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Killing Heidi – Rock
Killing Heidi is an Australian rock band formed in Violet Town, Victoria in 1996, initially as a folk-pop duo by siblings, Ella and Jesse Hooper. The band has released three studio albums to date; with “Reflector”, reaching No. 1 in the ARIA Albums Chart. Their top 20 singles include “Weir”, “Mascara”, “Live Without It”, “Outside of Me” and “I Am”.
Pierce Brothers – Folk
Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world. Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen for some time. Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, these multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out gigs across Europe & the UK, the US & Canada, as well as their native Australia.
In Stereo – Teens and Pre-Teens Boy Band
In Stereo impressed Australian audiences with their debut performance of Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’ on the 2015 X-Factor auditions. Their audition video attracted over 2 million views, and they went on to finish 8th in the competition. In Stereo has released two singles and three EPs, all achieving impressive positions in the ARIA and Australian charts. The band’s first single “HONEST”, released in early 2016, debuted in the Australian Top 50, and charted in 11 countries across the globe, climbing as high as #8 in Greece and Brazil.
Screamfeeder – Fuzz Pop
Screamfeeder are an Australian indie guitar pop group formed in Brisbane. This trio is made up of Dean Shwereb on drums, Kellie Lloyd on bass guitar and vocals, and Tim Steward on guitar and vocals. They have released seven studio albums to date.
The Settlement – Folk / Alternative
This five-piece alternative folk outfit, stick to their southern stomp roots. Their journey is to develop and spread an Australian folk / roots sound, and to never to be pigeon holed. Fueled by eloquent fiddle and strong rhythm their music is bound to invoke emotions. An exciting year looms for the band in 2017, with constant festival gigging and the release of their debut album.
Cheap Fakes – Funk / SKA
Born in 2009 from a dream to bring a new and unique sound to the Brisbane masses, Cheap Fakes have since sculpted an ever-growing fan base from their extensive touring and ever-evolving discography. Never keen to languish in the still waters of comfort, Cheap Fakes have pushed out and taken chances on all three of their major releases: 2010’s Stone’s & Sticks, 2013’s Hand Me Down’s and 2015’s Modern Vintage.
Willie Nelson’s Love child – Country
Willie Nelson’s Love child deliveres a quirky, fun, and musically authentic show. They offer renditions of the world’s best-loved country artists’ greatest hits – Willie Nelson. Their show pays tribute to the man and his love of music; taking audiences on a journey through his life; loves; and songs. Not to be missed!
Jed Rowe – Country / Folk / Blues
Jed Rowe is an acclaimed singer / songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, whose music walks a fine line between folk, blues, and country. His 4th album “A Foreign Country” is a richly told collection of stories of Australian life. This album was crafted in a small apartment above a street in Northern Germany, while Rowe was on tour in late 2016, and then recorded in Melbourne together with the multi-award ARIA winning Jeff Lang.
Troy Troutman – Folk
This indigenous country singer began his musical career in south west Queensland. He moved to Forest Hill with his family 11 years ago, and began playing at the Lockyer Hotel. Troutman is dedicated to raising the profile of the arts, and the release of his first solo album titled “Lockyer Sunset” has greatly contributed to this vision. “Lockyer Sunset” is a montage of 6 tracks elluding to the sights and sounds of the beautiful Lockyer Valley.
Rochelle Pitt – Soul
This soul, roots, and blues singer is a church girl from Cairns, with a strong connection to urban indigenous culture. With the support of the Brisbane indigenous community, Pitt started singing in her early 20’s at various NAIDOC events and festivals, and released her first EP “SoulMumma” in late 2016.
Body & Soul – Country / Blues / Rock
Sandy Beynon’s talent lies in her ability to relate to her audience with a smile as wide as the Brisbane River and a sense of humour to match. The other half of this duo, Sean Mullen, is a Berklee graduate who cut his teeth playing with African-american bands in the US, before returning to his native Australia to pursue his music career in Brisbane.
Since forming in 2011, Body & Soul has fast gained a reputation for being able to deliver a song in any genre, in a classy, fun and downright entertaining way.
Michelle Plozza – Pop
Michelle Plozza is a natural born storyteller. She can immerse you in her lyrics with ease in just one note. Her charismatic onstage presence and powerhouse vocals have won her fans across Australia. She kicked off the year singing to thousands as a Grand Finalist in the prestigious Toyota Star Maker competition at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. After the success of her debut EP which produced two top 40 Country Radio singles, Michelle teamed up again with ARIA & Golden Guitar award winning producer, Matt Fell to work on her latest offering, ‘Stones’.
Aine Tyrell – Folk
Aine Tyrrell’s music is a contemporary folk collision between the Ireland of generations gone, and the hope of tomorrow. Her songs are as honest as an old friend, warm and inviting, managing somehow to fuse melodies over rhythms which transport you directly into the mid 19th century, to a land hardened by atrocity, which the rest of the world had temporarily forgotten. She is a singer songwriter with a sound that transcends the convention the title suggests, at times anything from tribal to fragile; some music evades simple platitudes.
Stomperoo – Blues
Stomperoo, draws from Blues, Jazz, Folk & Funk, and redefines everything from divorce, property settlement, gardening, and crop rotation to junk food, obesity, infants, terrorism, sex, and traffic, in the style of Mose Allison, Georgie Fame, Tom Waits, and Arlo Guthrie.
Dezzie D and the Stingrayz – Blues
Formed in 2013, this rhythm and blues outfit has been performing nonstop to audiences throughout South East Queensland. Resurrecting authentic arrangements from the 40s and 50s Americana, jump, swing, and rhythm and blues, Dezzie D and the Stingrayz draw their influences from artists such as Ruth Brown, Ann Cole, Etta James, performing renditions of music which encapsulates the swingin’ good times that has truly shaped the music industry.
Dogtags – Rock
Originally formed in 2006, Dogtags’ explosive sound and dynamic live performances have delighted audiences at venues all over the East Coast. Their modern brand of melodic rock combines elements of acoustic and electric guitar infused with imposing bass lines and infectious lyrics that are bound to make your body rock. Dogtags recorded their debut album in 2008.
Pepper Jane – Folk
Pepper Jane and her guitar, Maureen, present a cross-genre repertoire of favourites, surprises, and originals, that swing from both lofty folky croonings to belted lashings of aural delights. At age 14, Pepper began learning some guitar chords and penning a few tales of woe and misdirection. Some years later she picked up a guitar, this time loitering with actual intent, and began cultivating the charismatic purveyor of honesty that is Pepper Jane.
Reuben Birchley – Pop / Rock / Folk
Reuben Birchley, the son of a concert pianist and music teacher, began playing the cello at age 8, and the guitar at 13. Reuben now indulges his love of singing across a huge range of genres including hip-hop anthems, pop songs, rock, and folk ballads. As a Triple J Unearthed contestant, Birchley was said to sound like Lior, and his music is influenced greatly by Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
Kelly Cork – Folk
Kelly Cork crafts songs of love gained, love lost, and the mysterious and sometimes cruel irony of life’s journey, that only a top songwriter can create. Cork was awarded the top honours in the Open Category of the 2016 of the Australian Songwriters Association Awards.
Blutopia – Blues
Blutopia is Sean Mullen. This Brisbane-based guitarist counts among his influences Joe Pass, Al Di Meola, Allan Holdsworth and all-time favourite, George Benson. A graduate from Berklee, having spent six years in the USA playing fusion and funk R&B, Sean’s passion remains all things with a groove.
Brad Butcher – Folk
It’s the simple things in life that have led Brad Butcher to crafting his 2nd musical release, “Jamestown”. A true renaissance man at heart, Butcher yearns to create, but for over a decade, he kept his voice and his songs largely to himself, privately honing a singer /songwriter style that mixes the working class grit of Springsteen with the tender expression of Ray LaMontagne. In 2012, he released his acclaimed self-tilted debut album, which earned him nominations for a range of Australian and international songwriting and artist development awards.
B-Syde – Funk / Roots / Electric
Producer, performer, beat maker, and loop layer, B-Syde is a multi-instrumentalist that layers funky guitar riffs, and lush melodies, with tight drum breaks, and chunky bass lines, to support a vast array of lyrical wizardry. Creating a dynamic mixture of Hip hop, Funk, Roots, and Electronic music genres.
Sam Newton – Blues
Sam Newton has an adventurous musical mind, set on creating both free-wheelin’ and carefully constructed, and detailed songs. He brings to the Australian singer-songwriter scene a sound that sits amongst a blend of folk, acoustic blues, and foot stomping alternative-country.
Finn Maccool – Country
Greg O’Brien, Mark Oats, Dave “Mad Dog” Warwick, & Michael Vidale are the eclectic collective that make up Finn MacCool. Based in Quandialla, New South Wales, they released their intriguingly titled album, “Country Music” earlier this year. With the album containing tracks such as “A Sailors Song (I Rooted The Queen)”, this quirky quadruplet promise an afternoon of entertainment! So, get all your friends, buy some skinless vegan sausages, fire up the barbie, and spend the afternoon chilling out with Finn MacCool at Cully Fest 2017.
Eckybow – Aboriginal Storyteller / Didgeridoo Maker
As an Aboriginal actor, Aboriginal dancer, and Aboriginal didge player, Eckybow has performed in many children’s theatres around Australia and has toured around the world with the Aboriginal Dance Troupe, Gamilaroi, and the Mungundi dancers.
Josephine Birch – Jazz / Blues / Funk / Gospel
Josephine Birch draws from a range of musical genres including, jazz, blues, funk, bluegrass, and gospel. This eclectic mix of influences empowers Birch to deliver a truly unique musical experience.
Afrobeat Brazillian Drum – Percussion Drum Band
Marcelo Rosciano and his drum band will be bringing their Latin flair to Cully Fest 2017. Marcelo grew up on the streets of Brazil, and has performed in the famous Rio de Janeiro Carneval. He brought his love for all things percussion to Australia in 2001; he promises a night of rousing beats rhythms that will make you want to shake your tailfeather!
El Mad Mariachi – Mexican Mariachi band
El Mad Mariachi bring the unmistakable flavour and flair of traditional Mexican Mariachi music to contemporary and diverse crowds across Queensland. This four piece ensemble is jam-packed with extraordinary talent and personality; with an on-stage chemistry that is palpable. Audiences are delighted by a fun mix of classic Latino party favourites and international popular hits, including more than a few surprises. The passion and energy of El Mad Mariachi is irresistible and contagious. Be a part of this Mexican sensation!
Cathy Drummond – Country
Cathy Drummond’s professional career began in 1998, although she has been involved in music and performing for most of her life. Cathy is an experienced singing teacher which means you get a top quality sound that your guests will love. The difference between music produced by amateurs and professionals is clear. One listen is all it takes to appreciate the quality of Cathy Drummond.
Brendan Legatt Band – Blues / Rock
Versatile and well travelled, the Brendan Leggatt Band blend a mixed bag of swampy blues, groovin’ rockin’ tunes, and fun times. The Brendan Leggatt Band are fast becoming crowd favourites at festivals and the like, with a live performance that has crowds wanting more and getting it.
Will Anderson – Pop / Roots
Will Anderson – the 19 year old musician, not the comedian is coming to Cully Fest 2017. He blends modern production with smooth vocals, didgeridoos, guitar and percussion to create a soulful, one-of-a-kind sound. His debut single “Notions” presents a clever mix of acoustic and electronic instruments and was written about shaping your own path. He gained national recognition in 2015 by winning the Peoples Choice Awards at Australia’s largest singer/songwriter program.
Ali S – Country
Ali S is a country music singer/songwriter from Boulia. His traditional country style, with a contemporary twist, appeals to country music fans of all ages. His songs are based around life on the land, famous country music artists, and the legends that entertain us in the rodeo circuit. Ali S is a country man whose songs reflect his Aussie pride.
Garrett Kato – Folk
Garrett Kato is a Canadian Born musician and songwriter. In 2015 Kato released his second LP, That Low and Lonesome Sound, to much critical acclaim. Kato has toured extensively throughout Australia including a 33 date sold out support slot for Pete Murray and a recent headline national tour.
Jacinta And Stevie Byrne – Kids
Jacinta (14) was the joint winner of the busking competition at Cully Fest 2016, and will be joined this year by her sister Stevie (9). 2016. Jacinta has competed and successfully won several prizes in country music festivals in south east Queensland over the last 12 months. Jacinta’s style is countrified however she also competently performs modern pop songs and she has written a few of her own compositions.
They both love to sing, so keep an eye out for them on the Kids Festival stage!
Jessie G – Kids
Jessie Gorrie was born with a passion to sing, and a love of performing. Nine year old Gorrie started singing lessons just two years ago and has been singing at every opportunity since.
CHARLOTTE McCOY – Kids
Charlotte started singing 2 years ago when she was 9 and living in Northern NSW in a workshop conducted by Gina Jeffries. After her family relocated to just north of Toowoomba in early 2016, Charlotte commenced singing lessons with Toowoomba singing teacher Cathy Drummond. Since then Charlotte has competed in local country music festivals and has enjoyed the opportunities to perform at various local functions. 11 year old Charlotte’s repertoire includes country music and modern popular songs.
JOLIE WILLIAMSON – Kids
Jolie Williamson is 16 years old. She lives in Oakey and has always had a desire to sing. She started learning viola when she was 8 years old which lead to a love of the guitar at 13. Jolie sings at local functions and has a style for contemporary pop songs from artists such as Ed Sheeran and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Low Volltage – Kids
11 year old Charlotte, 5 year old Isabelle and 9 year old Gabrielle are “Low Volltage”.
The three Voll Sisters from Oakey, Qld are all confident young singers individually but together their voices join to create a dynamic blend with solid harmonies for a group so young. Their version of “Country Roads” is delightful and their performance of “My Dad Snores” is guaranteed to leave a big smile on your face.