The following entertainers will be performing at the Festival on Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March.
Please note that entertainers, times & locations can change. See the Map page for locations of stages.
Kinzan Daiko Drummers
The Kinzan Daiko Drummers from Shiwa in Japan are visiting the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival especially for its 50th Anniversary. There has been a strong bond between the two municipal areas and many delegations have been hosted both locally and in the City of Shiwa.
The drummers are making a return to Stanthorpe after their first appearance in 2006. Their last visit attracted one of the largest crowds seen for some time in the multicultural carnival and it is expected this will be repeated in 2016. Look out for their performances in the Saturday 5 March Rebel/The Breeze Street Carnival at around 12.15pm (main street), Heritage Bank Multicultural Carnival and Wine Fiesta (Sunday 6 March around 10:30am) and in the Channel 7 Grand Parade. They will also perform a special drumming exhibition during the Gala Ball.
Brunswick Heads local, Dan Hannaford’s songs swagger between various acoustic guitars, bottleneck slides, blues harps and backyard-built stomp boxes. Nominated as a national finalist in the 2011 APRA PDA awards for emerging songwriters Dan is proving he is on track for solid recognition.
They play jazz. But not just ANY jazz. This 4 piece band (vocals, keys, drums, double bass) have conspired to construct a Frankenstein of four different jazz music traditions, combining traditional 70’s groove, Latin /jazz/swing and finally the Big Band Styles so popular among post-war, pre-pop generations. Original tunes, tasty standards, clever arrangements, brilliant musicianship and serious humour is a package that audiences can’t get enough of.
Nicky Convine is one of the strongest female singers to emerge on the Gold Coast in years, drawing bold comparisons to greats such as Joni Mitchell and songwriters such as Neil Young. Fronting folk bands from a young age, this country girl with the powerhouse voice has established herself as one of QLD’s busiest female acts and most promising songwriters. Her songwriting awards and competitive achievements have stirred much anticipation for her forthcoming debut album, ‘Boo Hoo’.
Dave Murray learned the blues in the traditional gospel spiritual way. His unique guitar picking, wailing harmonica and hearty howls take you back to another time.
The Lamplights are a band you can’t help but love at first listen. Playing an organic blend of folk, funk, roots, and blues with pop undertones, this fresh, energetic five-piece from the Gold Coast are a uniquely Australian experience.
The five piece have received accolades nationally and internationally, winning in three different categories at the 2011 Australian Songwriting Association Songwriter Awards – a feat no other songwriter has achieved in the 32 year history of the awards – and taking home a Q Music award in 2012.
Electrik Lemonade are 7 individuals united by the cosmic collective boogie. Playing rump funkin' live shows that feature a repertoire of original energetic funk and hip-hop tunes, infused with blues, soul, hip-hop & electronic elements.
Drawing on a unique blend of influences while combining their comedic, fun attitude toward life they present a visually and sonically immersive music show - after which, the crowd is never left with anything but a funky uplifted feeling.
Hailing from New Zealand, Matthew Armitage is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer. His music showcases his gift for guitar and ukulele in a unique southern pacific/Hawaiian blues/folk style.
Now residing in Northern NSW, 2014 saw the release of a solo EP and acclaimed shows around Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. He is also developing his new Australian projects; blues duo 'The Swamps' and ‘instrumental psychedelic surf meets kraut rock’ duo 'Chesta Hedron', which has become a mainstay of Byron Bay’s prestigious ‘Back Room Sessions.’
Jack O Leary is an Irish folk singer that has captured the soul and essence of Irish music and song. His trade has developed out of a deep love of narrative that communicates personal experience. He was born and raised in the county of Cork, where his love of music grew out of a complete immersion in Irish tradition. He sings song of love of loss, of hope and freedom.
He now lives in Australia and hopes to connect others to his heritage through his music. Teamed with Irish Dancers, they provide an interactive show, where they involve the crowd for a true Irish experience.
Fortunato Isgro is an Italian singer/entertainer/recording artist/musician from Brisbane, Queensland who performs throughout Australia. The style of music he performs includes English classics from the 1950’s to 1970’s, plus traditional Italian music. He plays the keyboard and guitar. Fortunato is renowned for his strong vocals, his versatility with performing and his ability to always create an enjoyable night of dancing.
Fortunato started performing professionally at the age of sixteen at various clubs and restaurants across the Gold Coast. With his Italian father as a mentor, Fortunato decided to broaden his musical repertoire by singing traditional Italian songs.
Describes herself as an ‘urban purist.’ Borrowing from both east and west coast urban and beat poet scenes, she melds into New Orleans and Coltranean jazz as effortlessly as breathing. As one Christchurch magazine wrote, “the white woman with a black woman’s soul.”
AHIA ALEGRIA (BRAZILIAN GROUP)
Bahia Alegria are a Brazilian Cultural Dance and Entertainment group based on the Gold Coast, Australia. Bahia Alegria means ‘Happiness from Bahia, Brazil’ which forms the basis or all of their shows. They aim to convey the fun and flair of Brazil whilst providing first grade quality entertainment by using very talented artists as well as authentic dance steps, music and costumes from Brazil.
Juzzie is a walking, talking, singing example of how it pays to follow your heart. Taking up hi-energy busking, mostly at local markets on the NSW north coast, and drawing bigger and more enthusiastic crowds each time he played. In this way Juzzie created a reputation for himself, becoming a true grassroots phenomenon.
A true musical virtuoso, Juzzie preaches, and practices, his message of Simple Living, basing himself out of a touring van without electronic backing and very basic, traditional instruments. “much can be made with very little” he says, “and anyone can make music. My passion is to teach this, through workshops, live shows or just the way I live”.
As the live band scene has waned in recent decades, Whiskey Gully have rediscovered the secret to reaching their audience and getting them dancing. “It’s all about the crowds” says guitarist Ben, “and reminding them of the songs of their youth.’ Both old and young fans delight in the melodies of yesteryear and as they repeatedly attest, “there’s something in the universal energy of those old songs that you just don’t see anymore.”
THE LITTLE STEELY BROTHERS
Little Steely Brothers is a fun filled, high quality ‘totally live’ ‘Tribute Show’ presenting the very best of the Little River Band, Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers and The Eagles. Little Steely Brothers are a six-piece band based in Brisbane Australia.
Little Steely Brothers are passionate about their music, and always connect with their enthusiastic audiences who love singing and dancing to some of the most timeless classic songs ever written, and as a result, have an ever-increasing family of devoted followers.
They consider themselves to be one of the most musically authentic musical Tribute Shows in Australia.
BEVIAQUA/THE COLE TRAIN
Beviaqua is a Stanthorpe based folk/pop duo comprising the talents of guitarist and singer/songwriters David and Sarah Hume. Beviaqua's music features vocal styling’s of Sarah Hume along with husband David's guitar artistry set to a variety of musical genres highlighting folk.
Few people have mastered the dreadnought acoustic guitar, as well as mandolin and baritone ukulele, as has Queensland’s own Jason McGregor. Combined with his warm, passionate vocal tone likened to John Mayer & James Morrison, Jason is a much sought-after talent whose soulful performances have captivated and moved both local and international audiences over the past 13 years.
Leading as one of Australia’s most sought-after talents, Jason is a very engaging performer whose acoustic guitar magic leaves audiences spellbound wherever he plays as Tommy Emmanuel himself enthuses. “I am very impressed with Jason as a player and a person,” says Tommy. “One of the great joys in music is hearing young players who can blow your socks off with technical skill, attitude and enthusiasm. One such guitarist is Jason McGregor.”
ISLAND BREEZE TEAM
Island Breeze has developed a reputation as a high-energy, professional cultural performing group. The group is dedicated to sharing the beauty, joy and authenticity of the diverse cultures of the pacific. The group showcases the cultures of the pacific in a show the whole family can enjoy. Committed to maintaining the dignity of the people of the pacific, Island Breeze is dedicated to wholesome entertainment.
The local four piece cover band “Reloaded” was formed in January 2013. The experienced line up incudes Mario Torrisi on Lead Guitar, Frank Torrisi on Bass Guitar, Lennie Girgenti on Lead Vocal and Keyboard and Brent Hansen on Drums and Vocals.
The band has a great and varied selection of Country Rock music from the 60’s through to today. Reloaded will perform their final shows at the 2016 Apple and Grape Harvest Festival. Make sure you farewell them at the festival.
As a singer/songwriter, Matty Rogers has been creating and performing his original music throughout Australia for the last 12 years. Matty has his own Australian blend of blues, folk, and rock. On his journey he has played alongside Jimmy Barnes, Ash Grunwald, Evermore, Epicure, the Trews, Mia Dyson, and many more.
His husky vocals and percussive guitar style make him a truly unique musical artist. Recently Matty has recorded with internationally acclaimed Producer Darren Mullan and completed his debut album ‘Soul Fire”.
THE ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS
The Legend - This is a story of love, deceit and parallels. This is the story of the Round Mountain Girls.
Round Mountain Girls are different, make no mistake…. No cheese, no spangly costumes, no well-worn, tired covers, just pure unbridled energy, joy and top quality musicianship. As one critic wrote, "A night out with Round Mountain Girls is like a good night in with your partner. They'll leave you hot and sweaty, exhausted but exhilarated, sonically bruised… maybe even a little tender... and yet you'll still end up begging for more".