DAVE STEELE (AKA THE BLIND POET) TO OPEN WHITESTICKFEST 2022.
Confirmed Shayy Winn is joining Whitestickfest 2022!
#WhiteStickFest is pleased to once again feature the powerful presence and vocals of Shayy.
One of American Idol’s most memorable contestants of 2019, Shayy Winn captured hearts across the nation bringing Lionel Ritchie to tears in the process.
Many years later Shayy has released four hit singles and is currently working on an Album.
Her music can be found on her Youtube channel below
Another proud Novacastrian Kirsten Busby is a rising star in the world of classical music.
Gaining attention whilst partaking in the Opera Australia Rising Stars Concert in 2014.
In 2015 she performed in Judith Clingan 'Songs of Passion and Compassion’, the ‘High Court Christmas Party’
In 2016 she played Cosette in the Gungahlin College production of ‘Les Misérables’ and a chorister in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra production of ‘Beethoven Symphony No 9’.
Kirsten appears comfortable on the global stage and with further growth between last years concert she appears destined for further operatic honours.
Here is Kirsten’s performance from 2021
The Lucas Haneman Express to Debut at WhiteStickFest 2022
We are thrilled to confirm yet another debutant in the shape of the incredible Lucas Haneman Express for WhiteStickFest 2022
The Lucas Haneman Express is an award winning Blues band from Canada, often described as a fresh funky powerhouse band with an expressive and soulful sound but also lending itself to styles as diverse as Funk, Folk, Reggae & Rock, tied together by a pinch of the Jazz
They have released 3 albums to date, “Welcome Aboard” 2015, “Tearing Up the Rails” 2016
and “Catch the Westbound” 2019, reaching extensive airplay and enthusiastic reviews worldwide.
The Lucas Haneman Express also boasts an impressive resume of performances with musical icons i.e.
Downchild Blues Band, Tal Wilkenfeld, Jerome Godboo, Steve Merriner, blues legend Harrison Kennedy,
and the John Butler Trio from Australia (just to name a few).
The countdown is live on our website at www.whitestickfest.org and we cant wait for them to take to our virtual stage.
International Music Royalty Baluji Shrivastav signs on for WhiteStickFest alongside the Inner Vision Orchestra
WhiteStickFest is blessed to confirm that we will feature a highlights package by the one and only Sitarist to the stars Baluji Shrivastav and the Inner Vision Orchestra!
Baluji Shrivastav OBE, a master in; Sitar, Surbahar, Dilruba, Pakhavaj and Tabla,is one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists India has ever produced.
Baluji has his own Jazz ensemble ‘Jazz Orient/Re-Orient’
and recorded a number of albums with a wide range of contemporary artists including;
Blind from birth, Baluji has spent his life challenging the stereotypes around the blind and is one of the industry’s leading and most respected musicians.
Among many noted accomplishments, he established the Baluji Music Foundation in 2008
– an organisation which aims to support visually impaired musicians,
then in turn founded The Inner Vision Orchestra in 2012
– the world’s only professional ensemble of blind and partially sighted musicians.
An inspirational highlight of Baluji’s career was a monumental performance with The Inner Vision Orchestra
To learn more about Baluji and The Inner Vision Orchestra have a listen below to our media partner Vision Australia Radios recent interview with him
Rachael Leahcar joins our list of headliners for 2022
Rachael Leahcar returns as our local headline for this amazing online concert on 15 th October 2022 at 10am Australian eastern standard Time @.WhiteStickFest.org
Rachel was second runner up on the inaugural season of The Voice Australia 2012 and has both sung across Australia and internationally ever since. She has released five consecutive top 10 charting albums on the Australian charts as well, she sings in six languages, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Latin.
Rachael was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa soon after birth and now has less than 5% vision however this doesn’t stop her achieving her goals & dreams.
Besides singing, Rachel is a confident motivational speaker and disability advocate.
She is also studying a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education, which she hopes to use to help others and highlight injustice in the sector.
We are thrilled to have Rachael on board for second year and can’t wait for another amazing performance of one of her NEW original songs.
Want some more Rachael Leahcar in your life check out her original song ‘Beware The Wolf’ on her YouTube channel
WhiteStickFest to bring some Wiggle to your White Cane Day in 2022
For the third White Cane Day in a row we will feature the world’s top charting children’s band The Wiggles!
The Wiggles have been entertaining millions of families across the globe for over 30 years. The band has sold over 30 million albums and DVDs, 8 million books, as well as accumulating over one billion music streams and 2 billion views on YouTube. More than 70 album and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 gold, 13 platinum, 3 double platinum and 10 multi-platinum awards, and have been awarded 13 ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category), and inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
More Wiggly fun can found below on their YouTube channel
We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome them back for 2022 and thank them for there considerable support for WhiteStickFest over the years prior
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT CONFIRMED!