Folk By The Sea organisers expect word of mouth will make Japanese singer-songwriter Kenta Hayashi one of this year’s festival stars – so they’ve scheduled three concerts for the performer dubbed the “Loop Pedal Ninja”.
Hayashi takes the term “one-man band” to the next level, creating an orchestra of sound by layering vocals, guitar, effects, percussion and electronic beats with a loop pedal.
Illawarra Folk Club president Russell Hannah predicts Hayashi will be one of the stars of the festival.
Hayashi will perform at 5pm on Friday and 11.30am and 4.15pm on Saturday, to give festival patrons plenty of opportunity to enjoy his unique talents.
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Other festival highlights include:
Songs for Refugees: Melbourne singer-songwriter Celine “Little Foot” Yap will host a Songs for Refugees concert on Saturday at 1pm. Celine, whose songs are known for their political and social commentary, will be joined by other festival performers including Mark Cryle, Jason Roweth, Terry Serio and Lime & Steel for the show, singing songs in support of refugees.
The Button Collective: This hard-driving folk band has become a favourite at this festival in recent years, and are back to deliver their fast-paced take on folk and bluegrass music. The Button Collective will play at 8.30pm Friday and 2pm Saturday.
The Dead Maggies: Dubbed “Tasmanian Convict Punk”, the Dead Maggies sing of convicts and bushrangers with an intensity that makes audiences want to get up and boogie. An ideal late night act, The Dead Maggies are playing at 9.30pm on Friday and 9pm on Saturday.
Genni Kane: Genni won ARIA awards with The Flying Emus, and will be showcasing a lifetime of songwriting at Folk By The Sea. Genni’s shows are at 7.30pm on Friday and 7pm on Saturday.
Enda Kenny and Dave O’Neill: Melbourne-based Irish singer-songwriter Enda Kenny played the inaugural Folk By The Sea four years ago, and makes a welcome return with the incredible string talents of Dave O’Neill. They will be performing at 8.30pm Friday and 3.30pm Saturday.
Highlander: One of Australia’s premier Celtic acts, Highlander combines bagpipes, whistle, fiddle and vocals with an acoustic rock edge. The band will perform at 9pm on Friday and 6.30pm on Saturday.
Brekkie by the Sea: A Sunday morning breakfast show from 8.30am at El Corazon Mexican restaurant in Terralong St, Kiama, featuring banjo and fiddle band Lime & Steel.
Sunday Night Free Concert: The festival will wind up on Sunday evening with a free concert at Kiama Bowling Club featuring John Littrich and the Water Runners, The Humphreys and My Secret Window.