Coast Acoustics Artists

Acoustic Elements

acoustic elements21/1/12. An explosion of percussive grooves, Latin fury and raw talent. Acoustic Elements blazing a trail across the Australian festival scene as they rip through fiery latin masterpieces and beat out rock solid grooves.  Acoustic Elements have played on the Australian festival scene since 2009.


 lamplights2The Lamplights are a band you can¹t help but love at first listen. Playing an organic blend of folk, funk, roots, and blues with pop undertones, this fresh, energetic five-piece from the Gold Coast are a uniquely Australian experience.


Acoustic Elements

acoustic elements21/1/12. An explosion of percussive grooves, Latin fury and raw talent. Acoustic Elements blazing a trail across the Australian festival scene as they rip through fiery latin masterpieces and beat out rock solid grooves.  Acoustic Elements have played on the Australian festival scene since 2009.


"Exquisite and haunting, Laneway's songs float with a delicious melancholy, like the last days of summer,"


Acoustic Union

Acoustic Union is a collaboration of likeminded acoustic musicians lead by Ruffcut Anderson.



Lauren Crick


Lauren Crick has been steadily making her presence known throughout the Brisbane and Gold Coast music scene as a contemporary singer/songwriter, composer and vocal coach. With

Angela Toohey

angela8/1/12. Award winning artist Angela Toohey has had a successful career in both live and musical theatre. Angela has notably featured in The Boy From Oz, Mamma Mia, The Witches of Eastwick, Cabaret, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Educating Rita, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Starring opposite Hugh Jackman, 

Lecia McPhail Bell

lecia19/5/12. Lecia first played guitar when she saw her older sister playing as a young girl. She stole her sisters guitar and she has been stealing the show ever since from the USA, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, The Solomon Islands, and through out Australia.

Angharad Drake


Singer/songwriter Angharad began writing music at the age of 14 and for the past 4 years has performed in various venues and festivals across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Mama Juju


21/1/12. Sweet jazz, a dash of country and some hollerin‟ blues with harmonica on the side, is Mama Juju‟s home-cooked recipe. Juju, with sidekick Slim on guitar, delivers some serious chanteuse channeling all the way from Ella Fitzgerald and Bessie Smith through to Doris Day.

Sugar Cane Slim is your guide for a musical journey exploring the roots of American music. Slim performs both well known and obscure gems by Bill Big Broonzy, Lightning Hopkins, Doc Watson and beyond, and his recounting of the stories behind the tunes and artists helps keep alive this rich musical tradition.

Apple Tree


The Apple Tree is a Gold Coast based ensemble with an acoustic, funky, folky, vibe. With male and female vocals and acoustic guitars between them both their songs are inspired by a passion for travelling the world and learning about different cultures

Mark Cryle and the Redeemers

mc_sideshow_1Recently described by Rhythms Magazine as "one of Australia's finest singer songwriters" whose "pithy and catchy songs resonate deeply and manage to reflect the Australian psyche", Mark Cryle cut his teeth with the band Spot the Dog but has since emerged as a force to be reckoned with as singer songwriter with his releases Notches on the Wall (2006), House of Cards, (which was  voted Folk Alliance Australia's  CD of the year for 2009) and most recently Sideshow Alley.

Asa Broomhall


Queensland's favorite Rock/Roots larrikin; Asa Broomhall is sailing on the momentum of his 4th independent and self produced release „Revelry Road‟. From clubs and festivals all over Oz to supporting national and international acts, Asa has taken his guitar driven, dynamic show to the UK, Canada and the States.

Mick McHugh



  • “Get to see and hear him live” Ralph McTell (Streets of London). Original Irish folk songwriting coupled with his one-man-band acoustic talents, Mick McHugh has been praised for his high energy, positivity and inspiring performances.

Beaking Hart Benton

breakinghartbentonBreaking Hart Benton is an indie/folk group comprising songsmiths Michael David and Lee James. Formed out of a mutual love of British Isles folk and Appalachan music.

Mustered Courage

mustered Nugrass from Melbourne.  Mustered Courage recently garnered a great deal of attention on YouTube and the Country Music Channel where their version of Seal's "Kiss from a Rose," which now sits comfortably in the Top 50 charts. YOUTUBE

Brendan Leggatt

Come along and hear the life story of 'The Traveller' told by Brisbane singer/songwriter Brendan Leggatt.

Follow his journey from a young musician to an ageing wanderer, sometimes fun, sometimes haunting but told through songs ranging from swampy blues to moving midnight ballads all encompassing a mindfulness and desire for live performance.



18/2/12. Part of the new generation of Australian bluegrass, the group brings a fresh approach to the Australian country music scene with their strong family vocal harmonies and high-energy traditional acoustic music.

Burton Sunde and Fix


Take the voluptuous bass of Paul Robert Burton, velvet vocals of Nadia Sunde, virtuoso guitar of Michael Fix, add a healthy dose of humour and positive vibes, and you have a

Out of Abingdon


From dappled-shade-ice-tinkling riverside afternoons to balmy twighlight city rooftops and late-night jam joints

Bush dancing

Bush dancing with Bushwakers

Passionfruit Fools

passionfruit17/12/11. Peter and Wendy play an array of stringed instruments - guitar, mandolin, fiddle, double bass, ukulele, clawhammer banjo - they combine their extensive instrumental skills with close soaring harmonies. They are a versatile and dynamic duo that cover a wide variety of musical styles - from swing, country and jazz sounds with a touch of blues, to bluegrass with the fiddle and mandolin to Hawaiian and Motown on the uke.

Bush Poets

Bush poetry with Manfred Vjars and friends

Penny Davies and Roger Ilott

Acoustic Australian music known around the country.  pennyandroger


11 am Saturday 22/9.  Coast Acoustics showcase featuring Bill Edwards, Wendy, Minato, Rod, Colleen and Jackie.

Phil Monsour Band


21/4/12. The Phil Monsour Band formed in 2008 to record and promote the Empires New Clothes CD. Performing a blend of acoustic rock, the music provides a powerful vehicle for Phil Monsour‟s socially conscious lyrics.

Cheynne Murphy

cheynne15/1/12. Cheynne picked up an old nylon string guitar in his final year of a marketing degree in Sydney much to the dismay of his parents.
Upon discovering three chords (or 4) and the truth through a diet of old delta blues, Bob Marley and old skool Cat Stevens, Cheynne set about writing his own simplistic versions of 'songs' and discovered he had a knack for melody and emotional authenticity.

Daniel Champagne


Recently described as „the most talked about rising star of Australia‟s next generation‟ Daniel Champagne delivers one of the most impressive one man shows out there. Reaching to musical depths far beyond his years and a way


2 pm Sunday 23/9.

Ewan Mackenzie


Ewan MacKenzie has been playing guitar for many years in all styles, and since devoting himself to Gypsy Jazz in 2003 has come to be regarded as one of Australia's premier Django-style guitarists. He

Rhiannon and Monique

moniqueYoung celtic fiddle and cello duo from Brisbane, bringing you songs and tunes from Scotland, Sweden, Quebec and many other folk traditions.

Fiddle in the Middle


4 pm Saturday 22/9. A duo of exceptional musicality and ability to entertain and involve any audience - leaving them with that feeling of a great live music experience.

Frencham Smith


This unique collaboration between honey-voiced bassist Liz Frencham and internationally acclaimed songwriter Fred Smith presents finely crafted songs full of heart, truth and humour.

Rusty Datsuns

rustyCombining sweet vocal harmonies over a backdrop of deftly finger-picked guitar, banjo, ukelele and soaring fiddle the ‘Dattos’ live show has crowds dancing jigs and making merriment aplenty with their spellbinding performance, a fresh take on modern folk with a healthy bluegrass twinge.

George Jackson

george jacksonSaturday and Sunday afternoon.  "A brilliant young violinist, with a musical maturity way beyond his years" - Alan Western describing George Jackson, an exciting, young and energetic seventh generation fiddler. YOUTUBE

Salt Lick n Hicks

saltlickThe Salt Lick’n Hicks are Clara Durbidge and Chris Hutton. Their music is a meld of roots, blues and folk music.

Simon Thomas


Simon Thomas is an engaging young Troubadour beginning his career in solo acoustic mode. Heralding from the humble Darling Downs, this young guitarist has developed a truly unique sound and demonstrates


18/2/12. From the Port Douglas Hinterland, Australia, the Hillbillygoats have travelled and performed over 250 live shows at festivals, pubs, clubs and corporate events. The dynamic duo of Bryce and Mahney Wearne take their influence of Hillbilly Roots, Ole Time Music and Modern & Traditional Bluegrass and combine it with Rock'n'Roll Favourites and Australiana to present 4 different shows that have been described as "knee-slapping, toe-tapping, high tempo fun!". 

Sonia Serin

Sonia Serin’s performance can be described as a new cool wave of FRESH UPBEAT ACOUSTICA! A very stylish percussive sound, that is swiftly collated with sophisticated rhythm and finger picking that stands as ‘captivating and unique’.

Holly major

kenny slide and holly major-1

Stetson Family


Melbourne knockabouts The Stetson Family dig deep into the bluegrass roots of folk and country music to create a fresh twist on a timeless sound - it‟s a little bit mountain, a little bit high-lonesome, and a whole

Innes Campbell

innes campbellWith his band Present Company, Innes Campbell has been delighting festival crowds up and down the country since 2010 with a high energy show fuelled by his award-winning guitar playing, wit and intelligent songwriting. Now solo, Innes's new show is an engaging mix of highly skilled multi instrumentation - guitar, mandolin, banjo and bass pedals - with some witty original songs, cover versions that may surprise and a stage presence that will enthrall and delight you. 

Steve Tyson and Dave Parnell


5/2/12. Steve Tyson has been a fixture in the Brisbane music scene, for close on forty years. His early bands Gentle Art and Spike played the city‟s underground blues and r&b clubs whilst he was still at school.

Just Live

justin17/12/11. Canadian born Justin Livesay has written and performed his way across three continents. Now residing in Australia Justin is writing and recording his best work to date in "The Grail Studios".

"... most musicians are busting a gut to get over seas, imagining hoping or dreaming that "over there " is where they'll succeed. Justin Livesay is part of the traffic moving the other way."


Súnas is a fiery four-piece Celtic band featuring multi-instrumentalists and exquisite four-part vocal harmonies. They play a unique and unforgettable blend of original, contemporarsunas2y and traditional tunes and songs

Kara-Mia and Franko

11 am Saturday 22/9.  Festival performances at Wintermoon and Redfest in 2011. Playing mostly self composed original material with a jazz and blues feel.

The Barkers Vale Brothers


Since their formation in 2009 The Barkers Vale Brothers have delighted audiences at festivals, in venues and on the street Australia wide with their digestible mix of dry humour and

Karl Farren


Raised in Dublin on a cultural stew of Irish ballads, his elder sister‟s Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash records and sixties and seventies pop music on the radio, Karl‟s


Formed in 2000 Thornlands are band of Celtic inspired minstrels from Brisbane, Tasmania and the Whitsundays. thornlands

Kenji and the Southern Cross

festival-2011Sunday 11 am

Kanji & The Southern Cross is Queensland‟s only Japanese folk band. The Southern Cross feature a range of originals and a few you may recognize. 

Kanji & The Southern Cross is Queensland‟s only Japanese folk

Thrillbilly Stomp

Drawing on the influences around them Thrillbilly Stomp create their own earthy blend of Cajun, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic and Gypsy.


kobya17/12/11. Roots Rock Reggae. Through his music, Kobya breaks barriers by exploring new sounds with his strongest messages expressing love and concern for humanity while celebrating life. He sings about the world today, what it was yesterday and what he wishes for tomorrow.  Kobya has co-produced 12 albums, featured in CNA/ ABC Documetaries, Channel 7 Outback Documentaries and released a new album tittled 'Professional Fool'.  He has played in numerous festivals in Australia/Africa/USA/France and the Netherlands and conducted choir workshops, in Melbourne and Tasmania.  Kobya has shared stage with, Jimmi Cliff, Steel Pulse, Lucky Dube,Van Alan and many others. He has performed for Neson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was in the top ten finalist on Musicoz 2008.

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