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Aussie Talent Added to Bluesfest

BLUESFEST ANNOUNCES EVEN MORE ROOTS & BLUES!
DOG TRUMPET
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS
CHAIN | CON BRIO
MIA DYSON| SHAUN KIRK | CAITI BAKER
STEVE SMYTH
DAN SULTAN| HANLON BROTHERS
 
A stack of Aussie favourites have been announced for Bluesfest 2018, adding to the unbelievably jam-packed line up. There is no doubt that the 2018 festival is shaping up to be one of the most diverse and exciting on record.
These artists join the 2018 Bluesfest line up:

LIONEL RICHIE – ROBERT PLANT

AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS

KESHA

LAURYN HILL

JOHN BUTLER TRIO | TASH SULTANA

SEAL | JACKSON BROWNE

SHERYL CROW | MELISSA ETHERIDGE | GOMEZ

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD | JIMMY CLIFF

ÁSGEIR | JASON ISBELL | YOUSSOU NDOUR

JUANES | SEU JORGE | CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS

JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ | FIRST AID KIT | RAG’N’BONE MAN

MORCHEEBA | GOV’T MULE | THE NEW POWER GENERATION

THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND | THE WAILERS

ZIGGY ALBERTS| NEWTON FAULKNER| HOLY HOLY | CANNED HEAT

WALTER TROUT | LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL

JOE LOUIS WALKER | BOBBY RUSH | ERIC GALES | HARTS

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF | BENJAMIN BOOKER

WILLIAM CRIGHTON | AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM

ELEPHANT SESSIONS |HARRY MANX | DUMPSTAPHUNK

ANDRÉ CYMONE| THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS

RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS

THE TESKEY BROTHERS

THE 2018 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON BLUESFEST.COM.AU

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800

 

Paul Weller at the Opera House

Paul Weller hit the top with the new wave and mod revival band The Jam. He later moved to a more soulful success with The Style Council  before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991. So I was thinking “Hmmm, Ben Sherman clothes, Bryan Ferry presentation with a bit of edge and rocky lefty commentary surrounded by great music and musicians.

Not disappointingly, we had the old faves including White Sky, Eton Rifles, Englsih Rose, That’s Entertainment, Shout to the Top,  Monday, Town Like Malice, Long Long Road, a long show from 9-15pm to about 11-15pm with the usual breaks at the end for the inevitable “encores” – which included the excellent acoustic set.

So what went wrong last night ?

The sound last night in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House was like sitting in a plate of blancmange; the music was great, the performance and effort and quality was there, all spoilt by the poor sound.

Remember Phil Spektor ?  The “Wall of Sound” !  That’s what we had.

It was as if all the faders had been maxxed to get full saturation with consequential distortion.  Too much reverb, layering and echo so that the sounds of individual instruments including at many times during the show Paul Weller’s own guitar, became indistinguishable.

The softer songs were much better including the acoustic guitar numbers when you could almost hear the lyrics – and the times when he played the keyboards – sadly, it was the first time I have ever heard a 6-member band of 3 guitars, keyboard/synth, drums and percussion and not been able to separate the sound of the skins and tins.

When Weller was at the mike speaking, the sound was so appalling and feedback just unbearable, we couldn’t understand what he was saying.

Loved the performance though, full-on, polished, well executed (apart from the loudness, instrument and amplification imbalance, echo control, mike feedback, poor clarity, screeching sounds) lots of energy, Style Council classics, Jam legends and more recent favourites.

Pretty good and a great night out even with the sound disappoinments.

Jeff Beck and Beth Hart

Story and Photos by Jane Hearn and John Snelson.

Great show last year at the Opera House and of course at Bluesfest TWICE over the last few years … Beth Hart is the best female blues artist on the planet.

Have a listen to her live version of “Strange Fruit” – brilliant.

She works well with Joe Bonamassa, the world’s most prolific CD artist, that’s him on that great Telecaster guitar !

This year at Bluesfest 2018, we will see Melissa Etheridge – are we looking forward to that !  SEE BELOW

Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers to Cross at Bluesfest 2018

Story and All Photos by John Snelson

Great see to Jimmy Cliff will be back at Bluesfest in 2018.

Here’s a few shots I took of him back a few years ago. He’s a great performer, colourful, animated, in love with his music and responsive to an enthiastic audience. You don’t want to miss this.

Looking forward to a great bluesy session of Jamaican ska and roxy reggae with the wonderful Jimmy Cliff !

Get it on – BOOK TICKETS HERE

Lauryn Hill

Bluesfest has announced that Ms. Lauryn Hill will play an exclusive set at the 2018 festival, on Easter Friday in Byron Bay.

Ms. Hill established her reputation in the music world as the lone female member of The Fugees.

After leaving the band she released her solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” which featured an innovative mix of traditional soul, hip-hop beats and politically charged rap willing 5 Grammys the year it was released and has gone on to be included in dozens of “Greatest Albums Ever” lists such as Mojo’s 100 Greatest Albums of Our Lifetime, Q’s Top 100 Albums Ever, Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and it came in at number 2 on NPR’s 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women.

Ms. Lauryn Hill joins the following artists on the Bluesfest 2018 line up

LIONEL RICHIE

ROBERT PLANT

MELISSA ETHERIDGE

JACKSON BROWNE

SHERYL CROW

GOVERNMENT MULE

JIMMY CLIFF

WALTER TROUT

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800

Cranberries Singer Dies

Photo and Story by John Snelson

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer with the Irish band, The Cranberries, has died aged 46.

A statement described the death as sudden. her body was found on Monday 15 January at a Park Lane hotel in London. “At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained,” the statement read.

The Cranberriesstarted up in Limerick, Ireland and became international stars in the 1990s with hits including Zombie and Linger that transfused popular songs with a bit of stick and rock.

The Cranberries had two No.1 albums in Australia.  In 1994 No Need to Argue was a huge success and then in 1996 To The Faithful Departed was a huge success.

The band split up in 2003 but reunited several years later.

I shot the above photo at The Entertainment Center in 2012 when they were performing supported by our own Wolfmother.

Bluesfest Touring

Fans have shown such incredible interest in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Gomez’s Bring It On that the first Melbourne date has sold out! A second show is now on sale and fans are encouraged to jump in quick to avoid missing out. This goes for fans in Sydney and Perth as well – these shows aren’t far off selling out.

Adelaide, you’re in luck! Gomez will be in your fair city to play the Beer and BBQ festival at Old Adelaide Gaol on 27 March 2018.

 

Colombian superstar and Latin America’s number one artist Juanes is heading to Sydney and Melbourne in 2018. He has sold 15 million albums, won 23 Latin Grammys (the most of any artist in history – Shakira has won 12, Ricky Martin 4) and has accomplished this at just 45 years of age! Some more career highlights: in 2016 he was invited on stage by The Rolling Stones to play Beast of Burdon in Bogota and has also recorded duets with Tony Bennett and Nelly Furtado. Think Jack Johnson with a silky Spanish twist.

Bluesfest Touring announces guitar virtuoso Newton Faulkner will be back in Australia following debut album ‘Handbuilt By Robots’, which secured platinum status in Australia the UK. He has since released four celebrated studio albums ‘Rebuilt By Humans’ (2009), ‘Write It On Your Skin’ (2012), ‘Studio Zoo’ (2013) and 2015’s big, beat-conscious and astonishingly diverse ‘Human Love’. He plays Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in April 2018.

Bluesfest 2018 – Melissa Etheridge

Story by Jane Hearn and John Snelson

Wow … guess who’s coming down at Easter ? C’mon let it rain !

 

Melissa Etheridge- Photo :: Debi Del Grande

Yes, here for Bluesfest 2018 … actually, I hope it doesn’t rain of course, but that’s what comes to mind when I think of M.E. and her music.

No doubt we’ll hear “Late September Dogs” and “Someone Bring Me Some Water” and “Baby You Can Sleep While I Drive”.

Just in case that’s not enough, rumour has it that Sheryl Crowe might be on the same plane ! Blues fest 2018 just seems to get better and better.

Cat Stevens

Story by Jane Hearn & John Snelson

I have always wanted to see Cat Stevens !

Now I have.  Live.   Out in the open air (even though it was chucking it down – see photo below), “in the vineyards” at the Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley.

All those old favourites were there :

    • Wild World,
    • First Cut Is the Deepest,
    • Here Comes My Baby,
    • Moonshadow,
    • The Wind,
    • Changes IV, Mathew & Son,
    • Oh Very Young,
    • Sad Lisa,
    • Ruby Love,
    • Remember the Days at the Old School Yard,
    • If You Want to Sing Out,
    • Miles From Nowhere,
    • Father & Son,
    • People Get Ready,
    • Blackness of the Night,
    • See What Love Did to Me,
    • Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night,
    • George Harrison’s Here Comes The Sun,
    • and finally of course .. Morning Has Broken, Peace Train and lastly Can’t Keep It In.

(Here is the famous “pinup” photo of Cat Stevens by David Bailey.

It apperared on the inside gatefold sleeve of Teaser and the Firecat. 

This was because Cat, being a modest fellow, did not want it on the outside.)

Back to the concert at the Roche Estate in the Hunter Valley – as aforesaid, in the pouring rain, there were more songs, but that’s what I will remember for a long time to come. Excellent … top band including Alun Davies, Welsh guitarist, studio musician, recording artist, and composer who rose to fame primarily with his supporting guitar work and backing vocals as accompanist for Cat Stevens from early 1970 to 1977. Even out in the open, the sound was just as good as the original recordings and just as sharp … which is saying something indeed.

Bluesfest 2018

Story by Jane Hearn

Looks like a great lineup again in 2018 with Robert Plant, Canned Heat, Lionel Ri

This will be my 8th year at BF … can’t wait !

Watch this space for more announcements.


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