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Kobya & Mo’Fyah Band

Kobya & Mo’Fyah Band

Kobya is a gifted performer singer song writer and versatile multi-instrumentalist. He mixes roots (Marrabenta Mozambique Popular dance Music) & reggae occasionally throwing in some lovers rock to create his own original blend.

He tells his story with grace and ebullience, covering social and environmental issues, love, war and the despair of his fellow Mozambicans while celebrating life.

Cheyene Murphy Trio

Cheyene Murphy Trio

Cheynne murphy is a folk alt-country rocker hailing from the alternative never-lands of Byron Bay, Australia.  Debuting his first EP Firesongs For The Soul at Bluesfest 2009, he has just released a debut album A Horse Called Freedom late 2014 to strong critical acclaim. Country update described 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’. Paul Pilsneniks (Pete Murray, Angus Stone, Powderfinger, Jeff Martin) has co-produced the album and created some rich sonic textures wrapped around what Fender Australia has described as ‘music in the tradition of other timeless homegrown artists – from Paul Kelly to Pete Murray, the Black Sorrows to the Waifs. Catchy, original and unmistakably Australian.’

After discovering three chords and the truth in his final year at university, Cheynne dropped the security blanket of his corporate marketing career to his parents dismay, pursuing something far more meaningful at the time…the art of music and the dream of fame and glory. With no previous musical training he started a naïve journey of creative self-discovery and to his surprise, two years later negotiated and secured a worldwide songwriting deal with Warner Chappell, as well as two live performances on national television and national radio airplay on JJJ and MMM. Drum media called the rock album he penned with his band Wingspan in 2000 as: ‘ambitious orchestral rock with rare song-writing genius’. A star was rising. Or was it? Record deal scams, band breakups, management breakdowns and financial desolation had Cheynne running for the rolling green foothills of Byron Bay where he resettled on a farm in a tiny village called Possum Creek. Inspired by his 12 string acoustic guitar and rustic country living, and the arrival of his two young children, Cheynne invested in a new musical connection inspired by the rural vista and the simplicity of the fireside and the warmth of family, friends and harmony.

He recorded his debut solo EP ‘Firesongs For the Soul’ in 2008 and showcased this in the company of giants at the 20th Anniversary of the Bluesfest in 2009. He followed this up with a second EP, ‘Spaces In-between that Rhythms Magazine (2011) described as ‘an unpretentiously earnest sprawling folk rock record’. That EP which was volume II in the Firesongs for the Soul series, was recorded in Cheynne’s beach shack in South Golden Beach just north of Byron Bay with a couple of microphones, a laptop, and a bunch of friends who he says ‘were lured in with the promise of wine and baked dinners cooked constantly throughout the recording process’.  In a sense Cheynne had reconnected to the spirit of what music and collaboration was all about as he recalls: ‘Music has always been an innocent pursuit for me. Its been a constant companion and song-writing is a balm for my soul. I felt I had got ‘corrupted’ by the machinations of the music industry and the desires of ‘fame and fortune’. The Firesongs for the Soul concept was a coming home to authenticity once again with the fire a grounding focal point, a hearth for sharing but also inspired by my love of acoustic guitars and harmonies’.

DidgEra

DidgEra

DidgEra, aka Dave Johnson is a performer , teacher, composer and recording artist. A multi-instrumentalist since age 10, Dave brings his passion for music alive in a versatile performance.

As a soloist, Dave plays several instruments simultaneously while combining a unique blend of percussive and melodic rhythms over which he alternates the deep piercing of the didgeridoo with the jazz-affiliated saxophones, or the more meditative Native American Flute.

The result is a wholesome, penetrating explosion of sound and rhythm that awakens in the audience a soul-filled feeling.

Various Artists

Various Artists

There’s so many bands and so much dancing to be done. Groove with OKA, Wild Marmalade, Tijuana Sessions and The Samba Blistas. In the afternoon as the market winds down, some of the regions most passionate percussionists will jam on through till the evening down at the Chai tent. If you like to get your groove on this is a market day not to be missed!

The Ragged Blossoms

The Ragged Blossoms

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.

Hussy Hicks

Hussy Hicks

Since forming in 2006, Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz have forged their own, very unique way into the global music scene. Fearlessly independent, the genre-defying Hussy Hicks have followed a trail of possibilities, random twists and turns and discovered a musical world all of their own. Their influences are drawn from family record collections of old skool blues and country, and from their travels, combining a distinctly Australian roots edge with European gypsy guitar, Arabic rhythms and optimistic social commentaries.

Nice Verdes

Nice Verdes

Nice Verdes are Sally and Jesse who have been performing since first meeting at a peace march in Vancouver in 2003. They have performed and toured Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe and Guatemala and have studied music and dance in Cuba, India, West Africa and Colombia, continually honing their craft.

Nice Verdes are always on some kind of adventure in search of new inspiration and music. Nice Verdes have swung in a hammock on a boat down the Amazon, hiked up mountains in the Andes, lived in a shack in West Africa with no electricity, danced in the desert at a rain dance, seen an Orisha ceremony in Cuba, bathed in ancient thermal baths in Budapest, slept under the stars in the middle of Australia, gardened on the slopes of the Mediterranean, swum in the Ganges, planted palms in the jungles of Costa Rica, enjoyed Tango in Argentina, caught numerous planes, boats, bicycles and hitchhiked to play festivals and shows around the world.

Nice Verdes have released two albums, ‘succulence’ in 2008 and ‘brontosaurus’ in 2014. The music of Nice Verdes is uplifting and sunny original indie world. Inspired by the music’s of the world, Cuba, Colombia. Africa, Europe and Latin America, they play combinations of Cuban tres, accordions, ukulele, guitar, harmonica and vocals. They have always been drawn to collaborating with artists from all countries and they enjoy most of all the parties and festivals that celebrate a strong sense of community and equality in diversity.

SamMurri

SamMurri

SamMurri consist of Multi-instrumentalists & virtuoso Double Bass, they perform themes for dreams, scenes from a rain forest using their extensive skills & artistry. They travail thru all genres of  musical expression, utilising modern electronics & ancient harmonies to express quiet calm or rapturous indignation – they play how they feel – improvisation being the main ingredient in their always original performance.

The Melting Couches

The Melting Couches

The Melting Couches was formed by a group of friends who love playing music together. They hail from the hills and valleys of the Norther Rivers and beyond. They are proud of their identity and proud of their country, their music will make your world shift in all directions. Come along and check them out.

Sadie & Jay

Sadie & Jay

A beautiful collision of divergent music styles resulting in music you can connect with. Jay grew up in a family deeply rooted in traditional folk music whilst Sadie has been a singer of jazz, blues, soul, world & roots music. Sadie & Jay play beautiful songs sung with earthy and soaring harmonies accompanied by intricate finger style playing. Their repertoire of originals and eclectic covers include moving ballads, humorous ditties & high paced musical romps.

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