Potent, passionate & powerful Tuntable Creek singer/songwriter Mish Songsmith is playing for the first time with her new 5-piece band of fantastic local musicians; Mark Bromley on bass, Brent Calcutt on keys, Fionn Quinlan on drums & Jewel Musica on backing vocals and percussion. Mish’s music aligns with John Lennon’s desire to connect people and create a peaceful world, yet on a more personal level, with universal anthems ‘Be Yourself’ and ‘You’ll Get There.’ Having won a load of song writing and performing awards, Mish’s influences come from the likes of Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Sting, Missy Higgins and Rickie Lee Jones. The band will be playing a mix of Mish’s original songs, and popular covers that span half a century, weaving their way through soul, RnB, folk, jazz, pop & blues. They’re performing from 10am – 2pm at The Big Top Stage, so come for a dance!
The Romaniacs have built a strong following playing at north coast venues and festivals for 19 years. The members Phil Levy (Guitars, Mandolin Banjo & vocals), Leo Glass (Guitars and Bouzouki and Vocals) and Guy Madigan (Darabuka, Cajon & percussion) and Steve Gilbert (Harmonica and Vocals) and Michael Turner (Bass and Baritone Guitar)
They are all uniquely talented and internationally travelled award-winning musicians. Their music is inspired by Folk, Blues, Latin, Celtic, Spanish and Eastern Roots Their original compositions are strongly influenced by the magic of the Northern Rivers region where they live.
Local country blues powerhouse Smokestack Lightnin’ are sure to get you up and dancing. Their high energy flavour of blues is enjoyed by fans across the globe. Formed in the early nineties and played the Byron Bay pub scene with Timmy Burrell on percussion, Kev Newton on guitar and vocals, Mike Hunt on contra bass and Pete Segrave also on guitar and vocals.
The band has performed at a number of blues festivals including Broadbeach and Nambour.
All members are songwriters and arrangers and have airplay on radio in one hundred and twenty countries. Musical influences are sourced from Texas, Chicago, Louisiana and the fringes of jazz. Its gonna rock cause that’s what they do !
Soul, Roots & Reggae troubadours from the Northern Rivers Bundjalung region of Australia. Featuring a killer lineup of players from the Byron Bay shire. Including TK Dread on bass, Hugh Jones on drums, Elena Marcigot on sax/clarinet, Chelsea SKyEater on sax/melodica, Marky Power on live dubs, Stafford Smith on keys/organ & Jesse Morris on guitars/vocals. Touring and performing over 200 shows & festivals globally a year in various formats. Songsmith Jesse Morris is the son of blues & roots royalty ‘John Morris’ from the Blues Preachers. Their latest album ‘the Shakedown’ launched in 2018 supported by a national tour & festival appearances across both Australia & New Zealand. Celebrating roots culture, island vibrations & African-Caribbean rhythms. checkout https://www.facebook.com/jessemorrisband for more details.
Travelling Troubadours in the time honoured tradition. Two Tears in a Bucket live on the road, travelling Australia bringing songs of life in all its guts and glory. A repertoire of original songs and unique interpretations of traditional blues and roots tunes.
Over the last two years they have played and toured from Northern Queensland to Southern Victoria. In 2017 they recorded their “Debut EP” at Old Dog Studios in Corndale, NSW with Al Pegg engineering and midwifing the songs.
In 2019 2020 they will be living on the road doing an Australia wide tour and recording there new album. On Stage, when they are playing as a Duo, Nathan Slyde Petersen tears it up on Dobro, Guitar and Banjo while Michelle Fitness keeps a rock solid rhythm on guitar and stomp box add to that two mighty vocals and some of Australia’s best song writing skills and you have.
As a Band Nathan and Michelle are joined by the mightiest of backlines, Miss Jodie on Double Bass and backing vocals, Matt Elliott on Drums. Matt and Jodie played on the Two Tears in a Bucket Debut EP
Broadfoot are a Byron Shire based band doing music that many describe as being like that of the late 60′s and early 70′s.
This is not a conscious effort by the band, they play music that they love, yes they might be influenced by mega musos like Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Small Faces and The Who but they also love jazz and funk and blues – basically anything with soul and good musicianship.
This comes out in their performances, playing predominantly their own compositions, a blend of many of the styles they have absorbed over the years. Some songs are full on groove rock, some are purer in a blues sense, some have a Brazilian latin feel, whilst others combine the lot. Underlying all is a steady rhythmic pulse which tends to grab people in an instinctual way. Feet start tapping, hips start wagging, children dance joyously.
On closer inspection, there is a melodic and lyrical depth which tunes in with the modern psyche. The whole package reminds people of that glory era of 60′s and 70′s music because it has a similar sensibility – not the macho misogynistic tone, but a feeling of ‘hey, this is all a bit too much, lets do this instead – it feels good’. Broadfoot’s music relates more to a lifestyle choice rather than a musical commodity – and this resonates with many audience members. Come and feel it this Sunday at the Channon Market – home of the first North Coast markets.
Long time Lismore duo Chris Fisher and Marcelle Townsend–Cross, AKA Monkey & the Fish, create a special vocal harmony & presence. Joined by the rhythm section of Johnny Shaw (drums) and George Urbaszek (bass), the Monkey & the Fish Band delivers tight grooves and emotive arrangements.
Performing songs from their recently released album ‘A Place Of Hope’ plus material from previous studio albums, Monkey & the Fish present a unique repertoire with folk, roots and reggae influences. Their latest release won NCEIA Dolphin Awards for ‘Album of The Year’ and ‘Production’ in 2017. Their earlier release also received accolades including ‘Song Of The Year’ for the collaborative work: ‘Bundjalung’.
Engaging and evocative lyrics resonate themes of love and respect for family & the natural world and connect with audiences. Two songs from the new album, ‘Change Is Good’ and ‘Hand In Hand’ were directly inspired through the Bentley Blockade and community opposition to CSG and the fossil fuel industry.
A truly great example of top local musicianship and homegrown creativity. Monkey & the Fish are an articulate and solid sound in the growing chorus for change.
Elena B Williams & String bring a folk, soul, jazz and blues blend with a coconut roll. Expect Chocolate vocals, electric rhythm guitar, frettless bass and rose violin. A smooth sound session that will make you smile. Having just returned from 7 shows at the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, they are ready to bring some love to The Channon.