Boil Up| |
Boil Up- has a strong Kiwi reggae influence: Katchafire, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Sons of Zion: but still play classic tunes by Bob Marley including- Roots Rock Reggae, Could You Be Loved, I Shot the Sheriff and modern reggae tunes of today, like I’m Yours,– and Valerie. Now focusing more on original songs that are fused with hip-hop, rap, R and B rock and ska reggae, the band is slowly finding its feet with a raw sound held together by some of Hobart’s finest musicians. A strong vocal harmony- line and a singer with a lot of energy out front keeps the crowd guessing! The band members : Morehu Thompson-Lead vocals, Regina Mistry-Piano and vocals Dave Titherly-Trumpet and vocals Haden Dare-Trombone and vocals Tio Pirere-Drums and vocals Kara Pirere-Percussion and vocals Andry Sculthorpe-Bass guitar
City of Hobart Highland Pipe Band| |
The City of Hobart Highland Pipe Band is currently the largest pipe band in Tasmania with over thirty playing members. They play at a number of community-based functions throughout the year, including ANZAC Day marches, Christmas parades in Hobart and Oatlands, and regional fairs at Bream Creek and Middleton. In addition to full band performances, the band can also provide solo pipers or mini-bands to add something special to any event. We are available for all occasions, whether weddings, funerals, corporate events, parties, fairs- and play at Salamanca Markets once a month (3rd Saturday of each month), often joined by the Bonnie Highland Dancers. The Band has a broad repertoire of marches, slow airs, strathspeys, jigs, reels and hornpipes. The Band can perform a combination of Scottish favourites and more contemporary pieces, including some Irish and Australian tunes. Drill and or dance can be incorporated into the performance to suit the occasion. The duration of performances can be varied to suit the event:- a typical performance is of 10 to 20 minutes duration.
King B-Fine and Afrikaya Band|KING B-FINE and AFRIKAYA BAND is a Tasmanian 12-piece Afro Beat ensemble. Recent gigs include the MONA reopening & the COGIG19 global live stream event. KING B-FINE King B-Fine is the band’s unique & lively Rastafarian front man. King lives by the Rastafarian philosophy & the tradition of honouring that everyone is born royal. Originally from war torn Sierra Leone, King B-Fine now calls Australia home and resides in West Hobart with his Tasmanian wife & young family. King B-Fine’s passion for performing started early, his musical influences include the legends of reggae & afro beat such as Marley, Tosh & Fela Kuti. King’s musical achievements are impressive, as is his list of musical awards. He has toured Europe, shared the stage with international reggae musicians, headlined an Australian music festival in Qld and was an Australia Day Award Finalist in Sydney. What is equally impressive is that King composes and produces his own music under his labels, Fine Records & Royal Movement Records. He has released numerous albums and singles with accompanying music videos. King B-Fine is the new generation of musical storyteller, with a focus on stirring up positive change via his “˜songs of freedom’. He sings not only of racial & social injustices, of police violence and youth struggle but also of unity, “˜one love’ and power to all people; relevant messages that need to be shared across the globe. AFRIKAYA BAND King B-Fine’s recent Afrikaya Band ensemble is a mix of eclectic Tassie musicians dedicated to delivering his upbeat Afro Beat sounds in the soulful Tassie fashion. Formed in early 2020, he and his new band have already released two locally recorded singles with music videos. The outfit boasts an up-tempo African vibe, heavy with brass, percussion & vocal harmonies, this is music that connects with communities embracing freedom, peace and fun! King B-Fine’s instruments of choice are his deep, punchy African vocals and the djembe; his lively, phrenetic drumming style is one of the awe-inspiring highlights of their performances. With the Afro-beat genre potentially the next big musical experience to explode in Australia, King B-Fine and his Afrikaya Band are at the forefront of this underexplored musical groove in Australia. King B-Fine has an ambitious dream ““ to be the best Afro Beat band is Australia, and with King’s established musical track record, passion & energy he, and his Afrikaya Band are well on their way. King B-Fine and Afrikaya Band are ready to perform at your event contact Island Entertainment with your booking request.
Maharaja’s Choice| |Roman Astra (Vocals, sitar, Indian violin) Damian Stolp (Guitars) Nik Stolp (5-string bass, programming) Santhanam Gopala (Tabla) Maharaja’s Choice- combine the sounds of their instruments to create a mesmerizing style on it’s own. These seasoned musicians are not afraid to venture into the unknown and take their audience with them. Exotic lyrics, evocative melodies and toe tapping rhythms make sure every performance is an unforgettable musical journey. This is the project of four versatile performers across several genres. Roman Astra (vocals, sitar), Damian Stolp (guitar) and Nicolas Stolp (5-string bass) combine the rich textures of their instruments to a unique and groovy blend. Santhanam Gopala (tabla) adds life with some laid back grooves or fiery Indian rhythms. “˜We love to mix and match textures and styles’, admits Astra. ‘We all bring our own language to the project’, adds Nicolas. “˜While weaving our ideas in with the others we get inspired by what comes back.’ Explains Damian: “˜We don’t mind going out on a limb. We can trust each other, so we know, we won’t fall off’. “˜I make sure, we’re out on a limb every time’, laughs Santhanam. During their performances the quartet enjoys interacting with their audience and there is always some space for some tongue in cheek humour.
Mia Palencia, In Good Company| |Mia Palencia In Good Company is a unique collaboration between two islands. While- pursuing her music degree on the island of Tasmania, songstress Mia Palencia, who hails from Malaysian Borneo, approached Tasmanian jazz arranger and keyboardist Kelly- Ottaway with the idea of forming an ensemble to explore both her original music and- improvised jazz. The duo recruited double bassist Hamish Houston and drummer Liam- O’Leary, thus completing the line”up. With 15 years of experience in the music industry under her belt, award”winning jazz- crooner and singer”songwriter Mia Palencia is no stranger to the Malaysian music scene.- Having released her first jazz album at the age of 16, she was subsequently awarded Louis- Vuitton’s Generation Next Award. She has since released 5 albums and continues to be- featured at music festivals and prominent corporate events across Malaysia, Singapore,- Indonesia and South Korea. Some of her past clients include Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Porsche,- Mercedes Benz, BMW and Nokia. Since its formation in January 2012, Mia Palencia In Good Company have performed- extensively throughout Tasmania, being featured at key events, including Jazz in the Park- 2012 and Devil City Swing Festival. Their self”titled debut album was launched at the- Clarence Jazz Festival in February 2013. An invitation to perform at the Kota Kinabalu Jazz- Festival inspired the ensemble to undertake a Malaysian tour in June 2013. Mia Palencia In Good Company have since returned to Tasmania, and continue to develop- their brand of music: an eclectic mix of jazz, soul, RnB and latin rhythms.
Ralph Forehead| |Ralph Forehead has been playing Spanish guitar since he first started learning the instrument over 15 years ago. His fascination and passion for flamenco music led him to travel to Andalucia in southern Spain in 2007 where he studied with some of the finest flamenco guitarists in the world, including Gerardo Nunez, Manolo Sanlucar and Manolo Franco. He has accompanied touring flamenco dancers and performed with his own ensembles and dancers from Hobart. Ralph’s extensive experience in other genres such as jazz and latin allows him to tailor his music to the situation – be it fiery flamenco, gentler exquisite melodies or a combination of the two.
Son Del Sur|Son del Sur have been filling venues across the state since their inception in 2004. The name, SondelSur, is a pun. The word Son refers to a specific Cuban rhythm, while the whole phrase “Son del Sur” means “they are from the South” SondelSur’s music is a selection of the traditional salsa heartlands. The Caribbean Islands (Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico), Mexico and Colombia are all represented by the band’s repertoire. Furthermore, these musical traditions have been blended with current Miami and New York sounds, creating an authentic and modern sound which just begs the listener to dance. The dance styles covered by SondelSur’s music include – Salsa, Bolero, Bomba, Mambo/Son Cubano, Merengue, Chachacha, Latin Jazz/Descarga SondelSur uses modern instrumentation which includes – A big horn section of two trumpets, a saxophone and a trombone. A rhythm section including congas, bongos, timbales, guiro, maracas, piano and bass. Two fantastic vocalists (but the whole band ends up singing anyway!) As Tasmania’s premier live musical group, SondelSur has a repertoire which begins around the 1950’s and reflects on Salsa traditions. Classics by Benni More, Tito Puente and Enrique Jorrin pave the way for famous Afro-Cuban Jazz ““ Descargas by Chucho Valdes, standards salsa tunes by Los Van Van, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Ruben Blades, Cubanismo and of course music associated with the incredibly successful film Buena Vista Social Club. Band Stage Set Up 1.SONdelSUR_BandPlot
Taiko Drummers|WHAT IS TAIKO? Japanese drumming known as Taiko, is a visually spectacular art form, which originated in the festivals and rituals of the agricultural society of ancient Japan. Unlike other “˜high-cultural’ art forms such as the Kabuki, Noh Dancing or Tea Ceremony, Taiko culture is community-based, and the most widely practiced’ popular-cultural’ art form in contemporary Japanese society. It is played as part of local festivals in virtually every district throughout Japan, and local Taiko masters have passed on its techniques orally for many hundreds of years. Most performers at such festivals are non-professional, local residents, and many of them are school children. Taiko plays a strong role in promoting a sense of community, and cultivating teamwork skills among the local residents. Over the last fifty years, Taiko has become internationally recognised as a form performance art, and many contemporary drumming groups have been formed both in Japan and many other countries. There are more than 8,000 Taiko groups in Japan, and several of them conduct international tours.
Teahouse 2| |This duo believes that sounds have a life of their own and musicians are only there to help them along. Following this philosophy Roman Astra (sitar, vocals, Indian violin) and Lynne Griffiths (harp, flute, harmonium) are tuning and using their instruments in a different way to allow harmonies and frequencies to flow freely. “˜Our instruments tell us what to do’, laughs Griffiths. Inspired by Eastern and Western sounds and styles they mix them as they emerge. “˜Whatever you’ve ever listened to, will come out in your playing”, explains Astra. Roman Astra (Sitar, Indian Violin, Vocals) Born in Vienna, Roman learned to play the piano at the age of six. At the age of fourteen he began playing the guitar and later trained to sing. His interest in ancient civilizations took him to China, Tibet, Nepal and India, where he lived to study the sitar. Roman has been part of Tasmania’s Music and Performance scene since 1988 and his team organized “˜The 1994 World Music Show’ in Hobart. He performed solo or with ensembles around Tasmania and the Mainland for close to 20 years now. Often narratives or themes add aspects of theatre to his shows. Roman records in his own studio and has released several CD’s which can be found on CD-baby and related download sites. Lynne Griffiths (Harp, Flute, Harmonium) Lynne, holding a degree in classical music and teaching piano and flute in Hobart, is probably best known as a forming member of “˜Ethereal’ and “˜Spiral Harmony’ who have been performing at local and mainland events for the last couple of- years. Lynne and Roman have staged numerous shows like “˜Overtone Ornaments’, “˜Silk Road’ and “˜Music Carousel’.
Xenos|The passionate music of Xenos exhilarates and energises with exotic scales and rhythms of the Roma, Gypsies of Macedonia and Bulgaria. For over 25 years Xenos have traveled Europe and Australia immersing audiences in the beautiful and powerful dance music of the Balkans. Xenos play on both traditional reed and percussion instruments with a mostly instrumental repertoire, or a more modern lineup of keyboard, sax, vocals and drum.