2017 Country Music Festival

The Twenty Fourth Country Music on Norfolk Island promises jodyto be another great festival.  For all of our festival followers we have tried to give a little of everything for everyone.  The Festival is three nights comprising of the New Zealand Showcase, The Australian Showcase and the Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Awards. Shows start at 7.00pm and finish approximately at 10.00pm.

The Happy Hour and After Party were introduced in 2016. Some patrons have expressed the desire to sit and listen to their favourite country music and others prefer to party.  This will provide a mix of both as we endeavour to keep all our patrons happy!

Not to be missed the shows are going to be amazing, the after shows ……fantastic! and the entertainers are here to entertain you.  Get your Country on and join us on Norfolk Island for the 2017 Festival.


NICMA are pleased to announce the Headliners for the 2017 Festival.

shaneHeadliners are Shane Nicholson from Australia and Jody Direen from New Zealand.


Shane Nicholson – No stranger to the country music scene in Australia with a high profile Shanes recent achievements are: On 17 November 2015, “Hell Breaks Loose” received 7 CMAA Golden Guitar nominations, and on November 26 won the ARIA award for Best Country Album. “Secondhand Man” was also nominated for Best Video.


Jody Direen hails from the heart of the South Island (Wanaka, New Zealand) and has made waves internationally by pairing her amazing vocal talent along with her gifted song writing skills, powerful stage presence, hard work ethic and determination, Jody has garnered a loyal following throughout New Zealand and Australia. Her notoriety, however, has managed to cross international borders leading Jody on an epic journey to Nashville, Tennessee – the capital of country music. After working under the guidance of Bear Grylls’ U.S. based talent management company for six months, Jody released her new-sound single ‘Loud’ as a follow-up to her well received 2012 debut album ‘Here We Go’. With an edgier sound, ‘Loud’ launched straight to #1 in the New Zealand i-Tunes Country Charts, peaked at #17 in the New Zealand i-Tunes charts across all genres and remained in the official NZ TOP 20 charts for two consecutive weeks sitting at #17 for the first and #14 for the second. The ‘Loud’ music video made its debut onto the official Country Music Channel (CMC) Australia and was selected by officials as the ‘Country Pick’ for the month peaking at #10. It also peaked at #13 on The Australian Country Official Top 40 (including worldwide country artists) and #4 on The All Australian Country Top 20, remaining there for 3 weeks.


Guest Artists Include:


New Zealand

Midnite Special – a group of three well known Kiwis Michelle Lightband Norfolk Island Country Music(Greaves), Lex  Greaves, and Rob Katipa Jnr (lead)  Been known to play anything and everything country from traditional to modern. 

Founding band members, Lex and Michelle Greaves are two of the 14 children born to revered country recording artist, the late Rusty Greaves, with whom they began performing on stage with when they were pre-school age. Fourteen years ago they established Midnite Special and have been working in clubs and concert-halls throughout New Zealand ever since, accumulating a wealth of experience and developing a high level of professionalism. The band has seen a variety of line-up changes throughout its decade and a half tenure, the latest of which is among the most versatile and dynamic. Lex is the groups Musical-Director/Bass player and shares lead vocal duties with Michelle. Highly organized vocal harmonies are provided by the other band members, giving the band a unique warmth and robust sound, which is hard to surpass.


untitled-design-40Kelvin Cummings – Reigning TTEOY winner – Kelvin Cummings has lived and breathed country music all of his life. This urban singer/songwriter puts an honesty and energy into every performance. He won the 2016 Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year months after winning the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards in 2015, and has featured in several New Zealand television appearances.

He is influenced by the honesty of country ballads, as well as the showmanship of artists such as Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, and Garth Brooks.

After graduating from the CMAA (Country Music Australian Association) Academy of Country Music in 2016, he has been working towards the release of his original EP.


Drew McAlister – The former McAlister Kemp mainstay drewhas penned hundreds of tunes, both with and for artists from Graeme Connors to Luke O’Shea to Tamara Stewart. He’s worked with U.S. songwriting royalty including Brett Jones (Jason Aldean), Brian Maher (Taylor Swift), and Dylan Altman (Tim McGraw), and performed alongside the cream of Aussie country talent: Beccy Cole, Sara Storer, Adam Brand, and countless others.

Drew McAlister has long been recognised as one of the nation’s premier songwriters and performers. The former McAlister Kemp mainstay has penned hundreds of tunes, both with and for artists from Graeme Connors to Luke O’Shea to Tamara Stewart. He’s worked with U.S. songwriting royalty including Brett Jones (Jason Aldean), Brian Maher (Taylor Swift), and Dylan Altman (Tim McGraw), and performed alongside the cream of Aussie country talent: Beccy Cole, Sara Storer, Adam Brand, and countless others.

Drew McAlister’s sound is best described, as the singer himself puts it, as ‘organic country rock’: music that moves us both to celebrate life’s greatest joys, and to reflect upon the challenges that confront us all. Black Sky showcases eleven soaring anthems of resilience and love, anchored throughout by McAlister’s incisive reflections on the lessons that bind us together as a people.


warrenWarren H Williams and Dani Young – In 2015, Williams invited long-time friend and award-winning Australian singer Shane Nicholson to visit his hometown of Hermannsburg (Ntaria) to help break his writer’s block. Williams took him to sacred sites and shared Aboriginal Dreaming stories which inspired Nicholson’s ARIA-nominated album Hell Breaks Loose, which features the track ‘Hermannsburg[

He is the longest serving broadcaster on CAAMA Radio, currently presenting the mid-morning show from 9am – 11am on weekdays, as well as the 80s Mix on Monday evenings, Rockn on

Wednesday evenings, and CAAMA’s highest rating program Strictly Country on Tuesday and Thursday evenings

Warren and Dani have just released their album Desert Water which was number 2 on Aria Charts recently.  Creating a lot of interest as first indigenous- non indigenous duo. Beautiful vocals and harmonies.


Georgia White

Georgia White is a surprise, from the very beginning. Her voice sounds like it comes from another time and another place. It echoes greats, but yet remains firmly relevant to now.  One listen to Georgia White and you’ll hear her inspirations and feel her aspirations and want to be a part of her exciting musical journey!

Georgia has been practicing music for over 10 years, first beginning with singing lessons to build her confidence up as a shy 10 year old. At just 15, Georgia was signed to her first major record label- distributed by Sony Music Australia and became a part of The Apprentices project, releasing 2 compilation albums, and 1 solo cover album that showcased her incredible voice and gave us a glimpse of her unique style and promise.

Now 22, Georgia is working towards writing and recording tracks for her debut EP titled “These Four Walls”, which clearly shows the enormous growth in her over these years.

While also balancing between being a full-time university student, studying a music degree- Georgia “gigs” most weekends around Sydney, displaying her appreciation for all kinds of music with her ever growing song repertoire list.  Allowing the listeners to sit back and appreciate some of their favourite songs like they’ve never heard before!

 All subject to change without notice.