The Kill Devil Hills, Shifting Sands and Sue Ray

Sue Ray has just returned from Nashville where she was writing for her next album and is thrilled to be performing her first show with her favorite Australian band The Kill Devil Hills as part of their Past and Future Ghosts Tour.

Brisbane band Shifting Sands will also be joining the line-up for what is set to be a huge night.

Tickets are selling fast so you can pre-purchase yours here at:


About the Kill Devil Hills:

Ten years after first banging out tunes around Perth in 2003, the Kill Devil Hills are set to release their first live album, Past and Future Ghosts, recorded on a balmy March night earlier this year at a n old Gothic ex-asylum/now-arts centre in Fremantle, WA.

Comprising live versions of songs from the band’s 3 studio albums and other single releases, as well as 2 previously unreleased tracks, this reveals the full feverish range and breadth of the band on stage, thunder through to tender.

About to step into the studio to record a new album, the band will be doing a breakneck run of 5 cities in early November to launch the live album release. This will be available on CD at shows, and digitally via Bandcamp.


Links to fan sites

The Kill Devil Hills

Shifting Sands


Sue Ray performing with Luka Bloom

Sue Ray is honored to be opening for Luka Bloom at

The Tivoli on Monday March 2013.


Luka Bloom

Reserved Seating – Under 18’s must be under parental or guardian supervision

Presented by: Adrian Bohm

The Heartman Tour

Much loved Irish troubadour Luka Bloom is a master of the concert stage.

His incredibly gifted electro-acoustic guitar playing guarantees an impassioned live performance of his original, poetic and melodic songs.

Luka’s concert arsenal includes both tender and dynamic original material and a surprisingly eclectic selection of other people’s work.

Over the years Bloom has brought his inspiring lyrics and sumptuous melodies to clubs, theatres, festivals, bars and arenas all over the world, but he has a special place in his heart for Australian audiences and has earned a devoted following in this country.

Sue Ray is thrilled to be performing a number of shows at the Blue Mountains Music Festival in Katoomba this weekend. There is a multitude of incredible performers such as Luka Bloom, Arlo Guthrie, Gurrumul, Kate Miller-Heidke & many more. For all information and tickets to this wonderful event, please go to:


The Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk Roots and Blues , now in it’s 18th year, takes place in Katoomba on the 3rd weekend of March. It runs from 7pm Friday ’til late. Saturday 10am ’til late and Sunday 10:00am til 8:00pm. The festival site is home to 8 undercover performance venues (please see map for details) on which over 100 performances occur. A one ticket entry to the festival site allows patrons access to any or all of the performances.

We do not sell single concert tickets for any of the performances unless they are specially funded community events.

There is no reserved seating in any of the venues.


A free festival program is provided for every festival-goer that includes performer profiles, appearance times and locations and a map of the festival precinct.

Programs are available from the Festval Shop and at the entrances some stages and venues.

The setting

Katoomba sits on the edge of a UNESCO world heritage listed wilderness. It is the most visited town in the Blue Mountains and the world famous Three Sisters and the other panoramas and bushwalks are amongst Australia’s most popular tourist attractions. A little to the west are the magnificent Jenolan Caves. Katoomba became known as a town in 1879 with the opening of a coal mine. The railway station was originally named The Crushers for its mining activity.

Coal and shale mining went on into the early twentieth century, but it was city folk coming up to take the air and dance the night away in the many guesthouses that kept the place on the map after that.

Another reason to linger in Katoomba now is the stunning new Cultural Centre which contains the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, the World Heritage Exhibition and the new Katoomba Library. This was opened with much fanfare on November 17th this year.

The town is rich with architectural interest, with the Carrington, its grand Victorian era hotel, Art Deco 1920s boomtime buildings and scattered everywhere the much loved old miners’ cottages and Federation bungalows. The huge choice of restaurants and cafes with some of the best coffee in the world hum with contented customers and a new surge of live music.

The upper mountain towns each hold a swag of bookstores, antique and bric-a-brac palaces, art galleries and op shops.

The Blue Mountains is a magical place any time of the year. Glowing in autumn, cool in winter, colourful in spring and refreshing in summer. It is a special place of ancient landscapes, towering golden hued stone escarpments, crashing waterfalls and magnificent eucalypts all set amongst inspiring scenery that will take your breath away.

Combine the scenic wonders with the best folk, roots, blues and indie music that the world has to offer and you may not want to go home. Some people don’t.

Sue Ray performs with new rising star Benny Walker at The Old Museum

So I’m thrilled to say that I will be performing with new rising talent Benny Walker at The Old Museum on Sunday February 17th at 8pm.

Benny Walker’s sophomore album ‘Sinners and Saints’ is an effortless blend of blues, roots and acoustic folk. Walker’s intimate, eloquent song-writing is complemented by a rich, soulful voice which speaks of the trouble, strife and wonder of everyday life. It is this voice that recently earned him the Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award for Best New Talent 2012, the Arts Cultural Australia Day Murray Shire Council Award and a 2011 Deadly Award nomination for Most Promising New Talent in Music.

Recorded at Yikesville with ARIA award winning producer Shane O’Mara (Tim Rogers, Lisa Miller, The Audreys), ‘Sinners and Saints’ is a 14 track long-player set for release on February 15.

Don’t miss the chance to see what all the fuss is about, as Benny Walker tours the release of his new album ‘Sinners and Saints’ through 2013.

Tickets available



For information on Benny Walker


Sue Ray to perform at the Saltwater Freshwater Festival in Taree

So I’m loading the van for my little trip to Taree for the Saltwater Freshwater Festival this Saturday. I’m so excited cuz I’m getting to play with some of my favorite Aussie acts like The Medics, Coloured Stone, Last Kinection, blues man Buddy Knox and Taree funk-rock band the Jay Davis Trio. It’s gonna be a real hoot! Plus it’s FREE!!! Live music, art, dance and food. My four favorite things in life…

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A stellar line-up of some of the country’s most talented Aboriginal musicians will take to the stage at this coming Australia Day when the Saltwater Freshwater Festival makes its triumphant return to Taree.

The diverse music program will feature national and local acts including pub-rock legends Coloured Stone, Triple J darlings The Medics, deadly hip hop act Last Kinection, blues man Buddy Knox, alternative country singer Sue Ray and Taree funk-rock band the Jay Davis Trio.

Taree local and community leader Jay Davis is looking forward to sharing the stage with Aboriginal music legends, but mostly he is just proud to be playing at the festival as it makes its return to his hometown.

“I love the passion of Indigenous music – I grew up enjoying the sounds of musicians such as Coloured Stone, Kev Carmody, Archie Roach, Booby Mcleod, Yothu Yindi and the Warumpi Band just to name a few,” says Davis of the coming festival.

“It’s hard to explain how awesome it is to be having the festival in Taree – for the town to be the focal point this time around. It is an honour to represent my community as a local artist and I find it is a great way to support reconciliation and the local community. Yii biripi barray, burrugi dhanbaan guyiwangal (This is Birpi Country, swim strong shark People).”

Brisbane musician Sue Ray has just returned from a trip to Nashville where she recorded a new EP and performed at the Americana Music Conference.

“I was exposed to some of the best of the best musicians in their field from all over the world at the conference,” says Sue Ray of her trip. “I can safely say with pride, that Australia truly has some of the most passionate and gifted Indigenous singers/songwriters and bands in the world, and I am so blessed and proud to be a part of it.”

“I am thrilled to be performing at this year’s Saltwater Freshwater Festival. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to be included in an event that highlights the wealth of talent available in the Australian indigenous music, art and dance culture.”

The full festival program will be announced shortly and will include workshops, showcases of the Arts Alliance projects from the past year, yarn panels, hands-on cultural experiences, dance performances and the finale parade as well as Aboriginal food and arts stalls.

The Saltwater Freshwater Festival is an open invitation to come together on Australia Day and presents a unique opportunity to experience Aboriginal living culture through the sharing of music, dance, food, conversations and family fun.

There will also be return buses running between the festival and Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Gloucester and Forster. Thanks to a Transport for NSW grant, fares will only be $3 each way.


Sue Ray’s last gig in Brisbane for 2012 on Friday 28th December

Sue Ray is so excited to be playing her last gig of the year with some of her favorite Brisbane bands.
The line-up will be
Sue Ray – 8pm,
Corn Liquor – 8.40pm,
Chucks Wagon – 9.30pm,
Midnight Son and The Crime Scene – 10.30pm,

Entry is only $10 for all of these great bands and there is plenty of parking near by.
The Venue is The Joynt at 48 Montague rd. South Brisbane

It’s only $10 for all these great bands!

Sue Ray new single release and preview screening for “Lover Evermore”

SUE RAY has returned from an action packed musical journey through the U.S. to release her new single “Lover Evermore” at The Beetle Bar on Friday 14th Dec. This will be her last performance in Brisbane with a full band for 2012. On the night she will also be having a preview screening of the film-clip for the track, written, directed and produced by award winning director Ruwan De Silva.
Doors open: 7pm
Tickets: $12 pre-sale/ $15 at door


Joining Sue on stage will be a full band of special guests.

Very special addition, JESS RIBEIRO & THE BONE COLLECTORS will be making the trek up from Melbourne to join the show! A past Brisbane local, Jess will also have some very special guests on stage including her brother, Sabrina Lawrie and Sean Clift. Congratulations to Jess for recently being awarded the AIR Country Album of the Year 2012.

Inspired by campfires, cowboys and whiskey, the soulful voice of CARRIE & THE CUT SNAKES will get your heart pumping on the night. With an album due out in early 2012, you will surely be hearing more from these guys.

 To open the night we have newcomers MIDNIGHT SON & THE CRIME SCENE warming the stage. These guys are seasoned players, with members from Brisbane bands of the past that you may just recognize.


Return to OZ

Sue Ray recently returned from her tour of the USA and had a lovely chat to the wonderful radio host Daniel Browning of ABC’s Radio National. So to hear what Sue has been up to, and to be the first to hear two of Sue’s brand new songs, tune into Radio National on Saturday 10th November at 6pm and again on Monday 12th November at 9pm to hear the interview.

To live stream it online or to find the radio frequency in your area, follow the link below:

Photo by Ruwan De Silva