Boolarra Folk Festival Virtual

The Boolarra Folk Festival goes virtual for 2021.

The planning for the 2021 Boolarra Folk Festival is well underway with a major change to the award winning festival that has been operating for 18 consecutive years. The festival will be going virtual, streaming out to the world to promote our event over two days commencing on Saturday 27th February 2021.

As Covid19 has made it impossible to hold our regular outdoor festival in 2021, there will be a change to the format to ensure the safety of audiences and communities.

The format for the 2021 festival will stream live from the Boolarra Folk Festival Facebook page with talented musicians who have performed over the last 18 years, and will be hosted by a special and well known presenter.

– Boolarra Folk Festival Committee





Borderline’s musicians have been performing in Gippsland for many years, with each member having been in a range of bands including rock, pop, jazz, cabaret and country groups.

Dan Boothman is renowned throughout Gippsland as being one of the best singers in the district, through his many years in bands and with the Strzelecki Stringbusters. Dan has been working in bands since his teenage years, and is well respected for his instrumental work on the guitar, mandolin and harmonica.

Carolyne Boothman is also a respected musician in Gippsland, having won several awards in Gippsland singing and song-writing competitions. Fellow musicians call her the “Alison Krauss of Gippsland,” and Carolyne admits Krauss is one of her idols. Carolyne also plays acoustic guitar and ukulele.

Rick Teychenne is recognised as one the best bass guitarists in the region, having many years of experience in bands like Sophisticated Swing, and many others. Rick has brought strong vocal harmonies and his sweet vocal tone to the group as well.

Keith “Buck” Ingleton is a drumming icon in Gippsland, having played in many bands throughout Gippsland and beyond for over 50 years. Buck brings his talented vocal work to the group as well as his terrific rhythm work.

Alex McGregor joined the band early in 2019. Well known from his days in the “Rennie Jones Trio”, his brilliant skills on the keyboard and in singing, have provided a new element to the music of Borderline. Songs like “It’s too late” and “I can see clearly now” sound fabulous with the full keyboard sound.

Borderline performs a range of covers and own compositions, featuring great instrumental work and strong, blended harmonies. Borderline released it’s first CD in 2019, “Terry’s Jam”, dedicated to founding member and bass player, Terry Cupples.



The Little Orchestra of Abundance (LOA) is a large ensemble/musical collective of over 25 men and women drawn from Boolarra, Yinnar, Mirboo North and surrounds who formed to have fun, enjoy the big sounds and encourage young musicians from the local area. We’ve been playing and singing upbeat and happy harmonies since April this year – working with Gospel, Bluegrass and contemporary covers. Excited to have been invited to play at the 2021 Boolarra Folk Festival, we hope the energy of such a large polka dot clad group, is infectious.




Smokin’ Dog Johnson is Boolarra’s own blues and psychedelic rock cover band. They evoke the spirit of the 60’s and 70’s with songs by bands such as Canned Heat, The Doors and Chain. Band members are Chelsea Stewart (vocals), Clayton Cupples (guitar), Tristan Stewart (bass), Grant McNeill (harmonica) and Shane Clark (drums).





Two times Platinum, 8 times Gold and APRA award winning Jack Jones, singer and songwriter (guitarist) with 90’s rock giants Southern Sons, has entertained audiences across Australia and the globe.

Born – Irwin Thomas – in New York City, Jack arrived in Australia as a ten year old. Even as a youngster, he began showing an incredible talent with his guitar playing. At fourteen Jack was already playing professionally in both cover and original bands. At the same time, he was earning a reputation as a very accomplished and well respected studio musician.

After heading back to the United States for several years to further study his craft, Jack eventually returned to Australia and joined the successful 90′s band Southern Sons as lead singer/guitarist. With hits such as ‘Heart In Danger’, ‘Always & Ever’, ‘Hold Me In Your Arms’, ‘Waiting For That Train’, ‘I Can’t Wait Any Longer’, ‘Lead Me To Water’, ‘Silent Witnesses’, and ‘You Were There’, his vocal ability was highly praised by both fans and musical peers alike. He has not only enjoyed success in Australia, but in Asia, Canada, Germany, and in pockets throughout Europe, confirming he was a major talent on the international music scene.

Jack’s touring and recording credits are equally as impressive. Working as singer/ guitarist with multi-Platinum artists such as: Guy Sebastian, John Farnham, Glen Shorrock (Little River Band), Tina Arena, Tommy Emmanuel, Rick Price, Merryl Bainbridge, Graham Goble (Little River Band), Richard Clapton, Garry Beers (INXS), Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, Jeff Jacobs (Foreigner), Schuyler Deale (Michael Bolton, Billy Joel), Crystal Talefiero (Billy Joel), Joe Travers (Billy Idol, ZappaPlaysZappa), Deb Byrne, Stoolz Roachman & the Idiot Sevilles, Renee Geyer, Bachelor Girl, Anthony Warlow, Dean Guyer, Daniel Bedingfield, Jon Stevens, Ian Moss, Doug Parkinson, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors), Jon Toogood (Shihad), John Waters, Dean McGrath (Hungry Kids of Hungry), Tim Morrison (Trial Kennedy), ROACHFORD and countless others.

The enigmatic Southern Sons singer and guitarist is respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians. A new acoustic album of his hit’s marks Jack’s return.





Peter first came into prominence in 1975 as lead singer and songwriter for the blue-eyed soul band Stylus. In Australia Stylus released four albums which included hits such as ‘Summer Breeze’, ‘World of Make Believe’, ‘So Much Love’, ‘Work Out Fine’ and ‘Love is All We Need’. The notable Stylus success story was attaining a record deal with U.S Company Tamala Motown, becoming the first all white band ever signed to the international Motown label.

Stylus parted ways in 1980 making way for Peter’s solo career, releasing the album ‘Fear of Thunder’ and the title track hit the top twenty.

Peter has had enormous success as a solo singer/songwriter for the past three decades. His arrangements are more popular today than ever. Incredibly musically diverse, he is one of Australia’s most favoured performing artists.

Peter has written and recorded many albums over the years in a variety of different genres. The year 2000 saw the storytelling folk/country ‘bak2basics’ inspired by his heritage, early Australia and country upbringing. In 2007 the versatility of Peter’s talent was applied to jazz standards and original material on the album called ‘About Time’. This album was a huge success in Australia and overseas. Peter has been performing regularly in Japan at the Okazaki Jazz Festival and Brisbane Jazz Festival. In 2014 Peter launched the album ‘Cupples by Candlelight’ (available on iTunes), his tribute to Christmas carols and the many years performing on Channel Nine’s ‘Carols by Candlelight.’





Tina Bartle is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Gippsland, now based in Melbourne, whose brand of indie folk rock has captivated audiences across eastern Victoria for the last 8 years. Tina is influenced by fellow Australian songwriters like Stella Donelley, Courtney Barnett, Sam Cromack, and the Finn Brothers. She is currently preparing to release her latest EP ‘How To Be Vulnerable’ in March 2021 and is working towards writing her debut album. Follow her updates at Tina Bartle Music





With a strong yet gentle voice, and an art for weaving beauty and truth into the words of each song, Khristian Mizzi reaches the hearts of his audiences. His songs elegantly articulate many contemporary issues Australia and the world are facing today.

His award-winning songs have been described as ‘captivating’, leaving listeners feeling they have experienced something truly special. Poetic lyrics, meandering melodies and ‘a voice like a big warm hug’, along with a unique picking style, Mizzi really is a complete artist who is becoming renowned for his intimate performances and thoughtful songs.





Mesmerizing Melbourne Gypsy dance band, The Royal High Jinx, write, play and sing danceable music inspired by European traditions, with a touch of gypsy jazz, Latin and electro-swing beats, a pinch of pop, and finished with classical virtuosity. Sing, dance and be entertained by Melbourne’s most colourful dance band!

The band provide a smorgasbord of romantic continental classics and frantic Gypsy musical treats while sporting a spectacular wardrobe combining dapper suits and burlesque exuberance. Sarah (Former Violinist of The Woohoo Revue/Bushwackers), Silas (Women In Docs/ Bushwackers), Jen (The Great Chefs Of Europe) and Terry (The Fratellini Bros) will seduce your soul with their original songs and boisterous instrumentals on violin, guitar, mandolin, drums, bass and keys. Guaranteed to get your heart grooving and your toes tapping.

Sarah, Silas and Jen formed the band in Melbourne Australia in 2014 as a way to explore their musical roots and bring their favourite spicy instrumental music and classic continental standards into the modern age. They recorded their first un-released album, ‘Your Place or Mine’ in 2015, and continue to push the possibilities of sound and rhythm, bringing dance, virtuosity, and exhilaration to thousands of people at festivals around Australia and the world.





Olivia is a 20-year-old musician based in East Gippsland. Olivia’s talents on the guitar have resulted in her winning the Regional Battle of the Bands competition. Her live performances have seen her grace the stages at The Palais in Hepburn Springs and The Tote in Collingwood. Olivia performs at the Boolarra Folk Festival for the first time in 2021.





Mollimor have been active in Gippsland for a couple of decades, evolving from a group of friends getting together for a social event (originally known as the Molly Maguires), to the current line-up who have been together over a decade, producing a rich and varied sound.

Mollimor is now a high energy Celtic/Irish band, with a wide repertoire ranging through traditional songs & tunes from all parts of the Celtic world, to covers of more contemporary artists. The Molly’s also play many original traditional style tunes and some songs, with all four instrumental players contributing material. The occasional slow & beautiful melody lulls you into calm before the next high octane tune transports you to foot tapping dance mode.

Mollimor have played at music festivals throughout Victoria, as well as local community events, pubs & clubs, Gippsland Acoustic Music Club and many private functions.





In the timeless tradition of the Hayride & Medicine show String Band entertainment, The Strzelecki Stringbusters combine elements of Ole Time Country, Bluegrass, Blues and Jug band sounds with good humoured banter and audience participation.

The fourteen piece strong ensemble hailing from the hills and hollers of the northern slopes of Gippsland Strzelecki Ranges play fiddles, mandolins, guitars, banjo, ukulele, harmonica and the odd kazoo, locked down with a rock solid double bass and combined with soaring harmony vocals. The boundless enthusiasm, sheer love of the music and a myriad of great tunes results in a “good natured musical riot”.

Formed in 2003, these boys know how to entertain a crowd. An exhilarating and memorable musical experience is assured with The Stringbusters on board…and be ready to join in and sing along!


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