Palm Creek Folk Festival unveils 2018 Program

Zee Gachette from Z-Star Trinity will perform at the 2018 Palm Creek Folk Festival 7-10 June IMAGE: Supplied

A massive line-up has been revealed for the 27th Palm Creek Folk Festival next month.

The program includes more than 65 performers and 180 gigs and workshops over 4 days, with punters given the chance to learn skills in everything from busking to activism, and take in a hugely diverse array of music and movement.

Musicians on the line-up include well-known locals such as Celtic Party Band 33 1/3, the soulful KC & The Moonlight Band, and the always eclectic The Sexies; high energy international artists like Dana Lyons and Z-STAR TRINITY and young artists fast-earning a reputation including Late November, Josie and Ella.

We caught up with Zee Gachette of Z-STAR TRINITY – who will perform their Australian debut at Palm Creek – to learn more about what the trio will bring to the Festival:

You have your hands in many stages of the music-making process – writing, performing, producing – how does this change the way you do things as a musician?
Writing and performing is second nature, then there’s making records. Capturing the songs and creating the musical landscape that gives them character and colour. Producing is an open book of possibility depending on time and budget, it’s a natural progression for artists/musicians who have the skill, drive and vision to shape the sound of their records. Writing, performing, producing is my process as a musician, I’ll write a tune, record it and play it live – and that feels great!

You’ve clocked almost 100 shows just in Australia alone since 2015 – what is it about live performance that encourages you to keep going and going and going.
People and relationships, the music lovers, musicians I work with, my agent and manager who both work so hard behind the scenes. This is what I signed up for and I’m passionate about what I do, I get to play my music and take everyone on a magic carpet ride. When it’s all coming together, the audience is with you and everyone in the room can feel the energy of what you’re giving, it’s liberating, cathartic, therapeutic and invigorating.

What should people expect from your set at Palm Creek Folk Festival in June?
Our Australian debut of Z-STAR TRINITY – the trio incarnation of Z-STAR. We’re going for that oblivion rollercoaster ride of big bluesy riffs, stomping phat beats and pumping lungs breaking on through to the other side.  200 per cent all valves burning hot energy amped up for full collective immersion into our shake the ground sound.

You’ll also be teaching a workshop at the Festival. What will people be able to learn from you?
I’ll be looking to share some practical song writing and performance tips and techniques with a new generation of budding artists. By the end of the session, I’m hoping we’ll have written and performed a new song together! Everyone welcome. Even if you’re just toying with the idea of becoming an artist, let’s water that seed at Palm Creek!

What do you hope to achieve from your music?
I hope to keep on writing and performing songs that give music lovers all over the world a soundtrack to their lives, from blissful profound escapism to a sweaty stampede of hot fun. A lifetime of creative collaboration and expression that keeps on bringing people together, enhancing the times and expanding that direct connection between artist, music and audience in which all three continue to influence, inspire and liberate each other.

The 27th Palm Creek Folk Festival will be held 7-10 June 2018. For tickets, and to view the full  Festival program, visit www.palmcreek.com.au

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