BENJI AND THE SALTWATER SOUND SYSTEM
Drawing upon African Folk, Reggae and Islander Folk to create hypnotic soundscapes, it's the perfect relaxing tonic to move forward and enjoy summer again!
Since their formation in summer 2016/17, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have hit the shore running. The group’s original tunes have matured quickly after being exposed to audiences at a snowballing number of live shows and high profile festivals slots.
The group has selected a handful of these songs to form band’s first EP titled Coming Up for Water, which was released in Winter 2018.Benji and the SSS fuse pacific flavours with the raw sounds of the Australian East Coast. Add to this beautifully poignant lyrics and skillfully blurred genres and you have a sonic snapshot of the current South Coast NSW coastal lifestyle.
The artists in Benji and the Saltwater Sound System have had the honour of playing at acclaimed festivals including; Woodford, the National Folk Festival, Summer Sounds, the Dreaming Festival, Granite Town, Peak Festival, Palm Creek, Corinbank, Sydney Blues Festival, and Illawarra Folk Festival just to name a few!
“Benji and the Saltwater Sound System skilfully blur the lines between genre, sound and style. Their latest record bursts at the seams with a dynamic flavour, making for one damn fine debut.” Liz Campbell Happy Mag 1st June 2018 -
“An unrivalled debut offering from anyone else of their ilk. It’s painfully catchy and demands a repeat listen.” - Jake Wilton - AAA Backstage
THE tequila mockingbird orchestra
From ballads and singalongs to high-energy dance parties, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra have spent years telling their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings.
The band is from a sparsely populated region of Canada’s West Coast. They travel community to community, bringing people together at community halls on the Gulf Islands, barns in the prairies, kitchen parties in towns, clubs in the cities and festivals and now to Narooma and the Quarterdeck!
Their music weaves a multicultural Canadian tapestry: Roots, Eastern European Dance Party, Jazz, Bluegrass, Flamenco, African, Latin, Celtic, Métis, Rock, Gospel, Blues, Canadiana while the band represents an eclectic background - German Mennonite, Chinese, Dutch, Scottish and Métis. These troubadours remind you that this music could not exist without warm bodies in search of harmony.
RORY MCLEOD (UK)
Rhythmic storyteller and multi-instrumentalist Rory McLeod (on tour from the UK) is a travelling troubadour toting stories and songs that are bold, percussive, lyrical and deeply personal. Broken hearts, unpalatable truths, tales of social injustice, all expressed with an unexpected edge.
Wielding guitars, harmonicas, trombone, spoons, stomp box, tap shoes, a big heart and a cheeky wit, his shows are enthralling and unforgettable.
"I've travelled to look for work, to mend a broken heart, to be with someone I longed for. I'd travel to visit friends and on the way I'd make new ones; I'd roam because I was curious to see what was around the next corner..."
He returns to Australia in Jan/Feb 2020, lugging a swag of new tunes from his album "Gusto!", performing at Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS), Illawarra Folk Festival (NSW) plus some very special shows across Australia.
"McLeod is one of the most energetic, most generous performers I've seen." : Doug Spencer, ABC Radio.
"The charismatic British storytelling troubadour... tripped passionately through highly original and distinctive self-penned material." : Beat Magazine.
"...eloquently expressed ideas are set to vibrant, dynamic music with bouncy rhythms, infectious riffs and nifty tunes. McLeod transmitted a pure joy of music making ..." : St Louis Post-Despatch (USA)
"A dynamic live performer - never still or silent, his shows radiate energy." : Venue magazine (UK)
"Intimate, revealing, political and powerful."
"When he sings his songs he will take you on a journey with him."
"Poetry and dance-stories with verve, sharpness, humour and warmth about people, and for people."
"Great songs to dance to, infectious rhythms, flying harmonica!"
Tracy McNeil and the Goodlife
As a singer/songwriter, Tracy McNeil delivers classic Americana sounds with a healthy dose of shimmer, harking back to the halcyon days of late 70s L.A country rock harmonies hung on pop-hooks.
With her band The GoodLife, they coast a musical landscape infusing her Canadian roots with the heart and grit of Australia’s alt-country music scene.
Winning Best Country Album for her last release, Thieves (The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016), she was featured in Rolling Stone’s coveted Future Is Now segment, stating Thieves as “a dazzling LP…A technicolour West Coast dreamscape: the sound of sunrise over cedars and noonday Joshua Trees and high desert dusk…” ✯✯✯✯
After sell-out album launches in Melbourne, she has embarked on national tours and has appeared at many major festivals around the country including: Out On the Weekend (VIC), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC), Dashville Skyline (NSW), Riverboats (VIC), Bigsound (QLD), Welcome To Morrisonville (QLD), Nannup (WA) as well as performing at AmericanaFest in Nashville (US) as part of Sounds Australia. She has support visiting international artists such as Mary Gauthier (US), Tony Joe White (US), Dawes (US), Deer Tick (US) and Walter Trout (US) and local luminaries Weddings Parties Anything and The Audreys.
Her 2014 release Nobody Ever Leaves received two nominations in The Age Music Victoria Genre awards (Best Country & Best Folk/Roots album) and Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife were named Australian Artist/Band of the Year in the Rhythms Magazine readers’ poll that same year, with editor Martin Jones describing their live show as “fully realized, world-class country-rock”.
McNeil made her introduction to the Melbourne music scene in when she teamed up with nationally acclaimed singer songwriter Jordie Lane to form the highly successful alternative/country/folk duo Fireside Bellows. Their first and only LP release, No Time To Die received rave reviews across the country and remains one of Australia’s most sought after independent releases.After going their separate ways to pursue solo careers, Tracy followed up with successful sophomore album Fire From Burning in 2011. This cemented her reputation as a respected and formidable force on the circuit.
A technicolour West Coast dreamscape: the sound of sunrise over cedars and noonday Joshua Trees and high desert dusk” ✯✯✯✯ ROLLING STONE
“Alt-Country meets West Coast pop/rock, Thieves qualifies as a ‘classic album’ just waiting to be heard. McNeil grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles. If either released any one of these songs today, they’d return to the top of the charts.” Rhythms Magazine
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