Clare Valley

Carnival of Music

Performers 2015


Boogie around the world with 

Jan Preston (NSW)

         This knock out boogie woogie pianist with the rich resonant voice captures audiences where ever she plays. Winner of Four Best Female Blues and Blues Artist of the year Awards. Jan plays festivals and concerts throughout Australia NZ & Europe but this weekend its Auburn's turn.When she is not touring she writes music scores for television and films. Her mastery of boogie woogie and honkey tonk piano will leave you gasping and shouting for more.Also catch her cabaret show at this years festival "My life as a piano"

 see Jan Preston at 5.30pm on Saturday

                               at 9.30pm on Saturday 








Afro Oz Musica  (SA)


A big first for the Clare Valley. Experience this uplifting and brilliant band bringing you the music of Africa with a touch of the Outback thrown in. Afro Oz Musica brings a smorgasbord of players & sounds  from across the great Continet of Africa.  Hear Township music, Soukous, Afro-Blues, Afro-beat and a blend of traditional and contemporary rhythms. Definitely music for dancing shoes of any colour. We defy you to come and not get up and on the dance floor.



see AFRO Oz at  on Saturday 8.15pm




Yellow Blue Bus (SA)


Yellow Blue Bus is a global fusion ensemble highlighting the Ukrainian bandura, a 65 stringed lute.  Their music draws on Ukrainian folk, and blends this with an array of world musical styles: sometimes majestic and courtly, sometimes wild and thunderous, sometimes reflective and inward, but always passionate and uplifting. Layered onto the distinctively Ukrainian sound of banduras are violin, guitar and mandolin by James Sweeney, keyboard and percussion by Tony Hole, bass by Peter Telenko and drums by Michael Hadaj.


see Yellow Blue Bus 4.30pm on Saturday




The Fabulous Ayers Bros


Tony Eyers, world renowned bluegrass harmonica virtuoso, teams up with his brother, Adelaide recording industry veteran, top-gun guitarist and multi instrumentalist Quentin Eyers to bring a feast of musical mayhem from blues to bluegrass, pop to un-pop and everywhere in between in their first appearance at the Clare Valley Carnival of Music.


See Ayers Bros  Saturday at 6.30pm




The Reverend & Mrs Rowdy (SA)


The Gospel according to the Reverend and Mrs Rowdy”. Honky Tonk music boils up old-timey country, jazz, western swing, bluegrass and blues – all in the same pot.  Taking the wheel of Hank Williams old blue Cadillac, and inviting every sinner we can cram into the cab, this pair of charlatan evangelists are hitting the road to honky tonk redemption. Along the way you’ll hear some larger than life stories, observations on life and politics, and some terrible bad theology…Praise be!

See The Reverend & Mrs Rowdy on Saturday at 8pm




Co- Cheol (Vic)


Co-Cheòl return to the Carnival again as true festival favourites. Fourlasses with a rich and beautiful sound. Awarded Best Up and Coming Celtic Act at the Australian National Folk Festival 2015, they will take you on a journey to the lands of the Celts and beyond. Be swept away by their breath-taking a cappella songs, as well as musical arrangements on the harp, flute, piano accordion, ukelele, and quirky body percussion.


see Co- Cheol at 8pm on Friday

                              11am on Saturday (Workshop)

                               3pm on Saturday

                               7.30pm on Saturday




Zhao Liang (SW)


Zhao Liang is  a virtuoso musician originally from Singapore. Founder of the Adelaide School of Chinese Music, Zhao has performed at festivals in South East Asia and Australia..She recently travelled to China to further he musical studies. Zhao has performed at the Oz Asia Festival and will present  enthralling musical items on the Guzheng (Chinese Harp)


see Zhao Liang at 6pm on Saturday




Songs Of Adelaide

Hats Project  (SA)


HATs presents a special project launched earlier this year for the SA History Festival. Seven songwriters and fourteen new songs about Adelaide, its unique identity and why we love it so much. There’s songs about Pubs, Colonel Light, churches, festivals, brothel madams, premiers, parks & streets and Adelaide folk both great and small. Featuring Matt Swayne, Paula Standing, Keith Preston, Alan Hartley, Paul Roberts, Elizabeth Reid and Ivone Kirkpatrick

Featured left is ( Elizabeth Reid)


See Songs Of Adelaide at 3pm on Saturday




Duo Montagne  (SA)


Duo Montagne’s extensive repertoire covers genres such as folk, jazz, stage-show and chanson - songs in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Their selected songs feature delightful atmospheric character and memorable melodies.




Liam Og's Traditional Irish
Ceilhi Band  (SA)


Celebrate the Clare Valley’’s County Clare connection with a real live Irish music party with songs and music by some of SA’s best traditional musicians. Enjoy feature performers replicating an old-style Irish music and song session just as they are done in the pubs of Ireland, breaking down the barrier between musician and audience. Fine music washed down with some Clare Valley hospitality.


See Liam Og"s Band Friday 9pm

                                      Saturday 11.30am


Careless River  (SA)


Sailing downstream through folk jazz euro retro-pop & alt-country via five decades of twentieth century song. Formed in 2014 by the merging of two duos – The Reverend & Mrs Rowdy and Duo Montagne (each with sold out Fringe shows), Careless River's mellow sound is cheerful wistfulness with soul and romance. Their recently recorded 10 track EP  will be available at the Carnival of Music.


See Careless River at 1,30pm on Saturday
Fiona Ross band (Victoria)

A renowned singer from Scotland. Now living in Melbourne, Fiona performs with outstanding musicians Ken Maher (guitar), Michelle Burton (harp), Ewen Baker (fiddle & mandolin). The Fiona Ross Band have just released their highly anticipated debut album The Thistle May Bloom - with Jeff Lang as guest musician. The band delivers an engaging set of traditional & contemporary Scots song at its best. Recent performances include Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Celtic Festival.



See Fiona Ross Band at 7pm Friday
                                            1pm Saturday
                                            7.30pm Saturday


Me & Me Mates  (SA)


This acclaimed show features the songs, stories and bush ballads celebrating Australia’s distinctive language and humour in the tradition of Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and Slim Dusty. Me ‘n Me Mates have performed at festivals and venues across SA, Vic, NSW and NT. A fabulous concert with well known trad & country songs about all the important things like... the weather, dogs, drinking and shearing. A celebration of iconic ‘Aussie’ cultural traditions and way of life.

See  Me & Me Mates  at 1.30pm Saturday