- Gosford Folk group to
1. Award winning Songstresses Tahlia & Ingrid Racz ( with
musicians Greg Wilson & Jackie Luke) who
perform as “Fellowship of the Strings” have been invited by the
famous Italian “Ferrara Buskers
Festival” to perform from August 17th-28th in 2007! THEY are the
ONLY Australians to
receive this special invitation in 2007. The Ferrara Buskers
Festival is a non-competetive parade
of the world’s best musicians, and the most important festival of
its kind in Europe. This is the
Festival’s 20th anniversary.
2. The group is required to give at least 20-25 performances over
the 10 days.
3. The event promises to be fantastic: during the week of the
festival Ferrara is
transformed into a music town, a mesmerising city of sound, which
at every street
corner unravels new mixtures between old and new tunes, to awaken
dreams of times
gone by or of future imagination.
4. Approximately 750 entertainers will perform at Ferrara during
5. Over 800,000 people attended to watch the performers in 2006,
crowding the mediaeval &
Renaissance stage in the Ferrara town centre. Ferrara is 117km
south-west of Venice, 109km southeast
of Verona (Romeo & Juliet fame), 431km east North-east of Rome,
and 260km East of Milan.
6. In 2006 over 26 countries were represented, and in the last 8
years only two other Australian
groups had received a special invitation to the festival.
This is your chance to see this fabulous Australian group (with
one Kiwi musician!) so get your tickets to Italy
at the best time of the year! This band has astounded crowds at
festivals and venues across three Australian
states since its formation in 2005. They have surprises in store,
and are available for bookings.
http://www.ferrarabuskers.com ( 2007 entries may
not be updated as yet)
for band information.
Information from Bernhard Racz
Stagecraft Magazine phone 1800 300 723 or mob. 041422704560
- The group have just
received the only invite to Australians for Europe’s largest Folk
The crowds are 800,000 total
approx. The girls will do at least 25 performances over 10 days,
with huge opportunity for more. European media will be in
attendance, and I’m sure may keep a closer eye on this group (
only Aussies – and stunning female singers).
The media at Italy are going to take the girls out to lunch a few
days in advance of the event. Girls arrive in Italy 11th August.
Event starts 17th August.
Crowds at venues will only be 250 – 500 at a time approx ( could
be more) but it’s the European media support at this event that is
Tahlia takes her new Maton guitar, but will take her trademark (11
years now!) purple Ibanez along as backup.
And….….. though they’ve performed as “Fellowship of the Strings” (
name from the days 3years ago when they joined a ‘jamming’ muso
group) they have a new name, though will use both names for a
while till everyone gets used to the change. New band name is “The
Fourth Realm” so keep this in mind for future news…
- Fellowship of the
- Prepare your senses for a unique
interpretation of contemporary songs , as well as traditional folk
songs recreated in a riveting blend…..
- One hundred & Fifty Strings join
forces with the mesmerising “goddesses of harmony”,
- - Ingrid & Tahlia Racz
Band established 2004
Unique group from NSW Central Coast
Rare amalgamation of classical folk harps, hammered dulcimer with
Hear 70’s & 80’s legends & ghosts resurrected & interwoven with
Tahlia Racz - Lead Vocals & purple guitar. Tahlia’s stunning
vocals are the trademark of the band. Leaving no vocal stone
unturned she has sung nearly every style of music from folk to
classic, country pop and rock; worked with orchestras, and soul
bands alike. Her outstanding achievements in stage and theatre
have included a lead role in a Jon English rock opera, plus
overseas contracts in Taiwan, all before age 18. Equally at home
with a pop song or traditional ballad, Tahlia is exploring the use
of traditional instruments in contemporary settings as
accompaniment for her vocal expertise. Possibly one of the world’s
best dormant coloratura sopranos.
Ingrid Racz - Lead Vocals & percussion. A performance history of
18 years, it is Ingrid’s natural sense of rhythm, her background
in dance, as well as her own vocal excellence and harmony skills
that always enhanced the connection with Tahlia, and now the
Fellowship. Has won hundreds of vocal awards with Tahlia. Ingrid
creates the look through visual and aural abilities. Winner of
countless awards in singing events, she has performed across
numerous states and overseas. Currently studying enhanced vocals
technique and writes her own songs.
Jackie Luke - Hammered Dulcimer, Irish Bouzouki and vocals -
Australia’s foremost exponent of the Hammered Dulcimer, Jackie has
performed widely in Australia and abroad. She has played in the
Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Millenium Ensemble Olympic Torch
Ceremony, International festivals in Munich, Slovakia and China.
Has toured NZ and the USA. Maintained a keen interest in expanding
the repertoire of the dulcimer she finds the Fellowship of the
Strings the perfect medium to explore these possibilities.
Greg Wilson - Para-Celtic harp, Penny whistle, concertina, vocals
- an extensive background in Australian traditional music and many
other genres, Greg is the multi-instrumentalist in the group. His
rhythmic harp accompaniments give a contemporary edge to the sound
whilst the haunting penny-whistle embellishes the vocal lines.
Greg is a member of the Inland Navigators and has toured the USA
and Sicily with the Sydney Heritage Ensemble. He performs
regularly with a variety of ensembles.
- “Not only do they sound exquisite,
but their glam presentation is like the icing on a wedding cake.
Hours of preparation in every performance. A visual and listening
– Lisa Gairdner Manager of Kantara House, Central Coast 2007.
“A festive five days as Deputy Mayor Abb McAlister enjoyed
listening to sisters
Tahlia and Ingrid Racz, members of the highly popular “Fellowship
of the Strings” group who combined celtic harps, dulcimer,
percussion and modern instruments to give new feel to contemporary
and folk songs.” -The
Gundagai Independent 2006
- “….there is a genuine appeal in the
unusual and rather celestial combinations derived from…Celtic
harps, hammered dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, and percussion” -
John Shand Sydney Morning Herald 2006.
“Feathers, Finery and Fabulous music, four talented musicians who
make up the most innovative acoustic band to be seen in recent
- St Albans Folk Festival 2006.
- “The captivating voices of Ingrid and
Tahlia Racz, combine with Greg Wilson and Jackie Luke on harp and
hammered dulcimer join forces to weave enchanting accompaniments
with rhythmic backing. Expect to hear strangely familiar, yet new
sounding songs and tunes – Uriah Heep, Kiss, Abba and new
interpretations of traditional favourites.”
- Port Fairy Folk Festival. VIC 2006.
- “an exciting new collaboration of
four musicians on the Central Coast of NSW create a many layered
sound, with enchanting melodies and embellishments” – The
Cornstalk Gazette 2004.
- This is an update on this emerging
group that combines rock and classics with folk. You’ll never hear
better vocals, and the musical blend of the vocals with two
full-sized harps & hammered dulcimer will mesmerize you.
If you are free this day, itll be a day worth the visit to
Here is an update, of Tahlia & Ingrid (and their ban “Fellowship
of the Strings”) Their first CD is selling well (face-to-face , as
not sent to distributors as yet). They are very busy at the
moment with guest appearances at many folk festivals here and
- The SOUNDS
- Tahlia & Ingrid Racz
Surrender your Souls and Senses to the Sounds of “SIRENZ”, the
award winning vocal duo of Tahlia and Ingrid Racz (of Kincumber).
Vocalists of the magnetic Folk/Pop/Rock group
FELLOWSHIP of the STRINGS
Original songs, as well as covers of folk, pop, rock and classics.
Starred in the October 2003 Jon English rock opera “PARIS” world
premiere, these ladies have featured in 3 Australian states, and
performed overseas. They were support act to the Ted Mulry Gang, and
have been featured artists alongside David Gilchrist, Danny McMaster
and major US acts. They have been featured singers in major events
including Olympic Torch ceremonies, World Championship Cricket, Boxing
(live telecast by FOXTEL) and invited to sing at international
functions for visiting diplomats.
From 2003 till May 2005 they were seen and heard at regular gigs each
week on the coast and in Sydney as “Soulstation”(with guitarist Glen
Tucker), and as “SIRENZ” as a vocal duo, as well as part of the
folk/rock group “Fellowship of the Strings”.
Hear them and feel them enter your soul
TAHLIA and INGRID RACZ
The Laycock Theatre, Gosford, production of Jon English & David
Mackay’s rock-opera “PARIS” (world premiere held 9 October 2003) saw
the return to Central Coast and Sydney audiences of Kincumber’s Tahlia
and Ingrid Racz.
In “PARIS” Tahlia played the part of CASSANDRA ( the red-headed
priestess, for those who saw the show) and Ingrid was in the Chorus
plus in charge of make-up for the entire cast. Youngest sister
Lieselle designed and created the entire wardrobe for the show.
Originally from Campbelltown where they attended Kentlyn Primary and
then Campbelltown Performing Arts High Schools, they moved to
Kincumber in December 1995 and started at Kincumber High School in
1996. Tahlia and Ingrid both left Kincumber High School having
respectively won the Principal’s Award (among many others) for
Performer of the Year, and both are in the school’s Hall of Fame for
their performances and contributions to the school and the community..
These ladies have an outstanding performance history in all music
genres, having amassed boxes of trophies and a large fan base while in
their early teens with wins in talent quests, eisteddfods and
festivals across NSW.
They were featured performers in three Australian states and were
support act to David Gilchrist, Danny McMaster, the Ted Mulry Gang,
Doug Parkinson, The Sydney Welsh Choir as well as others plus overseas
They were on the Sydney Cultural Council’s list of selected performers
for official functions, with one or both regularly singing at major
events. Tahlia has also entertained official and ambassadorial events
and audiences and events via CORPOL.
Individually successful as soloists, it is their vocal blend that
creates a unique harmony that mesmerizes audiences, a factor that
attracted numerous booking and management agents in NSW.
From Campbelltown’s Festival of Fisher’s Ghost to the Domain’s Pacific
Carols and Gosford’s 2GO Carols, Tahlia and Ingrid continued to be
invited to entertain via a multitude of organizations across three
The Department of Education’s Performing Arts Unit utilized their
talents for major shows over 8 years, including the 1994 Australia Day
visit by Prince Charles; Commonwealth Day ceremonies; The Sydney
Olympics lead-up events; international wheelchair basketball;
International Cricket; corporate functions. Foxtel have utilized their
abilities through live world-telecast sporting events at the Sydney
Both Campbelltown and Gosford City Councils regularly invited Tahlia
and Ingrid as ambassadors to entertain at functions for Sister City
visits from Japan.
They are 1999 graduates of the NSW Talent Development Project.
Tahlia was guest classical soprano at age 16 with the Central Coast
Conservatorium Orchestra with performances including a live radio
Tahlia studied Music Business management, whereas Ingrid filled in
with various rock and blues bands as vocalist before completing a
full-time 2-year Diploma in Make-Up( for Film and Television). To date
she has her name on the credits of 7 short films.
2001 saw Tahlia singing 6 days a week for four months in Taiwan, with
a rockabilly band at a theme park during the day, and with cover bands
at night ( Ingrid was blocked from the tour due to her age).
From 2003 to 2005 they performed across pubs &clubs in Central Coast,
Sydney and Newcastle as the vocalists of “SOULSTATION”
(pop/country/rock ) with guitarist Glen Tucker(3-4 shows of 4hrs
duration each every week), and recently have teamed up with
outstanding musicians as “Fellowship of the Strings” to enchant
They also perform as the duo “Tahlia & Ingrid” and as a trio “SIRENZ”
with Jan Couchman.
They cancelled a recent tour of Ireland to complete & produce their
first CD as a group and are an experience not to be missed!
Check them out at
www.jam.org.au (click on ‘events’ or on ‘Fellowship
www.whatsoncentralcoast.com.au (click ‘artists’ and the above names)
www.easy.com.au/dulce (“Fellowship’s” own site)
They have dedicated the last few years to songwriting and developing
their craft; have produced a few demo CDs and aim for a CD launch
A CD Launch at Kincumber
Resort Hotel, corner Willesee Cr & Carrack Rd, Kincumber (behind
MacDonalds) on October 6th at 7.30pm. Finger food is served, and the
bar is open. Certain alcohol provided.
RSVP by end of September
The new musical sensation
the “FELLOWSHIP of the STRINGS” is about to release their first (due
to audience demand) CD.
Tahlia and Ingrid Racz are the award-winning vocal duo in the
Folk/Rock group “Fellowship of the Strings” . They have been featured
in numerous editions of Central Coast, Campbelltown, Sydney as well as
Country (Music) newspapers over the years.
Prepare your senses for a totally new interpretation of KISS, Uriah
Heap, ABBA and other artists, as well as traditional folk songs
The group formed in 2004 for the St Albans Folk Festival and is made
up of Central Coast performers.
The group has been selected from performers across Australia to be
part of the 6th Folk Alliance Convention SHOWCASE (at the National
Library of Australia) from the September 2 to September 4th , 2005.
Their song has been chosen for track 1 of the compilation CD that will
represent Australian talent.
From 28th to 31st October they are featured performers at the renowned
MALDON FOLK FESTIVAL in Victoria ( and their photo is included on the
They have performed at the Umina Beach Folk Festival; St Albans Folk
Festival and numerous Central Coast & Sydney venues but have a long
performance history in their own right as individual performers.
Jackie Luke on hammered dulcimer & bouzouki, vocals
Part of the “Millenium Ensemble” for Olympic Torch Ceremony; Sydney
Orchestra “Lord of the Rings” Symphony performances; member of
“Springtide” duo 10 years. Performed locally and overseas.
Greg Wilson on Paraguayan harp, penny-whistle, concertina
”Inland Navigators” bush band 25 years; “Springtide” duo 10 years
performing locally and internationally. The only (lucky!) male in this
Jan Couchman on the magical Celtic harp
ex-Creative Arts lecturer; harp soloist, also accompanies numerous
bands a true personality! Our very own harpie!
Tahlia & Ingrid award-winning lead vocalists on guitar and percussion.
Harmonies to die for…
Graduates of the prestigious NSW Talent Development Project. Featured
in hundreds of performances across three states and abroad including
CORPOL, Sydney Cultural Council, Olympic lead-up events. Supporting
act to several local and overseas artists. Over 150 public
performances in last eighteen months as vocalists in various bands.
The music will mesmerise everyone. There will be few dry eyes when
possibly the best vocal duo in Australia unleashes their harmonies,
combined with the musical talent of exceptional musicians whose
performance will reach into your soul……
Print out and have