Ricki Wood will be teaming up with Australian entertainment legend Frankie J Holden (OAM) to rock and roll in a very special performance on the #AgnesBluesFest main Marquee Stage in 2023.
A singer / guitarist from small town Maffra in Victoria, Ricki left Australia at 13 and nurtured his growing musical roots in New Zealand. He found himself playing band and solo shows 5 nights a week for 15 years, performing in backing bands for a variety of fantastic NZ artists such as Graham Brazier of Hello Sailor, When The Cat’s Away, Rikki Morris and Jordan Luck of The Exponents.
Ricki decided to head out into the big world in 2009 and perform shows back in Australia, then adventured further afield to Hong Kong in 2010 to perform 5 nights a week in a hotel residency. Finally settling back into Australia in 2011, he quickly found himself playing weekly residency shows in venues around Victoria and endless private functions all over Australia, Japan, Canada, Fiji and Bali.
Ricki’s original music has seen his 35 years of writing and performing take him from his youthful heavy rock days playing for NZ band, Loose Unit, to forming rockabilly / punk / country band The Voodoo Kreepers who performed all over NZ and at Australia’s iconic GreazeFest in 2007.
Ricki’s songwriting followed, steeped more in a blend of country, folk and blues vibes with a sprinkle of alternative on top and lyrics mostly focused on his personal journey through the ups and deep downs. His songwriting allows listeners to not only interact with an open book of Ricki’s journey, but really connect to stories that ring so familiar in most people’s life.
Ricki and his wife jumped in a caravan and have been roaming around Australia the past 18 months, taking on shows and work here, there, and everywhere. It was through these travels that Ricki first crossed paths with Australian rock legend, Frankie J Holden (OAM). This travel connection brought them together to perform an impromptu show for Channel 7 TV’s ‘Adventure All Stars’ show filmed in July 2022 (which will go to air in 2023). Ricki and Frankie J met for the first time the day of the show, jammed once, played the show and bonded from the very first note. This has led to Frankie and Ricki performing together whenever and wherever their individual schedules allow them to do so. #AgnesBluesFest is very excited to be welcoming them both to the Marquee Stage with some special guests in 2023.
Frankie J Holden and Ricki Wood (plus special guests) #AgnesBluesFest Marquee Stage
12.45-1.30pm Sunday 19 February 2023.
Rocking out since 2008, the Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival is a 3 Day Annual Event held in the Great Barrier Reef’s Sensational Deep South. Book tickets and places to stay: www.agnesbluesnandroots.com.au
The 2024 Festival will be required to operate in line with current QLD Govt Health Directives for all attendees, staff, volunteers, stallholders, vendors and performers.
The Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.