THE CHERRY PICKERS
One of our most memorable nights at The Barn at Wombat Flat was in our opening year, the night the power failed and the lights went down. The Cherry Pickers serenaded our audience under the glow of our emergency lights for their full set! It’s time we had them back…..and kept the lights on! You’ll love them!
The Cherry Pickers’ are a contemporary bluegrass band playing your favourite tunes from today and back in the day. Always on the search to “uncover” some hidden bluegrass in any song, their tasty arrangements are reverent to Bluegrass tradition. Coupled with their love of traditional tunes and their original songs, the Cherry Pickers make for an exciting and refreshing bluegrass experience. The Cherry Pickers appear regularly around Adelaide and have played at many festivals around the country including the National Bluegrass Festival, Mountain Grass, the Kelly Country Pick, JamGrass , the Fleurieu Folk Festival, Healesville Festival, Cullulleraine, Groundwater, Dorrigo Folk Festival and the Wirinna Bluegrass Festival. In 2016, the Cherry Pickers toured the US including playing at AmericaFest in Nashville Tennessee.
The Cherry Pickers are:
Mark Bandick – Guitar, vocals
Paul Cooper – Banjo, vocals
Rob Cooper – Dobro, vocals
Lou Evangelistis – Mandolin, vocals
Mae Napier-Traeger – Fiddle, vocals
Gage Stead – Bass, vocals
Caitlin Drew is a small town girl with a great big voice. She’s been singing since she was a seven year old and the girl from Burra says Carrie Underwood, Cold Chisel and Missy Higgins have all influenced her music.
Working with some great guitarists around Australia has seen her play soft acoustic rock sets in Karratha, WA; contemporary pop in the Adelaide Hills and country/folk on the West Coast of South Australia. Caitlin has fronted a Gospel Choir led by Tony Backhouse on a fundraising tour around Australia. She’s even had the opportunity to sing a Waif’s song with the group’s guitarist Josh Cunningham accompanying her!
Working with the choir was also an opportunity to tour the US and sing in Nashville, Chicago, New Orleans and Memphis. She says, “this experience really grounded me in my country roots and allowed me to explore not just music but the culture behind gospel, country and folk.”
2020 saw Caitlin open herself up to rock influence when she accompanied ‘Critical Limit’ at Rock the Ranges in Quorn, SA opening for The Zep Boys. 2021 will be a big year for her when she kicks off by opening for Oz country legend Adam Brand at Quorn and The Cherry Pickers at The Barn at Wombat Flat.
Our feature visual artists: Jed and Jim Dunstan
The Barn at Wombat Flat offers a visual art exhibition at each show. We are proud to kick off with a local father and son team for our first four shows. So much talent in one family…hopefully Ronda will bring along some of her pottery!
Jed Dunstan is a cartoonist/illustrator based at Ngapala SA. Jed has been drawing for as long as he can remember. After finishing his schooling in 2005 he started shearing and doing other agriculture related jobs, Jed now lives and works on his farm at Ngapala in South Australia.
Jed started drawing weekly editorial cartoons for the Stock Journal in 2015. His cartoon “Drawing Conclusions” is now published across Australian Community Media’s (ACM) rural newspaper network including the Stock Journal-South Australia, the Stock & Land – Victoria, Queensland Country Life and the North Queensland Register. Jed also draws a single panel gag cartoon titled “The Rabbit Trap”, which is published weekly.
Each year Jed creates two calendars, one depicting life in The Australian shearing industry. The other is a collection of The Rabbit Trap cartoons.
Jed draws is cartoons with pencil and ink pens on paper. He mostly scans his hand drawn line work and colours digitally but occasionally colours by hand for special projects.
Jim Dunstan is an artist based at Ngapala in the mid north of South Australia. Jim lives and works on his farming property named Gumvale where he has made a huge effort to preserve the native bushlands and revegetate large sections of his property. His artwork has appeared around Australia and overseas. Several of his paintings have been purchased by private collectors.
Jim mainly paints using oils or acrylic on canvas and board. He also paints with underglaze on stoneware tiles which are displayed around SA. His tile table tops depicting local history are displayed in public areas throughout the Mitcham council zones. He has also painted tiles for projects in other areas around SA and the APY lands.
Jim is also a stone mason. He has used his skills to complete large landscaping projects in his local towns of Eudunda and Marrabel. Most of Jim’s stone walls feature more of his artwork on tiles, hand painted with historical images and information from the area. Tiles are inlayed into the stone walls for the public to view when they visit the town gardens. While landscaping the towns gardens, Jim worked with school students from Eudunda Area School, St Johns primary and Robertstown primary.
Jim has conducted several other community art projects working with locals, often as part of SALA. He has painted murals in the Kapunda and Eudunda. He also worked for 10 years with primary and high school students, teaching them about the environment and sustainable food production. Often he would use artwork with gardening to help teach and make it more interesting for his students.
More recently Jim won the 2020 Clare Valley portrait prize and people’s choice for the Burra portrait prize.
Ricca Terra Wines, Food stall, Eudunda Bakery goods, beer, soft drinks, hot drinks for you to purchase on the night.
NO BYO FOOD OR DRINK PLEASE.
Gates open 5:30pm / Show 7:00pm