Kitty & The Rooster is a rock n’ roll duo from East-Vancouver, BC Canada featuring Jodie Ponto on the stand-up cocktail drumkit and Noah Walker on electric guitar. They are known for their surf-tastic hooks, clever lyrics, and ridiculously fun world-class shows.
Kitty & The Rooster’s debut album One Gig Hard Drive is a “funny-because-it's-true” romp across the Canadian backroads. The 11-track album documents the hilarious, and at times absurd, life of the un-famous travelling musician. With clever word play, laugh out loud scenarios and some “did they really just go there?” moments, Kitty & The Rooster tell-all with the kind of honesty usually only found within the four walls of a tour van.
For a duo, Kitty & The Rooster make quite a lot of noise. One Gig Hard Drive invites you to get up and shake it with an old-fashioned surf stomp. The album is fortified with vintage guitar sounds, slapback vocals, dirty drums, and Kitty & The Rooster’s trusty backup singers The Cockettes.
Kitty & The Rooster - Paid A Million Dollars (To Live Like You're Poor)
Since the release of her first album ‘Soon’ in 2006, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Liz Stringer has carved out a reputation as one of Australia’s most respected and critically acclaimed songwriters and performers. She has recorded and released four studio albums, with her latest, 2012’s ‘Warm In The Darkness’, being shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and named ‘Album of the Year’ by Brian Wise of RRRfm Melbourne and Rhythms Magazine.
In October 2014, Liz released a live solo album and DVD, ‘Live at The Yarra’. Recorded and filmed at the iconic Yarra Hotel in Abbotsford, the release received significant critical acclaim (including making Triple J Roots and All’s ’10 best albums of 2014’ list), and led to sold out shows on a 15-date solo tour around Australia, immediately followed by a support slot on The Waifs’ national tour.
Highly respected by her peers as a talented multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Liz has collaborated with many artists including Mick Thomas, Damian Cowell, Van Walker, Suzannah Espie and Mia Dyson. She is one third of the power trio Dyson Stringer Cloher, collaborating with friends and contemporaries Mia Dyson and Jen Cloher, who undertook a 35 date Australian tour at the end of 2013, earning the title of ‘Best Live Gig of 2013’ from the Rhythms Magazine readers poll, and followed up with appearances at Blues Fest and Queenscliff Festival in 2014. Liz is also a member of the critically acclaimed Livingstone Daisies, along with Van and Cal Walker and Michael Barclay.
A passionate advocate of independent music and extensive regional touring, Liz has become a favourite among punters across Australia for her generous and engaging stage demeanour and her skill as a songwriter.
Not content with conquering the local scene, Liz has recently toured in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, and was officially showcased at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, USA in February 2014.
“These are some of the finest lyrics I have heard from a local artist in recent years.” - Brian Wise, Rhythms Magazine
“Her performance is as intense as it is personable, as profane as it is sacred” - Mick Thomas
Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "Australiana-soaked alt-country at its finest", Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel have emerged as frontrunners in the new wave of Australian alt-country and roots music.
Since her debut release ‘Sounds Like Thunder’ in 2008, Sal and her band have performed at some of the country's finest festivals such as Port Fairy Folk, Whittlesea Country Music Festival, National Folk Festival and supported the likes of Kasey Chambers and Felicity Urquhart. Sal's music has been recognised with numerous awards, including 2010 Victorian Female Vocalist of the Year at the Victorian & National Country Music Awards.
Their first full-band album, 'Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel' met with critical acclaim, and saw the band embark on a national tour in late 2011 and early 2012.
Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel - Stumble In The Dark (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
Tuck Shop Ladies
The triceps ain’t what they used to be but the funny bone has only gotten sharper... The Tuck Shop Ladies are an amalgamation of Australian folk music royalty, featuring Sam Lohs (Fruit) and Rosie Burgess (Rosie Burgess Trio). Strapping on a pair of ukuleles, the pair pull back the curtain to share an intimate selection of the riotous, ridiculous songs that were birthed in the back of a tour van, to amuse only themselves.
Their live show is an insight into the relationship of touring musicians, and the result of what happens when every day life is a Broadway musical. The Tuck Shop Ladies invite you into their hilarious world and leave you wanting to run away with the band.
The Age Music Victoria Awards - Best Outer Suburban Act 2018
“Those rumbling drums, that sneaky little slide guitar line... the way it all comes together to become a lush, powerful piece of music that’s so easy to get caught up in.”- DOUBLE J RADIO
“Powerful drumming and lush guitar work, This Way North’s live show is high energy, groovin’-roots. With their big sound it’s easy to forgot it’s just the two of them onstage.”- FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE
It’s easy to forget that This Way North is a two-piece band. It’s a trick-of-the-ear that follows the pair effortlessly from the studio to the stage.
They are currently touring their EP Vol. 2 release, which follows a bustling 2017 during which the duo played over 120 live shows across Australia, New Zealand and Canada including the Dawson City Music Festival in the Yukon, just 200kms south of the Artic Circle; a support slot with hometown heroes Hiatus Kiayote for its only show for 2017; and Wide Open Space festival, in the Northern Territory’s sweeping central desert. Whether in a local dive bar or at a national festival. This Way North plays with more passion and energy than a 10-piece band, and it’s a joy that’s contagious.
From the first driving cross-rhythms of opening track Nothing to Say, it’s obvious EP Vol. 2 is set to celebrate joy as big as the harmony-rich songs themselves. First single Head Above Water stands out with its mid-noughties-tinged guitar riffs, sun-drenched lyrics and a rolling drone that begs to carry you downstream with it, while Make It Work dances between funk-infused call-and-response and the kind of singalong refrain that’s been known to fill arenas. Second single Pressure is dirty, 80s inspired pop at its best, complete with palm-muted guitar stabs and a resplendent, reverb-drenched bridge that picks you up before the chorus drops. It’s an EP that perfectly encapsulates what This Way North is all about: great music, great company and seriously fun times.
Dawson City Music Festival YK, Canada Wide Open Space Festival NT, Australia Atmosphere Gathering BC, Canada Happy Wanderer Festival, VIC Australia Nannup, WA, Australia Swagger VIC, Australia ArtsWells BC, Canada Moomba VIC, Australia Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival, VIC Australia Paddock Sessions, NSW Australia Folk Rhythm & Life, VIC Australia Desert Daze Festival, BC Canada Sasquatch Festival, AB Canada Sydney Road Street Party, VIC Australia By The Bay Festival, VIC Australia Ballarat Beer Festival, VIC Australia Wollombi Music Festival, VIC Australia Night Jar Festival, VIC Australia Mount Beauty Music Festival, VIC Australia Burradise Festival, Culburra VIC Australia
This Way North "Head Above Water" (OFFICIAL)
This Way North - 'Beats Den' live at Ness Creek 2018
This Way North "Nothing To Say" (LIVE at Yikesville)
This Way North 'Pretty Much' (OFFICIAL)
The Twoks are Xani Kolac(electric violin/vocals) and Mark Leahy(drums). The duo have been making violin and drums dance/pop music on the arty fringes of Melbourne for the past six years. With influences like Sigur Ros, Phoenix, Andrew Bird and Pat Benatar, this duo is an eclectic mix of dark and bright, art and pop. The Twoks have played St Kilda Festival (MEL), DARK MOFO (TAS), The Falls Festival (Byron Bay), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK), Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Port Fairy Folk Festival and in NYC and Japan. Recently, The Twoks opened for Clare Bowditch and Adalita, as well as for 2Cellos at The Palais. Xani Kolac was nominated for the AUReview award for Best Live Instrumentalist in 2014.
“I remember way back when Ra Ra Riot was still using violins in their production and it made everything seem so heartfelt and pure. The same can be said about The Twoks today.”- Justin Lam, indieshuffle.com
"If you’re a fan of Architecture In Helsinki, then you’ll certainly enjoy The Twoks."- acidstag.com
The Twoks - Happy Endings | Sofar Melbourne
THE TWOKS + STRINGS || THE GASOMETER HOTEL
Shred Kelly (CAN)
“Shred Kelly breaks from the pack and demonstrates a fresh, distinct sound. With great consistency, compelling tone, and overall fantastic music”- Aesthetic Magazine
Soaked in electric crescendos and folk tinged sing-along anthems, Shred Kelly is known for their high energy live show that ignites dance floors with their alternative folk sound. Over four albums and countless tours, the five Canadians from Fernie British Colombia, have developed their signature sound by taking inspiration from the mountains they hail from and the people who inhabit them.
Shred Kelly has produced their most ambitious project yet with their album Archipelago. The result is a dynamic and cohesive collection of dreamy, yet explosively exciting songs dipped in themes of relationships and the world in the modern age. The album explodes into a symphony of sounds incorporating banjos, ukuleles, synthesizers, guitar hooks, harmonies and pulsing beats.
Shred Kelly "New Black" [Official Music Video]
Mel Parsons (NZ)
Well recognized as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars, indie-folk singer songwriter Mel Parsons’ star is on the rise. Following the success of both her debut album ‘Over My Shoulder’ in 2009, and sophomore offering ‘Red Grey Blue’ in 2011, Parsons is on the cusp of the release of her third full length record ‘Drylands’. The Kiwi singer/songwriter and two time NZ Music Award (VNZMA) finalist for Folk Album of the Year, has just released the first single from ‘Drylands’ - the gutsy & rhythmic audience favourite originally performed with Fly My Pretties, ‘Far Away’. With a dynamite live show, solo or with her band, Parsons is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story.
“Twin Peaks is poised to become one of the most interesting and dynamic faces of British Columbia folk, and Canadian music in general.” Jesse Cole, Caledonia Courier
Rich harmonies, a piano, a guitar, two ukuleles and unlimited wit are at the heart of Twin Peaks - an emerging folk/roots with undertones of classic country and contemporary roots. Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt - although very diverse in their musical histories - have successfully combined individual experiences into a unique blend of genres. It is eclectic, creative and clever. Born and raised in the northern BC city of Fort St. John, their music reflects small town wisdom with lively humour and songs that immediately capture an audience.
“They take traditional country and pass it through a modern indie folk filter, coming up with a sound that really is all their own.”Mark Anthony Brennan, BC Musician Magazine
Lindsay and Naomi's onstage chemistry is totally infectious. They provide their audience with the whole meal deal: undeniably catchy tunes, adorable eye candy and a good laugh. They manage to combine all of these attributes into a genuinely endearing act.
“Heavenly harmonies and - between songs - banter that can border on the hellishly humorous. Those are the peaks of listening to Twin Peaks. And listen you must!” Gordon Sinclair Jr., Winnipeg Free Press
Over a span of only four years the duo have covered a lot of ground. They have released two albums, their Self Titled EP (2012) and their full length album Trouble (2014). Extensive touring has brought the duo all over Western Canada. In 2012 the band made the top ten for CBC Radio 3’s contest Tracks on Tracks, and in 2014 the group rose to the national finals in the CBC Searchlight contest. They’ve taken home a Vancouver Island Music Award for BC Wide Artist of the Year, and both albums have been nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards. Most recently the Twin Peaks full length album, Trouble, won the Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year! The duo is proud to have shared the stage with some amazing acts such as Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Del Barber and Ariana Gillis.
“Go see them in an intimate performance while you can, once the word gets out about this talented young duo you’ll wish you had. Go see them!” - Doug Cox, Artistic Director - Vancouver Island Music Fest
Larissa Tandy is one of Australia’s finest emerging talents - a powerful, instinctive songwriter with an arresting voice.
Hailing from rural Australia, Larissa came up from the underground of Melbourne’s world class music scene, mining her difficult life for potent stories and spinning them into songs that made their way onto radio in America, the UK, and Canada where the CBC ordained them as “songs you need to hear”.
Filtering the urgent poetry of Patti Smith and the untamed cool of Liz Phair, while fearlessly laying bare her road worn heart, Tandy is carving her own path in the world of modern americana. Her momentum continues to gather, and in 2017 she makes the move to Music City Nashville as the recipient of The Australia Council’s prestigious Nashville Songwriter Residency.
The Eastern are a string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers. They sing love songs like union songs, write union songs like love songs, and want to slow dance and stand on tables, all at the same time.
Often described as New Zealand’s hardest working band, they have spent the last few years playing over 200 nights a year up and down NZ and beyond. They have toured with, and opened for, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Jayhawks and Jimmy Barnes, but they’re just as happy on a street corner or in a backyard singin’ and kickin’ up their heels.
Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding member of the internationally-renowned trio The Wailin' Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically-acclaimed albums, and has appeared many times on the popular American radio show A Prairie Home Companion. 2013 saw Ruth embark on a world tour in support of her sophomore solo album, These Wilder Things, which included 12 European shows opening for Mark Knopfler.
Ruth Moody- Trouble & Woe (Live from the Great Hall)
For some time now The Yearlings have been calmly carving out a giant piece of real estate in the Australian alt country landscape. Their latest album ALL THE WANDERING (Vitamin Records) is another gem to add to an already glittering catalogue.
Their fifth studio album, ALL THE WANDERING, released in May 2014 ended up on many top album lists of the year, including a spot on Rhythms Magazine's Top 10 by Marty Jones and a Top 50 spot for their song 'Blue Sky Boy' on ABC Radio National's Inside Sleeve with Paul Gough.
Since they met back in 2000, Robyn Chalklen and Chris Parkinson have been making music that exudes raw beauty, honesty, intimacy and passion, have made numerous festival appearances across Australia and internationally and supports include Steve Earle, The Punch Brothers and Justin Townes Earle. The Yearlings give a new strain of acoustic music, distilling Americana alt country through the filter of distinctly Australian life.
With Parkinson's signature tones and Chalklen's hypnotic addictive prose they deliver tunes with a confidence that carries addictive fragility. Quiet, intimate, raw and powerful, drawing on influences as far reaching as The Band, Gillian Welch, Gerry Garcia and Matt Walker.
Robyn Chalklen Guitar and Vocals
Chris Parkinson Guitar and Vocals
"This is the record I've been waiting for" - Marty Jones, Rhythms Magazine
"In ALL THE WANDERING, individual crafts come together to create a polished river stone, so picking standout tracks on this record is an act of futility. Press play - they've taken care of everything" - Hayward Williams
Hayward Williams (USA) grew up with a guitar in his hands, performing from an early age in cafes and bars throughout his home state of Wisconsin and around the Midwest. With two albums under his belt, he has visited Australia numerous times in the past two year to share his unique brand of alt-country Americana. Built on a foundation of folk and blues, Williams’ performances display a raw intensity tempered by his easy self-possession and wry charm. His latest album, Cotton Bell, was released in Australia last April and is a showcase of his effortless guitar playing and thoughtful, distinctive tenor. Williams has appeared at Yackandandah Folk Festival, Darebin Music Feast and Sydney Fringe Festival, among others.