Artist info


Indie, Rock, Roots

band members

Jay Hoad - didgeridoo, acoustic & electric bass, Weissenborn lap steel, various guitars, dulcimer, ocarina, cigar box guitar, percussion, vocals. The Band - multiple additional members (sax, trpt, drums, bass, backing vocals)



Walkaboutfish Records presents Fiji-born didgeridoo artist and stringed instrument virtuoso Jay Hoad. Jay performs both as a solo artist and also fronts an extremely high energy band. He has three internationally-released albums to his credit, "Stories For The Soul", "Warmth In The White", and his newest release, "Home Is Where The Heart Is".

Jay has spent the last seven years touring the globe, following the sun and his inspiration for music throughout the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Fiji, India, and North America, keeping up a relentless performance schedule whilst passionately learning about third world culture and every style of music he can sink his teeth in to. In 2011 Jay was honoured to support Bob Marley’s ‘The Wailers’ on the East Coast leg of their North America tour, amongst other international artists. Jay has been featured at major music festivals including WOMADelaide, the Port Fairy Folk Music Festival, and Saarang World Cultural Festival in India.

Hoad’s new release “Home Is Where The Heart Is” is his most anticipated yet, with tracks written in some of the most exotic (and some not so exotic) locations around the world, and with intimate details of each location described in the album liner notes. “Home Is Where The Heart Is” was recorded with renowned producer Craig Porteils (Gun & Roses, Terence Trent D’arby, Diesel, etc.) in Sydney and features many specials guests, including premier Fijian artist “Knox”. As per usual, the album artwork and layout is breathtaking, designed to please all true lovers of art and music.

“Stories for the Soul” was released in 2011 and fuses many genres including blues, roots, rock, funk, reggae, tribal, Latin and Celtic music. This album is a deeply personal reflection taking us with Jay as he relives the past few years spent on the road and across the seas. Drawing inspiration from the his stories and experiences around the world the tales reveal stories of love, learning, possibility and heartbreak; rich with history and central to the soul-building journey that is this release. The album features many of Australia’s premiere musicians including Adam Page, Chris Finnen and Ria Loof.

Jay's debut album, "Warmth In The White" was released in 2008 and was largely recorded in North America. It introduced Jay to the world as a gifted creator demonstrating his fluency in multiple diverse musical genres.

Jay’s high-energy show sees him sitting in a cockpit of instruments including didgeridoo, dulcimer, dulsitar, cigar box guitar, wine box bass, weissenborn lap steel, harmonica, ocarina, djembe, percussion, loops, voice and more. Lungs, hands and feet work in harmony as Jay fuses all genres of music, creating a sound that's difficult to believe comes from just one person.

With many major music festivals and venues booked around the world for the better part of the year, the future burns brighter all the time for Hoad. His other project includes the Jay Hoad Band, an ensemble featuring Jim Miller (trumpet), Tim O’Brien (saxophone), Ria Loof (vocals), Mat Long (guitar), and Henry Moncreiff (drums). Since the Jay Hoad Band was formed in 2007 they have done numerous tours throughout North America, Canada and Australia. Much like Jay’s solo show, the band covers many genres of music and has a fiesta-type vibe that has shaken dance floors at festivals from North to South and East to West!