2017 Artists

Hot 8 Brass Band (USA) - SAT 4 – 10:45PM – 11:45PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   For over 20 years one of the most popular and visible funk-style brass bands in community parades and funerals has been the Hot 8 Brass Band. In 1996 sousaphone player Bennie Pete was instrumental in merging two former Fortier High School student groups, the High Steppers […]
Eugene Hideaway Bridges (USA) - SAT 4 – 9:00PM – 10:00PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Eugene is a nomadic musician living his life on the road. His home is wherever the next performance takes him, and every year this is from America through Europe, to Australia with many other stops in between. Born in 1963, son of the blues guitarist Hideaway […]
19-Twenty - SAT 4 – 10:00PM – 11:00PM WONDABYNE STAGE   19-Twenty are: Kane Dennelly – Vox and guitars Syd Green – Award winning producer and percussionist – Drums, Dobro John Gwilliam – Double bass and BV’s 19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. They are manic. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots […]
Chasin the Train - (click on the photo to enlarge) SAT 4 – 7:15PM – 8:15PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Chasin The Train Kevin Bennett: vocals, guitar Kirk Lorange: slide guitar, vocals Ian Lees: bass Mark Meyer: drums As a result of an ‘enforced hiatus’ on members of Aussie rock band Moving Pictures in the mid 80’s, Chasin The Train was formed […]
Lachy Doley Group - SAT 4 – 5:30PM – 6:30PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Internationally renowned Lachy Doley is Australia’s most celebrated Blues Rock Organ Player. He’s been dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, a player who can pump, pamper and pound unbelievable, intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent sounds from his organ and clavinet. Add powerful blues vocals […]
Cyril B Bunter Band with Mal Eastick - SUN 5 – 5:45PM – 6:45PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   The Cyril B. Bunter Band Sydney’s Legendary Exponents of The Real Good Boogie! Since their reformation in 2013, The Cyril B. Bunter Band has well and truly reclaimed their position as Australia’s premier exponents of the Real Good Boogie. From their humble roots at Sydney’s notorious […]
Harper and Midwest Kind (USA) - (click on image to enlarge) SAT 4 – 8:15PM – 9:15PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   An amalgamation of blues, soul and world music, multi award winning Australian singer/ songwriter “Peter D. Harper” creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. By combining traditional and modern influences, […]
Phil Wiggins (USA) & Dom Turner - SUN 5 – 4:15PM – 5:15PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   “..a brilliant coming together of two styles of the blues. A perfect symbiosis. Australia-meets-The Delta…at midnight.” Texas Dave, Lone Star Radio 2EAR FM “This is a reverential homage to those timeless blues masters from 2 blues devotees infused with a real passion that reaches beyond imitation.” […]
Hat Fitz and Cara (Qld) - SAT 4 – 4:00PM – 5:00PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   HatFitz and Cara can in no way be mistaken for a dainty duo. They have been known as festival favourites throughout Canada, Australia, Europe, and the UK where it has been said they pack more energy into one song than most have in an entire career. […]
Anthony Ackroyd (MC) - GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Anthony defines his mission as being “To help as many people as possible have amazingly happy and successful lives by teaching them how to use the power of humour, laughter and creativity to their advantage.” In a stellar career spanning over three decades he has done just that as comedian, speaker and seminar leader. Anthony rose to […]
Grizzlee Train - A romping, stomping roots duo from the NSW Central Coast, GRIZZLEE TRAIN take the sound of vintage blues and drench it with filthy modern guitar licks and pulsating percussion. Dubbed “a new take on old standards”, longtime best mates, BRANDON DODD & JOSH DUFFICY begun busking on the streets of their hometown as fresh-faced teenagers […]
Blue Eyes Cry (VIC) - SAT 4 – 1:00PM – 2:00PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Slick, modern and funky are words often used to describe multi-award winning blues band Blue Eyes Cry. Hardworking would be another. Since the May 2013 release of their debut album, Sleepin’ Alone, Blue Eyes Cry have gone from strength to strength. Upon release, the album saw […]
Foreday Riders - SAT 4 – 2:30PM – 3:30PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   FOREDAY RIDERS …….nothing but the Blues since 1967! A big 7 piece line-up just for Girrakool BF. Often cited as Sydney’s ‘university of the blues’, the Foreday Riders will be celebrating 50 years as a working band in 2017, and despite countless line-up changes, 2 original members from 1967 remain: […]
Wards Xpress - SAT 4 – 6:30PM – 7:30PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Ross Ward first appeared at Bluesfest backin ’95 with the late Wiley Reed, where the idea for the band ‘Ward’s Xpress’ was originally conceived. Since that time he has appeared at 10 Bluesfest’s in ByronBay (incl 2016) and has enjoyed a long career in the industry, […]
Christina Crofts - SAT 4 – 1:45PM – 2:45PM WONDABYNE STAGE   A review of Christina’s ‘Midnight Train’ album describes her as ‘Lucinda Williams meets Rory Gallagher down under’ (Ron from Rootstime) and it is considered by many to be a fitting description. Perhaps this is evidence of the variety of influences, which have shaped her musical direction, having […]
Cass Eager & The Velvet Rope - SUN 5 – 3:00PM – 4:00PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   ‘…down the end on a small stage in a patch of light under a mass of wild curls, a girl sits, cradling a big-bodied guitar, like a still from The Bottom Line in ’68. And that voice, mixing Memphis soul and delta blues, is husky from a […]
Mescalero - SAT 4 – 3:30PM – 4:30PM WONDABYNE STAGE   Steve Edmonds presents ‘MESCALERO’ Legendary guitarist Steve Edmonds has accumulated many milesand milestones over his 30 + years as a professional guitarist in the Australian Blues and Roots community. His extensive sideman credits range from such roots heavy weights as Renee Geyer, Jimmy Barnes, Billy Thorpe, Doug […]
Kristen Lee Morris - SUN 5 – 1:30PM – 2:30PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Kristen Lee Morris has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s finest, and most honest, country & blues musicians. His songs cut to the heart and on stage with his guitar he can tear the house down. Audiences are at once captivated and blown away. Absolute truth […]
Darren Jack (Solo) - SUN 5 – 12:00PM – 1:30PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Multiple award-winning Australian Blues musician Darren Jack has been electrifying audiences with his signature powerhouse Rock ‘n’ Blues and original music for over twenty years. Darren first fired up the Blues scene as the driving force behind award-winning band Third Degree which introduced a legion of Blues enthusiasts to his powerful vocals […]
Gawurra - SUN 5 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Winner of FOUR National Indigenous Music Awards! Album of the Year – New Talent of the Year – Cover Art – Video Award “Like fellow Yolngu artist Gurrumul, Gawurra commands attention regardless of backdrop”–Rolling Stone, 4.5 stars “Gawurra celebrates the natural wonders of his homeland in Gupapuyngu […]
Rivershack - SAT 4 – 12:00PM – 1:00PM WONDABYNE STAGE   John Makey (Vocals) John was born in England, and migrated to Sydney, Australia with his family whilst very young. A big-voiced singer who grew up with a penchant for soulful blues-rock a la Paul Rodgers and Frankie Miller, John also sites influences as diverse as B.B.King, Otis […]
Yella Cats (Vic) - SAT 4 – 11:00AM – 3:00PM ROAMING   Aaron Gillett is a Melbourne based blues harmonica player, with a low-down Chicago sound that is sure to delight even the most discerning blues enthusiast. Drawing influence from Little Walter, Big Walter, James Cotton and Sonnyboy Williamson (1 and 2), and even the down – home country players like Sonny Terry and DeFord Bailey. Playing solo and with ensembles all around Australia, Aaron has shared the stage with […]