Sydney duo Telegraph Tower take their cue from various sources. Immediately noticeable is a debt to folk-influenced artists of the late 1960s, as well as a host of today’s most powerful singer-songwriters. A poetic sensibility combined with intuitive instrumental support serves to produce a sound that is provocative yet pretty. Theirs is a delicately balanced, if slightly unkempt, aesthetic.
A hopeful girl raised on country, now an optimistic, youthful lady living a soulful, pop-inspired musical lifestyle. Her sound brings pleasure to those who get a little excited over the clear tone of Jewel and the soulful sexiness of Corrine Bailey Rae, floating over a diverse range of genres delivered with a passionate performance; from youthful, pop, singer-songwriter to more recently incorporating a touch of roots and folk-ish grooves, melodically soulful hooks and conscious lyrics.
Bill uses foot percussion, lap slide and open tuned guitars, and a combination of finger picking and bassline driven rhythm that snakes and rattles around songs both evocative and passionate. The result is a repertoire of engaging and exciting material that runs the gamut from folk to funk, from hillbilly to hip hop and beyond.
Byron Bay songsmith Tim Stokes has a star on the rise in the Australian live music scene, driven by his powerful live shows and distinctive sound.
From laid-back coastal riffs, groove based blues/roots/country dance vibes and into his signature haunting ballads, Tim’s voice and presence transforms a performance into a collection of intricate, intimate stories told with a raw honest moving voice.
Lez Karski has been the unique soul/blues guitar and vocal style of The Foreday Riders, Hippos, Bondi Cigars, Donkeys, and Nervous Investors. He’s also the preferred sideman for visiting US Blues artists. The late great Johnny Johnson, Chris Cain, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Diunna Greenleaf, Barbara Blue and Kyla Brox have all chosen Lez as guitar man for their Oz tours. A regular at the Bridgetown and Narooma Blues festivals, Lez played at the Byron Bay Festival with the Bondi Cigars and later with Johnny Johnson. He also represented Australia at Poland’s ‘Thanks Jimi’ guitar festival while touring Europe with ‘the
Nervous Investors’. ‘Dog Holiday’ screened on ABC TV’s ‘Live at the Basement’ featured Lez’s songs performed with former Sydney band mates. Lez has just relocated from W.A. where he was a founding member of the Albany Blues Club and their house band, ‘Mooseknuckle’. Now based in the Northern Rivers, he performs with his own ‘Lez Karski Band’. THE LEZ KARSKI BAND The name may not be familiar to all reading this, but I am sure you have heard of the bands he has created, the Hippos, the
Bondi Cigars and more recently the Nervous Investors in WA.
Juzzie Smith’s music has the feeling of freedom pulsing from within it. As you listen you feel the joy and playfulness that makes Juzzie so loved by people of all ages and from all walks of life. Using a combination of keyboard, guitars, harmonica and percussion (all played with mind-blowing mastery by Juzzie) his unique music embraces elements of the blues, folk, groove and roots. But above all its feel-good music that soothes the soul and makes the heart sing.
It’s blues with fangs, black hats, tight pants and a kick of bluesy cabaret – a two piece original blues band, developing their sound from the masters of old & new, such as Lightnin Hopkins, Tom Waits, and Bo Diddley.
Frontman Moondog uses a variety of guitars including slide and resonators, along with harp to complement his authentic, growling vocal. The rhythm is provided by Kate La Jam playing standUP drum kit, cajone & percussion.
So what makes MGBB rise above being just another blues band? Simply put, Moondog Gypsy Blues Band has a stage presence thatʼs raw, unedited MOJO. Their signature is simple yet strong drum rhythms supporting Moondogʼs gutsy guitar and vocals. These guys really live the blues, Original, traditional and modern blues synthesized into a sound that gets you dancing and howling at the moon.
Singer-songwriter Siobhan Corcoran delivers an intimate show of folk that’s jazzy, full of soul and often infused with a good dose of reggae and world spices. An accomplished instrumentalist, when performing solo she often calls on a loop pedal as she tells her stories in layers of guitar, violin, and voice.
Siobhan’s music is a tasteful blend of love, good humour and sincerity, leaving audiences with smiling faces and warm hearts.
Hailing from the hills and valleys of Northern New South Wales, Loren truly shines in live performance, captivating audiences with his sublime voice and energy, and with the emotion, passion and complexity of his beautiful music, which spans folk, reggae, pop and roots.
Loren has more than 45 festival appearances to his name and has conducted more than 15 national tours of Australia, two of New Zealand, as well as Canada and the US.