Artist info


Rock, Roots

Sounds like

Sublime, Bob Marley, groundation

band members

Nicholas Emsley - Vocals,Stompbox, Djembe', Ankle bells, Shakers, Congos, rhythm guitar) Jimmy Doheny - Dobro Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lapsteel Guitar, Backing Vocals Liam Jackson - Bass, Alex Baird - Drums, Aslan Chadwick - Saxaphone Jared Hatton - Percussion


Xavier Rudd, Nirvana, Bob Marley, sublime



From humble beginnings launching as a roots duo in 2009 Melbourne’s Centre & The South have evolved to become a reggae roots powerhouse incorporating elements of funk, soul and groove.

Centre & The South released their debut album ‘Yadah’ in early 2016 and to celebrate the band toured Australia’s east coast. ‘Yadah’ received critical acclaim across online outlets The Music, Happy Blog, Tonedeaf whiles also charting in both the regional and metro national radio AMRAP charts holding in the Top 10 for over 3 weeks. The release scored airplay across over 150 stations country wide including youth broadcaster Triple J.

Tracking the foundations of the ‘Yadah’ at The Aviary studios the band then partnered up with heavyweight producer Michael Cristiano (The Seekers) to mastermind the 12-track album at the esteemed Soundplant Productions. The ever-charismatic Lisa Edwards features as guest vocalist in the title ‘Sweet Spirit’.

Centre & The South have enjoyed successes of playing stand out performances across Spring Fling Festival 2016, Globe To Globe World Music Festival (2016), Tanglewood Festival (2015), St Kilda Festival (2015), Strawberry Fields Festival (2015) and many more. From supporting national heavyweights Kingswood the vivacious musketeers have also enjoyed sharing line-ups with international acts such as Maxi Priest (UK) & Kalasmica (ITA).

Previously released single titles include ‘Feel That Flow’ (2014), ‘Inner City Paradise’ (2014) ‘Lay Low’ (2012) & their debut EP release ‘Something New Something True’ (2012).

“The positive, relaxing and happy vibes that exudes exponentially from Centre and The South ridiculously infectious.”
Shayen Di Silva – Happy

“fast gaining a reputation as a great live band”
Sosefina Fuamoli – The Au Review

“The whole thing's catchy, melodic, and highly danceable — big, bumping tunes that make it hard to imagine them in their original two-piece incarnation.”
Sam Wall - The Music