In 1979 five enthusiastic blokes put on a night of Australian and folk music at Ulong RSL Club in the mountains above the NSW Mid North Coast. More than 30 years after that humble but optimistic beginning that band has gone on to do five albums, win awards, headline music festivals, supply movie soundtracks and, most of all, entertain thousands and thousands of people with its family-friendly, bush dances and history-laden folk music.

In 2014 Tallowood’s line-up includes a swag of incredibly talented multi-instrumentalists who love and present folk music from around the world. The band’s music has a strong Celtic influence and an emphasis on preserving the Australian family bush dance – songs that transport the audience through time and emotion, from distant ancestors leaving their homeland on convict ships to the hardships of droving on the Maranoa or the cooling childhood memories of jumping off the jetty in mid summer. Acoustic instruments including fiddle, mandolin, flute and whistles, guitar, tenor banjo, piano and harmonicas pull at the listeners heartstrings with airs and waltzes, then lift the dancers’ heels with jigs, reels, and hornpipes.

Tallowood’s vast repertoire of traditional tunes is complimented with a host of contemporary covers and witty originals. A new album is planned for 2014.

Thirty-four years strong, Tallowood still roams the bush entertaining all who stand in their way, offering their well-established, good-time, family entertainment in community halls, woolsheds and backyards, as well as clubs and pubs around this great country.


First Avenue

Great local band


Sky Eater is the sound born of femme musical warrior Chelsea Skyeater & her multi-instrumental
artillery (Keys, Uke, Sax, Vocals, Clarinet, Melodica), a loop station, and a lifetime love of music
with influences that range from Bob Marley to Bjork. Joined by the SUBlime sounds of TK on
Bass, Guitar and Riddims, they bring you all that is Mermaid Trip-Hop Dub.
This well travelled pair of highly trained multi-instrumentalists have played music right across
the globe with a range of artists at many popular festivals, including: Glastonbury (UK), Rainbow
Serpent, Woodford, Island Vibe, Earth Frequency, Kuranda Roots, Bushweek (AU), Luminate (NZ)
and Wallaby Creek.
After returning from a 6 month tour around Australia Sky Eater have been collaborating on a
fresh repertoire, drawing from UK born TKBassDread’s experience in dub, trip hop and drum and
bass to further enrich the serene songs and soundscape that Chelsea creates.They currently
perform regularly around Byron, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast whilst preparing to tour
Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Canada for the release of their debut EP this summer.

Find Skyeater online: https://skyeatermusic.wordpress.com/

Esmeralda (Rod Dowsett)

ROD Dowsett tells it how it is. Real-life stories.
Perhaps it’s his emotionally charged vocals telling stories from his own experiences, or his fresh sound which he makes his own.
Whatever it is, local crooner Rod Dowsett is undeniably a favourite on the local circuit and beyond.
Combining great lyrics, great sound and great experiences have seen Rod consistently blow audiences away – and not just with the locals.
His single ‘I Got Me A Boat’ received national airplay, including on the ABC Radio’s show Saturday Night Country, making its Hottest 100 Tracks and reaching the Top 100 Country Hits Chart.
The film clip was also shown on Country Music Channel.
He was honoured with three of his songs, ‘Dodging Bullets’, ‘Robbin’ & ‘Drunken Arsehole’, securing finalist spots in the Top 100 2005 Musicoz Awards Country Artist of the Year.
And it didn’t stop there. Earlier this year Rod released his third studio album, “String of Hearts” and he’s been touring successfully ever since. Now he’s bringing his music back to where it all started, with shows on the Coffs Coast.

Web: www.roddowsett.com

Out of the Blue

Feel good music from the 50s to now

Big Boogie Band

Once upon a time the musical maestro Grant (Wriggles) Rigby had a burning dream to bring together lost and wandering semi & professional minstrels displaced by CD spinning DJ’s. Out in the back streets Grant hunted, listening for musical melodies emitting from dark alleys and deep basements. His search was long but fruitful and eventually Grant returned home with a collection of horn blowers and string pluckers. Placing his new found musos into a pot and adding a dash of Jazz, Swing, Blues, & Rock, Grant’s vision burst into reality. He had created the full sounds of the biggest and best big band on Oz’s East coast, fronted by “man that girl can sing” Christine Simpson. The Big-Big Boogie Band covers a very large musical range of tunes to entertain at functions, clubs, pubs or concerts from a Rockin Robin a LaBamba a Zoot Suit Riot while doing The Time Warp or chilling out to a mellow Summertime. Come along join the fun, get your body into a Shake Rattle and Roll at the next B-BBBand’s gig.

For availability, costs, special requirements, quotes and bookings, please email:

Email: bigboogieband@gmail.com
Or Call, Dave 0428145010

Micka Scene

Micka Scene is a Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist who pioneered the Cajon(kick/snare) solo artist combination before it became popular. Previous frontman of supergroup Pacha Mamma. His voice and songwriting hit straight to the heart with stories of love, the environment, heartbreak and life on the road.
Micka has since gone onto touring extensively in Australia, Canada and Europe 3 times over with his unmistakeable voice, Weissenborn Slide, raw talent and amazing energy live.
Micka has supported Donavon Frankenreiter, The Reubens, Salmonella Dub to name a few.
And had his tracks blasted across the waves at the Quicksilver Pro Worldwide

2015 Micka toured Europe where he played shows in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland and Netherlands. And has sold 25,000 + albums (Pacha Mamma) independently all with no management and no agent and no record label.
Feb 24 2016 he released his first solo studio single ‘Far From Perfect’ to the world with his first solo album coming end of March.



A thrilling cover band.
Fresh & fearless four piece outfit guaranteed to burn up your dancing shoes. We bring to you a repertoire of thumping tunes with a pleasing disruption of timeless all time favourites. A feast of decade spanning music with a penchant for a quirky, retro,
rock sound.

We love to play and perform and appreciate the appreciative.
Bang Bang is:
Suzanne van Gestel – vocals.
Trent Holder – guitar and vocals.
Alan Valja – percussion and vocals.
Jenni Whitty – keyboards and vocals.

Our song list includes hits from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s including artists such as The Rubens, Nick Cave, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Depeche mode, Blondie, Eurhythmics, Nick Waterhouse, Nina Simone, Sonny & Cher, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Kinks and The Beatles all delivered in our own unique dynamic style.

We would love to perform at your venue!
Contact: Alan Valja for bookings and information 0407 968 788
Email: bangbangcoffs@gmail.com
Find us at: https://www.facebook.com/bangbangcoffs

Youth Week Market Day

Come together, connect, share, speak out and celebrate at a special youth week edition of the Harbourside Markets at the Jetty Foreshore. As well as all the usual fun of the Sunday markets the entertainment this time will be provided by some talented young people from the region, young people will have stalls selling stuff they’ve made and there’ll be some local youth support services on hand as well. So why not make a day of it, bring the family, pack a rug or some chairs, settle in and let’s celebrate!