Main Stage Entertainment


9:00 am                Welcome to Country/Snowy Hydro Welcome    

9:15 am                Tumut Public School Guitar Group           

9:40 am                Abel Lawson                           

10:35 am              Australian Army Band Kapooka 

11:45 am              Proos Family

12.30 – 1.30        closed for Street Parade              

1:30 pm                Rory Phillips       

2:30 pm                The Bushwackers            

4:00 pm                Raffle Draw & Parade Presentations      



10:10 am              Kapooka Roving Band

12:30 pm              Aisha Polmeer (Busking)

1:00 pm                Josh & Amelia (Busking)

2:00 pm                Tumut Town Band

Performer Bios


Tumut Public School Guitar Group


Tumut Public School has put in place many fabulous music programs, including Concert Band, didgeridoo group and guitar group. For the Festival, a small section of the Tumut Public School guitar group will entertain the audience with a short program. One of the unique features of the TPS guitar group is that it not only includes students, but teachers are welcome to join in too!


Abel Lawson


Abel Lawson started playing classical guitar a few years ago and has been studying with Jeff Donovan at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music in Wagga Wagga for two and a half years. Abel is hoping to study a Bachelor of Music at ANU next year to pursue his love of the instrument.


Australian Army Band Kapooka (incorporating the Kapooka Roving Band)

The Australian Army Band Kapooka provides musical support to the Army Recruit Training Centre and to the Riverina community.  Since 1952 the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) has been served by a full time military band. Originally a brass band with 12 members, the unit has grown in reputation and now boasts a posted strength of 22 musicians performing on brass, woodwind and rhythm section instruments. As well as a marching band, Australian Army Band Kapooka (AAB-K) proudly boasts a stage band, rock band, jazz ensemble as well as brass and saxophone groups. This versatility means most genres of music can be performed and the band can cater for all musical tastes. AAB-K continues its primary role of supporting ARTC and is therefore kept busy performing at march out parades and other functions within the Kapooka Military Area. In addition to military and ceremonial roles, the band provides support to local and regional charitable organisations and communities in the Riverina. In particular, the band performs a series of Music at Midday concerts in Wagga, the final concert in the annual Twilight by the Lagoon concert series and the Wagga Wagga Christmas Spectacular.

In 2009, AAB-K was granted Freedom of Entry to the City of Wagga Wagga to mark, commemorate and acknowledge 56 years of dedicated and distinguished service to the City and the Riverina. This privilege is regarded as the highest compliment offered to a military unit by a civilian organisation or community.

As well as providing support to military and civilian communities, the band has also proudly represented Australia overseas on tours and deployments including Papua New Guinea in 1990, East Timor in 2000 and 2001, Bougainville in 2004, Japan in 2004 and Tonga in 2011.


Proos Family


Vic Proos was always playing a guitar and singing when Natasha and Jemima were young, so it was no surprise that they too developed a love for singing and playing guitar.  Together they shared a fondness for beautiful harmonies and a similar sound and genre of music.
Bella Fitzsimmons is Natasha’s daughter who also naturally came to love singing from a very young age and whose angelic voice has gifted her over the years with a solo performance at Olympic Park and making the HSC Honour Roll for her Assessment Performances.  The Proos Family set is a mix of three generations of songs with blended voices in a soft, transcending style, presented in their own unique way.


Aisha Polmeer


Aisha Polmeer is a local vocalist who resides in the picturesque village of Talbingo.  She has performed at many community events such as the Bupa Community Day, Tumut Takes Two, Talbingo Tattoo, Party in the Park and multiple CAPA performances.  She’s always honoured to be given opportunities to share her music with others and put a smile on people’s faces.  Aisha’s music style is best described as acoustic alternative and pop, with her favourite artists being JP Cooper, Ed Sheeran and The Wombats.


Josh and Amelia


Josh Barr and Amelia Kerr are two local 15 year olds who share a love of music.  They first played together when they were in Year 8 and have been playing together ever since.  Amelia loves to sing a variety of genres, with indie rock being her favourite, while Josh loves nothing better than jamming with other like-minded guitar souls playing rap, metal, punk, rock and blues.   Together the duo performs an eclectic mix of different styles, including funk, indie rock, country and pop.


Rory Phillips


Having first stepped onto a stage, guitar in hand, at age 7, Rory Phillips has already achieved more than most in his 11 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, twice being a featured busker at Byron Bay Bluesfest, graduating from the CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music and Rock Academy Melbourne, as well as being invited to play at the 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show.  In addition, Rory was named the 2016 Australian National Busking Champion (primary-aged), he took out the title of Junior Tamworth Champion of Champions in January this year and most recently, has been 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 and has enjoyed radio air play across the country.  He has been honoured to support artists such as ARIA nominated Bill Chambers and Golden Guitar winners The Bushwackers, Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, Catherine Britt, Amber Lawrence and Fanny Lumsden.  He has appeared 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!


Tumut Town Band


Tumut Town Band is proud to be one of the oldest, continuously-run bands in Australia, with its origin dating back as far as the late 1870’s.  In 2011, The Town Band welcomed the Tumut & District Concert Band under its banner.  In 2015, The Tumut Town Band was presented with the Australia Day Service to the Community Award.  In 2017 the decision was made to combine both bands and the current Tumut Town Band now has 34 players with ages ranging from 8 years to 85 years.  The band serves the community at many local and regional events such as Australia Day, Tumut’s Festival of the Falling Leaf and ANZAC Day, just to name a few.  The Tumut Town Band is led by Deb Wild and meets every Tuesday from 5:30pm until 7:00pm in the Tumut Town Band hall in Merivale St.


The band welcomes new players! Anyone interested in learning to play an instrument or interested in joining the band, please contact Deb Wild at the hall on Tuesday evenings. Alternatively, the band can be found on Facebook under Tumut Town Band.

The Bushwackers


The Bushwackers are currently celebrating their 47th year of performance.  The band has a long and proud history of performing at festivals and events around the country since their inception in 1971.


The Bushwackers perform their exciting brand of Australian music featuring the Lagerphone of front-man, Dobe Newton, along with a band of stellar musicians featuring fiddles, accordion, guitars, bass and drums.  The music is all-Australian with the stories, humour and sense of history that has helped to forge our national identity.


In January 2018, The Bushwackers were named as Finalists in five categories at the Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth.  Well-known for their energetic live shows that have thousands of fans dancing in the aisles, The Bushwackers are a welcome addition to the Festival of the Falling Leaf this year. Legendary performances at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, The Gympie Music Muster, Woodford Folk Festival, The Americana Conference (Nashville), The National Celtic Festival and countless other events have cemented their place in Australia’s music history.


The Bushwackers released ‘The Hungry Mile’, their 24th studio album in 2017, featuring several singles released to radio around the country.  The songs ‘Another Trip To Bunnings’, ‘Leave It In The Ground’ and ‘Waltzing Australia’ have all had major airplay around the country.


The iconic band has won three Golden Guitars, created four books and have had over 90 stellar musicians play in the band over the years.  The accolades and awards have arrived in a steady stream and The Bushwackers show no signs of slowing down in the years to come.