West Coast guitar virtuoso joins stellar blues line-up
THIS year’s Blues, Brew and Barbecues event will feature a new face in rock/roots performer Jordan McRobbie who originally hails from across the continent in Fremantle, Western Australia, but now calls Byron Bay home which is good news for East Coast lovers of his guitar driven sound.
Jordan is quickly becoming known for his honest voice and virtuosic ability on the 12 and six-stringed guitars.
He hit the ground running in the early stages of his career, taking out the gong for Blues/Roots Song of the Year at the Western Australia Music Awards for his track High Tide which garnered airplay on commercial radio and Triple J. He has also supported high profile acts with his band the Wayfarers such as Fat Freddy's Drop and Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), and billed at popular Woodford, Nannup and Fairbridge folk music festivals.
Last year saw McRobbie on a 21-date national tour including an appearance on the Busking Stage at the Byron Bay Bluesfest and an award-winning set at the Perisher Peak Festival followed by a 25-show Snowy Mountains residency in July, performances at the Wingham Akoostic and Murwillumbah Country Roots Festivals and a support slot for Angus and Julia Stone in December.
While McRobbie has already dipped his toe into the Clarence music scene this will be his first one-man show here.
“I’ve performed at the Naked Bean in South Grafton a few times at the open mic night and with my band featuring Beck Flatt and Mitch McLennan from Whiskey Drop, but the racecourse gig will be my first solo show in Grafton.”
McRobbie said he will be heading back in WA this year to tour with the The Beautiful Girls and then nationally with his full band including shows at the Illawarra, Fairbridge Folk and Perisher Peak Festivals.
“I’m releasing a brand new single on March 29 called ‘Candle’ from my upcoming EP recorded by Jordan Power (Xavier Rudd, Pete Murray, Karnivool) in Byron Bay. So it will be a busy year touring on the strength of that.”
For a preview of what’s to come and hear his “soul-fused folk rock teamed with ethereal soundscapes and virtuosic guitar picking” live, catch McRobbie in the mix on offer at this year’s annual Blues Brews and Barbecues event at the Grafton racecourse on Yamba Cup Day (eight race program) on March 6. This year’s line-up also includes blues favourites Devil’s Kiosk and Marshall O’Kell.
The BB&B is the perfect family day out. Bring your camping chairs and sit back and relax on the Westlawn at the CRJC. There will be free kids’ entertainment, gourmet regional barbecue food including marinated Yamba prawns and burgers made from local beef and sweet Bangalow pork and, for the grown ups, a choice of international and craft beers on offer.