Our top picks for the Far North’s favourite musical exports.
“Songs that will make you feel like shit, in a good way,” as described by the indie queen, herself – Greta Stanley. Growing up in small town Mena Creek near Innisfail, Stanley has gained a reputation for her harmonic vocals and her deep-cut lyrics, and with hard-work to accompany her talent – she has gone on to headline some massive gigs including Groovin the Moo and Grass is Greener.
After her successful EP Bedroom City, Stanley has been going from strength to strength by touring with fellow folk singer, Joe Mungo- van along the east coast in the lead up to her debut album this month. See what all the fuss is about, check her out online! www.gretastanley.com
Despite being a shy teenager, Roz Pappalardo recalls being eager to play her first pub gig just two months after learning 3 guitar chords! Growing up on an isolated sugarcane farm was great for Roz and her friends to (loudly) rock out to Neil Diamond and John Denver. As she got older, she combined her passion for music with teaching and went on to travel, teach and perform around the country and even the UK!
Her sound can be described as a mix between Alanis Morissette and Kasey Chambers, and you can find her nowadays flying to and from Brisbane and Cairns performing at some of the best venues in the cities. Find out more on her website www.rozpappalardo.com
Seeking music as his rehabilitation after recovering from chest surgery as a teenag- er, Bobby Maguire was gifted an electric guitar by his father and instantly began writing his own songs to perform at local music festivals with his friends and brothers. Their band, “Kan’d Peaches” went on to release two EPs and although they’re not performing together anymore, this inspired Bobby to pursue a career in music. Bobby went on to study a Bachelors Degree of Music in Melbourne and made cameo appearances in a range of bands, and their music videos.
Now back in Far North Queensland, he’s found performing between Cairns and Port Douglas at renowned music venues. Keep an ear out for Mr Maguire and his captivating sound! www.bobbymaguire.com
With the recent release of their new album, The Taste are being kept busy performing at gigs across the state and the country! The band have spent the past 3 years gaining loyal followers by serenading crowds with diverse and eclectic sounds. Ranging from funk, rock, soul and hip-hop, these pioneers insist on bringing a tropical in uence to their sets to make you feel like you’re at a beach party. Their live shows are full of infectious energy which you can’t help but get caught up in.
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From performing underage at local bars in Cairns, to teaming up with big names in the music industry – Rhys Tolhurst is another great example of a talented Cairns export. He made his way onto our screens in 2012 when he became a finalist on Australia’s Got Talent, and was praised by Brian McFadden, Dannii Minogue and Kyle Sandilands. Tolhurst has been working hard song-writing, producing and performing his own material as well as adding his own air to some well-known covers.
He has since made the move to Melbourne and is currently working on releasing his first album by Christmas. Until then, go online to keep up to date his latest news! www.rhystolhurst.com