THE BLACK SEEDS
South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds, return to Australia to headline Blenheim Fest 2018!
While firmly based in the island grooves that inspired the birth of the band nearly two decades ago, The Black Seeds sound casts a wide net, layering funk, soul, Afrobeat, and other eclectic elements over their dub/reggae foundations. Guitarist/vocalist Barnaby Weir describes their sound as "contemporary groove music with influences from soul and funk and reggae rhythms."
Described by Clash Magazine as "one of the best live reggae acts on the planet," The Black Seeds legendary eight-piece live show infuses raw energy and good vibes wherever they go, fueling multi-platinum sales and a growing worldwide following. With countless sold out tours behind them and performances at many of the world’s leading festivals, The Black Seeds live show delivers a soul party on time, every time.
Since 1998, vocals led by Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman have been the driving force behind expressing The Black Seeds message. Conscious lyrics convey personal triumphs and failures, relationships good and bad, and are underpinned by a constant optimism.
Around the recording sessions for the forthcoming album, The Black Seeds still found time to tour Brazil for the first time - playing four shows in Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Porto Alegre, as well as attending to their Canadian fans with a sold out show in Vancouver and a headlining spot at Victoria BC Ska Festival.
Having recently returned from a successful a US/Canadian tour in June, the band stresses that they focus a lot of energy on their live show. Weir says, "We've got our own specific South Pacific flavor that you wouldn't have heard before." If that's true, you're sure to hear it now, as The Black Seeds continue to reach new audiences the world over the same way they always have – by doing it their own way.
Mojo Juju is bringing back her incomparable live show to Blenheim Fest 2018.
As unpredictable and dynamic as ever, Juju trades the sounds that have long defined her for some energising new urban flavours.
‘Think Twice’ marks another stop on an unending musical odyssey that has so far seen the soul-steeped singer swing from the Bayou to the heaving Nuyorican clubs of the 60s and 70s with fluidic ease and matchless cool.
One of Australia’s brightest talents, rising Indie/Alt/Rock artist Timberwolf is set to release his debut album ‘Icarus’ in October.
With his previous last three singles receiving high-rotation on Triple J as well as independent stations across the country, 2017 has already seen Timberwolf tour nationally with Amy Shark as well as perform his own headline shows and a number of coveted festival slots and international supports.
Since releasing his Flux EP, Timberwolf has amassed more than 2 million
Ghetto-Dubsters, Bootleg Rascal, are masters of hip-hop infused jams and sonic brews: blending infectious alternative rhythms with “Exquisitely raspy vocals “ (theMusic.com May 2015).
The band have been touring since they formed in mid-2013 when the group of misfits first met in the back room of a seedy Sydney gig. Soon after, they hit the garage and crafted together their first ep of original material and toured – up and down the east coast - their first gig was playing Woodford Folk Festival in 2013/14.
Z-STAR DELTA (aka ‘the exploration vessel’) is the explosive powerful duo that was born on the road during a Z-STAR Australian tour. The two piece features Zee Gachette on lead vocals and drums, supported by an electric, slide, bass and synth wizard. Fast becoming hot music property in Australia and the UK, being hailed as the highlight of many a festival, thanks to their most legendary and powerful shows at Glastonbury, Mullum Music Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Mitchell's Creek Rock & Blues Fest, Penguin Pride, The Camden Assembly, The J Theatre, Oxjam and The Basement to name a few.
KINGS + ASSOCIATES
Since their humble beginnings winning the 2014 ARBA award for 'Most Outstanding New Act KINGS & ASSOCIATES have truly developed into one of Australia's most uniquely new and exciting neo blues bands. Within 2 short years The Kings have quickly become regulars at many festivals throughout Australia along with premier venues in most capital cities.
‘Unlike Red Dress where we felt we were finding our feet stylistically, Tales Of A Rich Girl is a lot closer to our heart’ says lyricist and vocalist Angie Portolesi. ‘This album was written for most from real life experiences… these songs represent who we are today in so many respects, they speak back to us like kids, and we can say we're proud of them’.
Emerging from Adelaide’s rich songwriting scene, soulful rockers WANDERERS have cemented their place within the local industry for their captivating live show and musicianship that has translated effortlessly from record to stage.
While debut EP ‘Goddamn Anything’ established them as a band to watch, it’s 2017 and new EP ‘Something For A Distraction’ that is set to bring WANDERERS to a larger audience.
Deep Subsonic Didgeridoo Beats meets Drum n Bass This High Energy performance group from Humpty Doo, Northern Territory Australia have sold well over 65 000 albums from the streets to the stage, making them one of THE hottest underground success stories to emerge from the Top End of Australia. eMDee aka 'Mark Didge' has been on both the professional busking circuit and high profile performance circuit for over 17 yrs. Mark Hoffmann has collaborated with many artists over the years and has recorded over 15 albums to date.
Mark joined forces with percussionist maestro Tor Trethowan in 2016 to bring eMDee's signature dub inflected drum n bass sounds to new heights. They are currently in the studio writing their next album to be released in 2018.
eMDee have performed and toured all over the World and Australia. From street shows to East Coast Blues & Roots + Big Day Outs…you name it they've been there!
Not to be missed this duo are sure to get your feet stomping!
Strings, Skins and wood, hold together this tribe of five. Emerging from their trans-oceanic journeys they gather by the laws of creative gravity in the city of Melbourne to resonate with a new sound vision. In Quechua, “Amaru” is the serpent which connects the spiritual and the subterranean world. The tribes’ deep connection with their roots and mythology is nurtured through in their songlines.
Amazonic drums, vibrating charangos and powerful vocal harmonies align to the Australian land creating a musical portal that connects the entire south hemisphere and gives birth to an unknown genre which they call Oceanic Cumbia.
Hailing from Adelaide, South Australia exhilarating three piece Donnarumma maintain a lofty rock attitude with angelic vocals, roaring bass and rumbling drums. Inspired by contemporaries Jeff Buckley and Arcade Fire, the trio plays an anthemic brand of rock and roll that inspires and brings even grown men to tears.
Led by the captivating vocalist and front man Louis Donnarumma, the band are a driving musical force, blurring the edges between genre constraints and elevating their sound with explosive and commanding harmonic force. Fuelled by adolescent fury, the trio express themes of unrequited love, longing and desire whilst displaying vulnerability and authenticity in their music. The impressive musicianship and charismatic stage presence from Louis, bassist Anthony Costanzo and drummer Max Tulysewski deliver a salvo of raw emotive energy that is drawing in audiences from far and wide.
Akoustic Odyssey are an Australian, original, instrumental, world fusion musical group. Consisting of guitar, bass, cello, violin, percussion, drums, flute, clarinet and soprano saxophone. This combination creates a rich and truly unique sound. The blend of these original works and the newness of the sound make Akoustic Odyssey true innovators. It has been described that “Akoustic Odyssey are uncatergorisable” (Julia Lester ABC Classic FM) and their music is “crucial evidence of the treasure trove of musical genius we are blessed with in South Australia” (David Jobling, Independent Weekly-2007) They are influenced by so many different musical styles including Rock/Metal, Classical, Jazz, Greek, Spanish, Latin, Middle Eastern, African and Celtic that this in turn makes them truly Australian.
Gorilla Jones have been on the scene since around 2013 and performed in their home town of Adelaide and various locations around the country ever since.
Born out of various other long standing local bands (The Levitators, Magma, The Beat Smugglers, Them Blessed Bones), this 8 piece band comprising a 3 piece horn section provides an energetic upbeat blend of Soul, Jazz, Fusion and New Orleans.
Gorilla Jones released its debut album 'Third in the First World' in 2015.
The Headphone Piracy are Krave Kemistry (production) and Steve Dedz (mc)
Big Beats, solid rhymes and party rhythms form the essence of Adelaide’s newest multitalented force that is Headphone Piracy.
Spearheaded by two brothers who have been making music together for over 10 years, they have performed on stages all over Australia and overseas. The eclectic mix of electronic and live instrumentation produced by Krave Kemistry puts forward a sound that resonates and pushes any sound system to its absolute limits.
COURTNEY ROBB & SNOOKS LA VIE
Adelaide singer/songwriter Courtney Robb wants you to feel what she feels as she moves between the lines of country-infused folk and blues. Robb’s charged delivery demands something of her listener as the imperfections and fragility of her stories reveal themselves. Joined by seasoned blues and soul performer Snooks La Vie on harmonica, who soars like a bird one minute and drags you through the mud the next.
Robb has just finished recording her fourth studio album, You Are Not Alone, which is planned for release in 2018. Recorded live over two days in the Adelaide Hills by Mick Wordley, this release is a leap forward creatively and professionally.
JOE MAN MURPHY
Irish born Singer Songwriter, Joe Man Murphy is known to most as a singer, guitarist and songwriter of highly successful Australian band, The Timbers. Joe Man has so far released 2 records with The Timbers and 2 solo albums performing at: Port Fairy Folk Festival, National Folk Festival, 2014 Caloundra Music Festival to name a few.
Joe Man’s music brings together a unique guitar style blending fingerpicking and tapping with a stomping beat. The songs are performed with an energy befitting the stories of life on the move.
As well as performing his high energy folk music at venues and festivals all over Australia, Joe Man is currently working on his new album Joe Man’s ‘Gypsy Rumble’ due for release early 2018.
Trav Collins is a 19 year old Adelaide singer/songwriter who has a unique sound, incorporating acoustic guitar with unorthodox electric tones and effects. His solo music has the fullest sound possible whilst still maintaining an acoustic feel.
His recently recorded first album, inspired by his life to date, features the didgeridoo, harmonica and piano accompaniment on selected tracks.
Trav busks in Rundle Mall with his trademark orange, white and blue trolley most weekends and performs at shows around town every other week.
WEST THEBARTON are a seven-headed, soul-rock hydra. Straight outta Adelaide, this slightly-slack, true-blue rock septet are into having a real good time.
Led by charismatic leader figure, gravel-voiced frontman Reverend Ray, West Thebarton have spent the past few years honing razor sharp riffs, sticking them soundly to seriously tight melodic tones, and careering into bars, bills and best of lists. No-frills. Max-vibe. Tinnies in the air. Have a big old singalong. That kind of thing.
Growing up in the Australian bush and in the sleepy beach town of Torquay, Mia Dyson became fascinated by the mythology of American rock & roll when she was just a kid.
Since releasing her debut album at age 22, Dyson has instilled her own music with raw passion and timeless vitality, along with the sharp musicianship she’s shown in opening for artists like Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and Eric Clapton.
Alongside multiple ARIA & APRA awards, Mia was recently named one of Australia’s top 25 guitarists of all time. Mia possesses an uncompromising intimacy with all her songs, charged with kinetic energy, an expansive sonic palette and graceful inventiveness. Hers is a stripped down, yet delicately intricate and detailed sound.
KARL S WILLIAMS
Perhaps one of the country’s most honest and mesmerizing singer-songwriters, Karl S Williams is excited to share his latest musical creations at Blenheim Fest 2018.
As a creative force striving towards honest, relatable blues that has the power to heal, Karl S Williams aims for his music to strike a chord with those who listen. While initially music was a pure solace for Karl, after a decade as The Song’s pursuer there are worn strings of exploration, documentation and healing in the artist’s bow. On stage, the way music comes through Williams, mirroring your own love and anguish, is a deeply personal experience for anyone.
UKULELE DEATH SQUAD
The Ukulele Death Squad strives to entertain and wow their audiences by pushing the boundaries of the small four stringed instrument - the Ukulele.
Exploding onto the scene in February 2017 at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, they blend their own ukulele style with Flamenco, Mexican, rap and Folk, with an energetic performance that goes beyond anything audiences have ever seen. The Death Squad have already managed to achieve sold-out Adelaide & Edinburgh Fringe Festival Seasons in 2017. In fact they have sold out every single show to this day.
Travelling Australia in her van “Pamela Vanderson”, Kelly Brouhaha’s blend of Alt-Country Blues is as real as it gets. An award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with achingly soulful vocals, her uplifting music is more than a simple band-aid to the blues.
"She's known for having an extraordinararely rare voice" - CLARE BOWDITCH
Living full-time out of her 92 Toyota Hiace Campervan and touring the country, the audience get a sense of the down to earth country kid and the stories she’s collected on the road after leaving a mortgage and marriage behind to pursue a minimalist lifestyle, enjoying the simpler things in life.
THE SKELETON CLUB
From its inception, Adelaide blues/folk 6-piece The Skeleton Club has been the makeshift home for a coming-together of storytellers.
Brothers and dual-frontmen Tom and Nick Vasic openly spill brutally cathartic anecdotes, shaped by the highs and lows of their contrasting vocal ranges.
Rhythm guitarist Toby Brandenburg and bassist Sammy Berry lead the sea of back-up harmonies, alongside lead guitarist Mel Pierides and together the band deliver a wall of sound that takes influence from genres such as country blues, folk, latin, gospel and soul.
The Shambolics are an Adelaide band formed in 2014 with the intention to write and perform original rollickin’ roots tunes. The lads play what can be loosely termed Celtic Pirate Punk and after playing many gigs around Adelaide and beyond they released their first EP in 2014, six original songs called Pogue Mahone, that’s Irish for ‘Kiss My Arse’!
After touring, radio appearances and playing festivals in 2016 they completed their first full length album called Riot on Race Day. Ten original songs from Celtic to Country and even a bit of Spaghetti Western, Riot was recorded and produced locally at Locrian Studios in Lenswood South Australia.