The Musicians of Armidale

A non-profit association dedicated to providing opportunities for musicians to play and the community to enjoy live music in Armidale.


Rebecca Tafra

Phone: 0481268238

Rebecca has a unique way of drawing audiences into her sound. With honeyed vocals that reveal a sultry jazz edginess and beautiful fingerpicking on acoustic guitar, she plays both originals and covers.

Ella Thomas

Vocalist + Guitarist

Phone: 0439677259

I play a mix of compositions and alternative covers; a lover of music and the bringing together of people that it creates.

Stephen Tafra



I am a guitarist living and working in Armidale NSW Australia. My primary occupation consists of guitar teaching and playing with the amazing Steve Thorneycroft in the duo EphenStephen.  Other groups include the world music group Bez Imena, the celtic group Trì, and the Deckchair Duo. I also play solo gigs for weddings and functions, contact me if you’re interested.

Kez Watson

All kinds of fiddles/violins, mandolin, viola/viola-cello, vocals. All kinds of styles.

Phone: 0409830474




My greatest body of performance work currently lies in the genres of traditional and contemporary Celtic Music. I have ongoing session work, writing, recording and performances in a variety of classical, country, folk, pop/rock and Sundanese ‘fusion’ collaborations across Australia and New Zealand. I also teach violin/fiddle, viola, mandolin and beginner guitar, privately and in workshop/festival presentations locally and further afield.

Dave Carr

Woodwind Instrumentalist

Phone: 0418651263

Woodwind player with over 40 years experience. Competent with clarinet, saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone), flute, whistle, low D whistle, Uilleann pipes, recorder, xaphoon, bamboo clarinet, Turkish clarinet, melodica. Learning to play oboe, piano, Chinese flutes, zurna, bombarde, quena and Armenian duduk. I play classical, rock, soul, jazz, Irish, Balkan, Arabic and Latin music and will have a go at just about anything (except thrash metal and K Pop!).

Arlene Stapleton

Phone: 0467898772


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Jakob Boessler


Phone: 0437290548

Gary Daly


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Phone: 0411707813

Drummer for 45 years, all styles of music, played around Armidale for the past 30 years.

Hamish Watson


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Phone: 0431823736

Cary Bennett


Phone: 0435585317

Cary Bennett is a founding member of the Young Northside Big Band which performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1979. In the 1980s he completed an Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the directorship of Don Burrows and toured with the Rocky Horror Show and UK recording artist Tony Christie. During this period he also worked extensively on the cruise ships as drummer, vocalist and musical director. As a drummer, vocalist and band leader Cary has worked with a number of jazz luminaries in and around Sydney and Newcastle before taking up an academic position at UNE in Armidale. He remains a passionate advocate for jazz and live music.

Paul Longley

Phone: 0420 611 257


I’m a muso who’s keen to play some gigs! I like doing things a little different…for the sheer sake of it! A bit of this, and bit of that…make it up as we go.


Phone: 0469046759

Irish tenor banjo/whistle (including low D)/bodhran/Folk singer/teacher – pipe band snare and tenor drumming.

Brendan Passey

Guitarist, Funk bassist and singer.


Larissa Bittencourt



Peter Holzberger

Solo musician & member of Rack’n’Ruin band

Phone: 0428714592

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James Brinkhoff

Phone: 0428279958

Jazz groove keys player (Rhodes, analog synth etc).


Brass Player

Phone: 0491110607

Tim Dodds


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Phone: 0432215650


My name is Tim, I am 19, I play guitar, piano and Cajon and I love performing in both formal and informal settings.

Jonathan Monk

Guitar player and home music production

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Phone: 0408867504


Karl Richardson


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Phone: 0400942994


Lifelong musician/vocalist from Newcastle. Just moved to Glen Innes. Keen to meet some other people to play with.

Lionel Solomon


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Phone: 0427594122


Local Singer/songwriter

Calliden Hunter

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Phone: 0488442452

Singer from near Armidale. I’ve been performing every now and then around town (used to love the Armidale Club!), but most of my experience is through musical theatre (TAS, ADMS). Styles: rock, jazz, blues, pop, musical theatre, classical High baritone.

Bramm Lindentree


Phone: 0421256467


Singer/Songwriter/Artist. Has written,designed and produced original songs and videos.Available for bvs especially studio.

Jhana Allan

Phone: 0404139058

On Facebook

Jhana Allan is a progressive country folk singer and multi instrumentalist who explores themes of darkness and light, loss and self-acceptance. Her original tunes range from slow moody ballads to up-beat foot-stomping country numbers. She is influenced by artists such as Bjork, Mountain Man, and Tom Waits. Jhana delivers raw, honest lyrics wrapped up in sunlit mandolin, fiddle, viola and piano, with driving rhythms and pure vocals. “A true songwriter”-The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach Praise for debut album, Darkest Night “With a powerfully sweet clear voice reminiscent of a young Kate Rusby, Jhana Allan sings her songs strong and true. This is a beautiful collection.” -Lucie Thorne

Alex Symons

Drums and Guitar

Phone: 0474029043

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