Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon by the river and relish the free live music, lawn games, licensed bar and food stalls.
3pm-6pm on the Brolga lawn.
FREE LIVE MUSIC ON THE RIVERSTAGE.
When your hear people talk about Brad Butcher as an Australian Songwriter or more importantly as a person the same few words are thrown around … Honest, Hardworking, Mate, Genuine. These traits obviously run deep in his bloodline.
Brad’s grandfather, Norman, grew up one of thirteen kids in a cane cutters cottage just south of Mackay in Central Queensland, along the banks of the Pioneer river. During the tough times of the post depression years and World War 2 era, “Norm” was seen as a beacon of hope and resilience to the large family.
Brad reflects, “There’s no greater source of motivation than survival and Pop was determined to make sure his family had a future. He was far from the eldest in the family but he and his brothers were more like father figures, working the local cane fields and fishing the Pioneer river to live. He taught me that there is no substitute for hard work”.
Norm’s life’s story is the inspiration behind Brad Butcher’s first single WELL DRESSED MAN and largely influenced the title track, FROM THE BOTTOM OF A WELL. Recorded with highly acclaimed and multi award winning Australian producer Matt Fell, at Sydney’s Love Hz Studio.
FROM THE BOTTOM OF A WELL encompasses Butchers take on Americana music, a great blending of genres, to create a sound that is uniquely his. It also showcases the further development and outstanding quality of Butchers songwriting and vocal prowess.
Butchers songwriting has been nominated for a stack of awards in the past 4 years ~ 3 Queensland Music Awards (2012, 13′ & 16′) | Finalist for the APRA Professional Development Award (2013). Finalist for the CMC New Oz Artist of the Year Award (2013) among others ~ he’s toured Australia and the United States of America multiple times even performing at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and at New York City’s The Bitter End in Greenwich Village in 2016. He also appeared on Canada’s prime time breakfast television show, Canada AM, while on tour performing in Toronto’s NXNE Festival in 2013. Brad has graced the stage and supported some of the finest artists to rise from Australian soil, such as: Troy Cassar-Daley, Busby Marou, Diesel, Mark Seymour and Shane Nicholson.
“I always look forward to hearing a new Brad Butcher album – knowing he will be moving forward musically and lyrically – it won’t be the same as the last – that’s what a true artist does – is faithful to their creative spirit and vision – and by so doing they carve out a place in the market that is theirs and theirs alone. Well Dressed Man is pure Brad Butcher and it ticks all the above boxes for me – so I’m eagerly anticipating the rest of the Album”
FROM THE BOTTOM OF A WELL is Butchers third album and his finest work to date cementing him at the forefront of a new generation of Australian story tellers.
From foot stomping to heart stopping, Fiona O’Shea writes with passion about love, living and everyday things. Travelling the road between small towns and big
cities where words sock you in the heart, melodies explode and you catch yourself singing along. Her performance and vocal style akin to Queensland weather.
One minute you’re sipping tea on the front verandah, the next you’re in the middle of an exhilarating summer storm.
O’Shea is about to release her second brood of songs, much to the delight of her loyal following who have waited patiently since the successful debut EP “Rose” in
2010. This time lapse serving only to increase the mystery and intrigue that often surrounds our best singer songwriters. Not in it for fame nor fortune, O’Shea is the
genuine article, both individual and unconventional. Genre hopping with ease between rock, folk, country and blues.
Growing up on the land, now living on the Sunshine Coast, Australia elements of O’Shea’s lifestyle are evident in her music. Writing at night under the stars audiences can feel the authenticity of heart, hear the surf rolling in and smell the camp fire wood burning. As the flame continues to burn O’Shea continues to increase her devoted fan base performing at festivals, venues and house concerts throughout Australia.