2019 Artist Bios

2019 Artist Bios

Jimmy Bay

Multi-instrumentalist, JimmyBay is a true Australian blues/folk performer.

In his live performances, his emotive and original songs are intersected with honest and sometimes humorously tragic stories from his travelling nomadic lifestyle. Jimmybay has performed at festivals and venues across Australia.

Jane Murdoch

I am a singer, guitarist, song writer. I have recently released a CD with 7 original songs I have written over the years. Some of my influences are Tracey Chapman, Patti Smith, Joan Armatrading. I’m Performing with a Trio, and a full band.

The Chairmen

The Chairmen are Boof Power, vocal, harp and percussion, Mic Bradshaw, vocals, guitars, Cory Heneker, Bass, vocals and production and Michael Pursche, drums and vocal.

Boof is former front man to Aussie Blues icons, The Barflys.

The Chairmen came together based on Boof and Mic’s songwriting and creative ideas. Way back, before the Barflys, both were in Kangaroo Court, who released two sell out indie albums in the 80’s.

Cory first played guitar in The Stone Crows, with Mic, in the 90’s. He switched to bass soon after and is renown for his work with Adelaide’s funk aficionados “Like Thread”

Michael Pursche, met the lads in 2017 through a mutual acquaintance and became their permanent drummer in 2019.

Based in blues, bred to rock and downright determined to play red hot and fan the fires of Boogie, The Chairmen, proud Oz Blues and Rock n Roll.

Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell will be familiar to many people in Adelaide through bands like Spank You Very Much, The Kasbah Kings,  Double Whammy, Sombre no Longer and Hey Daddyo.

For the Blues Festival Ian will showcase the songs that brought a Scottish migrant from Whyalla to the Blues.


Roots and blues duo with some middle eastern flavours. Cigarbox Guitar, Blues Harp and Cajon Drum.

Sue and Danny have been playing together since 2016. Sue plays a Cajon (Spanish for box) with sticks, hands and feet.

Danny plays homemade cigarbox guitars accompanied with blues harp and vocals. Danny has been making cigarbox guitars for 3 years using found objects. Much of the timber used is recycled from pallets or oak used in wine tanks for flavour. The resonator are mostly tins that used to house chocolates or sweets much more rarely a cigar box .

Cobb & Co

Cobb & Co are a blues duo consisting of Damien (Cobb) Cobby on vocals and harp and John (Hooter) Hastwell on vocals and acoustic guitar.

We have played in numerous bands on the west coast , Two Lane Blacktop being the only one  we played together in.

We competed in The Memphis blues Challenge 2018 and have done a few gigs around Adelaide.

Dr Chris & The Redeemers

Once upon a time, Dr Chris had a revelation… when you get the blues nothing makes you feel better than listening to driving blues rock music. So he was called to bring salvation to the people through his searing guitar licks, soulful riffs, and rugged vocals. Thus he brought together The Redeemers to aid in that mission…

On guitar, we give you ‘Saint’ Mark Munchenberg – blues disciple and the Patron Saint of Lost Guitars. On bass is a carpenter and miracle worker whose playing can turn water into wine and make the lame get up and dance! No, it’s not the Messiah, it’s Mr Dave ‘Greenlight’ Blythe. And from Manchester, England, at the heart of our engine room we have a true believer in one of the best blues rock drummers this side of the Pond – it’s ‘Reverend’ Steve Aiken.

Together, Dr Chris & The Redeemers bring you stone cold redemption from whatever ails you with their unique blend of searing Texas blues rock and a peppering of funk and soul.

Dave Hull

Dave Hull is a self taught local singer-songwriter. His cover repertoire stretches across musical divides and caters for all audiences and fans of great music. Dave has an uncanny ability to connect with his audience in a way that will transmute songs into life events. Come see him perform this festival, you won’t be disappointed.

L.R. Marsh

Hailing from the deserts of South Australia, singer-songwriter L.R. Marsh draws inspiration from life events, experiences, and observation, mixed with musical influences the likes of Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and Tyler Childers.

Susan Lily

Take a girl from outback NSW, add in a dash of stand-up comedy and mix it with music and you have music artist Susan Lily.  Beginning her career in Melbourne, Susan became a nationally charting artist here in Adelaide.  Her last 6 singles have all charted in the national Country Songs top 40, with 2 of these reaching the number 1 spot on a UK radio chart as well.  A finalist at 2019’s TSA Songwriting Awards with a tune written about a local area, she loves to entertain her audiences with stories about the songs.   Quirky lyrics, melodic tunes and, a good dose of laughter are just the tonic and Susan is the Specialist.

King Bee

King Bee is an acoustic blues purist, playing his way through the 1920’s Mississippi Delta all the way to the 1940’s of Chicago. Murder ballads, lewd innuendos and deals with the devil, King Bee is a story teller who takes his lead from classic bluesmen such as Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnson. King Bees passion for the blues is showcased through his enticing physical approach to performances, which aims to captivate audiences regardless of their knowledge of the genre.

Brett Littlefair

Although Brett appears solo or with a drummer, things really take off when he is backed by an
explosive rhythm section known as Devil’s Bend.

Dale Williams (Bass guitar) has been a close friend and musical partner in crime with Brett since
the late 80’s. After playing in WA for many years they relocated to the Gold Coast where Dale
was invited to join a young band headed for Seattle to try their luck overseas. Eventually Dale
returned and after a lengthy musical lay off returned to the dark art of bass playing, rejoining
Brett on the Adelaide circuit.

Nick Randles (Drums) An extremely versatile drummer, Nick has played in various lineups in
Adelaide and has played with Brett on and off since 2000. Together with Dale and Brett he
helped support country rock artist Cory Hargreaves shortly after being awarded runner-up in the
Tamworth Starmakers competition.

Like all long term relationships, it seems that Nick and Brett share a kind of telepathy that helps
them weave delicate middle sections and crashing crescendos effortlessly throughout their

Together, Brett Littlefair and Devil’s Bend have a style that grooves, boogies and demands the
listener’s attention from the opening notes of their shows.


MOSS is a five (5) piece original Rock & Blues Band, writing social / political songs aimed to get messages important to us out there while you rock.

We grew up in an era where songs were very much media commentary. The stage was the podium, the lyrics the speeches, as this was our principal platform to express our political and social voice in our early years.  We still think there is much yet to be said so we say it through our songs. Songs with a social message continue to resonate with us.

The Matt Hawkins 4

Matt Hawkins: Guitar, Vocals, Song writer

A musical life spent writing, playing and learning many genres of music, Matt Hawkins is an exciting, original performer.

and multi-instrumentalist songwriter. An innovative and imaginative composer, his love of sharing music with others and playing in a band prompted him to form The Matt Hawkins 4 in 2018 with the highly accomplished Geoff Miller on bass, Paris  trained performer Padma Ciel on backing vocals and keyboards and on drums Enzo Piscitelli of Freeway cover band fame.

Matt & Johnny

Combining their guitar/vocal talents in 2017 on Fleurieu’s South Coast, Matt & Johnny play a variety of Blues, Rock & Roll and 60’s Pop.

Andy Salvanos

Chapman Stick player Andy Salvanos has built a global audience through busking, with more than 25,000 album sales and a large listener base on Spotify. Swedish-born Salvanos has also performed at events such as the Adelaide Guitar Festival, the National Folk Festival (ACT) and Cygnet Folk Festival (TAS). His music is often described as melodic and haunting, and has been featured in a number of soundtracks.

“Andy….Your music reminds me of the sound of the world. Thank you for giving us the world to listen to, because sometimes people don’t take the time…” (John Francis Downey, Canada).

The Black Diamond Roots Band

A ragtag conglomerate of hillbillies, shutdown boilermakers,and their offspring. These musicians all have produced a product permeated with the ghosts and styling of the past ; powered by a fiercely original thread, and presented with pure intent. An album of musings from a colourful life……..this is dirt music, from the cracks in iron and steel. Songs of family struggle and love, scrapings of the spoils of war and continental relocation, this is passion, angst, melancholy, joy. a sense of place, a knowing of home. The black diamonds are those you will find in the dust.

Barney & Lyndon

Award winning (SAMIA) guitarist, sound engineer and music producer. Performed live in bands since the 70’s (Sombre No Longer, Redfins, Skafell Pike, Justa’bout Everything, Sympathy Orchestra and more). Accompanist and Composer in residence BA Dance Department Adelaide University 1985-1995. Tutor Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music Adelaide University 1995-2000. Composer/session musician for film,dance and theatre (incl. Rolf de Heer, Simi Roche, Peter Dunn, Broderick Smith and more). Avid bushwalker, father to 4 daughters and grandfather to 7.

Lyndon Gordon (28) is a Scottish immigrant who has lived in South Australia for 14 years. Immigrating to South Australia at the age of 15, Lyndon joined the Mount Barker High School’s rock band, whilst also playing bass in the Roddy Gordon Band where they recorded the album ‘Love & Blues’ in 2008 with Locrian Records.

In 2015, after a 7 year break to focus on his education, Lyndon was asked to join Sympathy Orchestra, a 20 year old home-grown experimental, instrumental rock band helmed by Julian Barnett, John Appleby and Istvan Nemeth. Since joining Sympathy Orchestra, Lyndon has played at numerous live gigs, including Adelaide’s Battle of the Bands in 2018, Port Adelaide’s Gallery Yampu for the South Australian Living Arts Festival, and Guitars in Bars.

Rusty Bonnett

Rusty Bonnett is a solo artist-one man band. His instruments consist of acoustic and amplified guitars, banjo, mandolin, harmonica accompanied with a stomp box for percussion. Rusty has played at many musical festivals such as the Echuca winter blues festival, Anglesea music festival and Bluestone blues festival with some of Australia’s top musicians as a harmonica player over the last 18 years. He also played at last year’s Port Noarlunga Blues Festival where he received a very good reviews and wowed the crowd! Rusty now lives at Arno Bay, a small town on the west coast of South Australia, playing his solo show and wooing crowds with his own style of foot stomping, slide guitar playing blues and roots music.

Joe Amputch

Joe is originally from Fiji and has made Adelaide his home for the last 7 years. A solo acoustic player Joseph’s music is mainly influenced by the blues and he has played around the Adelaide pub circuit. His music can be heard on You Tube and Face Book.

Snakefrog Steve

All washed up on the shores of the Mid Coast, SnakeFrog (Steve Gasson) is going on a guitar surfari with his unique slab of instrumental songs that are mostly inspired by the guitar bands of the 50’s & 60’s. Join the 1 man surf-rock band for a special Blues focused set at the Port Noarlunga Blues Festival!