Patrons enjoyed an exciting lineup of live music at the 2017 Festival.
What a way to spend a gorgeous Sunday in the High Country sitting back and relaxing in the lovely Hampton setting under the majestic blue gums, enjoying the fantastic live music and enjoying superb, locally made food and wine from one of the many featured regional restaurants and wineries.
Featured artists were:
She may be on the youthful side of the spectrum but Dana Hassall is far from new to the music scene. Growing up on an alpaca farm in country Queensland gave Dana the perfect level of isolation to lock herself away and create. From the very early age of eight, she was already gracing audiences with her songs and performances.
2016 was a big year for Dana winning the Queensland Music Award ‘Country Award’, TSA Salute Awards ‘Best Contemporary Song’ and ICMA Awards ‘Best New Talent’. She also secured finalist positions in the International Song Competition and Southern Star Independent Country Music Awards. To top it all off, her single 'Get Lost' charted in the Country Tracks Top 10.
The singer/songwriter also released her Americana flavoured full-length record ‘Spinning Wheels’ in 2016, produced by award winning producer, Matt Fell.
The Hobsons are a family band based in Highfields Qld featuring Gerard, Judy and Georgia Hobson. The Hobsons debut album “Don’t Look Back”, has sold well, not only Australia but also on iTunes in Denmark, Finland, Netherlands and the UK. The Hobsons play original catchy music mixed with lyrics that are about real subjects. They are continuing to write and record more of their alternative, country, jazz and rock original tunes.
The Hobsons will play their original song list mixed with well known cover songs that will please crowds of all ages.
The O’Brien Quartet
The O’Brien Ensemble are an Acoustic Swing Group, They are inspired by the great acoustic swing musicians like Stochelo Rosenberg, Django” Reinhardt and even Carlos Santana. Although always popular in Europe, acoustic swing has seen a recent rise in popularity in Australia. Thanks to festivals and online communities, acts like the O’Brien Trio have found audiences increasingly hungry for the intricate solos and natural toe-tapping swing.
The core player in the Trio are Sam, Tim & Mia O’Brien. Sam, performs on E.W.I (Electronic Wind Instrument), and said he had noticed a recent trend of young players interested in acoustic swing and that "It’s also called hot club jazz or by its French-inspired name, manouche jazz."
Mia the trio’s vocalist and rhythm guitarist said “Although this music has been around for awhile, suddenly here in Qld there’s a growing new interest in G.J. and we are seeing lots of musicians and audiences wanting to hear more. In the O’Brien Trio we look to create a performance that takes the sound in different directions, while staying true to its core elements.”
Mia Tim & Sam O’Brien often invite special guest to join them, when the occasion calls the Trio becomes a Quintette. The O’Brien Trio also have used opportunities to create original compositions by infusing the Gypsy style known for its driving rhythm and swinging grooves with other guitar styles.
Hayley Chalmers is an emerging Brisbane based contemporary musician. A versatile singer and guitarist, Hayley’s repertoire includes songs from a vast array of artists including Katy Perry, Lorde, Nirvana, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan. Her performances are intimate and engaging, evoking comparisons to artists like Angus and Julia Stone, Birdy, and Joni Mitchel.
As well as developing her career as a solo artist, Hayley has worked as a musician in a number of high profile contexts, both in the studio and onstage for artists including Wendy Matthews, Lior, Rick Price, Damien Leith and Mark Sholtez. In addition, Hayley regularly performs at local events, functions, weddings, cafes, and has performed with the Toowoomba Choral Society and Toowoomba Concert Orchestra. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in contemporary voice at the University of Southern Queensland.