The 2022 Sanford Music Festival is a celebration of Bush & Country Living will be held from Friday 11th to Monday 14th March 2022 (Labour Day Long Weekend). Bush Ballads, Folk, Gospel, Celtic, Reggae, Bluegrass and Aussie Country music are performed by professionals, semi-professionals, amateurs and hopefuls including some very talented younger performers.
Along with the formal concert programme there are many jam sessions, workshops, walk up concerts and art and craft exhibitions over the course of the weekend.
Just some of the acts over the weekend include:
Crooked Road, a bluegrass band based in Adelaide. The band plays original music that combines the bluegrass tradition with contemporary flair. In their long history with bluegrass in Australia and New Zealand, Crooked Road have toured widely and recorded many albums with artists from around the world. The band includes Phill Parker on guitar and vocals, Andrew Hook on mandolin, guitar and vocals, Dave Taylor on bass, guitar and vocals and Leonard Cohen on Dobro and vocals.
Pete Denahy is an Australian entertainer from Yackandandah, Victoria. He sings and plays original songs and is an accomplished musician playing guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Pete is a regular attraction at music festivals around Australia as well as overseas. He brings comedy and laughter with his family friendly shows.
The Mafeking Hillbillies comprise siblings Steve “Errol” Laws and Liz Wakely (guitars & vocals), along with David O’Doherty (mandolin) and Tom Saunders (double bass and vocals).
Steve and Liz grew up in Maffra in Victoria’s Gippsland region. Their childhood home was opposite a park called Mafeking Hill, hence the name. The band provides a vehicle for Steve and Liz’s original songs, along with a selection of covers. folk, bluegrass and country influences are evident and vocal harmony is a feature.
Paul Wookey has been a distinctive singer and songwriter since he first discovered the music of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and was inspired to pick up a guitar and emulate his heroes. Over many years he has honed these skills to become a polished performer and has toured extensively throughout Australia and overseas.