Plug In Music Week | January 2020 | Gympie Region



Creative Arts Alliance in partnership with Gympie Regional Council are thrilled to announce a music-intensive for young Gympie Region musicians called Plug In Music Week, taking place January 14-17 2020 at the Gympie Civic Centre.

This intensive will take a select number of emerging musicians through:

  • Lyric writing and expression
  • Vocal training
  • Projection and stagecraft
  • Songwriting
  • Loops and beats
  • Guitar sounds and arrangements
  • Industry pathways and networks
  • Developing a professional Bio and Photos
  • Social media and promotion

Working alongside experienced industry professionals, participants will be part of masterclasses, one-on-one workshops and group mentoring to gain new skills and broaden their networks. Mentors from across the music styles of country, roots, blues, hip hop, rap, RnB, rock and pop will assist participants through the week long workshop intensive.

This program is open to young people aged 12-25 who live within the Gympie Region, places are limited and bookings are required. Bookings can be made through this link.

Subsidised tickets are available for young people and families experiencing financial hardship. Please email for more information.

Your Plug In Facilitators

Emily Murphy

Music manager and event producer Emily Murphy has years of experience in the music industry across various roles. For the past 10 years, she has managed a number of Aboriginal singer/songwriters; released music as a publicist and curated and contributed to professional development across the country and in Canada. With an entrepreneurial spirit, she has worked for herself since 2005 creating events, working with communities and ensuring a lasting legacy wherever she goes. She is currently the Program Director of Gympie Music Muster, curator of programs for University of Southern Queensland’s immersive Indigenous program, music and business manager for Shellie Morris as well as CBF and Arts Queensland grant assessor. Over her recent career she has managed the careers of other creatives, assisted in the creative and economic development of two festivals in remote Australia (Yirrkala and Kakadu), produced a weekly event in the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane through a contract with BCC promoting inclusion and diversity and project managed the development of two community centered albums of diverse peoples. Emily is a passionate go-getter committed to communicating with respect, she actively promotes inclusion, legacy and diversity in all her projects.

Deb Suckling

Deb Suckling has worked within the Queensland music industry almost two decades.
Growing up in regional Queensland, Deb started her first band Brindle at the old age of 23, but managed to go on and tour most nooks and crannies of Australia and even a few overseas performances.
She spent a number of years cutting her teeth with Indie labels FunkFolk Records and Collision Records before founding her own label – SugarRush Music in 2006, which she now runs with her partner Craig Spann. Deb was the Program Manager for QMusic from 2006 until 2012, overseeing a number of projects including coordinating the annual Queensland Music Awards, Women In Music conference, Home CD, BIGSOUND and coordinating professional development and educational workshops across QLD.
Deb has been on the panel of judges for the Queensland Music Awards, the National Indigenous Music Awards, a peer assessor for the Australia Council and Arts Queensland and has been invited to speak on panels and workshops across Australia.
She has run a number of community music programs including the Soldiers Wife, The Songs of Roma House and regional songwriting projects Songs of the Surat and she is also the producer of a number of events for her label.She currently spends her time in between projects including Soldiers Wife, Big Sky Girls – mentoring for young women from regional and remote areas of Queensland and running Sugarrush Music. 

Roz Pappalardo

If there is one thing certain about a music careers, it’s that they rarely evolved in a straight line – there are always creative detours and diversions. The best artists know just to roll with it. To open their minds and try something new. And there are few finer examples of that in Australian music today than Roz Pappalardo.

For the best part of two decades, Roz has been shaking things up, challenging perceptions and very much forging her own direction through the music landscape. There have been rock records, folk tunes, country and more recently a successful move into musical theatre. 

In total, she has released more than 10 records in various guises, perhaps the best known though with her much-loved duo Women in Docs. It was ‘The Docs’ that brought Roz’s incredible voice and songwriting smarts into the spotlight and a band that has seen her tour the country and the globe more times than she can remember.

Recently she has performed professional acting roles in numerous new works including ‘The Impossible Dream’ (Paronella Park) along with JUTE Theatre Company new works – “What are the Odds?’ (Angela Murphy), ‘Paradise is Singing’ (Kathryn Ash) and her own production ‘Rosa’. Meanwhile she has performed ‘Rosa’ and her powerful one-woman show ‘Knocking on the Door’ both nationally and overseas. 

Her commitment to arts in her community has also been evident in her work on ‘Beginnings’ a major music theatre work about the town of Cairns and ‘Woven’ an all-woman First Nations musical theatre work based on the female experience. 

Roz in on the board of QMusic, is a current peer assessor for Australia Councl and Arts Queensland and is the Cultural Services Artistic Director in Cairns, overseeing a number of venues within her region.

Linc Phelps

Since he first picked up a guitar at the age of 10, Linc knew that music would be his life.

Born in raised in Gympie Queensland, the home of the famous Gympie Music Muster, Linc found himself immersed in music at school however he also knew that he didn’t exactly fit into the country genre of the day. 

The era was a time when roots or Americana music was gaining popularity in Australia and Linc felt more akin to that form than the cliched version of US pop-country that dominated the airwaves of the times. 

With inspiration from blues and soul pioneers such as Delbert McClinton and Bonnie Raitt, along with a nod to Americana artists such as Jason Isbell and Amos Lee, Linc developed what could best be described as a truly authentic sound and one that avoided the clichés that flavors some contemporary music. 

Linc has already amassed a legion of supporters, many of whom are his peers in the music industry including Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley who said of their friend “We’ve been fans of Linc since we met him about 5 years ago and enjoyed watching his growth in the industry. He always brings a rock star swagger to a live performance and blends musical styles effortlessly.”

Linc’s commanding voice prevails over a solid blues feel, and his words are powerful and ring of the truth. He is an artist who wears his heart on his sleeve, and this is never more evident than in the lyrics of his original music. 

Linc Phelps is set to make his mark and is sure to have a chorus of fans join him along the way. 


Emma Beau

Capturing the attention of some of Australia’s greatest performers, Emma has been riding off the back of a string of successful national tours, performing as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist on Kasey Chambers Bittersweet Tour, Shane Nicholson’s Hell Breaks loose tour, USA artist Jim Lauderdale’s performance at CMC Rocks in Ipswich, and as a full-time band member in Jon English’s Six Is Enough tour.

Emma was the winner of the prestigious Queensland Music Award for the country section in 2019 as well as a key performer on the night. 

Feeling most at home on the road, Emma has immersed herself in song writing, dedicating herself to refining her craft and maturing as a solo artist whilst simultaneously touring with other acts as a musician in her own right. With her quirky personality, angelic voice, and multi-instrumental virtuosity, Emma sets the stage alive with her blend of folk/acoustic/roots music.


Tyrone Noonan

ARIA award‐winning Tyrone Noonan began a multi‐ faceted solo career following 10 years with george, a Brisbane band fronted by brother and sister, Tyrone and Katie Noonan. In george, Tyrone provided lead and backing vocals, guitar, keyboards, production and song writing. The band’s debut album, Polyserena, entered the Australian national charts at No 1, sold double platinum and won the band an ARIA for Best New Artist. george released eight EPs, two albums and an award‐ winning DVD during its career. In 2016/17 the band celebrated its 20‐year anniversary, performed sell‐out shows around the country and released a new album compilation of their indie EPs, The Early Years

After spending a number of years in New York and London – Tyrone has now come back to Australia and has been working on his new solo album to be released in 2020. Tyrone has been working with artists regionally  – giving his love of songwriting back to young artists. His career spans more than two decade and most genres.


Kev Starkey

Kev Starkey is an Adnyamathanha and Torres Strait Islander man passionate about caring for Country and singing the blues. Writing and playing for 30 years, Kev is creating world wide awareness about the destruction of Cultural Sites and the damage created by Coal Seam Gas plants and mining around the world.

Be it instrumental or lyrical, Kev Starkey’s diverse styles of blues tell a story we can all connect to in one way or another. He crosses many genres from blues and classical to flamenco. When you add the incredible collective of musicians the music comes to life. Toe tapping, dancing and fun. These are the standard responses from all that experience a moment in time with Kev Starkey.


Andrew Khedoori

As manager of CBAA’s Amrap initiative, Andrew oversees distribution of new Australian music to community radio stations nationwide where listenership and interest in new Australian music is at its highest ever. As 2SER’s longterm Music Director, Andrew presided over music programming to broadcast successfully diverse and dynamic program schedule that gave acts like Gotye and Hermitude their first airplay. He has interviewed everyone from new local bands to legends such as David Byrne, Neneh Cherry and Henry Rollins. Andrew also co-founded independent label Preservation, releasing works from the likes of Grand Salvo and Sophie Hutchings, and currently curates the acclaimed online deep listening series, Longform Editions.