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2017 Festival TVC

Check out our TVC for the 2017 Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, with many thanks to our sponsor Dylan Fowler Design.

2017 Festival TVC 2017-10-14T11:00:20+00:00

Lily & King return to The Golden Vine

The inimitable Lily and King make a welcome return to Bendigo at the Golden Vine.

‘Quirky’ only goes partway to describing this fun, multi-talented duo – who happen to include a toy piano amongst their arsenal of instruments.

Lily and King have been charming Bendigo audiences for several years with their offbeat and highly entertaining gigs.

Citing influences as diverse as Billie Holiday and The Pogues, Lily and King put on a toe-tappingly catchy show; their music sitting somewhere between a 1940s nightclub routine and carefree, bohemian buskers. They’re in turn light-hearted, yet provocative, folky and bluesy, and earthy. They give […]

Lily & King return to The Golden Vine 2017-09-02T08:17:02+00:00

A Charm of Finches at The Old Church on the Hill

This Sunday, August, 6, award-winning teen sister duo Charm of Finches (Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes), from Melbourne, are celebrating the first birthday of their debut album, Staring at the Starry Ceiling, with a show at The Old Church on the Hill.

The ‘dream-folk’ duo have been playing folk and roots festivals nationally since 2014, and this year won the prestigious Gill Rees Young Musicians Award at the National Folk Festival in Canberra.

They have also earned plaudits from The Music magazine (“the music they make is affecting, and emotional“), and Tone Deaf (“gorgeous chamber pop”).

Charms of Finches are […]

A Charm of Finches at The Old Church on the Hill 2017-08-04T13:59:33+00:00

Lloyd Spiegel drops in at the Old Church on the Hill

Bendigo holds good memories for Australian blues icon Lloyd Spiegel. “Bendigo was the first place I ever went outside of Melbourne to play, when I was 11. At that age, it felt like a ‘tour’.” Spiegel told the Weekly. He reckons he’s now played here about 50 times.

It’s not only gigs that bring him here though.

“I go to Bendigo quite often without a guitar. It’s been a favourite spot for me for many years to get away for a few days. In part that’s because the blues is a strong genre there, so I feel at home, but […]

Lloyd Spiegel drops in at the Old Church on the Hill 2017-07-31T10:10:07+00:00

Spreading the Blues

Ahead of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s Winter Showcase on July
16, Queensland singer-songwriter Tasha Zappala explains why she keeps
coming back to the city.

Briefly describe your music and your musical journey so far
I started playing guitar when I was about eight, then singing, travelling and performing for the last five years. I went to South America twice, Europe, the UK, New Zealand and just keep doing laps of Australia.

What has been your involvement with the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival in the past?
I have performed at Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival for the last two […]

Spreading the Blues 2017-06-27T09:42:43+00:00

Bendigo Blues & Roots ‘unique on the festival circuit’

Ahead of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s Winter Showcase on July 16, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Matt Katsis talks about the strong sense of community among musicians who play the annual festival.

Briefly describe your music and your musical journey so far
I’m a singer-songwriter and guitarist and play a mix of blues/roots and folk music. I make use of live looping and the percussive elements of the acoustic guitar to build up song forms and approach my live playing as a one-man band with foot percussion like kick drum and tambourine. The sound is evolving, as is the journey […]

Bendigo Blues & Roots ‘unique on the festival circuit’ 2017-06-27T09:36:05+00:00

Songwriters ready to support festival that supports them

Visiting and local artists alike are preparing for the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s Winter Showcase, to be held at the Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo, on Sunday, July 16.

For Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Matt Katsis, who has played the past two festivals, the annual event in November has quickly become a highlight on his music calendar.

The Winter Showcase is important in ensuring the not-for-profit festival continues to be the success it is, Katsis says.

“As a past artist at Bendigo Blues & Roots, being able to support the festival that supported me initially I feel is essential,” he […]

Songwriters ready to support festival that supports them 2017-06-27T09:31:51+00:00

Fundraiser to build on festival’s growing reputation

The Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival has quickly built a reputation for attracting high-quality national artists to the city each year – but music lovers don’t need to wait until the festival in November to catch some of them performing locally.
The festival’s Winter Showcase, to be held at the Golden Vine Hotel in Bendigo on Sunday, July 16, will bring to town an exciting list of artists from around Australia, who will join some of the region’s finest live performers for a vital fundraiser for the not-for-profit festival.

Among those travelling to Bendigo for the Winter Showcase is […]

Fundraiser to build on festival’s growing reputation 2017-06-27T09:18:18+00:00

Bluesy double act to roll through Bendigo

The Blues Tram is set to roll again on Saturday, May, 27 with two very talented singer-songwriters on board. Hailey Calvert and Luke Watt will entertain and charm passengers on a vintage restored W Class tram as it traverses the Bendigo CBD

From Queensland, soulful powerhouse Hailey Calvert (w/Jason Cameron) and the bluesy-folky Luke Watt (from pretty much all over, but now resident of a very thankful Central Victoria) will serenade an intimate Blues Tram audience from 2pm.

The Blues Tram is a unique experience in Bendigo’s busy live music calendar. Spaces are limited, and in addition to two hours […]

Bluesy double act to roll through Bendigo 2017-05-24T19:06:42+00:00

Easter Weekend Bendigo music highlights

Bendigo has a big weekend of music in store to complement the city’s other Easter festivities.

The Easter Blues Bender features over 20 artists at venues across the city from Thursday evening through until Sunday. There are daytime family-friendly events in Rosalind Park and Lansell Gardens, and later evening events in some of the city’s bars and pubs.

“It’s exciting to see so many great artists in Bendigo over the holiday weekend,” said Colin Thompson, Festival Director, Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival, which has coordinated much of the mini-festival.

On Good Friday, punters can enjoy some autumn rays in Rosalind […]

Easter Weekend Bendigo music highlights 2017-05-06T13:15:46+00:00