukulele quirk and hyperactive horns solely aimed at pounding simple solutions for sustainability deep into your  consciousness. Charlie Mgee: Out to prove that ukuleles CAN save the world, Charlie Mgee (of the internationally renowned permaculture electroswing band, Formidable Vegetable Sound System) has only one goal: to strum simple solutions for sustainability deep into your consciousness in the funkiest way possible. Realising that music is one of the best tools for bringing about cultural change Charlie has embarked on a musical mission to compose swingin' tunes on a ukulele that address issues of climate change, food security and sustainable living in various musical styles ranging from swing jazz, reggae and ska. Carlien Jeanne is a singer-songwriter from Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Her solo work is a melting pot of folky, funky, soulful songs on guitar and ukulele with an emphasis on lyrics. Her music is inspired by artists like Regina Spektor, Passenger and KT Tunstall.

Seychelles islander Grace Barbé is the real deal, a genuinely exotic world music star for the 21st century, with the talent, looks and voice to match. Grace’s soulful music reflects and celebrates the diverse cultural influences of her Indian Ocean heritage.

In performance, Grace lights up the stage with a vibrant and engaging presence that compels the audience to get up and dance. Her voice is a remarkably powerful instrument, and as a songwriter she has a rare and natural gift for rhythm and melody. Grace plays guitar and bass and sings in three languages; English, Kreol and French. Grace’s band has been awarded “Best World Act” an incredible five years running in her current home state of Western Australia. Grace Barbé will be playing at the Barefoot Black Tie, Burringurrah Festival of Fire and Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival in 2017.

Family Shoveller Band are a 4 piece band from Bidyadanga Community, 176km South of Broome. The band is primarily made up of members of the Shoveller Family a legendary clan headed by the inimitable Franky Shoveller. FSB features BJ (Billy-Jo.) on vocals and guitar, Francis on Drums, Petha, vocals and guitar and Jordan on Bass The band recorded and released their debut album in 2011, Brother,. The album was enthusiastically received and got widespread airplay across the indigenous radio networks of Australia, spawning 3 minor hits with Nyundoo Yarrinae, So We Dance and Music Man. They have since enjoyed a huge reputation as a live band and regularly sell out their regional shows In 2016 they recorded their second album – Feel So Free (2017), recorded at the FSB home studio and mastered at Reel to Real. Their music is a mix of joyous dance good times, and country infused power ballads talking about life, culture and family. Their live shows are a sweat fest of good times.

Dave Mann is both an accomplished performer and a versatile songwriter with bittersweet songs ranging from ballads, through folk and reggae to rock. He writes from the heart about subjects that touch us all and cuts straight to the truth. His voice is incredibly beautiful and his vocal range astounding. Put this together with open chord tunings, slide guitar and virtuosic playing and something very special is created. And while Dave’s style is constantly evolving and growing it is still instantly recognizable, giving a resonance of familiarity and comfort to the listener. 

Dave Mann takes his audiences on a seamless musical journey from fairyland to iconic pub-rock. Always surprising – in the best possible way. 

and has played most major Australian festivals including the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Fairbridge Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, Folk Rhythm & Life and Peat’s Ridge Festivals. Dave has supported artists such as Jeff Martin (The Tea Party),The Whitlam’s, Pete Murray, The Cat Empire, Eric Bibb, Thirsty Merc, Jeff Lang, Diesel and Lior. 

Listening to Bec Schofield’s music is like being wrapped in silk by a warm fire, a gentle breeze in your hair, your toes in the earth and the perfect drink in your hand. Her voice is caramel for the soul; her songs’ strength is in their simplicity – a pure, intimate, new voice that whispers passion and magic in a deeply feminine way. 

Bec’s first full length release, “Love Country”, a collaboration with husband Dave Mann, is incredibly beautiful. Exquisite vocal harmonies float over classical and slide guitars, Irish bouzouki and mandolin. Bec’s love for people and place shines through with a refreshingly stripped back and honest sound.

"Bec Schofield's ideologies are imbedded in all things natural infusing her folk/blues with an easy honesty that's infectious and free spirited. She performs with intimacy"  (Peats Ridge Festival).

"Original earthy soul direct from the heart"(Artichoke, Sydney).

PSO comprises many of WA’s most talented orchestral musicians. Many have held principal player positions with Australia’s State symphony orchestras. Alongside these experienced musicians sit the cream of WA’s younger players. The combination of youthful talent with experience and musicianship is what gives PSO its unique sound and energy.

The PSO string quartet are playing at all 2017 festivals.

It started as a friendship at Craigie High School and morphed into one of the most loved and most successful hip-hop outfits WA has ever had.  Downsyde released a bunch of great albums, performed all over the country and around the world, they stormed the Wami awards several times over and paved the way for many who followed.

After taking time out for a few years to pursue solo endeavours Optamus, Dazastah and Shahbaz are back making music together, with Daz and Pauly P hitting the stage during Gascoyne in May 2017

Acknowledged as one of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players, Mark Atkins is also recognized internationally for his collaborative projects with some of the world’s leading composers and musicians.  A descendant of Western Australia’s Yamitji people, as well as of Irish/Australian heritage, Mark is known not only for his masterly playing, but also as a storyteller, composer, percussionist, visual artist and instrument maker.  Through Mark’s lips the air blows as a natural desert sound, in old ethnic chants and in polyphonic melodies of astonishing rhythm.  Mark will be playing in Shark Bay, Burringurrah, Exmouth and Coral Bay in 2017.

Swedish performer, Johan Wellton, will show a mixture of high voltage circus skills and witty comedy. Appearing at all festivals in 2017.

Kaleido specialises in contemporary circus, combining acrobatic feats with elements of dance, music and theatre. Stylistically, Kaleido focuses on productions with literary, meaningful underpinnings. In particular, the creation of works based on scientific research. They will be attending the TropiCOOL festival, Barefoot Black Tie, Gascoyne River Music Festival and the Festival of the Reef in 2017.

James’ live shows have been described as energetic and relaxing at the same time, with a perfect blend of upbeat folk tunes and entrancing falsetto break downs.

A dynamic and versatile performer on both acoustic and electric harps, Catherine is comfortable in a multitude of genres including classical, new music/experimental, rock/pop, folk/world, free-improvisation and jazz.  Her broad experience has led her to collaborate with a diverse range of musicians and artists in every field.