Music from the 60’s to the present.
Big Boogie Band
Bluesy, funky, soulful, rocking, colourful, fun, relaxed and intense are strokes which only begin to sketch the joyously uncategorisable sound of Broadfoot, the popular Far North Coast band with members drawn from Mullumbimby and Byron Bay. Ever attuned to the vibe of their diverse audiences, Broadfoot unleash the twin genies of dance and delight across the NSW North Coast and beyond with a heady and ever evolving mix of original material.
Great local band
Guy Kachel had an idyllic entrée to the world of music. Born in Tamworth, he was raised on the banks of the Peel River. The landscape was a fertile ground for his imagination. Seeing this rustic world change, as Tamworth developed into an inland city and friends grew to sometimes troubled adulthoods, provided insights for the artistry that later powered his career as a performer.
His paternal grandfather, an itinerant harmonica duellist, gave him his first guitar at 15. However, bereft of musical guidance Guy progressed no further than the riff to Smoke on the Water until, as an apprentice electrician, he struck up a lifelong friendship with Lawrie Minson, who went on to become one of the country’s best known journeyman musicians. Minson coaxed him through the rudiments of guitar and transplanted a love of hillbilly guitar picking and such southern-rock stalwarts as the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
The strains of country, rock and blues mingled in Guy’s increasingly accomplished craft. Embellished by tours across the vast outback it manifested in the style of country blues exemplified by greats like John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell and Lowell George from Little Feat. The harmonica playing of his grandfather had also resurfaced and became a feature of his act as he gained a residency in Tamworth and formed the band Bloozenfunkenstuff with renowned guitar-slinger Alwyn Aurisch and the deadly rhythm section of Pete Maloney on bass and Michael Thompson on drums. This combination shifted Kachel’s repertoire into a higher gear again. The band swiftly became underground Tamworth Country Music festival favourites.
But the muse is voracious and Guy found himself footloose, drifting East, to the Byron Shire where the fertile tropics energised his creative talents. He started writing songs, cathartically, about his past, Tamworth, the fate of his peers – and ultimately, himself. The result is a startlingly confessional and strong, emotional album, Innocent Screams. It deals with his youth (Green Machines), the fraught transition to manhood (Face The Music) and the sometimes onerous obsessions of the country music wannabes infesting Tamworth (Around the Bend). Wry observations from a seasoned bard about people immersed in their dreams, dreams that some never escape.
Tennyson King — it’s a name that evokes notions of classic, literary depth and majesty. But it also has the hallowed ring of the gritty, earthy roots of rock and roll. In a sense these are both correct as it is the name — or nom de plume — of Toronto-based musician/composer/producer Alfred Chow’s exciting new musical odyssey.
The self-titled Tennyson King EP, produced by Derek Downham (Serena Ryder, Keven Drew, The Beauties) sees Chow’s inventive musical persona bringing together the emotional intensity and dark sweetness of the blues with compositional and production techniques that feature a lush layered, psychedelic and 1970s rock sensibility, all wrapped up in a contemporary, modern lustre that gives the music an appeal that transcends genre and demographics.
Prior to Tennyson King, Chow was an in-demand collaborator in a variety of bands and musical projects that spanned a head-spinning array of genres and styles, from jazz to hip hop to classical, reggae and rock.
His eclectic career has seen him share the stage with the likes of Whitehorse, Sloan, Elliot Brood, Joel Plaskett, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Jon B.
The Tennyson King EP saw Chow and Downham hunker down at the esteemed Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. The result is a collection of songs that is refreshing in its unashamed spirit of independence, experimentation and lack of conformity. It is a record that delightfully thumbs its nose at the prevailing, popular musical cliches of the day — just the way Chow likes it.
With a scintillating debut album, Alfred Chow and his Tennyson King are poised to not only move forward as a refreshing, vital and important new musical voice, but also to earn both existential, critical and popular rewards for a unique creative vision and how he executes that vision with such sublime mastery.
Good time party band mixing Texan style blues with Chuck Berry rock and roll.
On Tuesday 12th August 2008, Matty Devitt was announced as the winner in the Indigenous Category for the QSong Awards for his song, Power.
Matty Devitt is an Australian singer/songwriter on his way- and definitely worth a listen! Combining modern musical influences with the spirit of his Aboriginal heritage, he has created his own version of Alternative, Acoustic rock.
Originally from Coffs Harbour, Matty started out writing songs and singing with local bands. After moving to Byron Bay in 2000, he started learning guitar to support his naturally strong and passionate voice and before long, he was performing solo gigs to intimate crowds and keeping their undivided attention.
In 2003 he made the move to Brighton, UK, where he formed a band playing his original songs. The band enjoyed much success on the Brighton circuit, playing such venues as the Prince Albert, Pressure Point and the Concorde 2. Now, he’s back in Australia, back to his roots, performing gigs to intimate and larger crowds in venues around the Sunshine Coast area, Byron Bay and Brisbane with more passion and confidence than ever. In March 2008, The Matty Devitt Band took out first prize in the Bundaberg Rum Blues over Byron Busking Competition, winning themselves not only the coveted prize of performing on the APRA Stage at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, but also, the fantastic opportunity to record their album at Studio 301 with Tom Misner in Byron Bay- a project they undertook in May 2008.
On his new album, Chosen This Life, he is accompanied by the incredible musical talents of Richard Atherton and Wes Dewitt who compliment his original material with their own signature styles. Matty was recently awarded the prize for Best Song in the Indigenous Category for the QSong Awards for his song, Power, which features on the album. In 2008, The Matty Devitt Band performed at the beautiful Sunshine Coasts’ Caloundra Music Festival and was also featured at the Tin Can Bay Music in the Park Festival. Their debut album, Chosen This Life, is due out this January.
Globe-trotting, conscious, acoustic, soul, roots & reggae troubadours based in the Australian Northern Rivers Bundjalung region of the Byron Bay hinterland. Soul-filed gypsy storytelling. Acoustic roots & reggae. Conscious blues & roots. Positive soul music. Eclectic beats & vibrations for people of all ages.
Core members: Jesse Morris, TK Bass Dread, Hugh Jones, Stafford Smith… Regular guests: Rosie Misschief, Chel Bell, Aya Trumpet, Stuart Currie, Marky Power, Damian Campbell, Andrew Hutchings, Kieran Morris, Lucille Wilson, Rob DeMasi.
After 15 years of putting fun and laughter onto the very streets of this fair city, the 2016 Coffs Harbour International Buskers & Comedy Festival enters its sixteenth year in 2016 and just like an eager teenager is bursting at the seams with ideas, flavours and new energy.
Harbourside Markets is the perfect outdoor venue to get front row seats to the action! Thrills, spills galore with a line up of national and international guests who represent the best of the best when it comes to busking entertainment.
Prepare to be blown away! Do not miss this!
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