Who would have thought the sounds of American rock band Tool could be linked to Irish folk.
"It's that the guitar in Tool's music is very similar to Irish tunes, with the big power chords," explains Woohoo Revue guitarist Dannie McKenzie.
McKenzie has never been afraid of experimenting with music, long before a mate of his (who was a Tool fan) introduced him to Irish folk tunes.
Melbourne-based Woohoo Revue have been together for four years, with most of the six members having a jazz background.
But the band isn't that straightforward.
With violin, trumpet, alto saxophone, acoustic guitar, electric bass and drum kit, the Balkan gypsy brass band fuses 1920s swing into their delivery and have recently added the sounds of a New Orleans marching band to their repertoire.
McKenzie specialises in the 12-string guitar, providing an eastern, Flamenco sound.
"We're drawing from different styles and we all have our own background," says McKenzie, who adds that he's been most inspired by the big Balkan sound heard at Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian weddings.
It's opportunities like the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, McKenzie says, that give bands like his the chance to play at a venue open to all ages, whereas normally they would be limited to pubs and clubs.
"It's great to see the younger guys get on stage and do stage dives," McKenzie says. "It just takes one person in the crowd to do something and others will follow."
There will also be plenty of dancing at this year's folk festival, assures festival publicity officer Andrew Smart.
There will be Irish, English country, bush, tango, Isle of Man, Estonian, Flamenco, Balkan and Contra to name a few.
"We're going to have a massive dance program," Smart says.
Held over three days from Friday and featuring more than 100 concerts in six venues, the festival's headline acts include Woohoo Revue, Le Vent du Nord, Karen Lynne and Paul Greene.
"The festival starts at 3pm on the Friday and will finish about midnight on the Sunday," Smart says.
In addition to the dancing, the festival will showcase poetry and craft, a kids' festival and music and dancing workshops.
Camping is available at Glenmack Park camping ground and at Bendeela Recreation Reserve, about eight kilometres from the town.
A 12-seater shuttle bus will operate from Bendeela and Bomaderry train station.