Influenced by the likes of Etta James, Nick Cave, Portishead and The Beatles, Kira Puru & The Bruise are a blues quartet hailing from Newcastle, Australia. Leading lady Kira Puru, was one of the winners of Triple J radio's 2012 APRA/AMCOS Song Summit competition
Earth, Wind & Fire is an American funk band, formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1969. Led by Maurice White, they are best known for their hits of the 1970s, among them "After the Love Has Gone", "September," "Reasons," "Fantasy" and "Shining Star." Earth, Wind & Fire became the first black performers to headline throughout the world without an opening act, to receive Madison Square Garden's Gold Ticket Award for selling more than 100,000 tickets and to receive the Columbia Records Crystal Globe Award for selling more than five million albums in foreign markets.
Amadou and Mariam are a musical duo from Mali, composed of the couple Mariam Doumbia (vocals) (born in Mali's capital Bamako 15 April 1958) and Amadou Bagayoko (guitar and vocals) (born in Bamako 24 October 1954). The pair, known as "the blind couple from Mali" met at Mali's Institute for the Young Blind, and found they shared an interest in music. The duo produces music that mixes traditional Mali sound with rock guitars, Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets, Egyptian ney, Colombian trombones, Indian tablas and Dogon percussion.
Since forming in 2000, Mikelangelo And The Black Sea Gentlemen have been gathering accolades for their superlative, part fairy-tale, part cabaret, part cautionary huckstering live performance. Playing a number of festivals worldwide – including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – they’ve honed their approach and reeled in punters with an ear for the more curiously strait-laced (in a completely Victorian, bodices-and-waistcoats kind of way) side of the gypsy-folk spectrum
Matt Sonic began a music career at a Brisbane musical institution, Red Zeds Studios, in early 1996, cutting a demo with musical maestro David Atkins in the wee hours of the morning. The demo, Rebel Riders From Mars, would form a template of the deep and subsonic sounds that have become trademark of his bands that followed through the next 10years. Late 2008 saw Matt touring Australia, from Coober Pedy to Coolangatta playing bass for Magic Dirt, and writing a debut solo album in the back seat of a Holden Commodore.
Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - old songs, new tunes.
Scottish Smallpipes, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Flute, Accordion, Guitar
and sometimes even Piano and Bass with a tiny bit of Swedish Cittra thrown in for good measure. They used to perform as a threesome with Nick Hennessey (vocals, harp, bodhrán and concertina); using the name Serious Kitchen.
Kitty Daisy & Lewis are a three-piece band comprising the teenage siblings of the Durham family. Their music is influenced heavily by R&B, Swing, Jump blues, Country and Western, Blues, Hawaiian and Rock 'n' Roll... The trio are all multi-instrumentalists playing guitar, piano, banjo, lapsteel guitar, harmonica, double bass, ukulele, trombone and accordion between them. Kitty Durham is the youngest of the group and primarily sings and plays drums, harmonica, ukulele and guitar. Lewis Durham is the middle child who sings and plays guitar, piano, banjo, lapsteel and drums.
Hailing from Melbourne. Joel Spence & The Mercury Drive have had a successful 2009/2010 season. Playing major music festivals- Summerdayze (Melbourne), Kiss My Grass (Melbourne) and Future Music Festival (Sydney). Following their Debut EP in 2009 - September 2010 has seen the release of their Debut Album “Memory via Satellite“. Major events have included playing the Palladium Room in Crown Casino, Royal Melbourne’s Good Friday Appeal as well as major support’s of house hold Australian acts Spiderbait (April 2010) & Jon Stevens (October 2010).
Mumford & Sons are a folk/bluegrass group formed in London in September 2008. The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, bass drum), Country Winston (banjo, slide guitar, vocals), Ted Dwayne (double bass, drums, vocals), and Ben Lovett (keyboards, vocals). Having received critical acclaim from The Guardian on their “Band of the Day” online forum, and resounding praise from nearly everyone who has witnessed them supporting The Maccabees and Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons continue to turn heads in London’s growing folk scene.
Driven by award winning song writing, and knocked out of the park by an ensemble of spellbinding musicians, Timothy Nelson & The Infidels are a solar system of melody. The Infidels' sound wraps itself around the audience in a whirlwind of timeless folk pop, as the influences of The Beatles and Bob Dylan float atop a raging current of raw, honest lyrics that cut straight to the bone. The songs will stay etched in your memory long after the first listen, and the people just keep coming back for more.