The FAA National Showcase Concert was held at the National Folk Festival in Canberra on Sunday 1st April.
Folk Alliance Australia (FAA), in partnership with the National Folk Festival (NFF), presented the FAA Youth Award again this year.
Big congratulations to all of the young acts representing the folk scene from across the land ( nominated by a range of organizations to be part of this concert ).
The featured Showcase Acts this year were Bec Bastoli , The Red Grendiers, Girl on the Hill, STAV, Lucy Kammerman and Jo Davie ( runner up ). Please get intouch if you would like to book or contact any of these acts – and book them! FAA will profile all selected showcase acts throughout the year.
We are delighted to announce that this years YOUNG ARTIST OF THE YEAR is STAV.
Soulful, honest and groovy, STAV. (Stav Shaul) writes thoughtful, uplifting songs in English, French and
Hebrew with bursts of innovative rhythmic fire. Contemporary folk and a hint of something else, she has a
compelling ability to tell a story in song. Tears and laughter are the main ingredients in the
songwriting process. An expressive voice and a natural affinity for guitar, live performance
brings this songwriter’s introspection, playfulness and raw passion to life. She released her debut album ‘The Horizon Line’ in 2016 which reflects on her experience as a person between cultures.
The Runner-Up is Jo Davie from Queensland.
Brisbane-based vocalist, Jo Davie explores the boundaries of her instrument, channelling jazz training into her original folk music with impressive versatility. Last year, she was a prize-winner in Brisbane’s ‘QUBE Effect’ Competition, and just recently she was a recipient of the 2018 Audrey Recording Initiative in Melbourne. As lead vocalist of the gypsy jazz band ‘Cigány Weaver’, she has performed at Woodford Folk Festival, Wallaby Creek Festival, and OzManouche, to great acclaim. Jo sings her own delicately crafted songs with heartfelt simplicity, technical skill and a rare intimacy.
The Winner, The Young Artist of the Year 2018 will be supported and mentored by FAA and associates throughout the year –opening pathways into the industry nationally and internationally. In addition to 12 months of development support, and will have the opportunity to feature and participate in the FAA Conference and will perform at a minimum of three national festivals
The Runner-Up will receive development support within the music industry to the value of $500. Examples of this may include marketing support, design, and photography – to be decided in collaboration.
*Please note artists signed to management will not be eligible for this award.
For more information please contact Una McAlinden at email@example.com. Or call 0403192631