Leichhardt Council’s Acoustica Music Festival is gearing up to be bigger and better in 2008 showcasing local talent and big name artists from as far away as Broome performing for the community here in Birchgrove.
Since 2005, the Acoustica Music Festival has been growing and cementing its place as
Sydney’s Urban Acoustic Festival with a jam packed day planned for Sunday 27 April from
12pm until 8.30pm, there is sure to be something for everybody.
Acoustica is the product of Deputy Mayor Cr Damian Cobley-Finch’s love for blues roots and
folk music that has spanned over 25 years. “My aim for Acoustica is to bring people of all
ages together, create community bonds, encourage music and performing arts and celebrate
inclusiveness; and of course listen to some great music,” Cr Cobley-Finch said.
This year, Artistic Director Jim Conway has put together a stunning line up which includes
2008 Tamworth Country Music Song of the Year award winner Sara Storer who will perform
with good friend and Australian music icon Neil Murray.
Three of the acclaimed Pigram
Brothers will be visiting from Broome to perform their unique blend of country, folk and rock
which won them another WAMI Best Indigenous Act award in 2008 for the second year
running. Local identity and famed Mambo designer Reg Mombassa with brother Peter
O’Doherty, both of Mental as Anything Fame, will headline the concert with their band Dog
Trumpet and is sure to put on a great performance to wind up the day’s entertainment.
The concert will begin at 12pm and will be filled with an eclectic mix of sounds to delight
local, music lovers and visitors alike. The funky sounds of Steel Skin and Wood will have
audiences grooving to the reggae beats of this young, upcoming band. Mike Cooper’s
Hawaiian guitar and mix of blues, folk and free improvisation is sure to enchant the crowds
and will be followed by the amazing instruments of Kim Sanders and Friends including the
divine vocals of Linda Marr.
To spice things up, the “Queen of Boogie Woogie Piano” Jan Preston will take over the
stage with her sassy performance style and personality. Achieving a fusion or folk and
country, Kate Fagan Duo will transport audiences to another world full of poetry and guitar
strings. Just when things have calmed and the mood is relaxed, the energy be turned right up
when The Bakery’s funky 11 strong band take the stage in their wild costumes and deliver
their energetic and addictive groove.
Carnival rides and wandering performers will keep the kids entertained so that parents can
enjoy this year’s amazing line up. A variety of food stalls will once again be present to
tantalise the taste buds throughout the day as well as the Unity Hall Acoustica Bar serving
ice cold beer and wine all day long.