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High energy and diverse musical styles are at the core of this acclaimed Aussie Fiddle Band.
Winners of the Golden Fiddle Awards best CD, Fiddlers Feast have gone from strength to strength since their first impromptu jam in 1996, with tours to Europe and Asia and collaborations with many of this country’s musical greats. Playing fiddles, mandolin, guitar, accordion, keyboards and percussion, the FF blends the trad with modern, the fiery with the dreamy in a uniquely Australian fiddle sound.
"a powerhouse of Australian Celtic music that flies down bush tracks, over blue mountains". FF have performed at festivals Nationally and overseas (including Festival InterCeltique Lorient and World Expos in Japan and China), Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan and most recently for the Oz High Commission in Pakistan.
They have appeared on stage with artists like John Williamson,Warren Fahey, David Helfcott, the Queensland Orchestra, Canadian fiddler Dominque Dupuis, Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, US banjo whiz Allison Brown and performed for Her Exellency the GG, Quentin Byrce.
Apart their group efforts, the FF has performed and recorded with countless Oz music luminaries, including Diesel, Jimmy Barnes, the Bushwackers, Tim Finn, Graeme Connors, Jimmy Little, John Williamson and every major symphony orchestra in the country. FF continues to reinvigorate the Oz fiddle tradition with new award winning tunes and compositions ranging from simple melodies to full orchestral pieces (Marcus Holden’s Fiddle and Pipe Duel) premiered at the Lincoln Centre NY, Easter 2009.
The new Fiddlers Feast album "Caravan is a superbly crafted, brilliantly performed and energy-packed Album that captures everything that makes Fiddlers Feast such a special group.“The Musicianship is absolutely stunning, there is a delicious underlying sense of humour and the arrangements are thoughtful as well as musically challenging.” (Ian Dearden, Trad & Now)
The madcap first single ‘The Devil Went Down To Tamworth’ appropriately found its mark with the Super Radio Network picking up the song thanks to support from the man behind the golden microphone John Laws along with a host of Community Radio stations nationwide.
Their 2008 Golden Fiddle Award-winning album, FRENZEE, is a rip-roaring collection of all sorts of fiddling from Country to tongue-in-cheek classical, from twisted jazz tracks to rock and reel with a plethora of weird and wonderful music and guests from all parts of the harmonic spectrum.
As legendary Australian country music presenter John Nutting (Australian Country) comments “you have my complete support... I love these blokes!”
Bay FM’s Jan Naryadds “lovely album, they’re sooooo versatile and switch so effortlessly and well from one style to the next. Caravan’s on rotation!”
"We could not have realised these event in such splendid style without your support. You projected a very postive and happy image of Australia" (Tim George, Australian High Commissioner, Pakistan 2012)
The “perect festival band”.(Blue Mountains Folk Festival, 2011)
"Fiddlers Feast keeps raising the bar - FRENZEE is another great release."
(Raymond Phillips, Country Harvest)
"FRENZEE is brilliant!! It will be receiving a lot of airplay because it fits into so many categories - jazz, classical, easy listening, even folk. A track that stood out for me was 'Eine Kleine Nutmusik' - the treatment is superbly tongue in cheek and a sound for sore ears.
(Bob Cady, Highland FM).
“I defy anyone to not like this CD. This beats the socks off the Sydney band's previous releases on all levels.”
John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
“Great album, quite an eclectic mixture- looking forward to giving it some welly!"
(Julie Cavanagh, The Folk Show).
The highly acclaimed book “THE LIFE AND TUNES OF RAY SCHLOEFFEL” was the subject of a recent Radio national program "Into the Music" and FF is currently working on a CD of the compositions of this original FF member as well as a CD of new material due for release later in 2012.