Pop icon, actress, musician, role model – Jessica Mauboy is a quadruple threat with a conscience, a woman with serious acting chops and multiple accolades, an accomplished songwriter and piano player, and she owns her effervescent and incredibly engaging energy.
Prone to an impromptu acapella and a raucous and instantly recognisable laugh, Jess has not left our screens, radios or minds since she burst onto TV is 2006.
Thanks to the juggernaut that is Eurovision, the globe soon got to know the particular tone, pitch and delivery of this proudly Australian Indigenous woman, someone we already knew and loved as our own prodigious R ‘n’ B trailblazer, who has expertly made the mix of R ‘n’ B, pop, funk, soul, hip hop and dance her infectious signature sound.
You’ll know a Mauboy song when you hear it because Jess makes every song her own, each tune laced with trills you instantly recognise as hers.
The irony is The Angels have never gone away. As the book The100 Best Australian Albums points out, “The Angels can lay claim to being Australia’s longest-lasting band.”
The Angels have a storied history. And it’s a story that’s still being written by founding members John and Rick Brewster, and singer Dave Gleeson, drummer Nick Norton, and John’s son, Sam, on bass.
In 2022 Australian music icon John Williamson will celebrate his 52nd anniversary in the entertainment industry and foresee winding back on his regular touring. But not before he completes a grueling schedule of catch-up postponed concerts due to COVID.
When John Williamson wandered into Melbourne’s GTV9 studios in 1970 with a guitar under his arm, little did the Mallee farmer realise he’d make a 50+-year career out of singing and performing. His performance of ‘Old Man Emu’ (the first song John had ever written) on Channel Nine’s New Faces program resulted in a number one single for five weeks and a recording deal. It also marked the appearance of a striking new talent: an unofficial custodian of Australian stories.
Like a roly-poly across this vast continent, few people have travelled it like John. It has been his inspiration; encapsulating in song the beauty, wonder and, sometimes, heartbreak of life Down Under. From boabs to billabongs and snowy mountains to sandy beaches, the Mallee-born songwriter’s 52 albums–including 20 original studio albums–have traversed Australia like a dust-covered road train, deftly moving between larrikin humour and touching pathos.
His accolades include the ARIA Hall of Fame, an Order of Australia, 28 Golden Guitar Awards, Australian Roll of Renown induction, not to mention over 5 million albums sold and thousands of shows performed. In January 2022 a life-sized bronze statue in John’s image will be unveiled in Tamworth on the final Saturday of the festival; a significant reminder of his presence that stays in Tamworth long after the last note has been played.
Perhaps John’s greatest legacy is making Australians proud of their country and of who they are. So, don’t miss him at the Deni Ute Muster this October.
The overwhelming feeling that emanates from BUSBY MAROU is joy.
Tom’s playful onstage presence combined with Jeremy’s freakish instrumental ability has cemented their reputation as one of the most loved live bands to come out of Australia in recent times. They have created a completely unique vibe based on Tom’s everyman’s approach to story telling interspersed with Jeremy’s guitar virtuosity. They sell out shows every wherefrom Surry Hills to Cairns and have an incredibly loyal and diverse following.
BUSBY MAROU have recently released their latest single “Sound Of Summer” produced by Oscar Dawson (Alex Lahey/Holy Holy). This is the first single from album 4 which will be recorded in February and released in mid 2019.
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.
Troy Cassar-Daley has released 10 studio albums throughout his thirty years of making music. He comes from a long line of storytellers and shares his musicianship with so many artists across different styles of music.
His passion to pen stories about this land and what lies at the heart of it has been a driving force in his career.
Troy’s natural authenticity is the bloodline of his music that endears him to his ever-growing number of fans from every walk of life.
His songs have been the soundtrack to the everyday triumphs, struggles and good times for Australians from our small towns to the big cities.
Shannon Noll’s everyman appeal lies in his honesty, he strikes a chord with legions of music fans, tapping into a pure emotion that’s both his own and instantly relatable.
His rise to fame as the first runner-up of the initial Australian Idol series in 2003 changed his life from farm hand in Condobolin forever.
Since taking to the stage and commencing his successful recording career, Australia’s favourite son “Nollsie” has on to receive acclaim with certified triple-platinum sales, number #1 hits, five top 10 albums, has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations, and boasts a reputation as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles.
Undeniably, Shannon Noll has captured the hearts and minds of music fans around Australia and overseas with his raw, gifted rock voice. He remains one of the most recognisable names and faces in the Australian music industry with only a few matching his success.
A loving husband and father, he is also a voice to be reckoned with. Shannon is currently working on his next album which will once again be sure to only add to his success thus far.
Round Mountain Girls
“They just blew me away!” John Williamson
It’s impossible not to be caught up in their infectious Celt-country blend of music. I defy you to sit still”!! Rusty Thorpe – Bluesfest Touring Manager
It’s been well over a decade since a congregation of part time musos got together in a shed on Round Mountain in the most northern part of NSW. Hundreds of shows on, and they’ve simply become one of the most engaging live acts in Australia. RMG have opened at Bluesfest for the Zac Brown Band and Santana; at Deni for Tim McGraw and toured the UK (twice) whilst making friends around the world. They’ve recorded songs with both Felicity Urquhart and John Williamson, icons of the Australian country scene and they excel in spreading their own brand of unique love wherever they go.
If Mumford and Sons, The Pogues and Metallica had a three-way lovechild it would be a Round Mountain Girl. Coined in the press as the ‘finest purveyors of Celtabillypunkfolkrootsgrasscountry in the southern hemisphere’, they are capable of taking you to places you didn’t know existed. Fast and furious, tender and humourous, great playing, great songs. You’ll forget you’ve got a mortgage, forget your dog’s just died and ignore, for a moment that the ice caps are melting.
For a band that got together with absolutely zero expectations other than a weekly jam, they have punched way above their collective weight but when you see them play live and witness the raw energy and joy they bring to an audience, it’s all too easy to understand why.
Writing from the heart and singing from the soul, surveying the people and land around you and letting stories inspire your creativity and guide your craft. That’s what makes a songwriter genuine and honest and 21-time Golden Guitar winner Sara Storer has consistently shown she personifies those qualities. In fact, she’s done that right from the start, nearly 20 years ago when she released her first album Chasing Buffalo. Now she has a brand-new collection of songs that comprise her2019 album Raindance, another fascinating musical chapter in the life of Australian songwriter Sara Storer.
Born in the Mallee in country Victoria, Sara has studied in Melbourne, wrote her first song in Western Queensland, worked as a teacher in the Northern Territory and now lives on a rural property outside of Albury, NSW with her husband Dave and their four sons. The land, family and an innate and empathetic understanding of what it is to live in Australia are themes that run strongly through the songs on Raindance, the title track in particular continuing a tradition of songs about rain that feature on many of her albums.
Shane Nicholson inhabits a rare space in the music industry: songwriter, recording artist, producer/engineer, multi-instrumentalist, guitar pedal builder, whiskey-enthusiast, motorcycle-lover, and musical mentor.
Shane has received three ARIA awards – most recently for his solo album Hell Breaks Loose in 2015 and for his hit collaborations with Kasey Chambers – Rattlin’ Bones and Wreck and Ruin. He has also won10 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards, including 2018 Male Artist of the Year, and an APRA award.
Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham
Unlikely, unexpected, unforgettable, unique, not to be missed!
The musical uniting of Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham (The Waifs) is as unscripted as it is unforeseen.
In January 2020, Felicity and Josh were invited to join Song Club – a creative collective that tasked members with writing a song a week. This challenge gave the pair a lifeline to creativity and community as well as an abundance of new material, enough in fact to make a whole album, The Song Club, which will be released May 7 via ABC Music
In the face of an uncertain future, music uncontrived and untainted by the demands of fashion will forever remain undefeated. Understated but never unsophisticated, unpretentious and unlike anything else, Felicity Urquhart and Josh Cunningham are poised to unleash songs and stories of undeniable beauty upon hearts and ears. Unless you uncork this fine wine, drink for yourself and understand, you will be unsatisfied and your life will be unhappy.
Josh (as a member of The Waifs), and Felicity in her own right, have both enjoyed lengthy, successful, enduring musical careers. A collective haul of Golden Guitars, ARIA Awards, multi-platinum album sales and extensive touring over nearly three decades forms a body of work that serves as a ready definition of success.
A from the heart connection to music has been a constant for each, from the moment its’ power captivated them at an early age and set the course for their lives.
Hailing from Newcastle, Australia, Hurricane Fall, are living proof that raw talent, ambition and honesty can still prevail in today’s music industry They do it the old fashioned way, touring constantly and winning fans at the gigs with a performance style that is reminiscent of the glory days of Classic Rock and the Golden Age of Country Rock of the early 90’s.
Hurricane Fall’s sound is a modern but earthy fusion of their Country roots, andthe classic rock heritage of the Steel City where they reside. This combined with aPop sensibility in their song writing suggests a wide range of influences. Classic country like Garth Brooks, Aussie Rock legends Cold Chisel and modern contemporaries like Brothers Osborne.
The band is one of the hardest working acts in Showbiz.
Hurricane Fall also toured Canada in July 2019, playing at the prestigious Cavendish Beach Music Festival alongside Carrie Underwood and Eric Church. The release of the Band’s Debut Album “Aint Leavin” has seen the band being hailed as the next big thing is Australian new age Country.
Their live show is second to non..
Whatever and wherever they perform, Darlinghurst are creating a buzz and garnering a positive reaction, nowhere more so than at CMC and all major country radio networks who’ve helped keep Sorry … at #1 on The Music Network Country Music airplay charts for an incredible five weeks.
Only four other Australian artists [Morgan Evans, Amber Lawrence, The Buckleys and Lee Kernaghan] have scored the coveted #1 slot in 2019. Some seriously good company for a debut artist to find themselves in!