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.
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.
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.