Skydiving Santa!

Skydiving Santa!
Free Christmas Fun at Harbourside Markets!

We are excited to announce Santa will be parachuting into Harbourside Markets to collect last minute Christmas wishes from the boys and girls of the Coffs Coast. Bring your family and friends along to Christmas celebrations at Harbourside Markets on Sunday 23rd December. It will be a day of fun and frivolity with a little kids carnival, jumping castles, pony cycles, face painting, temporary tattoos, great food, live music and relaxed vibe.

Santa is due to drop in from the North Pole at 10am with the help of Coffs City Skydivers. He will also be bringing his helper Pixie Elf to spread Christmas cheer courtesy of The Smiley’s!

Join in with the festive spirit. Fill in your special Santa wish list to enter our Christmas competition to win loads of prizes for big and little kids from Harbourside Markets, Coffs City Skydivers and The Smiley’s to be drawn at 11am on the day. There will also be plenty of photo opportunities with Santa and Pixie Elf.

It’s a fantastic chance to support your local growers, producers and craftspeople and get the last of your Christmas shopping done. Grab your fresh fruit and vegetables and gourmet foods for the Christmas table. Shop for unique hand-made Christmas gifts in a pleasant holiday atmosphere without the crowds. Christmas shopping on Sunday’s cannot get any better than this.

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.


Sunburnt Celts

The Sunburnt Celts was formed over 15 years ago with some legends in the folk/irish music scene. Founding members were myself , Mal Winckle, Anton Supiez, a legend and master of the music the late John Spencer, Peter Lans & Karen Spencer. We have had many changes between then and now and our current line up still includes myself and Anton, plus Mark Feeny, Dane Clarke, and our latest addition Mick Giles, whos been performing with the esteemed midnorth coast group, Tallowwood, for a number of years. Mick came onboard after Robbie Kirwin, a true Irishman with his gravel voice and accent went off to pursue other avenues.
The Sunburnt Celts has a style which is greatly comprised of Australian bush, folk & country with a distinctive lean into the irish tune scene, covering artists such as Lunasa, The Bushwhackers, Redgum, John Williamson, and some original songs and tune arrangements. Our on stage instrument variety includes fiddle, uillean pipes, piano accordion, low D whistle, harmonica,mandolin, cittern, flute, tin whistle & guitar, plus vocals. Our gig preferences are festivals, bushdances, markets, weddings, parties and on any St Patrick’s Day you’ll find us at the Irish themed pub or tavern that happens to book us in first, sometimes up to 12months in advance.
So thank you for checking us out, please dont hesitate to contact us if you have any enquiries,and I hope you enjoy the our page.

Tune it up!!
Mal Winckle
The Sunburnt Celts

Coffs Harbour International Buskers & Comedy Festival

After 17 years of putting fun and laughter onto the very streets of this fair city, the 2018 Coffs Harbour International Buskers & Comedy Festival enters its eighteenth year in 2018 and just like an eager teenager is bursting at the seams with ideas, flavours and new energy. The festival kicks off on October 2 & continues until October 7th . “ Every year we can’t wait until September/October school holidays and this year will be no different,” Festival Coordinator John Logan said.

Market Busking performers include:
Flying Dutchmen
Son of Popeyed
Clown Loto


The festival began in the late 1980’s & was run by a local service Club before it fell away in the early 90s. It was picked up again in 1999 by JLE and with the help and support of Council , generous sponsors and the public it has grown since then. It hasn’t always been easy but “we are still here” says organiser John Logan. Over the last 17 years the festival brought in acts from dozens of countries as well as acts from all over Australia. While many are new acts to Coffs, the festival welcomes returning artists where they have proved to be a ‘hit’ in the City. To host a free event of this calibre in a regional area year after year is indeed a credit to the city. Organisers want to make sure locals and visitors continue to celebrate and enjoy the great art of street theatre, while they entertain the community and drive local spending to keep the city thriving.


Big River Blues

Big River Blues are an eclectic new band hailing from Clarence Valley. With band members hailing from the communities of Wooli, Diggers Camp, and Wooloweyah, they spent six months together toiling at their craft and letting their sonic explorations weave into a brilliant fusion of blues-soul-funk-rock before a baptism of fire in January 2017 at the Wooli Pub. The wildly positive reactions from those who witnessed Big River Blues debut instantly lead to the Wooli Publican bringing them back as soon as possible 12 days later. With ever-growing crowd approval they broke the Wooli Club Sunday music attendance records the following fortnight. Wooli had truly embraced Big River’s fiery and passionate sound and for good reason.
Using the vast catalogue of material by a myriad of legendary 60’s & 70’s artists as a springboard, Big River Blues’ stream-of-consciousness style playing combines amazing emotional content with tremedous technical control.

Picture a seamless interaction of vibrant fluid guitar and vocals wonderfully enhanced and fully supported by a solid backline of thumping bass and snap-tight drums and you have Big River Blues.

Featuring performers with years of national and international experience Big River Blues are the awesome abilities of Melissa Smith (vocals, percussion and rhythm guitar), Dom Ferry (guitar), Mark Watson (bass guitar) and Faron Young (drums).

Big River are:
Mel Smith – Vocals, Percussion and Guitar
Dom Ferry – Guitar
Mark Watson – Bass
Faron Young – Drums


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.

Jesse Morris Band

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.



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:

Or Call, Dave 0428145010