The Blues Train

16 September 2017, Melbourne, Victoria

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From Melbourne we headed for Geelong because we had an appointment with the Blues Train. The Blues Train operates on an old train line and leaves from Queenscliffe on the western side of the heads of Port Phillip Bay (the harbour for Geelong and Melbourne). It operates occasionally at night and goes inland maybe twenty kilometres to Drysdale and then returns. There are four carriages with a band in each and the people in each carriage change carriages four times.

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This is John McNamara, playing solo in the first carriage.

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Our carriage was mainly locals celebrating a birthday (the gentleman seated at middle left), somewhat raucous and having a great time.

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Andrea Marr.

Next was Andrea Marr Band,  whom we have seen many times before, mainly at Thredbo Blues Festival.  A great driving rhythm and blues band that got everyone up dancing.

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Greg Dodd.

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Andrea Marr.

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The third carriage was a local Blues band, Sweet Felicia and the Honeytones.

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Lastly there was Chris Wilson and Shannon Bourne to provide a stirring finalé for the night.  I have seen both of them several times before, but not playing together.

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Shannon Bourne.

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Chris Wilson.

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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.

 

Tony Cini’s 50 Years in Music

Thirroul, New South Wales, Australia, September 2017.
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Before posting on Tasmania, here is a music event I was invited to last weekend.  This was a celebration of my friend Tony Cini’s 50 years in the music industry with four blues bands playing on the one night.

The drive from Canberra to Thirroul, near Wollongong, should have taken about two hours twenty minutes.  We left early and it was just as well we did because the highway to Sydney was closed due to an unseasonal bushfire. We quickly realised the traffic was going nowhere and it ended backed up seven kilometres for several hours.  However, we were able to do a U-turn, getting there instead along the coast via Goulburn and Nerriga.  This took five hours instead and we arrived just before the music started.  We did better than one Canberra guitarist who was unable to get through.  I found I was a bit tired to start with but all in all a great night.

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Al Britten with Ginhouse Blues Band.

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Tony Boyd with Ginhouse Blues Band.

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P J O’Brien with Ginhouse Blues Band.

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Tony Cini with Ginhouse Blues Band.

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Ginhouse Blues Band.

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Dancers, Ginhouse Blues Band.

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Tomcat Playground, PJ O’Brien standing in for Dave Blanken.

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Dan Sullivan with Tomcat Playground.

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Mike Rix with Tomcat Playground.

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Greg Clark with Tomcat Playground.

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Stefano Cosentino with Arc Riders.

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Tony Cini with Arc Riders.

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Mark Clifford with Arc Riders.

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Arc Riders.

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Tony Boyd with Arc Riders.

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Juan Pablo Ordoñez with Arc Riders.

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19 Twenty taking off (Kane Denelly, Syd Green, John Gwilliam).

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19 Twenty (Kane Denelly, John Gwilliam, Heath Denelly).

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Syd Green.

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19 Twenty.

 

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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.