We’re back Brisbane! We love our stage and one of the best parts about creating our festival-feel weekends each season is pulling together local musicians and djs to set the FK vibe. We’ve been supporting music alongside independent art and design since day dot and are so excited to bring you another diverse Entertainment Program this Autumn / Winter.
There’s something for everyone this Autumn Winter season, including the electronic kids band Poppy Galactic & The Beat! We thought you might like a taste test (or for those stallholders road tripping, one for the road!) so we’ve created a Brisbane Spotify playlist. Get it on the DL and get ready to discover new tunes by amazing artists. Also, don’t go forgetting about the bar! Share a drink (or two) with friends and dance along to sweet tunes all weekend long.
It’s not all tunes either, you can now start your market day with a chinwag! Our long-time media partner and friends over at frankie magazine will be hosting short ‘n sharp panel discussions with stallholders LIVE on stage. SPACES editor Leta Keens will take to the microphone Saturday and Sunday, guiding an insightful chinwag on Doing What You Love. More on that here!
Check out the rest of the great bands and DJs joining us for Finders Keepers Brisbane below, ready to take up residence on our live music stage!
DJ James Wright
James is one of Brisbane’s most esteemed and discerning selectors. as comfortable behind the drums as he is the turntables, James blends genres and styles from all over the world: Nigeria in the 1970s, Japan in the 1980s, Detroit in the 1990’s, and the cornucopia of amazing music resonating around the world today.
Sian Evans’ journey with music and her voice has seen her explore the continent playing numerous festivals and connecting with the full spectrum of professional musicians and artists alike over numerous genre’s and styles. These days however, she is settling into a fine concave of folk/roots, alt-country; the master nest and absolute place of hearty home feels.
Brisbane based guitar-slinger and singer Dana Gehrman has just had the sort of year most musicians can only dream about. Sharing the stage and studio with the legendary Tim Rogers, toured in support of Australian music icon Mick Thomas and his Roving Commission and 3-time ARIA nominated alt country stalwarts The Wilson Pickers, graced the stage of numerous festivals and has been recognized as a finalist for the 2018 Queensland Music Awards.
Capturing the attention of some of Australia’s greatest performers, Emma has been riding off the back off a string successful nationals tours, performing as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist on Kasey Chambers Bittersweet Tour, Shane Nicholson’s Hell Breaks loose tour, and Jon English’s Six Is Enough tour.
With her quirky personality, angelic voice, and multi-instrumental virtuosity, Emma sets the stage alive with her blend of folk/acoustic/roots music.
Norskiosk create little yet epic compositions visiting the 30’s via the 70’s for lo-fi goodness, bridging the less explored avenues between baroque pop, old timey music to modern contemporary sensibilities.
Using only two voices, ukelele and double bass and sometimes a banjo or acoustic guitar (and maybe a top hat), the compositions are dynamic, harmonically rich and melodically complex.
Taking out a Queensland Music Award for his take on “The Valley” and copping hefty praise as an MC, Rainman first became known to Brisbane audiences as a DJ in the early 2000’s as party of the Drop Zone DJ collective.
When in charge of selections, Rainman mixes influences ranging across classic and new soul, funk, reggae, hip hop, disco, Afro-beat, Latin, ska and mid-tempo beats, remixes and mash-ups. Rainman has also recently been commissioned to curate and perform tailored DJ sets for a diverse range of events such as Robotronica (QUT robotics and interactive design festival) and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition.
Poppy Galactic & The Beat
Poppy Galactic and The Beat are an electronic kids band made up of Terepai Richmond (John Butler Trio, The Whitlams, Rodriguez) and Tiffany Richmond (ex. Sparkadia). Poppy Galactic and The Beat bring their spacey tunes to Earth on a mission to make you dance and remind you that we may be small but we’re all galactic!
Owning a powerful blues tone that’s never the voice people think will come out of her gives Hailey Calvert the element of surprise. Her charismatic performances and honest writing style has earned Brisbane’s Hailey Calvert many fans as well as turning her into a festival favourite. Winner of the blues category in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition, Hailey’s engaging performances go from quiet, reflective folk to emotive blues.
Danny Widdicombe is a songwriter, singer, session guitarist, musical director, pedal steel devotee and amateur astronomer. He is proudly based in Brisbane, Queensland and has released four solo albums, won the coveted GW McLennan Memorial Fellowship and also a Qld Music award. Danny is a member of three time ARIA Award nominated bluegrass supergroup The Wilson Pickers, collaborates with the modern jazz band Trichotomy, plays regularly with his band The Honey Sliders and is also a member of the iconic Brisbane band The Go-Betweens.
Danny recently released an album of ambient electronic music called “Ambrosia”, and a new album ‘Between the Lines’ with the instrumental trio Trichotomy is due for release in July 2019.
DJ Mister Sheffield
DJ Mister Sheffield has been DJing at Brisbane’s best worst bars since 2008. After running the Honky club night upstairs at Ric’s for five years, he then frequented Black Bear Lodge, The End, Southside Tea Room and a few weird government festivals before “retiring” gracefully, only coming out of his hibernation for special events and things his mates organise. Yes, he loves the Brisbane Broncos and yes, he takes requests.
You might find Ramblin’ Ash pickin’ old country songs for grey nomads at a free camp in rural Victoria, or playing at a crowded blues bar in the city – wherever and whenever she turns up, there is always a story to be told and a tune to be sung.
With a voice like birdsong and the rollicking, rough and tumble of a true traveller she will break your heart, then charm your socks off and leave you longing for a life on the road.
Kayleigh Pincott is a vocalist, arranger and composer with a Bachelor of Music in jazz voice (advanced performance) from the Queensland Conservatorium. Since graduating, Kayleigh has been busy leading her own projects including arranging for a 10 piece band, writing original music for a guitar and voice duo utilizing effects pedals, as well as releasing her new contemporary vocal jazz album, Solace, with her quintet.