Sunshine Coast Blues Festival

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  • Location: Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour 4560 Queensland

20 August 2009 Baby Boomers lead new Blues explosion

This year's Fifth Sunshine Coast Blues Festival will be held at Nambour Showgrounds on September 11th - 13th. There is a great line up of over twenty Blues bands including internationally acclaimed Melbourne group Collard Greens & Gravy, Sydney based The Blues Preachers, Queensland's own Mojo Webb band, the legendary Mick Hadley & the Atomic Boogie Band and a special showcase performance from Mayor Bob Abbot's Boreen Point Blues Collective, along with Blues Jams, Workshops, great food and good times.

The Sunshine Coast Blues Festival may not be the biggest music event in Australia but amongst its dedicated aficionados it is considered one of the best. The Festival's commitment to being a true blues festival and supporting local artists instead of Big Name drawcards has attracted an ever increasing band of supporters over the past four years, who enjoy the friendly laid back atmosphere, comfortable surroundings and on-site camping.

The Baby Boom Generation are leading a revival of interest in the Blues. Bought up on diet of British Blues influenced bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Status Quo, many are spending their newly found free time exploring the origins of the sounds of their youth.

Music Festivals are seen as a young people's thing but this festival steps out of the box with an average age of around forty. It is mostly mums & dads who appreciate that the kids have gone somewhere else and they are there for the Blues not the booze so there is a laid back ambience. But it is not boring: the festival is well known as a great party where you can let your hair down and dance.

The festival is organised by a dedicated band of Volunteers who are not in it for the money but to ensure that the music gets played and enjoyed. The Festival is staged annually by Artsun (Arts Council Sunshine Coast Inc), the Sunshine Coast's own Local Arts Council affiliated with Queensland Arts Council (QAC). Artsun presents the annual Sunshine Coast Blues Festival as part of its commitment to supporting and promoting the arts across the coast. Artsun is a local, non-profit, volunteer community association. Working in partnership with over 60 Local Arts Councils across the state QAC brings high quality arts experiences to over 500,000 regional Queenslanders each year.

The Festival is grateful for the ongoing support of our many sponsors & supporters. We especially thank our team of Volunteers who give their time to make it happen.

You can see the full program at or phone 5476 2600 for more information. Tickets are available from, phone 1300 762 545 or Shake it Up Music and Leading Edge Music Nambour or at the gate.

Downloadable: "Sunshine Coast Blues Festival" pdf program

Collard Greens & Gravy
Acclaimed for their gritty, driving, down-home sound, Collard Greens & Gravy play a mostly original repertoire of foot stomping country blues that would sound right at home in a Mississippi Juke Joint. Ian Collard (vocals, harmonica and guitar) James Bridges (guitar and fiddle) and Anthony Shortte (drums) have been together since 1995. The trio have received many awards including second place at 2001s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the same year the bands album More Gravy won the ARIA award for Best Blues & Roots Album. Their latest CD Devil in the Woodpile has won numerous awards including best CD and Best Band at the Australian Blues Awards.

The Blues Preachers
The Blues Preachers will take you to another place and time, somewhere between 1920 and 1940. Their music paints a landscape of pre-war struggle and determination with sounds reminiscent of the Deep South. The Blues Preachers perform a fusion of good old blues, rags, gospel and hillbilly folk. Their 2007 album Next Stop Beulah Land and their highly regarded 2009 release Dry So Long showcase the talents of the Preachers Brother John on guitar, banjo and vocals and Captain Bluetongue on harmonica, mountain dulcimer and vocals.
After a year of touring and highly acclaimed shows at Goulburn Blues, The East Coast Blues & Roots Festival and the Bridgetown Blues Festival, the Blues Preachers are building a reputation as one of the best pre-war acoustic blues acts in the country.

MOJO WEBB - 2006 AUSTRALIAN BLUES MUSIC AWARD - Best New Talent Of The Year. Mojo Webb is making waves in the Australian blues and roots scene. Utterly fresh and unique but steeped in the tradition of real, authentic blues, Mojo's music is truly world-class, he is a versatile electric and acoustic guitarist and harp player and sax and drums with a truly amazing voice. His charisma, naturally engaging stage presence and incendiary performances are making him a firm festival favourite and of course a local legend in his native Brisbane. Make no mistake, Mojo is the real deal and it won't be long before the whole world knows.

The Hipshooters
The Hipshooters:- Blues Rock with an edge. Formed in 1993 in Auckland, NZ & migrated to Brisbane in 1995 where they ripped up the blues live scene. Originals Anton Tipi Elkington on lead guitar and vocals, with bass man Billy Williams, joined by Oz drummer John Forbes(in 2000), catalysed the music of Jimi Hendix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, some initial flavours for the bands eclectic style of blues rock funk jazz all in there. Upbeat original material mixes it with popular standards, high charged RnB mixed with cool feels.
Rejuvenated & fresh from timeout for family & creative brainstorming, the Hipshooters are touring again with crowd pulling high energy entertainment. Theres a jolt of Texas blues, stinging guitar solos with solid rock. How can something be so smooth & gravelly & fiery all at the same time? They are a tight powerhouse band, with a stage presence that can't be ignored. Anton fires up lead guitar to a virtual avalanche of sound, Billy on bass evokes a city sized generator with John on percussion to thrash it all together.

Barry Charles Band
Recognized internationally as well as here at home on the Sunshine Coast Barry Charles is a unique singer from a blues and rock background. renowned for his exceptional vocal range and technique he performs with spontaneity, emotion and originality to which he adds the magic ingredients of soulfulness, humour and a great repertoire. Festival performances include 'Mission Bay Jazz/Blues Festival' in Auckland, New Zealand, 'Blues On Broadbeach Festival', Gold Coast, 'Noosa Jazz/Blues Festival.

Natural Ball
Chosen as the Blues Association of South-East Queensland (BASEQ) inaugural Performer of the Year Competition winning act in 2007, Natural Ball received a place on the 2008 Festival line-up at The Australian Blues Festival at Goulburn, NSW in February 2008! These cats live to play with a genuine love and admiration for bluesmen including Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker, they are grounded in the traditions of the golden era of the blues.

Mick Hadley & the Atomic Boogie Band
Mick Hadley is a Brisbane music icon. His band The Purple Hearts were pioneers of loud, tough blues in the sixties when the Australian music charts were firmly focused on Beatles-style pop.
The Atomic Boogie Band are a high energy outfit with players of the highest standard of professionalism and showmanship including:
Craig Claxton Lead Guitar and Vocals.
Glen Muirhead - Keyboards.
Kevin Howard - Bass guitar and
Keith Megson- Drums

WHAT: Sunshine Coast Blues Festival
WHERE: Nambour Showgrounds
WHEN: 11th-13th September, 2009
TICKETS:, Ph: 1300 762 545, Shake It Up Music Nambour, Leading Edge Music Nambour and all OzTix outlets

Artsun (Arts Council Sunshine Coast Inc.) :
PO Box 5255 SCMC Qld 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5476 0717
0418 793 496
Artsun (Arts Council Sunshine Coast Inc.)

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Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour

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