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The World is Coming to Woodford: International Performers at the Festival
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The call of the Woodford Folk Festival is bringing visitors from near andfar to the beautiful surrounds of rural south-east Queensland.    This year the festival welcomes some special guests from over the seas on their first ever journey to the land down under.    They come from France, Canada, Scotland, USA, Israel, Nepal, and the islands of the Pacific for six days of music, fun and celebration from the 27th December to 1st of January 2008.

On their first Australian tour Babylon Circus, blenders of ska-punk, chanson, funk, afro-beat and dancehall reggae, have been zigzagging the globe with their epic and infatuating sonic spectacle.    Popular subjects on YouTube, with a rapidly growing fan base, this 10-piece offers multi-lingual chicanery with humour and stacks of energy.    Check them out at or  MySpace.

World music sensation Te Vaka are a 12-piece mixed Polynesian cultural group led by Opetaia Foa'a.    Their vibrant and unique blend of traditional rhythms and dances, indigenous instruments and globally influenced makes them the most internationally successful Polynesian world music group in the world  (see The Rough Guide to World Music Vol 2)

Raised in a musical community between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Moshav combine powerful rhythms with poignant lyrics, injecting reggae and middle eastern influences and creating an edgy ethnic sound impossible to resist.

Described as the French Jeff Buckley and compared to Ben Harper, self described as 'a manufacturer of  pop-folk-bluesy songs with intellectual pretentions', Senegal born and raised in France, TeTe sings about universal subjects such as love, modesty, ego, and  solitude.    Rarely heard outside of France this is Chanson at its best and a unique voice.

Edinburgh's indescribable Shooglenifty return to Australilan shores after a long absence (especially long for those fans who love them so well, and will be flooding in from around the country).    With powerful highland and Scottish traditions meeting contemporary ambient and dance music, their previous tour inspired a stage invasion at the Opera House, what will happen in the Woodford amphitheatre?!

Sanskriti Shrestha from Nepal has been playing tabla since she was four, now an award winning artist and exquisite dancer she is gaining international acclaim for her music.

There are also a number of Australian artists 'coming home' for a visit.   From the legendary Nashville, Tennessee, The Greencards fuse Bluegrass, Americana, and Celtic folk.    They opened for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson on their US '05 tour and recently won best new band at the Austin Music Awards.   The Kin and the Waifs are also trekking home from USA for the festive season.    More news to follow…

Woodford Folk Festival tickets can be bought online or at the festival gate.   For festival info and tickets go to or call 07 5496 1066

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2007 )
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