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Brunswick Music Festival & Sydney Road Street Party


Wed 11 Mar 2015, 9:00am–12:00am
Thu 12 Mar 2015, 9:00am–12:00am
Fri 13 Mar 2015, 9:00am–12:00am
Sat 14 Mar 2015, 9:00am–12:00am
Sun 15 Mar 2015, 9:00am–12:00am

Where: Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages


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In 2015, the Brunswick Music Festival will launch into its 27th year with a carefully curated program of international folk, roots and world music on the current international and local scene in premier venues across Brunswick, the live music epicenter of Melbourne.

The Festival kicks off with the Sydney Road Street Party on Sunday 1 March. With the trams at a standstill, the street becomes alive with market stalls, outdoor performance stages, art installations, street theatre and food vendors. The party is one of Melbourne’s biggest multicultural gatherings with attendance from over 60,000 people; it’s a genuine all-ages day, celebrating the vibrant neighbourhood of Brunswick.

This exciting first line up announcement is just a taste of things to come and features internationals Buffy Sainte-Marie (Canada), Maru Tarang (Aus/India), Ross & Jarlath (Scotland), Sóley (Iceland), DJ Spooky (USA), Depedro (Spain), Margaret Leng Tan (Singapore), Sharon Shannon (Ireland), Bombino (Niger), Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (Scotland/USA) as well as Australian acts The Black Sorrows, The Bushwackers and Lou Bennett.

International co-headliner, Canadian First Nations songstress Buffy Sainte-Marie, takes to the Town Hall stage on Wednesday March 4th with Lou Bennett (Australia) as support. With her songs recorded by artists such as First Aid Kit, Elvis, Cher & Barbra Streisand, as well as numerous awards and countless world tours. An outspoken social activist, Academy Award winner Buffy Sainte-Marie’s audacious attitude to life on and off the stage has inspired people around the world for over five decades. Buffy will also be presenting an In Conversation session on March 5th, where she will speak about her life’s work and the inspiration behind her famous songs - did you know she was responsible for Up Where we Belong amongst many greats?

Building on the success of last year's collaboration with Howler, BMF presents an exciting program exploring the cutting edge of folk, including Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Sóley and USA’s Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky's sonic exploration of the Arctic. The Howler program is a fresh expedition into alternative interpretations of folk music.

Niger, Africa born desert-psych guitarist Omara 'Bombino' Moctar’s dazzling live performance and virtuosity have led notable music critics to compare him to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Young, and Jerry Garcia. With a back-story that gives Rodriguez a run for his money, Bombino made it into the international music scene when filmmaker Ron Wyman became enchanted with his music upon hearing one of his cassettes while travelling through Bombino's hometown Agadez Bombino's hometown in Niger.

One of the Festivals most fascinating performers, ‘The Queen of the Toy Piano' Margaret Leng Tan (Singapore) brings her collection to the Mechanics Institute on March 11. Expect the unexpected in an intimate concert with Ms. Tan, a highly visible, talented and visionary pianist whose work sidesteps perceived artificial boundaries within the usual concert experience.

Never forgetting its Celtic roots, the 2015 Brunswick Music Festival is proud to feature Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, two of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers. Ross & Jarlath are at the forefront of dynamic and creative traditional music, with their unique combination of Scottish and Irish instruments – these guys had the crowd in the palm of their hand at their recent AWME performance and already have a swag of international accolades to their name. Legendary Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon performs at the Brunswick Town Hall on March 5 and Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas (SCO/USA) join theMelbourne Scottish Fiddle Club to celebrate the Clubs 20th Birthday on the 10th March.

One of Australia’s busiest touring bands The Black Sorrows, deliver their power-packed set of soul, cajun, rock, country and gospel at the Brunswick Town Hall on March 12.

Maru Tarang is a unique cross-cultural collaboration between legendary Australian slide guitarist Jeff Lang, ARIA award-winnning tabla player Bobby Singh, and Rajasthani folk musicians Asin Langa & Bhungar Manganiyar. Premiering at Celtic Connections, Jodhpur RIFF & WOMEX, this international alliance of world-class musicians have captivated audiences around the globe.

Australia's only inner city festival of folk, roots and world music, The Brunswick Music Festival begins 1st March 2015 with the Sydney Road Street Party before a stellar musical program of ticketed events rolls out over the following 14 days in a celebration of everything that encapsulates the diverse and creative spirit of the City of Moreland.