Woodford Folk Festival -
2007/8 December 26-Jan1 Woodford QLD (1.5 hrs north of Brisbane)
The Woodford Folk Festival is an event of international standing. Held over six days and six nights it presents more than 2000 performers and 400 events with concerts, dances, workshops, forums, street theatre, writers' competitions, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, history forums, an entire children's festival, art and craft workshops, late night cabarets and special events including a spectacular fire event. The Festival features the cream of Australian performers and a generous gathering of special international guests
Fine Wines from the Vines
This year the Woodford Folk Festival presents a celebration of the vine, with a collection of wines from the magnificent growing regions Australia and New Zealand. During the six days and nights of the festival, from December 27 to January 1, the 2800 artists and performers won't be the only ones in the spotlight. Reds and Whites will display their full colour, scent and body in an unashamed brag at the quality and character of regional wines.
For those who can't really tell a blackberry from a strawberry, or a peach from a mango, let alone those chocolates and peppers, wine-maker Glenn Robert, and Andrew Patterson of the Troubadour Wine Bar will lead a series of workshops at Vines wine bar during the festival. Wine-tasting workshops will expand participants knowledge and appreciation of wines with an understanding of the associated language.
The main focus of the wine festival will be Vines wine bar presenting 14 different white and sparkling wines and 14 reds. Wine producers were invited to present their wines directly to the public and the regions represented
include: Coal River TAS, Freycinet TAS, Heathcote VIC, Hunter Valley NSW, Margaret River WA, Adelaide Hills SA, McClaren Vale SA, Mornington Peninsula VIC, Waipara Hills NZ, Marlborough NZ, Barossa Valley SA, Yarra Valley VIC, Stanthorpe QLD, Capel WA, Granton TAS.
Vines bar manager Phil Gordon explains that it was not easy to select the wines. "It took a committee of wine makers and connoisseurs weeks to wade through samples from all over Australia and New Zealand before we were able to nail the final selection," he explains. But his statement on the difficulty of the task has to be taken with a grain of salt (or a coffee
bean) as the selection process was obviously an enjoyable one.
Phil Gordon has no difficulty picking his personal favourite as the Pinot Noir varieties produced in Tasmania (especially those by vintner Stephano Lubiana), quoting pioneer pinot importer Steve Naughton 'Every now and again pinot turns in a virtuoso performance that touches all the emotions, winning new hearts and leaving her devotees yearning for more.'
Bar staff volunteering at Vines have experience within the wine industry and a sound knowledge of the wines they are serving. Several other venue bars and restaurants at the festival will present an extended list of wines; Arti Arti, The Empire, The Duck and Shovel, The Troubadour and The Wild Orchid.
This gormandised appreciation of wine enhances the already established food culture of the festival and will leave visitors truly sated.
The sweet bluegrass of homes
There'll be a congregation of fiery fiddles and blistering banjos at Woodford Folk Festival this Dec 27 to Jan 1. Welcoming home its sons and daughters from across the seas, the festival will see a fantastic collection of bluegrass musicians and some inspired country folk. What better place to host this little bit of country than the Woodford festival site nestled in green hills of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland.
Blue Grassy Knoll's strong partnership with American silent film genius Buster Keaton has inspired applause and standing ovations around the world.
From Broadway to Beijing, they've received rave revues for their high-energy gypsy bluegrass and creative sound effects.
Vicariously related to the Blue Grassy Knoll are bluegrass fiends the Devil Goat Family String Band. These five musicians are proud to have created what they describe as a "hilly-billy Frankenstien", with original bluegrass style tunes that are not afraid to venture into the swampy badlands of Country, Folk, and Gypsy.
The Davidson Brothers are described by Australian bluegrass pioneer Trevor Warner as "nothing short of sensational". Now in their early 20s, these young lads from rural Victorian started playing banjo, fiddle, mandolin when they were children. With awards and accolades too numerous to mention (see their website), their album Raised On The Road was recorded in Nashville and won Australian Independent Country album of 2007.
Australian country artists are forming a well-trodden path to the renowned and legendary studios of Nashville Tennessee, with other festival guests The Waifs also recently recording there, and The Greencards having first met there in a recording studio.
When UK bluegrass fiddle maestro Eamon McLoughlin met Australians Carol Young and Kym Warner they had in common a love of American roots music. The Greencards friendly bluegrass jams soon blossomed into a fresh hybrid of folk balladry and rock and roll which has seen them headline major festivals, win awards, and tour the US with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.
Combining a respect for tradition and a passion for innovative songwriting, they are flourishing in Nashville.
The Waifs recorded their album, sundirtwater, in Nashville earlier this year, in a studio famous for the recordings of Waylon Jennings. Like the trio themselves, who first met in the west Australian desert, their new songs travel across wide spaces, maintaining connection through distances and diverse styles. Their homegrown and independent music from the heart has won them awards, platinum albums, and the love of fans around the world.
With music from the roots of America and the heart of Australia, artists at the Woodford Folk Festival offer more than old-fashioned country and bluegrass. These living traditions find new life and expression in their young and enthusiastic exponents. For a taste of the big heart of country and the nourishing soul of bluegrass, head on down to the Woodford Folk Festival this December.
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