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.
2018 Featured artists were:
The Blues Excuse
The Hobsons are a family band based in Highfields Qld featuring Gerard, Judy and Georgia Hobson. The Hobsons released their debut album “Don’t Look Back” in 2016, which has sold well in not only Australia but also on iTunes in Denmark, Finland, Netherlands and the UK. They are currently recording their second album. 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, blues, jazz and rock original tunes.
Privileged to be playing at the Hampton Festival for the third year in a row, The Hobsons will play their original song list mixed with well-known cover songs that will please crowds of all ages. They will be joined by prominent local musicians, Mark Chalmers on bass and Harry Schneider on drums.
It’s stopped people in their tracks on the street, had her sing backing vocals for Michael Bublé , taken her overseas and all over Australia and been shared around the internet in wonder. Hailey Calvert’s voice is undeniably incredible.
Its that warm and breathtaking blues voice together with impressive guitar skills and relatable stage presence that has turned this Brisbane based performer into a festival favourite.
Hailey has graced the stages of Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival four times, Woodford Folk Festival three times, Palm Creek Folk Festival twice, as well as Queenscliff Music Festival, Blues on Broadbeach and Cygnet Folk Festival.
Hailey’s achingly honest song writing style saw her take out the blues category in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition alongside Australian winners in other categories including Meg Mac and Birds of Tokyo.
With her latest release ‘In the Hour of the Wolf’ earning rave reviews, Hailey is an independent performer making a lasting impression.
Rubatuba are an accordion-tuba multicultural folk duo based on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. They have been performing together for over five years. and perform a variety of music styles with their origins connected to dance, including Klesmer/Balkan, Gypsy, French, Italian, Celtic, Latin. Their music performance is lively and visual and has been described as ‘Happy Music.’ They perform as roving entertainment (musos), as well as on stage.
The blues excuse
The Blues Excuse is one of Queensland’s premier blues acts, in a state that loves producing blues acts. They are experienced, super-pro, and the play blues with absolute passion and a dedication to their craft. This band is all about using blues as a platform to entertain people. These guys know that blues is the heart and soul of all popular 20th century musical styles and that most people, in some way or another, will connect with a Blues Excuse gig. It’s why they’ve been around for nearly nine years.
In true blues tradition, The Blues Excuse perform original interpretations from all the great blues streams: Chicago, the Delta and Texas. Slippery southern tunes are mixed up with honking Texan belters and sweet soulful grooves. They even do a few blues tunes of their own.
The Blues Excuse launches each explosive gig from the front, featuring the mercurial musical talents of:
- ‘Bomber’ Frost – one of the most gifted and passionate guitarists in Queensland. When Bomber’s on fire, punters can’t help but clap, sing, stomp or move. For many blues guitarists, Bomber is The Oracle
- Tucker McCray – vocalist and guitarist who has never been the same since hearing John Lee Hooker’s ‘House Rent Boogie’ on late-night radio in 1988. Tucker loves playing and performing and he communicates his passion to every audience. A very experienced musician even before he discovered ‘pure’ blues, Tucker is the real deal: a consummate showman.
Behind this pair of virtuosos lies the heart and soul of The Blues Excuse: the mighty rhythm section of ‘12-Bar Noah’ Schmidt on bass and John L’Strange on drums. These guys play tighter than the fish’s proverbial and lay down an absolutely rock solid platform on which the whole show is based. A variety of moonlighters frequently join the band for a night - harp players, organ fanatics, sax freaks and more.