OKA, KINGFISHA, CHOCOLATE STRINGS, SAHARA BECK, KARL S WILLIAMS, STARBOARD CANNONS, DANNI CARR, ANDREW MORRIS
“Try to imagine Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the chemical brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo and you are getting close” OKA
Sarah Howells and The Triffid presents the inaugural NEWSTEAD ROOTS FESTIVAL, an extravaganza of east coast roots music on Sunday June 7.
Each Sunday since November 2014, Sarah Howells has played host to TRIFFID ROOTS, showcasing original acoustic roots music live in The Triffid beer garden. The Queen’s birthday long weekend is approaching and an epic kick-on is a given!
“I’m so excited to be teaming up with The Triffid for this huge lineup of east coast roots music! Sundays have been so popular that we wanted to thank you with a big extended roots afternoon and evening – for free!!” said Sarah Howells.
Kicking off at 1pm, Newstead Roots Festival will run late into the night with bands playing in the Triffid’s live space as well as acoustic performances in the beer garden.
Channel your inner Marley and hook into a marathon of dub infused rhythms. Catch the OKA boys before they embark on another Canadian tour and get a taste of their soon to be released new album!
Get ready to be charmed by the lyrical bliss of some of the finest roots musicians on the east coast. And if you didn’t catch on yet, it’s FREE ENTRY!
OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country through their music. Their signature sound is an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, roots, jazz and world music. A rhythm based sonic tapestry crossing cultural boundaries, embracing the future without losing sight of the past.
Born from a relaxed street jam over 10 years ago, they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, and growing audience on the global stage. Independently selling over 140,000 albums, they have shared the stage with acts like Arrested Development, Finnley Quay, Xavier Rudd, Dehli to Dublin, Kinnie Starr, Yothu Yindi, Fat Freddys Drop, The Wailers and Digging Roots to name a few.
Brisbane’s bass heavy, reggae roof raisers Kingfisha have been laying down heavy reggae and dub and bringing their passionate music to eager audiences for over 5 years, in the process cementing themselves as one of the must see acts of the Australian roots scene. The 6-piece band delivers crafted and modern reggae music by coupling their love of Jamaican rhythms with personal depth and style.
The groundswell around the band has been building for years and Kingfisha have just released their debut self titled LP to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The album features a body of work that is a swirling sea of synths, delay, deep bass and rhythms, underpinning sincere songwriting and the soulful vocals of front man Anthony Forrest.
Formed in the boroughs of Brisbane, time has most definitely seasoned this crop into an out-and-out sensory feast. As a motley orchestra of 8 they possess the pulse of afrobeat with a score built on soul, funk and ragga-fied melodies. Made by music lovers for music lovers.
Always the festival sweethearts, Chocolate Strings have dished their cocoa chords on the line ups of Woodford Folk Festival, Karratha's Red Earth Arts Festival, Peats Ridge, The Dreaming, Island Vibe, Kuranda Roots, Rainbow Serpent Festival, Newtown Festival and Luminate, New Zealand, and many more.
With her quirky demeanour and ability to weave stories from different perspectives, Sahara Beck has quickly developed a devoted fan base and racked up some impressive live performances at venues and festivals including the Noosa Long Weekend, the SolBar, The J, Peregian Originals, Joes Waterhole, The Caloundra Music Festival, the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Judith Wright Centre and many more.
Over the past year or so Sahara has released two critically acclaimed EPs (the most recent ‘BLOOM’ in October) toured non-stop, had her music featured on radio, online and on television, collaborated with numerous artists, written countless new songs and grown into an exceptional songwriter. Along the way she has collected plenty of fans around the country too and critical nods for her engaging live show.
Karl S Williams
One of Australia’s most exciting new artists with arguably the most captivating live shows, KARL S. WILLIAMS is a guitar-slinging, banjo-wielding freak equally adept at heart shredding piano with a voice that will confound expectations.
2014 was the year that paved the road to the successes of now, for Karl S Williams. The Gold Coast songwriter started off 2014 by signing a record deal to Warner’s indie imprint Footstomp Music and shortly after released his debut album ‘Heartwood.’ Williams continued the year by headlining two national tours, playing the most talked about showcase at Bigsound which was validated by Rolling Stone who put him in their Top 5 Artists To Watch. Karl S Williams also dazzled the industry luminaries at New York City’s CMJ Music Marathon and appeared on the line up of Australia’s most loved festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music, Festival Of The Sun & most recently Byron Bay’s Bluesfest!
Moving through super-fast bluegrass terrain, across the realm of the sparse and haunting folk ballad, and head first into full-blown, beer-spilling, shout-along sea shanty territory, Starboard Cannons make music that sits somewhere between the Scottish Highlands and the Aussie bush.
In the live arena they combine drums, fiddle, banjo and mandolin with their own guitar and upright bass blend, transcending folk traditions and promising a rousing good time for the musicians and audience alike. Storytellers with a knack for songwriting, Starboard Cannons represent the trademark larrikinism that underpins Australiana, with the prowess and ability to walk the line between alt-country, folk, and bush balladry with ease and sophistication.
Danni Carr and her band are a formidable combination in the new wave of vibrant roots music crossing into a dangerous, dirty, ambient and exciting side of this genre. Through her recordings and live performances, Danni has carved a reputation as a dynamic and accomplished artist. She plays a mean harmonica, wild guitar and has a voice that takes you away. A keen “jammer”, it is not uncommon to see Danni share the stage with some of the best talent in the country, including Ash Grunwald, Mia Dyson, Chris Wilson, Jeff Lang, Kerry Simpson, Josh Owen and Rob Sawer.
As a full band or as a two-piece Danni Carr will get your foot tapping and your head knocking with her gutsy grooves.
Andrew Morris is a Brisbane stalwart, best known for his work with Bernard Fanning and The Wilson Pickers, as well as a series of beautifully crafted solo albums. For his most recent album release he summoned as many of the members of The Gin Club as he could muster, put on beers and banged down a few unrehearsed gems in his Northern Rivers home studio. The result, ‘The Situationist’, was inspired by Tom Hodgkinson’s counter-consumer-culture manifesto, How To Be Free.