Natural Bridge and Coomera Track

24 July to 26 July 2017, Lamington National Park, Queensland
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The second day was something of a rest day because we’d found Dave’s Creek Track more arduous than expected, so we went for a drive to Natural Bridge.  This image combines multiple exposures to enhance shadow detail, which you appreciate more if you click on the image to see it larger.

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A huge log lying in the creek below the natural bridge.

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Back in the carpark, this bush turkey was eagerly patrolling in vain expectation of a handout.

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Long exposure after sunset on the way back.

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The next day, five of us elected to undertake the 17.5 kilometre Coomera Circuit.  This was to be the highlight of the trip.  This is a section of the Coomera Falls.

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Not sure of the name of this waterfall.

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Alan below Bahnamboola Falls.

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Greg below Bahnamboola Falls.

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Another view below Bahnamboola Falls.

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Just at the very bottom of Bahnamboola Falls..

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Gwongarragong Falls.

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Moolgoolong Cascades.

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A small waterfall above Moolgoolong Cascades.

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Funghi on a log on the way back.

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Temperate rainforest on the return path.

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The side of a tree on the return path.

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Back Alcheringa, another view from the balcony.  I actually took this to demonstrate panorama processing but it also serves as an illustration of the magnificence in front of you that you may not think to photograph.

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The next day, returning to the airport, we had some extra time so took a side route and were fortunate enough to see these paragliders just launched at a steep dropoff beside the road in North Tamborine.

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Not many or even no posts for a month or so.  I’m off to Tasmania tomorrow and will probably not have internet access most of the time.

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Alcheringa, Dave’s Creek Circuit and Tullawallal Circuit

26 July to 28 July 2017, Lamington National Park, Queensland
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A group of seven of us from the Canberra Photographic Society visited Lamington National Park for a few days of walking in the rainforest.

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This is a view from Rosin’s Lookout on the way in.  Mt Warning is in the middle in the distance (We are looking from Queensland towards New South Wales).  Ship’s Stern is to the right of Mt Warning and Springbrook Plateau to the left, rising towards Best Of All Lookout just left out of picture.  Also, Springbrook National Park is to the left of Mt Warning and Lamington National Park to the right.

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From pretty much the same point, here is a farm far below in the valley.  All sorts of interesting details if you click for a larger view.

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We stayed at Alcheringa, a wonderfully appointed house and cottage with magnificent views, and right next to the main complex of Binna Burra.

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We are looking north but I’m not sure of the name of the mountain.  Maybe Mt Tamborine.

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The last two images were in the evening when we arrived.  This and the next are before dawn on the next day.  All from Alcheringa.

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The first full day we went for a walk in Dave’s Creek Circuit.  Here are some backlit ferns along the way.

 

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From one of the lookouts, a view of a distant cliff in Springbrook National Park.

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Looking down from the same lookout on the distant forest.

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A Xanthorrhea (grass tree) flower head and bare Hakea branches.

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The tip of another Xanthorrhea flower head (complete with bee).

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Trees and cliff faces near Molongolee Cave.

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Looking down into the distant valley from Numinbah Lookout.  That’s not a farm below; it must be a hotel, religious retreat or conference centre.  If you click on the image to see it larger there is a man on a horse beside an old wagon.  However, I think it is a statue and not a real horse and rider.

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Surprise Rock with tree and xanthorrhea.

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Looking up at the tree beside Surprise Rock.

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The next morning, we went a walk to Tullawallal Circuit, where there is an ancient stand of Gondwanaland Beech trees.  This red-necked pademelon was at the top in the undergrowth.  Not the best of shots but taken with a long lens in broken light and what can you do?

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A branch of a tree fern nearby.

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An epiphyte catching the light as it grows out of a Gondwanaland Beech tree.

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Binna Burra and Tasmania

24 July to 28 July and 19 August to 18 September 2017
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My trips this year are in Australia. At the time of writing, I have just come back from Binna Burra (Lamington National Park, Queensland) and in a few days will head off to Tasmania where I will walk the Overland Track in winter and undertake a “Wineglass Bay Sail Walk” in a 70 foot ketch.

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I visited Binna Burra in Lamington National Park with members of the Canberra Photographic Society, seven of us in total.  This is an upland temperate rainforest area.  We stayed in self-contained accommodation with wonderful views, undertook several walks of up to 17.5 kilometres and journeyed by car to Natural Bridge in Springbrook National Park.

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Binna Burra Index of Posts (coming soon)

  • Alcheringa, Dave’s Creek Circuit and Tullawallal Circuit
  • Natural Bridge and Coomera Track

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Tasmania Draft Itinerary

  • 19 August:  Ferry to Tasmania (Melbourne to Devonport)
  • 20 August:  Northern Tasmania
    • Liffy Falls State Reserve
    • Notley Fern Gorge
    • Cradle Mountain
  • 21 to 27 August: Overland Track in Winter with Tasmanian Walking Company
  • 27 August: Pick my partner Jools up from Launceston Airport
  • 28 August: Cradle Mountain
  • 29 to 30 August: Mt Field National Park
    • Russell Falls
    • Lake Dobson
    • Styx valley (Big Tree Forest Reserve)
    • Creepy Crawly Nature trail
    • Lake Gordon view
  • 31 August to 2 September:  Bruny Island
    • The Neck
    • Lighthouse
    • Adventure Bay
  • 3 September:  Bruny Island to Hobart
    • Mt Hartz National Park
      • Waratah Lookout
      • Arve Falls
      • Lake Osborne
    • Tahune Forest AirWalk
  • 3 to 6 September: Hobart
    • Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
    • Hadley’s Art Prize
  • 7 to 11 September Wineglass Bay Sail Walk with Tasmanian Walking Company
  • 12 September:  Hobart
  • 13 September:  Drive to Devonport and catch ferry to Melbourne
    • Cataract Gorge, Launceston
    • Narawntapu National Park
  • 14 to 15 September Melbourne
    • Karwarra Australian Plant Garden
  • 16 September:  Geelong
    • Blues Train with Chris Wilson, Andrea Marr, Jimi Hocking
  • 18 September:  Drive back to Canberra

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Tasmania Index of Posts

  • (Yet to come)

Sydney Winterfest 2017

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I was asked to cover the first Sydney Winterfest, a mini Blues Festival over three days but all acts on the same semi-outside stage.  Usually I have to chase around to cover a Festival but in this one, and particularly since I was staying at the venue, I was able to reserve a table at the front of the stage and operate from there.

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The first band was The New South, talented and very young.  This is Harry Tompsett.

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This is a guitarist from the Mescaltones, a Tex/Mex Blues Band with a flair for performance and costume changes.

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The climax for Friday night was the Pat Powell Super Blues Band, playing the Muddy Waters “Hard Again” album.  This is Pat Powell, formerly of England and earlier Jamaica.

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There were many eminent musicians in Pat’s band.  One was Clayton Doley on keyboards.

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This is Beau Lloyd in the Keith Hall Band, the first band on Saturday morning.

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Bill Kervin, bass player with Cristina Crofts.

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Christina Crofts’ band, Christina and Bill out front, playing vibrant blues rock originals.

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Christina’s drummer, Mick O’Shea.

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Lizard: Matthew Charnley on the left and Roy Ruckman on drums.

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Jason Dowse, bass player for Lizard.

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Starting a mini-series of drummers: Roy Ruckman of Lizard.

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Apparently this youngster expressed an interest in playing the drums so Peter Fricker (one of the organisers) placed him briefly on stage during an intermission.

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Tony, Boyd, playing for the Simon Kinny-Lewis Band.

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Simon Kinny-Lewis.

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The keyboard player in the same band, whose name I do not know.

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Simon Kinny-Lewis Band, playing Blues in blue light.

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Emma and Gary in the kitchen.

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Steve Bennett of Ghost Road, a band that has been playing for 25 years.

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Stan Mobbs, playing with Chris Cain.

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American guitar maestro Chris Cain, the headline act for the festival.

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Dancing for Chris Cain…

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The first band on Sunday was the Imogen Clark Band.  This is her father, playing bass.

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Jason Garwood with the Imogen Clark Band.

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Imogen Clark, only 21 and highly accomplished as both a guitarist and a singer.

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Lloyd Spiegel, an amazing performer of clever lyrics and stunning acoustic guitar solos.

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19 Twenty was the next band, as always playing very tight with amazing energy and compelling engagement with the crowd.  Kane Denelly and John Gwilliam.

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Young and old up and dancing.

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Kane undertaking a soaring riff, hiding drummer Syd Green.

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19 Twenty dancefloor again.

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Mal Eastick and Milena Barrett.  Milena is English and a wonderful singer.

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Maestro Australian guitarist Mal Eastick.

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There are many more images. On the Sydney Blues Festival Page . you will find links to images from the 2017 Winterfest, as well the previous festivals from 2009 . For the 2017 Winterfest there is Top 75 Images and links for each of 13 bands.

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Sydney Winterfest 2017 images in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder).

For other images of a particular band I may have taken since 2006, see the Musicians and Bands Page, which lists links alphabetically by band.

 

 

Blues on Broadbeach 2017

Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland, May 2017.
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Briefly interrupting the stream of posts on South Georgia for a post on a Blues Festival….

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I photographed a wedding for some friends and they shouted me and my partner Jools a weekend away at the Blues on Broadbeach Festival (though Jools was unable to come).

 

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The Turner Brown Band was one of the highlights of the festival.  Dom Turner has been an eminent player on the Australian Blues scene for decades and he brought Nikki Brown and the Browns back from Ohio to play with him in Australia.  Friday was a day of torrential rain and they were moved inside to a small café.  I was lucky to be in early and be able to get up front.  Raw rollicking energy plus expert musicianship.

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This is Mojo Webb, whom I hadn’t seen for many years, with the rain thundering down outside the tent.

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I ducked back to the flat for some reason and this is the view from the corridor near the lift, in the pouring rain.

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Fortunately we had (free) tickets to Russell Morris, who has been around since the 60s but who has reinvented himself in the last few years with a series of great albums.  Almost all other gigs were cancelled from 7:30pm but we were able to relax in a huge concert hall with 2,000 other people.  This is taken from a long way back.

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Ezra Lee (playing with his band), still going in a pub late on Friday night.

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The next morning, this is Craig Bracken and Hal Tupaea of the Flaming Mudcats, from Auckland New Zealand.  A great band previously unknown to me (though I have often seen Hal playing bass for Ray Beadle).

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Gloria Brown, Turner Brown Band.  Different day, different venue.

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Louie Shelton Bluesband.  Louie, from USA but living in the Gold Coast, has played as session musician for many eminent rock bands over the years.

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Tomcat Playground, from Canberra and Sydney.  A very familiar band but always great.

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Peta Lee, with the rhythm and blues band The Vibrolators, from Western Australia.

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Kevin Borich.

The big event on Saturday night was the Are You Experienced 50th Anniversary Concert, with a succession of maestro Australian guitarists.  (This and following three images).  It was played from a marquee at the end of a road with a huge crowd on the road so it was difficult to get close.  These images were taken at as much as 600mm equivalent and may be further cropped.

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Harts.

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Jimi Hocking.

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The 50th Anniversary stage near the climax of the concert.

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Next morning I went to have breakfast at a café with enticing music issuing forth.  This is the James Street Preachers.

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Shane Pacey Band.

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A block away from the skyscraper zone, here is the beach and it is now a fine day.

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Little Billie.

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Al Britten, playing with Wards Xpress.

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Wards Xpress, at the climax of a number.

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Darren Jack, whom I have often seen at festivals, playing in a small crowded venue with an excellent band.

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Ian Moss, the big act to provide a crescendo for Sunday.

I wasn’t official photographer so I had no need to try to cover all bands.  However, this festival showed me that my Fuji equipment lags behind my Nikon equipment for this purpose, mainly for autofocus.  Especially at 12,800ISO, it could take several seconds to find focus and focus was not always precise.  I still got good shots but missed more than usual.

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Phil Barlow of Phil Barlow and the Wolf, playing in a small bar in the dying hours of the festival.

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There are links to many more images from Broadbeach 2017 on the Other Blues Festivals page.

Alternatively, there is the direct link in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder).

For other images of a particular band I may have taken since 2006, see the Musicians and Bands Page, which lists links alphabetically by band.

 

 

Sydney BluesCruise

8 April 2017, Sydney Harbour.

With the next post we will resume to journey to South Georgia in the South Atlantic.  First, though, we will have a brief interlude with the BluesCruise on Sydney Harbour that we attended last weekend at the invitation of organiser Tony Cini.

We drove down from Canberra, stayed the night at Cremorne on the north side of the harbour and caught a ferry in the morning to Circular Quay, in the city near the Opera House.  From there we walked but got confused by another Pier #6 on the way and nearly missed the ferry (thanks to Jools for working it out!).

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This is the first band, the PJ O’Brien band.

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We were sailing around the harbour for four hours so there was plenty of thime to observe sights on the way.  This is a curious boat-launching dock on the side of a Navy ship, maybe a destroyer.  The seats in it are also curiously high.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge of course in the background.

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Some of the more interesting sights are always the older, somewhat more derelict-looking ones.

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Finger food was plentiful and gratefully appreciated.

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Michelle van der Meer’s band is now playing.  She is looking up to the people around the opening on the upper deck.

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Some people who live at the side of the harbour do not appear to be impoverished.

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An outpost of an exclusive Catholic private school.

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Nearby boatshed, yacht and canoes.

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There were many yachts on the water, many with children in them.

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Here there is a launch with parents mixed in with the yachts with children.

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Enough wind to fill a spinnaker.

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And then some were in the water rather than on it.

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The third and final band – Tony Cini backed by PJ O’Brien’s band.

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Some colourful workshops.

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And now we are heading back to the Darling Harbour wharf.

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Back on the dance floor…

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…and back with the band…

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… as the audience appreciates the last numbers….

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For those that might want to see more images, there is a JAlbum slideshow here with 17 more, including a few before and after the cruise.

 

Thredbo Blues Festival 2017

Thredbo Blues Festival 2017 took place over three days and nights on a weekend at the end of January.  Here is a selection of images, and links at the bottom to more….

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Colour

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Kate Lush

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Jeff Lang

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Bobby Singh

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Kevin Borich
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Rick Melick, Rick Melick Band
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Syd Green, 19 Twenty
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Kane Denelly, 19 Twenty
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John Gwilliam, 19 Twenty
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John Gwilliam, 19 Twenty
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Arc Riders
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Aidan Glover and Harry Tompsett, The New South
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Charlie Wooton, James Southwell Band

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James Southwell Band

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Monochrome

 

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Steve Edmonds, Steve Edmonds Band
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John Howell, Chase the Sun (and Arc Riders)
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Dogg’n It
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Glynn Dowding, The Stars
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Pete Cornelius
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Chris Gilbert, playing with Kevin Borich
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19 Twenty
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Hat Fitz
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Cara Robinson
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Owen Campbell Band

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Shane Pacey, Foreday Riders
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Jeff Doukakis, Steve Edmonds Band
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Jon Carson, playing with Kevin Borich
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Dylan Harding, James Southwell Band
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19 Twenty
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James Southwell and Kate de Araugo, James Southwell Band
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There are many more images. On the Thredbo Blues Festival Page . you will find links to images from the 2016 Festival, as well the previous seven festivals . Links for 2013 include top 100 images, selected monochromes and one for each of the 20 bands. These include other bands not mentioned above including Blackwood Jack, Geneveive Chadwick, Jonno Zilber, Jules Boult & the Redeemers, Lisa Ohlback Band and Tangled Weed.

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Thredbo 2017 images in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder). There are 493 images in all.

For other images of a particular band I may have taken since 2006, see the Musicians and Bands Page.