Hi I’m Milena Cifali , guitarist, singer songwriter and my partner Jim Horvath. We’re Bird. We love busking, and music, and we love teaching and caring for birds, which is how we got our band name. We’ve performed street corners, jazz bars and major festivals such as National Folk Festival and Merimbula Jazz. We lost our home, 5 of our birds and our instruments in the bushfires in 2020, and hope to get back on our feet musically in Brisbane where we are relocating to. Watch out for us on a street corner or the Brisbane Markets, or a city jazz bar.
Alejandro Aguanta is a Melbourne based musician that plays instrumental music on the classical guitar. From popular to traditional South American tunes, he aims to engage audiences with skill and emotion with a spark of soul that always illuminates the places he plays in.
He has participated in various multicultural events in the last three years, presenting and performing the cultural essence of his Bolivian background.
Two time champion at the Australian Busking Awards, Alejandro has travelled around Victoria numerous times providing music for aged care facilities, farmers markets, weddings, restaurants and corporate functions.
Alejandro is continuing to establish himself as one of Melbourne’s top entertainer and is always expanding his already diverse repertoire, catering to different styles of music from all over the world.
This Entry was recorded on Sunday 20th of December 2020 at Springvale centre – Melbourne.
First song is called “Milonga del Barbijo” (Cacho Tirao) followed “Habanera from Carmen” (Georges Bizet, Arr. Francis Kleynjans)
Described as “the most unique duo on the south coast”, Tilba’s very own Stitch (Roxy Long and Zoey Pepper) are the most unlikely fusion of bitchin’ banjo and classical bassoon, playing a veritable patchwork of covers from vintage jazz through to retro pop stitched up like you’ve never heard them before! Add into the mix tight close-harmony singing and scatting and you will be saying “what the?” and “I love it” in the same breath.
Both professional musicians from remarkably different backgrounds, these days they are neighbours and regular gigging partners in crime! Stitch were the 2019 Narooma Busking Champions, as well as 3rd Place recipients in the 2019 Australian Nationals, and after a 2020 of lockdowns and rehearsals over the fence they are delighted to be entering the Championships online!
Stitch’s video entry was made live at the Tilba market on Sat Dec 19. You can see more of what Stitch are regularly up to on the Facebook page “Stitch-duo”.
Coolibah Coolective play original songs that deliver heartfelt sentiment crafted into music with a wide appeal, drawing on the classics, rock ballads, chill grooves, blues, folk, and Caribbean rhythms.
Iconic Australian stories feature in the repertoire, such as ‘Stick Shed’ (Cathedral of Wimmera), ‘Sixty-Six Days in an Open Boat’ (about escaped convict Mary Bryant stealing Governor Phillip’s fishing boat), ‘Hometown’ (what it feels like to return to the town you grew up in), and music interpretations of prose and poetry.
The band play a mix of baritone, tenor, and bass instruments complimented with djembe and cajon.
The video shows us busking at the Sly Fox Community Christmas Market, Saturday 19th December 2020. The two songs performed are “The Road Not Taken” (words by Robert Frost, music by Paul Marsh) and “Home Town”, (words and music by Paul Marsh)
The band members are (from left to right in the video) Jim, James, Merarth, Joanne, Paul and Rod.