In a day full of little surprises, the first day of Woodford Folk Festival’s 25th year at Woodfordia (after 8 or so previous years at Maleny), we’ve compiled five highlights of joy and excitement.
- Mark and Aimee Gray’s Kerbside Collective: Better known as T-Bone from party duo Burger Joint, Mark Gray joined with wife Aimee and surprised us with their musical theatre ‘Life on the Line’ outside Bill’s Bar, a totally unexpected but clearly delightful crowd-engaging performance. A Hills Hoist themed piece of backyard artistry, you can check it out three times per day next to Bill’s.
- Sprig and Magnolia: These two sisters from the town of Littleleaf are helping young Woodfordians write letters about nature for the Forgotten Forest. We can neither confirm nor deny whether Gold Coast performer/producer Nadia Sunde and her team are behind this lovely piece of kids entertainment. The Woodford Kids Festival is unbeatable amongst its contemporaries and this is one of many compelling options on the schedule.
- Teskey Brothers brought the blues vibes to the folk-inspired crowds, rocking the Grande stage with such a rousing performance they’re absolutely expected to draw an even bigger crowd as the festival continues. Josh Teskey’s gravelly vocals, pitch perfect, accompanied by his familiar chatter made the men want to be him, and the ladies want to be with him. A cracking performance!
- Kyle Slabb, (better known by Gold Coasters as one of the driving forces behind The Spirit of Churaki), outlining the economic insights of Banaam drew quite the crowd at the Talking Circle.
- Adelaide-based The Wanderers were a band we’d never heard of but they were a perfect accompaniment to an early evening meal at new venue Luna. With a few party anthems, a lovely song about an apparently cute girl they once knew called Mary-Jane, and a bunch of instrumental solos that filled the dance floor, The Wanderers are definitely worth checking out over coming days at Bluestown and later in the festival at the Grande.
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