Albi and the Wolves play folk music, but not as you know it. Pulling inspiration from a wide spectrum of genres, from swing to bluegrass, soul, r&b, rock and world music, Albi & The Wolves offer a decadent serving of double bass, guitar, and violin accompanied by Albi's smooth vocal stylings. These elements come together to create both a potent foot stomping rhythm and a captivating music and stage presence never experienced before. With this love and respect of music in all its forms, Albi & The Wolves not only offer vibrant and refreshing original songs which burst open the seams of traditional folk music, but they also inject their signature sound into modern classics from artists as diverse as Micheal Jackson and Pink Floyd. Since the band's formation in 2014, they have excelled in New Zealand's live music scene, pulling in large crowds with their unique performance style, making it irresistible to dance. Their love of performing to a crowd and creating an energized atmosphere will come through in their debut album "One Eye Open" which was released December 2016.
Cindy Muggeridge and Marian Carter are two slinky songbirds. They have a love for the evergreen, bright and breezy, jazz and bluesy songs that take you places and put a twinkle in your eye, With Cindy rocking the boogie and blues on piano and Marian on soulful clarinet, these two fun-loving and versatile performers bring a sassy, sizzling, happy-go-lucky slant to their music.
Cindy Muggeridge is a proud Taranakian who started playing live music at a tender age with her big brother Alan Muggeridge. After a stint in the family band Cindy moved to Wellington and played with the likes of Carol Bean and Blue Highways, the Al Witham Band and then joined forces with Laura Collins in the blues band Mojo Mama which toured the North and South Islands. Now Cindy is enjoying the fun of letting the piano loose in her duo Raven Mavens with fellow songstress Marian Carter.
Marian Carter hales from New York and, since arriving in New Zealand, has been singing and playing with a variety of line ups in the Wellington area. Known for her high, melodic voice and soulful clarinet, she provides the perfect counterpoint and harmony for Cindy's deeper voice and more bluesy piano style.
Five years ago Marian and Cindy met at a jam session in Wellington and discovered an immediate musical chemistry. They have been playing and gigging together ever since, wherever and whenever possible in folk and blues clubs, cafes and street festivals, and the chemistry just gets better. A comment from their last gig at the Tin Hut reads: "Thoroughly enjoyed your slick, seductive professional and entertaining performance at the Tin Hut last night girls. Word of mouth will be at the tips of our lips.Great to see a packed house with everybody mesmerized."
Esther Swift has travelled the world extensively with her music making and embraces many different influences in her virtuosic harp playing, composing and song writing. She writes songs about her homeland of Scotland, drawing on her folk roots and taking inspiration from nature and the people she meets along the way. With a blend of jazz, folk, classical and everything in between, Esther will share with you her stories and musical experiences from around the world.
Zarek Silberschmidt, described by audiences and colleagues alike as a chameleon within his articulation of acoustic guitar performance.
Stylistically defined as remarkably versatile, some would go as far to state, a natural born performer. Zarek’s unique dexterity in the art of shape shifting sounds has been described as simply phenomenal by audiences. A spectrum of techniques mastered through a vast comprehension of genre specific qualities, grants his ability to seamlessly accommodate to each individual performance.
"His program, entitled "The Art of Guitar", took our listeners on a journey through his homeland and straight through the western world.” - Swiss Foundation For Young Musicians
Maybe even an appearance from 'My Pennyworth', your hosts. If the festival is running smoothly enough we will play a few of our songs. These songs are stories about love and pain and experiences but told with a variety of instruments and rhythms to keep it fresh. Influences from a mixture of the 70's rock to our Celtic roots give us an open licence to play folk music as we see it.
LA has an extensive career in the music industry. Performing and writing her own music from the age of 9. LA has enjoyed a colorful life as a musician and promoter of Indie artists throughout New Zealand.
LA’s new song “Don’t take me back” is her personal focus along with music video production. LA, also known as Shirley to friends and family, is the Founder and Manager of our nationwide project 'Local Musicians Music 'promoting NZ Music along with her more recently formed Nationwide music club “The LMM Club”.
For anyone that cannot make it Saturday but would still like to be involved