Acts we're itching to see at this year's Fairbridge Festival
Time to pull on your wellies and dust off your tents for the annual Fairbridge festival!
Heading down to Pinjarra this year is a swathe of talented local and international artists. Although we don't like to play favourites, here's a glimpse of some of the acts we're most excited to see;
The Brisbane 6 piece, Cheap Fakes blend funk, ska and rock elements with a chirpy flair. As a well-practiced live band, these guys know how to get a crowd moving and we certainly intend on being a part of the fray.
As a festival mainstay, Andrew Winton is always a welcome addition to any Fairbridge lineup. The relaxed showman can play the hell out of a slide guitar (and rocks out in equal measures on a banged-up strat), but don't let his musical prowess fool you, Winton is an all-round nice guy to boot who doesn't shy away from a friendly chat in the port-a-loo queue.
Keeping it local is up-and-coming star Carla Geneve. Striking a sound somewhere between Courtney Barnett, Paul Kelly, Neil Young and something entirely new I'm not afraid to call it early when I say that Carla is the next big thing. Young, busy, talented and oddly reminiscent of Stella Donelly this time last year punters would be wise to catch Carla on smaller stages whilst they still can.
From Europe via Melbourne, Amistat are a 21st century folk twin act. Accompanied by a pianist and a cellist, the twins have returned from a sold out European tour to play at the Fairbridge village. We're interested to see how their heartfelt and emotive music translates to the stage.
Broome local, Harry Jakamarra is not a poser. He is a proper troubadour, Banjo extraordinaire who seems like he would drive a van powered with vege oil. With a melancholic and distinctly Australian style, Jakamarra will claw-hammer his way into audience's hearts.
The Praashekh Quartet return to Fairbridge with their stunning musicianship and onstage synergy. From an electric esarod, to a 5 string bass and traditional Indian percussion, everyone takes a turn at improvising. With a unique and palpable chemistry between players, the quartet is an unmissable live act.