Canberra duo Springtide to play at Sutherland folk club

Folk festival favourites: Canberra duo Springtide will play at the Sutherland Acoustic concert at Gymea Tradies on June 13.
Folk festival favourites: Canberra duo Springtide will play at the Sutherland Acoustic concert at Gymea Tradies on June 13.

The combined talents of Jackie Luke on the rare Hammered Dulcimer, and Greg Wilson on Celtic Harp, makes for one of Australia's most distinctive duos.

If you add sweet vocals from Jackie, and the lively sound for the accordion from Greg, you have the unique sound of Springtide, a combination which has been delighting audiences for decades.

Years of dabbling in many musical styles has given Springtide a wealth of musical material to choose from.

The duo from Canberra revels in finding interesting music to suit their unusual instrumental combination.

They move with ease from a traditional ''Aussie'' song to a beautiful harp tune written by the Irish Harper Turlough O'Carolan and then contrast this with a lively jig or a poignant song from the Greek tradition.

Jackie's instrument (Hammered Dulcimer) has almost 100 strings which are played with wooden hammers.

A musician in her own right she has played the dulcimer (and the closely related Sandouri) in diverse situations including Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings.

Multi-instrumentalist Greg Wilson has a solid background in Australian bush music and recently celebrated 40 years with his band the Inland Navigators.

  • Springtide will will be the featured act at the Sutherland Acoustic Concert on June 13 at Tradies Gymea from 7.30pm. Entry $10