Mongolia meets the Australian Middle East! The stunning artistry and musicianship of Mongolian horse head fiddle player and throat singer Bukhu meets the beautiful lilt of Arabic Oud, Turkish and Bulgarian lute player John Robinson, intricate and melodic lines of vocals, darabuka and winds player Andy Busuttil.
EQUUS is the latin root of the word ‘equine’. The traditional songs of Mongolia played as you have never heard them before.
The Auburn Festival is a celebration of the rich, vibrant and diverse culture of the local and surrounding region and our cultural performances, activities, food and stalls aim to represent and showcase all of those cultures andour wonderful community.
The Auburn Festival is back in Wyatt Park again in 2012, with everyone invited to bring a rug, claim your place on the grass and enjoy the unique, vibrant, cultural entertainment all day.
There will be a huge array of amazing talent representing all corners of the globe on the two main stages and much more throughout the site.
Marvel at the Middle Eastern sounds of Arabian Nights, move to the West African rhythms of Keyim Ba, be captivated by the traditional Kurdish music from Persian Fusion, witness the spectacle of Mongolian throat singing by Bukhu and be enchanted by the Rhythms of Peace Ensemble. The world is indeed on stage at the Auburn Festival!
He’s an interesting man in anyone’s language. You get the impression that anything capable of making a sound will be co-opted into his arsenal; supporting the most ancient of music or the newest of his tunes and songs with equal ease. What he can do with a mobile phone ring tone, used to have to be supplied by two or three members of a band.
Added to his beloved Horse-fiddle, a completely ancient traditional instrument, he may use other, unnamed stringed things, a jews harp maybe, or all sorts of electronic wizardry, and then his voice as well. More layers than an onion?
The voice intrigues me most. He uses it as we would, vaguely baritone and mellow. (not thin and reedy like some oriental singers). Then, with no warning other vocal sounds emerge interwoven with everything else he’s doing. He explains there are four main tones possible in throat singing, from a high shimmer – like Northern Lights, but in sound, then on down to a bad, bad grumble. He’s a natural teacher and tells you how to do it.
With a twinkly sense of humour, he makes himself understood in slightly halting English, obviously enjoying the interaction. He is a new Aussie and his version of Waltzing Mathilda was so simple and loving it brought a lump to my throat. Do come and see him. For this man there are no barriers or divides – just music; and it’s great!
Bukhu performs on 1st September 2012 at 7.30pm for the Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club
Also on the night, to support the multicultural theme, will be the lovely young dancers from Marie Claire’s award-winning “Voyage of Irish Dance” school. Additionally Bill Wiseman who is well known for his love of Irish Music especially the hauntingly beautiful Irish airs on whistle will also complete the lineup.
Bukhu had a chance to connect with many amazing performers at this years Australia’s National Folk festival. Here’s a video of one of his impromptu performances during the event with Hawaiian musician Daniel Ho.
Multi-Grammy award winner Daniel Ho performs his composition “Haiku” on ‘ukulele, accompanied by Mongolian throat singer and horse fiddle player, Bukhu.
“Haiku” is from Daniel’s album “Ukulele Classics & Originals”
The performance was part of Australia’s National Folk Festival 2012 at Exhibition Park in Canberra. Australia’s festival flagship, the ‘National’, draws people from all around Australia and the world. They come to share in the songs, dances, tunes, and verse that have flowed through the ages from many communities into Australian folk culture. Hundreds of the world’s best musicians perform daily, in a non-stop flow of entertainment across twenty two fabulous venues.
6th of April at 11:00
7th of April at 15:20
8th of April at 11:30
About …that’s where the National Folk Festival is celebrated every Easter, when the city is frocked up in its golden autumn best. Australia’s festival flagship, the ‘National’, draws together people from all around Australia and the world. They come to share in the songs, dances, tunes, and verse that have flowed through the ages from many communities into Australian folk culture.