Folk By The Sea: Feelin’ groovy at Kiama

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Singing up a storm: Mark Shelley and John Robertson performing their Simon & Garfunkel tribute show, which will be the Saturday night feature show at Folk By The Sea festival in Kiama this weekend.

Singing up a storm: Mark Shelley and John Robertson performing their Simon & Garfunkel tribute show, which will be the Saturday night feature show at Folk By The Sea festival in Kiama this weekend.

An acclaimed Simon & Garfunkel tribute show and one of England’s leading folk singers head a stellar line-up at the fourth annual Folk By The Sea festival in Kiama this weekend.

Jez Lowe, who was a double nominee for the 2015 BBC Folk Awards for best singer and best song is one of Britain’s busiest live performers, either solo or with his long-established band The Bad Pennies. He’ll be performing solo at Folk By The Sea.

Lowe, says the NSW South Coast is one of his favourite places in the world, and he is looking forward to playing in Kiama. His two shows are on Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday at 8.30pm.

Simon & Garfunkel – The Concert features 20 of the biggest hits of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, arguably the greatest vocal duo in popular music history. Mark Shelley and John Robertson perform the songs that made Simon & Garfunkel famous, including Feelin’ Groovy, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs Robinson and The Boxer.

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Artists from Britain, the US and Japan and 26 Australian acts will perform at the ticketed part of Folk By The Sea this Friday night and Saturday, while Sunday will feature local Illawarra acts performing at free concerts in Kiama’s Hindmarsh Park during the day and Kiama Bowling Club from 4pm.

The Australian lineup includes Genni Kane, The Button Collective, Enda Kenny and Dave O’Neill, Squeezebox Boogaloo and many more.

Popular Kiama singer-songwriter Penny Hartgerink has been included in the Saturday program (at 12.30pm and 5pm) to replace boogie pianist Jan Preston, who broke both wrists in an accident last week.

The local acts performing at the Sunday free concerts include Joe Mungovan, Dane Overton, Lizzie Bennet, The Humphreys and John Littrich and the Water Runners.

Folk By The Sea is run by the Illawarra Folk Club, which also stages the popular Illawarra Folk Festival each January at Bulli Showground. 

Illawarra Folk Club president Russell Hannah said the festival was now on the international map, attracting high quality overseas performers. He predicts that the Simon & Garfunkel tribute show, will be one of the big drawcards of this year’s festival.

“Simon & Garfunkel sold in excess of 70 million albums, and are one of the great vocal duos of all time. Mark Shelley and John Robertson have been touring this tribute show successfully around Australia for 12 months and we are thrilled to have them on our program,” he said.

Organiser Rod Cork said Folk By The Sea has established a strong reputation in its first three years for being a great little festival at a great location.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday are available online at www.folkbythesea.com.au/tickets, by phone on 1300 887 034 or at the festival site from Friday afternoon. Children under 12 are free.

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