Blues Boot Camp – Connecting you to music

Got something to say but can’t express it?

The ability to express yourself in a positive and creative way in society is sometimes difficult with fewer outlets for young people to express the frustrations of modern life.

Many engage in drug and alcohol abuse bullying and violence as an outlet. Whether it is through interacting with others in a creative way or finding an outlet for their creativity, Blues Boot Camp helps to discover the fun, joy and pleasure that music can bring.

Blues Boot Camp is a fun and challenging, two day and one evening, highly interactive workshop, where participants will gain both theoretical and practical music industry skills from trained and experienced music industry professionals. The skills will then be practically applied during the public concert at the Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival.

Blues Boot Camp is designed for all instruments and is for students from 12 – 25 years with an intermediate ability level for instrumentalists and beginner to intermediate level for vocalists.

Students with learning difficulties are encouraged to attend. Participants will be required to bring their own instruments. Drum kits, amplifiers, PA. Systems and Microphones will be provided but bring your own if you prefer.

Blues Boot Camp also deals with performance skills, industry skills, song writing, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S). Our experienced, professional tutors have the knowledge to deal with and answer questions on every aspect of performance and the business side of music in a practical and useful way.

In the 19th century West African slaves were sent to America, Europe, and South America and began to use European instruments, combining them with their own traditional folk music. The earliest recordings we have of this music are from the early 20th Century.

This is the place this Blues boot camp will explore. It is a place that combines a simplistic form of music (e.g.: 12 bar blues) with freedom of expression.


Arguably the ‘blues form’ is the basis for all for styles of contemporary western music. Whether it is pop, rock, rap, hip-hop, jazz, soul, or funk, the roots are traced back to West African Tribal music. The communal, “call and response” influence of West African Tribal music is vast and significant and therefore worth understanding its application to contemporary music.

While having knowledge of the rules and theories of music is important, the ability to express yourself is equally so. Through Blues boot camp participants will gain a basic understanding of the mechanics of the blues and gospel forms of music as well as practical ways to apply this knowledge to modern forms of music. It encourages freedom of expression, combining knowledge and emotion, and fosters cooperation, social/community connectivity and team building.

Please note: Blues Boot Camp is a Drug and Alcohol free event.

Blues Boot Camp, Echuca – TUTORS 2018

Wayne Jury

Vocals, Guitar, Song writing, Facilitator and Coordinator, Cert IV Training and assessment, Cert IV in Music, Professional musician (40 years). Singing teacher (20 years) Music Coordinator Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival 2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011. Facilitator of Blues Boot Camp at Echuca Moama Winter Blues 2009 – 2017 and Blues Boot Camp Bellarine, for the last seven years.

During his 30 years of performing and touring while based in Sydney he honed his craft as a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and vocal teacher and worked alongside some of Australia’s best known musicians and producers.

Sarah Carroll

Choir/Vocal coach, song writing, guitar, and ukulele. Sarah is an original singer/songwriter and recording artist, known for her work with many Australian groups as well as mentoring new artists. She loves country, but has rhythm and blues in her heart! Her music reverberates with her wide and various influences, be it touring the USA, or performing in Australia with local or international artists. She teaches ukulele and guitar all ages around the Bellarine Peninsula often performing with her students. In 2014, Sarah was the recipient of the Ross Lipson Award, created to recognise local female musicians who excel in their own careers and assist young women to become active in music. She has been a choir director and worked many years in community radio.

Michael Pollitt

Apart from running  successful marketing campaigns on social media, performing as “Mr. Black and Blues” (Nationally and Internationally) and running a record label, Michael was a mentor /tutor for students during the highly successful 2014/15/16 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) Youth in Blues program. He generously shares his knowledge of many things musical. His guitar playing was once described as rooted in the tradition of blues music but innovative and contemporary. The last few years have seen Michael win accolades such as: Australian Artist of the year, Best Australian Blues Album for “Blow these tracks – Live on The Blues Train with Chris Wilson”, and Best Australian Album for “Long road home”, by Rhythms Magazine Readers Poll.

Sweet Felicia

Sweet Felicia is Australia’s darling of the Blues. Voted Blues Performer of the Year (Victoria) and Semi-Finalist at the International Blues Challenge 2011 Memphis Tenn. USA. She recently undertook her third successful overseas tour through Europe. Her experience is vast, performing with Phil Manning, Jeff Lang, a Lil’ Fi and The Chris Wilson Band as well as coaching and mentoring youth music programs (including for the MBAS Youth in Blues program). She is a passionate Singer, Bassist, recording artist, band leader, and manager and she knows not only how to win over any audience but also what it takes to survive in the industry. She is a genuine, powerful artist and engaging mentor.

Fenn Wilson

Fenn Wilson is an award-winning and captivating young singer-songwriter and drummer who expresses pure feeling through storytelling. His debut album features his powerful yet gentle, deep voice and strong, rhythmic guitar. He grew up in a professional musical family, learning not only how to play and perform but also the ‘ins and outs’ of the music industry through the experience of his parents. In his own right, Fenn now performs at festivals, bars, and venues around Victoria and never fails to hold his audience spellbound. He is also a sought after drummer and can be seen accompanying father Chris Wilson at shows. Fenn’s addition to the Blues Boot Camp Tutors adds youthful experience beyond his years.

Hollie Joyce

Wild, unconventional, and ruthlessly blunt, Hollie Joyce is a songwriter completely in control of her craft. Combining fervent lyrics with distorted and at times eerie tones, Hollie has established a compelling sound that doesn’t hold back. Her influences span wide, drawing as much from the works of Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Holly, Patti Smith, Nirvana and Bob Dylan. The result is a dynamic cacophony that sometimes strays into raucous rock ’n’ roll freak outs, while at other times deviating to the more alluring and melodic. Hollie is a music teacher at Bellarine Secondary College and is a champion for the empowerment of girls in the music industry. She has carved out a career path in the industry with grit and determination, not to mention raw talent.

Wayne Jury. E: [email protected]
Blues Boot Camp Coordinator Echuca Moama Winter Blues 2018