Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to - to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to - to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new. As part of this tradition we invite gifted musicians to come and entertain us all over the Friday and Saturday nights and this year is no exception!
I've been described as many things, but 'the bastard son of Tom Waits and Howlin' Wolf', has got to be my favourite. I've got Rob Clarke to thank for that, eclectic impresario at the Arch 1 in East London - one of my favourite places to play. I'm a Brighton based Blues and Roots and Folk man, and I've been been around, doing this thing I love, for a long time. I'm a singer- song writer, and I share that writing process with my partner, Sameena Zehra, a storyteller in her own right.
Over the years, I've played guitar and harmonica, and sung solo, as well as with a lot of different musicians and a few different bands. I've been writing Roots and Folk songs all my life, and I started writing Blues as well.
Vojta is a multi-instrumentalist traveling the world, and gathering inspiration along the way. He started to play violin when he was young, but his devoted journey with music began two years ago when he came to New Zealand and decided to fully trust and follow the music path. It was during this time that he joined a band called Mad Hallelujah Tribe (madhallelujah.com). His solo act is a simultaneous combination of violin live-looping, tribal rhythms, and didgeridoo.
Mad Hallelujah Tribe is an multi-national collective lighting up dance-floors worldwide with their signature sound, drawing on elements of folk, rock, celtic, gospel, psychedelic, tribal, and gypsy music. The Tribe first converged 4 years ago in New Zealand, bonded through a common dream of creating epic, heartfelt music with the power to uplift people. Since then, they have toured through 3 continents, playing festivals and stages across New Zealand, Australia, the U.S., Switzerland, Holland and the Czech Republic. Mad Hallelujah live sets are a musical invitation to dance like crazy, clap, stomp and sing along, laugh & cry, and find unity in celebration of life!