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* Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival 2017 *
Echuca-Moama has established itself as the place to be for heart-starting blues and roots music and the perfect antidote for a bad case of the winter blues with its annual Winter Blues Festival. The Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival, will be held from July 27th - 30th 2017. The country's best Blues Musicians will fill the historic Port of Echuca's heritage precinct and surrounding venues. More than 40 blues and roots performers from across the country will play to crowds approaching 20,000. Come and join in the fun but book your accommodation early as this weekend is a sellout! 40+ ACTS | 145+ PERFORMANCES | 30+ STAGES | 3 DAYS
Winter Blues Lineup19 Twenty 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. Andrea Kirwin 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 Andrea Marr 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. Backwood Creatures Psychedelic Southern Rock Backwood Creatures perform blues inspired psychedelic southern rock at its very best. Comprising of three of Australia's hardest working musicians, Backwood Creatures will take you away with their swampadelic grooves, soaring guitars solos and dare devil musicianship. Comprising of Jeb Cardwell on guitar, Grant Cummerford on bass and Tim Burnham on drums, Backwood Creatures are guaranteed to impress with their 'no holds barred' attitude and their musical wit. Benny Walker Local Blues at it's finest Singer/songwriter Benny Walker is the real deal. Mixing Blues n Roots with a contemporary guitar driven soul vibe his love songs and epic tales are mixed with passion for people, the land and deep grooves that reach the soul. Capturing hearts with darker tracks reflecting a shadowy side through to upbeat songs such as Summer Sun Benny's killer voice and songwriting have impressed audiences far & wide. Nominated for 4 NIMA awards in 2016 for Oh No You Don't shot to No.1 on the AMRAP chart and was soon followed by another with the heart wrenching single SAVE. 2016 closed on a winning streak when Benny took home the gong for Best Aboriginal Act at The Age Music Victoria Music Awards last November. Bill Barber 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 Broderick Smith 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. Cameron Holmes and The Blues Dudes Original & Unique Cameron Holmes & The Blues Dudes is a five-piece original blues outfit led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Cameron Holmes (One Bad Day, Present Day Theory) combined with the talents of founding members drummer Cale Burke (Spook The Banshee) and bassist Sam Hudson (The Fog, Peyote Sun) together with John Hunter Combo (Jimmy Deadman Communion) on harmonicas and Ian Maddick (saxophone). Cameron Holmes & The Blues Dudes distinctive 'Blues with a Melbourne twist' and the power of its songs and stage presence have won growing popularity and return bookings in and around Melbourne, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Mildura as well as a magnificent reception at Echuca's famed Winter Blues Festival, and 4 bookings on the famous Blues Train coming up from February to May. A truly original and unique band. Cass Eager One of the best Named by folk-blog Timber and Steel as 'Janis Joplin and Ben Harper's love-child', Cass Eager's mix of raw blues, husky soul and lighthearted ditties are all punctuated with her unique whisky-soaked vocals. Emotive, slightly raspy, at times tender and at times powerful - Eager's voice is the driving force of her music. Internationally-renowned but defiantly grassroots, Cass Eager is one of those rare artists that's mastered everything from the foot-stomping blues to a sensual slow burner. She's been called 'one of the best female singers in Australia' by Richard Glover (ABC), and even Diesel claims she could 'sing the phone book to you and you wouldn't get bored'. Catfish Voodoo 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. Chris Russell's Chicken Walk The Master Elemental, natural and supernatural, full of hurricanes, mermaids and femme fatales, Chris Russell's Chicken Walk comes on like scenes from a southern gothic neo-noir. There's vice, danger and beauty everywhere. Venous snakes, all night diners, armed hold ups, mermaids and demons. Previous album Shakedown had press-bots yelling things like, 'Chris Russell is the master' [Sydney Morning Herald], ''Raw, sweaty..dangerous. ' [The Age] and 'Chris Russell's constant and irresistible four to the floor blues guitar and howling voice get stronger and stronger with each performance.' [Unpaved]. . Claude Hay 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. Creek Mesmerising! 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 Dinnen 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 Modern Blues 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, Geoff Achison 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. Heavy Medicine New name, same great music! 'Michael Pollitt ..sure is an interesting fellow.'- Matt Fredrick, PBS. As Heavy Medicine, he beat out Russell Morris and Paul Kelly to be Rhythms Magazine Australian Artist of the Year in 2013/14 with a swag of local and international awards and festival appearances, and two independently produced #1 Australian Blues Roots Airplay Chart albums. He is an occasional guitarist for Kate Ceberano, and will present an EXCLUSIVE ECHUCA WINTER BLUES RELEASE of new band HEAVY MEDICINE's debut EP 'Live This Moment' as well as special sneak preview of release #5 'If This Ain't Broke..' with allstar special guests. Hugo Race presents John Lee Hooker Paying homage to one of the greats Hugo Race and Michelangelo Russo are no strangers to either Hooker or the blues. Hailed as a supreme influence on the music of their band Hugo Race & The True Spirit, Race and Russo's re-imagining of Hooker is simultaneously blues, electronica, avant-garde and ambient, a homage to one of the greats of rock and roll prehistory. Recorded in a single, continuous day and night live session at the Berlin studio of Einsturzende Neubauten engineer Boris Wilsdorf, this is an epic album of sonic sorcery suspended in time and place, looking back through twenty-first century eyes at John Lee Hooker's delta blues legacy in a swirling mix of analogue grit and deep trance pulses on the 100th anniversary of Hooker's birth. Ian Collard 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'. Jesse Valach presents Blues Mountain 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. Justin Yap Band Award Winners 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 Auty Blues Powerhouse 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.... Lazy Eye 2016 Blues Album of the Year Think Booker T Sharing A Scotch with B.B. King at the crossroads after midnight. Having clocked up a multitude of miles in their tour van, the 2015 Group Of The Year (Australian Blues Music Awards) has not only developed a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in the country but picked up a swag of accolades along the way including Best Blues Album for their debut release Move Me (2013 SA Blues & Roots), Best Blues Artist (2014 SAM Awards) and their brand new offering Pocket The Black has been judged the 2016 Blues Album Of The Year (Adelaide Roots & Blues). Lily & King Quirky Blues at their best Lily and King are a quirky, musical junkyard. They create rousingly catchy music that sits somewhere between a captivating 40's nightclub routine and the raw, rambunctious spirit of New Orleans street buskers. Junkyard blues, Dixieland punk, weird carnie show tunes and cabaret sleeze, their music is joyful, beautiful and a bit dirty and wicked too. With trombone, sweet and sassy vocals, toy piano, guitar, half a toy drum kit and an abundance of foot stomping, a Lily and King gig is a truly wild and joyful experience. Marshall Okell 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. Matt Dwyer & The Magnatones One look and you'll be hooked Multi - award winning guitarist/singer/songwriter Matt Dwyer has been wowing audiences across Australia and overseas for close to two decades. By the time he was in his mid twenties he'd already become a respected veteran of the blues and roots scene as a member of seminal band The Bondi Cigars as well as a solo artist. Since then he's released two albums - the 2007 release 'Who Loves Ya' was critically acclaimed, scoring Album Of the Year at the Vic/ Tas Blues Awards as well as securing the Artist Of the Year Award. Ken Williams of Melbourne's The Age called it 'Certainly my album of the year.' High praise indeed. 2011 release 'It's A Jungle Out There' only solidified Dwyer's reputation as one of the best in the business. Matt Dwyer is clearly an artist in a class all his own. Matt T Wall Raw emotions 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. Mike Elrington 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. Miss Whiskey Harmonica driven swamp blues Miss Whiskey is a Melbourne-based blues duo putting their raw and original stamp on harmonica driven swamp blues. As 2015 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society Blues duo of the year, they represented Melbourne at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Anna Scionti on guitar and vocals and Julie Noble on harmonica, this gritty female duo play classic blues standards from the greats like Junior Wells, Slim Harpo and Big Mama Thornton. Making their mark on the blues scene in Australia, their independent album 'One Cold Night' debuted at No. 3 on the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Charts in March 2016. Nick Charles 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. Paulie Bignall & The Thornbury Two Driving rhythmic guitar Paulie is well known around Australia for his work with The Detonators. A band he formed over 12 years ago, that has covered every corner of this wide brown land. Forming, touring, running, recording and playing in bands since his early teens, he has never let up. His drive and determination getting him through the ups and downs of life, and the ups and downs of the music biz. He is one hard workin' guitarist. As with all artists who stand out from pack, he has developed a unique sound and style. His sound, a driving rhythmic guitar, that twangs, yet hypnotizes, screams but seduces. Piano Wizard Andrew Farrell Piano Virtuoso 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 . Rattlin' Bones Blackwood 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. Sammy Owen Blues Band 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. Shaun Kirk 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. Spoonful 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 Sweet Felicia & the Honeytones The best of the best Australia's darling of the Blues and multi-award winner Sweet Felicia was a popular winner and entrant at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis USA 2011. Sweet Felicia has spent 30 years in the industry and has played with the best of them... in Australia and overseas. Felicia was the main bassist in The Chris Wilson Band for the last 10 years. Her sound is paramount to the fact that music must be played from the heart to be enjoyed. She drives her band to swing hard and play hard. Taking on difficult job of singing and playing bass, and leading and managing her own band for the last ten years, she knows how to win over any audience in the world. Sweet Felicia is a genuine, powerful artist and a popular addition to the festival. The Associates Powerful, poignant & uniquely new Since their humble beginnings winning the 2014 ARBA award for 'Most Outstanding New Act' THE ASSOCIATES have developed into one of Australia's most uniquely new and exciting neo Blues acts. With subtle influences spanning various genres The Associates live show is both powerful and poignant. Having recently returned from Memphis competing in the 2017 IBC the Associates have just released their 2nd album. 'Tales...' was tracked in LA with industry legend and 7 x Grammy winner Jim Scott, and mixed in Nashville by multi Grammy winner Vance Powell. The Detonators 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 Blues legends 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. The Groove Dudes Rocky blues & funky grooves This unique 3 piece plays a mix of rocky blues and funky grooves. The band has also become known for their unique and creative spin on many of the blues and rock classics. On 5 and 6 string bass and vocals we have Sammi James who has many years experience in laying down that serious bottom end. On drums and vocals is the very capable Stephen Riley who looks after the engine room of the band and has an amazing knack for finding just the right vocal harmonies on time, every time. In charge of guitar and vocals is the old rock dog himself, Jan Stephenson. Classically trained as a teenager he has had a guitar around his neck since he was ten years old. Jan likes likes to blend this classic training with the blues. The Hornets 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. The Mojo Corner The new breed of blues musicians Such is the growing character of new breed blues musicians who take the bull by the horns The Mojo Corner have developed a reputation for hard rocking blues and in their short time together. The 'steam train' rhythm section of Shaun Hilton, along with Johnny Hawken's strong vocals and driving guitar is enough. But top this with Rory Millar's gravelly vocals and biting harmonica licks you have a band that pushes passion and emotion right to the limit. This energetic four piece band, loves to play live! By just watching this band you can't help but become involved. The Mojo Webb Band Natural raw talent Mojo Webb is one of Australia's leading bluesmen. His long-overdue all-original debut album 'The Burden' on which he played every instrument, won him the 2007 Chain Australian Blues Music Award for Best New Talent. The Mojo Webb Band has performed all around the country at major blues festivals for the past twenty years. The band features Mojo's charismatic stage presence and stunning, natural raw talent as a vocalist and guitarist, together with the huge talents of Coojee Timms on drums and JB Lewis on bass. Famous for their wild yet authentic live performances, The Mojo Webb Band are a highlight of Australia's roots music scene. The Montgomery Brothers Young & Fiery Ryo Montgomery the 20 year old leader of the band comes from Cairns and spent much of his early life haunting the back stage area of Johno's Blues Bar listing to and learning from the best international acts in the business. Known as the worlds best ukulele player (SMH), as well a virtuoso fingerpicking guitarist he leads his band through a succulent, and fiery show that is hard to top. The New Savages 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. The Teskey Brothers 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. Three Kings 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. Toni Swain 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 Wayne Jury Four 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. Werewolves of Melbourne 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! White Lightning '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.
VenuesAmerican Hotel Antonios Beechworth Bakery Border Inn Cafe 3564 Caledonian Hotel Campaspe Library Ceres Echuca Club Echuca Hotel Gunbower Hotel Gypsy Bar Harvest Hotel Henry's Bridge Hotel Moama /RSL MV MaryAnn Sunago Radcliffe's The Shamrock The Star Hotel The Mill PS Hero Cargo Wharf Murray Esplanade ( Homegrown stage ) Bringing the best blues artists to Echuca Moama For full festival and line-up details see www.winterblues.com.au.
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