Final Queenscliff Music Festival Lineup Additions Announced

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The fifth and final Queenscliff Music Festival artist announcement dropped this week and we couldn’t be more excited for this year’s festival.

Heading up the latest round of artists is the legendary and award winning Russell Morris, bringing his extensive back catalogue plus his latest Blues Trilogy numbers to the stage.

Joining Morris will be Andrea Robertson Band, Bec Goring, Didirri, Heath Robertson Band, Hey Mammoth, Izzy Losi & The Auracles, Rough River, Sagamore, Sweethearts, The Refuge, Tides of Welcome, Tom Richardson, True Spirit Revival Yoga and Yirrmal & The Miliyawutj.

These artists will be joining the likes of The East Pointers, Irish Mythen, Lindi Ortega, Bernard Fanning, Mama Kin & Spender, The Teskey Brothers, Xavier Rudd, Bob Evans, Hat Fitz & Cara, Little Georgia, The Wilson Pickers, Hussy Hicks, The Mae Trio, Miss Eileen & King Lear, Ukulele Death Squad and many many more.

The Queenscliff Music Festival is held in Queenscliff, Victoria from the 24th to 26th November – check out the official site for more details including the full list of artists announced.

The Wingham Akoostik Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

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Every October the small town of Wingham on the NSW mid north coast comes alive with some amazing folk and acoustic music for the Wingham Akoostik Festival.

The lineup for this year’s Wingham Akoostik Festival has just dropped and it’s absolutely huge with artists from around the country (and around the world) representing. The festival will be headlined by country legend Kasey Chambers, multiple-ARIA award winning roots artist Russell Morris and Killing Heidi front-woman Ella Hooper. These guys will be joined by the likes of The Turner Brown Band, Eagle & The Wolf, Sara Tindley, Colin Lillie, Matt Joe Gow and many many more.

The Wingham Akoostik Festival is held on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th October – for more information check out the official site here. The full lineup is below:

Kasey Chambers, Russell Morris, Eurogliders, Ella Hooper, The Turner Brown Band, Eagle & The Wolf, The Kava Kings, Glen Mead Band, Harry’s Lookout, The Trapps, Riley Phillips, Twin Peaks, Minnie Marks, Bad Pon, James Bennett, Sara Tindley, Ralway Bell, Colin Lillie, Matt Joe Gow, Roy Rose, D’Boyzos, James Van Cooper, Sam Hasty, Scott Darlow, Jake Davey, Hillbilly Hoppers, The Travelling Teardrops, Soar, L’Wren, Waang Djarii Dancers, Josh Needs, Lexi Jade, Wingsong, Reece Lalor

Peasant Moon Canadian Music Week Tour Diary Part 2

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***Read Part 1 Here***

Sydney alt-country duo Peasant Moon took their late-night folk and acoustic Americana sound to Toronto for Canadian Music (CMW) week last week. They kept some notes for us about their tour, discovering new artists and being on the road with a baby – here’s part two.

CMW Day 4.
It’s our last day playing CMW, and we are super excited to be playing the Sounds Australia Soundgallery with heaps of awesome Aussie artists. After kicking off the day with a coffee we head into the conference and attend a session on festivals – it’s interesting, but to be honest the business side of the music industry isn’t our favourite topic of conversation … we’d rather play music. We have a couple of beers at a microbrewery in town and then get ready for the Soundgallery showcase.

First up is an acoustic set from The Lazys, they’re loud, funny and so Aussie – a great way to set the scene for Soundgallery. Next is Lo Carmen, she’s rocking an awesome blue gingham dress with tambourines on her shoes. Her sexy vocals remind me of Hope Sandoval and she’s playing a set of witty songs, some written when she was a teenager. We love her.

HOWQUA is wearing the same shirt as Harvey and puts on a moving set. We’ve got 30 minutes and it’s amazing to play knowing there are heaps on industry-types in the venue.

We stick around to watch a brilliant Ella Fence from Queensland with her cinematic rock; haunting vocals and arrangements from producer Woodes; and a solid set by Demi Louise, who seems to have seriously won over the hearts of Canadians while she’s been here. It’s so cool to see so many amazing Aussie girls rocking the Supermarket! Sounds Australia do such an excellent job curating these events and we are so honoured to have been included.

[Aside: As of 11th May Sounds Australia was not funded by Catalyst which means their music export program will not be available after 31 December 2016. Please sign the following petition to let the government know how important music export is for Australian artists:
https://www.change.org/p/minister-communications-gov-au-saveoursounds-funding-for-sounds-australia?recruiter=55562947 ]

After seeing a bit of Russell Morris we make it over to the Horseshoe Tavern to watch The Sheepdogs and Diarrhea Planet as part of the Dine Alone x Sirius XM Showcase.

Post-CMW

We fly, family-style, from Toronto to Austin and arrive Saturday evening in time for Harvey to catch a captivating William Elliott Whitmore show that night at Sidewinder.

After contacting our mothers on Sunday morning (Mothers day!) we had an amazing Mexican breakfast at Lichas Cantina and discover the baby likes refried beans. The day was spent exploring South Congress and East Austin and then we did a little support for awesome local duo, The Division Men, at a cool dive bar, Hole in the Wall, that night.

On Monday we headed to Congress House Studios to record a couple of live tracks (for release in Australia later this year) which was a blast. We then head over to the Whisler’s courtyard to play a two set show in the blistering humidity.

Capped off our time in Austin with a bit of Dale Watson and His Lone Stars at the iconic Continental Club; obligatory on a Monday night in this town. Of course, Josie was asked to dance….

Peasant Moon’s next Sydney show is 22nd June, Acoustics Anonymous at Newtown Social Club with Sam Newton.

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