Hailey Calvert’s local music scene is Brisbane. For years, she’s performed around the city and has seen a lot of new music venues open up.

“Although I’ve performed nationally and internationally, I’ve always come back to Brisbane,” she says. “I’ve played most of my shows there.”

Now, once again, Hailey is swapping Brisbane for Bendigo as she heads down south for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival. And she’s excited.

“I’m always excited to be a part of it!” she says. “The festival is definitely one of my favourites. Bendigo is lovely and it really is wonderful how the festival takes over the whole town.”

Bendigo, it’s time to pat yourself on the back. The Bendigo music scene is one to be commended.

“I’ve never been to a town that loves music as much as Bendigo,” says Hailey (presumably out of earshot from any Brisbanites). “Everyone is so friendly and helpful – it really is like the whole town loves music!”

In fact, the regional support that Bendigo offers for its music scene is probably second-to-none.

“Every town could be improved by a lively and supportive music scene,” says Hailey. “But Bendigo is extremely lucky to have someone like Colin Thompson [festival director]. He’s not only one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met, but also an endless supporter of musicians and live music in Bendigo.”

With so many good vibes around the place, it’s no surprise Hailey can’t wait to bring her folks/blues sound back to Bendigo. And with six shows lined up, festival-goers have no excuse to miss the stripped-back sounds of the girl that grew up in a small mining town and listened to Eric Clapton with her dad.

No stranger to the Blues and Roots Festival, this year, Hailey has something special in store.

“I’m excited to be bringing along an amazing singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, Jason Cameron,” Hailey says. “I’m also keen to play a few new songs that I’ve written for an upcoming album.”

What else can we expect to hear?

“Some blues/folk originals and some of my favourite cover tunes with a unique spin!”

To catch Hailey’s sets, keep your weekend clear this November 6 – 8th.