We are pleased to annouce the following artists will be performing at the 2019 Bobby Jack's Festival.
Having been described as a visionary and a penetrative lyricist, Crighton doesn’t buy into that, humbly and sincerely laughing it off. Discussing the album and compositions of Empire, Crighton says the driving force was “just being here. My 9-year-old daughter says, ‘hope is the one thing that brings us together’, I agree with her and think it could go either way. There’s more and more people realizing what’s going on and changing things for the better but on the other hand there’s a lot of greed and crazy out there holding on tight. A few years ago I asked a goodmate, a Wiradjuri bloke, if he thought a “great awakening” was coming and he said ‘they’re white fella words, we’ve been living sustainably for 100’s of thousands of years’ – That put me in my place and inspired me beyond measure.”
In 2017, Crighton released 7-inch vinyl ‘Hope Recovery’, accompanied Dan Sultan and CW Stoneking on their respective national tours, and performed to thronging crowds at WOMADelaide and Woodford Folk Festival. He showcased at Canadian Music Week, New York City’s Mondo Music Conference and the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.
Quickly building a reputation as a world-class live performer, Crighton recently completed his debut Canadian tour, alongside JUNO nominated Terra Lightfoot.
Empire sees William Crighton expand his study of the human psyche, hard close-ups meet a roving widescreen lens. It is a songbook of breathtaking insight. The flame of the human spirit is, in Crighton’s hands, shown to be the most powerful force at work in 21st Century Australia: one that produces both soot and shadow, but also guiding light, illuminating both the painful past and the difficult path forward along which hope will always chime.
(words by Gareth Hipwell)
The Tambourine Girls
The Tambourine Girls was formed in 2014 by ex Deep Sea Arcade guitarist Simon Relf.
Their Debut EP "The End of Time" was released that year and followed up by their self-titled debut album in Novemeber 2016.
This year the band have released their 2nd LP WAITING FOR PLEASURE, just in time for singer Simon Relf to move to Paris for a few months while his wife, acclaimed painter Clara Adolphs, has a residency at The Cité Internationale Des Arts.
The band plan to take their new album on the road in late 2018.
Syntax Error are a four piece Sydney guitar band that might strike some as post-rock, others as psychedelic and still others as the last outpost of a darker kind of Prog. This all-of-the-above comes from each member bringing their own unique sensibility to the music.
Most of their pieces are born out of improvising and letting those disparate influences create friction against each other, which leads to either harsh combustion or new and strange mutations. The music blurs spontaneity with composition, melody with noise, chaos with structure, light with shade.
Syntax Error are always an immersive experience.
Donna Amini is perhaps an unlikely rock musician. As a child she primarily listened to traditional Persian music and classical violin pieces, later discovering a wider musical world when given a radio at age 9 for doing well at a music recital. Her Persian heritage coupled with her eclectic listening taste; including rock, folk, blues, jazz and experimental music contributes to her original sound and unique outlook on music. Since the release of her debut album in 2016, Donna has been busy performing, writing and recording fresh material. Donna's new songs display the range of her skill in crafting melodies around raw electric guitar sounds, generating cutting sonic spaces as well as gentle lulling spirituals; all delivered with seasoned conviction.
Where words fail, music speaks - a mantra which is encapsulated in the work of GOLDHEIST (aka Hester Fraser), charming audiences as a Finalist for two years running in the Toyota Busking Championships at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and Winner of the prestigious People’s Choice Award in 2016. But it’s not all singing in the streets for GOLDHEIST. Her songs tell stories of love, life and adventure, painting vibrant pictures of the Australian bush, current affairs and events, not to mention a few broken hearts. In early 2014, she toured NSW with her debut release Dust, raising funds and awareness for drought in rural areas. This lead to further drought relief performances through Centacare New England North West, followed by appearances at the Quirindi Music Festival, RAW Visionary Melbourne, and a mini-tour to Byron Bay and Murwillumbah. She was the winner of BalconyTV Producers Pick for her live video performance of Wild Things on the rooftop of Sydney Harbour YHA, and in 2015, two GOLDHEIST songs were included in the soundtrack for independent feature film Beijing Being, which was selected for the 39th Montreal World Film Festival and the NYC Independent Film Festival. Following the death of her grandfather, the late Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, she wrote and released The Camellia Tree, a musical tribute to his life and legacy. The subsequent media campaign, widespread radio play, and performance on The Morning Show helped to raise funds and awareness for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. This is an ongoing project to which GOLDHEIST lends her voice and her art, contributing to the call for changes to Australia’s controversial policies towards displaced peoples seeking asylum.
OTHER ACTS INCLUDE
THE WARTS • CAPTAIN TRAGIC • DAVE FAVOURS AND THE ROADSIDE ASHES • UNIGLO • DUNGHUTTI DANCERS
(subject to change - program details to be finalised)