More artist announcements along with the full Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival band schedule coming soon…
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.
Roots, Folk, Funk & Soul with an Island Style Roll
The smooth sounds of Andrea Kirwin and Band are truly a musical delight to listen to. Their live performances are an uplifting experience as the band effortlessly cruise through the genres of reggae/soul/funk/blues and roots whilst Andrea’s heartfelt and powerful vocals and lyrics deeply connect to each audience. Often building up to a crescendo of funk and soul at the end of each set, Andrea Kirwin and Band play music that’s designed to make you feel good and will leave you buzzing from the high vibes and positive messages of peace, love and unity.
“If Joan Armatrading, Janis Ian and Joanie Mitchell could have a child she would be Andrea Kirwin.” Women Who Rock Oz
High energy, original, sassy soulful blues
Multi-award winning Andrea Marr Band has been playing their brand of sassy, soulful, original blues since 1999, winning a swag of awards and accolades along the way. They have twice represented Australia in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, reaching the Semi-Finals in 2013. With 6 albums under her belt, Andrea’s music has been described as high energy, joyful music with a true Memphis soul edge. “Andrea Marr’s voice is so soulful and sassy, her control of her idiom so assured that one wants to accost strangers to tell them” – The Age “Marr has inherited a style that made Etta James a legend and Sharon Jones a cult phenomenon” -Leicester Bangs UK “Marr is a world class singer with a dynamic, gospel fuelled voice” Blues Blast Magazine Chicago.
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.
One Man Party Starter!
Hailing from the Blue Mountains near Sydney, award winning Australian solo artist Claude Hay blends slide guitar, bass and drums to create music that invokes the best of stomping traditional blues, hard rock and booty-shaking funk, all delivered with chops to burn and a vocal range to match. As winner of Best Live Act at the Australian Music Independent Awards (2013), Claude is perhaps the world’s ultimate Do-It-Yourself musician – forging his live sound on the back of looping technology which allows him to create a band vibe without the band. This approach has seen this fiercely independent artist build an audience for his music globally with the release of three award-winning home-made albums plus a live DVD release.
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.
Dirty Rock Blues.. His way..
Rock/mojo-blues and roots. Marshall Okell offers up a deep, raw, honest, dirty blues sound that grabs you by the throat and then soothes you with a sweet, honey-tasting musical medicine. With 4 albums released over 10 years, Marshall has spent the majority of his musical career on the road and his continuous string of live performances have crafted him into a rousing, foot-stomping, mojo-bluesman like no other. Former wayward frontman of ‘Marshall and the Fro’, Marshall Okell, returns in 2015 with a 4th album Sipping on Rocket Fuel, recorded in his home town of Byron Bay, NSW. 2 years on from his 2013 album ‘Birdy’, Marshall has made a notable return to the music of his youth, combining his love for legendary artists Little Feat and The Allman Brothers with his undisguisable Hendrix/ Woodstock sound.
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.
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 New Savages play Melbourne Hill Country Blues
The New Savages play Melbourne Hill Country Blues. Launching two EPs in 2015 and 2016, The New Savages play a slice of classic Americana, drawing on influences such as Jim Morrison and Muddy Waters to create a dark, old-time blues sound. Their second album ‘Going Over The River’ debuted at #4 on AMRAP’s Regional Charts, and was shortlisted for The Age’s Best Blues Album 2016. 2017 sees the launch of a new album and a continuation of The New Savages busy gigging schedule. They have performed 170+ shows in the last 2 years, appearing at around 15 festivals including St Kilda Fest, Great Australian Beer Fest, and the Bendigo Blues Festival.
4 piece blues/soul band
4 piece blues/soul band from Warrandyte Vic. The Teskey brothers play an authentic blend of tasteful soul reminiscent of stax and motown era fused with some serious stone cold blues. The brothers have been playing the blues from an early age, and the current line up formed in 2008. The Teskey brothers feature Josh Teskey on Lead vocal, harmonica, and rhythm guitar followed by his brother Sam Teskey on lead guitar also featuring Brendon Love on bass and Liam Gough on drums. The Teskey Brothers must be seen live to be truly appreciated. These boys have been playing together for a long time, and it shows.
Low down filthy blues
Three Kings sound like an old 45 found in the bottom of an abandoned shed. So real you can practically hear the record crackle and the needle pop when they are onstage. Shut your eyes one minute you’re in Louisiana, the next The Windy City as the Three Kings take you hostage on a dangerous joy ride through the backroads of American roots music.