31 October, 2017

Cacao Ceremony

Cacao Ceremony Video
A little teaser for you guys! More info on this to come.

30 October, 2017

Uprising Festival 2017

We're back!! New tracks to debut with my USA touring partner Jim Miller

03 May, 2017


I've just created a new SoundCloud profile. There seems to be a lot of interest in this music discovery and sharing service. I'm putting some of my album releases up there but also hope to upload new musical ideas and pre-release tracks to get your feedback, as well as an occasional special live track. Feel free to share or embed!

And of course, all album releases can still be streamed for free directly from my web site and on Spotify. Cheers!

05 April, 2017

Fiji Yoga Music Therapy

Very excited to announce that I am hosting my first retreat with a week of live music therapy with these two Goddesses-  Candice Hooper (Yoga Teacher) and Kahlia Jeffrey (Dance/Energy Work) in beautiful Savu Savu on the North Island of Fiji from September 30th to Oct 6th.
The retreat is called "Presence in Paradise", and we have put together one absolutely incredible package complete with some crazy Fijian adventures for you all. You can currently receive $300 off with early bird discount specials. So if you like waterfalls, didgeridoos, yoga, crystal clear oceans and beautiful people... this is for you. 

28 March, 2017

New Shirts!

Thank you to Cameron from Castoffs & Bark Clothing in Fiji for the awesome new T-shirt design. The slogan for his hand made shirts is "Made with Pride, Ocean Soaked, Sunlight Baked, Forged By Dreamers".
Too Cool.
If you live in Australia and would like to order a T-shirt, please email the size and colour to info@jayhoad.com and we will have one sent out- you will be invoiced for $30 AUD delivered to your door!

30 January, 2017

Earth Frequency Festival

Less than one month to go- Jay and his crew will be making their first appearance at Earth Frequency, one of Australia's largest festivals!

11 November, 2016

Album Of The Year

My latest release Off The Cuff, featuring the legendary Chris Finnen, has just been awarded South Australia's Roots Album of the Year by the ARBA
Album Of The Year
This album also features Jim Miller, my long time trumpet maestro from the USA, along with Shaun Doddy on drums and percussion.
You can stream the entire album for FREE right HERE

25 October, 2016

New Video Blog!

That's right! I have put it all out there for you guys to see just as it is. These videos will be covering all the things I love and am passionate about, along with all the shenanigans that go on whilst touring. And... one of the main goals of this blog is to document my upcoming journey of how I plan to set sail in 2018, touring our show by wind on the high seas.

Here is Episode #1:

Don't miss an episode! CLICK HERE to subscribe to my YouTube Channel

20 July, 2016


Wow, talk about a road warrior. And this doesn't even include the upcoming East Coast leg! Keep up with when Jay is coming to rock your location by checking out the continuously updated Tour Schedule.


14 February, 2016

Stream "Off The Cuff"

Stream the entire CD with this player- full versions of all 14 tracks! Click the cart to download individual songs or the full CD at discounted pricing. Also available at iTunes, Google Music, and all of your favorite digital services.

21 January, 2016

"Off The Cuff" is Launching!

It's been a long time coming and a lot of hard work but it's finally here! The long awaited collaboration between Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen is ready for release. This weekend there will be a special preview launch concert for Jay and Chris' local fans who will have the first crack to take home the new CD!
Worldwide digital distribution will follow in early February. Stay tuned!

This special album also features supporting appearances by Shaun Doddy on drums/percussion and Jim Miller on trumpet/flugelhorn. Cheers!

02 July, 2015

Five Reasons To Be A Musician

Jay shares his thoughts in this recent article published in scenestr, the magazine on Australian pop culture and entertainment:

1. The campfires on the open road.

2. The funky people you meet along the way.

3. The party (the hang).

4. Music breaks all language barriers; jamming with people in other countries that don't necessarily even speak the same language as you and being able to understand each other on a musical level is always incredible!

5. Playing your own music and being able to make people's day brighter, simply through a song.

Check out the tour schedule and get yourself over to a show in your neck of the woods and say g'day to Jay!

19 March, 2015

New Album- Final Push!

As part of our campaign to raise funds to produce the new album, an article has been published in Weekend Notes by Haydn Radford, partially excerpted below. Click here to read the article at the source and please get involved!

Two of South Australia's finest and internationally known musicians, Chris Finnen and Jay Hoad have embarked on an exciting campaign seeking public support with a Pozible Crowdfunding Campaign so they can finish producing their latest album, "Off the Cuff".

For the Record:
Chris Finnen, one of Australia's most innovative guitarists is often referred to as a 'guitarist's guitarist', was inducted into the South Australian Music Hall in 1995, and the Blues Hall of Fame in New York, USA, in August 2013.

In 2005 Chris performed for the Dalai Lama and was a guest of the International Expo in Nagoya, Japan. He has performed on stage with some of the world's greatest guitarists and performers including, Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Eric Burdon, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Witherspoon, Keb Mo, Bob Brozman, Johnny Copeland, The Holmes Brothers, and the list continues...

Jay Hoad is well know Internationally for his high-energy exotic sounds of blues, rock, reggae, island, Latin and Celtic music, whether playing solo or with other musicians. Over the last eight years Jay has toured the world performing his music in the Caribbean, South East Asia, India, Fiji, the United States and Australia and has been inspired by their music and cultures while touring. His performances create a host of exotic sounds from his assortment of guitars, didgeridoo, dulcimer, percussion and lap steel guitar.

During my interview with Jay and Chris I asked:

How did this album come about ?
Jay said, "John Edwards, a good friend of Chris's from his days in Darwin during the 80's, held a party at Goolwa to bring Chris and I and a couple of other musicians together. Chris and I hit it off on the night and we jammed together, and that is where the idea of us recording together, and "Off the Cuff" came into being.'

Later, in May 2014, John organised the memorable reunion performance when Chris and Jay performed at The Groove Garden at McLaren Vale. It was a sell-out show. During that gig they announced they would be recording a new album. There was immediate interest expressed by the crowd.

During a recent interview Jay said, "Spontaneity gives that creative edge to this album as we purposely didn't let each other hear the others songs before we got into the studio. We were constantly surprising each other as we were going along."

"Off the Cuff" has 15 tracks which are now in the final stages of recording and production. It is due for release in June 2015 if funding is successful (and possibly in early 2016 if not successful).

By pre-ordering the new album Off the Cuff through the Pozible Campaign, you actively support Chris and Jay in producing their album.

In conclusion:
Here is a wonderful opportunity to initiate an active role in helping two South Australian, independent musicians, Chris Finnen and Jay Hoad bring their album, Off the Cuff into being.

10 November, 2014

Corona Uprising Festival- Fiji

Our annual appearance at this awesome festival! We had Jim on trumpet and Brett on drums, along with a huge fantastic audience. Beautiful setting. Click the poster to see photos. We'll try to get some video up soon too!
Uprising Fiji 2014 slideshow  
Here's a link to a promo interview we did for the Fiji Broadcasting Company:

10 July, 2014

On The Road Again

Jay is working hard, as usual, but the bigger news is a new album in the works- a collaboration with guitar master Chris Finnen! More details to come..
Read the full article HERE. Check out the tour schedule for all Jay's dates.

13 January, 2014


Jay Hoad. Australian. Didgeridoo master.
From his latest album, "Home Is Where The Heart Is"
Catch more of Jay's didgeridoo interspersed among blues, roots, love songs, horns, guitars and more. Available at all major download and streaming sites.

01 December, 2013

Tangaroa Blue

I've been proud to partner with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative over the past several years to highlight the importance of protecting our oceans. Visit their web site for more information.
Jay with Jack Johnson supporting Tangaroa Blue in Melbourne
You can support Tangaroa Blue by purchasing Earth Music CDs directly from their web site. $5 from the sale of each Earth Music CD is donated to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

15 November, 2013

Baka Blues

There is a wealth of infused culture in Fiji if you know where to look!
Here I am with Jim performing in Fiji at Baka Blues, a jazz and blues club run by Paul and Stella Lawrence, a wonderful New Zealand expatriate couple. They've created a cool venue where local Fijian musicians as well as touring musicians (like us!) can perform the music we love for an ever growing and appreciative audience. See videos from this performance here and here.

01 November, 2013

Uprising Fiji

It's my third year in a row at this festival! It's always extra special to return and perform in my birth homeland. New this year I'll be touring with my trumpet player, Jim from North America. Can't wait to see everybody!
Fiji is also where I filmed my latest music video, Island Boy. Check it out!

08 October, 2013

Earth Music

Hot on the heels of releasing "Home Is Where The Heart Is", I've recorded and released something entirely different and unique! "Earth Music" is a completely instrumental album, with a modern New Age flavor.
"earth Music" by Jay Hoad
This project is the result of a collaboration earlier this year (see HERE) with Pamela Gibson, aka "Yoga Pam". The audio tracks were recorded live in conjunction with her yoga class. No audio from the yoga class is on this CD, only music. We chose to record it like this to capture the essence of the improvised compositions as they developed to suit the “real time” yoga class.

Click the album image to see all of the cool album artwork. The album is available for purchase and download now. Let me know what you think!

10 September, 2013

Album Launch Show Upcoming!

I'm winding up the national "Home Is Where The Heart Is" tour by returning to my South Australian home for a grand finale show with my full band!
Click this link for tickets, however if you are local to the greater Adelaide area we'd like to get YOU involved with the publicity for this one. Do you want to help out and receive a FREE TICKET to the show? Just read below...

Basically we are trying to cover all major intersections and shop fronts with posters over the next 2 weeks. So if you are interested in helping out, all you need to do is message us on Facebook with the location you can cover, and you will be sent 25 posters to put up and a free ticket to the show.. Easy!

20 June, 2013

Island Boy!

Video from the new LP, created and filmed in Jay's homeland Fiji.
Featuring Fijian artist "Knox" and available in HD!
Check out Jay's Triple J page to grab a free mp3 download of Island Boy!

20 May, 2013

New Album - Official Release!

The album is now available through our website and at the purchase links below (the only place you can buy the hardcopy CD!!) or through iTunes (digital download only). The artwork on the new album is insane and the CD includes a cool two-sided poster. Thanks again for your support everyone!

Download from iTunes!Buy the Album!


08 May, 2013

Second Free Download From the New Album

That makes two singles at our Triple J Page that are now available for free download, limited time only. Click below to get them!
The new single is "Ain't Gonna Get No Love From Me", which features me in a duet with Shalane Connors from Siskin River. If you like these tracks please remember to rate and review them on my Triple J Page; every bit of public support helps! The official LP release announcement is coming soon!

06 May, 2013

Sea & Vines Festival

Come out to McLaren Vale for a special performance by the Jay Hoad Band on June 10th. Click here for more info about the festival.

26 April, 2013

New Album Artwork

And now for the grand unveiling of the new album art for "Home Is Where The Heart Is", which will be released worldwide on May 5. Artwork once again by the fabulous award winning Australian illustrator James Fosdike
Click the image to see the rest of the artwork! Special bonus: the actual physical CD will also include a large two sided poster, with the artwork on one side and a photo collage of Jay with all the album lyrics on the other side.

08 April, 2013

New Single, Free Download

Come and get it. In anticipation of next month's release of the "Home Is Where The Heart Is" album we've made a preview single available for you on Triple J as a FREE DOWNLOAD. "Power Of The Rock" is currently at #10 on the Triple J Roots chart and you can help keep moving it up by listening to and/or downloading the track. Click HERE or on the Uluru photo below:

Update, April 12: The official music video was released today. Enjoy!

14 March, 2013

Port Fairy

The band finished up four exciting shows on a variety of stages at the 2013 Port Fairy Folk Music Festival. The festival was lovely, and we managed to get in a bit of surfing too! Big thanks to all the music lovers supporting us.
We received favorable reviews of our performances- "The Fijian-born performer was a crowd favourite with his ability to pull out and play new instruments for almost every song making him stand out from the crowd." Read more HERE.
See more photo highlights from our festival performances and adventures by clicking HERE, or on the photo above.

19 January, 2013

Yoga Groove

Now this was an awesome, magical experience! Big cheers to Yoga Pam in Robe for organizing it. I plan on doing more of these combined sessions, hopefully all over the country. A Yoga Groove CD could also be in the works- great for when I can't actually be there in person!

13 January, 2013

Saarang 2013

I traveled to Chennai, India where I rendezvoused with my manager and trumpet player Jim Miller to perform at the Saarang World Cultural Festival. We were also joined by the fantastic Indian drummer Yohan Marshall.
Click here or on the photo above to see more shots form this special adventure. We're looking forward to our next Indian tour!