2016 Community Music Stage
The Community Stage focuses on giving live performance opportunities to regional bands, drugs ensembles and choirs. The festival directors envisage the long weekend celebrations becoming an important annual showcase for talents of the region. The Community Stage is proudly supported by Cooma School of Music. The MC will be Allan Spencer from the school.
The performance schedule
Saturday 11 June
11:30 12:00 Shelby Grace 0:30
12:10 12:40 Children of the River 0:30
12:50 13:30 String Family 0:40
13:40 14:10 Harry Cleverdon 0:30
14:20 14:50 Curious Rendition Orchestra 0:30
15:00 15:30 Kay Proudlove 0:30
15:40 16:10 Paul James 0:30
16:30 17:15 Ben Fowler 0:45
Sunday 12 June
10:30 11:00 Matilda Rose 0:30
11:10 11:40 Raising Cain 0:30
11:50 12:20 Layal 0:30
12:30 13:00 Latvian Independence Day 0:30
13:10 13:40 Oscar, Dom and Harry 0:30
13:50 14:20 Cooma Guitar Ensemble 0:30
14:30 15:15 Ben Fowler 0:45
15:25 15:55 Cielle Montgomery & James Church 0:30
16:10 16:55 Curious Rendition Orchestra 0:45
Benji and the Saltwater Sound System
Benji and the Saltwater Sound System draws upon Benji’s recent immersion in Solomon Islander flavours fused with the reggae and African roots of its members past musical projects to create hypnotic soundscapes underpinned by painfully catchy melodies.
Children of the River
Contemporary and folk duo with a touch of Celtic.
Cielle Montgomery & James Church
Hailing from Cooma NSW, Cielle Montgomery & James Church are an act known for their captivating stage presence, powerful harmonies, skilful acoustic instrumentation and well-crafted original songs. Cielle’s all-acoustic debut EP is right at home in the folk/alt. country scene and available now!
Cooma Guitar Ensemble
Cooma School of Music was established in 1984. Its primary focus has been to develop the music culture in the Monaro/Snowy Mountains region. For over 30 years Allan and Leslie Spencer have endeavoured to bring the sense of achievement and joy of making music, in all its forms, to people of all ages and levels of expertise. The guitar ensemble is one of their projects.
Curious Rendition Orkestra
CRO is really more like a band than an orchestra. It includes violins, flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones and other lower brass, accordions, piano, guitar, percussion. Their music includes Russian Klezmer tunes, a Capetown jazz tune, New Orleans second line and a funky soul number.
Harry is 14 year vocalist who accompanies himself on piano or guitar. He plays popular music. Some of his favourites are by Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. He has played at many festivals, talent quests ,clubs and pubs.
A display of honest storytelling, Kay’s live show is like being invited into the lounge room of an indie-folk songstress with an honest, heart wrenching voice and an accidentally dry sense of humour.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist who enjoys a wide range of music, particularly country/Rock country/pop.
Oscar, Dom and Harry
Alternative rock and folk band from the Monaro region with lively on stage performance covering artists from Hendrix to Sticky Fingers to Angus and Julia Stone.
Solo singer guitarist performing predominantly American Folk and some Aussie standards.
They are a local band who have been together for 2 years. They enjoy playing all styles of music and play guitar, ukulele, cajon and vocals. They are influenced by bands ranging from John Butler and blue grass folk through to heavy rock such as Halestorm.
Shelby Grace attends Snowy Mountains Grammar School. She is a regular performer at all local music competitions and other Statewide country music competitions. Shelby also enjoys busking.
The String Family
A crowd pleasing classical crossover string band playing a huge range of repertoire from classical to folk to pop to country with strings and some vocals. They are recent winners of the Cooma Busking Competition.