[First filed: Nov 10, 2010 @ 8:47]
The following in from Matty Ellis on what should be a sensational night:
Merryfest, the world’s smallest festival is back! Proudly presented by The Merry Muse and The Canberra Musicians Club, ‘Merryfest II: Return of the Folk’ is the perfect accompaniment to a cold ale from famed Turner Bowlo Taps and a hot Jungle Curry.
Last years event was a sell out success and this year’s promises to be no different. Featuring The Ellis Collective, Fire On The Hill, The Wedded Bliss, Sanjiva De Silva, the evenin…g will be interspersed with slam poetry and general debauchery of Jacinta, Dave Finig and Jordan Clarke:
The Ellis Collective: stories of suburbia, not for the faint of heart – you will find The Ellis Collective at the water’s edge drowning trite sentimentality in a sack weighed down heavy with burdens black emotion and fears.
Fire On The Hill: With a brand spanking new member tinkling the ivories, this stalwart five-piece Canberra Roots band fronted by the chalky-smooth vocals and diligent slide guitar of Aaron Peacey is sounding better than ever.
The Wedded Bliss: The band places its faith in the holy trinity of music – blues, country & jazz – blending old school country, blues & swing with the skewered sensibilities of a modern troubadour. They weave honest tales of love, drunkenness, poverty, desire, faith & hope.
Sanjiva de Silva: This effervescent folk/hip-hop artist is “an extraordinary young man: musician, poet/rapper, lawyer, father, and passionate advocate of self-expression and universal justice.” (Loadedog.com).
A Poetry Slamming Extravaganza: Featuring a diverse array of Canberra’s finest street poets, the evening will feature the smash mouth wordsmithery of:
– David Finig: the slam talents of the multi-talented Director of the Crack Theatre Festival will be in full effect
– Jacinta: Woodford poetry slam champion Jacinta.
– Jordan Clarke: this sultry actor and sometime barista is also the mistress of in-you-face stanza.