GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER MAKES FIRST PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT FOR 2019 / by Kylie Cobb

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Australian country music royalty Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts and James Blundell are the first of 100+ artists to be announced for Australia’s iconic Gympie Music Muster, 22-25 August. 

Music fans will be happy to find more festival favourites in Luke O’Shea and Felicity Urquhart, as well as an exciting foray into the gritty stylings of rock legends Tex Perkins and former INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss, who is making his country music debut.

Gympie Music Muster Program Coordinator, Emily Murphy said the 2019 lineup upholds Muster’s 38-year tradition of true, grassroots country favourites coupled with an exciting element of discovery across a broader range of genres.

“Musicians like Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts and James Blundell have real history with the Muster and are a special part of our extended family of artists who regularly return as crowd favourites.

“Muster-goers also love the element of surprise and discovery that Muster brings, so we have Tex and Andrew Farris, as well as incredible young Australian blues artist, Caiti Baker and James Ellis and the Jealous Guys, one of Melbourne’s best-loved country and honky tonk bands, to name a few!”

Miss Murphy said Muster’s full program is what truly sets it apart, “It’s so much more than a line-up.”

“Throw in intimate Songwriter Sessions, an all-star guitar-shredding jam, line and rock ’n roll dancing, instrument workshops and some surprise collaborations, and you begin to understand why the Muster is a diverse and unique program that simply can’t be experienced anywhere else.”

Announced as the 2019 Gympie Muster Ambassador, eight-times Golden Guitar winner, Felicity Urquhart recalls her first taste of “Muster magic.”

“I remember my first ever Muster experience 27 years ago like it was yesterday! I was a high school girl from Tamworth making the road trip with family and even as the first tent peg was hammered in the ground we knew were with kindred spirits.

“Surrounded by laughter, new faces, stories, music and mateship, I took my first walk to main stage and looking down the hill I knew then and there I wanted to be part of the magic for years to come.

“Over the decades the Muster keeps evolving and this year a new chapter begins.”

Held in Amamoor Creek State Forest in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland, two hours north of Brisbane and 40 minutes from Noosa, the Muster is the perfect way to kick back and enjoy some of the country’s best talent.

An unmissable and uniquely Australian event, one ticket price gives Muster goers free camping and multi-venue access to all performances to experience everything Australia’s biggest country music celebration has to offer.

Run by the community, for the community, the Muster is a not-for-profit charity event which has raised in excess of $15 Million for charities Australia wide since its inception. It also gives a multi-million dollar boost to Queensland’s tourism sector every year, providing an economic boom for the region.

The Gympie Music Muster runs from Thursday August 22 to Sunday August 25, 2019 in the Amamoor Creek State Forest near Gympie. Tickets are available via www.muster.com.au.

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Included below:

  • Full first lineup announcement

  • Gympie Music Muster Fast Facts & Links, including image library

  • Artist bios & high res images

Felicity Urquhart, Emily Murphy and various artists are available for interviews and photographs upon request to Kylie Cobb: kylie@kittykittybangbang.com.au M. 0402 434 523 or Lori Hoffman: marketing@muster.com.au M. 0438 159 962


First 2019 Gympie Muster Lineup Announcement

Kasey Chambers
The McClymonts
Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band
James Blundell
Felicity Urquhart
Luke O’Shea

Saltbush Six
Andrew Farriss and the Rainmakers
Jeff Lang
8 Ball Aitken
Allan Caswell
Kaylens Rain
The Wilson Pickers
Davidson Brothers
Caiti Baker
Simply Bushed
Chad Morgan
Col Finley
Kirsty Lee Akers
Murphy’s Pigs
Amy Nelson (CAN)
Paddy McHugh
Melody Moko
Anna Scionti
The Dungarees (CAN)
James Ellis and the Jealous Guys
Linc Phelps
Natalie Pearson
Scarlet's Way

…plus many more still to be announced. 


GYMPIE MUSTER LINKS & FAST FACTS

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  • The Gympie Music Muster celebrates mates, music and making a difference in its 38th year.

  • Over the past 37 years it has grown from a small celebration to an iconic event that defines the Gympie region.

  • Held from Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 August 2019 Gympie Music Muster is Australia’s largest charity festival, run by the community, for the community, raising in excess of $15 million for charity and community groups since it began.

  • The Muster is a fundraising initiative of the Apex Club of Gympie.  All surplus funds benefit the local community and designated charity partners.  

  • Generations of Muster goers return annually to enjoy the friendly family atmosphere – there are no strangers at the Muster, only friends you haven’t met yet!

  • The Muster provides local, regional and national artists and songwriters an opportunity to perform in front of one of the largest outdoor audiences in regional Australia.

  •  The 2018 event has been measured to have contributed more than $6 million towards the Queensland economy.

  • The community is The Muster’s most valued resource with more than 15,000 volunteer hours given to the 2018 event.

  • The Muster is the quintessential Australian entertainment experience, bringing music and mate-ship together under one big open roof and offering a camping and leisure experience like no other. It celebrates the true spirit of country Australia and the strength and resilience of regional communities.

  • While contained in the picturesque Amamoor Creek State Forest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the event offers its patrons every luxury. Bars, Food Stalls, Baristas and five-star camping; there is no need to skimp on quality when patrons make their way to the Muster.

  • The event is family friendly (kids under 12 are admitted free) and focuses on providing a safe and non-threatening event.


APPROVED IMAGES + ARTIST BIOS

Kasey Chambers   A genre-defying singer and songwriter whose music encompasses the quietude of folk, the honesty of country, the edgy emotions of the blues, and the fearless spirit of rock & roll, Kasey Chambers has become one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation. Raised surrounded by music, Kasey grew up as part of her family’s band, the Dead Ringer Band, and started her solo career thereafter. Five of Kasey’s twelve studio albums have reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, she has won 14 Aria Awards, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Her autobiography,  A Little Bird Told Me… , was released to critical praise, and her latest album  Campfire  was her most honest and austere acoustic album to date.

Kasey Chambers

A genre-defying singer and songwriter whose music encompasses the quietude of folk, the honesty of country, the edgy emotions of the blues, and the fearless spirit of rock & roll, Kasey Chambers has become one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation. Raised surrounded by music, Kasey grew up as part of her family’s band, the Dead Ringer Band, and started her solo career thereafter. Five of Kasey’s twelve studio albums have reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, she has won 14 Aria Awards, and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Her autobiography, A Little Bird Told Me…, was released to critical praise, and her latest album Campfire was her most honest and austere acoustic album to date.

The McClymonts   Since the release of their debut EP in 2006, sisters Brooke, Sam & Mollie McClymont have established themselves as Australia’s number one country group with over a quarter of a million album sales, 2 gold album sales accreditations, 13 time Golden Guitar Awards, 22 chart topping singles and a reputation for being one of the most exciting touring acts in country music. They have also won 2 ARIA Awards, an APRA Award, three Country Music Channel Awards and a CMA ‘Global Artist of the Year’. Their 2017 album ‘Endless’ saw The McClymonts hit #1 on the ARIA Country Album chart for the fourth time in a row and undertake the highly successful ‘Endless’ & ‘Like We Used To’ national tours.

The McClymonts

Since the release of their debut EP in 2006, sisters Brooke, Sam & Mollie McClymont have established themselves as Australia’s number one country group with over a quarter of a million album sales, 2 gold album sales accreditations, 13 time Golden Guitar Awards, 22 chart topping singles and a reputation for being one of the most exciting touring acts in country music. They have also won 2 ARIA Awards, an APRA Award, three Country Music Channel Awards and a CMA ‘Global Artist of the Year’. Their 2017 album ‘Endless’ saw The McClymonts hit #1 on the ARIA Country Album chart for the fourth time in a row and undertake the highly successful ‘Endless’ & ‘Like We Used To’ national tours.

Tex Perkins and the Fat Rubber Band   Tex Perkins has played a key role in shaping Australian music. It’s understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has taken in everything from the groundbreaking experimental punktonica of Sydney’s mid-80s noiseniks Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with the Dark Horses. Now Tex is unveiling his exciting new band with Matt Walker. A blues swamp-groove that’s a little reminiscent of some of the things in Tex’s back catalogue, expect to hear a mix of new originals alongside a few classic Cruel Sea covers.

Tex Perkins and the Fat Rubber Band

Tex Perkins has played a key role in shaping Australian music. It’s understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has taken in everything from the groundbreaking experimental punktonica of Sydney’s mid-80s noiseniks Thug to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with the Dark Horses. Now Tex is unveiling his exciting new band with Matt Walker. A blues swamp-groove that’s a little reminiscent of some of the things in Tex’s back catalogue, expect to hear a mix of new originals alongside a few classic Cruel Sea covers.

James Blundell   There are many terms people use when describing James Blundell. Icon. Legend. Controversial. Rebel. The truth is - James Blundell is all of these things. Acknowledged by many as the act that single-handedly shaped modern Australian country music by infusing his influences of John Mellencamp, The Band and The Angels with the storytelling ethos of Slim Dusty and his lyrical insight, sharp wit and empathy for the average working man. This combined with his handsome good looks and country charm ensured there was no stopping his success across all demographics.

James Blundell

There are many terms people use when describing James Blundell. Icon. Legend. Controversial. Rebel. The truth is - James Blundell is all of these things. Acknowledged by many as the act that single-handedly shaped modern Australian country music by infusing his influences of John Mellencamp, The Band and The Angels with the storytelling ethos of Slim Dusty and his lyrical insight, sharp wit and empathy for the average working man. This combined with his handsome good looks and country charm ensured there was no stopping his success across all demographics.

Felicity Urquhart   Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer/songwriters in Australian song. The host of ABC Radio’s Saturday Night Country, Felicity has released seven studio albums and won eight Golden Guitars. With her latest album  Frozen Rabbit  set for release on April 26 2019, she is set to add another unmissable and unforgettable chapter to her incredible story to date. Gympie Music Muster is thrilled to welcome this woman of song to our 37th year of Gympie Music Muster as its ambassador.

Felicity Urquhart

Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer/songwriters in Australian song. The host of ABC Radio’s Saturday Night Country, Felicity has released seven studio albums and won eight Golden Guitars. With her latest album Frozen Rabbit set for release on April 26 2019, she is set to add another unmissable and unforgettable chapter to her incredible story to date. Gympie Music Muster is thrilled to welcome this woman of song to our 37th year of Gympie Music Muster as its ambassador.

Luke O’Shea   Luke O’Shea has a unique and contemporary way of carrying on the ancient tradition of singing up Australia and its definitive people. A recipient of 9 Golden Guitars and twice named the Australian Independent Artist of the Year, Luke’s solid swag of songwriting and performance accolades reflects the hungry desire of Australian people to hear their unique stories told - in a brave, powerful and unapologetic way. His music and lyrics are now being studied by Year 12 Higher School Certificate (HSC). English students and he continues to write and record in a style that is distinctly his own Luke will be releasing his 7th studio album,  There in the Ochre , at the 2019 Gympie Music Muster.

Luke O’Shea

Luke O’Shea has a unique and contemporary way of carrying on the ancient tradition of singing up Australia and its definitive people. A recipient of 9 Golden Guitars and twice named the Australian Independent Artist of the Year, Luke’s solid swag of songwriting and performance accolades reflects the hungry desire of Australian people to hear their unique stories told - in a brave, powerful and unapologetic way. His music and lyrics are now being studied by Year 12 Higher School Certificate (HSC). English students and he continues to write and record in a style that is distinctly his own Luke will be releasing his 7th studio album, There in the Ochre, at the 2019 Gympie Music Muster.

Saltbush Six   Saltbush Six is a new band formed by members of The Ayers Rockettes, who are original members of Keith Urban’s band. Saltbush Six includes Peter Clarke, Marlon Holden, Brad Hooper & Allan Cameron. In the late 80s/early 90s, they were the party band for a generation. The band has backed the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Trisha Yearwood (USA), Big House (USA), Tania Kernaghan and James Blundell, to Doc Neeson’s Angels, and the Godfather of country music himself, Slim Dusty at The Grand Ole Opry, USA. Saltbush Six always have and always will produce exceptional music and remain very entertaining live. 2019 will see the release of Saltbush Six’s debut album,  Beyond The Ranch,  featuring their new singer Darcy Crawford (British Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of The Year.)

Saltbush Six

Saltbush Six is a new band formed by members of The Ayers Rockettes, who are original members of Keith Urban’s band. Saltbush Six includes Peter Clarke, Marlon Holden, Brad Hooper & Allan Cameron. In the late 80s/early 90s, they were the party band for a generation. The band has backed the likes of Lee Kernaghan, Trisha Yearwood (USA), Big House (USA), Tania Kernaghan and James Blundell, to Doc Neeson’s Angels, and the Godfather of country music himself, Slim Dusty at The Grand Ole Opry, USA. Saltbush Six always have and always will produce exceptional music and remain very entertaining live. 2019 will see the release of Saltbush Six’s debut album, Beyond The Ranch, featuring their new singer Darcy Crawford (British Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist of The Year.)

Andrew Farriss   Andrew Charles Farriss is a Co-Founder, Main Composer, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Percussion, and Vocalist for the band INXS. Andrew has also worked internationally as an independent record producer, songwriter, and performance artist. Within INXS, massive hit singles such as  Original Sin ,  What You Need,  and  Need You Tonight  were the key cornerstones of Andrew’s much lauded songwriting partnership with Michael Hutchence. Add into the mix successful albums and videos, unending world tours, armloads of awards and accolades plus the honour of performing at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney – it’s been, and remains, quite a career for Andrew – and one of his own making.

Andrew Farriss

Andrew Charles Farriss is a Co-Founder, Main Composer, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Percussion, and Vocalist for the band INXS. Andrew has also worked internationally as an independent record producer, songwriter, and performance artist. Within INXS, massive hit singles such as Original Sin, What You Need, and Need You Tonight were the key cornerstones of Andrew’s much lauded songwriting partnership with Michael Hutchence. Add into the mix successful albums and videos, unending world tours, armloads of awards and accolades plus the honour of performing at the closing ceremonies of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney – it’s been, and remains, quite a career for Andrew – and one of his own making.

Caiti Baker   Caiti Baker, a vocalist and front woman raised on the sounds that birthed popular music, released her debut album  ZINC  on October 6 2017. That year, Caiti played Byron Bay Blues Festival and Womad festivals with great acclaim; supported Guy Sebastian and American legend Booker T; and featured on  Here,  a track with Briggs written for the NRL Fox League .  For the majority of 2018, Caiti toured the country a number of times, played celebrated summer festivals, supported The Teskey Brothers, performed at the London’s Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ and finished the year touring her album the 3 additional songs ( Gimme, Yep Yep  and  La La La ).

Caiti Baker

Caiti Baker, a vocalist and front woman raised on the sounds that birthed popular music, released her debut album ZINC on October 6 2017. That year, Caiti played Byron Bay Blues Festival and Womad festivals with great acclaim; supported Guy Sebastian and American legend Booker T; and featured on Here, a track with Briggs written for the NRL Fox League. For the majority of 2018, Caiti toured the country a number of times, played celebrated summer festivals, supported The Teskey Brothers, performed at the London’s Sounds Australia Aussie BBQ and finished the year touring her album the 3 additional songs (Gimme, Yep Yep and La La La).

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys   James Ellis and the Jealous Guys is one of Melbourne’s best-loved country and honky tonk bands. In 2018, they released their debut record,  It Ain’t Texas (But It Ain’t Bad) , which won Best Country Album at the Age Music Victoria Awards. In 2018, they also played their first US shows with an appearance at AmericanaFest and other Nashville venues. In Australia, they’ve played Out on the Weekend, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Dashville Skyline, Kyneton Music Festival and New Year’s Evie and have shared the stage with the Deslondes, Lillie Mae, Charley Crockett and Birdcloud.

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys

James Ellis and the Jealous Guys is one of Melbourne’s best-loved country and honky tonk bands. In 2018, they released their debut record, It Ain’t Texas (But It Ain’t Bad), which won Best Country Album at the Age Music Victoria Awards. In 2018, they also played their first US shows with an appearance at AmericanaFest and other Nashville venues. In Australia, they’ve played Out on the Weekend, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Dashville Skyline, Kyneton Music Festival and New Year’s Evie and have shared the stage with the Deslondes, Lillie Mae, Charley Crockett and Birdcloud.


OFFICIAL VIDEOS

Highlights from 2018 Gympie Music Muster ft. Music by Travis Collins. See you for more fun 22- 25 August 2019. https://www.muster.com.au/ #thisisqueensland Video by Leeroy Todd Photography


CONTACT

Kylie Cobb | Kitty Kitty Bang Bang | +61 402 434 523 | powerup@kittykittybangbang.com.au

Lori Hoffman | Gympie Music Muster Marketing Manager
+61 438 159 962 | marketing@muster.com.au