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Biggy P

Paul earned his musical chops busking on the streets of Byron Bay. He became a Byron icon and gained a large number of supporters from all over the world.

It was in Byron that he developed a huge repertoire of crowd-pleasing material. He became known as ‘The Human Jukebox’ amongst Byron’s musos. After a few years he moved indoors to the pubs and clubs to give his gift of music to the crowds.

Paul has played in all of Byron’s top venues, including the famous Beach Hotel, The Great Northern and The Rails, and all the feedback from the punters has been nothing but great.

Since those days in Byron, Paul has moved to Brisbane and has made a good network of people, including Vic Kena, who runs the jam nights at the Paddo and the Queenslander every Monday and Thursday nights. He is flexible as a musician and plays drums, bass and rhythm guitar, plays in several bands and as a duo with Byron Bay’s Matt Seaberg.

With over 5 years of professionally playing, Paul’s experience, versatility and variety are what make him stand out from the crowd. An easy-to-approach attitude makes him a pleasure to work with on the stage.

With his ability to play anything from soul to rock to folk to alt country, his guitar licks and a huge voice, Biggy is able to hold almost any crowd demographic.

The Fiddlesticks

The Fiddlesticks bring their fusion of traditional world music and modern electronic styles to Smokin’ Sounds with their performances Switched On and The Curse of the Breton Fiddle. Hear a SAMPLE here

The musical style of the Fiddlesticks duo is often called a ‘musical roundabout’, with its mix of acoustic, electronic, Celtic, Swing, blues and a whole heap of energy.

Karen comes form a line of musicians and is a fifth generation fiddle player. She is also a teacher and has taught privately, with groups and String Ensembles in Australia and New Zealand. She runs weekend Fiddle workshops, Primary and Secondary String Workshops, and Youth Orchestra Workshops teaching fiddle techniques and musicianship.

Jacko has a Bachelor of Music, and a great passion for electronics and electric violins. He now combines his skills with the new age use of “live recording” (loop stations) and how it aligns with Electric Violins.

Stephanie Lee-Harper

Brisbane Comedy Stage Magician, Stephanie Lee-Harper, is Queensland’s leading lady magician. This warming Brisbane magician has a bubbly personality and cheeky quick wit which magically involves your guests and clients in a show that they will not forget.

Brisbane Comedy Stage Magician, Stephanie, has been involved with television shows such as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and performed for evening corporate events nights, such as Citrix Systems, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Woolworths, Griffith University, and Ben and Jerry’s, where the aim of the night is to make certain that the clients at the event can let their hair down. This comedy stage magic show is half an hour of visual magic, audience participation, mind reading and interaction which leaves a memorable mark on your event.

With five years experience as a full time comedy stage magician, both in Brisbane and overseas, and an Honours degree in Performing Arts and Advertising, comedy magician, Stephanie, can tailor her comedy stage magic show perfectly to suit any occasion providing a fun and memorable experience for all.

Before emigrating to Brisbane, Australia in February 2009 Stephanie Lee-Harper was consistently recognized as one of England’s top lady comedy stage magicians. Stephanie is also a member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians and also a member of the prestigious Magic Circle in Portsmouth where she won the award of magician of the year (South Division) for her ability to mix a wonderful concoction of magic and humour to create the perfect corporate event and wedding entertainment.

Contact her today!

Catherine Smibert


Catherine Smibert

Catherine Smibert

Catherine Smibert

What some people are not aware of is Cath’s artistic flair – whether on stage singing or speaking, she’s at home.  She loves to paint and create beauty for people to be inspired as well.

Catherine Smibert

Catherine Smibert

Cath is known, where she has played, for her versatility and dynamic performance style which has taken her around the world.

Based in Europe for 6.5 years she fronted various Jazz, blues and Funk bands, held leading roles in a variety of touring musicals as well as co-ordinating opera and gospel music at the Vatican and key European Cathedral events.

Though having studied singing under a variety of European Gurus as well as training classically at Sydney’s Conservatorium of music, her natural ability for music was first fostered by her family and began creating a traditional soul, jazz and lyrical repertoire from the age of 5!

Originally trained as a pianist & violinist by Suzuki method, Catherine’s primary love is singing – and she does so with an ecclectic 5-octave range.

Cath also loves to pass on her secrets…

She was awarded Young Citizen of the Year on Australia Day 1998 after launching an initiative to train and motivate talented, yet underprivileged youth. The Parramatta Performing Arts Troupe successfully raised funds for other such youth and themselves as they showcased.

Cath has also trained people going into mission lands with basic vocal skills to enhance their appeal to underdeveloped communities.

Her volunteer work includes coordinating youth performing arts troupes for local government, UN youth leadership lecturing, crisis pregnancy counselling and fundraising events management for research into human trafficking.

Catherine’s passionate about many things and protecting our planet is one of them. That’s why she’s a member of Super Green Me. She also does this as the director of Catalyst Commedia which works on customised PR/ Marketing projects for non profit orgs.

She attended MacDonald Performing Arts College as a Dancer and Musician and has Degree in Media and Communications from Macquarie University (2001.) Her influences are varied but she has a special love of Eva Cassidy.

Alexis Nicole & The Missing Pieces

Alexis Nicole famously headlined the first ever Smokin’ Sounds festival in 2009!

Alexis Nicole

Alexis Nicole

She will be back in 2010 with a bigger and better sound.

Don’t forget to vote for her on Triple J Unearthed!

http://triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=34111

http://www.myspace.com/anicolethemissingpieces

“Mezmerising … A lyric and chordal mix that bursts with flavour, igniting the tastebuds of your soul!” Kat McCormack This is how one of Alexis Nicole’s many fans describes her unique sound (see here). But, like her sound, the uniqueness of her personal appeal completes the package. Alexis Nicole is the real deal. Composing pieces since she was big enough to play guitar at the age of 6, her work ‘No Justice’ was picked up by radio stations at the ripe old age of 9. Always working to reach the listener where they are at, Alexis blends in her proficiencies with guitar and drums, to add an extra layer to the raw passion behind her vocals. She presents courage and vulnerability to her art all at once – all to deliver an experience of pure music and prolific writing, with a determination to bring back a fusion of indie folk, alternative and gyspy genres. 15 was an age that represented a turning point in the composition of the songs Alexis wrote, with ‘Stolen Moments’ born out of further understandings of inter-cultural relativism and ‘Strength Decides’ acting as an anthem for her peers that had lost their sense of self. She also released her first Album, ‘Zenith’. At 16 she performed as the key international act at the Unity Music Awards held in Ohio, USA. She was encouraged to return to the USA a year later on tour. Her encounters through this time are noteworthy … not to mention the interest shown by many local crowd around Ohio, Nashville and California. Also with an opportunity to play as a guest artist at Ben Harper’s famous family bohemiam music store in Claremont, California where she spent time writing one of her many songs, ‘Perfect Lover’. There was still a lot of the world to see however, and Alexis continued to pursue her thirst to understand more of the world so her observations could supply fodder for her writing. After heading to Europe, her song ‘Treasure of Reality’ was targeted by Italian film-makers who requested to use the piece in their documentaries. She was instantly featured on a variety of network media channel and gained a fan-base here quickly. Back in Australia, while Sydney born, Alexis knew that she had to best comprehend the day-by-day nature of her art and travelled to Melbourne where she has been furthering her research into the heart of our Austalian culture and the entire music scene. She personally produced her 2nd Album during this time, ‘Optimistic You’, named after the title track which sold out upon launch. Armed with a better experience in the marketplace, Alexis is embarking on the release of her new Independent Music Label, LXS Independent, L: Life | X: Xcess | S: Soul, whilst continuing to work on her own music career. Also, now with her band The Missing Pieces, a talented group of gents backing her, she and the boys will go on to create new and fresh sounds for the music lovers out there that crave raw and relatable music. So do not miss out and stay tuned for Alexis Nicole and her upcoming launches!!

Alexis Nicole

Alexis Nicole

Alexis Nicole

Alexis Nicole

The GyJazz

The GyJazz

The GyJazz

The GyJazz

Latin / Acoustic

www.myspace.com/thegyjazz

Brisbane acoustic duo The Gyjazz thrilled the Smokin Sounds audience last year with an awesome set of fast and furious Latin jazz and flamenco guitar.

We will welcome them back with open arms!

Tu Twelve

Tu Twelve

Tu Twelve

Tu Twelve

Beat Box

Tu Twelve

Tu Twelve

Tu Twelve

He can also break dance

Dheeraj Shrestha

Dheeraj Shrestha

Dheeraj Shrestha

Dheeraj Shrestha

http://www.myspace.com/dheerajshrestha. Dheeraj Shrestha is recognized as the foremost classical tabla player in Australia and is now based in Brisbane. As a performer he has established himself, worldwide, as one of the finest exponents of tabla.

Technically Dheeraj Shrestha is unsurpassed as a stylist and his easy flowing style of playing sets him apart from other players of international renown. He is an accomplished soloist and a versatile (contemporary and traditional) accompanist. An irrepressible creativity, tremendous clarity and exciting rhythmic improvisation spontaneity are his stylistic hallmarks.

Dheeraj Shrestha tours the world and Australia each year. Already in 2006 he has performed with Jeff Lang at WOMAD and at the Melbourne Commonwealth. Highlights of his 2005 world tour include performances at the Royal Albert Hall,

Dheeraj Shrestha

Dheeraj Shrestha

London in the presence of Prince Charles and at the renowned Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Dheeraj is conversant with various forms of music besides Indian/ Nepalese classical and folk, for example jazz, blues, flamenco.

He is renowned for introducing the shades of variation that the tabla creates and breaks down some of the complex rhythms in his tabla workshops and private lessons. His current projects include Rhythm Sutra, a collaboration with Afro Dizzi Act drummer Mark Henmann where two virtuoso rewrite the rhythmic doctrine, as East meets West and in a seamless exploration of synchronization and syncopation, Flamenco-Indo-Jazz and the establishment of a music academy, Rhythms of the World. Dheeraj Shrestha is a core member of award-winning Dya Singh World Music Group.

Dheeraj Shrestha is renowned for his innovative teaching methods. He has presented beginner workshops to festivalgoers as well as advanced lecture demonstrations to music students at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

He received his training in classical and contemporary music, graduating from the Prayaag Sangeet Samiti Allahbad, India. He has worked as a professional musician for almost 20 years and taught at the Fine Art College, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu and Adelaide TAFE College.

Dheeraj Shrestha

Dheeraj Shrestha

Steve Williamson

Steve Williamson

http://www.myspace.com/stevetwilliamson

Steve Williamson is a Brisbane based musician who has just released his EP “San Antiphony.” Having studied Jazz guitar for the past four years at the Queensland Conservatorium, Steve has now turned his hands to song writing and has written/arranged/produced his latest EP. Featured tracks “New Enemy,” “Tommy Gun,” and title track “San Antiphony,” demonstrate a musical diversity, from folk/pop and country. “San Antiphony,” will be available in May from listed stores… stay tuned for more info.

Steve Williamson

Steve Williamson

Steve Williamson

Steve Williamson

Andrew Lowden

Andrew Lowden

Andrew Lowden

Introducing Andrew Lowden!

http://www.myspace.com/ajlowden

Hailing from Byron Bay, on the East Coast of Australia, Andrew grew up in the cathartic/bohemian lifestyle of the region. It’s growing up in this earthy atmosphere that he developed his love for music and connecting with people through song. From an early age he picked up as many instruments as he could, and is constantly developing them, the most notable of these being the piano, tin whistle and his 5 octave vocal range. Having travelled the world at the age of 22 in search of new styles of music to fuse with his own, Andrew’s music is a poignant blend of musical expression, conveying immediately recognisable emotions through an array of musical genres as wide as his vocal range. His lyrical rawness and melodic currents reflect a musical, emotional and cultural understanding beyond his years. Pushing boundaries and testing new waters are trademarks of his that are often comforting, intriguing and confronting. This combined with his quirky sense of humour, is what makes his music a rhapsodic journey of sentiment and catharses. ‘A vibrant life that breathes fresh air and colour into the music industry!’

Andrew Lowden

Andrew Lowden

Andrew Lowden

Andrew Lowden