Elena b Williams is a Samoan singer songwriter. With beautiful reviews from The Waifs & Toni Childs, have a listen to a unique original artist.
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Winner of Best Canberra Live Music Award.
Top 10 two times in the OzMusic Awards.
Two Songs on ABC TV show The Gods of Wheat Street 2013.
Played on Pete Murray’s album Summer at Eureka.
Seasoned performer at Festivals and venues around Australia.
It does not really matter what I have done or who I worked with, what is important is that happiness and love is always in your heart.”
Join West Coast Feel-Good-Funk 5-piece band Blue Child Collective at The Rails Byron Bay for good vibes, mad grooves and a solid summer night of boogie yeww!
Fresh off the back of shows with Xavier Rudd – Official, The Jungle Giants, San Cisco, HOLY HOLY and more, South West fluid groovers Blue Child Collective are set to take their newest offering, “Wake Up To The Sound”, around the country as a 5-piece on an 11 date national tour this summer. Out on Friday 23rd November, the album will be preceded by another single and music video out next week.
The product of positive collaboration between frontman Dan White, Kiwi darling Emjay Angeni, sax man Lindsay Baker and many musicians from the wider Collective, “Wake Up To The Sound” is an album spanning countries, cultures and communities.
Featuring Bobby Alu on drums/percussion, Ken Allars (Caravãna Sun) on trumpet/keys, OJ Newcomb (Band of Frequencies/ THUMP) on bass and Angela Iimura on BV’s, plus special features from Sol Carroll (Band Of Frequencies/ AFRO DIZZI ACT) on vocals and Taro Terahara on bansuri, the album is truly a collective effort exemplifying what can be achieved through human connection. (Full credits at wwww.bluechildcollective.com/wake-up-to-the-sound)
Captured at Yama-Nui Studio on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast by PaulieB (The Beautiful Girls/Bobby Alu/George), “Wake Up To The Sound” is a sonic journey in which the magic of the location can be heard – from thunderstorms to singing tropical birdlife – yet will transport listeners far beyond their own backyard.
With multiple singles from the album already attracting regular spins on Triple J’s ROOTS N ALL and earning them a nomination for WAM‘s (West Australian Music) Best Regional Act, to be announced next week, Blue Child Collective will be delving deeper into the concept of the record with a documentary titled “The Art Of Sound”, to be released a week before the national tour.
Building on a solid foundation resulting from years of national and international touring, the album will propel the Collective beyond their home shores yet again in 2019 as the #cultureofconnection movement continues to grow from another sound release, with plenty more to come.
Jordan McRobbie is a Rock and Roots performer from Fremantle, WA quickly becoming known for his virtuosic ability on the 12 and 6 stringed guitars. He’s hit the ground running in the early stages of his career, taking out the gong for Blues/Roots Song of the Year at the WAM Awards, as well as supported high profile acts such as Fat Freddy’s Drop and Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls) and performed sets at The Woodford, Nannup and Fairbridge music festivals.
Showcasing his dynamic songwriting, strong vocals and intricate finger-style guitar work, along with his explosive rhythm section featuring Scott “Mister” Kociuruba on drums and Katie J White on bass, Jordan McRobbie & Wayfarer’s performances have had audiences around the country in awe.
Be sure to catch Jordan at one of his intimate solo shows or as the 3-Piece band Jordan McRobbie & Wayfarer before they venture back into the studio into the coming months to work on his sophomore album
Leigh James: simply voice, acoustic guitar, stomp box, loops…
“I just love to make beautiful music, whether writing or interpreting: Jazz, Latin, Funk, R&B, Pop from James Taylor to Stevie Wonder, Sting to John Mayer, Tony Bennett to Michael Buble and everything in between.”
Leigh James has a true voice and an original and rhythmic approach to acoustic guitar, and solo or leading duos, trios or bands has been a pro musician since 1981.
Roots firmly placed in the folk rock tradition – think James Taylor – but with the pop/jazz sensibility of Sting and a love of Afro/Latin rhythms, Leigh continues to grow as a musician and performer.
Four Dolphin Awards to his credit, for Funk, Pop, Gospel, and Country, and recently highly commended in the prestigious International Songwriting Competion for his song Make Peace, he has supported/backed Shane Howard, Graeme Connors, Kate Ceberano, The Black Sorrows, James Morrison, Renee Geyer, Marcia Hines and Brian Cadd to name a few!
Since 2006, Leigh has performed a tribute to James Taylor, featuring an eight piece international band. More recently Leigh has teamed up with his wife Elizabeth Lord to present ‘You’ve Got A Friend – a tribute to Carole King and James Taylor.
Leigh and Elizabeth met with Carole and James after their Brisbane concert March 2010 at the invitation of James Taylor who had met Leigh in West Massachusetts 2009.
Original CD releases include Hip Pocket’s Get Loved in 1993 and Share with partner Elizabeth Lord, 1997 and a solo CD of originals entitled The Circle Turns 2011.
In demand as an original musician at festivals as diverse as Woodford to Tamworth, and in recording studios as a session singer and acoustic guitarist, Leigh has a vast working repertoire and has played restaurants, hotels, clubs, resorts, islands and cruise ships throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Be entertained by one of the finest singer/songwriter/guitarists on the North/Gold Coasts: “If there’s a great lyric and melody AND a great groove to a tune you’re thinking of, try me! I may just know it”
Leigh James: Voice, Guitar, Loops, Stomp
Lisa who? was a show stopper at the ‘Sound of Support’ QLD flood fund raiser concert at Jupiter’s theare with Daryl Braitwaite, Paulini, Christine Anu, Wendy Matthews and others.
2012/2013 Finds Lisa once on the global road; currently the girl to call for the most glamorous parties around Australia including Magic Millions, Collingwood Football, Linfox, R.M. Williams, The Crown Casino and more; sharing the spotlight with everyone from Delta Goodrem and John Stevens to Timomatic and Darren Percival. She’s headlined at the iconic TWIN TOWNS for NYE 2013.
2014 – Present Forever Soul is still going strong and is in fact following the most successful year in the tours history. The Soul Train will be stopping in all your favourite station on the upcoming Summer Of Soul. Get on board!!!
The Northern Rivers’ very own “Supergroup” The Feramones is comprised of a myriad of internationally acclaimed musicians: Rick Fenn, Alan Limbrick, Alan Park, Greg Lyon, Col Germano and Rick Lloyd.
For over ten years now, the six members of The Feramones have refined a repertoire of some of the greatest and most sophisticated rock songs of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s – songs that are universally known and loved, that transcend the generation gap but which require The Feramones’ rare level of craftsmanship to faithfully deliver. If there’s a dance floor… The Feramones will keep it busy!
RICK FENN, lead guitarist of 10cc, has been touring the world with his group for more than 30 years. He also wrote, with Mike Oldfield, the international hit “Family Man” for Hall and Oates, and three film scores and an album with Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason featuring Dave Gilmore. A highly accomplished rock musician, Rick brings a strong influence of 70’s/80’s rock to the Feramones’ repertoire, including his own world-wide hit, “Dreadlock Holiday”.
Also on guitar is ALAN LIMBRICK, who recently toured the world with Mike Oldfield, and has recorded with Joan Armatrading and David Knoffler.
Founder of the internationally renowned London Guitar Institute, Alan was awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to music education. As a session guitarist, he has played on dozens of internationally successful records for a variety of recording artists.
On keyboards is ALAN PARK, Cliff Richard’s musical director and pianist for more than two decades. His impressive recording and touring career includes projects with Olivia Newton-John, Don Everley, Skunk Baxter, Manhattan Transfer, Elaine Page, and comedy artists Hale and Pace, Billy Connelly and Dame Edna. Alan’s keyboard and piano virtuosity brings exceptional variety to The Feramones repertoire.
Bass player GREG LYON has a catalogue of recording credits dating back to his fusion band Crossfire in the 70’s. He toured for years with Georgie Fame, Renee Geyer, Elvin Bishop, Glenn Shorrock, and most recently, US legend Rodriguez. Northern Rivers locals may remember his Byron-based band Hip Pocket in the 80’s and 90’s.
Lead vocalist COL GERMANO is best known as the singer/songwriter for 80’s/90’s hard rock band Bourbon Street. A highly versatile vocalist, Col has sung with some of the world’s great guitarists, including Joe Walsh, Skunk Baxter, Ian Moss, Diesel and Kevin Borich. In his other vocation as a journalist, Col has worked closely with rock legends Ozzy Osbourne, George Thorogood, Peter Garret, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Barnes and Jerry-Lee Lewis.
Dubbed the “Charlie Watts of Australia”, RICK LLOYD is one of this country’s most talented and highly-regarded drummers. His career spans five decades, working with some of Australia’s finest musicians and touring Europe from ’96-’01 with blues/rock Euro legend Rob Tognoni. Rick was also the R in the hugely popular 80’s and 90’s Sunshine Coast group RAM. With a versatility and rare level of skill, Rick handles anything the group throws at him with remarkable precision and endless raw energy.
Together, the six members of the Feramones bring a rare combination of talent to the Northern Rivers area. Their repertoire is comprised of the great songs of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, including hits by the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan, Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams, ZZ Top, Toto, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and many more of the era’s greatest songs and artists. Their pure love for the music creates a festive atmosphere that inspires all walks of life to join the party on the dance floor.