OM Fest, the Capricorn Coast’s annual celebration of original music, is back for 2019 on September 14.
Inspired by a singer-songwriter who couldn’t get gigs for his originals in a music scene dominated by covers of familiar standards, OM Fest has been growing ever since in Yeppoon’s lush Waru Gardens.
Find out how it all began:
Nominations are open now for performers who’d like to be part of this year’s OM Fest. There are no strict guidelines or rules about who can perform, just that your music needs to be original. To find out more or throw your hat into the ring, visit OM Fest on Facebook.
Capricorn Coast singer-songwriter Kate Mahood has released a new song inspired by the black-throated finch, a native bird whose last remaining habitat is under threat from Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine.
It’s been a challenging year for Deepwater husband-and-wife duo Kissing The Flint, but they’ve risen from the ashes to release a carbon-negative debut EP and start work on music videos showcasing the local area.
ViperSnatch, a Rocky band with elements of grunge, punk and alt-rock who often comment on social issues through their music, have released their first single.
Jack Viljoen, a South African-born singer-songwriter now based in the Gladstone region, shares his love of Cash and other music legends in his new song As Cool as Johnny Cash.
One on the Up is the title track from Bundaberg singer-songwriter Craig Lamond’s debut album.
OM Fest, the Capricorn Coast’s annual celebration of original music, is back for 2019 on September 14. Find out how it all began with this short film from the early years.
Brittany-Elise’s first album Something More has debuted at #2 on the iTunes charts for country music albums.
Gary Quinlan and Gary McClurg share a love of music - as well as a name - and have been playing the Rockhampton music scene since the late 1960s.
Rocky rapper Heliam explains the name - and the persona - behind his seven-track album Fives.
Among hundreds of performers at this year’s Tamworth Country Music festival are some familiar faces from Central Queensland’s music community.
Biloela-based musician Josh Harris is on the road to realising his dream of playing music full time,
Josh Arnold - aka Small Town Culture - reports from Delhi where he worked with children and young people from the Salaam Baalak Trust.
Rockhampton singer-songwriter Sophie Rose Blackman has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring her new album, Reawakened, to life.
The Short Fall - brothers Angelo and Ryan Conway - have dropped a new single, Under the Clouds.
Emerald musician Anna Farquhar has won the opportunity to open for some of Australia’s top country talent at VDMFest in Biloela on October 27.
Boyne Island’s Brittany-Elise is following up a successful year performing at the Ekka, the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Gladstone Harbour Festival with her first EP and a return to country music heartland - Nashville.
Innocent Eve - Wowan sisters Rachel and Bec Olsson - are heading back to the studio later this year, to record new tracks with “a bit of love, a bit of heartbreak, a bit of sassiness and a bit of opinion.”
Kissing the Flint is a Gladstone-based musical outfit featuring Leah Chynoweth-Tidy, in collaboration with other artists including husband Ken on bass.
Craig Lamond’s debut album One On The Up is an autobiographical patchwork of childhood memories and family history.
Rockhampton rapper, singer and music producer Heliam has released a new track, the dark and introspective Block You Out:
Kathy Dumbleton meets Beautifully Broken 1770, musical duo Amanda Heartsong and Laurie Rayment.
Brace yourself: show tunes are coming.
Broadway and Beyond was more than a tribute to Broadway musicals: it was held in the honour of a very special member of Rockhampton’s theatre community.
From high school Battle of the Bands contender to a gig playing six nights a week on Great Keppel, self taught musician Darryl ‘Jenko’ Jenkins is now stretching his wings with tribute band Eagle Rocks.
“I looked him up on Facebook and turned up at his front door.” How some social media creeping led to the eight-year musical brotherhood that is Piper Down.
Local art on show in Brisbane, new music from Bec Ellen and Craig Lamond, and the Queensland Chamber Orchestra debuting new work in Gladstone.
Blues, roots, folk, and family harmonies - the lineup is out for the 2018 Rockhampton River Festival.
The Central Highlands and Isaac councils have announced the latest Regional Arts Development Fund recipients, with a Heinz Variety of projects getting support including choral singing, quilting, children's literature, and the Country Women's Association.
Byron Bay-based electronic music duo Patty Preece and Melania Jack are bringing laundry-inspired beats to an actual laundromat in North Rocky next month, with their live show The Ironing Maidens.
A roundup of local arts news including new music, local artists soaking up new skills and selling their work, a cheer/dance team heading to the US, and more public art for the Livingstone Shire.