Peter Tosh Tribute Show
Byron Bay Brewery | Sunday June 17 | 6pm | Free
Andrew Tosh is a Jamaican reggae singer and the son of Peter Tosh. He is the nephew of reggae singer Bunny Wailer, also an original member of The Wailers. Andrew has strong vocal resemblance of his late father.
Tosh was exposed to the music of his father’s group, The Wailers from an early age, his mother, Shirley Livingston, also being the sister of Bunny Wailer. His first recording session was in 1985, produced by Charlie Chaplin, and resulting in the single Vanity Love. After his father was shot dead in 1987, he performed two songs at his funeral, Jah Guide and Equal Rights.
In ’91 he toured with The Wailers Band and in 2004 he recorded an album of songs by his father, Andrew Sings Tosh: He Never Died.
In 2010 Tosh released an acoustic album dedicated to his father, Legacy An Acoustic Tribute to Peter Tosh, produced by himself, his girlfriend Dawn Simpson and legendary Handel Tucker.
All the way from Jamaica, the son-to-father tribute hits Byron Bay this weekend.
Byron Bay Brewery | Saturday June 16 | 7pm | Free
Honing their craft as buskers in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, Malcura have captivated the Australian public with their distinctive sound, which fuses Flamenco instrumentation with Latin rhythms and a rock ’n’ roll mentality. Malcura create music for the soul; it’s a feeling as much as it is a sound.
Their show is alive with spirit, weaving through intricate arrangements with virtuoso musicianship and gusto.
Malcura have performed alongside the likes of Tijuana Cartel, Tash Sultana, The Pierce Brothers, Clowns, Kenta Hayashi (Japan), and Dallas Frasca; and even joined Mexican guitar heroes Rodrigo y Gabriela on stage at the Palais Theatre for an unexpected guest appearance that was met with a standing ovation.
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity served as the inspiration behind the trio’s single Palais and its stunning cinematic music video, which was filmed inside the Palais Theatre.
The much-anticipated second album from Malcura is currently in production and appears set to attract the attention of music fans across the globe. The band ensures it will be even more textured, daring and infectious than their first.
Great Northern | 9pm | Friday June 15 | Free
The Ruiins is a collaboration of raw blues and vintage rock enriched by powerful vocals and a touch of character bringing life to each song. The brother-like duo, Adam Dooker and Pat Sugden, hail from the New South Wales Mid North Coast and have graced audiences the length of the east coast.
Stemming from their roots of a beach oriented lifestyle, Adam and Pat have manifested into a unique two-piece who claim a sound that is The Ruiins. With the use of captivating riffs, heart-filled vocals, and a foot-tapping beat, residing on the Gold Coast they have grown into a local icon.
Great Northern | 9pm | Saturday June 16 | Free Entry
Sunrose are a four-piece band, based in the hills of Byron Bay, who create timeless psychedelic rock/pop. A sound bathed in sunshine and salt water, with melodies that take you day dreaming through the clouds and grooves that you can’t help but move to. Sunrose recreate their lifestyle of ocean and nature into a sonic swirl of haunting vocals, grooved out rhythms and harmonic undulations swimming in vibrato and delay.
Byron Brewery | 7pm | Friday Jun 15 | Free
Jordan McRobbie is a rock and roots performer from Fremantle who is quickly becoming known for his virtuosic ability on the 12-and 6-stringed guitars. Jordan 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 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 and Wayfarer’s performances have had audiences around the country in awe.
In Australia for seven years, Mullum for 18 months and a muso since she was ‘little’, Áine Tyrrell is one gutsy lady who spends her days forging ever forward.
A troubadour in the real sense of the word, Áine (sounds a bit like ‘onya’, which probably helped with her Australian citizenship), literally travels across her adopted wide-brown-land in a ’66 Bedford bus from which she records and visits venues.
Áine has pretty much always been a musician and in the last few years it has become her job. ’My dad’s a musician [Seán Tyrrell] so I’ve always had music in the house. I started songwriting in my 20s, then I dropped it for a while, then picked it back up and i’ve been doing it full-time now for about four years.’
Tyrrell has settled in Mullum where she is bringing up her there kids and her music is has taken her back to the studio to record Return to the Sea. ‘This is my second album. On my first we took the bus out on an epic road trip and recorded in the desert for two weeks. I wanted to do the same thing for this one but not in Australia. So, we went back to Ireland and did a road trip there to record the album.
Tyrrell says she took the songs to remote islands and Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking parts of the country). ‘We went through the doors of old cottages, we sang them around old churches, walked with them through 13th-century graveyards, let them breathe in the house I was born into, and had cups of tea with them at our musical friend’s houses. Some doors opened, some doors shut, some ideas survived and others vanished.’
Áine says the recording is done but now she needs funds to get it over the line. ‘We need about $18,000 to master, print, publicise, get graphic design and photography and all the other extras needed to get the album finished,’ she says. Cue crowdfunding.
Tyrrell and her crew are hoping a Pozible campaign will help them out. ‘We are dying to share these songs, this album, the video footage with the world. The list of legends who have helped so far has been huge. We would love to add more names to that list of legends and bring you into the Sea with us.
If you would like more info, or to help Áine finish her project, with rewards from digital copies of the recording to house concerts, visit: pozible.com/project/aine-tyrrell-return-to-the-sea-2