Artists will be performing across both the Lyric Green Stage and the Wildwood Stage.
With magical vocal harmonies and instrumental wizardry, Pastance span the centuries, bringing together a passion for the music of medieval and Renaissance Europe and a love of traditional folk music. Harp, lute, recorders, shawm, percussion, vocals and more combine to create an entrancing, ethereal and timeless musical experience.
Prepare to be taken to a far away fairytale land with this group. Singer Nadya Golski will enchant with her powerful voice, performing Gypsy songs in several languages, with father son Gypsy accordion maestros Zoran Todorovic and Saša Todorovic, along with guitar and saxophone.
Lazarikon is an ensemble of six female ethno vocalists, accompanied by male vocals and traditional and modern instruments (flute, goblet and goc drums). Showcasing the traditional sacred Balkan songs of their ancestors, Lazaricon’s complex rhythms will have you dancing while their powerful, haunting harmonies will stir your soul.
One appearance only – Lyric Green Stage 12.00pm Saturday 22nd September
Professional harpist and lyre Torin – known as the ‘King of the Celtic Harp’, is a modern day minstrel, singing sacred and sublime songs in in English, Old Norse and other ancient languages, accompanying himself on the harp and lyre.
14th century medieval musicians Robert Brooks and Robert Ely will be joined by the talented and versatile Benjamin Evison, Igor Marjanovic and Jackie Menyhart playing hurdy-gurdy, chalumeau, gemshorn, bagpipes, rebec, flutes and drums.
Driven by violinist Alana, chased by Kirri (double bass) and Sofia (accordion), Vardos play folk and Romany music learnt from Roma (Gypsy) musicians during their Eastern European travels. Vardos have a fantastic live reputation, having played across the globe and at major festivals such as Dark Mofo, Harvest, and Falls Festival in Australia.
Kengugró Hungarian Folklore Ensemble &The Transylvaniacs
Enjoy the wild, spirited music of Sydney’s premier Hungarian folk band , The Transylvaniacs, and dance ensemble, Kengugró, as they play traditional music from Hungary and Transylvania and perform dances inspired by traditional village dancers.
Sydney Balalaika Orchestra
Russia (or Rus’) is a child of the Middle Ages. Said to be Vikings, the Rurikids united Slavic, Finnic and Turkic-speaking tribes across wide lands. With its traditional folk instruments and costumes, the Sydney Balalaika Orchestra takes audiences on an unforgettable journey into the vast and diverse heart of Rus’.
Arrangements by Victor Serghie (Musical Director) and cimbalom virtuoso Lucy Voronov give voice to vibrant Slavic melodies, Turkic motifs (Kolo Kolo) and nomad themes (Valenki, or Felt Boots). The sounds of the sonorous stringed domra, thought to originate with the Mongol yoke in the dark ages of Rus’, permeate each piece. A visual feast, the 27-strong Orchestra performs in authentic costume, with headdresses (kokoshniki) dating from tenth century Rus’. With a modern twist, enduring themes and instruments will whisk you away, breathtaking in their beauty, power and expression.
Along with a busy schedule of performances in and around Sydney, the orchestra has performed for over 30 years at major folk music festivals, interstate tours and has performed by invitation in China, New Zealand and on four occasions in Russia, most recently in a 2 week performance tour of Siberia as well as in Far East Russia, Moscow and St Petersburg.
From achingly tender folk songs to the dizzying tempos of instrumental tour de forces, a performance spent with Sydney Balalaika Orchestra resplendent in dazzling authentic costumes is to experience “the art of loving like a Russian”.
One appearance only – Lyric Green Stage 1.00pm Sunday 23nd September
Wayward was founded in 1999 by Nick Potts and Ricarda Reeck, whose love of medieval and Renaissance music and involvement in various re-enactment groups became the basis of their travel and exploration of traditional ballads and historic music.
The name of the band relates to their portrayal of the wandering musicians of the Middle Ages, the “Jongleurs”, who would travel the country playing for nobility and common folk alike.
Like their medieval counterparts Wayward have travelled far and wide, being invited to play at festivals, museums and historic events in Australia, France, Belgium, Germany and Scandinavia.
Wayward’s repertoire spans more than 800 years with the main focus on the songs of the French Trouvères and Troubadours and German Minnesingers, who while singing songs of unrequited love, also sang of crusades and the basic pleasures in life – eating, drinking and the prospect of warm bed.
Whether your taste be dulcet laments set to flute & Wanderlaute, haunting Scandinavian ballads about trolls & werewolves or raucous drinking songs accompanied by hurdy gurdy, shawm, pipes & percussion – Wayward is certain to give you a taste of times of yore and leave you wanting for more.
To find out more please visit www.waywardminstrels.com or http://www.facebook.com/waywardminstrels
Plus! Morris Dancers, buskers and more