Support Bands at Festival
Russell Morris is one of Australia’s most enduring singers. A major pop star in the late ’60s, he went on to become one of the country’s first singer/songwriters. Both ends of his career feature predominantly in the soundtrack to the movie The Dish.
Morris had now decided to concentrate on his own songwriting and with the cream of Australian musicians, spent almost a year painstakingly recording and re-recording what became the Bloodstone album. It was one of the first Australian albums of its kind, the first from an Australian singer/songwriter, and a whole world away from the extravagant “The Real Thing.” The hit single from Bloodstone was the resonant, romantic “Sweet Sweet Love.” The following year, in 1972, Morris delivered the equally beautiful “Wings of an Eagle.”
Named as Nova Scotia’s top entertainer at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Awards in November, Charlie A’Court is synonymous with impassioned performances that grip an audience the very moment he takes the stage.
Winner of the East Coast Music Awards 2007 Pop Recording of the Year and 2007 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for his album Bring On The Storm and 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album Color Me Gone, Charlie A’Court is an emotionally charged and soul moving performer. Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, his music and passionate voice stir up the listeners’ emotions, touching the very core of audiences around the world.
A’Court has toured extensively throughout Canada and abroad with headlining performances at the Stan Rogers’ Folk Fest, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest, and Ottawa Blues Fest. A’Court has shared the stage with high profile artists including John Reischman & the Jaybirds, Martin Sexton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Procol Harum, Colin James, and Blues Brother Dan Aykroyd.
A guitarist, singer and songwriter, Jeff has built up a reputation for startlingly original performances, working without a set list and allowing the unique energy of each night to shape the songs.”Seeing Jeff Lang was like being at church for three hours – a totally sacred event. He’s the man as far as I’m concerned.” John Butler
“Lang’s music is as fiercely original as it is moving.” Guitar Player Magazine
Australian singer/songwriter Rick Price has walked the journey many musicians’ dreams are made of. From the very beginning, as a nine year old and the youngest member of his family’s band, music was Price’s passion. Since those humble yet defining days, set amongst the backdrop of country Queensland, the self-taught artist has forged an internationally praised and respected career spanning more than three decades.
In the early 80’s Price drove from the small town of Beaudesert, Queensland to Sydney, New South Wales, and almost immediately became a working musician. Starting out as a backing vocalist for artists such as Marcia Hines, Jon English and Dragon, Price eventually garnered major national attention with Australia’s bicentennial anthem, “Celebration Of A Nation,” a duet he performed alongside Keren Minshull.
The Ray Beadle Band
Ray Beadle is an exhilarating guitarist, an enthralling singer/songwriter, and an extremely talented performer. Beadle has received numerous accolades including Best Album, Best Song, and Best Male Artist in the 2010 Chain Blues Awards. Regarded as the genuine article, Ray’s music resonates from deep within the heart and soul, stirring emotions in people with his musical genius. Rich with a deep history of the Blues, the 20 years of experience performing Nationally and Internationally and from a deep understanding of his instrument and how to make it stir something within the listener.
Ray’s music is infectious whether it be slinky, swingin’ dancing music or bubbling Rhythm ‘n Blues to his crooning blues gospel you will be enthralled and held captivative to his talent, as blues was intended. Having shared the stage with many blues greats including 3 months residency in BB King’s Club in Memphis and Buddy Guy’s Blues Club in Chicago – noted as defining moments in Ray’s music career, spanning decades.
Ray’s guitar and vocal styles evoke numerous blues legends, whilst concocting a breathtaking style all of his own. It is not by chance that Ray has become a favourite amongst Australian blues and music fans. Ray Beadle performs at the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival in 2013 (23-26 May).
BLUE HEAT is an exciting band from Warrnambool, led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Marco Goldsmith. They are one of the hottest blues bands on the Australian scene, with a big strong sound and an all-original repertoire.
They played their debut gig at the 1991 Ballarat Blues Festival. In 1995 Marco Goldsmith won Best Male Artist and their first album ‘Marooned’ won ‘Australian Blues Album of the Year’. In 1996, their second album ‘Irresistible Behaviour’ (remastered 2011 with bonus tracks) also won the award whilst Blue Heat won the ‘Australian Blues Band of the Year’.
The big sound of the band, backed by a swinging horn section, fuelled by incendiary guitar and a strong stage presence has seen them in action at many of Australia’s live venues and festivals. In May 1997, one of the finest R&B bands in Australia achieved nationwide acclaim after a memorable night supporting B.B. King.
More than seventeen years on, the band still garners accolades as Australia’s pre-eminent R&B outfit and have recently thrilled crowds at festivals such as the Queenscliff Music Festival, Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, Warrnambool’s Wunta Fiesta, Mordialloc By The Bay Fine Food Wine & Music Festival, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues, Thredbo Blues Festival, Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival, Forth Valley Blues Festival, Cairns Blues Festival, Blues At Bridgetown & Traf East Blues. Blue Heat is a guaranteed festival highlight.
After performing for more than 20 years, members from the original Marco Goldsmith’s Blue Heat formed in 1991 road-tested a 5 piece line-up in 2013 and it rocked! They were so happy in fact that they decided to proceed in that format. With a new album, ‘One Day Too Long’ recorded with this line-up in 2014, their first studio recording in almost 20 years will be ready for showcasing in 2015 at gigs and festivals. The band is energised and excited about the future.
“Singing and fiddling aside, George is a multi-instrumentalist – proficient on double bass, guitar or anything with strings! George is also a sought after MC – and has hosted Jazz in the Domain several times, as well as The Darling Harbour Jazz Festival and presented concerts at The Thredbo Jazz Festival and the Taronga Park Zoo New Year’s Eve Party. George has also worked in TV and radio. You may have heard George as the voice behind the recent Banana Boat campaign, or his fiddle playing & scatting on the Uncle Toby’s campaign. George is also a composer in his own right.
He recently composed the music for the Qantas Business Class Lounge commercial and has written everything from Rock and Roll Nursery rhymes for Mr Squiggle to music for the Bell Shakespeare Company. To top it all off, George can also bring years of acting experience to your event. George’s acting gigs include guest roles on TV shows like Chances and A Country Practice. He also worked in theatre, playing Guildenstern in Neil Armfield’s production of Hamlet – where he shared the stage with Richard Roxborough, Geoffrey Rush, David Wenham, Jacqueline McKenzie,and a host of other acting luminaries.
Many moons ago, George even took over the role of Jake Blues from Russell Crowe in the official tribute to the Blues Brothers, produced by Paul Dainty.”
When the Bondi Cigars were first gigging around Sydney, late 1989, they moved in a blues/R&B circuit which, while robust enough since the 60s, had then been sparked into new life by the ‘blues revival’ of the mid-80’s, spearheaded by Robert Cray, Joe Louis Walker, Stevie Ray Vaughan and similar crusaders. And while many of the Sydney bands from that era have vanished, become historical footnotes or undergone major changes, the Cigars – true survivors – have battled on, without ever compromising their distinctive no nonsense style, to become a leading force in Australian R&B.
That original Cigars line-up brought together four like-minded experienced players, all veterans of Sydney inner-west blues venues, and from the word go, as the 1990 tracks demonstrate, the Cigars have been the very model of the ‘no passengers’ band, a well-oiled machine plus soul: no room for slackers here. Always one of the country’s hardest working outfits (on the road more than off), the Cigars have kept their music tight, hard-driving and down – to – earth: the Australian bar band par excellence.
2004 saw the band release their eagerly anticipated 7th album, 12 Lies, an album hailed as their best yet. Along with the mix of rhythmic, rootsy grooves and flavours of blues, soul, funk and R&B that fans have come to expect, this album saw the band branch out even more, with some tracks having an “alt country” feel, and others more pop rock than blues and roots based. The response from fans and critics alike was fantastic, with the band winning Best Group, Best Album and Best Producer at the 2004 Australian Blues Awards.
The Cigars have consistently delivered the goods; with Down In The Valley nominated in the 2003 ARIA awards for Best Blues & Roots Album, 1995’s After Closing Time awarded Best Blues Album at the 1996 Lithgow Blues Festival, and two of their songs, Lead Me Not Into Temptation and Intensive Care, chosen to feature on the popular ABC Seachange album.
Mal Eastick & Milena Barrett Blues Project
Legendary guitarist Mal Eastick has matured over more than three decades on the road to become one of Australia’s most expressive world-class blues and rock guitar players. His standout gorgeous signature guitar tone is widely acclaimed to be amongst the best there is.
Entering a new career chapter with a new approach, Mal aims to go back out on the road going into and through the coming summer. A fresh song list will also feature Gold & Platinum selling hits and album tracks from recordings Mal was a part of earlier in his career. Songs such as “Mighty Rock” and “Rocky Mountain Way” by Stars, “Fortune Favours The Bold” by Broderick Smith’s Big Combo and “No Second Prize” by Jimmy Barnes certainly set the pace.
Mal is well known for his scorching guitar instrumentals too, of which his award winning “Jumpin’ With Stevie” and SRV’s own “Lenny” are fine examples.
The Mal Eastick and Milena Barrett Blues Project won their way through to the semifinals in this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. They recorded some live takes in the infamous Sun Studios in Memphis. They performed at the Milton Theatre on the NSW south coast in late July. A great soul blues band. The longstanding Mal Eastick Band blew the crowd away in concert at a major family-orientated biker show at Dungog NSW in May, the Hotel Premier in Newcastle in June, and have a Tasmanian run coming up in September. A full-tilt rocking three-guitar outfit called “The Three Wise Men” is forming exclusively as the finale act at this October’s Great Southern Blues Festival at Narooma NSW. Those three friends are Mal Eastick, Kevin Borich and Phil Manning.
Mal has a hot instrumental trio that is opening the show for USA bluesman Joe Louis Walker in October at The Basement in Sydney. This trio opened the show for the great Robben Ford in Sydney and Adelaide in 2011, Mal receiving strong compliment from Robben Ford personally.
Mal is also booked to appear as guest artist with the Kevin Borich Express at the Airlie Beach Blues Festival in Queensland in November. Collaboration with more of Mal’s favourite musicians and singers is also in the mill. Mal Eastick can, with his own style, make the guitar cry, and rock, and laugh too, and he’s always aimed to give his best, to cook up the vibe, and play and tour wherever his guitar takes him.
Doggn it is a blues Duo with players Graeme Druce on Guitar and John Cupit Blues harp. They are an Australian team, playing blues together since 1985. Graeme plays a style of Blues guitar which seems to blend the great past masters of Piedmont blues like John Cephus, with contemporary masters of Blues guitar Eric Bibb, and Keb Mo and his own home spun Australian sound. Whether playing his resonator, or his Taylor guitar, you will be captivated by the rich tone and the complexity of his sound.
John plays a deep hollow sounding blues, which will move you with its rich tone, and sustained bends and vibrato. Influenced by Jim Conway his mentor, John compliments Graeme’s unique sound with an equally unique tonal quality.
Together Doggn it sing and play their way through a range of original material, which provides a commentary on Australian issues ranging from what it feels like to wake up in the Australian bush in Life you choose, Logging timber by hand at the turn of the century in Shiftn logs, to living through the depression on the Hungry Mile, contemporary difficulties we face in daily life in songs like Devil at your door, Global issues in songs like CEO blues, and places and people only Australians will know, through to Blues standards like Trouble in mind and Pallette on your floor. The guys are Australians, playing a unique Australian Blues.
Wendy Matthews has a reputation as an artist par excellence with a sublime, expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it.
Both acoustically and physically, Wendy Matthews moves with an enviable minimalism. Her music is an unhurried journey of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace. In an age when grunge is thought to be hip and cynicism an attribute, Wendy has proven that commitment to beauty is still not only valid but applauded by the public ear. This is exemplified by the reality that Wendy’s music is now in more than 1 million homes in Australia – all her albums to date have multi-platinum status.
Wendy has an immense talent and capacity to capture and define a diverse range of styles in her music. She takes songs from every genre and makes them her own, from jazz to blues, from rock to gospel, from soul to outright infectious pop and then, of course, there are the beautiful ballads.
Dave Blight & The Flyers
Dave Blight is one of Australia’s best harmonica player. Every time you hear Cold Chisel’s rock anthem, KHE SANH you will hear Dave’s distinctive harp lines. The Flyers is a musical partnership based on the song writing talents of Dave Blight and long time friend and musical partner, Dave Small.
The Flyers group includes :ARIA Hall of Fame member Rob Riley renowned guitarist, Mick Rajan & Bass Guitarist Laurie Height.
Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain
“One of the genuine rising blues stars in the Australian Blues scene” Patrick Elliget-Pearl Magazine (The Peninsula Blues Report)
“It won’t be long before Mr Valach and Blues Mountain follow in the likes of Geoff Achison and Claude Hay to emerge onto the international blues stage” Duncan Beattie-Blues Matters magazine (UK)
Weaving together intense guitar and soulful vocals, Mr Valach takes you on a journey from lights down low soul ballads to energetic shuffle romps delivered in demanding fashion. With his unique ability to seamlessly develop a deep connection with his audience, Jesse Valach and Bues Mountain have produced one of the tightest riveting live shows within the Australian Blues/Roots scene. Their fiery debut album coming in at #3 on the Australian Blues and Roots Radio Airplay Charts has proven that anyone with humble beginnings can be destined for the international stage.
PJ OBrien Band
Australian Blues sensation PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. His blistering fretwork has been turning heads from Perth to Memphis, Chicago, Austin, London, Singapore and back again. PJ has won numerous awards including Blues Song of the Year, WA Music Awards (WAMIs); Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year; Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year; Best New Talent, Song of the Year and Group Of the Year ‘Chain’ Australian Blues Awards.
Imagine if Janis Joplin and John Lee Hooker had a baby together; musically, this girl would be the offspring of that union.
She looks like an angel… roars like a lion… and plays guitar like a demon! She’s been likened to the great Janis Joplin… ‘a female John Butler’. In his article at australianstage.com.au, reviewer Lloyd Bradford Syke called her “Australia’s answer to Melissa Etheridge”.
On stage, she inevitably lives up to her reputation for giving her all. Offstage, her talent is equalled only by her humility. There’s no doubt she’s already made her mark, but that mark is about to get a whole lot bigger.
The future holds great promise and if anyone can deliver on that, it’s Genevieve Chadwick.
Some of the Major Music Festivals at which Genevieve has performed:Bluesfest Byron Bay – Woodford Folk Festival – Thredbo Blues FestivalEchuca Winter Blues – Nannup Music Festival – Sydney Blues & Roots FestivalQueenscliff Music Festival – Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival and many more…
The Andrea Marr Band
Andrea has established herself as the real deal by winning a number of awards including:
• The 2002 VIC/TAS Female Artist of The Year for her album “Sassified”
• 2005 Blues Performer of The Year Award
With these awards under her belt, Andrea has gone on to become a regular on the Australian Festival Circuit doing headline spots and playing alongside the best acts from Australia and overseas. With the 2005 Blues Performer of The Year Award, she was able to go on to represent Australia in the International Blues challenge in Memphis Tennessee in 2006 to critical acclaim. Her next CD “Watch Me Work It” received international airplay with the title track being included on the US “National Women In Blues” CD that promotes and launches the new wave of US Blues Women. Andrea was the only non-American female included in this compilation.
In 2012, The Andrea Marr Band won the MBAS Blues Performer of The Year competition and was sent to represent Australia in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee’ for the second time. The band reached the semi-finals, winning lots of new fans.
Nick Charles & Doc Span
Blues legends Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhie shared a fruitful partnership that lasted from 1942 until 1980. They enjoyed great popularity in the USA, Europe and Australia, and toured here frequently through the 1960s and ‘70s.
Two of Australia’s leading acoustic blues exponents, Nick Charles and Doc Span, combine to celebrate their rich legacy, performing the songs that Sonny and Brownie made famous, as well as some self-penned tributes. (It is unclear whether Nick and Doc will extend their tribute to the point of refusing to speak to each other except when they are onstage.)
Guitarist-vocalist Nick Charles has been a respected figure on the Melbourne music scene for the last three decades, renowned for his virtuosity and taste whether playing blues, jazz, ragtime or other related styles. He has toured throughout Australia, as well as in the USA and UK; released a series of acclaimed solo, duo and band albums; and writes a monthly column for Rhythms magazine.
Harmonica player and singer Doc Span has lived in Queensland since 1987. He grew up in the USA, and spent several years in the ‘60s in Chicago, absorbing the wealth of blues on offer there. He also spent several years in Cook County Jail (working as a paramedic). Since moving here, he has released several albums, and worked with many artists including Ross Williams, Fiona Boyes, Andy Cowan, Kevin Borich and Lil’ Fi.
Nick and Doc have just released All About Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhie (Black Market Music). They recently won the 2014 Vic/Tas Blues Award for Solo or Duo Artist of the Year.
With a professional career spanning 30 years, Kevin Borich has done it all. Beginning with the LA- DE- DA’S in New Zealand, writing the classic hit `Gonna See My Baby Tonight’, to his KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS and The PARTY BOYS, Kevin has performed at some of the biggest Rock events Australia has seen. SUNBURY and the ROCKARENAS in the 70’s with 60,000 people, featuring FLEETWOOD MAC, SANTANA (with whom he was invited onstage to play with) and THE LITTLE RIVER BAND. 2 New Years Eve celebrations at the Sydney Opera House with 70,000 people, telecast live, nationally and internationally to Japan, at that time, a first! Numerous support shows for international acts, ELTON JOHN, STATUS QUO, JEFF BECK and BUDDY GUY to name a few.
From your local to the big events, Kevin has carved out a revered reputation in the Australian Music Industry, performing his music with a youthful exuberance – giving extra meaning to the word LONGEVITY. Kevin has played and recorded with artists such as Renee’ Geyer `Blues License’ – Dutch Tilders `The Blues Had a Baby ‘- Richard Clapton `Prushan Blue’, Joe Walsh and The Party Boys, of which Kevin was a founding member. Jammed with Carlos Santana on two of his tours, also with Bo Didley, Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Living Colour. Overseas tours and tours with Jimmy Barnes, Renee’ Geyer and Mark Hunter, have added spice to his career.
When US actor and designer beer salesman Jim Belushi was recently in Australia he took time out to sit in with one of this city`s favourite blues and soul combos, The Mighty Reapers. Belushi had been tipped off back in the US by Dan Ackroyd, as presenter Jake Elwood of the nationally syndicated “House Of Blues” radio programme who had been featuring the Mighty Reapers album released in the US on Terra Nova Records. The Mighty Reapers were formed by “Continental” Robert Susz out of the ashes of the Dynamic Hepnotics back in 1988.
The Hepnotics had shot to the top of the Australian charts with “Soul Kind Of Feeling”, the biggest selling Australian single in 1985, and the most broadcast single on Australian radio in 1986. Since then The Mighty Reapers have been in constant demand for festival and club dates throughout Australia and when international blues and R&B artists come to town it`s more than often that the Reapers are chosen to support or back them. This list of luminaries includes B.B.King, Margie Evans, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lucky Peterson, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Bobby Radcliff, Hubert Sumlin and Mojo Buford, Lonnie Mack, Johnny Copeland, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Big Jay McNeely, Louisiana Red and Billy Branch, Buddy Guy, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Albert King, John Hammond, John King Cleary, Joe Louis Walker, Billy Boy Arnold, The Holmes Brothers and many, many more.
With the release of their most recent album “The Hurt Is On”, the Reapers have now released some four albums in their own right as well as their highly acclaimed collaboration with US blues and soul diva Margie Evans. In Australia you can find the Reapers on Rufus Records with whom they have built a long and very successful association. In the USA the Californian based Terra Nova label has released all the Reapers’ albums and they have received extensive airplay on college and public radio. Over the years the band have drawn on the rich tradition of blues, soul and R&B in their choice of covers from artists such as Howlin’ Wolf, James Brown and Sonny Boy Williamson. However the band have always relied more on their original material when it comes to filling the dance floor. Their latest album “The Hurt Is On” features only one cover and no less than nine originals form the considerable songwriting talents of Robert Susz, Dave Brewer and Clayton Doley.
Often cited as Sydney’s “University of the Blues”, the Foreday Riders celebrated 45 years as a band in 2012, and despite countless line-up changes, 2 original members from 1967 remain: Ron and Jeff King, playing harmonica and guitar respectively. Other durable current members are the rhythm section of drummer Rosscoe Clark and bassist “Sleepy” Stan Mobbs, while the band is fronted on guitar and vocals by Riders veteran Tony “Pedro” Pedroza.
The Riders emerged in the wake of the British “blues boom” of the early 60’s, initially inspired by outfits such as the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and Manfred Mann.These bands were always ready to acknowledge their musical sources and so introduced the Riders to what became their primary influence – the “golden age” of Chicago blues in the 1950’s: the bands of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers etc.
Los Angeles based BOB MALONE plays keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty, and continues a long running and successful solo career. His sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B, delivered with high- energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own.
Bob tours the US, UK, Europe and Australia extensively, including sets at Glastonbury Music Festival (UK), Colne Blues Festival (UK), Long Beach Bayou Fest (US), Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (US), Blue Mountains Music Fest (AU), and Narooma Blues Fest (AU). And at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he has played the legendary WWOZ Piano Night for two years running.
Mr. Malone is the keyboardist on the latest John Fogerty album Wrote A Song For Everyone – playing on a brand new Fogerty tune, a revamped “Lodi” (recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London), and John’s duets with Bob Seger, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban. Bob’s TV appearances with John Fogerty include The Late Show With David Letterman and The View.
His own music is heard regularly on Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and The Rachel Ray Show. Malone’s six CDs have earned Top-20 spots on the Living Blues, Roots Music Report and Earshot radio charts, and are played on stations worldwide, including Sirius/XM’s Bluesville, and NPR favorites Car Talk, Acoustic Café, and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Bob Malone is endorsed by QSC Audio, Hammond Organ and Fishman Acoustic Transducers. His brand new Mojo EP was released this summer in the UK to rave reviews, and the Mojo Deluxe album will be out worldwide in early 2015.
Jim Hocking Band
Jimi Hocking is a songwriter, singer and guitarist of the highest calibre.Jimi is in his element live on stage, whether it be a small cafe or a massive festival. His combination of banter and story-telling, wailing guitar and mandolin with superb songwriting and performance makes Jimi one of the ‘must-see’ acts in blues today.
Ali Penney & The Monkey Makers
RAWNESS and emotion are what strikes you when you hear what Ali Penney and The Money Makers play for you. Penney’s husky, soulful voice is matched perfectly by the smooth sounds of the Money Makers’ blues.
She may consider herself a pianist first and this shows in her skills on the keys, but the honest vulnerability in Ali Penney’s vocals has won her an award for her singing.
“This girl plays piano like an 80-year-old black guy – she’s gotta lotta soul,” said Freddy King’s right-hand-man, guitarist Andrew ‘Junior Boy’ Jones.
She has played for and supported some of the best; Lynwood Slim, Johnnie Johnson, Chris Cain, Lucinda Williams, Cephas and Wiggins, The Tailgaitors and Chris Wilson plus she was invited to sit in and play with Walter Washington and the Palm Court Orchestra in New Orleans. She has also played with Australian legends The Hippos, Supro, Fiona Boyes, Little Fi and many more.. She has been performing, recording, and composing music in bands for over 15 years. These bands include The Hippos, Midnight Ramblers, Supro and Wayne Jury’s Dry Bones as well as international acts such as Andrew Junior Boy Jones ( Freddy King’s guitarist ), Kid Bangham ( Fabulous Thunderbirds ), Lloyd Jones and Todd Sharpville. She is currently touring with The Cyril B. Bunter Band in their 41st Anniversary Tour.
Ali has played all across Australia at all sorts of festivals her brand of Blues, Soul, Boogie. She loves West Coast Jump, Swing and New Orleans music. Her band won Sydney Performer of the Year September 2009 and represented Sydney in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2010. Ali Penney and The Money Makers received The Australian Blues Music “Chain” Award for Best Band 2010. She also has won Best Female Artist 2012 at The Australian Blues Music Awards. She has a new album WAIT A MINUTE which has been in the top ten in the Australian Blues Charts for 7 months. This year catch Ali playing at Broadbeach, Goulburn, Brisbane, Wangaratta and Bridgetown Festivals. Another album is cuurently on the burner and Ali hopes to record again mid 2013!
Jungal are three poweful young women who create their own indie root-rock music. Their energetic live performance and powerful 60s-like rock feel comes to life through three harmonious voices creating the unique and powerful ‘Jungal sound’, setting these girls apart from other female acts of their kind.
Simon Kinny-Lewis Band
Simon Kinny-Lewis – one of the most exciting and diverse guitarist/singers on the scene today was born February 18, 1981 in Sydney, Australia. He started on the instrument early, making his first live appearances at 11. Influences include blues/jazz masters such as Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, Chris Cain, Ray Beadle, and Country and Rock great’s Doug Seven, Brent Mason, Richie Kotzen.
Last year ( 2013 ) Simonʼs performance of “String Pie” an original instrumental from his new “ Country Fried Chicken” album made it through as one of the final 8 of the world wide Yamaha & Laney guitar online competition.
He has recorded and shared the stage with Christian Howes, ( Chic Corea, Robben Ford ) Ric Fierabracci, ( Frank Gambale Brett Garsed ) Goran Rista, Hamilton Harden, Simeon Cain, Ray Beadle, Michael Azzopardi, Eko Wicaksono and many more. Festivals performed include Manly Jazz, Bridgetown Blues, Tamworth Country Music. Bangkok Music Fair. Thredbo Blues Festival ( 2014 )
Locally In Sydney he has played at venues such as The Basement, The Bourbon, Opera Bar, The Manly Fig, Camelot Lounge, Towradgi Hotel ( as a part of Toni Cini’s Blues Explosion show ) and many more. Sydney Morning Herald under Ten bands you must hear wrote “ Not many up-and-coming Sydney guitarists profess they want to sound like Robert Cray. Then again, not many upcoming Sydney guitarists can play like Robert Cray. Simon Kinny-Lewis can.”
There is something to be said about an artist when their biggest fans are other musicians, some musicians are talented and then a rare few who are truly gifted, the latter being the case with Minnie Marks now a regular on the major festival circuit.
With an insane talent that’s out of control playing what she calls dirty sweet rock & roll this young singer/songwriter/guitarist/multi instrumentalist is being compared to everyone from the likes of John Butler, Janis Joplin, Ash Grunwald, and even the late great Billy Thorpe.
Touring a new album release this bombshell explodes on stage pushing the limits of her guitar, vocals and performance, kicking arse and playing to packed out shows, leaving little doubt everybody is touting her as ‘the next big thing’.
Minnie is proudly endorsed by Elixir Strings, Maton Guitars, Cole Clark Guitars, MiSi Pickups, Woodskin Cajons, Wegen Picks and Esseti Picks.
Hat Fitz & Cara
Hat Fitz is a “veteran” wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival.Cara draws on her soul background (she’s toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and the hugely popular Corrine Bailey-Rae), and although blessed with a sensational voice she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer’. She has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once.Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain
Jesse Valach is Melbourne’s fiery, blues/soul infused, reggae/roots inspired, Singer/Songwriter and Lead Guitarist.Mr Valach has performed alongside some of Australia’s biggest blues names including Andrea Marr, Jimi Hocking, Ray Beadle, Lloyd Spiegel, Geoff Achison, and on numerous occasions he has been the dynamic guitarist behind renowned Harmonica player Mr Chris Wilson.