The Twenty Fifth Country Music Festival on Norfolk Island promises to be another great festival. For all of our festival followers, we have tried to give a little of everything for everyone. The Festival will be held over 6 nights comprising a mix of top artists ready to thrill audiences and help celebrate this milestone festival. Shows start at either 7.30pm or 8:00pm and finish at approximately 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 2018 Festival.
NOW ANNOUNCED: TWO MASSIVE HEADLINERS, ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY…
There are few artists who can claim the kind of accolades Troy Cassar-Daley has amassed during his career. A hugely successful artist, loved by country music fans across Australia, he is acknowledged as a true country superstar. He has appeared in film and television and recorded in studios from Tamworth to Los Angeles and Nashville; yet through it all, he remains an unassuming man, deeply committed to his family and to his craft.
Troy is a man who believes profoundly in community and giving back to the industry, a proud member of the Bundjalung Nation, he has a true connection to his land and people.
Across his career, Troy has collected a slew of awards, including four Arias, 35 Golden Guitars, two APRA Country Song of the Year Awards, nine Deadlys and four CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards. He has sold in excess of 450,000 albums and received gold and platinum records.
Shannon Noll’s everyman appeal lies in his honesty, he strikes a chord with legions of music fans, tapping into a pure emotion that’s both his own and instantly relatable.
His rise to fame as the first runner-up of the initial Australian Idol series in 2003 changed his life from farm hand in Condobolin forever.
Since taking to the stage and commencing his successful recording career, Australia’s favourite son “Nollsie” has on to receive acclaim with certified triple-platinum sales, number #1 hits, five top 10 albums, has 17 platinum and three gold accreditations, and boasts a reputation as the only Australian male artist in national chart history to have ever achieved ten consecutive top ten singles.
Undeniably, Shannon Noll has captured the hearts and minds of music fans around Australia and overseas with his raw, gifted rockvoice. He remains one of the most recognisable names and faces in the Australian music industry with only a few matching his success.
A loving husband and father, he is also a voice to be reckoned with. Shannon is currently working on his next album which will once again be sure to only add to his success thus far.
NICMA are pleased to announce the First Release headliners for the 2018 Festival – Travis Collins (Aus) and The Topp Twins (NZ).
With a growing string of hit albums, #1 songs, awards and a decade of winning fans all across the country under his belt, TRAVIS COLLINS continues to cement his footprint as a mainstay on the Australian music landscape. He is as well-known for his masterful guitar playing and powerhouse vocals as he is for his depth of song-writing and high energy live performances.
In 2017, Travis continues to go from strength to strength. A triple ‘Golden Guitar’ award winner and triple CMC Award winner with his latest album ‘HARD LIGHT’ – which has already delivered a further three #1 singles to his impressive tally – the reflective ‘Just Another Girl’ the haunting ‘Call Me Crazy’, and anthemic ‘Hometown Calling’, whilst the album itself charted in the ARIA top 20 all-genre albums chart.
Travis is a multiple CMAA and CMC Award winner and RUOK? Ambassador.
The Topp Twins
The Topp Twins may be better known as their TV comedy characters but they are also very talented contemporary country singer-songwriters. Both their albums Grass Highway (2001) and Flowergirls and Cowgirls (2005) won Best Country Album and Jools Topp’s original song Tamworth won Best Country Song at the New Zealand Music Awards (2001-2006). Most recently the Topp Twins won the Country Music Group/Duo Award at the 2009 National Country Music Awards and were inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame (2008).
The Topp Twins deliver pure acoustic country with distinctive double vocal harmonies, that appeal to non-country music lovers as well as country music aficionados. Yodelling is part of the Topp Twins repertoire and Lynda Topp’s rendition of My Pinto Pony and I will surely bring a tear to your eye. She has been described as one of the greatest yodellers of our time.
Our First Release Guest Artists Include Mason Hope, En-Tranzet, Fanny Lumsden and Dennis Marsh and there’s more to come!
Mason Hope –2016 saw Mason Hope’s hard work and dedication to establishing a name in the Australian Music industry yield amazing results that he would have only dreamed of a year ago. Starting off with Winning the Voice of Urban Country Music Festival. To taking out pole position at the 2016 Gympie Music Muster Talent search.
With his recent video/single “Get me to Memphis” being used as a platform for Mason to start his promotion into the Nashville, Tennessee Music industry. Likened to a cross between a young Elvis and Guy Sebastion.
2017 started off with a bang with Mason performing to packed crowds at Tamworth Country Music festival 2017, Mason also performed at the 2017 Byron Bay Bluesfest, and has performances coming up at the 2017 GYMPIE MUSTER. Mason represented Australia at the Trans Tasman Entertainer of the year awards that were held on Norfolk Island in May 2017. AND TOOK OUT THE TITLE TRANS TASMAN ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR FOR 2017. All this by the age of 17.
Reaching the top of the Music ladder in New Zealand was just the first step for Nicholas and Tracey-Maree.
With the prestigious “New Zealand Country Music Entertainer of the Year” title having TOP BILLING in their impressive biography, plus, other highly contended Australasian Award Wins, Nick and Tracey have spent many years entertaining in New Zealand, Australia and Norfolk Island as a Duet (Known as En-Tranzet) perfecting their craft and gaining a loyal fan base.
They have appeared on many Award Shows, Concerts and Festivals (Including the Prestigious Norfolk Island Country Music Festival) as well as performing in RSL/RSA, League Clubs, Bowling Clubs and such like.
The Duo have also appeared on NZ Television. They have were featured in the New Zealand Women’s Weekly and in New Zealand’s Country Music Magazine, as well as Australian Country Music Monthly, Capital News.
Fanny Lumsden is ‘a breath of fresh country air’ according to Rolling Stone Magazine and has been coined ‘Australia’s answer to Americana’ by Rhythms Magazine. Her ARIA nominated debut record Small Town Big Shot came in at #6 on the Country ARIA Chart, #15 on the AIR Chart and has gained critical acclaim all over, it’s no wonder ‘I love Fanny’ are the words on everyone’s lips. With the singles Soapbox and Land of Gold reaching #1 on the Country Music Channel, a nomination for CMC New OZ Artist of the Year, sold out Country Halls Tours and raving 4 star reviews, the Western NSW raised Fanny Lumsden has been hailed by The Australian as; ‘a rising singer songwriter turning heads’.
Dennis Marsh is the biggest star on New Zealand’s country music scene, a vocalist whose warm, emotionally powerful voice and easygoing performing style have helped him earn six platinum and four gold albums in his homeland.
In 1984, Marsh visited a country music club for the first time; given his background in Christian music, he was asked to sing, and soon fell in love with the sound and songs of classic country & western. While Marsh didn’t turn his back on gospel, he became a growing presence in New Zealand’s country music community, and his frequent touring and strength as a performer helped him win the title of New Zealand Country Music Entertainer of the Year in 1989.
That same year, Marsh released his first album, For You, which sold well enough to win him a gold record. Marsh’s next four albums — 1990’s Your Choice, 1991’s Hobo (In a Silk Shirt), 1992’s Feelings, and 1993’s Dad — all earned platinum certification in New Zealand, and in an effort to prove Kiwi country stars were just as valid as their American counterparts, he recorded 1996’s Out of Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee, using a band of veteran Music City session musicians. In 1997, Marsh returned to his roots in gospel music with the album Faith, and 2000’s Out of New Zealand earned him a fifth platinum disc.
Here’s our second release… So many talented and exciting artists. The big names are coming soon!
Johanna Hemara’s musical journey began before she had reached double figures, singing with her mother and father in variety shows from age 6. She was never taught to sing, it came naturally as did an inherited ability to yodel from her Austrian mother.
Johanna now spends time touring the cabaret scene, earning a reputation as one of the finest & most versatile Vocalists in the business & has worked all over the world as one of the headline acts for Grayboy entertainment for a number of cruise lines, apart from that Johanna was crowned the Australian Yodelling Champion in 2008. Johanna’s has released 6 Albums to date which showcase her amazing vocal ability, as well as her potential as a songwriter, Singles Starting Over and The Flame (a cover of the Cheap Trick classic) were well received by radio reaching the top 30 country charts is AUS & the UK and clips have received steady rotation on cable network CMC.
Johanna has toured extensively over the years and has become a regular favourite at various country music festivals. Johanna was awarded the prestigious Frank Ifield Spur Award and is planning a tour of England in the very near future.
Jay Shingleton is an 18-year-old singer and guitar player from Westport, New Zealand. Jay started singing at an early age, singing with my family from the age of 4 then moving on to singing and playing at country music clubs and eventually competing in various country music awards.
He has always had a passion for country music and is relatively self-taught in both singing and guitar although was strongly influenced by his grandfather and his mum. Jay has won several awards throughout New Zealand and is a recent graduate of the CMAA Academy in Tamworth Australia after winning the Camarata scholarship in Westport Country Music Awards. This experience was invaluable to Jay and reconfirmed his love of country music and desire to follow his dreams and continue his grandfather’s legacy.
Farmar and Doublet
Geoff Farmar is a true storyteller. Originally a drummer, he is a multi-instrumentalist and a prolific writer of songs. He was a founding member of Christchurch’s country rockers “The Cowboys” before going on to form the iconic Tui award-winning “Coalrangers”.
Phil is a multi-award-winning artist/musician and is no stranger to the music scene for just over 3 decades. He has been playing in bands since the tender age of 11 and became sort after as a session player for recording projects from Europe, U.S.A, Australia and New Zealand. Not to mention, as a solo performer, Phil has two charted albums to his credit “Stone and Wood” and was a finalist for NZ country album of the year 2017 with his second album “Endless Highway”. His third album “Strength, Love, Music & Light” is due to land November 30th.
All subject to change without notice.