Bobby Alu to grace Sunshine Coast with eclectic roots musical fusion

Bobby Alu and his mum Foloi Iulia will be playing their distinctive blend of Polynesian roots music at Coolum Civic Centre on February 24. Photo: Contributed  

RENOWNED Byron Bay musician Bobby Alu is set to captivate local audiences with his mesmerising blend of Polynesian rhythms and diverse musical influences,  and Bobby will be accompanied by a special guest his Mum,  Foloi Iulia for one night only at Coolum Civic Centre on Saturday, February 24.  

This is a show that will be the ‘must see’ local event and will be an unforgettable experience for music lovers.  

With his distinctive baritone ukulele and log drums, Bobby Alu transcends traditional boundaries, effortlessly blending elements of roots, reggae, folk, and tropical pop. His performances have garnered international acclaim, establishing him as a true virtuoso in the music industry. 

Having previously toured as Xavier Rudd’s percussionist for five years, Alu brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the stage. Additionally, he has shared stages with acts such as John Butler and Busby Marou.  

The show that Bobby has to put together with his mum is a fusion of graceful Samoan dance and traditional songs. This collaboration promises to showcase the purest essence of enjoyment through music, culture and family connection. 

Bobby stated that he is incredibly proud to be having his mum on this tour with him.  

“I never thought I’d be collaborating on music with her… It’s kind of a trip and I’m loving it.   

“The memories of sitting at my parent’s kitchen table, learning Samoan songs while growing up, have become a staple for me and a way for me to connect to culture – a thread that holds influence on the way I roll.” 

Bobby hopes that his music will get his audience feeling balmy and up for adventure.  

“Imagine you have your favourite drink in hand, sipping as the sun sets on a balmy evening that’s laden with the promise of adventure!” 

Bobby’s music is a celebration of diverse influences and experiences, from playing ukulele at local markets to touring the world as a percussionist. Always open to discovery, Bobby Alu honours his Samoan heritage through collaborations and releases, connecting with the language of his mother’s homeland. 

Bobby will be playing across the Sunshine Coast throughout February with his Coolum show set for Saturday, February 24 from 7pm. Tickets and further information is available via  

The Bobby Alu Sunshine Coast tour is presented by local performing arts company Red Chair with the support of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. This initiative was supported through the Creative Industries Investment Program and is jointly funded by ArtsCoast through Sunshine Coast Council’s Art and Heritage Levy and the Regional Arts Development Fund in partnership with the Queensland Government.  

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