Archive for December, 2010

4ZZZ loves Bang Bang Boss Kelly

December 31, 2010

And they love us too 🙂

Heartthrobs of Woodford

December 31, 2010

At a festival like Woodford, you’d be hard-pressed to not fall in love at least three times a day. With musicans and performers to suit anyone’s tastes, we in the 4ZZZ team have developed a few (minor) crushes.

The Bedroom Philosopher (pictured)

Performing at Woodford this year, singer, songwriter, actor, author and comedian (is there anything the guy doesn’t do?) Justin Heazlewood set the 4ZZZ team into bursts of giggles. With his witty social commentary, catchy tunes and nerdish appeal, The Bedroom Philosopher is a total catch. Spot him on Melbourne’s 86 tram. Post-modern indie heartthrob.



The girls from Baskery

 

These three rockin’ hot viking sisters brought a provocative, punkabilly passion to the stages of Woodford. A favourite amongst the 4ZZZ family, the Baskery girls are far more than pretty faces. Sweedish goddesses.

 Dan Mangan (pictured)

With his delightful ditties and humble nature, Dan Mangan is the type of boy you’d like your mother to meet. He wooed Woodford audiences with a string of toe-tapping tunes and even invited onlookers on stage for a sing-a-long session of “Robot”.Cuddly Canadian.

 

Tessa Nuku of Microwave Jenny

Fey and slender with a shows-stopper voice, Tessa stops hearts in their tracks even when she’s not singing. Seducing audiences with her graceful minimalism, this Wagga Wagga songstress is one to keep your eyes on. Femme fatale.

Gabby Huber of Dead Lettter Chorus (pictured)

This Sydney sweetheart no doubt stole the hearts of many with her darling vocie and ambrosial appeal. The antithesis of a “diva”, Gabby delighted us with her super friendly disposition. Cute as a button.

Tim Rogers of You Am I

Another object of 4ZZZ’s affections was Tim Rogers, the frontman of Australian rock band You Am I. Rogers performed with the band as well as playing a soft and lyrical solo set at this year’s festival. According to our Woodford producer, Gemma, Rogers is “sarcastic and bitter at the same time, yet really sweet, and his music is hauntingly beautiful”. Charming older man.

Kim Churchill

In contrast to Tim Rogers, 19-year-old Kim Churchill rates a mention for his boyish looks and cheeky stage antics. The guitarist and songwriter had a swarm of young females cheering for him during his performance with Jeff Lang at this year’s Woodford. Well, we think they were cheering for him… Smooth surfer style.

Mike Rosenberg a.k.a Passenger (pictured)

With his agreeable accent, lovelorn lyrics and comical on-stage capers, this Brighton-born troubadour is a charmer with the ladies (and presumably gents). Whilst he claims to lack the charisma of Hugh Grant, Passenger – a.k.a. Mike Rosenberg – managed to tickle the fancy of the 4ZZZ team. British balladeer.

The 4ZZZ Woodford team wishes you a Happy New Year & hopes all your crush-related dreams come true in 2011!

Woodford faces: The Wildcard

December 31, 2010

What’s your favourite thing about Woodford?

“The people and the atmosphere. I love daring people for the Game, it’s liberating to see how responsive they can be. Woodford is all about play.”

What’s your Woodford story?

“This is my third Woodford Folk Festival. I live in Scotland but came over for the festival.”

The Wildcard, street performer

It’s Kerry time

December 30, 2010

Here at 4ZZZ’s Woodford headquarters we have a secret admiration for the dear Kerry O’Brien.

Okay, that’s a lie on two counts.

By “we” I mean I (Siobhan, 4ZZZ blogger) and by “secret” I mean very public.

It’s been a Woodford mission of mine to find the infamous Kerry as I unfortunately missed his “Kerry on the Couch” session earlier this week. Several members of the 4ZZZ team have passed Kerry walking around the grounds (sporting gumboots I might add), though didn’t share my excitement. So when our Woodford technician Bernie today spotted Kerry dining over lunch, well let’s just say the rest is history.

Our time together included awkward chattering (predominantly on my part), a windy-sounding interview and an impromptu photograph. What a bonding experience!

If Woodford represents anything, it’s egalitarianism, though not sure if former PM Kevin Rudd is as keen for a chat (that’s for another blog post!).

Kerry’s Woodford picks: winding down from a busy year K’s enjoyed Vin Garbutt, the Whitetop Mountaineers and clog dancing lessons.

Listen in to A Touch of Frost on 4ZZZ next Tuesday from 9am (Brisbane time) for the extended Kerry O’Brien interview.

Alright, I’m off to do some more stalking, I mean walking.

-Siobhan

Woodford faces: Benergy

December 30, 2010

What’s your favourite thing about Woodford?

“There are talented people everywhere making amazing music and bringing it to the masses. It’s inspiring and makes us feel good about being creative.”

What’s your Woodford story?

“I’ve been coming to Woodford since I was six years old, when it was the Melaney Folk Festival. So I guess I’ve been coming here for 20 years.”

Benergy, plumber and Woodford set-up chap

Let the Game begin

December 29, 2010

It’s official, I am part of Woodford’s infamous “Game”. A mysterious and slightly confusing activity designed to make festival goers relinquish their inhibitions and perform dares in a bid to gain playing cards and win a coveted season pass for next year’s festival.

Now these aren’t just any playing cards. Apart from being cute and rustic, these cards come equipped with rules for the Game…

“One card per player. If you want another player’s card say: ‘I want your card’. The other player must give you a dare. If you complete the dare, they must swap their card with you. Keep dares safe, fun and legal for everyone.”

My admittance into the Game proved to be exceptionally easy – hug three strangers – a task most Woodford goers would find delightful,  not daunting. Upon completing this mission I was handed a card, an eight of diamonds to be exact, and sent on my merry way.

The next stage of the Game is ‘unlocking’ stalls, of which there are thirteen, located across the festival. I’m unsure as to what might happen next, but I can assure you with my fullest esteem, the Game has indeed begun.

-Siobhan

Woodford faces: King of Spades

December 29, 2010

What’s your favourite thing about Woodford?

“My favourite thing about Woodford is being able to act like a total idiot. My second favourite thing is being able to make other people act like total idiots.”

What’s your Woodford story?

“I’m 35 and this is my 21st Woodford Folk Festival.”

King of Spades, street performer

Howzat!

December 29, 2010

Dear cricket aficionados,  why spend your days trapped inside a hot box house, going square-eyed from watching hours upon hours of Ashes coverage?

Get outside, grab a bat, or better yet head to Woodford.

See, the yearly folk festival has reinvented cricket and given the game a much needed face lift. Across Woodford’s weeklong celebrations, festival goers can keep up to date with the Ashes scores and be entertained by a gaggle of cricket playing women, men and children, known as the Woodford 11. There’s enough zinc, laughs and moustaches to amuse even the biggest cricket critic.

It’s a festival tradition for the Woodford 11 to verse a team of musicians and guests in a cricket showdown… the current rainy weather might other ideas, but let’s all keep our fingers crossed and maybe we’ll see Kerry O’Brien hit a wicket!

Woodford faces: Toot the Magical Clown

December 29, 2010

What’s your favourite thing about Woodford?

“The clowns and the kids. In that order. I’m a Gemini so I can never decide.”

What’s your Woodford story?

“I’ve been a volunteer performer in the children’s department of the festival for two years and now I’m a professional clown. Woodford legitimised my career and changed my life.”

Toot the Magical Clown, street performer

Got your gumboots?

December 29, 2010

Mud and music are a match made in heaven, especially when it comes to Woodford.

Sure the past three days have been filled with bouts of torrential rain, but that hasn’t stopped festival goers from gathering en masse.

Perhaps the rain, mud and swampish campsites are a positive, as undercover music venues have become a place of warmth, solitude and (corny, but true) bonding.

Aside from the multitude of music offerings, the 2010/11 festival is packed with parades, workshops, dance parties and a bevy of new street performers (who you might be meeting in subsequent blog posts – shssh!).

Whether you’re celebrating with us, or on the other side of the country, 4ZZZ sends you Woodford-style love!