Blues and Roots Festival program

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 02-Oct-2014


Line up and program here



Australian Blues legend Chris Wilson is coming to Bendigo as part of this year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival.

The multi-instrumentalist – who has been a part of some of Australia’s favourite blues rock acts, including Harem Scarem and Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls – will be playing alongside more than 100 other artists from November 6 to 9.

This year’s festival line-up boasts dozens of fresh acts, many who have never played in Bendigo before.

The soulful and seductive Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson will be showing off their unique rootsy sound, which earned them Blues Album of the Year at the Australian Chain Awards.

Lachy Doley, dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, will also be making his festival debut with the Lachy Doley Group, after years working with acts such as Bernard Fanning, The Beautiful Girls and Powderfinger.

Other festival debutantes include Australia’s Got Talent alumni Owen Campbell, dance floor starters The Continental Blues Party and bluegrass four-piece Green Mohair Suits.

Of course there will be plenty of old and new favourites coming along for the ride too.

Recent finalist on The Voice John Lingard will be flying the flag for Bendigo singer songwriters with a performance at the Old Church on the Hill.

South Australian blues duo Sweet Baby James and Rob Eyers’ delicate finger picking, growling slide guitar and sparse country blues are also sure to win the pair plenty of new fans.

Festival favourites Archer & The Long Gone Daddies, Josh Owen and Carus Thompson with be joined by blues heavyweights Geoff Achison, Claude Hay and Jojo Smith.

Plus 2014 will herald the return of some of last year’s most popular acts, including Lily and King, Pete Cornelius and Genevieve Chadwick.

Festival Director Colin Thompson said this year’s festival was shaping up to be the best yet.

“Not only do we have heaps of new acts performing this year but we also have some really exciting new events,” Mr Thompson said.

“What I’m really excited about is the final of the inaugural Lazenby Young Blues Guitarist Award, where one lucky muso will be taking home a Fender USA Standard Stratocaster in memory of our dear friend Phil Lazenby.

“This will be held at our annual free family concert in the Civic Gardens on Saturday, November 8.

“We also have a number of new venues on board this year, including some special events at Star Cinema, Rocks on Rosalind, Bendigo Bank Theatre and Tap House, details of which we will be releasing very soon.

“All this is on top of our unique Blues Tram (which will be running all weekend), artist workshops, and hundreds of live shows at 30 of Bendigo’s finest venues.

“A full line-up will be published on the BB&RMF website in coming days, so keep your eyes peeled.”
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lyn and peter sims commented on 30-Oct-2014 07:12 PM5 out of 5 stars
Hello,we would love to attend the festival again this year,could you tell me where Chris Wilson will be playing please.Fabulous weekend,see you all there.


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