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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Bluesfest 2018 – Melissa Etheridge

Story by Jane Hearn and John Snelson Wow … guess who’s coming down at Easter ? C’mon let it rain !   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 […]


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 : […]


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.


Paul McCartney – The Big Issue


Robert Plant – Whole Lotta Love at Bluesfest 2018

Story by Jane Hearn & John Snelson Robert Plant made his first commercial recordings in 1966. In 1967, he had also formed a group called the Band of Joy, with drummer John Bonham. Soon, Bonham, Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones assembled to become The New Yardbirds which became Led Zeppelin. The […]


Vivid 2017

  Story & Photos by Jane Hearn & John Snelson This week’s adventure was a wander around Vivid, Sydney’s annual festival of light with artists’ installations set up around the city.  This time of year also coincides with the annual Sydney Film Festival, so there is more than one reason to be in the city. […]


The Shepherd’s Life

Review by John Snelson I just finished reading James Redbanks’ “The Shepherd’s Life”, that brought back some vivid memories from my past. After leaving school in 1963, a group of we lads (John, Jay, Norm, Dave T, Roger, Colin and I) decided to take a Easter Holiday in The Lake District, so off we went […]


A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

Review by John Snelson This is possibly the best book I have ever read. That is saying something. I am talking about the book being informative, life-changing, readable, scientific and valuable. Some great concepts remain in my head every day. We all came out of Africa. There is no such thing as race in DNA […]


Leica Q

Review by John Snelson The best camera I have ever owned or used is my Leica Q with its fixed 28mm autofocus Summilux f/1.7 28mm lens … and 24 MP CMOS full-frame sensor. It’s a bit of a hybrid for Leica as it has Autofocus, quite a change if you are coming from a M7, […]


Bluesfest 2017

  Review by Jane Hearn Just when some people thought that Bluesfest might be losing its energy, Peter Noble and his team pulled a complete ripper out of the bag. This year’s festival was an unmissable line-up of classic blues rock legends, a good smattering of new comers and a share of well-known Australian talent. […]


Bonnie Raitt @ Bluesfest 2017

  Review by Jane Hearn Go here for more photos from Bluesfest 2017   Go here for more photos of Bonnie Raitt from Bluesfest 2017


Buddy Guy @ Bluesfest 2017

Review by Jane Hearn The legendary Buddy Guy performed two headline shows at the 2017 BluesFest to appreciative audiences all geared up, ready and willing to party with a true “Blues Great”. Now in his 80s, Buddy Guy keeps up a full performance schedule touring the US and Canada and making appearances at his own […]


Jethro Tull @ Bluesfest 2017

Review by Jane Hearn I first saw Jethro Tull in 1974 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London with Ian Andersen, the agile wood sprite flutist playing and singing the unique songs of this quintessentially English rock folk band. He covered every inch of the stage in an energetic and memorable performance. Fans at the Festival were […]


Santana @ Bluesfest 2017

  Review by Jane Hearn Adorned in his own branded sweat shirt and hat, Carlos Santana led a commanding performance of Latin American rock fusion on Sunday night at Bluesfest 2017 to a huge crowd ready to groove. For most of us Carlos Santana is the most famous Mexican American on earth. The son of […]


Glenn Cardier & The Sideshow @ Bluesfest 2017

Review by Jane Hearn Glenn Cardier is my favourite Australian singer-songwriter and the two Festival gigs this year are long overdue for such a talented, experienced and intelligent artist. For those in the know it was terrific to see him and for new comers Cardier and his band The Sideshow, was no doubt a revelation. […]


Beth Hart @ Bluesfest 2017

Review by Jane Hearn Beth Hart has been touring her new album Fire on the Floor and delivered two gut-wrenching performances for Bluesfest audiences before moving onto the European leg of her tour. Like all true artists she gives everything, pouring her blood, sweat and tears into a substantial repertoire of original works nurtured by […]


St Paul & The Broken Bones @ Bluesfest 2017

Review by Jane Hearn St Paul and The Broken Bones performed a 5-00 pm gig in the Mojo Tent on Sunday, not a great time slot but one got the feeling that this crowd had come back for more and they were having a good time. This band from Alabama is either one you love […]