Image by Bec Taylor taken at our Sydney AW14 event.
We are delighted to present to you our live music line up for the Sydney SS14 Finders Keepers Markets at Australian Technology Park on Friday 12th December & Saturday 13th December! We have an impressive set of talented musicians to entertain you while you shop, eat and relax at our two day event. We guarantee, you won’t be disappointed! See the line up and set times below as well as some snippets of the bio’s of some featured musicians.
Friday 12th December
6pm: Kay Proudlove
8pm: Peasant Moon
9pm: Bonnie Stewart
Saturday 13th December
10am: Jack Shit (DJ)
12pm: Laura Zarb
12:45pm: The Maple Trail
1:30pm: Maia Jelavic
2:30pm: DJ Dylabolical
Kay Proudlove is an Australian singer-songwriter armed with an acoustic guitar and a bunch of wordy songs. Taking influence from a range of genres, Kay’s indie folk style is hybridised with a touch of jazz and a hint of musical theatre. From performing on the stages of iconic Sydney venues such as The Basement, The Standard, The Red Rattler and Camelot Lounge to the down and dirty festivities of The Illawarra Folk Festival (2012, 2013) and The Blue Mountains Music Festival (2013), her audience is as diverse as her repertoire.
A display of honesty, story telling and a general acceptance of awkwardness, Kay’s live performance is much like being invited to her lounge room. Kay’s latest release ‘Finding Words’ is the product of combining an honours recording project with two semesters worth of coffee. Focusing on the storytelling qualities of indie-folk music, the collection is an eclectic mix of home truths like Drunk Girl Vow and fantastical relationships as heard in Tin Man. Offset by the more serious and reflective tones of Better Than Letters and Go Away, Finding Words is an all encompassing and striking collection of songs.
Drawing inspiration from artists such as Bon Iver, Ben Howard and Tallest Man on Earth.. 24 year old Matt Dewar (aka “Direwolf”) is a stout product of the undiscovered indie/folk movement Direwolf has had three releases over the past year and a half that have earned him reviews such as: “I can hear this being a really special song to a lot of people. It’s filled with some pretty genuine emotion.” – Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J
“His name is true to his music, tragic and wolf like. Full of howls and a lingering sadness” – Sofar Sounds, Sydney After dusting off some formidable gigs at some of Sydney’s best alternative and mainstream venues, Direwolf plans to tour the east coast of Australia on the back of his most recent release.
Peasant Moon is the lovechild of Sydney singer songwriter Harvey Russell and long time collaborator Josie Rothwell. Harvey and Josie started singing together in a friend’s spare room many years ago. After performing an acoustic version of “Wired for Sound” at a wedding, their shared love of americana and folk led them to form Peasant Moon. Their sound is paired back to the essentials – Harvey’s acoustic and Tweedy-like vocals with Josie adding melodica, percussion and gentle harmonies. Inspired by artists like Ryan Adams, Lowland Hum and Mandolin Orange, Peasant Moon is finely deconstructed folk pop. Pure as playing by moonlight, which they often do. Peasant Moon have been playing regularly in Sydney since their debut show in November 2013. Their live tracks have had airplay on Sydney’s FBI and 2Ser stations. They are currently recording their debut EP, due for release in 2015.
Bonnie’s airy vocal tone, percussive textures, dissonant harmonies and grungy mandolin riffs make her sound difficult to define. Since moving to Sydney from Ireland in 2012, she has been regularly performing as a drummer and leads her quintet Criss Cross; it’s only recently that Bonnie has unleashed her singer songwriting skills upon the world! Her father who is an Irish traditional musician and luthier, Bonnie’s house was full of an eclectic mix of instruments and music growing up, which led her to pick up the mandolin and guitar.polyrhythmic backgrounds created between mandolin, bass drum, tambourine and vocal loops. Her imaginative lyrics tell stories of treehouses, mice, birds, flying, dreams and video games. Described as “dreamy experimental indie folk” and compared to Bjork and Joanna Newsom, Bonnie is creating a unique sound in the Sydney songwriting scene.
Jack Shit (DJ)
FBi radio rascal and rabid raconteur Jack Shit found his girlfriend at Finders Keepers. She wasn’t cheap – but she’s lasted beautifully!
Recently returned from playing in the USA and Europe, Laura’s compelling voice, infectious folky grooves and contagious energy will have you hooked as soon as she introduces herself. In two short years Laura has won the Ironfest Singer/Songwriter comp, performed up and down the coast of Australia at events such as The Sydney Blues and Roots Festival and The National Folk Festival. Played in exulted venues like The Vanguard, Sydney and The Clarendon, Katoomba. Supported well-known artist Sarah McLeod and performed overseas. In 2013 Laura released her debut album “Pink Plastic Spoon,” now available on iTunes. With her art for words and an open, and at times awkward, honesty Laura’s song writing will make you laugh, smile, and maybe even cry. Her song “Echo,” featured on her debut album and written for her Grandfather, has touched audiences all over the world.
“Laura’s sparkling and energetic personality shines on stage. She is a star in the making.” Tony Cini, Blues Explosion.
The Maple Trail
The Maple Trail is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Aidan Roberts (Belles Will Ring, Lanie Lane, Tubular Bells For Two). Having spent time writing in Europe and Britain in 2013 and 2014, Roberts has gathered a new collection of songs to follow 2012’s acclaimed album ‘Cable Mount Warning’. Now recording his fourth album for Broken Stone Records, Roberts’ new music travels from his roots in traditional English and Scottish folk, skewed Americana and resting in his own distinct vocal and guitar storyscapes. These are the latest tales of winter and summer, light and dark, love and loss, tigers and Tasmania.
Hailing from the NSW Central Coast, Maia Jelavic is a fast-rising star in Australian folk. With her soulful voice and gorgeous imagery, Maia’s songs are stories, full of lost loves and dusty windows, of soldiers and seductions. Following the great success of her debut EP tour, The Less I See, throughout Sydney and Melbourne, Maia recently toured the East Coast with Back I Go, the first single from her forthcoming album. She has performed with some of Australia’s best new talent, including Siskin River, Tin Sparrow, Tom Stephens, and Shelley Segal, and will soon be seen in the feature film Love Is Now, in cinemas from December 4. With influences including Laura Marling, Rufus Wainwright, and Lior, Maia Jelavic is truly a performer not to be missed.
DJ Dylabolical is one of Sydney’s finest purveyors of forgotten nostalgic pop music and upbeat mutli-genre party tunes. He ran the 60’s dance party Twist and Shout for four years from 2010 to 2014 and has also DJ’d everywhere around town including: the Sydney Festival, Black Cherry, Jurassic Lounge, the This Is Not Art Festival, the Gumball festival, Splendour in the Grass and the Underbelly Arts Festival.
For more information on our Sydney SS14 event, head to our markets page here.