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By | October 18th, 2016|Video|

New Orleans comes to Bendigo

Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges will bring the contemporary sounds of New Orleans to central Victoria as part of the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival’s main event concert on Saturday, November 5.

Described as a nomadic musician whose home is wherever his next performance is, Bridges will take up residence on the stage in MacGillivray Hall at Bendigo TAFE’s McCrae Street campus for one night only.

Joining Bridges in the ‘Direct from the USA’ show is Travis Bowlin, a rising blues star from Nashville, and Melbourne’s own Ian Collard, ensuring a night of diverse stylings and complementary artistry.

With only 220 seats […]

By | October 8th, 2016|Press Releases|

The Blues in Springtime

The Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival is set to take over the town from November 3 to 6, with hundreds of performances being staged across more than 45 of Bendigo’s finest live music venues and public spaces.

Now in its sixth year, the festival continues to go from strength to strength, still solely run by a dedicated group of local volunteers. With a line-up of local, national and international artists, there is always plenty to see and hear, from talented newcomers to genre stalwarts who have been refining their sound for many years.

As always, the centre piece of […]

By | September 18th, 2016|Press Releases|

Newmarket back with a Bluesy Bang!

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The  Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival is set to take over the town from  November 3 to 6, with hundreds of performances being staged across more than 40 of Bendigo’s finest live music venues and public spaces. But before that happens, the festival crew need your support with one last fundraising event, this time to be held back where these events first started: The Newmarket Hotel & Bakery.

After two stupendous Showcase/Fundraiser events in 2016 for Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (at the Rifle Brigade Hotel and Golden Vine Hotel respectively) the crew’s Spring edition will be […]

By | September 9th, 2016|Press Releases|

Lineup Announcement

Check out this little video of the lineup for this year’s festival so far.

By | August 24th, 2016|Video|

Recent Releases

Three talented young Bendigo artists have released debut CDs in recent months.

First cab off the rank in March was Bill Barber with Thanks For Your Consideration – a polished blues debut that perfectly showcases Barber’s developing talents. Barber’s vocals – sometimes overlooked considering his guitar playing – really come to the fore on this album. The stand-out track for me, so far, is Ghost Blues.
Steph Bitter released her folksy five track debut EP, First of May. There are echoes of a mellower PJ Harvey about it. My stand-out is the haunting Golden Heart.

Quick on their heels (friendly youthful […]

By | July 30th, 2016|The Bluesletter|

Artist Snapshot: Sons of the Blues

Inspired by the likes of Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix and Elmore James, Sons of The Blues were “born of a lifelong relationships with twelve bars”.

Hailing from Castlemaine, Sons of The Blues comprises Patrick Byrne on vocals, guitar and stomp box, and John Phillips on lead guitar. They’ve been a Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival fixture continuously since 2012.

John Phillips’ musical pedigree is long and distinguished and his collaborations read like a ‘who’s who of Australian music’ including Goanna, Kikx, The Urban Principle and Za Za Biskit. Patrick Byrne has been mostly a solo artist with […]

By | July 30th, 2016|The Bluesletter|

Artist Snapshot: Marissa Quigley

“I was born in Adelaide but grew up in Darwin. I now live in Beechworth,” says the much-travelled, multi-talented Marisa Quigley.

“My mum taught me to read music around the age of eight. I played flute and piano through school and sang in school and church choirs. But it wasn’t until my 20s that I got up and sang behind a mic though.”
She has performed as far afield as Groote Eylandt and Jabiru in the Northern Territory, Meekathara in WA and in Sweden.

Marisa Quigley & Her Sunday Best are, appropriately, back in Bendigo on Sunday 17 July for the […]

By | July 30th, 2016|The Bluesletter|

Artist Snapshot: Pip Cowan

“Growing up I listened to anything on the radio, but the music that has influenced me most since then is north Mississippi hill country blues.”

Pip Cowan’s musical journey took a life-changing turn when he was just 17 – a motorcycle accident near the family farm in Numurkah left him a quadriplegic.

“In the 22 years since I developed a passion for blues and despite my injuries figured out a unique and interesting way to play a diddley bow (one string cigar box guitar) using a screwdriver. I originally bought one as a souvenir, but eventually got tired of looking […]

By | July 29th, 2016|The Bluesletter|

Col’s Two Bob Worth

As has become the standard, this year’s Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (3-6 November 2016) will feature many acts we love inviting back, as well as a rich and varied batch of artists who’ve never played our festival before.

Expect line-up announcements from July and our full program to be published in September. Our remaining major fundraising events for the year will be on Sunday 17 July at the Golden Vine and Sunday 18 September at the freshly-renovated Newmarket Hotel & Bakery in Charleston Road. Both events will again feature the brightest local talent as well as a […]

By | July 28th, 2016|The Bluesletter|