SKIP GORMAN was International Headline artist at Newstead 2019 and rightfully so. A prodigy of Bill Monroe, Gorman was inspired in his early life by live shows from Maybelle Carter Eck Robertson at Newport Folk Festival. Gorman’s albums are chart topping and he is one of the most respected Cowboy Song singers in the world.
Enda Kenny talks to Mandy Connell about songs and inspiration, ABC support and his latest album, Kitchen Ballads, produced by Mark Woods near Castlemaine. Filmed at Sarah Koschak’s ceramic studio in Newstead. They mention Miryam Weiner – the potter, who both know through music at the Lomond Hotel, featured in the S2: The Moreland Sessions.
Connell speaks to Sarah Koschak about the festival, increased trade, the value to community vitality of the Newstead Live weekend, and hosts episodes featuring Enda Kenny and Skip Gorman- see their individual pages for more info and videos.
Above the Bit is Luke Watt and Nigel Wearne’s collaboration: a historical based songwriting project turned into a full length album produced by Matt Walker at Stovepipe Records. The record features backing vocals from host Mandy Connell, and a raft of fabulous musicians including Corinn Strating (Flute), Danny McKenna, (Drums) Steve Hadley (Bass).
Well Into Winter (WOW) is Alex Cameron, participating at Newstead Live 2019 as a member of band The Northern Folk. Connell talks to WOW about songs, performing in a big band and
the shape of this new project. Songs- Gentle Hearts’ and ‘That Same Lie’ by Well Into Winter.
Skinner’s long history with the folk scene as a flautist and bush band
performer give her a unique advantage as director of Newstead. Alongside her
allegiance to the town, Skinner’s position in the community drives her commitment to encouraging the local community