The River Folk Sessions: Winter

Next date: Saturday, 16 July 2022 | 07:00 PM to 09:30 PM


The River Folk Festival presents an intimate night of live music hosted in Warburton, showcasing some of Australia's finest folk performers - featuring incredible interstate act Emily-Rose and the Wild Things touring their new album, Upon These Open Skins, with support from Victoria's hiking folk duo, Mickey & Michelle.

Emily-Rose and the Wild Things

Emily-Rose and the Wild Things exist in a world which dances between jazz, folk, songwriter and experimental, where one finds lyrics of weight and beauty, underpinned by profound but constantly fresh acoustic and electric worlds. Headed by acclaimed Sydney based songstress and keys player Emily-Rose Sarkova, her full band will be travelling from Dharawal country to present songs from their debut album ‘Upon These Open Skins’, which has been compared to sounds as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Hiatus Kaiyote, Sam Amidon and Dirty Projectors. 

From performing classical piano in French cathedrals, klezmer accordion across Poland, tango in Buenos Aires and funk keyboards and synths at the infamous Pineapple Lounge, Woodfordia, there isn’t much music Emily-Rose hasn’t explored. You may know her from ARIA nominated group Chaika, soft songwriting duo Little Clouds or improvising solo piano as ‘Slow Streams’. 

Mickey & Michelle

Mickey & Michelle are a harp and fiddle duo from Australia who seamlessly blend contemporary folk and jazz together in a rich, unique style of their own. Their 2019 debut album ‘A Walking Pace’ perfectly showcases the duo’s intricate sound and unusual combination of styles. 

Michelle was born into an incredibly musical family and has been performing professionally from the age of 11. Since then she has gone on to perform with the likes of Paul Kelly, Shane Howard and Fiona Ross. Her compositions on this album are deeply rooted in Celtic music while also balancing her attention to detail and nuanced phrasing from her classical studies. 

Mickey on the other hand developed such a passion for jazz and his playful improvisations are ever-present in his original compositions. He also takes great delight in reinterpreting traditional Americana tunes with jazz harmony and Afro-Cuban polyrhythms.

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This land is Wurundjeri land - always was and always will be.

The River Folk Festival acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the lands around Warburton, members of the oldest living culture in the world. We pay our deepest respects to the Elders past, present and emerging, and to all first people of this, and all lands.



  • Saturday, 16 July 2022 | 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM


Arts Centre, Warburton, 3409 Warburton Highway, Warburton 3799  View Map

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