Kempsey Talent Completes Saltwater Freshwater Festival Line-up

Media Release

11th November 2013





The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is delighted to announce the full line-up for its 2014 main stage in Kempsey on Australia Day. Five acts in total, with a dynamic range of musical styles and sounds will make for an exciting and entertaining musical mix. The festival crowd will be treated to these performances as part of a free day where everyone is welcome to come together and celebrate.

Fresh from the Tamworth Country Music Festival, much loved and respected headline act Troy Cassar-Daley will bring his highly acclaimed Australian country to the festival. As Troy’s only 2014 performance on the Mid North Coast, this is a golden opportunity to enjoy this charismatic performer.

Also joining the Festival line-up is Sydney based band Pirra, featuring Jess Beck, who are sure to captivate with their beautiful, jazzy soulful sound sprinkled with folk and dreamy vocals. Lismore crew, Supafresh, a three piece urban outfit are bringing hip hop to the festival and their high energy show of soulful melodies and heavy hitting rhymes will make you want to move! .

To complete the main stage line-up, the festival is very excited to also feature the talents of two local acts. Kempsey man Amos Morris, like Troy, is making his way to the festival from the Tamworth Country Music Festival and will bring his selection of country, southern rock and blues. With a mix of originals and classics such as ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda’, Amos pays tribute to the history of Australian music.

South West Rocks band, Sages Muse will wrap-up a great day with their laid-back sounds and summer vibe. This popular and talented local group is made up of father and son members Greg and Joe Douglas and Peter Ball and Gary Habgood who still play for other local acts including Offshore. Band front-man Joe, winner of the 2012 Crescent Head Idol talent quest, started playing guitar on his Dad’s knee at a very early age. Now at the age of 22, he is a prolific song writer and he and the band bring his originals to life together, drawing you into an uplifting sound.


Kristen Collier, Festival Coordinator says;

“The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is a fully inclusive day for everyone to come together and be part of something extraordinary. It’s great to see such a mix of styles on our main stage showcasing the wealth of Aboriginal talent we have in the Australian music industry. It is also great to see a festival crowd which celebrates the whole community coming together on Australia Day.”


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In addition to live music, the festival also offers the unique opportunity to experience the Mid North Coast’s living Aboriginal culture through the sharing of food, dance, workshops, discussion, cookery demonstrations, stories weaving, canoes, arts, crafts and a special kid’s activity area.


The festival will be held at Kempsey Showground from 10am – 4:30pm on Sunday 26th January and is an alcohol and smoke free event. Visit or for regular festival updates and announcements like


NB: Contrary to our previous release, NT songbird Shellie Morris has announced that it is with much regret she is unable to attend the 2014 Saltwater Freshwater Festival.

“I’ve had an amazing offer to perform in Scotland and France at this very time,” she said from her base in Darwin.

“I love the audience that attends the festival and I will miss everyone there, however this is a wonderful opportunity to move my career onto the international stage.

“I wish the festival the very best and look forward to being part of it into the future.”


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Hilary Davies, Festival Media and Marketing Liaison 02 666 6666 / 0435 725 701