The Grand Magoozi

The Grand Magoozi is the alter-ego of Melbourne singer and songwriter Susie Scurry. Occupying the stage in a dreamy world, her songs deliver tenderness and subtle wit in equal measure whilst she sings about love lost, a modern world gone awry and Paul Newman.

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The Grand Magoozi is the alter-ego of Melbourne singer and songwriter Susie Scurry.
Occupying the stage in a dreamy world, her songs deliver tenderness and subtle wit in equal measure whilst she sings about love lost, a modern world gone awry and Paul Newman.

The Grand Magoozi’s self-titled EP was recorded live over three days with Australian music luminary Nick Huggins. After meticulously placing vintage microphones across his living room, Huggins managed to capture the simple and heartfelt sound of The Grand Magoozi in eight original compositions. The Grand Magoozi is the first artist to be signed to Little Lake, the label founded by Huggins and Seagull frontman Chris Bolton.

Scurry began playing classical piano at a young age, where she developed a profound love of melody and mood. Her family’s sizeable collection of world, folk, soul and country music was also a founding influence on the particular taste and style evident in Magoozi.

In her early 20s, Scurry worked behind the bar at the Lomond Hotel in East Brunswick, where she was exposed to various barflies and local legends, and developed an obsession with old-time and country, which is an evident influence in The Grand Magoozi’s style.

Scurry has also played and sung for various Melbourne artists and bands which led her to meet and work with the collective of like-minded musicians that now play with The Grand Magoozi, including bass player Glen Walton, Jonny Wilson on fiddle and acclaimed songwriter Tobias Hengeveld (The Daylight Express/All the Lines are Down).

The first single of The Grand Magoozi’s debut EP, Pinkie Blues, is out now. The Grand Magoozi will release her debut EP on 24 March at The Toff in Town in Melbourne, followed by a tour of the East Coast of Australia with a collective of talented musicians.

The Morrisons

A sometime 7-piece band forging elements of alt-country, bluegrass and folk to create a unique and contemporary Australian sound. Highly accomplished pickers, singers and multi-instrumentalists, their stories are inspired by Aussie folklore and modern Australian life.

www.themorrisonsband.com

Winners of the 2014 folk/acoustic song of the year at the Australian Song Writers Association Awards, The Morrisons fuse Australian stories and sounds with the spirit and intensity of old time American bluegrass, country and folk. With high, lonesome singing, fast picking and original songs inspired by folklore, family and their lives as young Australians. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, washboard, harmonica, and 4 part harmonies, they deliver a live show full of raw energy and emotion. They released their debut single ‘Wild Eleanor’ (ASA Folk/Acoustic song of the year) in October of 2015 with a full-length album due for release in Autumn 2016. They have performed with highly acclaimed international artists Lake Street Dive (US) and Lindi Ortega (CAN), and their show, Man of constant sorrow: A tribute to the music of “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?”, has sold out 2 years in a row, with cast featuring, Ngaiire, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Tommy Dean, Luke Escombe and Brian Campeau.

 

The Morrisons play big band folk, like a mash up of both Inside Llewyn Davies and Oh Brother Where Art Thou’s T-Bone Burnett” – Concrete Playground

 

Oh Pep!

The sometimes foot-stomping, somewhat heart-breaking, multi-award-winning Melbourne act, Oh Pep!’s current EP Living has garned high praise from across the globe with NPR’s Bob Boilen saying: ‘…the Melbourne band’s music is infectious… Filled with Magic.’

www.ohpep.com

The Paper Kites

Melbourne’s much loved folk five-piece The Paper Kites have turned their viral music videos into a lifelong career, reaching #17 on the ARIA Chart for their debut album States, and selling out numerous national tours.

www.thepaperkites.com.au

Melbourne’s much loved folk five-piece, The Paper Kites enjoyed a whirlwind year after the release of their highly anticipated debut album States in 2013.

Following on from a successful national tour, the band embarked on a sold out headline tour of the USA and Canada as well as an illustrious support slot alongside Canadian singer- songwriter, City and Colour.

Reigning in at #17 on the ARIA Charts, debut album States received a number of impressive accolades for sophomore single, Young, including a J Award nomination for Australian Music Video of The Year as well as ranking 27th in Rage’s Top 50 Music Videos of 2013.

Off the back of a #8 album and #1 Australian album chart debut for critically acclaimed sophomore LP twelvefour, 2015 has proven to be just as busy, with The Paper Kites completing a national tour followed by a headline tour of the US/CAN.

Written between the hours of midnight and 4am, twelvefour is the band’s most experimental record to date.

With a strong reputation for creating innovative and mesmerising video clips, the band are releasing a trilogy of videos for the first three singles off the album, all of which are also set between 12 and 4am.

Bobby Alu & The Palm Royale

A multi-award winning artist whose signature ‘hammock music’ is a blend of soul, reggae, infectious rhythm, ukelele, tasty harmonies and powerful log drumming. Following the launch of the new EP Bay Sessions, Bobby won the ‘Most Popular Male Artist’ award at the Queensland Music Awards.

www.bobbyalu.com

‘Refreshing, groovy and chilled out all in one’ Timber And Steel

Bobby Alu is an accomplished songwriter & travelling musician born on the Gold Coast. He is a Singer, Ukulele strummer & drummer since the womb. Whether it’s with just him & the baritone ukulele or backed by a slick charismatic band Bobby is known for his signature smooth hammock music & high vibes. Inspired by his Polynesian heritage & following a strong family lineage of performers he writes songs of love, life & travel.

As one of Australia’s top drummers performing around the world for the past 6 years most recently for Xavier Rudd, it was a swift progression stepping out from behind the drumkit to take the mic. Making a name for himself Bobby Alu & his band have enjoyed repeat invitations to Bluesfest (2011/12), Woodford Folk Festival (2010/12), Nannup festival (2011/13) & Island Vibe (2010/11/13), boosting an already stellar CV for this increasingly in-­demand performing artist. He recently took out the people’s choice award in the ‘Most Popular Male’ Category at the 2015 QLD music awards.

Joined by highly respected QLD musicians Paulie B (The Beautiful Girls, George), Stewart Barry, Richie Seymour & Hua Hillman this band is the engine room facilitating a bed of style under Alu’s songs. Over the past four years they have been building popularity with successful tours & festival appearances in all states of Australia.

The band’s latest release is the ‘Bay Sessions’ EP. Recorded live in Byron Bay & released Jan 2015, it has already recieved rave reviews with sold out shows.

“Bay Sessions is a beautiful collection of uplifting and diverse instrumentals and solicitous lyrics. Bobby’s approach to music encourages individuals to embrace their quirks and pure individualism, it’s not very often that music makes you feel so positive about yourself these days, but Alu does a fantastic job of making you smile and high-five yourself.”
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The 2010 debut self-­‐titled album sparked immediate following after being listed in Triple J Roots N All ‘Top 10 albums of 2010’ also peaking at #2 in the iTunes Australian world music charts. Song ‘One to Wait’ won a QLD music award & ‘Changes Changes’ was included in the popular Putumayo ‘Australia’ compilation released worldwide May 2014.The 2013 album ‘Take It Slow’ recieved great reviews, award nominations & featured in Virgin Australia’s inflight selection. Bobby is also the drummer for Xavier Rudd’s latest project The United Nations. An 8‐piece powerhouse band currently touring the world.

LIVE: Expect a fresh, simple sound with tastes of Polynesian ukulele, pacific beats, catchy songs, tasty harmony & powerful log drumming on a bed of slick style. Pass through moments like you’re in a hammock or a slave to the beat. A band that grooves like Withers, moves like Marley, charms like Harper but smooth like Fat Freddys.

Rick E Vengeance

First appearing on the folk music scene in Australia in 1977, many fans consider Rick an institution; especially when it comes to performing at Port Fairy.

Rick E Vengeance, with his eclectic taste in clothes and flair for entertaining, first appeared on the folk music scene in Australia back in 1977 and at Port Fairy in 1978. Now 38 years later, many fans consider him an institution (some would say a relic), especially when it comes to performing at Port Fairy, where his legendary Sunday Singalongs have become an absolute festival highlight. Over the years he has been many things – dance caller, radio DJ, guitar teacher, accomplished MC, band leader and a fine guitarist. To see Rick in full flight come to the Shebeen on Sunday night for the 18th

To see Rick in full flight come to the Shebeen on Sunday night for the Sunday Singalong!

Little Georgia

At the heart of Little Georgia is a true friendship. After several years on the road touring together as part of different projects Ashleigh Mannix and Justin Carter have now decided to explore their passion for songwriting together in this new collaboration.

www.littlegeorgiamusic.com

After a huge year on the road touring both Australia and North America, indie/alt-country duo Little Georgia will not be slowing down any time soon as they prepare to release their debut album, “BOOTLEG”.

In June 2015, collaborators Justin Carter and Ashleigh Mannix headed south to a farmhouse on the rugged coastline of Portland, Victoria.

Together with friends they captured their honest music in it’s purest form, recording their debut album live to tape.

The first single “Forget Me” is a raw and gritty alt-country tune that takes you through the heart-felt emotions of loneliness and regret. The single is set to be release on Wednesday the 11th of November 2015, accompanied by a cinematic clip shot by Californian filmmaker Matt Kleiner.

Having launched Little Georgia at the 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival, it seems only fitting that the duo returns to the festival in 2016 to launch the album, followed by a number of dates along the east coast of Australia.

Keep an eye on littlegeorigiamusic.com for the latest information surrounding the release.

The Mastersons – USA

The Texas based duo brings lilting song craft and charismatic chemistry which has been heard world-wide thanks to the couple’s work as integral members of Steve Earle and The Dukes. Albums are Birds Fly South & 2014’s Good Luck Charm.

www.themastersonsmusic.com

“The first thing people usually ask us is ‘What’s it like as a husband and wife playing music together?,'” says Chris Masterson. “We always say that the lows are low, but the highs are really high.”

There are plenty of highs on Good Luck Charm, the second album by The Mastersons, the collaboration that Chris shares with his marital and musical partner Eleanor Whitmore. Generously filled with infectious melodies, instinctive harmonies and vividly insightful lyrics, Good Luck Charm embodies the uncanny rapport that singer- guitarist Chris and singer-violinist-guitarist Eleanor have developed in their experiences living, touring and making music together.

The Austin, TX-based duo’s lilting songcraft and charismatic chemistry have already won over listeners around the world, thanks to the couples ongoing status as members of Steve Earle’s band The Dukes, their frequent opening sets for Earle, and their critically-lauded 2012 debut album, Birds Fly South.

Although Good Luck Charm is the Mastersons’ second album, in many ways it’s their first full-on collaboration. Whereas Birds Fly South consisted largely of songs that they’d composed individually, all of Good Luck Charm‘s material was co-written by Chris and Eleanor, giving the material added depth as well as a powerful collective lyrical identity that’s matched by their expressive harmonies.

“This is a more purpose-driven record,” Eleanor states. “The first record was kind of his/hers, but this one is entirely ours.”

“Playing a few hundred shows has really solidified us as a band and focused our vision for the new record,” Chris observes. “Every song is crafted for the two of us. When we made Birds Fly South, it just seamed like a good idea to do a record. Now we know it is.”

Good Luck Charm – recorded with noted producer/engineer Jim Scott, whose resume includes work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco and the Dixie Chicks – raises the stakes with 11 emotionally precise new songs that are firmly rooted in sometimes-harsh reality, yet which radiate with hope and optimism.

“It’s cautiously optimistic,” Eleanor says of the twosome’s new material, adding, “I think we tried to steer the songs in a direction that was a little more positive and a little more upbeat. Our last record had a lot of broken-character songs, but I think that this one reflects the place we’re in now.”

Good Luck Charm‘s title track, for example, is an uplifting ode to human connection that was originally inspired by the pairs visit to the Texas state capitol during Sen. Wendy Davis’ pro-choice filibuster in June 2013.

“It was really striking,” Chris recalls, “how many people we saw there – friends, family, all kinds of people from our community. It was so powerful to be around a bunch of people trying to speak up for what they believe in.”

“This isn’t meant to be a political album, but there are definitely some tracks that touch on that,” Eleanor asserts. “But it’s meant to be galvanizing, not polarizing. In the current political climate, people are frustrated and feel like they don’t have a voice, but I know from experience that if people organize and speak up, they can make a difference. That’s what that song’s about.”

Elsewhere on Good Luck Charm, “Uniform,” “Anywhere But Here” and “Cautionary Tale” offer a sublime blend of unflinching honesty and heartfelt positivity, while the heart-tugging “I Found You” and “Easy by Your Side” poignantly celebrate enduring romance with sensitivity and humor.

“‘Cautionary Tale’ took us a couple of years to write, and it’s one that a lot of people seem to be responding to,” Eleanor offers. “It’s a cautionary tale for the digital age, where people are trying to numb themselves from their jobs or their struggles. There’s a lot of loneliness out there, but it’s important to connect with people. That’s a theme that comes up a lot in these songs.”

Denton, TX-born Eleanor and Houston-bred Chris have both been making music for most of their lives. Eleanor, the daughter of an opera-singer mother and a folk singer/airline pilot father, began playing fiddle at the age of four and studied with legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, and she and her sister Bonnie (now a respected singer- songwriter in her own right) played in the family band. Chris, meanwhile, was a teen guitar prodigy, playing the blues in Houston clubs by the age of 13.

Both future partners had considerable success as instrumentalists-for-hire, with Eleanor backing the likes of Regina Spektor, Kelly Willis, Diana Ross and Will Hoge, and Chris playing with Son Volt, Jack Ingram, Bobby Bare Jr. and Wayne Hancock. After meeting at a festival in Colorado in 2005, each released a solo project – Eleanor’s Airplanes and Chris’ The Late Great Chris Masterson – but eventually found more satisfaction in writing, performing and recording together. After a five-year stint living in Brooklyn, they realized that there was little point paying to live in New York when they were spending most of their time on tour, and relocated to the more hospitable environs of Austin. By then, they were already touring and recording with Steve Earle, performing together on numerous Earle tours and playing on his acclaimed album The Low Highway.

“Playing with Steve has been great for us,” Eleanor says. “For one thing, he’s an amazing songwriter, so that kind of holds us to a certain standard. He’s also a great storyteller, and that’s taught us a lot about relating to an audience. One thing we’ve learned in touring with Steve is that people remember the stories that you tell as much as the songs you sing. If you make them laugh or make them cry, they take that home with them as much as they would a song.”

“You learn something different from every artist you work with,” Chris adds, “whether it’s how they handle the crowd or how they write songs or how they handle rehearsing or recording. We’ve accumulated all of this experience in our time working with other artists and I’m grateful for it.”

While Chris and Eleanor have learned a lot from Steve Earle, they themselves are an integral part of his band. “Chris is the best guitar player that’s ever been in this band and Eleanor’s a better musician than any of us,” exclaims Earle.

Chris and Eleanor wrote most of Good Luck Charm while on tour with Earle, stealing whatever time they could to work on the songs. “We spent a lot of time hiding out in dressing rooms with our guitars,” Chris notes. “On our days off, we didn’t go out or do anything fun; we were just holed up in hotel rooms writing these tunes.”

“It was a challenge,” Eleanor adds, “but having a deadline lit a fire under us, and I think that some of that urgency is reflected in the songs.”

By then, they’d found a sympathetic ear in producer Jim Scott, whose clear, unfussed production spotlights the strengths of Good Luck Charm’s songs and the honesty of the Mastersons’ performances. “Jim was high on our list of dream producers,” Eleanor states, “so when he said he was interested in working with us, we packed up the van and the dog and drove out to California, and recorded and mixed the record with Jim in 15 days. It was a tall order, but he made it easy.”

“We’ve always loved the way Jim’s records sound,” Chris adds. “They always sound organic, without a lot of trickery or bells and whistles. After working with him, I can say that his records come out sounding as good as they do as the cumulative effect of a series of good decisions. He has a real ability to get the best out of every performance, and he got it to sound good without us ever having to spend four hours playing ping-pong while he got a snare sound.”

Jim Scott stated, “Chris and Eleanor might be the hardest working husband and wife team in the business. They had a great spirit in the studio, pushing themselves and each other to greatness in every phase of the recording process. From the songwriting to the live performances, they are true professionals that bring joy to music.”

With Good Luck Charm under their belt, The Mastersons plan to promote it in the best way they know how: by getting in front of people and singing and playing together.

“At some point, we got to a place where it felt like the shows we were playing had really started to connect with people on an emotional level,” Chris observes, adding, “I think all the success we’ve had out on the road comes through on Good Luck Charm.”

“We’re really lucky,” he concludes. “We get to get out of bed every day and write a song or go play a show together, which is pretty much all that we’ve ever wanted out of life.”   (from their web site)

Áine Tyrrell

Aine’s music embraces ache, honesty, and rhythms which a thousand years of ancestry have slammed foot to floor boards to, in both celebration and protest. Her new album Queen Of Swords cradles the spirit of her Irish homeland, recorded under the desert sky in the Australian outback.

www.ainetyrrell.com