Thredbo Blues Festival 2020

Thredbo Blues Festival 2020 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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(Next I will resume with the Cuba & the Caribbean trip, with still a post or two to go on Santo Domingo.)

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Psycho Zydeco.

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Michelle Van Der Meer’s Midnight Ramblers.

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Tony Boyd (Michelle Van Der Meer’s Midnight Ramblers).\

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Shane Pacey (Shane Pacey Trio).

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Paul Blasi (Shane Pacey Trio).

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George Washingmachine (Blue Rinse).

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Ron King (Foreday Riders).

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Jeff King (Foreday Riders).

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Grace Hickey (Grace and Hugh).

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Greg Ohlback (Liza Ohlback Trio).

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Lloyd Gyi and C J Raggatt (CJ Raggatt).

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19 Twenty.

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Syd Green (19 Twenty).

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Kane Dennelly (19 Twenty).

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19 Twenty.

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Ray Beadle (Ray Beadle Band).

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Jack Purdon (Ray Beadle Band).

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Mike Raper (Ray Beadle Band).

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Corey Legge (Swamp Stompers).

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Steve Edmonds (Steve Edmonds Band).

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Sam Boyd (Dancing in the Shadows of Motown Review).

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Greg Carger and Jason Bruer (Dancing in the Shadows of Motown Review).

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Evelyn Duprai (and Franchesca Appolis) (Dancing in the Shadows of Motown Review).

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Franchesca Appolis and Kimi Tupaea (Dancing in the Shadows of Motown Review).

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Paula Baxter (Aretha Franklin Tribute).

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Aretha Franklin Tribute.

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8 Ball Aitken.

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Dillion James (8 Ball Aitken).

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Nik Downing (8 Ball Aitken).

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Dillion James and 8 Ball Aitken (8 Ball Aitken).

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Darren Jack (Tyrone Vaughan with Darren Jack Band).

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Rick Melick (Tyrone Vaughan with Darren Jack Band).

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Tyrone Vaughan with Darren Jack Band.

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A few technical notes for those who may be interested.  I was using some new equipment, a Nikon D850 (70% of shots) and a Sigma 135mm f1.8 (40% of images).  This combination allowed me to replace a 180mm f2.8 and a 105mm f2 with improved resolution and bokeh and greater capacity to crop.  I also have a Fuji system which is more portable but the Nikon system has advantages for resolution, autofocus and low light sensitivity.  I also processed all the images under stage light in Capture One for the first time, for greater control of colour and greater ease with masking and layers.

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There are many more images. On the Thredbo Blues Festival Page you will find links to images from the 2020 Festival, as well as thirteen previous festivals . Links for 2020 include top 100 images, top 30 images, selected monochromes and the 23 performers or bands. Others not mentioned above include Phil & Trudy Edgeley, Charlie Bedford Trio, Claude Hay, Harry Ashton Band, Jordan Thomas Band, Mike Elrington and Richard Perso.

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Thredbo 2020 images in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder). There are 367 images in all (excluding monochrome conversions).

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

Red White Amber and Blues Festival 2019

This is the first Blues Festival in Canberra for over twenty years, taking place over three days and nights on a weekend at the end of October. Here is a selection of images, and links at the bottom to more.

Under the performers, I’ve added YouTube links to their music.

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On Friday there were five performers, playing acoustic.

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James Southwell.

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Mark Easton.

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Geoff Achison.

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Lloyd Spiegel.

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Then it rained heavily, while Lloyd Spiegel was still playing.

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Phil Manning.

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There was eight bands on Saturday.

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Marji Curran, Marji Curran Band.

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John Gwilliam with 19-Twenty.

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Kane Denelly with 19-Twenty.

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Milena Barrett.

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Ali Penney, Ali Penney and the Moneymakers.

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James Southwell with James Southwell Band.

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Marshall and the Fro.

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Marshall and the Fro.

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Steve Edmonds, Steve Edmonds Band.

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Kevin Borich, Ken Borich Express.

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On Sunday, there was another seven bands.

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Rebecca Davey with Dreamboogie.

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Darren Jack.

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Sammy Owen, Sammy Owen Blues Band.

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Lachy Doley, Lachy Doley Group.

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Shane Pacey with Bondi Cigars.

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Bondi Cigars.

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Matt Taylor with Chain.

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Phil Manning, Chain.

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Dirk du Bois, Chain.

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John Creech with Russell Morris.

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Russell Morris.

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Russell Morris Band.

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There are many more images. On the Other Blues Festivals Page . you will find links to images from this Festival. Links include top 100 images, selected monochromes and one for each of the 20 bands.

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Red White Amber and Blues Festival 2019 images in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder). There are 362 images in all.

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

Thredbo Blues Festival 2019

Thredbo Blues Festival 2019 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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Anna Scionti.

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Kane Denelly.

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19-Twenty.

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John Creech.

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Cyril B Bunter Band + Mal Eastick.

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Leesa Gentz (and Julz Parker) of Hussy Hicks.

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Harry Brus.

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Calvin Welch, playing with Harry Brus.
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Davo Fester, playing with Shane Pacey.

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Cameron Fallaw.

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Fiona Boyes.

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Dancing in the Shadows.

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Mal Eastick, here playing with Hey Gringo.

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Jeff Lang and Danny McKenna.

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Mitch Cairns, playing with Russell Morris.

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Russell Morris.

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Rob Hirst, playing with the Backsliders.

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Rosscoe Clark, playing with Cyril B Bunter Band.

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Gail Page and Harry Brus.

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Claude Hay.

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Michael David, Franchesca Appolis and Evelyn Dupra, of Dancing with Shadows.

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Mark Grunden leading a second line, playing with Fiona Boyes

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Sammy Owens Band

There are many more images. On the Thredbo Blues Festival Page you will find links to images from the 2019 Festival, as well twelve previous festivals . Links for 2019 include top 100 images, selected monochromes and one for each of the 21 bands. These include other bands or performers not mentioned above including Gwyn Aston, Ivor SK, New South, Richard Perso and Nick Charles & Pete Fidler .

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Thredbo 2019 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 ..

Roaming with Dallas Frasca

16th to 18 March 2018, Northern Victoria, Australia.

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Fifty of us piled into a bus and headed off to various locations in Northern Victoria in A Hitch to the Sticks.  We were driving to three public musical events and there were also numerous “secret” gigs along the way, adding to the element of surprise and the enjoyment of the moment.  The idea was the brainchild of eminent musician Dallas Frasca.  It simulates the experience of a road crew touring on a bus, provides exposure to sometimes little-known regional performers and gives a great experience to all involved.

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This is our great friend Marisa Quigley.  She was performing at one of the secret events and I can’t tell you about that because there are to be more such events but since her name was on the poster I can include this image.

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Sara Flint.

Sara and Mandy (below) were playing outside the Tatong Tavern.  This is a rather stylish looking pseudo-half-timbered pub which was closed to host the music and we were able to relax on the grass in the afternoon sun.

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Mandy Connell.

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Click here for more images from Tatong Tavern, twelve in all, including Benny Williams and Time Robb & the Stealing Hours as well as Sara and Mandy.

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Liv Cartledge.

Later in the afternoon we reached Wangaratta to join up with the Down to the River Festival, which stretched out into the night…

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… while some people stretched out on the grass…

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The Quick and the Dead.

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Rambunctious.

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Monique Brumby.

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Tanya Cavanagh, playing with Monique Brumby.

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Monique Brumby.

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Maryanne Window, playing with Monique Brumby.

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Dallas Frasca.

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Venom and Jeff Curran, playing with Dallas Frasca.

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Dallas Frasca.

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Tully Frasca.

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Click here for more image from the Down to the River Festival, fifty-four in all.

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Mikaylah and Leticia.

In the afternoon of the next day, we are out the back of the Moyhu Hotel.

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Jeff Lang.

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Nicky Bomba.

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Crowd for Nicky Bomba.

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Nicky Bomba and Jeff Lang.

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Nicky Bomba.

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Rick Steward and the Greensmen.

Click here for more images from the Mohyu Hotel, thirty-four in all.

I also have some monochrome conversions for your perusal, twenty-seven in all.  Some are from images in this post and some from different images.  Click here for those.

Alternatively, click here for all 129 images.

Sydney Blues and Roots Festival 2017

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Sydney Blues and Roots Festival 2017 was scaled down from the previous year but still a great selection of bands.

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Minnie Marks was Festival Ambassador and gave some stirring solo performances.

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Ghost Road opened the Festival as the first band on Friday night.

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Guitar wizard Kevin Borich at his 70th birthday performance.  I first photographed him 35 or 36 years ago.

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David Rowlands dancing with Cathy Vaughan as Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides play.

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Bonnie Kay (Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides).

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The trombone of Kaiki Suzuki, reflecting the crowd.  Playing with the very accomplished Rhythm and Blues band Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides.

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And then on Saturday afternoon, the heavens opened.  People scrambling to cover equipment or push it out of the rain.  The band is Great Dane, who were prominent in the early 80s and their talent and experience showed.

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Luke Ligtenberg has left the stage and he has an enthusiatic audience as the rain pours down outside the tent.  He is with a dynamic young band, the Swamp Stompers.

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Kane Starkey playing with Cornstalk.

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Stefan Sernek playing accordion for Psycho Zydeco.

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Leesa Gentz from the band Hussie Hicks.  Having great fun and also producing a great sound.

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Julz Parker, also from Hussie Hicks.

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8 Ball Aitken, originally from northern Queensland, now living in Austin Texas.

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Bob Gammage, painting the 8 Ball Aitken set.

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Next morning, here is Doggin It at the George St Loft Café.

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Chris Turner and Alex Smith.

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Lyn Hinds playing bass for Bounty Hunters.

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P. J. O’Brien.

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The inimitable Davo Fester playing with P. J. O’Brien Band.

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Jason Dowse, playing bass for Lizard.

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The Mezcaltones (here Colo Padre, Neralita and Filthy Lucre), Tex/Mex with visual flair.

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Mimi of the Mezcaltones.

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Wes Harder with Kate Lush Band.

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Kate Lush.

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Ali Penney with Women of Blues & Sould Showcase.

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Kerrie Sweeney and Michelle van der Meer, Women of Blues & Sould Showcase.

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George Rigatos, Women of Blues & Sould Showcase.

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Dai Pritchard, here playing Hendrix.

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Foreday Riders bringing up the climax of the festival in their 50th anniversary year.  Jeff King, Ron King, Stan Mobbs, Shane Pacey.

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Rosscoe Clark, the other member of the Foreday riders.

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Ron King.

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Jeff King.

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There are many more images. On the Sydney Blues Festival Page, you will find links to images from the 2017 Festival, as well the previous festivals from 2009 . For 2017 there is Top 100 Images and links for each band.

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

For other live music images of a particular band since 2006, see the Musicians and Bands Page, which lists links alphabetically by band.

 

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

Jason Garwood with the Imogen Clark Band.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

Young and old up and dancing.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

Kane undertaking a soaring riff, hiding drummer Syd Green.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

19 Twenty dancefloor again.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Live Music, Photography, Sydney, Sydney Blues Festival, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

Harts.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

Jimi Hocking.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

Shane Pacey Band.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

Little Billie.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

Al Britten, playing with Wards Xpress.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

Wards Xpress, at the climax of a number.

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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

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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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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Australia, Blues, Blues Festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, Live Music, Photography, Queensland, Travel

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.