Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ

Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ

Music, Culture & Soul food.

2016 Artists

Cedric Burnside Project - Born and raised around Holly Springs, Mississippi, Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary R.L. Burnside and son of drummer Calvin Jackson, has been playing music all his life. He has developed a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style with strong hip-hop and funk influences. This four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year […]
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 […]
Gail Page - Recently a Finalist on THE VOICE Australia. TeamRicky! Blues & Soul Musician Gail Page, “Simply has one of the biggest voices in the business. Her earth shattering vocals and bubbly personality draws immediate attention. When performing live Gail leaves the audience with the feeling they have witnessed something magical and special.” Be prepared to be […]
GEORGE SMILOVICI - Aussie Comedy Legend, George Smilovici to MC Girrakool Blues & BBQ. As the only Australian comedian to knock Stevie Wonder off the No.1 position of the Top 40 Music Charts, with his “I’m so tuff” routine, George Smilovici is coming to the Central Coast to host the very first Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ. George […]
Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong - Internationally renowned organist/keyboard player Clayton Doley has for the last five years been continually touring around the globe with his own projects as well as backing up Canadian Bluesman Harry Manx and Texan guitar traveler Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges. Clayton is back in Australia to release his new album, Bayou Billabong. We’ll have the pleasure to […]
Buddy Knox Blues Band - Buddy Knox ‘Australia’s answer to BB King!’ Buddy’s fervour for blues has been simmering for years, and finally in 2006, The Buddy Knox Blues Band was born. “I haven’t got the blues…..the blues have got me!” • Winner of the Sydney Blues society ‘Blues Challenge 2011’and excited to be goin’ to Memphis in 2012! • Winner of Australia’s most prestigious ‘Chain’ Awards music’s ‘Best New Blues Talent […]
Dai Pritchard Band - Dai is currently the Guitarist for Australian Rock Legends Rose Tattoo. Guitar Man Dai Pritchard It was always gonna be guitar for Dai Pritchard, from the moment he sat in the audience, aged 15, back in September 1977, seeing Alice Cooper in Festival Hall in Melbourne. For all the theatrics coming from the charismatic frontman, […]
Pine and Ali’s Duelling Organs - Rawness and emotion are what strikes you when you hear what Ali Penney and The Money Makers play for you. Penney’s husky, soulful voice is matched perfectly by the smooth sounds of the Money Makers’ blues. She may consider herself a pianist first and this shows in her skills on the keys, but the honest […]
Kate Lush - R&B Soul, Rock & Blues. She has the power to uplift, the sensitivity to comfort & the gravity to pull emotions from deep within.Likened to Sara Bareilles & Sheryl Crow, Kate crosses singer songwriter borders with her harder rock edge. Her voice is capable of incredible power and unimaginable tenderness, there is so much personality […]
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 […]
Chicken Train Skifflers - The Chicken Train Skifflers are Boot Hill – Vocals, guitar/ganjo Andy McClean – Vocals, harp/gazoo/gazumpit Brandon ‘Bungie’ Smith – b/vocals, fiddle/mandolin/banjo Brian ‘Chop’ Toomey – b/vocals, washboard/percussion Greg “Flynny’ Flynn – guitar/dobro John ‘Mash’ Mitchell – “Tea” and Gut bucket bass. Since 1999, Playing a unique liberation of a lost style of music, fusing ragtime, […]
Grizzlee Train - SAT 4 – 11:30AM – 12:30PM GIRRAKOOL STAGE   Back to Girrakool BF for 2017 due to Popular demand. 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”, […]
Jessica Belle - Growing up on the Central Coast, Jessica Belle came from a musical family. But it wasn’t until Jess reached the age of 18 that she decided to take the song writing path. 
With influences such as Lucinda Williams, Jason Isbell, Bill Chambers & Kasey Chambers, 12 years down the line and Jess hasn’t looked back.
’Song […]