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Tomi Gray

Tomi Gray

Tomi Gray is an Australian born Artist; Singer, Songwriter, Drummer, Guitarist, Programmer & Performer. Accomplished Writer & Published Poet. Producer and Engineer.

Podcast Addict.

Psychedelic Explorer.

Personal Evolution Enthusiast.

Bathroom Philosopher.

Alien Advocate.

Van Dweller.

Part-time Moustache Aficionado.

600,000 + listens online.

150 + demos on the pile.

250 + shows in 2 years – Sidewalks to Festivals.

1000 + hours live so far.

Cheynne Murphy Trio

Cheynne Murphy Trio

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

Timbuktu

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).

Manoa

Manoa

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.

www.musicofmanoa.com

www.facebook.com/musicofmanoa

www.instagram.com/musicofmanoa

Lush

Lush

Mish Songsmith & Peter Lehner combine their formidable musical talents in Lush. Promising to take you to the moon and back with beautiful harmonies and passionate songs you’ll love.

Out of Range

Out of Range

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

Tailor Birds

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.

Mark Ridout

Mark Ridout

Byron Bay based songwriter Mark Ridout records lush and emotive ‘cinematic folk’ soundtracks. With a longstanding love for film music, the songs are primarily composed for marriage with moving picture.

The London born singer/songsmith has supported the likes of Ed Sheeran and Kate Miller-Heidke, performing at renowned UK venues such as The Troubadour and The Bedford, and toured the United States and India before moving to live in Australia in 2010. His voice has been described as “compelling and hugely expressive” (Hotpress Magazine, UK), he has reviewed music for BBC radio and has worked as a music therapist for mental health organisations across the globe.

His song ‘All my Sides’ featured on Australian feature film; Weavil (2018, dir. Mark Larkin)

Mark is due to release a brand new song entitled ‘Flood’ February ’18

Full of Love
Mark Ridout & the Rhythm
Vinny Grantham-Smith

Vinny Grantham-Smith

Vinny Grantham-Smith is a local singer songwriter. A Cawongala resident Vinny is sure to bring some cool Sunday vibes to the performing area around the Stone Toilets.

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