Hailey on the move

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 16-Aug-2013

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Hailey Calvert
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Scores of Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival fans are set to be moved yet again with the famous Blues Tram taking a ‘soulful’ turn for its latest voyage on Saturday.

On board will be the slightly foreign and the very familiar – emerging folk and blues songstress Hailey Calvert and Bendigo’s own Albert “Skip” Skipper.

Port Hedland’s Calvert, a Queensland Music Award nominee, is expecting a packed out tram for her musical debut on moving wheels.

“When I played at Woodford (Folk Festival) I performed on the Mystery Bus, although it wasn’t moving at the time,” she said.

“It was a bus hidden behind barriers that people would line up at to see a mystery performer play some tunes. So you might see an upcoming artist or you might see John Butler.

“I’m so excited to play the Blues Tram as this will mark my debut in a moving vehicle.”
Calvert caught the ear of festival director Colin Thompson while playing in Melbourne with festival favourite Josh Owen.

“It’s fantastic to see a town so connected to music so I can’t wait to play there again,” she said.

Skipper, however, is well known to Bendigo music fans and recently lent his musical chops and guidance to rock band with a difference, The Mixed Nuts, a group of men with a range of disabilities and mental health issues, who played a showcase gig at the MCG recently.

“The Mixed Nuts have been a joy to work with but for now it’s time to get back on board with the festival once more,” he said.

The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is fast approaching in November, in which Skipper and Calvert will both play a big part.

The Blues Tram runs on Saturday, August 17 departing Central Deborah Goldmine at 2pm. Tickets are $29, available via Bendigo Visitor Centre – 51/67 Pall Mall; Phone: 5434 6060.

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