SATURDAY 9:00PM That the Barleyshakes manage to be at the forefront of traditional Irish music in Australia while breathing it new life is remarkable. Intense energy, beautiful harmony, and irresistible dance rhythms are what make them tick. Members contributed to the Lord of the Rings award winning soundtrack, they also won the Queensland Music Award […]
Applications to perform for the 2019 Festival open on 1st March 2019 and close on the 26th of April 2019.
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To give you an idea of the kind of artists we have at the festival, here’s some of our previous performers.
SATURDAY 10:00PM Boot stompin’ hootin’ and hollerin’ old-fashioned fun. Open Season is a mix of traditional and modern country paired best with a spilled beer. We’re the boys your mama warned you about. “Open season might be a 25 hour flight from country music’s Tennessee heartland, but they certainly don’t sound it. Marrying traditional folk […]
SUNDAY 1:00PM Tin Star are steeped in the folk traditions of sixties America – back to the coffee house scene of Greenwich Village and Laurel Canyon – think Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell. They have a talent for distilling folk, country and rock into their own signature brand of earthy roots music bolstered by […]
SATURDAY 11:00AM Penny and Roger have been writing, recording and playing concerts together since 1983, they have made more than 20 albums of mostly Australian material. With two voices, guitar and mandolin or second guitar, they weave a harmonious tapestry combining the hues of the land and the textures of its people, with vibrant splashes […]
FRIDAY 6:00 PM Blue Harmony are a Brisbane based blue grass duo who combine vocals, banjo and guitar to create a lively, traditional bluegrass sound. Featuring Kay Armstrong on banjo and Roger Brand on guitar, their sweet vocal harmonies, combined with deft banjo rolls and skillful guitar licks appeal to a wide range of audiences. […]
FRIDAY 8:00PM & SUNDAY 10:00AM Martin is renowned as not only a marvellous satirist but also as a wonderful poet, musician, singer and author. A strange mix of serious song, comedic parody and cabernet merlot. Not quite young enough to be up-and-coming and not quite old enough to be a legend, he will continue to […]
FRIDAY 9:00PM Sadie & Jay perform beautifully crafted, modern folk songs coupled with exceptional vocals, intricate finger style guitar, bouzouki and double bass. Many of their songs have been award winners in National and International song competitions and in recent years they’ve had great success touring New Zealand and UK. Sadie & Jay are excited […]
FRIDAY 10:00PM A fatal heart attack, a resuscitation, cancer, surgery that severely disabled a right hand, a non-fatal heart attack, a broken elbow and a shattered wrist. And that’s just since Mangrove Jack last appeared at Neurum Creek Festival! They can’t wait to throw some Celtic/Contemporary Folk mayhem at you, to prove that after all […]
Playing in the pocket where country and jazz unashamedly mingle and reminiscent of the jive of yah great grandpappy’s best 78s, The Ragtone Ramblers guarantee to get your legs kicking and your wingtips wiggling. Juggling a range of vintage electric and acoustic instruments, the ragtones serve up a lively brew of western swing, hillbilly and early jazz. […]
Asleep at the Reel take Celtic music from its roots in the peat-smoked pubs of Ireland and Scotland, from the kitchen, the hearth, the veranda and the shearing shed all the way to the stage. There they throw in a little backbeat just for the fun of it. They join the dots between Celtic music […]
Bringing fresh life to the best of the tradition, Nicole Murray, John Thompson and Emma Nixon have carved themselves a niche internationally as outstanding performers of acoustic folk music. With vocal harmonies reminiscent of Steeleye Span and the Seekers, powerful arrangements of Australian classics and a repertoire that spans the Anglo-Celtic world, cloudstreet’s exciting performances […]
North Queensland’s favourite Celtic band, 33 1/3 delight audiences with a rousing performance of both traditional and contemporary songs and tunes. Based in Townsville, 33 1/3 are famous for their driving tempo, energising crowds to dance at folk festivals throughout North Queensland and now coming to you at the Neurum Creek Festival!. They’re especially popular […]
Sarah Calderwood is a multi award-nominated singer songwriter who writes about love, loss, not fitting in, vanilla cities, chocolate crushes, redemption, salvation, heartache, heartbreak, happiness and Anne Boleyn. As lead singer of renowned Celtic and Americana bands Súnas and RedCrow, she has toured extensively in Australia and overseas, played at most folk and roots festivals […]
The Bessies – named after Dave’s dog – are a ridiculously appealing, high energy band whose aim is to play as many instruments as possible (especially ones they’ve never played before) while attempting to keep it simple. Their superb harmonies are beautifully woven through their eclectic repertoire of originals and obscure covers.
Noel & Alex are an engaging duo who perform with a heartfelt passion that resonates with audiences of all ages. Noel’s finely crafted and Award Winning songs come to life when sung by his and Alex’s beautifully harmonising voices, and sensitive acoustic and bass guitars. They have performed at festivals all across Australia as well […]
Vibrant acoustic swing, with a touch of French café! Take the cobblestoned side street off Rue de l’Église. Follow the elegant wrought iron lamps to the corner. Find the sidewalk café huddled beneath a striped canopy. Tiny clusters of tables and chairs hum to the rhythm of hushed conversation and percussive guitar. Feet swing and […]
A member of the internationally successful 1960s-70s Brisbane band New World (originally New World Trio) with hits such as Try To Remember, Tom-Tom Turnaround and Sister Jane, John later pursued an academic career and is now Professor in the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. A few years ago John rekindled his […]
Celebrating 20 years as one of Australia’s most acclaimed and respected Brazilian music ensembles, Madcouch continues to delight audiences with their beautiful mix of original songs inspired by the rhythms and harmonies of Brazil, blended seamlessly with with the eclectic repertoire of bossa nova and samba that the band has performed at festivals and venues […]
Jodi Murtha has a colourful repertoire that plays like an easy listening soundtrack to a long road trip. With a voice that has been described as “rich, pure and strong”, Jodi creates a fusion of alluring vocals and rhythmic acoustic guitar with flavours of folk, country, jazz and retro pop. With decades of experience performing […]
Old Semeil is an acoustic, musical project, a place for poetry to become song, for stories to sing. Absorbing the music and story telling from his home in the Scottish Highlands, Gavin has travelled throughout Europe, Southern Africa, India and Asia, once even, laying a pick on Django Reinhardts grave. Sophie Ellis is a classically […]
When thinking of the quinessential Aus-folk-roots sound, it is hard to go past the good, honest story-telling fun that Alfanant bring to every show they play. Two experienced songwriter-musicians backed by their own musical careers, Alfanant remind us all why we picked up guitars and started jamming with mates in the first place. Melissa Obrien […]
Being accordion and guitar based they have been greatly influenced by music in which these instruments are prominent such as Celtic, Cajun, Zydeco and Bluegrass. That said – they are in no way purests in these styles but rather use these styles to inform and inspire us to create a sound that is unique, infectious, […]
Anne is a gifted singer/songwriter. Here songs are heartfelt, lyrical, sometimes philosophical … or ‘whimsical and down-right silly’. Her wide repertoire encompasses traditional folk songs and ballads; calypso, gospel, contemporary and originals. She has performed at festivals throughout Australia and co-hosts the Sunday morning Gospel Sessions at Neurum Creek Acoustic Music Festival. Anne also runs […]
The Goodwills (Bob and Laurel Wilson) – a couple and musical partnership for over three decades – now offer even more Goodwill, with the addition of Helen Rowe – well-known Brisbane singer and fiddler with a genuine folk pedigree. The trio focuses on Bob’s original Aussie-flavoured story songs – some light, some dark, but always […]
After 20 years fronting one of Australia’s most iconic folk rock bands, Rough Red, John has a wealth of stories and songs on a dozen albums about people and places from all the far flung corners of Europe and Great Britain. A renowned raconteur and award winning writer the stories resonate with all the colour, […]
Tim Palmer & Julie Witney Let’s head down fingerpicking guitar lane with some great old ragtime, country swing, and jazz songs! We go from Jimmie Rodgers to Leon Russell, as Tim and Julie pick and sing their way through these great old songs. Tim’s guitar solos are so fine, honed over years of playing electric […]
Caroline Hammond is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of insight, honesty & earthiness. Artful, lyrical and profoundly evocative, Caroline draws inspiration from a diverse range of musical genres, from blues to gospel, reggae, African ‘hi-life’ and coffee house folk. With acoustic guitar, ukulele & resonant voice as her vehicles & together with Angela Toohey on seamless […]
An exciting new musical collaboration sees three time ARIA Award nominated folk and country songwriter Danny Widdicombe join forces with experimental modern jazz trio Trichotomy. These joined forces are an invigorating new direction for everybody involved. The genres ‘jazz folk’ or ‘jazz country’ aren’t exactly heard every day, making this collaboration a special treat for […]
Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts embrace their inner girl power with quirky songs, big personalities and sweet harmonies. They easily slide across musical genres from folk to country to jazz, rock and blues swapping instruments between them as they go. Brought together by their mutual IAS (Instrument Acquisition Syndrome), the Tarts share quite a […]
After their highly acclaimed performance at Brisbane’s BUG in 2017, Sue Wighton and the Margaritas are delighted to regroup for the festival for their much awaited second gig. Like their namesake these gals are a little bit sweet, a little bit sour and highly intoxicating. Some say they’re best taken in small doses.Sue Wighton is […]
Cigány Weaver is one of Brisbane’s most exciting gypsy-jazz ensembles, with a dedicated and passionate following around Australia. Their sound is reminiscent of jazz Manouche, traditional swing and Romani music, interwoven with contemporary material from artists like Bjork, and the band’s reinterpretations of classics from popular culture. The band has performed at major festivals including […]
With a reputation for stirring and humorous live performances and a vigorous touring schedule, women in docs have spent ten years building a fiercely loyal following throughout Australia, as well as touring internationally to win over audiences throughout North America, Europe, New Zealand and China. women in docs have played major festivals and showcases throughout […]
Caroline Hammond is a singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist of insight, honesty & earthiness. Artful, lyrical and evocative, her music is still essentially about the magic of ordinary things. Caroline draws inspiration from a diverse range of musical genres from Blues to Gospel, Reggae, African ‘hi-life’ and coffee house folk. Beautiful ‘roots-storytelling’, her songs are an […]
Supercharged guitar, soaring voice, vamping harmonica and evoking lyrics, that’s Asa Broomhall. His advanced musicianship, powerful delivery and comical stage patter has enchanted audiences everywhere. From Concerts and Festivals all over Oz, the UK and North America to touring with renown artists and with 5 self-produced releases under his belt, Asa is one of Australia’s […]
Festival favourite Raku One O’Gaia’s soul, blues and gospel infused music is super-charged with feel good vibes. Raku’s an artist who has rapidly developed a reputation for the high energy performances that are his trademark. He brings a wealth of influences to the bear in a genre hopping blend of roots musics… all delivered with […]
Alex & Bec Crook are a Brisbane Brother Sister duo, with country folk pop influences. Alex Crook, started playing and creating music when he was seventeen and since has written a long list of original songs The brother and sister came together a couple of years ago and together created their most recent EP, 21 […]
Spirits soar and feet fly when Black Bear Duo (Iain Mckenzie and Emma Nixon) play fabulous Scottish music . They bring together a deep love of Scottish tunes and years of experience playing for dances. Their combined passion for performing traditional and contemporary Scottish music creates their signature exciting and individual style.
Emma and Helena will hold you spellbound with their gorgeous renditions of traditional Scottish Gaelic songs. The sweet melodies dance through the highlands and islands, keep the insistent beat of the never-ending work, or drop slow tears into the ebbing tide. These are vibrant songs whose aching loss and corresponding zest for life will touch […]
The O’Brien Trio performances are like a Soundtrack to the films “Chocolat” and “Midnight in Paris”. A performance filled with Vibrant vocals and swinging rhythm, with a dash of instrumental gypsy tunes. We play with Gyspy in our heart and “Hot Club” in our heads. Together with Mia O’Brien on guitar and vocals Tim O’Brien […]
Imagine a guitar solo played by a fiddle. Then imagine a driving acoustic guitar. A stomp box pumping out the beat. Vocals. Harmonies. Your favourite songs re-imagined and brought to life interspersed with traditional fiddle tunes. Imagine Whiskey Remorse. Music to move to.
The Karen Law Band play uplifting, heartfelt modern folk songs with a mixture of guitars, bass, trumpet and soaring vocal harmonies. Bringing to life songs from Karen’s 30-year songwriting career, the band blends passion with poignancy to create an upbeat and engaging live show.
Luan is a home-grown singer, songwriter and guitarist who specialises in songs of life, love and tales of the sea. He prides himself on his unique style and use of various musical genres to tell his stories. Luan met Paul, a seasoned percussionist, when they joined Queensland Fisheries together in 2004. They have been working, […]
Angela believes in the power of music to be a catalyst for change, to inspire a more compassionate and equitable world. Drawing on her unique life journey, she pens exquisitely emotive ballads and soaring anthems, rich with imagery and stories of love, loss, growth, and occasional howling. With a renowned 20+ year career in musical […]
Jody and Innes are a new bluegrass and Americana duo from Brisbane. Innes Campbell (guitar, mandolin, banjo) has an impressive bluegrass pedigree, with one National Bluegrass Guitar Championship (Tamworth), session work, and countless bands as well as solo. With Jody Bell (mandolin, vocals) the is recording their debut CD and if you’re lucky they might […]
From humble beginnings in a shed atop an isolated outcrop, the phenomenon of Round Mountain Girls has etched itself into the” strange but true” annals of Australian musicology. Five like-minded souls were brought together for pure gratification, by playing the kind of music they adore – and they carry this attitude into every performance. It’s […]
Mat Brooker unleashes exciting nuevo flamenco guitar music with lightning speed, warm engaging audience rapport and fearless improvisation. Armed with only a Spanish guitar and stompbox he will transport you around the world for a global party and some universal soulful connection. Mat presents original material from his two current albums in a powerfully focussed […]