Review By Wanda Hill
Photos by Stuart Blythe
Shooglenifty were a great fresh way to start Bluesfest 2016 Day 4. Their celtic flavours are not often heard at Bluesfest. A great contrast and way to refresh the ears, kind of like sniffing a coffee bean in between wine tasting. With a fiddle, banjo, mandolin, drums, guitar and bass these guys from Scotland had the audience experimenting with their best River Dance impersonations and moving in energetic ways that are not your usual Bluesfest hip swinging standard. With beautiful tunes, jigs and reels that branched out to sound almost middle eastern and esoteric at times, this band can really get you dancing. Violinist Angus Grant kept the focus sharply on the music declaring ‘we only have an hour, so we are going to dispense with the hysterical banter that goes on between songs’. See Shooglenifty perform today at the Juke Joint 4:15pm.
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This Merry Christmas announcement has something in it for everyone and there is nothing like some jolly Bluesfest Christmas cheer! Just in time for the festive season and wrapping up another incredible year, the 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay, held over Easter (Thu 24 March – Mon 28 March 2016), at its exclusive event site (the lush 300 acre Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron Bay), releases another artist announcement, full of musical gifts brought to you by artists from overseas and Australia.
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Adding more burn to CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL in 2015 is the inclusion of seven further well-respected and award-winning acts.
The second lineup of artists confirmed for the 2015 CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL includes:
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The New South Wales Hunter Valley’s renowned HOPE ESTATE winery is excited to announce the first musical artists to be confirmed for the inaugural CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL to be held at the winery from Friday, 13 March to Sunday, 15 March, 2015.
The first lineup of artists confirmed for the 2015 CAMPFIRE FESTIVAL includes:
John Butler Trio
Lee Kernaghan / Kasey Chambers
Ash Grunwald / Beccy Cole / The McClymonts
Wendy Matthews / We Two Thieves / Greg Champion
Amber Lawrence / The Bob Corbett Band / Chelsea Basham and more to be announced soon!
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The Ballarat Beer Festival, Victoria’s original and favourite craft beer festival, is set to raise the bar as the organisers busily brew up a bunch of enticing new attractions for their fourth annual event. Featuring a massive day of world class brews, ciders, wines and gourmet food alongside some of Australia’s finest bands performing on the main stage all to be showcased at the fun-packed event on Australia Day weekend (24th January) 2015 at Ballarat City Oval.
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Hot off the stomping, hairy heels of Ash’s GARGANTUA album release and tour with Scott and Andy from The Living End, Ash is returning to the pavement as the lone troubadour, to pound his way up and down his favourite haunts. Renowned for the most incredibly, thumping live shows to come out of single human being, Ash is super excited about being back on the stomp box and reaffirming his decade long reputation as being the loudest one-man-band around.
During Ash’s time with Scott and Andy – one of the country’s most skilled rhythm sections, he was forced to step things up and do something he’d never done before – practice! The excitement of the challenge – the fear almost of playing with two such musical entities – spawned in Ash a passion for musical self-betterment he hadn’t felt since that all consuming, all too common teenage obsession of wanting to become the greatest musician in the world.
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