SUE-ANNE STEWART, Saturday 12-2pm (click here for more)
SUE-ANNE Stewart is an Independent singer/songwriter based in Queensland, Australia. With the soulful soothing beauty of her voice, her insightful lyrics and emotive live performances, she has created herself a strong swagger of followers.
Over the years Sue-Anne has toured extensively throughout Australia, Canada and Europe, performing alongside many well respected artists, and world renowned festivals.
Drawing strength from a solid folk heritage, her powerful songs have a punchy roots feel, carried by her passionate vocal styling. Her voice is strong, clear and unwavering, in delivering her unpretentious, honest lyrics.
Learning guitar at an early age by her father, Sue-Anne had a very nomadic upbringing, and has since dedicated the past decade to her music, travelling, performing.
However, it is her recent journey of motherhood that she admits has brought most joy, and has influenced her song writing, on her new album ‘Gypsy Blood’. Sue-Anne has recently released her much anticipated album ‘Gypsy Blood’, which she has been working on with renowned Producer Anthony Lycenko (Pete Murray, Busby Marou). The first single ‘Love Get’s Sweeter’, is a catchy upbeat tune that Sue-Anne describes as her ‘little ray of sunshine song’, after living through a long gloomy London winter. ‘Love Get’s Sweeter’ has also achieved Top Ten in The Airit Charts for 4 consecutive weeks, and has garnered significant airplay Australia wide.
‘Love Gets Sweeter’ will also be featured on the final episode of the popular TV show ‘Winners and Losers’ early in the new year. Recently Sue-Anne has supported artists such as Mat. McHugh ( The Beautiful Girls) & Bobby Alu.’Gypsy Blood’ is Sue-Anne’s fourth release to date, she has also independently released, a self titled EP in 2002, LP ‘Vivid’ in 2003, ‘Embrace’ EP 2008.
SUE BOND Jazz Trio, MOTHER'S DAY, Sunday 12:30-2:30pm (click here for more)
Every song that Sue sings is delivered with a fine understanding of the complete heart & soul of the music and lyrics. Together with her jazz band, Sue has opened for artists such as Jackson Brown, Kate Cebrano & Spandau Ballet.
ANDREW REDFORD, Saturday 12-2pm (click here for more)
Growing up in Melbourne but now based on the Sunshine Coast, you might find singer/songwriter Andrew Redford, guitar in hand, in any number of rooms around South East Queensland, playing his own blend of acoustic pop with a twist on any given night. But his aspirations definitely lie in something more ambitious musically, something that embodies a singer that can indeed exist standing solo in the spotlight, but even more so would thrive further fronting his own outfit much like a Benjamin Gibbard, a Chris Martin or even an Ed Sheeran with an arsenal of pedals at his feet.
At just 21, Andrews experience, so far, belies his years. Winner of theTeen QSong Award at seventeen and an International Songwriting Competition finalist on three occasions. Completing and releasing his debut EP City while still in high school, two more quickly followed (2011's She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not and 2012's Hey Lucy) as well as a slew of live shows, tour supports with the likes of Pete Murray and Shannon Noll along with an impressive accumulation of loyal followers. In 2012, he won the Telstra Road to Discovery and ended up in Nashville, Tennessee co-writing at Sony Studios with alt-country singer Kim Richey amongst others, and playing the likes of the notorious Blue Bird Cafe…..There is so much more….but know this is a gig worthy of your attention, are notable young artist…!
RACHEL RITZAU AND MAL, Sunday 12:30-2:30pm (click here for more)
Rachel has been performing in and around the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane venues for over 15 years. Her favourite artists are an eclectic collection.
From classic Janis Joplin to the pop rock of Alanis Morrisette and Sheryl Crowe, the almost folky Jewel, and even English songstress Beth Orton is on the list.
While she’s just as at home out front of a full band, her true love is performing up close and personal - either solo, or as part of a duo or trio.
Rachel unplugged is exactly that; acoustic guitar with no drum machine or computer.
Rachel’s rich honey vocals have earned her many few fans of her own. Her broad contemporary repertoire makes her perfect for a wide range of live performances.
Rachael and Mal are a fab duo; it will be an afternoon to remember.
LEE HARDISTY, Saturday 12-2pm (click here for more)
Lee's music is warm and heartfelt. With a passion for improvisation and a palette of sounds including saxophones, flutes, guitars, kalimba, ukulele and keys, Lee's approach to the one man show is definitely worth a listen.
He is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist who has been touring the world with music for the past 15 years. His music is honest and lovingly heartfelt, focussed around his great love of his wife, his daughters, his garden and his community.
MATT STILLERT, Sunday 12:30-2:30pm (click here for more)
With a raw, dynamic style of alternative blues/roots music; Matt Stillert is a talent not to be missed. From soulful poetic folk melodies, to high energy, foot stomping blues, his raw live shows guarantee to captivate. After moving to the sunshine coast in early 2013, the Adelaide born troubadour has been very busy, playing at Bluesfest, Peregian Originals and the Woodford Folk festival. With a treasure chest of original material brought to life with an onslaught of wailing vocals, fingerpicking, slide guitar, and stomping grooves drenched in soul. Do yourself a favour and catch the bearded bluesman in action.
BEK-JEAN STEWART, Saturday 12-2pm (click here for more)
Bek-Jean Stewart entered the Australian music scene in the early 90’s as songwriter and vocalist for Indie-pop band Eva Trout. Her band was signed by US label Trauma Records and toured both Australia and the United States over 1997-98. During that time her song, Beautiful South received significant radio play and the band appeared on GNW, VH1 and numerous US TV programs.
Bek-Jean has a powerful narrative style. Inspired by storytellers of a personal nature, Bek-Jean drew her early influences from the likes of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Aimee Mann.
In a similar vein to these foundational exemplars, Bek-Jean employs rich and beautiful melodies to tell stories of loss, love and redemption. The spirited, and at times joyous, style of her music often starkly contradicts the depth of content contained in the emotional landscape portrayed by her words.
She uses her music as a vehicle to communicate her realities and intimate connections with the world around her, but also to tell stories that each and every person can relate to in some way or another.
“This woman is a hidden gem. She is poetic, full of heart and has the amazing gift to move people with her astonishing songwriting.” (Jim Cain, Urban Wire).
MO' SWAGGER TRIO, Sunday 12:30-2:30pm (click here for more)
Describing their sound as a smooth blend of funk, soul, blues and rock, Mo Swagger are heading back to the BoHo. Led by the dolce vocals of lead singer Jess, Mo Swagger trio is completed with Dwiggy on guitar and Dyon playing saxophone. Influenced by greats such as Ben L’Oncle Soul, Amy Winehouse, Allen Stone and Adele, the band attract a strong legion of followers who are enamoured by their stage presence, energy and ability to engage an audience. “We love sharing our appreciation of all types of music with everyone and always put 100% into every performance. We genuinely love performing together and hope that we are able to spread that positive energy over our audience”.