Perfect harmony as folk festival works Yackandandah to a buzz

Isaac Jansen, 10, and Maccie Vonthien, 9, show visitors how Yackandandah children really love their music. Pictures: KYLIE ESLER
Isaac Jansen, 10, and Maccie Vonthien, 9, show visitors how Yackandandah children really love their music. Pictures: KYLIE ESLER
Folk music lovers Graeme Cripps and Noeline Hartwig listen in at the town’s Star Hotel.

Folk music lovers Graeme Cripps and Noeline Hartwig listen in at the town’s Star Hotel.

Yackandandah came alive with the hum and bustle of thousands of music lovers for its annual folk festival at the weekend.

Folk, blues and jazz came from its pubs, cafes and street corners.

Organiser Chris Smith said about 2000 people attended the music events, up by 20 per cent from last year.

Thousands more flocked to the Sunday market, which also featured buskers as well as dozens of stalls.

“How can you not be happy with a festival when you see that many smiling faces?” he said.

Mr Smith said all the music had been superb, including headliner David Bridie who’d changed pace since his My Friend the Chocolate Cake days to a more laid-back style.

“(Canadian folk trio) The Good Lovelies slayed the audience with their beautiful harmonies,” Mr Smith said.

“(US roots outfit) The Alaska String Band were bluesy, upbeat and a beautiful family.”

Graeme Cripps, of Wangaratta, said he came to the festival for its huge variety of music on offer.

“The town has a great atmosphere,” Mr Cripps said.

Noeline Hartwig of Yackandandah, who helps book the bands, has been to every festival since it began in 1998.

“There’s such a buzz leading up and I love the music each time,” she said.