Branching away from his classical piano and violin training in 1997, Luke Plumb began teaching himself the mandolin and swiftly became one of Australia’s most sought-after session musicians. Joining Scottish powerhouse group, Shooglenifty in 2002, Luke toured Europe, the Americas, Asia and Russia, appearing at every major World Music Festival. Luke spearheaded a Scottish Arts funded project examining the music collected by the Scottish National poet Robert Burns. He produces and engineers award winning albums for independent artists and tours with Irish folk legend Andy Irvine, his own band The Circuit and has a flourishing international solo career.

Glasgow-born singer Fiona Ross has secured her reputation as a highly gifted interpreter of Scots song. In 2019 she was shortlisted for Scots Singer of the Year in the prestigious Scots Trad Music Awards. In Scotland and in her adopted home of Australia, Fiona is recognised as a tradition-bearer for Scots song. Her honest, earthy & evocative singing style and extensive repertoire showcase the richness & diversity of the tradition. ARIA Award winning guitarist & producer Shane O’Mara is one of Australia’s most versatile musicians. He has collaborated with a host of luminaries including Paul Kelly and Chris Wilson. As a duo, these two highly accomplished artists present a captivating Scottish set that is both steeped in tradition and imbued with contemporary flair. Their highly acclaimed recent release, Sunwise Turn, won Best Folk Album in Music Victoria’s 2020 Awards.  

Album launch “Flute Etudes Vol 1”. A truly local Camperdown, musical collaboration inspired by their “Spirit of Place”, the Stoney Rises, South West Victoria, Australia. Jane and Howlin are proud to bring you ”Flute Etudes Vol. 1″, a musical reflection of the volcanic lakes, huge skies, mighty craters, hundreds of miles of drystone walls, remnant forest, and sweeping plains – which combine to create the vast wonderland they both call home.  Howlin’s flute and Jane’s piano resonate together in harmonic purity, weaving timeless melodies from stories and a rich local history going back thousands of years. This album was recorded in the midst of this natural beauty at “Magnetic Heaven” studio in Pomborneit. Please come and enjoy the unique Australian sounds of this concert. New C.D. for sale after the show.

Austral are a high-energy, four-piece Australian Celtic group featuring Angus Barbary on fiddle, vocals and bouzouki, Caity Brennan on fiddle and guitar, Rhys Crimmin on guitar, percussion, didgeridoo and vocals, and Connor Hoy on Uilleann pipes, flute and whistle. All four members have played at festivals all over Australia in different projects and have come together to form an Australian/Celtic supergroup. With influences from bands such as The East Pointers, Trouble in the Kitchen and We Banjo Three, Austral have had overwhelming love and support at Australian festivals and whilst busking on the streets of Melbourne. They have developed their own high-energy sound that has audiences up and dancing. Austral are carving a new face for Celtic music in Australia and are a band not to be missed!

Sharing sweet songs and funky-folk tunes in their small Northcote share house, Caity, Jordy and Rhiannon are The Cornerhouse Band. Now playing alongside the band’s newest member – the legendary drummer (and big brother) Josh Hickey, The Cornerhouse Band provide a genre-defying sound that has a little bit of something for everybody.

A high-energy collective with musical influences as diverse as its membership, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers play everything from raucous reels to soaring airs. Featuring music from Scotland, Canada and Scandinavia (among others), the embrace the fun of fiddling, culminating in their most recent album, Sea to Sky. The group has kindly shared footage for the virtual festival. The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club are perennial crowd favourites. 

“In 2005, Jim Green was visiting Camperdown and joined Maree & Peter Daffy to celebrate New Year’s Eve on top of Mount Sugarloaf. With a couple of ukuleles and a picnic basket, they serenaded the sunset with their favourite songs and in that carefree evening, the Sugarloaf Band was born. It’s been a while since they performed but they are back at The Burns Festival with a new show and their signature Sugarloaf sound of two guitars, double bass, and three-part harmony singing at its best”.  They will also feature at our Terang Satellite Event on Thursday 2nd July.

A superb instrumentalist Merran’s gentle lyrical style and knowledge of the genre make for a real treat. Merran performs with low whistles, smallpipes, accordion and harp as a soloist, in sessions and with many ensembles.

Featuring the poetry and songs of Robert Burns… Angela & Don go together like chilli & chocolate… whisky & haggis! Rich vocal harmonies, guitar, flute, whistle, bodhran, fiddle and harp help to tell the story.

Hugh and Janet Gordon

Warrnambool Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major Donald Blair OAM, invite you to virtually meet some of their players as they share tunes from their respective homes. This group does so much to encourage players of all ages and are seasoned world travellers, entering band, pipe and drum competitions and festivals far and wide. Wadpadi bring a taste of The Edinburgh Tattoo to the festival with their rousing, spine tingling sounds.

Another amazing community group led by Jane McSween. With a vast repertoire from traditional to concert band and swing, to rock’n’roll and cabaret… many budding instrumentalists are nurtured and get the valuable opportunity to experience ensemble performance. The band often plays for local theatre co. productions, as well as putting on their own shows. Jane is also a very talented pianist and singer, often performing as a soloist and with Peter Daffy & Becky McCann. Jane is also performing with Howlin’ Wind on Saturday at the Theatre Royal at 4.45pm to promote their new album Flute Etudes Vol 1 – see Jane in action on the grand piano, with Howlin’ Wind on flute.

An incredible asset to the local community Tuniversal meets weekly to learn tunes from around the world, from traditional folk to rock’n’roll. Their repertoire is vast and much learning and fun is had along the way. Led by Peter Daffy the group learns many of the tunes by ear, with each member introducing tunes. Many of the musicians take the opportunity to develop skills on different instruments and everyone shares what they know, a great way to learn, share knowledge and be inspired.

We'd like to thank all of our musicians, poets and volunteer committee for their contributions to the virtual festival in 2020. And very special thanks to Tuniversal Music Group Inc. who auspice the event, and are - along with the hard working volunteer festival committee, the very heart of the festival.