2018 Entertainment Program

CiderSpace Stage

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Church Stage

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Batlow CiderFest concludes for 2018.

Have a safe trip home!

2018 Entertainers

Aimee Zabbia

Amiee Zabbia is a musician and business owner of “Amron Music, Audio & Lighting” which caters for sound, lighting and entertainment for any type of event, with styles suitable for Dinner Music, through to 1920’s Jazz, inspired by Norah Jones/ Peggy Lee.

Amiee received a Community Australia Day Award for her charity work and auditioned for The Voice in the Sydney Channel Seven Studios & passed three rounds.

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

Harry Cleverdon


Heatstroke is a 4-piece Indie rock band from Wagga, studying Year 11 in high school, who perform original and covers. We have played at a number of events and festivals. We were recently awarded a ‘Top 10’ prize in the ‘National Song writing Awards’, by the ‘Australian Songwriting Association’ (ASA).

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.

Lenard Connelly

Lenard Connelly is a well-known local musician from Tumut. In 2010 Len began performing his Elvis tribute show “In the Shadow of the King” to enthusiastic audiences. For the past two years Len has featured at the Parkes Elvis Festival and is quickly becoming a popular Elvis Tribute Artist.


Pearl are Evan and Jemima Saunders, a duo performing heart felt covers of songs old and new. With over ten years of experience playing as an acoustic duo 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 in two local legs of the Festival of Small Halls tour in 2015 and 2016 and can be seen playing in local venues like the Tumut River Brewing Company. Pearl enjoy playing popular classics, 90s B-sides and modern obscurities.


Redbelly are a three-piece rock n roll cover band spanning Batlow and Tumut. Previously they were known as the Batlow Blues Collective but decided that they weren’t strictly blues so it was time for a change. They are known for getting crowds up and shaking and dancing. Redbelly love playing harder edged versions of classic songs and some b sides playing everything from swampy hard rock and blues to ska and reggae jams. Redbelly aims to shake hips and treat crowds to a good night out.

Riley Catherall

Riley Catherall is a Melbourne based, Americana inspired singer-songwriter. He is set to release an EP later in the year which features guests such as Bill and Kasey Chambers. His first single, titled “Watered down man”, will be released in late May.

Rory Phillips

Rory Phillips, at 11, has already achieved more than most. He’s been named the Junior Champion of Champions at Tamworth (2018), was a featured busker at Byron Bay Bluesfest (2016/2017), has enjoyed radio airplay across the country with his debut EP, “Cars and Guitars” and was recently shortlisted for the lead guitarist role in School of Rock The Musical.

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.

The String Family

The String Family, which hails from Wollongong, NSW, is multi award-winning and all members are classically trained. Their genre is classical crossover featuring two cellists and two violinists. This exciting family group is touring Australia in a caravan, delighting festivals and concert audiences around the country with their fun, uplifting and unique sound. young and old alike can’t help tapping their feet and dancing along when the String Family are on stage.

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

Tumbarumba Pipes and Drums will entertain the crowds with Scottish medleys played by Pipers and Drummers. The band members are come from many bands across various regions of NSW and are a very popular feature of Batlow CiderFest. They also perform at numerous other community festivals and towns in the region throughout the year.


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.


Zana Aerial Dance Academy is a Wagga based Aerial Dance studio. Their performance team is made up of dedicated Aerialists and Acrobats who specialise in Aerial Silk and Lyra performances. They thrive on performing and love seeing audiences captivated by the circus and aerial skills they display.