The Basics head up the beefy second round!
The genre defying acoustic blues-hop master Erik Schrody (AKA Everlast), is visiting the bay ‘specially as part of his first Australian tour in over ten years. After a little tune called ‘Jump around’ launched him as a Hip Hop artist with House of Pain he went solo and released his chart busting 1998 album ‘Whitey Ford Sings the Blues,’ which featured the massive hits ‘what it’s like‘ and ‘ends.’ The follow up ‘Eat at Whiteys’ also had a huge hit in ‘Black Jesus.’ Both albums were nominated for Grammy awards and sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2000 he won a Grammy for his song ‘Put your lights on‘ with Carlos Santana.
Influenced by artists as varied as Neil Young and Run DMC, his ability to mix stories with beats and acoustic guitars has been the trademark that has inspired many an artist to follow in his footsteps. Collaborations with Cypress Hill, Willie Nelson, Run DMC Snoop Dog/Lion further cement this diversity. His latest record “The Life Acoustic,” includes stripped back versions of his extensive back catalogue and he will be bringing them to us a world away with special guests.
Kate Miller-Heidke released her critically-acclaimed 3rd studio album, ‘Nightflight’, in 2012, debuting at #2 on the ARIA album chart. Her first album ‘Little Eve’ achieved gold status and received four ARIA nominations. Her second album ‘Curiouser’ reached double platinum sales in Australia, spawning two platinum hits ‘Last Day On Earth’ and ‘Caught In The Crowd’. In 2009 Kate won the grand prize in the International Songwriting Competition for ‘Caught In The Crowd’.
Kate is currently working on her 4th album ‘O Vertigo!’ due for release in March 2014. Renowned for her direct interaction with her fans, she used the direct-to-fan platform Pledge Music to launch a campaign to fund the recording of the album. The campaign broke records and achieved its target in 3 days, making it both the fastest and all-round most successful direct-to-fan campaign by an Australian artist to date.
The Brisbane-born Shane Nicholson is an accomplished singer-songwriter with four critically acclaimed albums under his name – “It’s A Movie”, “Faith & Science’”, “Familiar Ghosts” and “Bad Machines” – and a best-selling duet album, “Rattlin’ Bones”, with Kasey Chambers. Together with Chambers he took out the 2013 ARIA award for best Country Album for “Wreck & Ruin.” Shane is also a renowned Producer and will be imparting his know how in a special workshop at the festival.
Dallas Crane is an Australian rock band with a timeless sound — that of denim and scuffed boots and twanging guitars. Originally formed under the name Tempered Kin in 1996, the group consisting of Dave Larkin (vocals, guitar), Shan Vanderwert (drums), Pete Satchell (guitar), and Chris Brodie (bass) got their start in Melbourne, Victoria. Their early rehearsals took place afterhours in a transport company’s truck yard, the rent paid in beer. A change of name was dedicated to that company: Dallas Crane Transport. After two years of steady gigging they recorded their debut album, Lent, entirely financed on their own. On its back they toured with heroes of theirs, You Am I, striking up a friendship with lead singer Tim Rogers. Rogers would later convince them to lend a cover of the Missing Links’ song “Wild About You” to the soundtrack of the movie Dirty Deeds.
It wasn’t until the release of their second album, 2000′s Twenty Four Seven, that the band came to widespread media attention. That album was declared Album of the Week by Beat Magazine and Rock Record of the Summer by In-Press. Bassist Chris Brodie was replaced by Pat Bourke when the band signed to Albert Productions. With their help in 2004 they released a self-titled album, which was nominated for three ARIA awards. That year they won an Australian Live Music Award for Best Live Band. Problems with their distributor — Festival Mushroom was bought by Warner before they were passed on to Sony BMG, all in the space of a year — delayed their next album, Factory Girls, until 2006. They used the extra time well, recording six more songs than originally planned, all of which made it onto the album. It was received well, making their first dent in the album charts.
They went away for bit, but now they’re back!!!!
‘Lamentations’ is the debut album from future folk/soul artist Ngaiire (pron nyrie) who stands on the JJJ’s 2010 Next Crop list alongside Kimbra, Lanie Lane, and The Jezabels . The Australian singer/songwriter is building a reputation for herself as one of the country’s most unique and dynamic vocalists and performers. Moving to Sydney after a brief stint studying for a Jazz degree at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Ngaiire embarked on a long period of touring overseas and in Australia with roots collective Blue King Brown, and mentor and electronic icon Paul Mac. Years later the need to focus on her own pursuits caused Ngaiire to quit the road and settle back in Sydney where she could discover and build herself as an artist.Adventuring through a long musical journey of discovery from folk soul to jazz hop to indie pop to everything in between, Ngaiire has finally settled on an eclectic sonic identity that is uniquely hers, and with great delivery, reflected through her long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album, ‘Lamentations’.
‘Lamentations’ is a collection of songs or more so, laments, written between her Sydney home and a tiny Japanese drinking bar called Bar Noah located in the sleepy suburb of Ekoda on the outskirts of Tokyo. During the days, Noah was transformed into a writing space for her and Japan based collaborator, pianist and beat maker Aaron Choulai. Come evening, the bar opened for business and Ngaiire would find herself knee deep in Japanese potato wine and the obscure musical tastes of bar owner and house DJ, Hajime, adding further late night inspiration to her writing hiatus. The title of the album spurs from one of her favourite compositions ‘Dido’s Lament’ written by English Baroque composer Henry Purcell performed in his opera Dido and Aeneas, a mythological love tragedy between a Trojan hero Aeneas and Dido, Queen of Carthage. It was also inspired from the Biblical and poetic book of Lamentations mourning the destructive fall of Jerusalem. Both situations were found to reflect Ngaiire’s persuasion of writing, shedding light on her attraction to the dark beauty of the melancholic.
The Basics – you either get them or you don’t.
They are unconventional, true enough. Fellow Australian band Palorus Jack describe them best as “45 years behind, but a million years ahead”.
Simone Ubaldi of Beat Magazine recognises the same paradox when she writes “they play 60s-cast retro rock, sure, but they play it like they invented it”.
With their “forward-thinking-while-looking-back” sound, The Basics are a band at odds with the current Australian music scene. Perhaps it is naïve arrogance, but they continue to defy accepted notions of originality.
Hollie Smith is one of New Zealand’s most predominant & celebrated musicians. After working with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloose, she was approached by NZ songwriting royalty Don McGlashan to perform on a movie soundtrack single ‘Bathe in The River’ that topped the NZ charts & became one of the biggest & iconic singles in NZ history.
This prolific hardworking songwriter, singer & performer has always maintained a highly respected reputation of creating music with the upmost integrity & passion, not to mention her incredible live performances and powerful vocals. With her eagerly awaited new solo album due for release in 2014, she continues to show that there is no such word as compromise in her vision as an artist & this is shown throughout her career.
In a one off show for Apollo Bay Music Festival, Nick Barker joins forces with Brisbane band HALFWAY for a bit of a Party Set. Barker quotes“They’ll sing some of theirs, I’ll sing some of theirs, some of mine, we’ll have a few beers, Hell, we may even butcher a few Classics! “ HALFWAY will be in Victoria to launch their 4th album “Any Old Love” produced by Robert Forster(Go-Betweens).
Halfway writers John Busby and Chris Dale are past winners of the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship, Australia’s most prestigious songwriting award
“Sounding something like Paul Westerberg and Bruce Springsteen getting drunk together in a bar. Heaven.” - Ned Pearse, Inpress Melbourne
One of Melbourne’s longest serving singer-songwriters “Nick Barker “crashes headfirst into Central QLD’s finest “HALFWAY”
This will be a HOOT
New gen Indigenous Australian artist Yirrmal, from North-East Arnhem Land, is making a refreshing entrance into the music scene.. Inspired by heroes Yothu Yindi, as a carrier of the legacy, Yirrmal fuses tradition and contemporary with class and passion. Performing as a solo artist, and with group Yirrmal & The Yolngu Boys.Yirrmal is related to Geoffery Gurrumul Yunupingu on his mother’s side, and his father, Witiyana Marika, was a singer and dancer in Yothu Yindi. The Yolngu boys, Dion, Jerol and Seviro Wunungmurra have extensive knowledge of traditional Yolngu “Manikay” songs, and are excellent singers, dancers and didgeridoo “yidaki” players.
The Melbourne Rhythm Project is what happens when the most talented and passionate Lindy Hop and Tap Dancers meet with a very special band on stage, in the studio, and on the social dance floor. It is a brand new collaboration between Ramona Staffeld, Grant Swift, and Leigh Barker’s six piece band “The New Sheiks”.
The company of dancers are either family, or family in spirit. Likewise the band, who have that special bond born of years on the road together. Something special happens when dancers need musicians, and musicians need dancers, especially in the vernacular American styles of Jazz, Swing and Blues.
Inspiration comes from a different location for every artist, a special place where an idea sprouts and grows into something tangible. The origins of Tully on Tully’s latest single ‘Stay’ initially a poem, sprung whilst in a pocket of park in Carlton, Melbourne. A group who are lovers of the craft of songwriting, ‘Stay’ is Tully on Tully’s first collaboration where Melbourne artist Hayden Calnin was invited to lend his voice on the track.
Featuring infectious vocals by Natalie Foster, the simple and direct lyrics shadow a kind of poignant vulnerability, shifting between feeling like you are moving too deep into a relationship and pushing away to protect yourself before turning back… realising you already have what you want.
Foster’s performance is understated and controlled, swelling to an emotional peak supported by the soulful vocals of Hayden Calnin. The sparseness of the instrumentation, crisp production and catchy progression makes ‘Stay’ a song that lingers in your head long after listening.
Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts – multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre.
Australian Country Music Award winners in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and Group of the Year at the 2010 Australian Independent Country Music Awards, Hamish and Lachlan Davidson are “the best young bluegrass pickers we have seen for a long while in Australia and a very exciting live act,” according to Troy Cassar-Daley.
Lester The Fierce is a combination of Anita Lester and her alter ego imagined from a children’s book hero. The prolific singer songwriter manages to touch on everything in her songs from love, sex, death and the weather. Lester has been a silent fixture in the Australian music scene for years and has become known for her haunting and unmistakably unique voice. Lead single, Howl is influenced by female driven bands of the 90s, such as Garbage & Hole and the song’s poetic lyrics speak of a frustrated love. “It’s about my family and the boy I love. It’s about the frustration you sometimes feel at the people closest to you,” explains Lester. With its penetrative bass line and immediate hook, Howl is guaranteed to swiftly hijack your attention, but watch on as its intricacies draw you in, discovering more with each listen.
Five Mile Town have recently made the trek over from Australia’s eastern most point… New Zealand… In what reads as a relatively short career thus far the (now) Melbourne based four piece have accomplished a lot.
Releasing their first single in 2012 the track hit 50,000 views in only a few weeks. They followed that up with their first EP and toured extensively across both the north and the south islands of New Zealand. It didn’t take long for promoters to notice the capacity this young band had for pulling crowds and in no time they went from supporting their friends to playing main stage to thousands of people at the premier Rhythm and Vines festival over New Years Eve. Add to that they managed to sell out their own headline show at the Auckland Town Hall and played back to back years at the Waiheke Island Jazz Festival you can imagine the list of bands they’ve played with is impressive. Impressive doesn’t even come close the guys have shared the stage with everyone from Katchafire, Homebrew, Kimbra and The Black Seeds through to Mark Ronson, Tame Impala, Six60 and The Presets.
Originally from Ontario Canada, Tracy McNeil has firmly established herself as an integral part of Melbourne’s vibrant alt-country music scene, and an exciting artist to watch. With her third LP due soon for release, Tracy and her band The GoodLife are hitting venues around town and delivering lush, loud performances that swing between pop-soaked rock and that signature looseness and swagger you’ll hear in all good alt.country music.
The GoodLife features some of Melbourne’s finest alt. country talent in Bree Hartley – drums, Matty Green (Simone Felice/Jordie Lane) – lead guitar, Rod Boothroyd – bass, and Luke Sinclair (Raised By Eagles/The Idle Hoes) – guitar.
“Her songs ring with the kind of universal authority that lends them weight and gives the impression that McNeil is raiding some lost American troubadour songbook.” – Martin Jones / Rhythms Magazine
The Harlots are slick like pop, but ragged like garage; the Harlots sting like the new wave and burn like soul. Swelling dance floors and stage tents with their sultry brand of ego-rock since late 2010, Melbourne sextet the Harlots draw on the diverse musical inspirations of its members to produce an urbane, sinister sound that ranges from the literary to the crude, blending sophistication with sweat and saliva. Recent touring brought them to the festival-going folk who ate it all up and asked for dessert. The latest offering, the double EP “Coarse Tunes parts I & II” launched, breaking records along the way, to a sold-out audience this month. Containing the popular single ‘Got No Soul’ – a twisting, riff-driven rocker – a warning shot fired in anticipation of the debut album to lead all who cross its path to glory. The Harlots come armed to the teeth; the Harlots are here to stay.
Hailing from Melbourne the duo have been living on the road touring their original music throughout Australia and New Zealand non-stop since April 2010 in their 1976 kombi van. There are just two of them. She plays soulful cello standing up while effortlessly singing at the same time. He sings in harmony and switches between guitar and banjo, while stomping on the stomp box to keep the syncopated rhythms punching through. They look like they just slipped out of a time machine from the 70’s, they sound like a cross between Fleetwood Mac, Florence and the Machine and Cat Stevens and they chat on-stage like they are in your living room.
A nine man explosion of 1980′s pop music, yacht-rock, Rn’B, and synth-funk, Sex On Toast showcase undeniable musical finesse whilst never taking themselves too seriously. With an outrageous live show featuring tight vocal harmonies, talk-box synthesizers, drum-machines and choreographed dance moves, they’re consistently engaging an ever expanding audience of both chin-stroking musicians and teenage revellers.
Through word of mouth alone, they’ve quickly become a cult favourite in Melbourne, regularly packing out local venues. The band has hosted several residencies at The Toff In Town, The Empress and The Evelyn Hotel, including a highly successful residency with the Vaudeville Smash in January 2013, and a sell-out residency in September 2012.
Raised By Eagles is a four-piece project fronted by Melbourne songsmith Luke Owen Sinclair, whose other projects include The Idle Hoes and Tracy McNeil (CAN). Raised By Eagles formed in early 2012, and includes some of Melbourne’s finest alt-country talent in Nick O’Mara (lead guitar), Luke Richardson (double bass) and Johnny Gibson (drums) – all well established musicians and songwriters in their own right, sharing a common love of honest music and a deep respect for good song writing.
This collaboration has seen Raised By Eagles fast establish themselves at the forefront of Melbourne’s alternative country scene, charming audiences with their impressive blend of country, pop, folk and rock. Finding inspiration in artists ranging from Neil Finn to Bonnie Prince Billy, Wilco to Whiskeytown and Jerry Jeff Walker, these are songs that remain unaffected by the smoke and mirrors of music in the postmodern era, and encapsulate the art of storytelling at it’s heartfelt finest.
Kooyeh, the newest nine piece on the block, has traversed the Blue Mountains to Melbourne to record and release their debut album Soul Cleansing. First single Mountain Top is out 9 August 2013 and with a national tour announcement coming soon, Kooyeh has the music industry and fans alike ready to Cooee from the mountain-tops and get their reggae sway on.Their live together, work together, play together attitude is reflected in their live shows, and audiences benefit from their synergy and their tight sound. Not a band to be easily labelled, their journey through reggae, soul, hip hop, dub and electronica keeps the group – and their growing crowds – on their toes.
With four vocalists, a horn section and a skankalicious riddim section, Kooyeh deliver a high energy show that keeps the dance floor buzzing as the spotlight sweeps between each of the singers, the riffing horn players, funky organ, bluesy guitar, and all the while the driving force of the bass.
Timberwolf is the modern folk project and performing alias of Chris Panousakis, a blues/rock inspired 22 year-old singer/songwriter from Adelaide. Putting his physiotherapy career on the backburner, Chris has taken the next few years off to focus purely on music. With strong roots in 60s/70s blues and rock, his take on modern folk music emulates soulful but cryptic songwriting, complemented by a melodic blend of guitars and vocals.
With his first home-recorded single ‘Garden’, Chris reached No. 1 on the Triple J Unearthed “Roots Chart” in January 2013, and featured in consecutive weeks on Triple J’s “Roots N All” program, as well as regular radio play on 88.9 Southern FM (Melbourne) and 101.5FM Radio Adelaide. Chris built on this momentum with the SOLD OUT release of his next single ‘Into the Cold.’ After being made a feature track on Triple J Unearthed, it featured on Triple J’s “2013″ and “Home & Hosed” programs, as well as reaching No. 1 on the Triple J unearthed “Roots Chart.”
Spawned from the remnants of an empty longneck of Melbourne Bitter, El Moth dusted its wings and flapped its way around the underground party scene in 2008. The boys quickly became known as one of the hottest party bands in town, providing the soundtrack to many a memorable night.
After playing in alleyways, parks, warehouses, lounge rooms and backyards with jam sets of anywhere up to 5 hours, the boys decided to see what would happen if they tried to write some actual songs.
Their efforts have not gone unrecognised, and in the last 2 years they have played a bunch of festivals around Victoria (Rainbow Serpent, Island Vibes, St Kilda Fest, Apollo Bay, The Hills Are Alive, Cool Summer, Folk Rhythm and Life, Ostara, Renaissance…) and have just completed numerous packed out successful residencies and a capacity EP Launch at The Evelyn. They have been invited to share the stage with some of the leading Reggae/Roots/Rock acts from Australia and around the globe including Groundation (US/Jamaica), Kingfisha, Dubmarine, Dallas Frasca, BONJAH, Barons of Tang.
Come and see why El Moth have been hailed as one of the cities finest party bands, and have a boogie to their funked up rockin’ reggae extravaganza…
Honesty and integrity are things that can’t be taught – you have them or you don’t. And when you are an artist, they are things all but impossible to fake. Yet listen to emerging artist Sahara Beck and it’s clear she has them in spades.
Perhaps it is because she grew up away from the buzz on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, but when you listen to her songs you can tell this is an artist coming from somewhere very real – and it’s feeling that has helped her achieve an incredible amount for an artist so young.
Now just 17, her songs and live performances have the maturity and directness of a well-seasoned artist. Her lyrics spin tales of an old soul and her voice takes you from angelic heights to ripping, almost brutal, honesty.
With her quirky demeanour and ability to weave stories from different perspectives, she has quickly developed a devoted fan base and racked up some impressive live performances at venues and festivals including the Noosa Long Weekend, the SolBar, The J, Peregian Originals, Joes Waterhole, The Caloundra Music Festival, the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Judith Wright Centre and many more.
Sahara has gained airplay on national broadcaster Triple J, Triple J Unearthed, ABC Coast FM, HOT 91.1 and several overseas radio stations as far afield as the UK, Germany and New York.
And now she is ready to take the next step. Sahara’s new EP – due out mid 2013 – reflects her incredible growth as an artist. Mature, considered, and brimming with striking performances, the EP captures an artist on the rise, with plenty to say.
Josh Rennie-Hynes is a singer/songwriter hailing from a small town north of Brisbane, Australia. He combines his humble upbringings, together with his love for travel, life, and storytelling, to create honest, thought provoking, authentic music.
At a young age, he remembers his father coming home from a long day’s work as a Diesel mechanic, to sit in front of a piano or a guitar; playing and singing and escaping into another world for hours on end.
Skip forward a few years to when Josh was living in and working in Canada.
“I guess I was just somewhat floating about, trying to find my place, find out what direction I wanted my life to take. I’d been working a job since leaving school that I really had no passion or desire to do, had just come out of a fairly rough break up, and my Dad has just passed away, so Canada seemed like a good place to escape to”
Whilst working at a ski resort, a local restaurant was hosting a competition where musicians would play off against each other in a weekly duel, with the overall competition winner receiving professional studio time.
Skip forward to Late 2012 and the release of Josh’s debut Self-titled album. The album is a salient and personal insight into a young man’s life, with tales of love, loss, travel and introspection, but crafted in a way that immediately connects with the listener on a deeper level.
The first single off the album ‘Dreaming’ has received national airplay on Triple J, ABC radio national and 98.9 fm on the back of countless live shows right up and down the East Coast of Australia. 2013 is set to be even bigger year for Josh, with more shows and tours, and the recording and release of his second full length album with renowned ARIA award winning Australian producer and artist Shane Nicholson.
If the heart could play music it would sound like the Imprints as they fire up with high energy neo-gypsy melodies underscored with dub, afro and dance inspired grooves. They lace this together with hypnotic melodies leading the listener on a sweet voyage.
Fresh from their debut European/UK tour the Imprints have had an amazing year, performing at festivals including Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Beat Herder, Small World Festival, Wallaby Creek Festival and Nimbin Roots. Their two and a half month overseas tour also saw them perform their own shows throughout the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Belgium and the UK.The Imprints grew organically from the moment they started to play together in early 2010. Initially performing down tempo trip hop they layered moody string sections with dynamic live beats, quickly realising their potential as a multi-genre project with a unique sound. Seductive original music inspired by their lives and experience capture African and Eastern European gypsy musical imagery and together they provide their own soundtrack to inform a unique interpretation of the music of Bjork, Fat Freddys Drop, Massive Attack and Jimi Hendrix and others.
Following on from the success of her debut record ‘Over My Shoulder’, Tui-award finalist Mel Parsons has just released of her brand new album, RED GREY BLUE, followed by a series of tours and tales around the country in late 2011. Produced by Jeremy Toy (Opensouls, Shes So Rad), the new album is out now in NZ through Border Music/DRM.
Waikato Times had this to say: “Red Grey Blue is not only Parsons’ best recording, it is one of New Zealand’s finest releases”
One of NZ’s rising songwriting stars, Mel Parsons is in her element on stage: “Armed with instant sing-along choruses and stonking drum grooves” (Martyn Pepperell/Word on the Street) Parsons is equally known for intimate, pin-drop performances where she draws in her audience and keeps them all night with a voice that “could work any night in Nashville, yet somehow sounds intrinsically New Zealand” (Black Magazine).
Franky Walnut is a country boy who has been enthralling audiences both locally and at home with his extensive back catalogue of between 6 and 7 songs, most of which I can remember the words to.
In this folk duo’s newly emerging career they have supported both American protest singer David Rovics and award winning singer-songwriter Enda Kenny. They have played at rallies across Melbourne in support of refugee rights and to protest against the irresponsible mining and deforestation of countries such as El Salvador and the Philippines. Their beautiful harmonies and thought provoking lyrics give a voice to the oppressed and forgotten and raise awareness for the important social issues of our time.
Up Up Away are the middle point between the past and the future; combining the old-school funk sounds of the 60s with the laid back, futuristic sounds of the neo-soul movement. The band’s tasty hooks, fat grooves and cleverly crafted lyrics ooze originality, whilst gracefully referencing vintage sounds from the golden era of soul.
Jamie is a 16 year old guitarist from Geelong who plays Acoustic/Instrumental/Finger-style genres. Since the age of 9 he has been learning guitar avidly and at 14 he began composing and performing regularly. After being influenced by artists such as John Butler, Kim Churchill, Daniel Champagne and many more, he discovered open tunings and tunings other than standard to enable additional ideas, options and techniques. He also uses percussive techniques on the body of the guitar to create music that is more involved than simply playing the guitar.
Jamie has just released his first full length album called ‘Vibrations’.
He is currently performing in Geelong and Melbourne and has enjoyed playing with well-known musicians such as Lloyd Spiegel, Jordie Lane, Shaun Kirk, Bill Chambers, Carus Thompson, Howlin’ Steam Train, and other upcoming local musicians and bands. He has also performed at festivals such as Queenscliff Music Festival, The Basin Music Festival, Airey’s Inlet Music Festival and Anglesea Music Festival. Jamie is very grateful to have an endorsement with Oxygen Music.
Double Bassist Leigh Barker has been leading bands since he was a teenager. He formed his first Jazz band in 2002, and it briefly toured under the name of ‘Libido Buddha’. After never being quite sure of what exactly a Libido Buddha was, the guys in the band settled on the far more sensible ‘Leigh Barker Quintet’.
In 2005 Leigh formed a trio that played weekly. This trio was called ‘The Sheiks’. Eventually the Sheiks morphed into the Leigh Barker Quintet, and Leigh decided to cut his losses and call the whole thing ‘Leigh Barker and the New Sheiks’. A very good reason to stick with this name came along in 2011 when the band won an ‘Australian Jazz Bell Award’ for the CD also titled ‘The New Sheiks’.
The ‘New Sheiks’ touring band for their upcoming December 2012 tour features Leigh on the double bass, Eamon McNelis on trumpet, Don Stewart on Trombone, Matt Boden on Piano and Piano Accordion, Sam Young on drums and violinist and singer Heather Stewart. Heather won the ‘Vic/Tas Blues Awards’ for best debut album and best female artist in 2011.
‘The Sounds of Silent’ are a five piece ensemble featuring some of Melbourne’s most versatile and accomplished musicians. They recreate the silent movie experience from the ‘20s & ‘30s with improvised performances featuring fun, familiar and popular music in the style of the period. The result is a vibrant and entertaining musical and movie event for the whole family.
Renegade Rovers offer up their unique brand of ass-shakin, earth-quakin roving jams. Incorporating brass, drums, flag wavers, groovers and more! Rocking out classics, originals, grooves and chants in their own distinctive Renegade style, they bring the party, clad in slick costumery and eye catching appeal. Prepare to party!!!
Drives a V12 jag [but runs it on 10 cylinders at times to impress greeny chiks ] has pleasure in spas and saunas and has a toy and bong shop in swifts creek [rents are nuts at castran corner] so you can shop for all your smoke needs and the kids can enjoy lego and not break stuff. Catch DJ Eddy at The Bay!!!
Men in Suits is without a doubt Australia’s leading musical performing group in the genre “other Melbourne-based non-religious well-dressed male parody choir”. At least that’s what we think. Buried deep within the nation’s economic stimulus package, Men in Suits has accepted a mission to lift the spirits of musically deprived Australians with a fiscally challenging mixture of wisdom, Georgian lullabies and nonsensical fun.
Under the direction of the wonderfully endowed Suitmeister, Stephen Taberner, we go places where others fear to tread.
Men in Suits – blokes who sing like blokes who can sing, together.
Jumble Jumble are a swampy young blues duo, comprised of dual songwriters Seamus and Jack Fillmore ,who are brothers from right here in Apollo Bay. ‘Black Keys’ style drums and guitar provide a filthy, earthy jungle bop style groove perfect for your aural consumption. This being their first ABMF appearance they are keen to show off everything they’ve got.
Murdena erupted from the Bellarine Peninsula to create an eclectic, punchy, lyrics-driven songfest. This unique group combines toe-tapping country dance hall fun with urban blues and folk-rock, taking audiences from the hay bales of the Victoria’s wild west to the leather retro-chic lounges north of the Yarra.
Murdena may take influences from Justin Townes Earle and Shovels and Rope, Mason Jennings and Dawes, but their individuality shines through.
Rach Brennan is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Geelong. Her originals would resemble a country/folk/pop style with honest heart on your sleeve lyrics, catchy melodies and fun guitar riffs.
Also a multi instrumentalist, Rach is in a folk/country band Two Coloured Koi and plays the piano accordion, keyboard, melodica, guitar as well as singing vocals.
The Apollo Bay Community Choir has been at every festival since 2014. 10 years!!! Don’t miss them.
Kurtis says His music could be described as Acoustic/Distorted Roots and that he likes to keep things simple, but “simple” is NOT the word that comes to mind when watching him play his fast paced fingerstyle guitar. His passion for the purely instrumental is evidenced by his love of a spontaneous long solo or intro improvised on the spot.