Artist Lineup 2024

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Tedeschi Trucks Band

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Tedeschi Trucks Band

Tedeschi Trucks Band is a Grammy Award-winning 12-piece rock and soul powerhouse, that holds a well-deserved reputation as one of the best live acts touring today. Led by the husband/wife duo of guitarist Derek Trucks and singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, “two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation” (NPR), TTB is known for its world-class musicianship and contemporary blend of a wide range of American musical influences that define their extensive catalog. The band is currently touring behind their 2022 release, I Am The Moon, TTB's fifth and most ambitious studio project to date. Written while off the road during the pandemic, I Am The Moon captures a prolific and collaborative songwriting period for TTB that was inspired by an ancient poem of star-crossed lovers. I Am The Moon includes four albums, I.Crescent, II. Ascension, III. The Fall, IV. Farewell and four companion films - delivering more than two hours of music that unfold across a robust tapestry of genre-defying explorations and propel the treasured American ensemble into new and thrilling creative territory. Since forming in 2010, TTB’s caravan has traveled countless miles to bring their music to audiences around the world. From sold-out multi-night residencies across America to barnstorming tours through Europe and Japan to their flagship Wheels of Soul annual summer tour, the band's shows are an eagerly anticipated highlight of the live music calendar and “nothing short of exhilarating” (Salon). Whether on stage or in the studio, when these supremely talented artists get together, it’s a musical experience of profound quality.

Sweet Talk

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Sweet Talk

Sweet Talk are renowned for their high-energy live shows readily whipping unsuspecting punters into frenzied states of boogie and unabashed song at the drop of a hat. The all-singing, all-playing 6-piece band from Melbourne was founded over a bond of late nights, American music, classic song writing and improvised jams. Gaining a loyal following, Sweet Talk have been journeying across Australia with appearances at Queenscliff Music Festival, Tamworth, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Out On The Weekend, Gympie Muster, Blues On Broadbeach along with live rooms, pubs and BBQ’s across cities and states. Sweet Talk stitch together a rich tapestry of vintage influence into something altogether their own. Let the good times roll!

Pierce Brothers

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Pierce Brothers

Twin brothers Jack and Patrick Pierce’s high energy duo Pierce Brothers has been a staple of the Australian indie-folk/ blues & roots scene for years. Bursting onto the global stage in 2014, Pierce Brothers embarked on their musical journey as street performers on Bourke Street, sharing the sidewalks with other remarkable talents such as Tash Sultana and Tones and I. Before long, their performances became an absolute must-see for anyone in the know. Their music, like their journey, has evolved, resulting in a debut album that climbed to top 15 on the ARIA charts, along with two EPs that made it into the Top 10. Their tracks have garnered over 30 million streams worldwide. Dreams became reality when they headlined a sold-out Forum Theatre, before embarking on an expansive world tour, headlining venues across the globe, supported the likes of Tash Sultana, Boy & Bear, The Cat Empire as well as gracing the lineups of massive festivals in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. As they ventured into 2023, the brothers kicked off the year with an epic single, 'High & Unsteady,' a collaboration with the platinum award-winning, Tash Sultana, garnering over 1 million streams and earned a spot on Spotify's 'Happy Folk,' 'Indie Highlights,' and 'Discover Weekly' playlists. Their long-awaited Australian Metro and Regional headline tour in 2023 was a SOLD OUT success, cementing their status as an unstoppable force in the music industry and a must see act in 2024.

Snarky Puppy

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Snarky Puppy

Snarky Puppy is a collective of sorts with as many as 20 members in regular rotation. At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada and the United Kingdom all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively. “Our soundscape has expanded dramatically over the years” says League. “When the band started, we were jazzier, brainy and music oriented. Moving into the Dallas scene we became groovier, more emotional, deeper in a sense. We focused more on communicating a clear message, understandable to a listener without dumbing things down”.

Portugal. The Man

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Portugal. The Man

Over the past decade, Portugal The Man has established themselves as one of rock’s most prized possessions and a live phenomenon, with over 1,600 shows under their belts and a storied reputation as festival favorites. Originally heralding from Alaska, the Portland-based band – comprised of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, Eric Howk, Jason Sechrist and Zoe Manville – soared to new heights in 2017 with the release of their RIAA certified-gold album, Woodstock. The album was marked by the astounding success of their infectious single, “Feel It Still,” which earned the group a plethora of new accolades – including a GRAMMY award for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,” a 5x RIAA platinum certified single certification, a mind-blowing 20-week residency at #1 on alternative radio, and an inescapable presence on the Top 40 airwaves.

Meshell Ndegeocello

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Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello an unassuming colossus whose body of work extends far beyond the early hits and virtuosic bass playing with which she is most associated. "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)," her taunting and funky breakout single, immediately set her apart as an instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer. Less than a year after the song entered Billboard's R&B/hip-hop, dance, and pop charts, Ndegeocello was nominated for four Grammys, including Best R&B Album for Plantation Lullabies (1993) and Best Pop Vocal Collaboration for "Wild Night," her Top Ten hit duet with John Mellencamp. Ndegeocello has remained impossible to typecast ever since. A preternatural synthesist, she has mixed and moved across jazz, blues, soul, funk, and reggae, as well as folk and rock. As a leader, she has alternated just as freely between small combos and large ensembles, and as a session musician and featured artist has written and recorded across an even wider spectrum of styles. In addition to her lithe and melodic primary instrument the bass guitar, and vocals encompassing authoritative raps, pensive spoken word, and ethereal choruses, Ndegeocello has played keyboards, drums, and guitar, among other instruments. Nominated for 11 Grammys throughout her career, the pairing of NDEGEOCELLO with H.E.R. for "Better Than I Imagined," on Robert Glasper's Black Radio III was the 2021 Grammy winner for Best R&B Song.

Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers

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Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers

With 8 USA Blues Music Award nominations, career tour dates in 20 countries, and her recent induction into the Blues Victoria Hall of Fame, Fiona Boyes is a relentless and curious musical explorer. Fiona plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles and has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter. Winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA, she is also a Blues Blast Music Award winner and former Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year. Fiona’s nomination for the Koko Taylor Award (Best Traditional Female Artist) at the 2019 USA Blues Music Awards in Memphis was her 8th BMA nomination over various categories since 2007.  Fiona is the only Australian ever to be nominated for these awards, which are considered to be the Grammies of the Blues. Equally at home on acoustic or electric guitars, her mostly original repertoire is like a Blues travelogue. Listen to her play and you’ll hear Delta slide guitar, single chord Mississippi Hills grooves, intricate country blues finger picking, along with material drawn from the classic blues sounds of New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis.  As her friend and mentor, the late, great Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf’s guitarist) said. 'She's got it!  I've played with all of them - and she's got it!'

Ziggy Alberts

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Ziggy Alberts

Ziggy Alberts is an Australian singer-songwriter and author who has established himself as one of Australia's leading independent artists. His genuine grassroots story has lifted his artistry into universal acclaim, captivating audiences across the globe - a testament to his song writing ability and powerful live performance. Founder of his own independent label, Commonfolk Records, and book publishing house, Commonfolk Publishing, Ziggy Alberts has managed to craft what many musicians and authors dream of - the ability to tell a story on their own terms. His sixth-studio album, DANCING IN THE DARK, is no exception, providing yet another example of how he showcases his artistic growth and shares his ever-evolving story with the world. In 2022, Ziggy was awarded with an APRA for his track letting go. He has also earned ARIA Platinum certifications for Laps Around The Sun (Double Platinum), Gone, Runaway, Heaven, Love Me Now, Stronger and Four Feet in the Forest (EP) plus, Gold certifications for his Laps Around The Sun album and six tracks in his catalogue. With over 1.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone, global show sizes on the continuous rise and praise from the likes of Billboard Magazine, American Songwriter, Ear Milk and Clash UK, there is no doubt this will be Ziggy Alberts’ year.

Roshani

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Roshani

Hailed as the ‘Breakthrough Artist’ of last year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest, star on the rise ROSHANI weaves story and song to uplift the soul! Born into a musical family in Sri Lanka, at 6 weeks of age she was adopted and grew up in Tamworth, where she had the opportunity to nurture her gift. She developed her one-woman show while living in her van, busking on the streets and travelling wherever the wind took her. She builds her sounds using a range of foot pedals, loop stations, guitars, foot percussion, synths, harmonica and lush harmonies to create a truly unique musical experience. Genre-blurring artist ROSHANI moves seamlessly between blues powerhouse, soul drenched torch singer, folk balladeer to electro house diva. With a voice that gives you goosebumps, loop pedal and various instruments, her sound is as unique as her life story which was featured on 60 Minutes Australia with over 10 million views worldwide.

The Turner Brown Band

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The Turner Brown Band

Experience what happens when southern US Church-based ‘Sacred Steel’ lap steel guitar music crashes head on with blues-based slide guitar. Merging southern US Gospel and Australian blues sounds, The Turner Brown Band is a joint project between Australian slide guitarist Dom Turner (of Backsliders) and USA-based lap-slide guitar and vocal sensation Nikki D Brown. Described by Guitar World as the “Jimi Hendrix of Sacred Steel, Nikki Brown was born into a Church-based/lap-slide guitar tradition known as ‘Sacred Steel’. Her powerful vocals and flamboyant performance style developed over a lifetime of singing, offers a powerfully rich, soul/gospel sound delivered with impeccable flare and energy. Award-winning Australian, blues-based slide-guitarist, vocalist and music producer Dom Turner has spent close to 40 years touring the festival circuit with Backsliders as well as various musical collaborations including Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner and The Rural Blues Project.

Blind Boys of Alabama

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Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with many artists, including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal. The Blind Boys of Alabama have also appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night, The Grammy® Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and many other television shows.

Velvet Trip

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Velvet Trip

Velvet Trip is the Psychedelic music project of Zeppelin Hamilton & Clayton Allen, born and imagined on Gadigal Country, Sydney Australia. As individuals Zepp and Clay have been honing their respective crafts, performing and writing alongside hard hitters like Julia Jacklin, Dan Sultan, Faye Webster, Middle Kids, and Emily Wurramarra - all the while developing Velvet Trip. In the wake of three single releases in the past year, Velvet Trip were featured in the NY Times (T Mag) RUSSH, NME Aus, and selected to be part of Mushroom Groups ‘First Nations Pathway Program. All three singles have garnered extensive support from DSP’s, landing them the cover of Local Noise & Blak Australia playlists, two #1 charting singles on AMRAP, rotation on Triple J, and the Unearthed Feature Artist spotlight. In addition to this, from 2022 – 2023, Velvet Trip toured Australia with Daft Punk collaborators, ‘Parcels’, performed at the Sydney Opera House alongside Wiradjuri poet Jazz Money and featured on the ABC program ‘Going Country’ with Emily Wurramara.

The Cruel Sea

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The Cruel Sea

The Cruel Sea is reuniting with original band members Dan Rumour, Jim Elliott and Ken Gormly to celebrate the anniversary of their phenomenal, 5 x ARIA Award-winning / Triple Platinum album, The Honeymoon Is Over. Guitarist/keyboardist Matt Walker will take the place of the late James Cruickshank. It’s been 30 years since the release of The Cruel Sea’s phenomenal, 5 x ARIA Award-winning / Triple Platinum album, The Honeymoon Is Over. While the five-piece was already a fixture on the live scene with two acclaimed albums, it was their 1993 third studio album, produced by Tony Cohen, that thrust the band into the spotlight and firmly planted itself in the Top 40 charts for two years after its release, becoming a favourite with many for years to come.

Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal

“The blues is bigger than most people think,” Taj Mahal says. “You could hear Mozart play the blues. It might be more like a lament. It might be more melancholy. But I’m going to tell you: the blues is in there.” Taj is a towering musical figure – a legend who transcended the blues not by leaving them behind, but by revealing their magnificent scope to the world. Quantifying the 77-year-old’s significance is impossible, but people try anyway. A 2017 Grammy win for TajMo, Taj’s collaboration with Keb’ Mo’, brought his Grammy tally to three wins and 14 nominations, and underscored his undiminished relevance more than 50 years after his solo debut. Blues Hall of Fame membership, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association, and other honors punctuate his résumé. Taj appreciates the accolades, but his motivation lies elsewhere. “I just want to be able to make the music that I’m hearing come to me -- and that’s what I did,” Taj says. “When I say, ‘I did,’ I’m not coming from the ego. The music comes from somewhere. You’re just the conduit it comes through. You’re there to receive the gift.”

Tim Finn

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Tim Finn

Regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation, New Zealand native Tim Finn continues to embrace the true definition of a renaissance man while fuelling an all-inclusive, creative fire that constantly drives him onwards and upwards. Having established himself in the early 1970s as a founding member of art-pop-rock pioneers Split Enz and later as a member of the internationally successful band Crowded House (alongside brother Neil), Finn has penned some of the most treasured songs in contemporary music. The likes of I See Red, Poor Boy, My Mistake, Dirty Creature, I Hope I Never and Six Months In A Leaky Boat immediately come to mind. His time in Crowded House, established around the recording of the acclaimed Woodface album, was mostly co-written with his brother and included the timeless classics Weather With You, It’s Only Natural and Chocolate Cake. Add to this, an incredibly successful solo career that continues to mature and has delivered songs such as Fraction Too Much Friction, Made My Day, Persuasion and Not Even Close. Finn has toured the world and worked with some of the industry’s most accomplished artists and producers. Most recently Finn has been developing Ihitai 'Avei'a - Star Navigator, an ambitious work commissioned by West Australian Opera and New Zealand Opera. Who knows what is next for Tim Finn? One thing is for certain, he is showing no signs of slowing and the desire to create, write and perform is as strong as it ever was.

Ian Moss

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Ian Moss

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.

Born and raised in Alice Springs, NT in the heat of Australia, Ian started playing guitar in local teenage bands but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years, planning to repeat in the big city. Fate intervened when he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia and that made such an undeniable impact that they are now etched in the Australian music psyche forever. That band was Cold Chisel.

Moss has released six incredible and dynamic studio albums – The #1 and multi-platinum, Matchbook, Worlds Away, Petrolhead, Let's all Get Together, Soul on West 53rd and in 2018 the self-titled Ian Moss

2019 saw the 30th Anniversary of the iconic and landmark album Matchbook. The album was released on August 1, 1989, and peaked at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It remained in the Top 10 for an amazing 14 weeks, shipping more than 200,000 copies in the first 12 months alone. The album went on to win Album of the Year, Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist – Album, Breakthrough Artist – Single and Song of the Year (shared with Don Walker) for ‘Tucker's Daughter’ at the ARIA Music Awards in 1990. “The most gifted musician I've ever seen” - Don Walker, Cold Chisel “One of Australia’s best guitarists with a gorgeous, soulful voice.” - Sydney Morning Herald, May 2018 “He prefers to let his music do the talking, and when it’s this good you won’t hear any complaints. This is his finest solo album.” - Stack Magazine, 2018 “This self-titled album record delivers precisely what you’d expect. Top shelf Mossy.” - The West Australian, 2018 “Soulful and supple of voice and a deft, romantic songwriter.” - Tim Rogers, You Am I

Rickie Lee Jones

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Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones is an American musician and storyteller who has been inspiring pop culture for decades, beginning with her star-making self-titled debut, followed by the seminal Pirates. In 1989, she released her album Flying Cowboys, featuring her song “The Horses,” one of Australia’s most loved songs (made famous by Darrel Brathwaite’s cover in 1991. Named the “premiere song-stylist and songwriter of her generation” by The New Yorker, and “The Duchess of Coolsville” by Time Magazine, two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee released her critically acclaimed album Pieces of Treasure in 2023, a reunion with Russ Titelman, who produced her first two records. Jones’ celebrated memoir Last Chance Texaco was named Book of the Year by MOJO and the Best Book of the Year at Pitchfork and NPR. The Independent writes, “There has always been something defiant about Rickie Lee Jones . . . a voice from a dream, elusive yet familiar, transcendent, a messenger from another place.”

Dan Sultan

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Dan Sultan

Dan Sultan is an undeniably important artist. One of Australia’s most loved singer-songwriters, Sultan boasts numerous accolades to his name, including 6 ARIA Awards, NIMA Awards, Top 5 ARIA-charting albums and an ARIA-certified Gold record in Blackbird. Previous albums Aviary Takes (2019), Killer (2017), Blackbird (2014), Get Out While You Can (2009) and Homemade Biscuits (2006) have seen Sultan navigate the country a number of times playing headline shows to sold-out crowds, as well as supporting the likes of Bruce Springsteen, and as a guest on some of Australia’s biggest festivals, including Splendour in the Grass, Blues Festival and Falls Festival, to name a few.

The Whitlams Black Stump

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The Whitlams Black Stump

The Whitlams Black Stump Band formed in 2021 and sees Tim Freedman and long-time Whitlams drummer Terepai Richmond joined by an A Team of roots musicians, reconstructing the best of The Whitlams' repertoire with an assortment of new songs and classic Americana. The five-piece band features Rod McCormack and Matt Fell, two CMAA Producers of the Year, on banjo and bass, and young gun Ollie Thorpe on electric and pedal steel guitar. The act debuted at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2022, and then wound its way down the East Coast in a three-week tour that bonded their musical chemistry. The next step was selling out the capital cities on the Big City Debut tour, all the while chipping away at a debut album out January 2024. The themes of the group's repertoire are proudly parochial. Rarely have Australian stories sounded so good on American instruments as when The Whitlams Black Stump Band casts forth tales of John Sattler’s jaw, of Ned Kelly’s sister Kate, and of our national impulse to blow up the pokies.

Playing For Change Band

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Playing For Change Band

The Playing For Change Band is a tangible, traveling representation of the Playing For Change mission to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. With a unique fusion of influences and talents in constant evolution since 2008, the band currently consists of 10 musicians from 10 countries, carrying music from the streets to the stage to the hearts of people. These musicians come from many different countries and cultures, but through music, they speak the same language. The Playing For Change Band is now touring the world and spreading the message of love and hope to audiences everywhere. To date, the Playing For Change Band has played over 400+ concerts in 25+ countries, including being one of the first to perform in Argentina's DirectTV Arena, a tour in Brazil headlining for an audience of 35,000, and a tour in Australia as the opening act for Robert Plant. The band has collaborated with artists such as Bono, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Jimmy Buffett, Stephen Marley, Manu Chao, Toots Hibbert, Ziggy Marley, Sara Bareilles, Keb’ Mo’, Baaba Maal, Tinariwen, Los Lobos, Bombino, The Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, and many more. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power.

Lisa Hunt ‘Forever Soul’

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Lisa Hunt ‘Forever Soul’

Lisa Hunt began singing in that great African American tradition, the gospel church, and there was laid the foundation of her soulful singing style. Her voice can be heard on several top 10 dance tracks all over the world including being “the voice” of LOVESTATION (UK), CLUB X (Germany), and D1 (USA) In Italy, she has been the featured vocalist on tour and recordings of ZUCCHERO Sugar Fornaciari for many years and has worked with a range of artist from PAVAROTTI to RAY CHARLES (check out her on Pavarotti and friends). She has also shared the stage with musical greats such as ERIC CLAPTON, JAMES BROWN, DIONNE WARWICK, BRIAN MAY, RANDY CRAWFORD, JOE COCKER, MILES DAVIS, and ANDREA BOCELLI. In Australia, Lisa has toured and recorded with JIMMY BARNES, DIESEL, and RADIO FREEDOM. In 2004, Lisa once again hit the road with Zucchero and added a few pop stars to her resume including RONAN KEATING, MACY GRAY, MOUSE T, DELORES O'RIORDAN and TINA ARENA live at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Lisa was the winner of 'Australian Idol's' 'MY MOM ROCKS' contest for NSW. Lisa is currently the girl to call for the most glamorous parties around Australia including Magic Millions, Collingwood Football, Linfox, R.M. Williams, The Crown Casino and more, sharing the spotlight with everyone from Delta Goodrem and John Stevens to Timomatic and Darren Percival.

Jackie Venson

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Jackie Venson

Jackie Venson is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter known far and wide for her beautifully complex music and blazing guitar skills. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jackie has travelled the world playing to crowds both as a headliner and as support for major acts such as Keb’ Mo’, Gary Clark Jr, Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, and Citizen Cope, to name a few. In 2020, Jackie released her studio album Vintage Machine, her first studio follow up to 2019's Joy. Music from Vintage Machine was featured heavily on Jackie's taping for Austin City Limits' 46th season, and she released the full set on “Live at Austin City Limits” that year. In 2021, she released Love Transcends, her first studio album centered around the blues, and at the start of 2023 she released Evolution of Joy, a reimagining of her breakout album Joy, with producer Frenchie Smith (Jet, Toadies, Wild Child). With the uncertainty of the times we're living in, one thing holds true for Jackie Venson - she's going to play her music, speak her truth, and spread as much joy as she can doing it.

WILSN

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WILSN

Possessing the kind of voice that stops you in your tracks, WILSN makes classic soul music with a contemporary approach and a healthy dose of raw power. Originally hailing from Geelong, WILSN, AKA Shannon Busch, moved to Melbourne out of high school to study Jazz at the city's prestigious Victorian College of the Arts. Upon signing a publishing deal with Pulse, she relocated to America and spent two years in writing rooms with Grammy Award winning writers honing her craft, before being asked to join The Teskey Brothers on their 2019 UK/Europe tour. Moving back home to Melbourne at the start of 2020 she began recording anew with producer Stephen Charles (BLESSED, Tyne-James Organ). These sessions birthed her debut album Those Days Are Over which was released through Ivy League Records in Australia and Virgin Records in the US and UK/EU. Full of jaw-dropping vocal performances, the record exciting fusion of modern soul, pop, jazz and Motown and has all the hallmarks of an instant classic.

Caravãna Sun

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Caravãna Sun

Since 2011, Sydneysiders Caravãna Sun have built a renowned reputation across the globe for their dynamic and energetic live performances. Their infectious grooves which progressively merge their surfy coastal lifestyle with elements of explosive rock, euphoric electronica/dance and rambunctious reggae/ska have earned the band slots on some of the world’s most coveted stages. Highlights include Boardmasters (UK), Boomtown (UK), Reggae Sun Ska (France), Summer in the City (Germany), Party in the Paddock (TAS), Woodford Folk Festival (QLD) and headlining Madnes (Netherlands) to name a few. They have also toured with iconic artists such as Madness, UB40, The Cat Empire and Fat Freddy’s Drop among many others. CARAVÃNA SUN also had success with their hypnotic track ‘Whale Song’, which was featured in the global award-winning documentary, ‘Seaspiracy’. In 2022, CARAVÃNA SUN performed to one of their biggest crowds on the main stage at Bluesfest Byron Bay, which saw over 10,000 in attendance. With lots of exciting new music in tow and fresh off another extensive European and national tour, the band is determined to deliver another fan favourite performance with their new live show at Bluesfest 2024!

Coterie

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Coterie

Coterie, four brothers making massive waves across Australian and New Zealand coastlines! The band encompass an authenticity often lost in modern music, their records telling lyrical stories drawn from real-life experience and using melodically rich vocals to bring a raw narrative heat to the songs. Immersed in a world of surf and art, the band have developed a unique blend of high energy reggae-rock music that has audiences demanding more!

Women of Soul Collective

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Women of Soul Collective

Women of Soul is Australia’s premier collective of soulful songwriters and performers. Their 2023 LP ‘Feel Good’, nominated for the prestigious Australian Music Prize, is the first album in Australia to be entirely composed, produced and performed by an all female team. Making their Bluesfest debut, Women of Soul present a high energy set of original soul, disco and funk. Featuring vocalists Stella Angelico, Chelsea Wilson, Carla Troiano, Candice Monqiue, Fem Belling, Alzzy and Germaine McCarthy backed by Monique diMattina (keys), Tamara Murphy (bass), Emily Shaw (drums), Ash Ballat (trumpet), Jess Mahler (saxophone) and Stella Anning (guitar). Led by by Artistic Director, Vocalist, Broadcaster and DJ Chelsea Wilson, Women of Soul have been featured on ABC Radio National, Mi-Soul London, TODAY Extra, The Age, Double j, PBS 106.7FM, RRR 102.7FM, and were guest hosts on triple J’s Roots ‘N’All program. Performance highlights include Melbourne Recital Centre, The Malthouse Theatre, Federation Square, Adelaide Fringe Festival and a special live broadcast from the MPavillion for Australian Music Week on ABC Radio.

Jack Johnson

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Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson grew up surfing and playing guitar in Hawaii. Since 2001, he has released seven studio albums and two live albums that have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. His Brushfire Records label and touring crew have been leaders in the greening of the music industry and his All At Once social action network connects fans with local non-profits at each tour stop. Jack, with his wife Kim, founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaii's schools and communities, as well as the Johnson Ohana Foundation to support environmental, art and music education worldwide. Proceeds from these albums and tour profits, along with Johnson’s personal charitable activities, have resulted in over $37 million donated to charity since 2001. Johnson’s latest studio album Meet The Moonlight was released in 2022 and has included sold out stops in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Europe and the UK. The tour continues this fall with stops at Oceans Calling in Maryland and Beachlife Ranch in Southern California, as well as a newly announced headline set next April at Byron Bay Bluesfest at the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside of Byron Bay.

Tom Jones

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Tom Jones

Legendary Welsh singer and performer Sir Tom Jones continues to sustain his popularity around the world, captivating audiences with his timeless discography of hit songs and enduring talent and charisma. With a remarkable career spanning over six decades, Jones is widely considered to be one of the greatest singers and recording artists of all time, selling over 100 million records and continuing as an esteemed and influential figure in the music industry.

 

At the age of 82, Jones has received some of the best reviews of his career for his most recent Ethan Johns-produced albums “Surrounded By Time”, "Long Lost Suitcase," "Spirit In The Room," and "Praise & Blame." Critics have praised both the recorded material and Jones' performances, highlighting his undeniable and unique talent in both the studio and on stage.

 

Born in the mining town of Pontypridd, South Wales, Jones quit school at an early age, working various odd jobs before getting his start as a member of a local band called The Senators, later forming his own group, Tom Jones and the Squires, gigging in clubs and pubs around the local area.

 

In the early 1960s, he signed with Decca Records in London, kickstarting a successful and diverse career and achieving international fame with his powerful voice and dynamic stage presence. He had a string of hit songs including "It's Not Unusual," "What's New Pussycat?" "Delilah," and "Green, Green Grass of Home" which sat alongside his hugely popular 1969-1971 cross-continental TV show, "This is Tom Jones".  Jones has always had a fundamental interest in a wide range of music, leading him to work with dozens of iconic collaborators over the years, ranging from Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin to Van Morrison, Dolly Parton and Ed Sheeran, just some amongst many.  Although he is well known for his hits, he is first and foremost a diverse artist with a true rhythm and blues soul.

 

Jones's career has been filled with numerous honors and accolades, including a deeply cherished knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2006, multiple BRIT Awards, a Silver Clef Award, the prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award and a Hitmaker Award from the US Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has also acted in films such as Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks," and "Playhouse Presents: King of The Teds" for Sky Arts. Along with his yearly touring, Jones has continued to be active in the industry as a longstanding coach on The Voice UK and being a valued contributor at a variety of events and broadcasts such as the 25th Anniversary of MusiCares (honouring Bob Dylan) and the 57th Grammy Awards as well as many others for charitable causes. His recent autobiography "Over The Top And Back" was a rollicking best-seller, and his 2021 album release “Surrounded By Time” made him the oldest male to claim a Number 1 spot on the UK Official Albums Chart with an album of new material, overtaking Bob Dylan.

 

Sir Tom has indeed cemented his place in music history as one of the most successful artists of all time, traversing musical eras and genres, cutting across class divides, and appealing to all genders and ages, mainstream and cutting edge. Sir Tom has always been about the power of the song, and the power of the voice, qualities that have made him a true legend in the music zeitgeist. Despite the passage of time, Sir Tom Jones continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the music world, and his legacy will undoubtedly live on for generations to come.

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The Teskey Brothers

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The Teskey Brothers

Sam and Josh Teskey, known around the world as The Teskey Brothers, are no strangers to Bluesfest having performed across many of its five stages in various capacities over the years. Going back even further, a young Josh was known to make the annual pilgrimage north at Easter time to witness the likes of Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Charles Bradley, Richard Clapton, Chain and many others. All of which had a magic and profound effect on him.

 

Over the past 10 years The Teskey Brothers have proven themselves capable of their own magic, reaching global success in a fashion most unexpected for a blues band out of Melbourne. Their soul-drenched take on rock, folk and blues across three studio albums has struck an undeniable chord with music lovers around the world. 2023’s The Winding Way being no exception, landing at #1 on the ARIA album chart and receiving critical acclaim. On the back of it they’ve played sold out headline shows all across Europe, UK and North America (including a notable 12,000 in Amsterdam), iconic festivals such as Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz and Austin City Limits, and even opened for Bruce Springsteen in Milan.

 

Along with their stunning 8-piece band The Teskey Brothers will close out a massive Australian tour at none other than their spiritual home at Tyagarah.

Matt Corby

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Matt Corby

Matt Corby is an Australian singer-songwriter who achieved his commercial breakthrough with his fourth EP, Into the Flame (2011), which peaked at No. 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and by April 2012, was certified 6× Platinum by ARIA.

Matt recently released his album Everything’s Fine, which vividly captures his personal and creative growth as like many, his life was tipped belly-side up recently.

Beyond the global touring pause, on the day he had planned to begin writing his next album Matt’s home was inundated with floodwaters. His family moved into Rainbow Valley Studios, where he juggled familial responsibilities with his creative pursuits - a one-of-a-kind pressure cooker circumstance that would galvanise his artistic evolution.

Firmly fixed on seeing the best of things, Matt reveals “I'm at a really beautiful point in my life. I'm accepting all this stuff: the good and the bad, but particularly the bad. Which is kind of great. It’s a good thing to come to that point. Life isn't always magical, but the moments that are, well you really value them. I think this record is about that, about managing your actual reality. Sometimes I have those moments when you realise: well I'm still breathing, you still have the gift of life, so everything is fine I guess?”

L.A.B

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L.A.B

Following on from a year which has seen them sell-out tours in the United States & Europe, L.A.B will return to Byron Bay Bluesfest with a new album ready to go. With more new music to come before the end of 2023, this return visit to Byron Bay will see them bringing their live show which has seen them garner fans across the globe.

After winning Best Group, Best Song & Best Album two years in a row at the New Zealand Music Awards, taking out Best Record at the 2022 Rolling Stone Awards and being voted New Zealand's Best Live Act by Radio New Zealand, L.A.B are on fire.

L.A.B’s groove blends an eclectic mix of reggae, blues, funk, rock and electronic - all combining to create a sound entirely their own. Formed by Brad Kora, L.A.B comprises his brother Stu Kora, Ara Adams-Tamatea, Miharo Gregory & frontman Joel Shadbolt. Featuring former members of two of New Zealand’s premier acts Kora & Katchafire, L.A.B have made their name on the live stages of New Zealand & Australia.

The past five years have seen them release a new album each year, and have since become a mainstay in the NZ Music Charts and on the festival circuit, headlining every major festival across New Zealand and Australia from the Byron Bay Bluesfest & WOMAD to Rhythm and Vines & One Love.

L.A.B’s 2022 summer run of sold-out stadiums saw them perform to over 70,000 people in Australia & New Zealand, including a sold-out show at Auckland’s iconic Western Springs. 2023 has already seen them perform a sold-out tour of Australia, alongside their first performances in the United States, capped off with a performance at the iconic California Roots Festival and a sold-out Hawaiian show. The band have been recently profiled and spotlighted globally by Dolby, and featured with an Artist Spotlight video.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Elvis Costello’s career is legendary, spanning more than four decades and thirty-plus albums, and his songsAlison”, “Pump It Up”, “Everyday I Write The Book, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding” are classics.

He has performed worldwide with his bands, The Attractions and his current group, The Imposters – Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas, and Davey Faragher - as well as solo concerts and appearance with jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras.

In early 2023, Costello played acclaimed ten-night stand at the Gramercy Theatre, NYC, beginning alone and introducing surprise elements to each subsequent show from a musical saw to an eight-piece Broadway vocal chorus with The Imposters and horn section playing the finale. Only one song was repeated nightly and nearly 240 different compositions performed over the engagement.  

Costello has entered songwriting collaborations with Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, the Brodsky Quartet and with Allen Toussaint for the albumThe River In Reverse, the first major label recording project to visit New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and completed there while the city was still under curfew.

In 2003, Costello acted as lyrical editor of six songs written with his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall for her album,The Girl In The Other Room.He has written lyrics for compositions by Charles Mingus, Billy Strayhorn and Oscar Peterson and musical settings for words by W.B. Yeats and Bob Dylan.   

Costello’s songs have been recorded by a great number of artists, including George Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Georgie Fame, Chet Baker, Johnny Cash, June Tabor, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Anne Sofie von Otter, Solomon Burke and Darlene Love.  

During his career, Costello has received numerous prestigious honours, including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting,a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for Alan Bleasdale’s television drama seriesG.B.H.”and a Grammy forI Still Have That Other Girlfrom his 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach,Painted From Memory. 

In January 2020, Costello received the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for his 2018 studio recordLook Now.

Elvis Costello and The Attractions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. The same year, Costello was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Founder’s Award.

In 2016 Elvis Costello was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in the company of Chip Taylor and Tom Petty.

Bluesfest Tours proudly presents Elvis Costello & The Imposters, who will be playing Bluesfest, three shows at the Sydney Opera House and one at The Palais Theatre in Melbourne.

Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos

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Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos

Peter Garrett is one of our most prominent living Australians; the lead singer of Midnight Oil, a renowned activist, and a former politician.

The ‘Oils’, who graced our stage in 2022, are renowned for their politically charged lyrics fierce independent stance, and active support of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the protection of the environment.

This Bluesfest, he is performing with his band, The Alter Egos, following his acclaimed 2016 debut solo album, “A Version Of Now” and rumours of more new music landing over the coming months.

While Peter’s singular sound needs no introduction, The Alter Egos have been described by The Music as a ‘stellar band, perfectly balanced between rock chops, session player solidity and a vibe of relaxed enjoyment’.

Tommy Emmanuel

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Tommy Emmanuel

Australia’s internationally acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel CGP has recently added yet another accolade to his vast collection, having been named the number one acoustic guitarist in the world on Music Radar, as voted by his fellow musicians.

Tommy returns to Australia in April 2024 for an exclusive Bluesfest appearance, his only Australian show.

Tommy brings the power and dynamism of a full band to his solo acoustic playing, with incredible charisma, stunning speed and dexterity and unerring command of melody.

Tommy’s message is pure love for the guitar and the music and his delight in sharing it with the world, one audience at a time. Tommy’s greatest honour was being named by his childhood idol Chet Atkins as a ‘Certified Guitar Player’ (CGP). The legendary US guitarist and producer Atkins gave this designation to only five players in history.

Don’t miss this chance to see Australia’s most successful guitar export: Tommy Emmanuel, exclusively at Bluesfest 2024

The Dead South

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The Dead South

With a stomp and holler heard worldwide, The Dead South are set to make their Byron Bay Bluesfest debut in 2024. This Platinum-certified Canadian acoustic band brings their unmistakable swagger and style to Bluesfest following the sold out, upsized success of their first tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2023. From the Ryman Auditorium to Glastonbury to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Dead South have played some of the world’s most historic stages and festivals, and they are thrilled to add Byron Bay Bluesfest to this iconic list.

The Paper Kites

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The Paper Kites

The Paper Kites are a folk/rock five-piece from Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2010, members include Sam Bentley, Christina Lacy, David Powys, Samuel Rasmussen and Josh Bentley.

 

The ARIA nominated group have released five studio albums, with their most recent record Roses (2021) garnering over 88 million streams and Double J’s Feature Album. They received 160 million streams in 2022 alone from their 6.5 million monthly listeners - and over 1 billion streams across their catalogue. Their single ‘Bloom’ was recently certified platinum in the U.S.A, Canada, Australia, Italy & The Netherlands.

 

In the past twelve months the band have performed sold out shows across the US, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Ireland, France, Denmark and The Netherlands. Earnest and sincere, The Paper Kites have captured hearts around the globe for their moving

Drive-By Truckers

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Drive-By Truckers

On the title track to Welcome 2 Club XIII, Drive-By Truckers pay homage to the Muscle Shoals honky-tonk where founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley got their start: a concrete-floored dive lit like a disco, with the nightly promise of penny beer and truly dubious cover bands. “There were no cool bars in town and Club XIII was the best we had—but it wasn’t all that good, and our band wasn’t particularly liked there,” says Hood, referring to the vocalist/guitarists’ former band Adam’s House Cat. “From time to time the owner would throw us a Wednesday night or let us open for a hair-metal band we were a terrible fit for, and everyone would hang out outside until we were done playing. It wasn’t very funny at the time, but it’s funny to us now.” The 14th studio album from Drive-By Truckers—whose lineup also includes keyboardist/guitarist Jay Gonzalez, bassist Matt Patton, and drummer Brad Morgan—Welcome 2 Club XIII looks back on their formative years with both deadpan pragmatism and profound tenderness, instilling each song with the kind of lived-in detail that invites bittersweet reminiscence of your own misspent youth.

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Newton Faulkner

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Newton Faulkner

Newton Faulkner is continually adjusting to a music landscape dominated by flux, he’s moved from the phenomenal success of his debut album ‘Hand Built By Robots’  to the surging triumph of ‘Write It On Your Skin’; from ‘Studio Zoo’ - which was the first album ever to be live streamed online while being recorded, and was also recorded and released in just five weeks – to the sumptuous ‘Human Love’ plus multiple other records over his incredible 15 year career so far. He’s now taking this moment to record his next collection of songs. This time a little more production heavy but still full of powerful vocals and his signature guitar sound weaved through the mix. Newton in the past has often found himself in his home studio working away solo, but not for this next record or in fact this tour. The next phase for Newton is full of collaboration which you can feel in the music to come. Seeing these songs come to life on stage is going to be nothing short of joyous.

Steve Poltz

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Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz is BACK!

After flawing audiences at Bluesfest, Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival and ECHO Festival and club shows across the country in 2023, world renowned troubadour Steve Poltz returns to Australian shores for the twenty “somethingth” time.

Some people start life with a plan. Not Steve. He opens himself up to the universe in a way most of us will never be loose enough to achieve, and the universe responds with a wink, a seemingly bottomless well of inspiration, and the talent to truly connect with an audience.

With a cult following that includes fellow musicians, regular folks and festival goers who stumble onto his performances, there’s no common denominator to Steve’s fans. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised in San Diego, CA Steve toured and recorded with San Diego cult favorites The Rugburns (they still play annual sold-out reunion shows). But it was through his creative partnership with Jewel that he vaulted into the national spotlight; co-writing her multiplatinum Billboard Hot 100-busting smash, “You Were Meant For Me,” and continues to work with her to this day.

Over the years, the Nashville-based troubadour has built a fascinating solo catalog, earmarked by his debut, One Left Shoe, Dreamhouse, Folk Singer, and 2019’s Shine On. No Depression crowned him, "A sardonic provocateur with a lighthearted acoustic-driven wit, suggesting at times a sunnier, less psychedelic Todd Snider, or maybe a less wan, washed Jackson Brown,” while the Associated Press dubbed him "part busker, part Iggy Pop and part Robin Williams, a freewheeling folkie with a quick wit and big heart.”

19-Twenty

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19-Twenty

19-Twenty lads have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene for good reason. They are electric; an infectious riff and groove-based blue-billy-grass-rockin'-roots band.

Their high-energy sonic party headlining shows have sold out in all states and territories. Performing anywhere and everywhere, this straight-up 100% independent act has been steadily gaining new music fans and friends around Australia and Europe, including Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany, with Tone Deaf calling them "One of the most exciting riff and groove based blues and roots acts emerging from the east coast of OZ!"

Taj Farrant

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Taj Farrant

Taj Farrant is a young musician who has taken the world by storm with his exceptional guitar skills and captivating performances. At just 14 years old, Taj has already made a name for himself in the music industry, leaving audiences in awe of his talent and potential.

Taj was born into a family with a deep appreciation for music, which played a significant role in shaping his early life. Growing up in Australia, Taj was exposed to a variety of musical genres from a young age, thanks to his parentsdiverse taste in music. It all started at an AC/DC concert at the age of 6. Sitting on his Popsshoulders he witnessed Angus Young come up through the stage rocking to Shook me all night long”. He leant down to his Dad and said I want to do that for the rest of my life!”. The rest they say is history. This exposure sparked Tajs interest in music, and he began his journey by picking up the guitar at the tender age of 7. From the very beginning, it was evident that Taj had a natural talent for music. Despite his young age, Taj displayed an incredible ability to quickly learn and master complex guitar techniques. His dedication and passion for music were evident as he spent countless hours practicing and refining his skills. Tajs parents recognised his talent early on and provided him with the necessary support and resources to nurture his musical abilities.

Tajs exceptional guitar skills have garnered attention from music enthusiasts and professionals alike. His ability to effortlessly play intricate solos and execute complex guitar techniques is truly remarkable for someone of his age. Tajs performances are characterised by a unique blend of technical precision and raw emotion, captivating audiences with his soulful playing style. Tajs talent has not gone unnoticed in the music industry. He has had the opportunity to perform on renowned stages, sharing the spotlight with established musicians and bands, such as Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas and even given the opportunity to jam with KISS during band rehearsal in their studio. Tajs performances have garnered him recognition and praise from industry professionals,

further solidifying his status as a rising star. His musical influences range from rock legends like Angus Young and Jimi Hendrix to contemporary guitar virtuosos such as Gary Moore and Stevie Ray Vaughan, which is reflected in his playing style.

Tajs meteoric rise to fame has resulted in a growing fan base and a dedicated following on social media platforms. His videos showcasing his guitar skills have gone viral, reaching millions of viewers worldwide.

Tajs ability to connect with his audience through his music has earned him a loyal fan

base, eager to witness his future endeavours. With his undeniable talent and growing popularity, Taj has a promising future ahead of him in the music industry. He has already attracted the attention of industry professionals, leading to speculation about potential collaborations and future projects. Tajs unique playing style and musical influences set him apart from his peers, positioning him as a force to be reckoned with in the music world.

Erja Lyytinen

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Erja Lyytinen

Erja Lyytinen is one of the leading blues-rock guitarists on the international touring circuit. During a recording career spanning 19 years, the High-Flying Finn has released twelve studio albums as well as several live albums. Lyytinen’s musical pallet is vast, encompassing the very best of contemporary blues-rock whilst inspired and influenced by the blues greats of yore.

The artist’s last studio album Waiting for the Daylight was released in 2022 and was ranked #3 on Finland´s Official Physical Album Charts and #14 on the IBBA October Charts in the UK. The first single released from Erja's latest studio offering, Bad Seed was chosen as the 13th Best Rock Song of the year by Classic Rock Magazine. Furthermore, Lyytinen’s guitar solo from “Bad Seed” reached 10th place in Guitar World’s Best guitar solo of 2022 reader's poll.

Lyytinen has been acknowledged for her work by her fans, peers, and the industry alike with a treasure trove of accolades. This includes being ranked #2 on Total Guitar Magazine’s “10 Best Guitarists Now” poll as well as being awarded “Best Guitarist” at the 2017 European Blues Awards.

Erja made history by being the first Finnish artist nominated at Canada´s Maple Blues Awards in the B.B. King International Artist of the Year category.

In the first half of 2023, Erja Lyytinen released the latest instalment of her series of guitar tuition books. Subsequently, Lyytinen’s newest concert album Diamonds on the Road – Live 2023 will be released on the 6th of October 2023.

The artist's busy touring schedule will see Erja Lyytinen perform on several continents during 2023 as well as her first UK shows since the pandemic. For further information, please visit https://erjalyytinen.com/

Harry Manx

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Harry Manx

The New York Times called him ‘deliciously addictive’ and said when you listen to Harry Manx ‘you are listening to an original.’ Seven-time Maple Blues award winner, Folk Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, six Juno nominations.....welcome to the Harry Zone. Harry Manx has spent years fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo and the decidedly different Mohan veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’ Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man because musically Harry lives where the depth of Indian music meets the deep groove of the Blues. Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you’ll get Manx’s unique “mysticssippi” flavour. It’s hard to resist and keeps audiences coming back for more.    Downbeat Magazine said that “Manx’s real talent lies in creating a place where Blues and Indian Classical are a seamless fit”.  Billboard Magazine called Harry “Canada’s most expressive Blues player”.  "Canadian guitarist Harry Manx knows his instrument the way most men know their television remote controls.” Time Out, New York City  "Like a lot of top singer songwriters Harry projects an intimacy & old friend quality from artist to listener … “ Billy Hutchinson, Blues Matters!

 

“Watching Harry play tonight I feel like I learned something new …. ” Bruce Springsteen (after seeing Harry perform “I’m On Fire” at the International Guitar Festival in NYC) 

“Harry’s real skill lays in creating a rare musical place where blues, country, folk and Indian classical music co-exist as some spirit force” Frank Hadley, Downbeat Magazine 

Here Come The Mummies

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Here Come The Mummies

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their "Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave" is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa).

Since their discovery, HCTM has been direct support for P-Funk, Al Green, Mavis Staples, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Cheap Trick; rocked Super Bowl Village; become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show; appeared on That’s My Jam with Jimmy Fallon; played massive festivals like Summer Fest, Summer Camp, Common Ground, Musikfest, and Suwannee Hulaween; and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America. Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth.

 

Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready! Here Come The Mummies.

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Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong

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Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong

Clayton Doley is a giant of the Australian Blues Scene, Sydney Blues Society's Keyboard Player of the Year for the fifth year running, Clayton has played with a who's who of international artists. His virtuosity on the hammond organ is unmatched and has seen him tour the world performing with artists such as Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram, Joe Bonamassa, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Harry Manx, Steve Cropper & Donald 'Duck' Dunn (Booker T & the M.G.'s, Blues Brothers), David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power), Jimmy Barnes, The Divinyls, Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, Louisiana Red, Guitar Shorty, Renee Geyer, The Mighty Reapers, Eugene Hideaway Bridges - to name a few. The most unique and sophisticated voice in contemporary retro soul today, Clayton is a master musician, a killer boogie woogie piano player, a super funky Hammond player, and a remarkable singer/songwriter with a passion for creating new works that could have been recorded by the R&B greats from the 50’s and 60’s. His current project Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong, featuring Sydney Jazz and Blues royalty, captures the essence of the New Orleans Blues piano tradition while fusing contemporary Australiana and Americana with all the might and power of a 10 piece band.   Quotes-  “Clayton Doley understands the groove to a T - Booker T., that is”. Steve Leggett - All Music (USA)   “Doley matches his rock-solid chops with sophisticated songwriting and wraps a class-act production around it”. Duane Verth - Roots Music Report (USA)   Clayton Doley digs into blues, jazz and groove and he does it with a great charm and good taste. A marvelous singer and an especially fine organ player, gifted with a huge talent”. Vincent P. Zumel - La Hora Del Blues (Spain)   “Clayton’s material is everything from amazing in a traditional sense to outright mind-blowing”. Bill Wilson - Reflections in Blue (USA)   “Songs that will brighten your mood and leave you wishing it were a double CD”. Greg Victor - Parcbench (USA)   “ If you’re a fan of the Hammond Organ, then you need to become a fan of Clayton Doley. He’s totally mastered the instrument”. Peter Lauro - Mary4Music (USA)

Little Quirks

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Little Quirks

Little Quirks are a breath of fresh, unbridled joy. The family that accidentally became a band, sisters Mia and Abbey grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales, not far from their cousin a fellow band member Jaymi. Starting out jamming at family get gatherings and are now one of Australia’s best-kept secrets, with an undeniable knack for writing catchy folk-pop songs.

Their live shows are explosive and powerful - a smile-inducing experience for the masses that brings soaring melodies and pounding rhythms to the fore. After successful adventures performing at festivals across Europe, UK and Canada in 2023, the band is in dynamite form and ready to bring their infectious vibes to Bluesfest. Catch them before the word gets out.

Hussy Hicks

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Hussy Hicks

‘Some artists need to be seen to be believed, and Hussy Hicks fit that category."

- Sarah Howells, ABC 

Hussy Hicks, the dynamic duo of Leesa Gentz and Julz Parker, have conquered the last decade of the Australian music industry with their unique blend of folk, blues, country, and roots.

With their innovative approach and relentless drive to stretch themselves creatively, Hussy Hicks have continued to innovate and push boundaries with their music and projects, captivating audiences all over the world.

If you haven’t yet, it’s time to jump on the Hussy Hicks train, because it’s a ride you won’t want to miss.

For fans of:

  • Soaring Vocals
  • Insane Guitar playing
  • Tight Harmonies
  • Tasty Rhythm Sections
  • Big Stage Energy

Blues Arcadia

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Blues Arcadia

Three-time Australian Blues Music Award winners and Australian Roots Music Award nominees Blues Arcadia deliver a unique dirty-soul sound with swagger, style, and sensitivity, injecting fresh new energy into 21st century rhythm and blues with US magazine Blues Blast claiming that “with them, the future of blues is secure”.

The song-writing partnership of vocalist Alan Boyle and guitarist Chris Harvey is completed by collaborators and partners-in-crime Jeremy Klysz (bass), Paula Girvan (keys)and Casper Hall (drums)

The band made a huge impact with their 2019 debut album Carnival Of Fools with 4.5 stars from The Australian Weekend Review, 5 stars from the Sunday Mail, a #5 debut on the AIR Independent Charts and a #1 debut on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts, and have been bringing their energetic and authentic live show to festivals and venues everywhere from far North QLD to Adelaide.

Now the dynamic Brisbane five-piece have taken things to a whole new level, recently unleashing their killer second album Now Or Never (4.5 stars again from The Australian Weekend Review, 5 stars from Rhythms Magazine) with fresh forays into funk and jazz, while never straying too far from their grounding in the blues.

Rockwiz Live

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Rockwiz Live

ROCKWIZ LIVE! returns for its ninth year to Bluesfest! Start your festival day off right with Julia,  Brian, Dugald, the RocKwiz OrKestra, fantastic mystery guests and wild and witty audience members! Enjoy fabulous music including crowd favourite classics, brilliant new tunes and surprising duets. Test your knowledge with genre and decade defying quiz questions, perhaps you’ll even get up on  stage yourself! Past mystery guests have included Allen Stone, Michael Franti, Ruthie Foster, Steve  Earle, Irma Thomas, Tim Rogers, Adalita, Mark Seymour, Vika and Linda, Chris Cheney, Marcia Hines  and Russell Morris. Who will it be in 2024? Will you be a contestant? Find out at ROCKWIZ LIVE! at  Bluesfest!