Lake Bolac Eel Festival this weekend

Iconic Songmen, Neil Murray, Archie Roach and Shane Howard, at the 2011 Eel Festival.
Iconic Songmen, Neil Murray, Archie Roach and Shane Howard, at the 2011 Eel Festival.

Lake Bolac - The Lake Bolac Eel Festival will kick off tonight and hosting the festival as emcee tomorrow will be 'Redfern Now' star Alex Doomadgee.

Alec has worked as a cultural advisor, a mentor (including to NRL teams), an MC and as a host on NITV and will be remembered by many for his starring role in the award winning drama series 'Redfern Now'.

In Lake Bolac Alec will be starring as MC on the Festival Stage, bringing patrons some great live music from 1.30 pm tomorrow.

Travelling from Alice Springs to join local song man Neil Murray is very special guest, fellow Warumpi Band guitarist Sammy Butcher. The festival has been keen to get Sammy involved for many years and this will be his first performance in Lake Bolac. Sammy will be a fantastic addition to Neil's already great act. Catch Neil and Sammy straight after the Twilight Celebration.

Gunditjmara man Brett Clarke is first up on the Festival Stage at 1.30pm. Brett has performed at Lake Bolac several times before and is honoured to be opening the music program.

Eighty per cent of up and coming children's entertainment group The Mik Maks are locals. The McInnes brothers, Brian, Joel, Alan and Dean have created a very special show aimed at the younger generation and, along with 'Drums' the Panda, are establishing themselves as a premier kids act around Victoria. It will be great to see them at the Eel Festival this year.

Accomplished multi-instrumentalist David Hyams is bringing the duo version of his 'Miles 2 Go' band to Lake Bolac for the first time. An experienced act, who have had festival appearances all over Australia for the last ten years or so, Miles 2 Go will impress with their celtic and blues inspired music.

Warrnambool roots musician Tom Richardson has also been doing the festival circuit for quite a few years now, even though he is still in his early twenties. Armed with his infectious personality and contagious melodies, Tom has singlehandedly entertained audiences from major Canadian festivals, dozens of American and European bars, to highland village tribes in Fiji. Tom brings his new solo looping show, a large swag of songs and a guitar case full of stories.

Shane Howard is no stranger to the Eel Festival having performed at Lake Bolac on a number of occasions either with his band, in 'Two Songmen' mode with Neil Murray, or as part of the Iconic Songs performance with Neil and Archie Roach. The former Goanna front man is a highlight of any festival and will be presenting his songs and stories in solo mode this weekend at Lake Bolac.

Leah Flanagan, a singer songwriter from Darwin, is a member of the highly regarded Black Armband. Leah is on tour to launch her new single, 'Everything', and is looking to expand her fan base into Western Victoria. Leah will bring her tunes to the shores of Lake Bolac on Saturday and you can also hear her perform in the Lake Bolac Hotel tonight.

Carus Thompson will send you home singing. Carus loves coming to the Eel Festival, even when he is not performing, and is very excited to be closing the tenth festival in his usual enthusiastic way. Carus has been a constant figure on the festival circuit both here and overseas for many years, and loves to get the crowds dancing with his great rock/reggae/roots songs.

Tickets to the festival are available through or at the gate on Saturday. For more information go to or call the Lake Bolac Information Centre on 03 5350 2204


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