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MISS LIZZY AND THE NIGHT OWLS

 

A Racy Sextet that is sassy, soulful and corruptive of vintage vibes.

Miss Lizzy & The Nights Owls are a band reminiscent of the golden era of loose inhibitions, where rock n roll was king and music meant dancing!

With captivating original tunes based around Neo-Swing and Vintage Soul, the band combines their love of performing with intrigue into old-school flash and glamour… the result being dynamic, soulful songs flavoured with soaring Hammond organ, electrifying guitar and unbridled saxophone, underpinned by a relentless bass and drums combo, and topped off with characteristically mesmerising vocals by the girl in the red dress… Miss Lizzy.

Brought together through a love of nostalgia they are a perfectly refined retro-sextet with a modern Melbourne take on a vintage era.

 

2014 Band Grid now available.

To download PDF click here >

 

 

Wayne Jury

Wayne Jury’s initiation into the world of music began in Geelong supporting Australia’s finest touring bands (AC/DC, Ayres Rock, Little River band, Buffalo, Cold Chisel, Dragon, etc.)

Since then he has played thousands of gigs all over Australia including opening for blues greats Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Canned Heat and Buddy Guy.

He made his mark in Sydney with his ‘soul-drenched voice, and distinctive guitar style, performing with Black Cat Moan, Bridie King, Jenny Marie Lang Band, Alison Penney, Ray Beadle and the Foreday Riders with Ron and Jeff King . With guitarist  John Brewster (the Angels), he wrote and recorded a solo album for Albert Productions, became a House songwriter at J. Albert and Son and recorded his band Drybones at the famous Alberts Studios. For 7 years he toured with guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaleri (including opening for the great B.B. King). Now he performs solo, with Rory Millar (harmonica) and with The Wayne Jury Four, at festivals, locally and around Australia.

Michael Smith, Drum Media Sydney wrote: “Wayne Jury is one of the best blues singers in this country”.

 

Three Kings

Already being described as a Melbourne blues super group, Three Kings bring together a trio of this countries most dedicated, authentic blues artists, with down and dirty, totally inspiring results.

 

The Detonators

The Detonators were formed way back in August 1997,based in Melbourne Australia this hard working quartet have never been afraid to hit the road, haul some kilometres and rack up a heap of gigs. With a finely honed array of original songs and a stage show that only comes from years of gigging pubs, clubs and festivals, The Detonators through their relentless gigging and touring both here and overseas have see them become crowned kings of Australia’s roots rock n roll. Their original music, to which all members contribute, is best described as a lethal combination of blues, rockabilly and early rock n roll. The band features bespectacled Rockbottom James an vocals and electric harmonica, Paulie Bignell on hollow body guitar, Doghouse Dave on slapping double bass and Craigo Hadlow on sticks and skins duty. With five Cd’s in their arsenal The Detonators have recently had their music on the film “Charlie and Boots” as well as the Australian TV series Underbelly and American TV series De Grassi High. Cold Chisel have labelled The Detonators as one of their favourite bands and have used The Detonators as support act at their sold out Rod Laver arena gigs. Dancing shoes, listening ears and drinking arms are compulsory for any good time Detonators show, because you never know what Rockbottom James is going to do next!

See Youtube to look at The Detonators in action over the years at various venues and festivals and check out our Facebook and website.  www.detonators.com.au

 

Chris Harland Blues Band

You can always rely on Chris Harland and his eponymous band to serve up a high standard of searing Chicago Blues and promise to put on a performance that will not be forgotten in a hurry.

Chris Harland is originally from Brighton, UK and has been residing in Australia since 2007.

Chris Harland strides onto the Oz blues scene, the grand Brit tradition of Clapton, Beck, Page and Green, cocked and ready over one shoulder, deadly as a pearl-handled Strat.

Chris Harland digs the Blues from deep in the Chicago mother-lode: taut, electric, urgent. A blues subtle when it sorrows, cutting when it struts; blues high, wide and gutbucket; a blues lonely as a distant freight train wailing through a midnight one-horse town.

Chris’ voice is tough, husky, plaintive, his blues guitar tumbling, darting, tart. Bite down on his no-prisoners riffing: sore-toe, hang-nail, fretful, the flight and the fury and the old, bold story stropped to a humbucking, hambone edge.

 

The Blues Preachers

Last year, with the release of their second record, Dry Long So, the Sydney based Blues Preachers in my opinion, put out one of the best blues records of the decade.

Samuel Fell / Rhythms Magazine May 2010.

The Blues Preachers will take you to another place and time, somewhere between 1920 and 1940. Their music paints a landscape of pre-war struggle and determination with sounds reminiscent of the Deep South. The Blues Preachers perform a fusion of good old blues, rags, gospel and hillbilly folk. The powerful simplicity of driving finger-style and slide-guitar combined with the sounds of tasteful harmonica and old-school vocal harmonies create a traditional and untarnished sound that will have you on the edge of your seats. The Blues Preachers will make you want to get up and dance with their joyful country and ragtime blues, and send a shiver down your spine with their atmospheric feels, echoing and paying homage to the sacred sounds of early artists such as Blind Willie Johnson. Their 2008 album ‘Next Stop Beulah Land’ and their highly regarded 2009 release ‘Dry Long So’ showcase the talents of the Preachers:-

Brother John on guitar, banjo and vocals, and Captain Bluetongue on harmonica, mountain dulcimer and vocals.

Their latest release ‘Dead Catz Can Bounce’ goes one step further. It contains many original songs about the big issues of today: the global financial crisis, greed, relationships, global warming, materialism, life and death and the search for truth and meaning in the great age of misinformation. After highly acclaimed performances at The Woodford Folk Festival, The Australian Blues Festival (Goulburn), The Blue Mountains Folk Festival, The West Coast Blues Festival and The East Coast Blues Festival, The Blues Preachers have secured a reputation as one of the best acoustic blues and roots acts in the country.

 

 

Tex Miller

Armed with his resonator guitar and soulful vocals, Tex Miller at the tender age of 22, has opened for some of the biggest blues and rock acts this country has to offer. Whether it be rippin’ up the stage alongside Diesel, Wayne Jury, or Claude Hay, Tex is one up and coming local talent to watch. His original tunes are groovy and are sure to get your feet tappin’ and drawing influence from the likes of RL Burnside, The Black Keys, John Mayer and Derek Trucks, to name but only a few, be sure to keep your eyes out for this musician around the traps.

 

Sweet Felicia

Sweet Felicia charms audiences around Australia with her distinctive and powerful yet touching vocals and bass work. Her band swings hard and her music reminds us of the hot clubs of the 40s and 50s. Sweet Felicia played bass for Lil Fi and the Delta Rhythm Kings for four and a half years and during this time a highlight was supporting the legendary BB King. She has numerous awards to her credit including semi-finalist in the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA.

 

Spoonful

Fresh from the launch of their third album “Straight Out The Gate”, Melbourne band Spoonful are performing with fire in their bellies.  The live show captures Spoonfuls love of the body moving, vocally tense stylings of Soul, the insistent beats of electric Rhythm and Blues and the good time shenanigans of Rock and Roll.  And it’s always a lot of fun.

For 10 years, Spoonful has served as something of a musical home base for David Lord (harmonica/keyboards/vocals), Paul Winstanley (bass) and brothers Andre and Kit Warhurst (guitar/vocals and drums/vocals respectively).  Andre has spent time as guitarist for Melbourne based band Neon, recorded slide guitar on Jet’s debut record and is currently collaborating with Kram as part of the Spiderbait frontman’s solo project.  Kit is a member of Rocket Science, The Bowers, The City Lights and the “Spicks And Specks” touring house band The Specktors.  David Lord is an original member of Alt Country band The Rectifiers.  Together, the foursome started Spoonful to ensure that amid their other musical travels, they still got to play some of the sounds they collectively love.

 

 

Sean McConnell

Sean McConnell is a young Blues/Rock/Psychedelic slide guitarist, harmonica player and singer hailing from Barham, NSW. Given his first harmonica at age four at the Echuca Blues Festival, Sean has continued to expand his musical style to blend together classic raw blues grooves with the more contemporary sounds of artists such as John Butler and Jeff Lang as well as the psychedelic sounds of the 60’s and 70’s.

 

Sean has performed with some of Australia’s great musicians including; Stringybark McDowell, Phil Manning, Andy Baylor, Sarah Carroll, Collard Greens & Gravy, Shannon Noll, Tim Neal, Salty Dog and The George MacFloyd Band.

 

Sammy Owen Blues Band

Sammy Owen Blues Band was first formed late 2011 as a rotating line up of musicians from Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street and performed weekly at some of the streets most frequented venues.
Sammy Owen lead guitarist and vocalist is a left handed electric guitarist who leads the band. He completed the permanent line up in May 2012 with Liam Kealy on B3 hammond Organ after a chance meeting and hearing Li…am at a Lonsdale st Bar.
The five piece band now includes:
Sammy Owen Lead Guitar/vocals
Mark Aird on Drums
Matt Robb Guitar
Simon Haeusler Bass
Liam Kealy Hammond B3 Organ.
In this 2 year period, the hard working Melbourne band, have now played over 200 gigs at some of Melbourne’s top venues like The Espy, The Rainbow, The Evelyn, Bar Open and many more.
The band received great response and reviews from a debut performance at “Echuca Winter Blues Festival” in 2013, which has lead to performances at “Blues at the Briars” the peninsula’s premier blues festival aswell as 2 consecutive years at the world renowned ‘Wangaratta Jazz and Blues”.
Sammy Owen focuses on writing original songs with the band who creates their own contemporary, funky, energetic blues sound.
The band is mainly influenced by 90′s and modern blues with influences like
Tommy Castro, The Boneshakers, Little Jimmy King, Buddy Guy and Michael Burks.
Late 2013 saw Sammy Owen Blues Band release the new debut Album “the neighbourhood watch….real people, real stories” which has lead to Top 10 placements in the Reverbnation Blues Charts as well as airplay on various shows on PBS 106.7fm and triple R .
Sammy Owen Blues Band has electricity, intensity and a give everything approach to entertaining a live crowd. The bands live shows have received rave revues in beat magazine, Melbourne street press & by blues fans and non blues fans alike. www.reverbnation.com/sammyowenbluesband

 

Salty Dog

Salty Dog – Australia’s Premier Multi award winning Blues Duo

Thunder from Down Under!
The Cigar Box Guitar has arrived in Australia and is screaming some major mojo in the hands of Steve Plater !
Shane Speal – King of the Cigar Box Guitar) USA -
Marion Turner on Harmonica – her vocals are a perfect mixture of honey and smoke with all the passion that you’d find in a Delta Juke joint.
Shane Speal – King of the Cigar Box Guitar) USA
Australia’s Premier Two Piece High energy outfit with their material, stripped back, reworked, bringing the old to a more modern sound, perform a mixture of Swamp Rock and Mississippi Hill country – Blues paying deep respect to the first generation pioneers of the music which is capturing new audiences worldwide. These multi-award winning artists are well travelled troubadours performing the Australian and overseas circuits and festivals!

 

Rob Paine & the Fulltime Lovers

One of the most powerful and soulful voices in the roots scene, Rod Paine was a founding member of Melbourne’s legendary Chicago blues act, Howlin’ Time in 1990. Rob Paine & the Fulltime Lovers are a dirty post war electric blues combo inspired by the likes of Lazy Lester, Sonny Boy Williams, Jimmy Reed, Slim Harpo, Ike Turner and Little Walter.

 

Richard Perso

Richard Perso doesn’t seem to have enough arms, legs or lungs to pull off such a physically demanding performance but that doesn’t stop him from playing 3 didgeridoos, driving a weapons cache of 4 overdriven acoustic guitars somehow managing to replace the roll of a drummer with little more than his 2 feet while hollering like a 1920’s Blues man. At just 22 Richard has blazed through over 120 festivals leaving the audience gasping behind him.

Richard Perso doesn’t seem to have enough arms, legs or lungs to pull off such a physically demanding performance but that doesn’t stop him from playing 3 didgeridoos, driving a weapons cache of 4 overdriven acoustic guitars and somehow managing to replace the roll of a drummer with little more than his 2 feet. Australian cultural heritage mixed with blues, rock and folk influences. As just a 22 years old, Richard is quickly establishing himself with appearances at more than 120 festivals, recorded his 2 albums in New York and back to Canada for 2 tours in 2013

 

PJ O’Brien

PJ O’Brien knows how to get a Blues party started. His fat and funky fretwork has been turning heads from Perth to Memphis, Chicago, Austin, London, Singapore and back again. Along with frequent flyer points PJ has gathered a swag of awards including: Blues Song of the Year, WA Music Awards (WAMIs); Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year; Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year; Best New Talent, Song of the Year and Group Of The Year at the ‘Chain’ Australian Blues Awards.

Driven by PJ’s searing Chicago/Texas style guitar and smooth vocals the PJ O’Brien Band’s brand of blues exude a retro and modern feel simultaneously, delivering award-winning songwriting and spine-tingling dynamics. The engine room of this sensational band features one of Sydney’s finest rhythm sections in the legendary Al Britton (Bondi Cigars) and Dave Fester (Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow) who combine their wealth of experience to effortlessly build infectious grooves song after song.

 

Phil Para

Melbourne Rock and blues icon, Phil Para’s performances combine a diverse range of his own rock/ blues/ latin fusion original music with classic guitar oriented covers to create an exciting stage show that never fails to delight. Phil’s passionate and genuine interpretations of the blues and rock classics and his powerful presence keep audiences spellbound and coming back week after week.

For the Echuca Winter Blues Phil has put together an exclusive three set show performance that is guaranteed to fall into the “something for everyone” category and create a fantastic climax to the 2015 festival. Phil will be playing with his power trio and will open with a mix of well celebrated blues covers alonside some of his orginals. His second set will cover the guitar greats from Santana, Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan…. As a very special finale Phil will bring the house down with an entire set dedicated to Jimi Hendrix including all of the showmanship that audiences have come to expect such as playing behind his head and with his teeth. 

 

Phil Manning

It is impossible to talk about blues music in Australia without Phil Manning being mentioned almost immediately.

Since the late 60’s Phil has been at the forefront of this genre as well as exploring other styles widely. His ability to absorb other styles and craft them to suit his personality has made him one of the truly unique performers of his time.

A founder & continuing member of the now legendary ‘Chain’, Phil Manning has long been regarded as the most effective blues guitarist produced in this country as well as a fine session player.
(Chain are the only blues band to ever have a number one (‘Black’n’Blue’), they also had a number two (‘Judgment’). ‘Toward The Blues’, their 1971 album went double gold).

As a solo performer in the acoustic sphere, Phil has also been ahead of the game as one of the first electric gunslingers to begin working in both realms before ‘unplugged’ became the catch phrase.

As well as headlining his own shows, he has toured with a remarkable number of artists including Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Albert Collins, Freddie King and dozens of others, both in the blues and rock genres.

 

Oscar Lalor

“  Oscar Lalor is a 20 year old surfer/musician from the Surfcoast of Victoria, his music is influenced and inspired by greats like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Robben Ford, Pink Floyd and Santana that have moulded the style he carries with him today. 

He regularly plays at different events in Melbourne as well as local venues across the coastline; solo and with his band “ Oscar Lalor & the Hotdoggers”.  He has performed on stage with blues legends like Chris Wilson, Geoff Achison and Jimi Hocking at a live concert at the Barwon Heads Hotel in 2012.  He has also performed at specialty events in Melbourne alongside other acts like Normie Rowe, Phil Manning, Ross Hannaford and Russell Morris!

He’s roots are well within the blues/rock idiom but he also takes influence from a lot of jazz and pop music that he develops into his original compositions. “

 

Miss Lizzy & the Night Owls

 

With a band consisting of some of Melbourne’s finest and grooviest musicians, Miss Lizzy & the Night Owls musical talent and diversity shines through in their original songs.

 

Marshall Okell

Marshall OKell was born on Good Friday, Friday the thirteenth 1979 on a full moon. His father, a Melbourne Rock and Roll Boogie Guitar player, named him Marshall Dawson OKell, the ‘Marshall’ coming from Jimi Hendrix’s middle name and the ‘Dawson’ from Johnny Winters, a Texan Albino Slide shredder. Marshall was taken home and put in a guitar case behind his old man’s Fender twin where he would sleep through high-decibel ear-piercing jam sessions. Groomed on Hendrix, Winters, Little Feat, Muddy Waters and AC-DC, his journey was set forth before he ever had a choice, a victim of rock and roll circumstance. Marshall’s father and his entourage of talented musical friends from all over Australia taught him licks, tricks, riffs, styles, techniques and drum and bass grooves.

 

Luke Watt

With influences such as Chris Whitley, Richard Thompson and Kelly Joe Phelps, Luke is a finger picker of great dexterity, drawing on folk melodies and blues grooves to convey

stories both dark and uplifting. He has appeared at music festivals such as The National Music Muster in Gympie, The Queenscliff Music Festival, The Brunswick Music Festival, The Australian Blues Festival and The Port Fairy Folk Festival, as well as performing several tours across Europe and the legendary Terra

Blues Club in New Y ork.
Luke’s latest album “Hill End Ruin” was named ABC National’s “Album of the week”

 

Lloyd Spiegel

With 8 albums, a swag of accolades to his name and 21 years performing, writing and recording, Lloyd Spiegel has certainly squeezed more into his 30 or so years than many do in a lifetime. It’s that experience and presence well beyond his years that has seen him become one of this country’s leading Blues artists and most respected guitarists.

“Spiegel has stamped himself as one of the best songwriters in the country, regardless of genre, of history, of ANYTHING. It’s a powerhouse of brutal honestly.”

  • Rhythms magazine
 

Leigh Sloggett Duo

“Great feel band – great songs”. – Russell Morris

The Leigh Sloggett Duo brings together the singing, songwriter and guitar playing talents of Leigh Sloggett with the percussion skills of Les Oldman. They perform original blues, roots and folk-blues with Leigh’s distinctive husk-tinged vocals and compelling musicianship on both lap-slide and open tuned guitars, driven and punctuated by Les’ expressive drumming.

The two first worked together on Leigh’s third album ‘More Than I Need’ in 2012. The album went on to reach number eight on the Australian Blues and Roots charts and had radio airplay in the U.S. and around Australia, most prominently on ABC Radio National’s program, ‘The Inside Sleeve’.

Leigh has mainly been performing solo at festivals, venues and clubs over the last decade and has toured internationally. Les has worked with some of the best in the Australian Music Industry including Ross Hannaford, Andria Marr, Les Stacpool, Nick Charles and Alex Burns.

 

Lachy Doley

Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, a player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent.

Lachy Doleyís keyboard has powered acts as diverse as Bernard Fanning, Jimmy Barnes, Powderfinger, The Beautiful Girls, Jimmy Little, and The Widowbirds. Now he has a second album with his own band ñ the Lachy Doley Group.

 

Kelly Auty

Kelly Auty delivers a dynamic set of blues to delight fans.

Renowned for her passionate exhilarating performances she leaves audiences wanting more as she sings favorites from such greats as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Bonnie Raitt, Peggy Lee, Janis Joplin, Etta James and Aretha Franklin.

Kelly has sung supports for Janis Ian, The Drifters, Jose Feliciano and The Platters and has graced the stage at many festivals throughout Australia. Kelly has produced 8 independent CDs.

She’s a dynamo, recognised as a great vocalist and inspiring performer she delivers outstanding shows in her distinctive style. Fun and fabulous, one not to miss.

 

Justin Yapp

With their first album ‘Long Way From Home’ debuting at No. 3 on the Australian Blues Charts, the Justin Yap Band plays a potent blend of Deep Blues, Sanctified Soul, and Down-Home Funk. Led by guitarist Justin Yap, the band delivers electrifying and dynamic performances, bringing out their chemistry and energy in full force at every show.

Justin’s reputation as a formidable guitarist in the Australian blues scene is growing; cutting his teeth with bands in Malaysia and Melbourne, his playing has developed a virtuosic yet vocal character, displaying a maturity not normally heard in someone his age. Paired with the raw and sultry vocals of Nardia Brancatisano who has captivated audiences in Melbourne and around the world, along with the combined talents of Ollie Rolfe on Keys and Hammond, Dean Sanelli on bass and Louis Goutos on drums, the Justin Yap Band has a tight and exciting sound not to be missed.

 

Jules Boult

Jules Boult’s music and performance remains true to the blues tradition using his spread of his talents across guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele and vocals.

 

John McNamara

Taking cues from soul greats such as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Bobby Bland, John Delivers an emotionally charged performance, with fiery Blues and Slick Guitar Playing making John McNamara the new artist to watch on the blues scene.

John has worked as a Guitarist for local and international acts and appeared on programs such as Chanel 10′s ‘The Morning Show’ , Rage & MTV. Opening for acts such as Joanne Shaw Taylor, Jon Stevens, Rick Price, Diesel, Shannon Knoll, Russell Morris aswell as touring with Mr. Big Vocalist Eric Martin.

John has found acoustic soul & blues to be the perfect showcase for his guitar playing and powerful voice. With a style and delivery that stays authentic to it’s roots.

In Less than 2 years on the Blues scene John has Wowed Audiences and critics world wide. With 2 successful Edinburgh Fringe Festivals under his belt (2012 & 2013) Two Tours of Germany and a Tour of Singapore and Malaysia!

John is also becoming a regular on the Aus Blues scene, Playing Festivals and shows all over the country showcasing his unique talents.

 

Jimi Hocking

Jimi Hocking’s affinity with the guitar started as a boy when his father, Kevin Hocking (a well known pianist and composer) realised that Jimi was more interested in Chuck Berry than his piano lessons, and so presented him with a primitive acoustic guitar for Christmas. These humble beginnings led to an ongoing career in music, with Jimi playing electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin.

The mid-1980′s was when Jimi cut his teeth, playing hundreds of pub shows fronting bands like The Astro Boys and The Astros. In the late-1980’s and early-1990’s Jimi had his own career as a hard rock artist. Known as Jimi the Human he released two recordings … the Top 20 live album ‘No Turning Back’ and ‘Living in Luxury’ in 1993.

The combination of high speed picking and blues bends on these albums left an indelible impression on many guitarists … including Joe Satriani, Edgar Winter and George Thorogood, all with whom Jimi toured. In fact, when Jimi played a little guitar to blues legend BB King in 1989 (while he visited Australia with U2) BB exclaimed, “I’ve been watching you … and you’re good!”.

 

Jarrod Shaw

Jarrod Shaw is a self-taught blues and roots musician with a unique guitar style. He has often been described as having a voice that belies his years. Jarrod has performed at festivals and events all over Victoria, and has shared the stage with Australian blues icons such as Geoff Achison and Lloyd Spiegel.

 

Ian Collard

As part of Aria award winning Blues trio Collard Greens and Gravy, singer and harmonica player Ian Collard has established himself as one of Australia’s leading blues artists.

 

Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men

Greg Dodd &The Hoodoo Men consists of some of Melbourne’s finest blues musicians. Three members have all won the prestigious MBAS Blues Challenge which enabled them to perform at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN . Greg Dodd & Clint Healy 2012, Dan Dinnen 2009.

The band is heavily influenced by the early recordings made in Chicago on the Chess and Delmark labels and their performances are a mixture of up-tempo swings, shuffles and boogies as well as a good selection of slow blues with fiery guitar licks and dynamic harmonica riffs delivered with intensity straight from the heart – as all blues music should be played!

 

Geoff Achison

Geoff Achison is an independent Australian musician who has forged his own path to a successful career that has won him fans all over the world.

 

Having taught himself to play in the isolation of rural Australia, he has developed a blues/funk style all his own that can be delicate one moment and explosive the next. Unaware of how the sounds he was hearing on his limited record collection were produced, he invented some of his own techniques – without the aid of pedals or gadgets. Just watching him wrench a myriad of sounds from his simple set-up can be something of a spectacle.

 

He is also a very capable vocalist with a gritty, soulful quality to his voice. Inspired by the great Blues and R&B music of yesteryear, Geoff’s live set features an infectious mix of gutsy original tunes, improvised jams and dynamic new arrangements of blues & soul classics.

Growing up in the small town of Malmsbury in south eastern Australia, Geoff developed a passion for American blues music and taught himself to play on a beat up instrument he discovered ‘under the stairs’ of the family home.
In his early 20′s he found employment as lead guitarist with Melbourne’s top blues band ‘Dutch Tilders & The Blues Club’. After 5 years relentless touring around Australia Geoff departed to pursue his own musical ideas and formed the first incarnation of his own band  ’The Souldiggers’.

 

Doc White

Doc was found abandoned in house in Adelaide, South Australia by African-American Mormon missionaries. Spirited back to the US in a steamer trunk and raised on a peculiar musical diet of pre-war acoustic blues and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Doc rejected the Lord in favour of the devil’s music. He picked up a coveted 1935 D42 Martin guitar in a pawnshop by swapping it for a first edition of the Book of Mormon signed by Joseph Smith that came into his possession by dubious and unspecified means. Returning to Australia as a young man after a very public stoush with the Mormon church in Utah, he took up professional long distance swimming and still holds the record for the Glenelg to Somerton ocean swim he set in 1971. Although professional long distance swimming paid better than music, the siren call of the blues was too hard to ignore. 40 years later Doc is still wanted for questioning in Salt Lake City and still playing the blues.

 

Dan Dinnen

2009 MBAS BLUES PERFORMER OF THE YEAR Dan Dinnen plays finger-picking acoustic guitar, tasty blues harp and sings up a storm with his rich, soulful vocals.  Playing originals and blues standards, from smoking ballads to juke joint stomps, Dan draws on a wide range of blues influences, especially the deep well of old time, pre-war and country blues styles. Dan Dinnen is a dynamic, energetic blues performer with an authentic feel and style.

Dan has accompanied some of Melbourne’s finest blues musicians on both blues harp and guitar and has gigged in every State and Territory around Australia, both as a soloist, bandleader and sideman. Dan was the 2009 MBAS BLUES PERFORMER OF THE YEAR and in 2010 went to the US to compete in the International Blues Challenge on Beale Street, Memphis Tennessee.

 

Cleveland Blues

Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, QLD, this 2-3 piece band has created a unique style of new age rocked up blues. Cleveland smashes out dirty heavy rollin riffs on dobro, resonator and cigar-box guitars along side one of Australia’s best female drummers, Bam Bam Norden, to create a high-energy listening experience. Cleveland’s fast paced raunchy, heavily distorted slide sound and footstomping grunge is a “new age” in Old Time Dirty Swamp Blues Rock.

 

 

Claude Hay

Claude Hay’s signature blues rock sound is epitomized on his third album I Love Hate You (2012) which won him Best Male Vocalist in the Australian Blues Music Chain Awards. His previous release Deep Fried Satisfied (2010) charted in the top ten on the Billboard Blues Charts of USA and 5th best blues Album in Amazon

Claude Hay is the modern version of the ONE MAN BAND. He plays ALL the instruments: guitar, bass, drums and sings LIVE, right before your very eyes to create a swampy blues rock sound that will make you shake your booty and stomp your feet . He won Best Live Act at the Australian Independent Music Awards in 2013

Taking DIY a step further than most, Claude has builds his own guitars: there’s ‘Betty’, his double-necked guitar which he made out of a kitchen bench top and there’s ‘Stella’, his new ‘Cigar Box’ guitar which started its life as a six dollar baking tin.

Check out his Live Montage video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqkEWjdv1CY

 

Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson has been an essential part of the blues rock music in Australia since taking the stage with the Sole Twisters twenty years ago. A regular at the Winter Blues Chris always attracts big crowds!

 

Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk

“Two albums down, and Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk have firmly established themselves in the Australian music scene with countless festival appearances and sold out headline shows.  With Dave Folley (Man in Black/Archie Roach) firmly ensconced in the drum stool, Chicken Walk have had the pleasure of national tours with Tony Joe White and Clary Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes, as well as festival slots at Golden Plains, Queenscliff, St Kilda Festival and many more.  2014 will see work begin on the third Chicken Walk opus as well as continued national tours including Cherry Fest, Broadbeach Blues Festival & Echuca Winter Blues Festival.”

 
 
  ARTISTS: Applications are now closed for the WBF 2013. Please email us to express your interest in performing at the WBF 26, 27 & 28 July 2014.

BOOTCAMP: Schools, teachers or students please email to enrol.
VENDORS: Please note no outside vendors will be accepted for the WBF.
VISITORS: Book your accommodation and venues early as availability is limited.
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