Reviews – Festivals

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Tony Joe White @ Bluesfest 2017

Review and Photos by John Snelson Tony Joe White appeared again this year to thrill his fans with with his “Swamp Fox” blues. I am sort of “working” at Bluesfest, with official accreditation as “Photographer”, so I get pretty close up to all the artists and get the chance to capture them in their idiom.  Being […]

The Suffers @ Bluesfest 2017

Review and Photos by John Snelson On the Juke Joint Stage on Friday evening, the Jambalaya Stage late Sunday afternoon and the Mojo Stage at the South Gate on Monday lunchtime, The Suffers from Texas, USA brought back some memories of Stax and Muscle Shoals blues groups of 50 years ago to Bluesfest 2017 at […]

Patti Smith @ Bluesfest 2017

Review by Jane Hearn :: Photo by Jesse Ditmar Patti Smith, now 70, performed her first album Horses in venues in Sydney and Melbourne as well as two festival gigs that included an acoustic show on Good Friday. Her tour was plagued with throat issues, but Smith is so honest and open that her audience just […]

Glenn Cardier @ The Northern Beaches Festival

Story & Photos by John Snelson On a wet, cold, windy afternoon a handful of enthusiasts, surfers and folkies and hippies (ret’d) turned up at Collaroy Beach for The Northern Beaches Music Festival.  Following recent storms, there wasn’t much of the beach left yet there was a handful of good music on offer for those […]

Groovin’ The Moo – Maitland 9/5/15

Story by Rufus Onfire :: Photos by Craig Wilson There’s nothing like a gathering of like-minded souls at a festival to bring a community together. And given the recent run of bad weather and floods in Maitland the timing of the latest run of Groovin The Moo at its spiritual home could not have come […]

George Clinton & The Parliament Pscyhedelic

Story & Photos by John Snelson Perhaps one of the most popular bands at this year’s Bluesfest was George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic … not everyone’s musical cup of tea perhaps, but what a show it was. Loud and with a cast of what seemed thousands on stage, it was full of drama, lights, vocalising […]

Angelique Kidjo

Story & Photos by John Snelson With a visually stimulating and colourful presentation, Angelique Kidjo put on an entertaining and soulful show at Bluesfest this year. Here she is dressed in her knockout traditional dress sourced from her ethnic background of which she is so proud.

The Plough @ Tamworth Country Music Festival

Review by Regi Su Discovered busking at the Tamworth Country Music Festival …  The Plough.  Given them a listen ! Photos :: Source Recreating “olde timey string” sounds, this four piece group boasts talents in mandolin, fiddle, banjo and acoustic guitar. Their harmonies and ability to pick up requests is really impressive and they […]

Thredbo 2015

Hard to pick the best of Saturday’s performances at Thredbo Blues Festival. Story & Photos by John Snelson It would be a toss-up between the exciting performances of Canada’s Charlie A’Court .. who possibly just stole the day … … and our own superstar Russell Morris .. hey Russell, yer blues light is on … […]

Sydney Country Music Festival 8th November, 2014

Story and photos by Malcolm Katon 2014 was the 3rd year of the Sydney Country Music Festival which was held at the Bella Vista Farm in Bella Vista just off the M2.  The popularity of the festival has grown substantially from when it started in 2012 with 600 attendees to over 6,000 attendees in 2014.  […]

Price Tag

Story & Photos by John Snelson Top solo artist on the bill at The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival undoubtedly was the much loved Rick Price. What can I say about Rick Price that hasn’t been said before ? Nothing really … he is a great entertainer, he has a wonderful voice with an amazing […]

Characters of Windsor – Sydney Blues & Roots Festival

Story & Photos by John Snelson There were many interesting sights at last weekend’s Sydney Blues & Roots Festival held out at Windsor on the Hawksbury River -some of them provided by the entertainers. Always providing some visual oomph and a fair bit of professional talent, the incorrigible Johnny Cass was a blessing, dressed in […]

Blue Eyes Cry

Story & Photos by John Snelson Perhaps one of the best performances at this year’s Sydney Blues & Roots Festival out at Windsor came from Blue Eyes Cry. They have a very clear and crisp sound – with excellent guitar work from Nathan Brett. With so many festivals under the belt I was expecting a […]

Sydney Blues & Roots Festival – Windsor 2014

Story & Photos by John Snelson The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival took place last weekend out at Windsor with a good lineup of Australian artists – but rather lightweight on the international front.  Fact. Nevertheless, the event was pretty good – with outstanding performances from Busby Marou, Rick Price, The Snowdroppers and Blue Eyes […]

Rock N Load @ The Espy (Part 2)

Review by Dayne Applebee and Dan Stone. Photos by Kate Wehl and Dan Stone. Saltar Hype and Crush Media Presents ROCK N LOAD, June 21 2014, The Espy St Kilda If you missed Part 1 you can check it out here. Following on from Smoke Stack Rhino, we all squeezed in a quick bite and […]