Blues buzz for June's Howling Moon Festival

Howling Moon Festival: Papa Pilko and the Binrats is one of the headline acts for the June Howling Moon Festival in Port Macquarie. Photo: supplied
Howling Moon Festival: Papa Pilko and the Binrats is one of the headline acts for the June Howling Moon Festival in Port Macquarie. Photo: supplied

Port Macquarie is set for an influx of blues performers with the release of information for the June 10 Howling Moon Festival.

The festival will showcase some of the best home-gown live blues music alongside some of Australia’s headline acts.

The winter festival will create the perfect space to sit back, relax and listen to some heart-starting blues and roots music, the perfect antidote for the winter blues. It’s unquestionable that there is a rising tide of musical awesomeness invading Port Macquarie, organisers said.

“Headlining the festival is Pat Capocci who has emerged as one of Australia’s most respected practitioners of rockabilly and roots music,” the spokesperson said.

“Hardworking and relentless determined, Pat spent his early years listening to and being influenced by traditional roots music of yesteryear. Many years later and with five records produced on the Presstone Label, including compilations with leading acts across Australia, he is now signed with Hollywood’s Wild Records.

“Pat’s ‘all or nothing’ mentality has gained him respect on both a national and international level. Undoubtedly being one of Australia’s hardest working bands, it is no wonder why all ages and subcultures across the world admire the energy and passion fuelled music that is Pat Capocci.

“Pat’s unique style and charisma combined with his natural song writing ability has seen the combo transcend the typical novelty of the genre. Pat’s writing style blends a unique feel of western swing, jazz, country and blues, and in the same way that all iconic artists have, Pat has used the genre as a launching pad, deepening and broadening the integrity and timelessness of the music.”

Next up is voodoo soul and alternative country blues rockers Papa Pilko and the Binrats.

Revisit a bygone era of swampy, bluesy, downright sleazy rock and roll with aplomb. Expect a rowdy, high-energy, hip swinging live performance.

The band has earned a reputation as one of Sydney’s standout live acts and have hit stages across the East Coast to much acclaim.

Dressed in all black cowboy gear and an array of headgear, the seven piece provide an interesting spectacle, centred on manic front man Cyrus Pilko.

“It’s hard to tell how much of his face-contorting, hip-swinging, hand-flailing, and sweat-drenched boot-shuffling is part of a character he has created or if it’s genuinely how he is, but the singer is one of the most entertaining, charismatic, and brilliantly ridiculous Australian front-men around right now,” the festival spokesperson said.

Independent soul, blues troubadour Shaun Kirk has come a long way since his debut release in 2010, earning him accolades such as “one of the most explosive solo acts Australia has to offer” and “one of the finest blues voices this country has ever heard”.

Completing the perfect line up are Port Macquarie festival favourites Karl S Williams and Claude Hay.

This time around Claude is armed with a furious live band to drive his music into our brains and into our limbs and Karl has proven time and again that his earthy and dirty take on the blues can be both beautiful and gripping. Howling Moon punters are in for a glorious treat with these two brilliant artists.

Local favourites Ghost Road, Roy Rose and Phil Harmonics, Reggie D and Josephs Coat also joins the line-up.

The concert event will include a dedicated VIP area designated for 30 people only, for those who wish to enjoy the show in the vintage lounge area.

There will also be access for concert goers to Offtherayles curry, a pop up taco bar, live painting by Adam Murray, barber shop and many more experiences synonymous with blues culture.

Tickets are now on sale at

The venue is Black Duck Brewery, 6B Acacia Avenue.


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