Cal Williams Jr (Director)
Multi-award winning Blues singer/songwriter, Cal Williams Jr, combines the gentle fingerpicking of British Folk with the raw intensity of Delta Slide Blues to create a sound that is both intricate and powerful. Blues Blast Magazine, USA, said “Cal Williams Jr’s guitar work is impeccable under his gorgeous voice. A marvelous quilt of tones and textures from this masterful player” and Rhythms magazine said that “Cal’s gentle high tenor voice, delicate fingerpicking and snaky bottleneck fretwork evoke the sound of Mississippi John Hurt in his exceptional guitar playing”.
Cal was recently awarded the ARBA Best Blues Soloist Award and was voted in the Top 3 Best Blues Guitarists for the Derringers Music Awards. In addition to his guitar and songwriting awards, Cal is also an internationally published author with Mel Bay USA and Director of Blues and Roots for the Adelaide Guitar Festival's Winter School program.
“Cal Williams Jr is musically a phenomenon. His unique, impeccable guitar style and singing are exceptional. From the first quick fingerpicking, Williams’ sublime guitar style is striking, with his voice sounding high and heavenly” Rootstime Magazine, Belgium
Chris Finnen is a virtuoso guitarist, percussionist and singer with roots in Mississippi Delta Blues, Indian, Celtic and South African music. The fusion of these elements and his personalised approach to playing result in an extensive repertoire of original songs and powerful interpretations of traditional music. Finnen has a great passion for the blues and world music and for the value of music within the community.
He has received numerous South Australian and National Guitar awards, and in 1995 he was inducted into the SAMIA Hall of Fame. Finnen has also played solo concerts at folk festivals throughout Australia including Woodford, Port Fairy and the National Folk Festival. He has appeared in blues festivals at Bridgetown, Goulbourn, Narooma, Gympie Muster, Alice Springs and Lithgow.
Australian guitarist, Chris Parkinson, grew up in Sydney and first began playing guitar at 8 years of age. With a short stint at the Sydney Conservatorium for a summer jazz course and various teachers, he found that the stage was the best place to learn his craft.
Today he is most known for his work with Adelaide duo The Yearlings, which has taken him around the globe and seen him produce 6 albums of their own original works so far. He can also be seen around town playing sideman for many of Adelaide’s greatest singer-songwriters.
“Things take a darker turn on Way Out East, sung by Parkinson, with room for a lengthy electric guitar solo from him. Here’s something you don’t see in record reviews anymore. But the solo is GREAT. Think Cortez the Killer and you’re in the ballpark.” - Mary Jones, Rhythm Magazine.
Lecia Louise is an award-winning Australian songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Her musical style contains elements of rock, folk, blues, jazz, alternative pop. Lecia’s music has seen her perform in Hong Kong, London, The USA, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Italy, The Netherlands, The Solomon Islands, Scotland, New Zealand, Singapore and around Australia. She has played on the same stages as James Morrison, Jon Stevens (INXS, Noiseworks), Grinspoon, Killing Heidi, Phil Emmanuel and Daryl Braithwaite and her original music has been featured on cable TV (Sydney), and radio stations nationally and internationally.
Clean, elegant, tasty playing!!! I watched 3 times!!! Shred on!!!!!” – Nita Strauss, Alice Cooper Band
“Lecia’s unique style and rock chic attitude make her a new fav!! Awesome…” – Triple J Unearthed
“Lecia loves her 70’s rock, and it shows. But rather than rehashing old sounds and mimicking her heroes, the singer breathes new life into the sound and produces great, hooky rock songs.” – Time Off.
Acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest storytellers and live performers Ash Grunwald released his new album in Mojo in 2019. Mojo is a modern classic blues record featuring The Teskey Brothers, Joe Bonamassa, Kasey Chambers, Mahalia Barnes, Terry Evans, Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Harry James Angus from The Cat Empire and Ian Collard. The album saw Grunwald tour Australia, America and extensively through Europe. In 2020 Grunwald announced a new side project, teaming up with Josh Teskey from The Teskey Brothers to release a straight up blues album titled Push The Blues Away.
One half of the country's award-winning blues & roots duo, Hussy Hicks, Julz Parker is one of Australia's most creative and talented guitarists. Finalist for the Musician of the Year 2020 award, she continues to impress audiences far and wide - gracing the stage at some of the world's best venues and music festivals.