Fiji-born didgeridoo artist and stringed instrument virtuoso Jay Hoad.
Jay performs both as a solo artist and also fronts an extremely high
energy band. He has three internationally-released albums to his credit,
"Stories For The Soul", "Warmth In The White", and
his newest release, "Home Is Where The Heart Is".
Jay has spent the last seven years touring the globe, following the sun
and his inspiration for music throughout the Caribbean, Southeast Asia,
Fiji, India, and North America, keeping up a relentless performance
schedule whilst passionately learning about third world culture and
every style of music he can sink his teeth in to. In 2011 Jay was
honoured to support Bob Marley’s ‘The Wailers’ on the East Coast
leg of their North America tour, amongst other international artists.
Jay has been featured at major music festivals including WOMADelaide,
Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, and Saarang
World Cultural Festival in India.
Hoad’s new release “Home Is Where The Heart Is” is his most
anticipated yet, with tracks written in some of the most exotic (and
some not so exotic) locations around the world, and with intimate
details of each location described in the album liner notes. “Home Is
Where The Heart Is” was recorded with renowned producer Craig Porteils
(Gun & Roses, Terence Trent D’arby, Diesel, etc.) in Sydney and
features many specials guests, including premier Fijian artist
“Knox”. As per usual, the
album artwork and layout is breathtaking,
designed to please all true lovers of art and music.
“Stories for the Soul” was released in 2011 and fuses many
genres including blues, roots, rock, funk, reggae, tribal, Latin and
Celtic music. This album is a deeply personal reflection taking us with
Jay as he relives the past few years spent on the road and across the
seas. Drawing inspiration from the his stories and experiences around
the world the tales reveal stories of love, learning, possibility and
heartbreak; rich with history and central to the soul-building journey
that is this release. The album features many of Australia’s premiere
musicians including Adam
Finnen and Ria
Jay's debut album, "Warmth In The White" was released
in 2008 and was largely recorded in North America. It introduced Jay to
the world as a gifted creator demonstrating his fluency in multiple diverse
Jay’s high-energy show sees him sitting in a cockpit of instruments
including didgeridoo, dulcimer, dulsitar, cigar box guitar, wine box
bass, weissenborn lap steel, harmonica, ocarina, djembe, percussion,
loops, voice and more. Lungs, hands and feet work in harmony as Jay
fuses all genres of music, creating a sound that's difficult to believe
comes from just one person. With many major music festivals and
venues booked around the world for the better part of the year, the
future burns brighter all the time for Hoad.
His other project includes the Jay Hoad Band, an ensemble
featuring Jim Miller
(trumpet), Tim O’Brien (saxophone), Ria Loof (vocals), Mat Long
(guitar), and Henry Moncreiff (drums). Since the Jay Hoad Band was
formed in 2007 they have done numerous tours throughout North America,
Canada and Australia. Much like Jay’s solo show, the band covers many
genres of music and has a fiesta-type vibe that has shaken dance floors
at festivals from North to South and East to West!