Dog Trumpet set to feature at Luminous

Bernie Hayes Bass and vocals, Reg Mombassa Guitar and vocals, Peter O’Doherty, Guitar, Mandolin and vocals, Jim Elliott Drums and vocals.

The River of Art Festival Committee are proud to announce Australian icons Dog Trumpet for Luminous: Art after Dark, the finale event for the 10-day Festival of Art in the Eurobodalla. 

Dog Trumpet is spearheaded by brothers Peter O’Doherty and Reg Mombassa, original members of iconic Aria award winning and Hall of Fame band Mental As Anything. When playing live along with Bernie Hayes on bass and Jim Elliott (ex Cruel Sea) on drums they create a distinctive and eclectic meld of rock and roll, psychedelic folk, country and blues.

Dog Trumpet have never shied away from stinging social commentary and contemporary issues with a steely delivery loved by music lovers across the generations. 

Over the last 30 years, as Dog Trumpet they have released seven critically acclaimed albums: Two Heads One Brain, Suitcase, Dog Trumpet, Antisocial Tendencies, River of Flowers, Medicated Spirits and their latest, released in 2020, ‘Great South Road’. 

Parallel to their music careers Reg is well known too for his idiosyncratic work for Mambo Graphics and as a fine artist. Peter is also a successful and much sought-after painter. For over three decades the brothers have exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. 

The band says: “We look forward to seeing our friends and fans at The River of Art Festival in Moruya on the 24th September 2022.” 

Also performing at Luminous, is multi award winning Australian artist, Dom Turner & The Rural Blues Project (Backsliders).

Luminous: Art After Dark will be an evening of light, arts, music and markets on the shores of the Moruya River. Meander among the light sculptures and artisan stalls, snack and feast in the food market, be awed by towering roving performances and live music. When the stars come out, settle on the foreshore for the light and laser show. 

Luminous: Art After Dark, September 24, 4pm – 9pm, Riverside Park, Moruya

Tickets: General Admission $20, VIP Lounge Luminous: Art After Dark – $150, Children under 16 FREE.

The full Festival program includes more than 90 free and ticketed events between September 16 and 25, subscribe for more information and to receive the program when it is released in early August.


River of Art celebrates the arts scene of the South Coast of New South Wales. Held over two weeks each September in Moruya and includes Exhibitions, Open Studios, Workshops, Music, Performance, Artists in Conversation, Public Art Trail and Markets.  In 2022 the festival, now in its 17th year, opens on September 16 and culminates in in a celebration of light with Luminous on Saturday, September 24. 

Our thanks go to the NSW Regional Events Acceleration FundFestivals Australia, the Eurobodalla Shire Council, and our fabulous sponsors – Southern PhoneRay WhiteHorizon Bank, and Essential Energy for their support for this year’s River of Art Festival.

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