CiderSpace Stage

11:00 Sally Peltoniemi & Chloe Begg
11:30 Waynergy
12:00 Emma Trueman
12:30 Coota Bollywood All Stars
12:45 Pearl
1:30 Liquid Sun
2:30 John Peel
2:50 Bradley Pollack
3:45 Vanessa Hall

Church Stage

10:00 Rory Phillips
10:30 Andrew Wortes
11:15 Riley Catherall
12:00 Official Opening of Batlow CiderFest
12:15 In the Shadow of the King
12:45 Tumbarumba Pipes & Drums
1:00 No Brakes
2:00 Coota Bollywood All Stars
2:15 Ebony and Ivory
3:15 Tumbarumba Pipes & Drums
3:30 Red Belly

Busker’s Corner

10:15 Eddie Dodds
12:00 Douglas Rand
1:00 Ted Webber
3:00 Coota Bollywood All Stars

About the Entertainers

Andrew Wortes

Melbourne based performer Andrew Wortes is no stranger to the live music scene. With a dynamic stage presence and mesmerizing voice he blends elements of Folk, Rock, Blues and fuses them into a contemporary popular sound.

Growing from humble origins, he developed his musical skills in high school. Inspired by the sounds of Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Jack Johnson and John Mayer, he developed paying homage to Folk, Jazz and Soul influences, and eventually undertook a Bachelor of Contemporary Performance at the Australian Institute of Music.

Bradley Pollack

Coota Bollywood All Stars

The Coota Bollywood All Stars are a vibrant group of Bollywood dancers. The group was founded by Fiona Braybrooks and includes performers from Cootamundra and surrounding regions. The Coota Bollywood All Stars have performed extensively throughout the Riverina, nationally and internationally and aim to educate, entertain and create awareness of multicultural inclusion.

The group have staged three productions; Retro to Recent (2014), Fustion Fantasy (2016) and Noor (2018). Their most recent production, Noor, was recognised by the Canberra Area Theatre Awards with two nominations for costuming and technical achievement (video and sound). Don’t miss the sparkle, colour, glitz and glamour of the Coota Bollywood All Stars performing at the Batlow Cider Fest 2019!

Douglas Rand

Douglas Rand studied harmony under the Everly Brothers, the Beatles and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, though these people declined to teach him guitar. He has lived on a mountain near Batlow since 1989. Originally thinking he would sit on his porch and pick banjo, he was later forced to work for a living.

Through the years, Douglas has maintained a love for music and performing, sometimes as a solo act, recently with the Praisefest Band at Tumbafest, and sometimes with his three children, performing as Fiddlesticks. He’s delighted to be invited back to CiderFest in 2018

Ebony and Ivory

The band Ebony and Ivory consists of three brothers Lindsay, Patrick and Lenard Connolly, who all live in Tumut. They formed their band in the early 1980s, and have been playing music together for over 40 years.

Ebony and Ivory have performed in Sydney, Canberra, and all around the Riverina.  They have played with well-known artists such as Slim Dusty, Troy Cassar-Daley, Shane Howard (Goanna Band), Archie Roach, and Ruby Hunter just to name a few.

Eddie Dodds

Thirteen year old Tumut High School student Eddie Dodds has been playing acoustic guitar for the last three years. He plays a variety of modern hit guitar covers from well known artists including Ed Sheeran, Dean Lewis and Shawn Mendez.

Emma Trueman

I’ve always loved to sing, and have performed musical theatre and small dinner events. I’m mainly influenced by folk singers such as Jewel, but i’m really into anything with lyrics that have meaning. This is my first time singing in front of such a large crowd, and i’m looking forward to it.

In the Shadow of the King

Lenard Connolly is a well-known local musician from Tumut.  A life-long Elvis fan, Len has been performing his Elvis tribute show “In the Shadow of the King” to enthusiastic audiences since 2010. For the past 3 years Len has featured at the Parkes Elvis Festival and is quickly becoming a popular Elvis Tribute Artist with his unique and memorable tribute to the King.

John Peel

John Peel is an award winning performer of Australian bush poetry. John’s repertoire covers a broad range, from fencing duels to fishing, Elvis and many subjects in between. From traditional bush ballads to his own humorous originals, you are bound to be entertained.

Liquid Sun

Trevor Champion ( Singer, Guitarist, Composer ) and Bill Robertson ( Singer,Keyboardist ) have been performing as LIQUID SUN for 5 years and have gained recognition for their catchy original songs from Publishers ( Cavendish, Boosey and Hawkes, Audio Network ). A sought after Duo, able to expand to a 5 piece band who have caught the attention of industry members and the public arena for their cleverly structured material and musicianship.

LIQUID SUN have performed on Balcony TV (an international platform for performers ), Festivals, National Busking Competitions, and a wide varietyof public venues.

LIQUID SUN are based in Gundagai, NSW. If you want to listen to some of the original material of LIQUID SUN go to Soundcloud and search Trevor Champion or trevorchampionmusic.com For bookings: trevorchampion60@gmail.com

No Brakes

Sydney based band No Brakes are having a ball this year playing their unique brand of rock n’ roll, rockabilly and country with an infectious energy that fills the dance floor and simply feels good! Drawing on a great wellspring of music from the 50’s they balance tradition and innovation to produce a sound that is retro on rocket fuel!

The recipe is refreshingly straight forward with no bells, mirrors or computers – just four musicians who are passionate students of this era and deliver with enthusiasm.

Lead vocals in the style of early Elvis, with moves to match, Big Double Bass slapped within an inch of it’s life, sizzling Gretsch guitar in the style of the Stray Cats and real drums played with perfect dance tempos.

What may not be expected for a band of this genre is the colour of three different voices up front, this is a point of difference in the marketplace and certainly adds interest.

No Brakes have experience playing for the dance floor and in concert mode with experience in venues such as clubs, pubs, theatres, festivals and corporate settings.

The beauty of the repertoire is that it has wide appeal, is family friendly and a fresh flavour in festival or corporate settings – in the hands of these guys it has a power to make people loosen up and smile.


Pearl are an acoustic trio performing heart felt covers of songs old and new. Featuring the beautiful voices of Jemima and Bella backed up by Evan on guitar, Pearl enjoy playing popular classics, 90s B-sides and modern obscurities.

Their sound draws influences from soul music and the blues as much as folk sounds from the 60s and 70s.

They have supported acts such as The Little Stevies, Siskin River and Vishtén and are often seen playing at local parties, weddings and live music venues.

You can see Pearl perform at CiderFest’s Park Stage from 12:45.


Redbelly are a four piece rock n roll cover band hailing from Batlow and Tumut. Formed out of the locally known Batlow Blues Collective they love playing everything just a little bit harder and heavier than it was originally performed.

Playing everything from swampy hard rock and the blues to reggae and radio rock, this quartet pay tribute to acts such as The White Stripes, Talking Heads, Bondi Cigars, the Rolling Stones and a stack of others. For fans of classic and alternative rock, definitely check these guys out!

A CiderFest favourite, Redbelly are known for turning it up for crowds in the last hours along the main street Church stage. This year Darren Ridley joins the band on drums alongside Ed Karauna on bass and vocals and Ev Saunders and ‘Cobber’ Kedzia on guitars. Always a favourite to finish a local Cider fest, make sure your cups are filled before the guitars turn it up!

Riley Catherall

Riley Catherall is an Americana influenced singer-songwriter based in Melbourne. Having released a few singles, including a track entitled “Robin”, an ode to lover in the form of a red breasted bird that features vocals from ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Kasey Chambers, and a 5 track EP titled “Venture In Vain”, Riley’s 2018 and beginning of 2019 illustrates a patient yet ambitious storyteller in the genesis of his songwriting career.

Rory Phillips

Having first stepped onto a stage, guitar in hand, at age 7, Rory Phillips has already achieved more than most in his 12 short years.  He is described by Bill Chambers, as “always displaying a professional enthusiasm way beyond his years, and definitely has a way with an audience”.

Career highlights include twice being named in the top ten buskers at Tamworth (2017/2016), being a featured busker at Byron Bay Bluesfest (2017/2016), twice graduating from the CMAA Junior Academy (2018/2016) and being invited to play at the 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show.  Rory was named the Australian National Busking Champion (primary-aged) in 2016, took out the title of Junior Tamworth Champion of Champions (2018) and was shortlisted for the role of lead guitarist, Zach Mooneyham, in the Australian production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical.

Rory released his debut EP, Cars and Guitars, in 2017, which has enjoyed radio air play across the country and overseas.  He has been honoured to appear with artists such as ARIA winner Shane Nicholson, and Golden Guitar winners The Bushwackers, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Catherine Britt, Bill Chambers and Fanny Lumsden.  Rory has shared the stage with Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel (named by Australian Guitar Magazine as one of the Top 50 Australian guitarists of all time), Bondi Cigars front man, Shane Pacey, former AC/DC bassist, Mark Evans, and has even played the maracas with Carlos Santana at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2017!

Sue Pearce

Sue Pearce is a multi award-winning writer and performer of Bush Poetry, who is currently the Australian Women’s Bush Poetry Champion. Her success sees her as a much sought-after act at local Festivals and charity events. The latter being high on her agenda, as the idea of using her craft as an aid in fundraising brings a very real feeling of satisfaction.

Ted Webber

I am a 1936 model ordinary Aussie bloke. At school I disliked poetry but in my sixties found Bush Poetry which has become my hobby. I have been lucky enough to win a number of poetry competitions, the most recent being the “Jack Riley Heritage Award” at the 2018 Man from Snowy River Festival held in Corryong.

Tumbarumba Pipes and Drums

Pipes and drums are a community regional band made up with players from Wagga, Albury, Queanbeyan Wangaratta and Tumbarumba we always love other bands persons to come and join us they are very welcome.

Vanessa Hall

Vanessa Hall is a local who lives in Tumut and is a piano teacher who has been teaching her students in the Snowy Valleys Shire over the last 25 years. She enjoys playing and performing all kinds of piano music from classical to contemporary.


Waynergy is the stage name for Albury-based acoustic guitarist and vocalist, Wayne Guihot. Wayne performs originals and covers in country, folk, soft rock, blues and easy listening styles.