Read more about the great artists who were involved in the
2017 Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival!
The 2018 lineup will be updated VERY soon…stay tuned!
Highly energetic and entertaining Australian festival favourites
19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. They are manic. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots band. Imagine walking into a bar a little bit cut and a little bent sideways. You look to the stage, lights are turned down, amps cranked up. You hear one part Gary Clark Jnr, one part Black Keys, and a whole lot of drunken sailor. This is what the latest single “Sailor Jerry” conjures. The 19-Twenty lads have been performing their high-energy sonic-party nationally, headlining sell-out shows and festivals in all states and territories. Constantly on the road or in the sky, they have toured seven times around Oz and performed gigs throughout Europe.
A Blues great in the making
At Just 20, Bill Barber is one of the most exiting guitarists in the Australian Blues scene. Bill began his career at just 13, playing small gigs and sitting with some of Australias best know Blues artists Geoff Achison and Lloyd Spiegel, who now act as mentors to him, as well as supports for Wolfmother, James Blundell, Chris Jagger and more. In 2016, Bill along with his band released his highly anticipated first album “Thanks for your Consideration” along with his first Australian tour. Around this time Bill also received an endorsement with Cole Clark Guitars. What Sets Bill apart is his dedication to Blues, While most enter through Roots music, Bill’s passion is for Blues in it’s true form. “Next in line to become one of Australia’s Blues greats” – Lloyd Spiegel
LEGEND. Founder of the Dingoes.
After decades on the Australian music stage Brod has a long list of credits to his name. He is considered to be a legend by his legion of fans, a consummate performer by many of his contemporaries and an elder statesman by the new guard of fellow musicians. Richard Tankard (Keyboards) is not only a great keyboard player, songwriter and backing vocalist he’s one of the funniest men behind the ivories we’ve ever worked with. And he makes his own recordings under the name Tank Dilemma.
Chicago Blues Band
Five piece Chicago Blues band Catfish Voodoo have been performing around the country for the past 6 years. With high energy low – down boogie sound which is sure to remind you of a 1950s barrel.
With a groove akin to the constant flow of the current, and a force as reckoning as the strong pull of the rapids, Creek will keep you mesmerized and mobilized by their own exhilarating brand of rhythm & blues, funky groove & rock ‘n’ roll. Taking inspiration from the greats such as The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and T. Rex, it’s in the band’s framework to swamp you with a dirty dose of rhythm you can get up and into; and leave you feeling satisfied with a captivating performance experience you just won’t forget.
Dan does it all
Dan Dinnen is a blues singer/songwriter who plays harmonica and finger-pickin’ guitar, stomps and taps his feet on a plank of wood and tambourine, and sings up a storm. His original tunes include smoking ballads, country-blues ditties and juke joint boogies. Dan won the 2016 MBAS Blues Performer of The Year award (Solo/Duo category) which saw him head to Memphis TN to compete in the 33rd International Blues Challenge. Dan is also a Chain Award recipient of Group Of The Year 2016 – for his work as lead vocalist and harp player with Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men.
Dreamboogie. A modern Blues act, firmly embedded in the Blues, imbued with the original sound that the act works hard to develop. A tight music unit with a reputation for delivering entertaining, engaging, passionate live performances. Drawing upon their individual influences, they are determined to present Blues music that is vital, and attractive to today’s audiences. Since the formation of the group in early 2010, they have appeared at many festivals, toured Australia, performed live to air on radio, and built a solid following in their home town. Recently the band went to Memphis USA. (February this year) Competed and were semi finalists in the International Blues Challenge,
A world renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter, Geoff Achison performs exciting blues & soul flavoured music with his band ‘The Souldiggers’ as well as one-man shows with his virtuosic acoustic guitar style
A celebrated guitar virtuoso backed up by an all-star band, Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers invoke the spirit of the Blues & Soul greats to create superb and exciting original music. A highly regarded singer, songwriter and guitarist, Geoff tours regularly at an international level having established himself on the UK, US and Aussie blues/roots scenes. whether performing with his band, The Souldiggers or solo with acoustic guitar, Geoff Achison presents a show that is rich in blues history yet irresistibly danceable with soul drenched vocals, exciting guitar work and contemporary, funky grooves.
Solo blues, one man band
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. performing solo, handling singing, guitar and harmonica duties all at once in the style of some of his heroes like Dr Ross and Jimmy Reed and producing the authentic down-home blues sound that can be heard on his 2014 release “Swamp Stomp and Boogie”. Currently as well as his work with Collard Greens and Gravy and Three Kings, Ian also performs with another of Australia’s leading blues bands, the Backsliders. His harmonica playing can also be heard on albums by Australian artists Claire Bowditch, Jeff Lang and Ash Grunwald, and was featured on the Baz Luhrmann international hit “Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen”.
A mountain of Blues over a river of Soul
Weaving together intense guitar and soulful vocals, Mr Valach takes you on a journey from lights down low soul ballads to energetic shuffle romps delivered in demanding fashion. With his dedication, hard work, and a killer rhythm section to boot Jesse Valach and Blues Mountain have produced a tight riveting live show that has earned them the coveted title of Melbourne Blues performer of the Year 2016.
Since releasing Let Love in 2016, the Justin Yap Band has been going from strength to strength, hitting No. 1 on the Australian Blues Charts; gaining nominations for Group of the Year & Best New Talent of the Year at the Australian Blues Music Awards; and playing festivals (Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, Marysville Jazz and Blues Festival, Echuca Winter Blues Festival) and expanding tours around the country.
Kelly’s Blues travels from 1920 to present day- from Bessie Smith and Ida Cox to Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, to name a few. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something Blue….and something just for you. Kelly Auty is renowned for powerhouse performances and her show-girl versatility. She is a favourite artist on the Australian music scene. With her dynamic hot band Kelly sings a variety of blues, R & B, soul and rock tunes. Kelly’s impressive biography includes appearances at Echuca Winter, Broadbeach, Port Fairy, Goulburn, Wangaratta, Broadford Rock, Maleny and Woodford festivals and she has supported Janis Ian, Manhattan Transfer, Jose Feliciano, The Drifters, The Platters, the Divynls…..
Matty T Wall’s points of references are wide; he has studied and played a spectrum of styles including flamenco, swing jazz and funk, and he attests to a love of heavier things in his youth – bands like Metallica and Sepultura among them. But he remembers how the musicians he admired would honour the blues masters who came before them. And following the trail of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn backwards, he was hooked. As a guitarist, Matty wrings raw emotions from single notes, stretching and bending the strings of a Les Paul into sounds both persuasive and human. While he is capable of blazingly fast leads, he also drives the beat with percussive punctuation and solid assurance.
A powerhouse display of driving acoustic blues/roots/rock.
Basketball prodigy, scholarship rower, mental illness survivor, blistering live performer and gentle giant. Mike Elrington is also gifted with a songwriter’s sensitivity and creativity, incredible guitar skills, a fierce work ethic, a focused resolve and an admirable strength of character. Standing at almost two metres tall, delivering his signature, gut-wrenching vocals like an instrument all its own, very few people forget a Mike Elrington performance. The commitment to his live shows and the well-earned reputation for leaving nothing behind but sweat has seen him invited to perform at some of Australia’s finest festivals, including the iconic Byron Bay BluesFest, Bendigo and Sydney Blues and Roots Festivals and Blues on Broadbeach to name but a few.
Virtuoso acoustic roots and blues guitar singer songwriter featuring original and classic material, 6 string, 12 string and slide guitars, from a 25+ year, 12 album career
Nick Charles performs over 150 shows yearly worldwide and has toured the USA ten times. His latest and twelfth album was awarded 2016 “The Age Blues Album of the Year” as well as clean sweeping every MBAS award. He is known internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic blues and roots” and his fingerpicking roots magic and a lifetime of stories and songs saw him named “Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year 2014” and twice winning the Australian Song Contest. He has opened for and toured with artists ranging from John Hammond to BB King, Guy Clarke and Robyn Ford.
The piano wizard takes you on a musical journey through space and time with his virtuoso piano skills and his deep soulful voice . Performing classic blues ,boogie woogie and r&r songs, with his own originals performed too. Music for all ages, not to be missed .
One Man Band
Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood believes in the possession of the spirit; the healing properties of a hip shakin’ shuffle; the sonic mysteries of a cranked valve amplifier, and the eternal search for a bigger bass drum…He’s a one-man-band who tears through raucous rhythm & blues, boogie, Mississippi hill country and vintage rock & roll like his hair’s on fire…His show was born on the streets of Chattanooga Tennessee, and Atlanta Georgia with a donated guitar, a plywood board and two milk crates… He now has better guitars, half a drum kit, and a more comfortable seat.
Contemporary, funky & energetic
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 Liam at a Lonsdale st bar. 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, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
One of the best
Hailing from the outer suburbs of Australia’s music capitol Melbourne, multi-award winning blues/soul troubadour Shaun Kirk has been labeled “One of the finest blues voices this country has ever heard” (Buzz Magazine) and “One of the most explosive solo acts this country has to offer” (Mixdown Magazine). With an impressive list of achievements including 2 chart topping album’s, 20,000+ independent sales, 150,000+ Youtube views, performances alongside the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart and Allen Stone; and appearances at renowned festivals Bluesfest, Woodford, Queenscliff, Port Fairy (just to name a few) – Shaun’s fledgling career is set to soar.
Well rehearsed music veterans
2014 marked Spoonful’s 21st year together as a band and now they are celebrated regulars across the live music scene. The number of people who have witnessed a Spoonful live show over the years is nothing short of amazing. That they come back again & again is testament to the songs, the sounds, the authenticity of the bands shtick and the flat out great performances. Music fans love them. Other musicians, their contemporaries, love them too. Significantly, Spoonful have consistently made live music venues and promoters very happy! Over their incredible 21 year journey, they have developed into a rusted on gem of the Melbourne music scene
Australia’s High Priests of Roots Rock n Roll
The Detonators were formed way back in 1997. Always based in Melbourne and happy to fly low under the radar this hard working quartet have never been afraid to hit the road, haul some kilometres and rack up a heap of gigs. The band has 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 locally and overseas have seen them become an in demand niche act as there is no other band like The Detonators! It’s hard to find a weekend that The Detonators aren’t playing their original blues based rock n roll songs. Their original music, to which all members contribute, is best described as a lethal combination of old school bar room blues and early rock n roll. The band features bespectacled mad man Rockbottom James on vocals and electric harmonica, Paulie Bignell on hollow body guitar, Doghouse Dave on double bass and Craig Hadlow on sticks and skins duty. With six Cds in their arsenal The Detonators have had their music on film.
The George MacFloyd Blues Band
Over the past 20 years or so, The George MacFloyd Band have built up a formidable and loyal fan base through constant touring and appearances at some of Australia’s best blues festivals where they have become virtual fixtures for a successful event and often the biggest drawcard. There is something about the raw honesty in their approach to classic blues material that sets them apart. Something about their down to earth presentation that really connects with people and entices even the most stoic of listeners, regardless of age, to loosen up, get happy and join in on the dancing. GMF cover a broad range of material from the early years of Muddy Waters through to more recent Australian artists like Chain and Dutch Tilders while always preserving the feel and intent of the material.
Electric & entertaining
The Hornets feature some of Australia’s most well known and respected roots and blues musicians. They have released six CDs to rave reviews and have gained a regular following of devoted fans as a result of their electric live performances over the past 20 years. Consequently, The Age named The Hornets ‘The best blues band in Melbourne’, and the Herald Sun said the band ‘demanded attention’. For the Winter Blues Festival this year The Hornets will launch “A Best of” CD to honour their legendary bass player Wayne Duncan who died late last year.
Making the Blues look easy
Few performers in Australia can match Toni Swain…her musicianship and stage presence is awesome enough; then, there’s her voice which reaches right in and grabs you by the heart and soul. Her sets are built around solid rhythms that rollick and sway while the songs provide a distinctive spotlight on everyday life. “She is that good, she makes it look easy” – Bones Mackinnon
Delivering blues from the soul
Wayne Jury cut his teeth opening for Australia’s finest touring bands (AC/DC, Ayres Rock, Little River band, Cold Chisel, Dragon, etc.) Since then he has made his mark with his soul-drenched voice, and distinctive guitar style, at gigs all over Australia including opening for blues greats BB King, Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Canned Heat and Buddy Guy. “Wayne Jury’s music can evoke strong emotions. His exceptional voice has the power, the technical strength and the main ingredient – absolutely heartfelt soul. He lives the song and delivers it from the heart.” – Frankie Lee, ABC Sydney.
Seductive and Electric Blues
Werewolves of Melbourne have evolved into a formidable force thru the blues, R&B and rock & roll music that they play. The band have a seductive and electric blues sound that exudes a charisma and modern-day swagger. Their sound can be described as Mississippi delta blues to straight down the line freight train rock. Raised in the musically rich streets of their hometown Melbourne, Werewolves of Melbourne who are on the verge of releasing their long awaited debut album are definitely artists to watch in 2017 and beyond!
“Raw, swampy blues grooves, straight from the Yarra Delta”
White Lightning play a mix of old-style delta blues, inspired by the likes of Son House, R.L Burnside and Muddy Waters, infused with the modern bite of bands such as The White Stripes and the Black Keys to bring the blues into the 21st century like no one else. The band is fronted by Sean McConnell on vocals, slide guitar and harmonica, and backed up by Benny Gerrard (Catfish Voodoo) on drums. The duo regularly wow crowds around festivals and Melbourne bars, guaranteed to get the audience drinking, and dancing.