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Shining Bird

Originally formed as a studio project in 2012, they released the Shade of the Sea EP, followed by their debut album ‘Leisure Coast’ on Spunk Records in 2013. The album received widespread acclaim for its unique brand of Australiana-infused dream pop. On the back of strong reviews from publications such as Rolling Stone, Russh and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as earning Album of the Week on ABC’s Radio National, ‘Leisure Coast’ helped propel Shining Bird towards a new bunch of listeners.
 
Spunk launched the signing of the band with a clip to first single ‘Distant Dreaming’ that has been watched over 300,000 times on YouTube and was named Rage TV’s ‘Indie clip of the Week’.
 
Sydney’s FBi Radio listed ‘Distant Dreaming’ the third most played track of 2013.
 
After touring extensively in their own right, Shining Bird has played alongside acts such as Kurt Vile, Franz Ferdinand, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Drones, Father John Misty, and appeared at numerous festivals including Fairgrounds, Secret Garden, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Music Week and Newtown Festival. The band’s live shows earned them a finalist nomination for ‘Best Live Act’ in FBi’s Sydney Music, Art & Culture Awards in 2014.
 
For the past year the band have been making regular trips to the Blue Mountains of NSW to write and record new material. Trekking to remote lookouts and watching classic Australian films fueled the creative process. After much anticipation by fans, the band emerged with ‘Rivermouth’, a track steeped in Australian bush and coastal imagery, that reflects a maturity of songwriting and production. The track is filled with layers of detail that offer a different journey on every listen

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Martha Tilston (U.K)

BBC best newcomer Folk Awards nominee, Acoustic Stage opener at Glastonbury, guest vocalist with Zero 7, six critically claimed internationally released albums, Martha Tilston returns to Australia with her latest record - a musical invitation to sit out under the stars around a fire and reconnect with a long-lost part of our selves. She delivers a mesmerising set of songs and astute observations through her beautiful crystal-clear vocals, with the support of an eclectic ensemble of multi-instrumental musicians.

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The Jay Seeney Band

There are a few big things that set The Jay Seeney Band apart in the world of Australian Music. Not
only do they pride themselves on doing things differently and play a little outside the square, they also
play like each gig is their first and last festival. The band made huge inroads in 2016 as they toured
their debut EP 'The New Black' to nearly every corner of the country in their quest to have their sound
heard.
Adding to this, the band's latest single: 'Every Time It Rains' dominated the Australian charts and just
debuted at #50 on the New Music Weekly American Country Radio Charts to join some of the biggest
stars in the genre including: Keith Urban, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood & many others.
With this momentum, Seeney headed back to Nashville and the Rukkus Room to record the brand
new EP which will be released in early 2017. They enlisted the mighty skillset of hit producer Jamie
Tate (Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett).
The band has just confirmed that the title of the new release will be 'Light Me Up' and it will be
released through Maven Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
For the first time, The Jay Seeney Band will be bringing their show to the Heritage Hotel in Bulli for a
full on action packed performanceThere are a few big things that set The Jay Seeney Band apart in the world of Australian Music. Not
only do they pride themselves on doing things differently and play a little outside the square, they also
play like each gig is their first and last festival. The band made huge inroads in 2016 as they toured
their debut EP 'The New Black' to nearly every corner of the country in their quest to have their sound
heard.
Adding to this, the band's latest single: 'Every Time It Rains' dominated the Australian charts and just
debuted at #50 on the New Music Weekly American Country Radio Charts to join some of the biggest
stars in the genre including: Keith Urban, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood & many others.
With this momentum, Seeney headed back to Nashville and the Rukkus Room to record the brand
new EP which will be released in early 2017. They enlisted the mighty skillset of hit producer Jamie
Tate (Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett).
The band has just confirmed that the title of the new release will be 'Light Me Up' and it will be
released through Maven Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
For the first time, The Jay Seeney Band will be bringing their show to the Heritage Hotel in Bulli for a
full on action packed performance

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Irish Mythen – Australian Tour

Irish Mythen – Australian Tour October 2016
Think back to a time in your life when you heard music that was so powerful and beautiful you were instantly engaged. That’s the experience many audiences have on first hearing Irish/Canadian folk artist Irish Mythen - an experience in the joy of everything. Her music is the root of small communities and the strength of a loyal fan base.
Irish is a true entertainer who is known for her gripping live performances. She is the storyteller who will grasp your attention and who will bring you on an incredible and emotional journey - as well as the comedian with a joie de vivre who’ll have you laughing from the very beginning until long after she’s left the bandstand.
This 2015 (Canadian) East Coast Music Association winner was born and raised in Wexford County Ireland, Irish Mythen has travelled the globe playing in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the UK. Home is now Canada’s East Coast (Prince Edward Island).
During her travels she has worked with a host of world-renowned artists like Tom Paxton, The Dubliners and The Pogues. She shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, and Peter Yarrow, to name but a few.
Since her immigration to Canada in 2008 Irish has been honored to create music and memories with Gordie Sampson, Joel Plaskett, Ron Hynes, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro and Dave Gunning. She has become an admired and respected artist on the Canadian scene.
Irish has proudly produced two EPs — Appreciate (2004) and Fallen Me (2006), as well as three full-length releases to her name — Sweet Necessity (2008), Open Here (2011) and Irish Mythen (2014). Open Here was nominated for the 2012 East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) Roots Traditional Recording of the Year. Her latest, self-titled album won her an ECMA in the same category in April 2015.

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Round Mountain Girls

Following their timely return in the tail end of 2016 with the singles, “The Constant Rhythm”, “Meet You At The End”, and “Young And Able”, self-proclaimed pioneers of Celtabillyrootsgrassfolk, Round Mountain Girls have now finally returned with their long awaited fourth studio album, Meet You At The End.

Undoubtedly Meet You At The End is Round Mountain Girls’ most elaborate and daring release yet. Four years since their last recording session together, lots had changed for the band and each of its members. Sharing their individual songs they wrote over that time, they began to notice that their writing styles were now telling the tales of those they had met over the years, a revelation which gave birth to this progressive “story album”.
Meet You At The End tells the tale of a man had it all, lost it all, and goes on to find himself on that long road to recovery. Plagued by the past and wondering where his life went wrong, like many, his life takes an unexpected turn and due to his careless partying he finds himself in rehab craving a fresh start. With his thoughts planted on his family, love, and the time he carelessly squandered, his attempt to find happiness paves the way for his realisation to his own mortality.
True to their past works, the album oozes the signature Round Mountain Girls’ sound. Genre bending in every sense of the word, an array of instruments and styles play throughout the album, from frantic banjo and guitar riffs and snapping drums, to the sultry string lines and passionate vocal harmonies, it’s this diverse aptitude which make the change from dark, reminiscent, and hopeful narratives so relatable.
Recorded entirely in and around Byron Bay, primarily at the acclaimed Rocking Horse Studio and Pete Murray’s with engineer and co-producer Paul Pilsneniks (The Beards, The Living End), the band decided to take a different approach in their recording, dividing it over five studio sessions. This allowed them to ponder the music, and fine-tune each song without distraction like never before, creating a body of work which many would argue is their finest to date.
It’s been nearly a decade since the congregation of 40 something, part time musos got together in a shed on Round Mountain in the most northern part of NSW to play “a buncha old songs for a bit a fun”. Hundreds of shows later and the quintet have gone on to play some of Australia’s biggest stages at the nation’s biggest festivals, Bluesfest, Woodford Folk Festival, The Gympie Muster, and cement themselves as one of Australia’s premier alternative country rockers.

 

Praised for their incredible work ethic, forever on the road sharing their unmistakable live show; fans can rejoice that 2017 will be no different, with a range of national and international dates rolling out in the weeks to come.


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Bill Chambers Band

BILL CHAMBERS & RAECHEL WHITCHURCH
Touring their brand new releases, “Bill Chambers - Cold Trail” and “Raechel
Whitchurch - Outlaw”.
Bill Chambers new album, ‘Cold Trail’, is his first studio album in four years,
following on from his last live album ‘Live @ The Pub Tamworth’ CD & DVD. In
reality, Bill has left anything but a ‘Cold Trail’, continuing to tour the world
playing in daughter Kasey’s band, and also his own solo shows, playing
anything from house concerts and coffee lounges, to major festivals. When
you see Bill Chambers live on stage its evident that his music reflects his early
influences and resonates with stories of his life on the road. It’s easy to believe
that he's lived every story his road weary voice delivers.
Raechel Whitchurch was born into a world of making music, travelling the dirt
roads of the Australian outback, and most importantly, telling the truth. All of
which made a great start for a life of telling stories through song. Many years
of touring and performing saw Raechel earn the right to step onto a stage with
an ease and confidence that makes you immediately feel at home. It has also
given her the opportunity to perform with incredible artists such as Kasey
Chambers, Lisa Mitchell and Ruby Boots. It was inevitable that she would
grow up to be a mature singer/songwriter with a voice carrying just enough
twang to steal your heart and lyrics with enough honesty to convince you
she's lived every line. Her debut EP, “Outlaw” is out now.

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Lyre Byrdland 2017

LYRE BYRDLAND

10-piece afro-funk sensation Lyre Byrdland have been melting down clubs in Sydney for the past two years and are now ready to take their mix of Nigerian afro-beat and tight funk to the Heritage Hotel as part of their first national tour. With a four-piece horn line-up featuring some of Sydney’s grooviest masters of brass and a powerful rhythm section that never stops moving, Lyre Byrdland has honed their distinctly modern sound to get your heart pumping and your body moving.  Drawing inspiration from the greats of the genre such as Fela Kuti and The Daktaris as well contemporary powerhouses Daft Punk and Snarky Puppy, Lyre Byrdland’s sound is both reassuringly familiar like a comfy old sweater but strikingly fresh like a new pair of jeans.

 

Supports

ENTER THE JAGUAR

11 Piece Freaky-Funk-Disco Machine. Rich Funky beats coated with 80s reminiscent synth, exhilarating guitars, smooth bass, magical sax and colourful group vocals. A new wave of funk that delivers raw, intense, rainbow energy unlike any other. Prepare to Enter the Jaguar.

 

SUB-TRIBE

Sydney's most exciting new dub-fusion project. Melding bottom-heavy grooves with soul-funk, rubato riddims, bluesy licks and harmonic vocals that elevate, SUB-TRIBE cater to the rhythmic reveller. Exploding on to the scene in the summer of 2016, their epic touring support of NZ heavyweights, Salmonella Dub, left crowds grinding for more!

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Americana – (Singer / Songwriters of the 1970s & ‘80s)

The foundation of ‘AMERICANA’ (singer/songwriters of the USA) was created due to a nostalgic look back in time to the live music scene in Sydney during the 1970s and early ‘80s.

Steve Hogan, lead singer of ‘Van the Man’ (The Australian Van Morrison Show), combines yet again with these talented musicians to take you on a journey through little known facts and fantasies of such iconic songs and songwriters as James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain”, Paul Simon’s “50 ways to Leave your Lover” and you will be surprised when you hear the real meaning behind Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Love the One You’re With”.

This was the music we all sang as punters or players in our favourite watering holes, be they wine bars, pubs or parties in the 1970s and ‘80s.

AMERICANA’ moves seamlessly from the soulful ballads of artists like Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine”, Jackson Browne and Neil Young to the hard driving country rock of Crosby, Stills, Nash, America, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Jimmy Buffet, to name a few.

AMERICANA’ will have you singing and dancing to the vinyl history of your life.

Bob Evans

Bob Evans, the ARIA winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has today announced an extensive national Australian tour, hitting up capital cities and regional towns across April, May and June, letting fans know he’ll be treating them to a complimentary six track EP, Zeroes To Heroes, of unreleased material for all tickets purchased from his website and online outlets.  After the release of his critically acclaimed LP Car Boot Sale, and following a packed out co-headline tour alongside Josh Pyke in late 2016, the Lonesome Highways Tour will kick off at Front Bar in Canberra on April 20, before moving through Newcastle, Central Coast, Katoomba, Sydney, Cronulla, Bulli, Toowoomba, Bellingen, Brisbane, Rye, Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, and wrapping in Castlemaine at the Bridge Hotelon June 9.
 
Gracing the Australian music scene for more than two decades, Mitchell is a self-confessed romantic who has written some of the country’s most beloved songs.  Under the alias of Bob Evans, Mitchell has released five albums, all of which showcase the versatility and skill of this talented songsmith.  Gentle, acoustic melodies prevail, enveloping the classic folk storytelling and strong emotional pull that charactises Mitchells’ substantial body of work.  Reflecting on his remarkable career, the ever-humble Mitchell says, “I never could have forseen where all of this was going to lead way back when I was a teenager just starting out,  making an almighty  racket with Jebediah.  I have been gifted a pretty amazing life and career and I still get such a huge buzz out of it. Knowing there are people out there who have been supporting me for years and years  just blows me away and makes me want to be better.”
And what is to be expected from this run of shows?  Mitchell hints at what’s in store for excited audiences, “These are all going to be intimate shows so it will be very up close and personal.  I'll be playing songs from across all of my records, a few covers too… I'll take requests and then screw them up.  We'll all be firm friends by the end of the night.” 

The Strides

The Strides are a new force for Reggae music. Fronted by roots man Ras Roni from Barbados via London, Fijian LTL GZeus and Sierra Leonian Blacker C, The Strides deliver a musical experience that is as powerfully explosive as it is authentic.

With three acclaimed albums already under their belt, a European label signing, festival appearances across the country and having graced the stage with the likes of Third World, Julian Marley, Tony Allen and Groundation, The Strides’ music faithfully builds on the foundations of classic roots reggae with a hip-hop edge, forging a sound that brings together modern dance hall, dub beats and reggae-pop.

The Strides have forged a truly global sound melding a diversity of cultures and instrumentation under the one universal consciousness.

Busby Marou

There’s a potent chemistry that drives Busby Marou, a bond struck between two mates years ago in the corner of Rockhampton’s Oxford Hotel, when they happily knocked out tunes for hours on end to anyone who would listen. And it’s that unwritten agenda, a simple intangible understanding between them, that they have come back to in order to shape an exciting new chapter in their remarkable career.
“There’s something special about Busby Marou,” says Tom, the songwriting hub and lead vocal of the duo. “At the bottom of it all it’s two blokes singing with harmonies and a bit of storytelling.”
That’s how it was at the start of Busby Marou’s recording career, those delightful harmonies blending with understated guitars on their debut EP The Blue Road.
Their third album Postcards From the Shell House was recorded with Jon Hume (Evermore) at The Stables studios in Gisbourne, VIC as well as during sessions on Great Keppel Island and on a boat. Postcards From The Shell House returns the pair to their roots in a number of ways. The shell house in question, an old heritage-listed building on Great Keppel Island off the coast of their native Rockhampton, has great significance. Early in their career Tom and Jeremy would sit around a campfire there and sing songs, one or two of which ended up on record.  Last year, with producer Jon Hume in tow, that same method in the same location produced a few songs for the new album.
 
Busby Marou’s debut self-titled album was certified ARIA Gold in Australia in July 2014while their follow up album Farewell Fitzroy debuted at #5 on the album chart. Postcards From The Shell House is Busby Marou’s first ARIA #1 album.
 
“….from some of the sweetest harmonies the pair has committed to record to percussive claps and captivating refrains…Postcards From The Shell House is Busby Marou’s most consistent release to date and positions the duo to capitalise on their already considerable success.” Four Stars – The Courier Mail
 

“If Busby Marou’s third album Postcards From The Shell House was any more laid-back, it would be upside down” - West Australian

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All Our Exes Live In Texas

To celebrate the release of their hotly anticipated debut album When We Fall, All Our Exes Live in Texas are hitting the road for a national tour. The Exes is a fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters - Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – here combining in four-part, indie-folk harmony heaven. Having blitzed all corners of the globe from Ireland to the USA, earning accolades from NPR’s Bob Boilen and racking up multiple nominations for the National Live Music Awards, not to mention sharing stages with the likes of Boy & Bear, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Passenger and the Backstreet Boys (!!) All Our Exes Live in Texas are thrilled to launch their album into the world.