2016 Lineup

Big names, big bands, solo acts, incredible musicians you have never heard of, Granite Town 2016 dishes up a diverse spread of musical talent for your listening, grooving and moving pleasure.

 
Growing up just down the road in Merimbula, Kim got his early start busking at the Moruya Country Markets - and now returns to Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival a national and international sold-out headline act! At just 25, Kim Churchill has already achieved the incredible in his short time as a professional musician. He’s recognised as much internationally as he is in Australia, having performed headline shows, festivals and supports alike all over the planet.  In 2015 the single “Window to the Sky” became an anthem for summer adventures and an instant festival favourite.  Kim is currently putting the final touches on his next record, due for release in late 2016. Known for his magnetic, dynamic stage presence, Kim unites lyrical artistry with fierce vocals; he is a sonic architect –using his guitar to create landscapes, which animate his lyrics.  We can’t wait to have him back in Moruya, where it all began!

Growing up just down the road in Merimbula, Kim got his early start busking at the Moruya Country Markets - and now returns to Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival a national and international sold-out headline act!

At just 25, Kim Churchill has already achieved the incredible in his short time as a professional musician. He’s recognised as much internationally as he is in Australia, having performed headline shows, festivals and supports alike all over the planet.  In 2015 the single “Window to the Sky” became an anthem for summer adventures and an instant festival favourite.  Kim is currently putting the final touches on his next record, due for release in late 2016.

Known for his magnetic, dynamic stage presence, Kim unites lyrical artistry with fierce vocals; he is a sonic architect –using his guitar to create landscapes, which animate his lyrics.  We can’t wait to have him back in Moruya, where it all began!

Fresh from his body-thumping set at Bluesfest Byron Bay and Port Fairy Music Festival, Ash is a man at the long peak of an incredible career.  Having already set 2016 ablaze, he is about to fire-up the stage at Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival! For 12 years Ash Grunwald has been at the forefront of success in the Australian music scene, nominated for six ARIA awards and three APRA awards, and winning two of the latter.  Off the back of his latest album NOW, produced by Nick Didia, the world continues to deliver opportunities on a global level, taking him back also into the recording studio, this time in L.A with some of the world’s biggest blues legends. Since the very inception of his career more than a decade ago, Ash has been at the cutting edge of innovation in Blues music while at the same time staying deeply true to its heart.

Fresh from his body-thumping set at Bluesfest Byron Bay and Port Fairy Music Festival, Ash is a man at the long peak of an incredible career.  Having already set 2016 ablaze, he is about to fire-up the stage at Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival!

For 12 years Ash Grunwald has been at the forefront of success in the Australian music scene, nominated for six ARIA awards and three APRA awards, and winning two of the latter.  Off the back of his latest album NOW, produced by Nick Didia, the world continues to deliver opportunities on a global level, taking him back also into the recording studio, this time in L.A with some of the world’s biggest blues legends. Since the very inception of his career more than a decade ago, Ash has been at the cutting edge of innovation in Blues music while at the same time staying deeply true to its heart.

Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival is stoked to have Tash Sultana who has just broken the Internet by announcing a surprise six track EP scheduled to drop Worldwide on September 23, exclusively through her very own label “Lonely Lands Records”! The release features triple j hit “Notion” and brand new single “Jungle”. A homemade video of “Jungle” from Tash’s bedroom went viral having over 2 million views and 22,000 shares on Facebook in a week. Tash is currently in UK/Europe for the first time playing two sold out London shows, a sold out Berlin show and a sold out Netherlands show including a TV performance to millions. Tash writes, records, loops, produces and plays everything in the studio and impressively loops everything on the live stage from scratch.  Word of mouth has travelled fast with over 10,000 tickets sold to Tash’s upcoming “Notion” tour with all venues officially sold out. This is with no radio plugger, publicist, marketing budget or even printing a poster. 

Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival is stoked to have Tash Sultana who has just broken the Internet by announcing a surprise six track EP scheduled to drop Worldwide on September 23, exclusively through her very own label “Lonely Lands Records”!

The release features triple j hit “Notion” and brand new single “Jungle”. A homemade video of “Jungle” from Tash’s bedroom went viral having over 2 million views and 22,000 shares on Facebook in a week. Tash is currently in UK/Europe for the first time playing two sold out London shows, a sold out Berlin show and a sold out Netherlands show including a TV performance to millions. Tash writes, records, loops, produces and plays everything in the studio and impressively loops everything on the live stage from scratch.  Word of mouth has travelled fast with over 10,000 tickets sold to Tash’s upcoming “Notion” tour with all venues officially sold out. This is with no radio plugger, publicist, marketing budget or even printing a poster. 

Rhymes with Diary! Without doubt, one of Australia’s most unique, eclectic and fearless artists, as evidenced by her electric live shows, spine-tingling vocal deliveries and outrageous costumes, Ngaiire will light the stage at Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival.  From studying Jazz at the Con, her incredible voice landed her in Australian Idol, spring-boarding her to tour extensively as a backing singer for Blue King Brown. Her first release Lamentations led to a slot at Glastonbury and shows with Alicia Keys and John Legend.  Ngaiire released her second album Blastoma this year- inspired by her childhood battle with cancer the album is about taking risks that turn into revelations.  The first single released from Blastoma, ‘Once’ was received by a rapturous media and added to full rotation on triple j within weeks.  “She’s got the gift.” - MONSTER CHILDREN “The kind of music hearts are won and broken to.”  ROLLING STONE

Rhymes with Diary!

Without doubt, one of Australia’s most unique, eclectic and fearless artists, as evidenced by her electric live shows, spine-tingling vocal deliveries and outrageous costumes, Ngaiire will light the stage at Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival.  From studying Jazz at the Con, her incredible voice landed her in Australian Idol, spring-boarding her to tour extensively as a backing singer for Blue King Brown.

Her first release Lamentations led to a slot at Glastonbury and shows with Alicia Keys and John Legend.  Ngaiire released her second album Blastoma this year- inspired by her childhood battle with cancer the album is about taking risks that turn into revelations.  The first single released from Blastoma, ‘Once’ was received by a rapturous media and added to full rotation on triple j within weeks. 

“She’s got the gift.” - MONSTER CHILDREN

“The kind of music hearts are won and broken to.”  ROLLING STONE

As the corner stone of Australia’s ‘east meets west’ electronic scene, Tijuana Cartel have a knack for blending layers of rich, intricate atmospheric soundscapes with laid back rhythms and luscious vocals to form an electronic beats tapestry that will cut through to your very soul. Simply, there isn’t another band doing what they do. Having spent the last decade mixing in influences that haven’t been fused in the past, their penchant is for Middle Eastern scales, beats that get a floor moving and a general Psychedelic approach in song structure and ethos. Not married to one genre or another, they happily change direction in search of new flavors and inspiration, whenever the moment takes them there. Bound together by their mutual love of instrumental, Trippy and mind-expanding music, Paul George and Carey O’Sullivan are a truly formidable force.  With shared early memories of hearing tubular bells and falling for the musical escapism they created, they have emerged as one of the country’s most exciting acts and it would appear that their legion of fans whole heartedly approve.

As the corner stone of Australia’s ‘east meets west’ electronic scene, Tijuana Cartel have a knack for blending layers of rich, intricate atmospheric soundscapes with laid back rhythms and luscious vocals to form an electronic beats tapestry that will cut through to your very soul.

Simply, there isn’t another band doing what they do. Having spent the last decade mixing in influences that haven’t been fused in the past, their penchant is for Middle Eastern scales, beats that get a floor moving and a general Psychedelic approach in song structure and ethos. Not married to one genre or another, they happily change direction in search of new flavors and inspiration, whenever the moment takes them there.

Bound together by their mutual love of instrumental, Trippy and mind-expanding music, Paul George and Carey O’Sullivan are a truly formidable force.  With shared early memories of hearing tubular bells and falling for the musical escapism they created, they have emerged as one of the country’s most exciting acts and it would appear that their legion of fans whole heartedly approve.

Embracing the future without losing sight of the past, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature feel good Australian earth sound, an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music. A mashup of dance & downtempo electro beats marinated in the mystic spiritual traditions of the Dreamtime. “Try to imagine Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the chemical brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo and you are getting close” Born from a relaxed street jam over 15 years ago, they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, growing audience on a global stage.

Embracing the future without losing sight of the past, OKA draws upon their indigenous connection to place and country to create their signature feel good Australian earth sound, an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, reggae-dub, Roots, Jazz and world music.

A mashup of dance & downtempo electro beats marinated in the mystic spiritual traditions of the Dreamtime.

“Try to imagine Bob Marley meets Stevie Wonder via the chemical brothers, on acid, playing in a steaming rainforest with a didgeridoo and you are getting close”

Born from a relaxed street jam over 15 years ago, they continue to bring the joy, fluidity and simplicity of their positive music to a much larger, growing audience on a global stage.

Originally born in Ghana, then moving to the Capital of Australia while still very young, Citizen Kay has grown up with an ambition to make his way into the music scene. Beginning as an aspiring songwriter with a love of hip-hop, he began rapping under the name 'Kay'.  Not long after teaching himself how to rap, he decided to start teaching himself how to make beats and the art of recording. As time went on, Kay gained more experience making beats, finessing his rapping style and writing and recording his music. His reputation spread and before long he was working with other aspiring artists and musicians around Australia and now also internationally.

Originally born in Ghana, then moving to the Capital of Australia while still very young, Citizen Kay has grown up with an ambition to make his way into the music scene. Beginning as an aspiring songwriter with a love of hip-hop, he began rapping under the name 'Kay'. 

Not long after teaching himself how to rap, he decided to start teaching himself how to make beats and the art of recording. As time went on, Kay gained more experience making beats, finessing his rapping style and writing and recording his music. His reputation spread and before long he was working with other aspiring artists and musicians around Australia and now also internationally.

Home grown Moruya girl Alice Terry sounds like she’s had three husbands and killed them all. Since leaving her small coastal town of Moruya, Terry has impressed her ever-growing audiences with her big voice and beautiful songs, and has deservedly earned the title of ‘Sydney’s first lady of blues’.  She effortlessly combines the best parts of folk, jazz and blues, and creates this music which is both sexy and heartbreaking all at the same time. Terry’s spirited performances and clever writing have steadily gained recognition and support from audiences and peers alike, including supports for: Allen Stone, Beth Hart, Matt Corby, Gail Page, and The Waifs, and festival appearances at: Woodford Folk, Narooma Blues and Rockabilly, Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival, Moruya Jazz & Thredbo Blues Festivals just to name a few.  How exciting to have this great talent back in Moruya!

Home grown Moruya girl Alice Terry sounds like she’s had three husbands and killed them all.

Since leaving her small coastal town of Moruya, Terry has impressed her ever-growing audiences with her big voice and beautiful songs, and has deservedly earned the title of ‘Sydney’s first lady of blues’.  She effortlessly combines the best parts of folk, jazz and blues, and creates this music which is both sexy and heartbreaking all at the same time.

Terry’s spirited performances and clever writing have steadily gained recognition and support from audiences and peers alike, including supports for: Allen Stone, Beth Hart, Matt Corby, Gail Page, and The Waifs, and festival appearances at: Woodford Folk, Narooma Blues and Rockabilly, Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival, Moruya Jazz & Thredbo Blues Festivals just to name a few.  How exciting to have this great talent back in Moruya!

ALICE TERRY

After releasing a string of singles and a breathtaking film clip for "Open Up" which was described by Rolling Stone mag as "soul-baring", Sydney four piece Carãvana Sun are now laying their cards on the table with the release of their 5th studio album Guerrilla Club and Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival is lucky enough to have them back again as part of their much anticipated National Tour!   Guerrilla Club is an album “full of otherworldly imagery and highly evolved instrumentation", set to engulf listeners with its seamless mix of world-fuelled rebellious surf rock. It’s been quite the journey from conception to elevation for Carãvana Sun with the band playing over 500 shows all over the world in the last five years. Now back on home soil and preparing for a massive 23 date national tour the band are living and breathing what Guerrilla Club is all about; their love for Australia and its culture.

After releasing a string of singles and a breathtaking film clip for "Open Up" which was described by Rolling Stone mag as "soul-baring", Sydney four piece Carãvana Sun are now laying their cards on the table with the release of their 5th studio album Guerrilla Club and Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival is lucky enough to have them back again as part of their much anticipated National Tour!  

Guerrilla Club is an album “full of otherworldly imagery and highly evolved instrumentation", set to engulf listeners with its seamless mix of world-fuelled rebellious surf rock.

It’s been quite the journey from conception to elevation for Carãvana Sun with the band playing over 500 shows all over the world in the last five years. Now back on home soil and preparing for a massive 23 date national tour the band are living and breathing what Guerrilla Club is all about; their love for Australia and its culture.

Carãvana Sun

Anything could happen! Known to cause a severe case of happy fever the 11 piece, fresh sounds brass band is sure to put a smile on the faces of everyone at Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival, in an incredibly unique live show. After returning from their acclaimed performances at Woodford Folk Festival 2015, the Hot Potato Band have become one of the most celebrated performing bands in Australia both on and off the stage. Beware as they make you the centre of their performance... literally! The bands unique sound comes from the absence of a single drum kit, bass guitar and electrified instruments. Three drummers create synchronised grooves on what would be a deconstructed drum kit. The bass lines are covered by an enormous, lung busting Sousaphone. Two baritone saxophones mimic the part of a rhythm guitar and the bands huge array of horns cover catchy chorus lines and provide a beautiful harmonic cloud for Dylan (the vocalist) to float over.

Anything could happen! Known to cause a severe case of happy fever the 11 piece, fresh sounds brass band is sure to put a smile on the faces of everyone at Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival, in an incredibly unique live show. After returning from their acclaimed performances at Woodford Folk Festival 2015, the Hot Potato Band have become one of the most celebrated performing bands in Australia both on and off the stage. Beware as they make you the centre of their performance... literally!

The bands unique sound comes from the absence of a single drum kit, bass guitar and electrified instruments. Three drummers create synchronised grooves on what would be a deconstructed drum kit. The bass lines are covered by an enormous, lung busting Sousaphone. Two baritone saxophones mimic the part of a rhythm guitar and the bands huge array of horns cover catchy chorus lines and provide a beautiful harmonic cloud for Dylan (the vocalist) to float over.

HOT POTATO BAND

30/70 are Melbourne's original beat disciples.  Rolling with the right ratio their flavour is gritty and soulful, streetwise and sensual exploring hip-hop to jazz to the cosmos and back. They have been making music and love over jasmine tea in the 3070 for two years now and in December 2015 they released their long awaited LP "The Cold Radish Coma" at a sold out show at The Gasometer. The record delivers 30/70's signature hypnotic groove panorama drenched in love, weed, meditation, and spirituality and sold out in only a month.  With the addition of the ineffable Allysha Joy and her soul sisters, 30/70 is the soundtrack to your cosmic dreams and nights of desire. The band has played alongside such acts as Sampa the Great, Ngaiire, Swooping Duck and Clever Austin of Hiatus Kaiyote, Remi, GL, Koi Child and Vulture Street Tape Gang to name a few.

30/70 are Melbourne's original beat disciples. 

Rolling with the right ratio their flavour is gritty and soulful, streetwise and sensual exploring hip-hop to jazz to the cosmos and back.

They have been making music and love over jasmine tea in the 3070 for two years now and in December 2015 they released their long awaited LP "The Cold Radish Coma" at a sold out show at The Gasometer.

The record delivers 30/70's signature hypnotic groove panorama drenched in love, weed, meditation, and spirituality and sold out in only a month. 

With the addition of the ineffable Allysha Joy and her soul sisters, 30/70 is the soundtrack to your cosmic dreams and nights of desire.

The band has played alongside such acts as Sampa the Great, Ngaiire, Swooping Duck and Clever Austin of Hiatus Kaiyote, Remi, GL, Koi Child and Vulture Street Tape Gang to name a few.

Feel good, home grown, honest soul at its rawest! Original soul mega-babes Lady Oscar are a 6 piece Melbourne outfit combining a tasty trio of drums, bass and guitar with intimate liquid-like layers of vocal lusciousness. Churning out everything from sweet down tempo soul ballads to grinding funk and hip hop joints, they will leave you feeling all blissed out and buttered up. Lady Oscar’s live shows are jam-packed with sweet ‘n’ sour soul, tight harmonies, fresh and fallin'-off-the-tree freestylin' and grrroves so grrruff they make your heart dive into your guts and get on the dance floor. Band leader and composer Nitida Atkinson grew up right here in Moruya before heading off to the big smoke after high school to study Jazz at VCA Melbourne - another AWESOME home-grown talent, shining on the national and international stage.  Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival is lucky to have this talented bunch of fantastic musicians!

Feel good, home grown, honest soul at its rawest!

Original soul mega-babes Lady Oscar are a 6 piece Melbourne outfit combining a tasty trio of drums, bass and guitar with intimate liquid-like layers of vocal lusciousness. Churning out everything from sweet down tempo soul ballads to grinding funk and hip hop joints, they will leave you feeling all blissed out and buttered up.

Lady Oscar’s live shows are jam-packed with sweet ‘n’ sour soul, tight harmonies, fresh and fallin'-off-the-tree freestylin' and grrroves so grrruff they make your heart dive into your guts and get on the dance floor.

Band leader and composer Nitida Atkinson grew up right here in Moruya before heading off to the big smoke after high school to study Jazz at VCA Melbourne - another AWESOME home-grown talent, shining on the national and international stage.  Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival is lucky to have this talented bunch of fantastic musicians!

Back again from touring Africa, Indonesia and Europe the incredibly talented performer/composer Afro Moses, ‘The Dynamic Dreadlocked Showman’, will have audiences dancing, jumping, sweating and shouting along to his infectious grooves at Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival. A multi-award winning, international artist from Ghana, Afro is a singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher with a magnetic personality who has enchanted people the world over with his high-energy music, powerful messages, showmanship and colourful stage shows. His unique and tasty blend of Afro-fusion, Reggae, Afro-Salsa Percussion Afro-beats, Funk and Jazz uses traditional African instruments, modern grooves and technology to create an irresistible fusion of hot rhythms.  Afro’s interactive shows create an amazing party atmosphere guaranteed to uplift, transport, and inspire!

Back again from touring Africa, Indonesia and Europe the incredibly talented performer/composer Afro Moses, ‘The Dynamic Dreadlocked Showman’, will have audiences dancing, jumping, sweating and shouting along to his infectious grooves at Granite Town - Moruya’s Funky Little Festival.

A multi-award winning, international artist from Ghana, Afro is a singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher with a magnetic personality who has enchanted people the world over with his high-energy music, powerful messages, showmanship and colourful stage shows. His unique and tasty blend of Afro-fusion, Reggae, Afro-Sals