Line Up at the Howard Musical Festival
COUNTRY – BLUES – SOUL – ROCK
15, 16, 17th September 2017
Everyone knows James Blundell. He’s an icon, a legend, controversial and a rebel and many believe that he has helped shame Australian Country Music. He was also the first inductee into the Country Music Channel Hall of Fame and you can see him at the Howard Music Festival.
The Jesse Morris Band
This band of globe-trotting, conscious, acoustic, soul, roots & reggae troubadours are touring the world in 2017 and the Howard Music Festival will be just one of the 220 events, shows and festivals that they will be appearing at this year
Brewn’s unique sound and authentic approach to Australian country-rock resonates with real people all over Australia. They have worked with a number of famous stars including James Blundell and have released several albums with more to come.
Dogwood Crossing are another band that travels throughout Australia bringing their brand of music to fans who can’t get enough of it. Playing everything from ghostly ballads to fast-paced rock mixed with a sprinkling of dirty blues this group will really rock the Festival.
Sam is a gifted singer songwriter who has already received national airplay & awards for her music. You will be captivated by this lovely lady and what she does.
Here are some links to Sam’s music:
Cover by Sam Maddison “Fix You” : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JLfsawr6UI
Derek is one of the hottest solo acts to have come out of the Fraser Coast. He was the featured artist at the 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival and has shared the stage with the cream of Australian Country Music including Lee Kernaghan and James Blundell.
The girls from Night Kite create a unique and exciting sound. They weave intricate harmonies over rhythmic percussion that creates a seductive and dynamic sound. Their vast experience covers everything from folk, gospel and pop right through to opera.
Phoebe Jay is a young country music singer songwriter from Bundaberg. Her performances are varied in styles as well as dimension but her main style is all about country. Her melodic tones and harmonies mix traditional, classic country with a twist creating a new and vibrant sound.
Howley comes from the beef and dairy farms of the mid-north coast of NSW. His early music was influenced by many of the famous country and western singers and Bill Chambers had a major impact. These days Howley sings his own music in his own way.
Matt Barker is a multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter who has performed at various festivals including the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival and Autumn Sounds in Bundaberg. Years of experience as a solo performer has made him an extraordinary live musician and skilled performer.
Steve has been told that his jeans “aren’t Country enough”, he isn’t “bluesy enough” and he’s not quite “folky enough” so these days he doesn’t try to fit in with what others expect. These days he plays his kind of music to his kind of people. You will love it.
Wal has a rare ability to translate his thoughts into expressive and contemplative songs. He is not afraid to push the boundaries and he is not afraid of where his songs will take you. It’s that mixture that sets Wal apart from the traditional country artist.
This award-winning Queenslander is going to channel plenty of tropical warmth and laid back rhythms with his funk-inflected guitar style and honest earthy vocals.
This popular Hervey Bay duo features with beautiful Leanne Houson’s edgy raspy rock voice backed up by local guitar hero, Richard Butler. DUST play their spin on some of the greatest songs ever recorded. You will love these guys.
The Dennis Sisters
The Dennis Sisters come to the Howard Music Festival from the Sunshine Coast and they bring a show that adds their own unique flavour to a mixture of musical genres.
Check out their music at https://youtu.be/bOo8ooljYmE
This aspiring musician was born and raised in Hervey Bay and these days seeks to introduce people to the different genres that she plays. Appearances at events such as the Queenscliff Music Festival have seen her appear alongside some famous names and you may have even seen her busking around the Wide Bay.
Shaun is a veteran of the local music scene in the Wide Bay and he has an easy listening kick back and relax style of playing that you will really enjoy.
Darryl & the Devil
Darryl hails from Maryborough and these days brings the traditional brand of blues folk to over 150 shows a year across Australia … including the Gympie Muster.
Luan is a unique Australian story-teller who writes from his own experiences in life, love, loss and years spent at sea. Luan’s performances always offer something new, original and genuine and his music includes a range of styles from blues and country to folk and rock.
Lou brings a fusion of contemporary jazz with a rock/pop twist to the world of music. Her solo performances are definitely not to be missed.
Frank was born in Fiji and grew up on Waiheke Island off the coast of Auckland,New Zealand and that background comes out in his music. Frank mixes the soulful rhythm of the sea in his music to create a natural roots feel.