Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ

Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ

Where Blues, BBQ & Culture Meet


Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (USA)

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. — Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards.

That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band America’s foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev’s new release, The Front Porch Sessions. Peyton’sdazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev’s irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose “When My Baby Left Me” receives a memorable reading.

This will be The Rev’s first time to Australia before they head off on tour around Australia and to play at Port Fairy Folk Festival.

Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ 2nd-4th March 2018

Hi lovers of Girrakool

The overall response we had regarding the this years Festival was truly humbling & Liss & I would like to thank everyone who braved the rain & danced like there was no tomorrow.

With the inaugural Girrakool Blues Festival  & BBQ in 2016 we saw a very hot day (38 degrees). Fast forward to this years fest & it was just the opposite, but don’t worry about what mother nature has installed for us in 2018 because we have y’all literary covered…Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink say no more. 

We are very excited about the 3rd Annual Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ on the 2nd-4th March 2018. Again we’ll be bringing to the Central Coast the cream of International, National & Local Blues, .Rock and Roots Bands over the Friday and Saturday nights, with a little on the Sunday. Along side all the great music will  be the 2nd Annual “BBQ Stand Off” which will be the main focus for the Sunday.

After the success of the inaugural BBQ comp & talking with the teams that competed, the second installment is set to be bigger, better & of course more BBQ….. stay tuned more news on that later.

If you haven’t already guessed it this all means 2 nights of camping & 3 days of music & entertainment.

So, like they say in the classics “Mark this date in your diaries” and stay tuned for some very special announcements & surprises coming up further on up the road.

Bruce & Liss



Kevin Borich Express

Kevin Borich –

Hi – For over 51 years I’ve ridden the musical wave, recording at 12yrs old in New Zealand, progressing through the La-De-Da’s with hit records, living & loving the professional musician’s life here in Australia, thanks to those who enjoy the fruits of my mission.

Much to my surprise, on October 24th 2017, I turned 70yrs old – => What the!!? – the new 60? – Nah! That sounds desperate!! – But thanks to the Cosmos, the kid inside is still alive & I’m still producing my original “FunkinRockinBlues” CD’s, DVD’s and playing live shows of all descriptions, this “Girrakool Blues Festival” being in the top shelf along with others I’ve had the honour to play.

If I told you all the highlights I’ve had re: Shows, the famous people I’ve performed with, it would take too long, if you are interested checkout that will give you a hearty slice of name dropping, plus you can subscribe to my news letters for news & future enjoyment via live performances.

So welcome to this amazing line up of Talent, and I hope you enjoy my contribution along with band members – Jon Carson Drums & Chris Gilbert Bass.

All the best – Cheers n Love Kevin

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Kevin’s a bit lazy so >

He played The Historical SUNBURY Festivals.

Has actually played on stage with the likes of Carlos Santana, [at the Rock Arena Shows to 60,000 people, & at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre with Buddy Miles on Vocals]- – Joe Walsh [The Eagles],- Ritchie Blackmore [Deep Purple], Taj Mahal, Living Colour, – Legends Bo Diddley & John Mayall. Also Jamming with Ronny Wood [The Rolling Stones in Ronnie’s basement NY]

Was foundation member of The Party Boys, the name he thought of.

Has played support shows for Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Jeff Beck, Status Quo, Peter Frampton Buddy Guy – as well as our very best Australian Artists including Renee Geyer, Richard Clapton, Marc Hunter, Joe Camilleri.

Played the “Last Waltz Revisited” shows at the Sydney Opera House in April 2016, which also featured Tim Rogers, Richard Clapton, Olympia, Paul Dempsey, Vika & Linda Bull with the RockWiz Orkestra – yes that’s how they spell it! + The New Zealand Version by Liberty Stage Productions!

The True Legend to witness!!


The Backsliders

Iconic Australian blues group – Backsliders – are leaders and virtual pioneers in their own genre – ‘delta-blues wall of sound’.

As a three piece, they can lift the roof off any venue – moving from straight ahead, in your face, ‘amped up’ original blues – ‘Blues ’not ‘Roots’ that is – to ‘all-acoustic’ unplugged ‘way down south’ delta blues.

These guys have been writing, recording & performing acoustic-based blues for nearly 25 years – even before ‘roots and blues’ became a catch-phase with bands across the country.

Multi-media celebrity, Doug Mulray describes them as ‘the best acoustic blues band in the country’

2011 ARIA Blues and Roots nominees and I-Tunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year winners, Backsliders have been playing, touring the festival circuit and recording for 27 years.

The latest release (due March 2014) ‘Dark Side’, their 13th to date, features their trademark driving Delta and Mississippi Hill country blues sounds mixed in with original 21st Century new blues anthems.

The previous release, ‘Starvation Box’ was heralded as their best to date, has been described as sounding like “hungry youths from the Deep South. Tracks have featured on the 2013 series of ABC TV’s ‘Underbelly’ program.

Slide Guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, so ngwriter and vocalist, Dom Turner, is the founding member of the group. Dom’s influences are many and varied – a blend of delta blues, piedmont blues, rock, dub and sounds of Asia.

He is a highly regarded speaker on blues and roots music and has guested on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) radio programs and presented music workshops at festivals and in universities (both nationally and internationally).

As well as playing in the Backsliders, Dom has toured as a solo artist in the USA, playing Augusta Blues week in West Virginia in 1996 and 1998, and in early 2006, he toured Mexico with US blues greats, Del Ray and Steve James.

In 2004 Dom was voted Songwriter of the Year’ at the Australian Blues Awards in Goulburn, NSW and has a sculpture in recognition of this honour at the Goulburn Visitors Centre.

Drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), an acclaimed name synonymous with the best of Australian music, has been with Backsliders for 12 years. As a founding member spending 25 years in Midnight Oil, Rob’s work needs no explanation- he stands as one of the world’s great drummers – now drawing on his early jazz and swamp-rock influences to produce a sound that is integral to the Backsliders 21stcentury blues grooves.

Rob’s achievements in the music industry are many and varied including In publishing his first work of prose on Pan McMillan – ‘Willies Bar & Grill’ telling the story of Midnight Oil’s USA & Canadian tour just after September 11.

Joining Dom and Rob are two of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic harmonica players; the legendary Brod Smith (Dingoes, Brod Smith’s Big Combo) and ARIA award winning harmonica genius Ian Collard (Collard, Greens & Gravy).

The 2 blues-harp dynamos play alternate gigs, each blazing his own trail to the raw energy of the Backsliders soun
d. It’s a furious ride – with Dom Turner and Rob Hirst doing their thing, setting the grooves and taking no prisoners, and Ian and Brod (you never know who you will get) firing-up the amps to fuel the maelstrom.

These guys are renowned for captivating live shows – an eclectic mix of blues styles moving from driving delta blues
riffs and jungle-like rhythms to ‘Piedmont’ blues influenced ‘all-acoustic’ unplugged treatments of 1920’s songs by blues heroes such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and Robert Johnson.

The achievements, success and reviews over the band’s 25+ years tell it all.

The 2011 album, ‘Starvation Box’, their 12th release, has been heralded as their finest work to date. The 2007 ‘Left Field Holler’ is an eclectic mix of hard hitting, frenetic new blues mixed with poignant ballads again taking the band to new limits. The 2005 ‘Live’ album is a collection of live performances from the Basement in Sydney, as well as the Melbourne blues festival.

The 2003 DVD, ‘Live at the Basement’ features live footage from one of Backsliders many gigs at The Basement in Sydney. The concert featured tracks from Backsliders’ 8th and latest album, ‘Hanoi’. Described as a new direction for a band that welcomes evolution and seems to expand their audience with every new release, ‘Hanoi’ was voted ‘Rhythms’ Magazine Readers Poll Blues Album of the Year for 2002 and was a 2002 finalist at the prestigious Australian Record Industry Awards (ARIA). ‘Hanoi’ is a studio album of mostly original songs by Dom Turner and Rob Hirst. The band’s previous album, ‘Poverty Deluxe’ (1999), was a 1999 ARIA

Kevin Bennett & The Flood

Kevin Bennett, well-respected indigenous Singer/Songwriter with Sydney Blues/Roots band The Flood, Aria nominee and CMAA Gold Guitar winner in 2006 (with The Flood for Best Group), 2011(with Kasey Chambers for Vocal Collaboration) and 2016 (with Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart for Best Alternative Album and Best Group), writes relevant, contemporary Australian music containing elements of Blues, Rock, Folk and Country – telling stories of where he’s from and where he might be going, his past and his future….he sings his life.

The Flood line-up is KB (Vox/Guitar), Glen Hannah (Guitar/Vox), Wayne ‘Killer’ Kellett (Bass/Vox) and Mik McCartin (Drums/Vox).

The Flood has recorded 5 universally acclaimed albums including ‘The Ballad Of KB’, which was recently named in the Top Twenty Australian Country Albums of all time, while Rhythms magazine calls The Flood ‘the best Australian Roots band since The Dingoes.’

Z-Star Delta (UK)

Z-STAR DELTA are fast becoming hot music property in Australia, being hailed as the highlight of many a festival, thanks to their most legendary live performances.
Fronted by international artist, musician and producer Zee Gachette (Z-Star, SlowTrainSoul) on vocals, acoustic guitar and drums, with a guitar prodigy by her side on Electric, Lapsteel, Synth, Loops, FX and Bass. It’s an impressively huge sound for a two piece band, that travels through an intoxicating and modern mix of Country Blues and Desert Rock. Musically speaking, it’s no surprise that Zee’s captivating tone and grit have been likened to greats such as Nina Simone and Janis Joplin. But what’s even more striking is that these powerful vocals are being delivered whilst she drums with a compelling, Bo Diddly-inspired, tribal intensity. This is a must see!!

“Nitrous-injected hyper-blues that spiritually hail from the Mississippi Delta…” – 100% Rock Magazine
“Fast rising blues duo” – Beat Magazine
“(Zee is) a force of nature” – Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
“It’s from the soul (their music) comes, and to the soul it connects” – GlamAdelaide