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Bobby Alu Headline at Coochiemudlo Island Festival SQ

Bobby Alu (Solo)

Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance, and unassuming grooves that work a gradual, smile-inducing high through even a casual listener, Bobby Alu tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence. Though it’s not all palm trees and daydreams from the Australian singer, ukulele-strummer and drummer –there’s a robust energy in Alu’s mastery of traditional Samoan log drums, and a vitality to his songwriting that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence.

Chocolate Strings at Coochiemudlo Festival 2021

The Chocolate Strings

Brisbane’s six-piece sweethearts whip up an assortment of funkedup, soul’d out melodies mixed with Latin rhythms and garnishing it all with a spoonful of grooved out Reggae. A sound made by music lovers to make lovers of music. The lush Pasifika vocal blends of Ofa Fanaika and Nikkie McWalters balance the range of tastes supplied. From the spicy percussive hits of the rhythm section to the silky smooth sax of Josh Appleby, a show’s menu is always sure to please any palate.

Karl S. Williams

The Karl S. Williams band is an incandescent leviathan of sound. To the gumbo of Karl’s solo offering, add three of the truest compadres, highly skilled and deeply individual artists in their own right. Comprising Jared Franzen on Bass Guitar, George Carpenter on Drums and Crick Boue on Lead Guitar – they have a combined half-century of playing experience and an expansive musical vocabulary that allows them to swing from thunderous blues to delicate piano ballads and everything in between. They are a band who have the requisite sensitivity to serve the song above all else – equally at home in an intimate acoustic setting but shining most brilliantly on a big stage where their dynamism is infectious and uncontainable.

The Double Happiness Coochiemudlo Island Festival 2021

The Double Happiness

The Double Happiness ride high on the waves of their self-coined “surfgaze” sound – a compelling mix of surf, post-punk and shoegaze. The group consists of two couples who create sonic ear-worms about beaches, ping pong, cities, existentialism, miscommunication, oysters and more. The band wears an eclectic variety of musical influences on their paisley sleeves. Their songs pay homage to the genres that raised them but maintain a tangible connection to the timeless jangly guitar sounds of their home-town of Brisbane.
Members: Kristin (Black) Fergusson – Guitar, Vocals, Peter Fergusson – Guitar, Meg Welchman – Bass, Backing vocals, Simon Welchman – Drums

Their super cool song “Coochiemudlo” was the inspiration for the festival – read more about it on Music is My Muse blog

“Coochiemudlo’s vibe suits the world’s current slowed pace. Stopping to take it all in, less rush and less intensity, it’s a reflective song to match these reflective times.”


Ruby Gilbert

Ruby Gilbert is nothing short of a sonic enhantress. Weaving a musical alchemy of Australiana-tinged experience meets Americana-style. Raw and heart-breaking, her voice evokes an old-time feel, while her lyrics are both strange and endearing.In 2018, Gilbert released her long-awaited debut EP “Dearly Beloved”. “Oh Bones”, the debut single, has been nominated for a Queensland Music Award and has also been featured in the Channel 7 TV show ‘Wanted’, and the ABC show ‘Diary of an Uber Driver’. She has since opened for the likes of C.W. Stoneking, Justin Townes Earle and the Teskey Brothers.


Adele & The Chandeliers

Adele Pickvance grew up musically in the contrasting surrounds of the industrial north of England in a town called Bury and sunny Brisbane, Australia. She is known for performing and recording bass guitar with Australia’s most acclaimed singer songwriters, Robert Forster, Grant McLennan,The Go-Betweens, The Far Out Corporation, Dave Graney & Clare Moore in The Dave Graney Show.Her new band, Adele & The Chandeliers, are Scott Mercer (We All Want To) on guitar, brother Jonny Pickvance (Fingerless) on drums and Adele on bass and vocals.Adele & The Chandeliers released their debut album First Date late last year.

The Holy Rollercoasters at Coochiemudlo Festival 2021

The Holy Rollercoasters

Inspired by the masters of rhythm and blues, the ecstasy and tragedy of love and the beauty and gothicism of the bible, The Holy Rollercoasters are soul, blues and jazz-worshipping Brisbanites. It shall be wild and you shall snap your fingers and wiggle your hips. And ye shall be healed. Looking for a break from the blues after his second album release in 2016, local harmonica playin’, finger snappin’ Jimi Beavis teamed up with jazz reeds player Andrew Garton for a sojourn into soul. Their influences stretch from old gospel blues to the downhome Memphis cooking of Otis Redding, James Carr and anything out of Muscle Shoals: Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Charles Mingus, the organ wizardry of Dr. Lonnie Smith and the powerful modern soul of Charles Bradley, Amy Winehouse, St. Paul & The Broken Bones and the queen, Mavis Staples.

Red Belly Black (Local Island Band)

These Coochiemudlo Island locals turned their mutual love of music into a trio. Whiling away spare hours by covering some of their favourite songs from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s, with a light soul/latin-jazz feel. An eclectic mix of sound, from Damon Riley’s keyboard skills and powerful vocals, Shane Poole’s sunset-smooth guitar and vocals and Deb Muller on lead vocals. Groovy tunes that are made for high tide on the beach at Coochie.

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