Kristy Cox is the new voice in Australian bluegrass. Adored for her youthful energy infused bluegrass, she has been awarded with radio success and accolades for her talent. Kristy was nominated in the 2019 CMA’s in Australia for Female Artist of the Year and Bluegrass Recording of the Year. Credited for her performance and songwriting capabilities, Golden Guitar winner Kristy has been shortlisted in the International Bluegrass Music Awards the past four years for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. She is the first Australian artist ever to appear at Bluegrass Omagh.
Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heart-breaking ballads and heart-lifting sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show. Byrd is a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favourites. Joined on drums by Austin McCall and musical renaissance man Johnny Waken on guitar, saw, and mandolin, Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make the world such a big place.
"...one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years." -- Chicago Tribune.
Freshgrass 2019 Band Contest Winner, IBMA 2019 Momentum Vocalist of the Year, 2nd Place at the 2019 Winfield Guitar Competition, and numerous awards in Northern California illustrate the kind of recognition this bluegrass/americana band has been getting recently. Headed by singer, songwriter, and mandolinist AJ Lee, Blue Summit has been deeply involved in the California bluegrass scene since they were toddlers, and since then have developed their sound and added influences outside of bluegrass, including swing, folk, blues, jazz, country, soul, and rock. Since their formation in 2016, they have performed all around the United States and beyond. Keep an eye out for them in 2020, as they will be hitting the festival scene hard and Bluegrass Omagh is thee one to see and hear them at very soon.