To celebrate the day, Northern Rivers favourites: Jimmy Willing and the Real Gone Hick-Ups will be playing on the main stage. The market committee has jumped at the chance to have The Hick-Ups play for the birthday, as the front-man Jimmy Willing used to be a feature show at the Market in the early 90’s. Back then Jimmy would arrive in his gypsy cart with his herd of horses and perform with his marionettes – The Von Tramp Family Puppet Show. Featuring characters such as “The Devil” and “Ginger Dreadlocks” it is a bent show that will leave you wondering, just who is pulling the strings? For the birthday show Jimmy is bringing his puppets back to the market and The Real Gone Hick-Ups will supply a kooky soundtrack before kicking up the dust with some great dance tunes
Led by the unstoppable Capt Davy Blossom, The Ragged Blossom Bush Band feature rollicking tunes, reels, waltzes, slip jigs and polkas played on assorted banjos, accordions, fiddles, flutes and mandolins.From the green hills of the Northern Rivers, they inspire infectious toe-tapping, foot stomping, grab-a-partner dancing wherever they play.
This is music to make your hair grow curly.
A musical journey inspired by the idea of sitting around campfires,> singing songs with nothing but acoustic guitars, a few friends, and the crackle of a fire sounds like it could be good for the soul.
Cheynne took this inspiration and debuted his first EP titled “Firesongs for the Soul” at Byron Bay’s Bluefest in the company of giants such as Ben Harper, Michael Franti and Jack Johnson. Cheynne’s debut album ‘A Horse Called Freedom’produced with Paul Pilsneniks (Angus Stone, Jeff Martin, Bernard Fanning)was released with critical acclaim in 2014 with Country update magazine describing the album as ‘at once ambling and cinematic’; Rhythms magazine commending its ‘shimmering production and instrumentation’; and The Courier Mail commented on the ‘tight band, sighing harmonies and evocative guitar’. The follow up album Celtic Heart, inspired by a song-writing session on the West Coast, of Ireland resulted in an inspirational acoustic folk rock ode to Cheynne’s Grandfather and Celtic ancestral roots. Rhythms magazine described it as “a big warm sprawling folk rock record.
Unpretentiously earnest”. With growing critical acclaim, national radio airplay and television performances, and some big festivals appearances, Cheynne has just returned from a tour to China playing at an international music festival and is releasing the title track of his new album Headlights and Goodbyes, June 2018.
Timbuktu are a Northern Rivers NSW based 7-piece ensemble led by guitarist, vocalist and live-looper, Joe O’Keeffe. After living in France and the UK where there are vibrant West African musical scenes, Joe became strongly influenced by these rich and varied musical cultures.
Drawing from the likes of Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor, Ali Farke Toure and Thomas Mapfumo amongst many others, he writes original songs and creates arrangements from vintage 60s/70s tunes from the Golden age of Highlife to the rise of Afrobeat and Ethiofunk.
The full line up of Timbuktu includes Joe O’Keeffe (guitar/vocals), Cam Smith (trumpet), Dave Stephenson (trombone), Brent Calcutt (keyboards), Anthony Mitchell (bass), Rod Evans (percussion) and Benji Keogh (drums).
California-born roots artist Manoa weaves a dynamic soundscape of upbeat songs with positive messages and intention. His music ranges from laid back soulful folk melodies to upbeat infectious reggae loops that uplift the spirit and inspire bodies to move! Manoa’s early musical influences come from growing up sailing around the Caribbean and experiencing the music of the islands.
After completing his PhD in Environmental Education in Western Australia, Manoa moved to Byron Bay and lived at the Bentley Blockade in 2014. There he experienced the power of music to bring community together and helped produce the album ‘Songs of the Bentley Blockade’.
Manoa is releasing his new album in November 2018 and is touring throughout Australia, Bali, New Zealand and America. He has played at Splendour In The Grass (2016), Uplift Festival (2014) and other folk festivals. He has also supported various roots musicians including Dustin Thomas (USA), Oka, The Floating Bridges, and Nicky Bomba.
Out of Range are a quirky Cabaret, Swing, Gypsy, Roots and Balkan, influenced band from the Northern Rivers. They have been gathering momentum with their, irreverent, happy, upbeat, foot-stomping shenanigans, securing a spot at the Mullumbimby Festival last year and receiving 3 nominations in the NCEIA Dolphin Awards.
You could sit down to watch this treat but as you recline, beware… because you may find that your feet start tapping and your hands start clapping and before you know it you may even find yourself participating at a moment’s notice, swaying, swinging, swooning, swaggering
STOP THE PRESS! This genre-fluid music may contain traces of piano, accordion, violin, double bass, guitar, vocals, harmonies and megaphone.
Tailor Birds is Sophie Kinston, electronic violinist. This is music that soothes the soul, warms the spirit, and ignites your passion. This is the latest act to come onto the international touring circuit, currently touring through Australia and Europe. World folk at its’ finest, music at its’ most raw, T.Birds combine live looping, foley art, and rich harmonised vocals, to create a sound like no other.
A sound that is all about the vibe and positive energy, building an audience that is as diverse as much as it is one, you could say that Sophie is a travelling troubadour. She believes that music should not just be about playing one gig after another with just the music making impact, but is also about connecting people to something good again, in a world that is constantly changing. Music needs to inspire, and placing Tailor Birds in a space that can do just that, it makes an impact greater than you could ever imagine.
Constantly pushes to do a range of shows – festivals, gigs, supports, but also markets and street shows, to connect with and provide music to the general public, Tailor Birds was formed in 2012, touring through NSW, QLD, SA, & VIC, and through Europe each summer.
A partnership between two singer songwriters Chris Fisher and Marcelle Townsend-Cross creates a special vocal harmony & presence in Monkey & the Fish. Presenting their own songs along with original renditions of classic tunes this act is popular at both Festivals and pub/club gigs. Uncle Keith always called his little sister “monkey” so when she started singing up and hanging out with Chris Fisher the cry began “where’s Monkey & the Fish playin?”
The name stuck and play they did. Their already dysfunctional families blended becoming something nothing like the partridge family but twice as talented. ‘In Cahoots’, Monkey & the Fish’s baby & debut CD release came in 2001 and features several Dolphin Award winning tunes. ‘Bundjalung’ (Song of the Year), a track written and recorded in collaboration with local Bundjalung Custodians, ‘Mirror’ telling some of Marcelle’s story as a Koori woman and Wai:Bal (Best Environmental Message Song) written in acknowledgement of the Clan of the Bundjalung who’s homelands includes Lismore and Nimbin NSW, have all been celebrated through awards.
These and other songs from ‘In Cahoots’ have proved popular with FM radio and live audiences. Monkey & the Fish now perform as duo or band with the addition of George Urbeszeck on Bass and Dan Crandon on Drums. In addition to originals classic songs by Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Van Morrison, Goanna, Tracey Chapman, and many more are performed. Influences are diverse with oz rock, reggae, folk and country vibes present. Top musicianship and home grown creativity combine with a healthy audience rapport to make this a truly deadly act!!
Bluesy, funky, rocky, soulful, colourful, fun, relaxed and intense are strokes which only begin to outline the joyously uncategorisable sound of Broadfoot, the popular Far North Coast band with members drawn from Mullumbimby and Byron Bay. Ever attuned to the vibe of their diverse audiences, Broadfoot unleash the genie of dance upon venues across the NSW North Coast and beyond with a heady ever evolving mix of danceable intelligent original material and a powerful repertoire of covers.