About Us

The Raglins perform traditional Australian folk songs with a twist, reinterpreting old Australian ballads before reimagining them into something new, rhythmic and memorable. With rocking rhythmic guitar and esquisite vocals/fiddle, The Raglins concentrate on songs worth remembering.

The duo is made up of award winning guitarist Robert Hillman (Port Fairy Emerging Artist of the Year) and classically trained vocalist and violinist, Hannah Pelka-Caven (B.Mus, Liz Johnston Memorial Award for Vocal Excellence), and in 2013 were runners up in the Folk Alliance Youth Awards.

Together they have performed at Cygnet, the National Celtic Festival, Fleurieu and on the Budawang stage of the National Folk Festival. They have also played for the Australian Folk Alliance Conference held in Melbourne in 2013. 

Their EP 'Somewhere' was launched to acclaim at the National Folk Festival 2014. 

Please feel free to contact us: theraglins@ymail.com

Hannah Pelka-Caven - (vocals, fiddle, guitar)

A.Mus.A, B.Mus Performance, Dip.Lang

Since begging her mother to begin violin lessons when she was 6, Hannah has had a life-long passion for music.

In 2007, Hannah commenced a Music Degree at the University of Melbourne, studying in classical voice under Rossamund Illing. She then went on to sing with the MSO Chorus, perform as a soloist at the Hawthown Anglican Church and perform in Victorian Opera’s Productions of Noyes Fludde and Assembly (2010 Melbourne Arts Festival).

In 2008 she began gigging around Melbourne as a contemporary soloist, as a means to perform music in a non classical setting. She has since gigged consistently with various Melbourne based bands. Including: performing with the Paddy O’Neill 2010 award group, Fianna, at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Kilmore Folk Festival and National Celtic Festival, as well as Adelaide based rock group The Warring Sighs. In 2012 at the National Folk Festival she was nominated for the Folk Alliance Youth Award and was awarded the Lis Johnston Memorial Prize for Vocal Excellence. She formed The Raglins in mid 2011 in response to a passionate desire to perform more Australian traditional songs.

 

Robert Hilman - (guitar, vocals)

(A.Mus.A)

Robert began his musical career as a 7 year old playing classical viola and has never stopped playing. Throughout his musical life he has been involved in many ensembles including the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and the Melbourne Youth Orchestra Quartet. In 2010 Robert was awarded his AmusA (distinction) in viola.

Not only is Robert a talented violist, he is also a talented singer and has been writing and performing his own original music for the past three years. In 2010 he performed as part of the Paddy O’Neill Award Group, Shanachie, and was awarded the Port Fairy Emerging Young Artist of the Year Award. He now plays with the trad irish tune band Tolka (www.tolka.com.au) who this year were awarded a grant to record an album with renowned trad flautist Brian Finnigan in Belfast. Robert joined the Raglins in mid 2011 as a means of performing his unique re-workings of Australian folk music to a wider audience.