ADDING THE FINAL TOUCHES TO THE POWERFUL BLUESFEST 2016 LINE-UP
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2 February 2016
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OUR 9TH ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT: ADDING THE FINAL TOUCHES TO THE POWERFUL BLUESFEST 2016 LINEUP

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito

Eagles of Death Metal

Playing for Change Band

Chain

Backsliders

Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges

Irish Mythen

Digging Roots

Frazey Ford

Marshall Okell

Sahara Beck

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks

ONLY SEVEN WEEKS TO GO!

HURRY - WE ARE 75% SOLD OUT!

Hello [Name,fallback=Friend],

It's only seven weeks until Bluesfest and we are so pleased to be bringing you our brand-new artist announcement,  including famous musicians from overseas and our home shores whilst acknowledging one of the key ingredients to a successful festival: an eclectic and diverse lineup, which speaks to people of all ages and musical tastes! 

We are now 75% sold out with ticket sales increasing every day, so if you haven't locked in tickets to your Easter adventure of a lifetime then make sure you get onto it pronto! 

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Topping this announcement is THE MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND featuring Rick Vito. Mick Fleetwood, drummer and co-founder of the iconic Rock band Fleetwood Mac, with former Fleetwood Mac member Rick Vito, as vocalist and lead guitarist, along with Lenny Castellanos on bass and Mark Johnston on keyboard will be delivering a world class blend of Blues and Rock to the Bluesfest audience.

The Grammy nominated MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND featuring Rick Vito celebrates Mick Fleetwood's Blues heritage and typical sets include original Fleetwood Mac songs plus great Blues standards such as; ‘Oh Well’ (Fleetwood Mac), ‘Rattlesnake Shake (Peter Green- Fleetwood Mac), ‘Eyesight to the Blind’ (Sonny Boy Williamson), ‘Love That Burns’ (Fleetwood Mac), ‘Songbird’ (Fleetwood Mac), 'Albatross' (Fleetwood Mac), ‘Black Magic Woman’ (Peter Green- which was later covered by Santana)When the Levee Breaks (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy), World Turning (Fleetwood Mac), Stop Messin' Around (Fleetwood Mac ), Shake Your Moneymaker (Elmore James), with encores including classic Fleetwood Mac tracks like Go Your Own Way(Fleetwood Mac), Tusk (Fleetwood Mac) and Don't Stop (Fleetwood Mac).

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Californian band Eagles of Death Metal will be making their Bluesfest debut in 2016. The band was formed by singer Jesse Hughes and drummer/guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age) in 1998, after Homme wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. The Eagles of Death Metal recently released their first new studio album in seven years, Zipper Down and coming to Bluesfest is front man and guitarist Jesse Hughes along with touring band Eden Galindo, Dave Catching (Queens of The Stone Age) on guitars, Matt McJunkins on bass and Julian Dorio on drums.

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The Playing for Change Band is returning to Bluesfest for the fourth time in a row. Playing for Change stand for so much more than just music. It is a movement created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Playing for Change supports music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community and then purposefully connect those communities around the world. The band is made up of musicians from all walks of life coming from all over the world and the Playing for Change Band lineup bringing new material to Bluesfest in 2016 includes: Grandpa Elliott – Vocals (USA), Clarence Bekker – Vocals (Netherlands), Mermans Mosengo Vocals/Guitar/Percussion (Congo), Jason Tamba – Vocals/Guitar (Congo), Titi Tsira – Vocals (South Africa), Tula – Vocals (Israel), Roberto Luti – Guitar (Italy), Peter Bunetta – Drums (USA), Juan Carlos Portillo – Bass (Venezuela) and Keiko Komaki – Keys (Japan) plus special guests! 

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Also topping this announcement is the legendary and famous Australian Blues band Chain. Since the late sixties and early seventies Chain has been the most influential Blues and Rock band in Australia. Heading to Bluesfest is founding member and guitarist Phil Manning, lead singer and harmonica player Matt Taylor, drummer Trevor ‘Trapper’ Draper and Dirk Dubois on bass guitar.

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Another of Australia’s best Blues outfits, the Backsliders are also putting the Blues in Bluesfest this year. Coming to Bluesfest is slide guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist, Dom Turner,(who is the founding member of the group). Dom will be joined by drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), an acclaimed name synonymous with the best of Australian music, has been with the Backsliders for 16 years. Joining Dom and Rob is one of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic harmonica players; ARIA award winning harmonica genius Ian Collard (Collard, Greens & Gravy).

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Born in New Orleans, USA, Blues troubadour Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges is returning to Bluesfest for his eighth visit, delivering his joyous celebration of American Blues Music to his many fans. He's one of the finest Soul, Blues, Gospel, singer and songwriting guitarists you'll come across. Eugene’s latest album Hold On A Little Bit Longer was released in 2015 in memory of his father, Othineil Bridges Sr., aka ‘Hideaway Slim’, a Preacher and Bluesman. The album has been nominated for best Contemporary Blues Album at the 37th Blues Music Awards (to be held in May 2016) where Eugene is also nominated for best Contemporary Blues Male Artist.

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Irish Mythen, born and raised in County Wexford, Ireland, is joining the Bluesfest lineup for the first time after being the hit of the most recent Woodford Folk Festival, receiving multiple standing ovations and performing up to four encores for some of her performances there, by public demand. Think back to a time in your life when you heard music that was so powerful and beautiful you were instantly engaged. That very well could have been an Irish Mythen show, an experience in the joy of everything.

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Also included in today’s announcement is Canadian group Digging Roots, consisting of husband and wife duo Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish. Kanetakta is originally from Winneway, Quebec, while Kish is from the Batchewana First Nation in Northern Ontario. Digging Roots blend Folk-Rock, Pop, Blues and Hip Hop influences and after winning the JUNO award for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2010 for their album We Are, they are back with their latest JUNO award nominated album For The Light. 

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The Canadian talent continues to be announced at Bluesfest with the addition of Frazey Ford, a founding member of the brilliant Canadian Folk trio, The Be Good Tanyas. The singer-songwriter, who majestically blends Soul, Folk and Country genres, released her solo debut Obadiah in 2010 and her latest album Indian Ocean (2014) was recorded in Memphis with Al Green’s band, the Hi Rhythm Section.

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Marshall Okell, who offers up a deep, raw, honest, dirty Blues sound that grabs you by the throat and then soothes you with a sweet, honey-tasting musical medicine, is coming to Bluesfest. Marshall Okell released his fourth album Sipping on Rocket Fuel in 2015, recorded in his home town of Byron Bay, right near the home of Bluesfest.

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Sahara Beck is an Australian singer songwriter, who at 19 years of age is capturing audiences all over Australia with her stunning voice and performance. Sahara is an independent artist in the truest sense of the word – an artist finding her own sound and in the process emerging as not just another remarkable voice. Sahara has a new album, Panacea, recorded in Byron Bay and set for release in May 2016.

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Deadly Award winning vocalist, Emma Donovan is of Naaguja, Yamatji and Gumbainggir/Danggali heritage and is coming to Bluesfest 2016 with Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks. Emma Donovan and The PutBacks released the Soul LP Dawn in late 2014, which tells tales of grief, struggle and redemption. Emma Donovan and The PutBacks are set to enthral the Bluesfest audience with their powerful vocals and rich Soul sound.

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Newly awarded Order of Australia Medal recipient (OAM) Peter Noble, your Festival Director, comments on the latest announcement:

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“Wow.....Mick Fleetwood's Blues Band doing the early songs of Fleetwood Mac, when they were a Blues Band, plus current Blues Award nominee for Best Contemporary Blues album, Eugene Hideaway Bridges. Then add Australia's two greatest Blues bands ever, Chain and the Backsliders, Playing For Change, who continue through their good work and constant touring to build music schools in third world countries for young people to learn instruments, and literally play their way out of poverty, and showing great bravery to get out on the road, the Eagles of Death Metal – now that’s an announcement.

I have lost count, I think that's our ninth, and of course, the other artists announced in this one are cracking too. 

Along with Kendrick Lamar, Joe Bonamassa, The National, City and Colour, D'Angelo, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Jones and so many more, Easter at Byron Bay Bluesfest is the only place to be in 7 weeks time."

 

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Artist Bios

THE MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND featuring Rick Vito

The Grammy nominated MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND featuring Rick Vito will be making their Bluesfest debut in 2016. The band is led by the legendary Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder and drummer of Fleetwood Mac, providing a backbone with his unmistakable power-house percussion and persona.

The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band will be performing at Bluesfest on Friday 25th March and Saturday 26th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE 

 

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL

In another incredible Bluesfest debut in 2016, the festival welcomes American Rock band Eagles of Death Metal who have recently released their first new studio album in seven years. Hailing from Palm Desert, California, Eagles of Death Metal was formed in 1998 by best friends Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, who also happens to be the founder of one of the world’s biggest Rock bands, Queens of the Stone Age.

Joining front man and guitarist Jesse Hughes at Bluesfest on guitars is Eden Galindo and Dave Catching (Queens of the Stone Age), Matt McJunkins on bass and Julian Dorio on drums.

Eagles of Death Metal will be performing at Bluesfest on Saturday 26th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE 

 

PLAYING FOR CHANGE BAND
PEACE THROUGH MUSIC - It's NOT just a band - It's a MOVEMENT

Anyone who has seen these incredible musicians previously at Bluesfest will tell you - this is isn’t just a great band – It is an important band.

Playing for Change is an unforgettable live music experience featuring Grandpa Elliott, legendary street musician from New Orleans, who sings alongside lead singer Clarence Bekker (Netherlands) , Titi Tsira (South Africa) and Tula – Vocals (Israel) . Also coming to Bluesfest in 2016 is Mermans Mosengo – Vocals/Guitar/Percussion (Congo), Jason Tamba – Vocals/Guitar (Congo), Roberto Luti – Guitar (Italy), Peter Bunetta – Drums (USA), Juan Carlos Portillo – Bass (Venezuela) and Keiko Komaki – Keys (Japan). This is a ground-breaking, worldwide phenomenon that produces a musical fusion of Blues, African, Reggae, Soul, and Latin to keep us dancing and remind us that we are all one through the power of music.

The Playing For Change Band will be performing at Bluesfest on Friday 25th March, Saturday 26th March and Monday 28th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE 

 

CHAIN

Since the late sixties and early seventies, Chain has steadfastly remained the most influential Blues/Rock band in Australia. These originators of ‘Oz Blues’ have put an indelible stamp of Australian style on Blues music that no other act has done. Veterans of Bluesfest, Chain return for the sixth time in 2016 as they sit poised on the cusp of their half-century landmark since first forming in 1968.

Chain will be performing at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th March and Friday 25th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE

 

BACKSLIDERS
ICONIC AUSTRALIAN BLUES GROUP – CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN 2016.

ARIA nominees and I-Tunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year winners, Backsliders have been playing, touring and recording for 30 years. They mix their trademark driving Delta and Mississippi Hill Country Blues sounds with original 21st Century new Blues anthems.

Slide Guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist, Dom Turner, is joined by drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), an acclaimed name synonymous with the best of Australian music, and ARIA award winning harmonica genius Ian Collard (Collard, Greens & Gravy).

Backsliders will be performing at Bluesfest on Monday 28th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE

 

EUGENE ‘HIDEAWAY’ BRIDGES

Eugene 'Hideaway Bridges' returns to Australia and to Bluesfest for the eighth time with a brand new album, Hold On A Little Bit Longer, already nominated for a Blues Music Award for best Contemporary Blues Album and Eugene is also nominated for best Contemporary Blues Male Artist at the 37th Blues Music Awards (to be held in May 2016) . Eugene’s tour also marks his fiftieth anniversary as a performer – he started playing at the age of three with his father, bluesman Hideaway Slim.

Eugene Hideaway Bridges will be performing at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th March and Friday 25th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE

 

IRISH MYTHEN

Irish Mythen is making her Bluesfest debut in 2016 off the back of being the hit artist at the latest Woodford Folk Festival. This 2015 (Canadian) East Coast Music Association winner known for her equally powerful and beautiful music, was born and raised in Wexford County Ireland and now calls Canada home.

Irish Mythen has travelled the globe and worked with a host of world-renowned artists like Tom Paxton, The Dubliners and The Pogues. She shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, and Peter Yarrow, to name but a few.

Irish Mythen will be performing at Bluesfest on Saturday 26th March and Monday 28th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE

 

DIGGING ROOTS

Canadian group Digging Roots, consisting of husband and wife duo Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish will bring their eclectic blend of Folk-Rock, Pop, Blues and Hip-Hop to the Bluesfest stage for the very first time in 2016.

Kanetakta is originally from Winneway, Quebec, while Kish is from the Batchewana First Nation in Northern Ontario.

With their relaxed, unaffected optimism, whimsical idealism and fierce fiery Blues they are an enthralling act to behold.

Digging Roots will be performing at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th March and Friday 25th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE

 

FRAZEY FORD

"Don't be fooled by the glittery jumpsuit. Frazey Ford is out for blood" – (National Public Radio, NPR)

Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford is bringing her smooth, opulent and electric voice to Bluesfest this March. She is the founding member of the critically acclaimed group The Be Good Tanya’s, who are all about the old-time Folk, Country and Blues.

The singer-songwriter released her solo debut Obadiah in 2010 and her latest album Indian Ocean (2014) was recorded in Memphis with Al Green’s band, the Hi Rhythm Section.

Frazey Ford will be performing at Bluesfest on Friday 25th March and Saturday 26th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE

 

MARSHALL OKELL

Rock, Mojo-Blues and Roots, Marshall Okell offers up a deep, raw, honest, dirty Blues sound that grabs you by the throat and then soothes you with a sweet, honey-tasting musical medicine.

With three albums released over 10 years, Marshall has spent the majority of his musical career on the road and his continuous string of live performances have crafted him into a rousing, foot-stomping, mojo-bluesman like no other. Former wayward frontman of 'Marshall and the Fro', Marshall Okell, returns to Bluesfest with a fourth album Sipping on Rocket Fuel (2015), recorded in his home town of Byron Bay, NSW.

Marshall Okell will be performing at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th March and Monday 28th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE

 

SAHARA BECK

Honesty and integrity are things that can’t be taught – you have them or you don’t. And when you are an artist, they are things all but impossible to fake. Yet listen to artist Sahara Beck it’s clear she has them in spades. Now just 19, her songs and live performances have the maturity and directness of a well-seasoned artist. Her lyrics spin tales of an old soul and her voice takes you from angelic heights to ripping, almost brutal, honesty.

2016 is now the year for Beck to shine with her latest album Panacea set for release in May.

Sahara Beck will be performing at Bluesfest on Sunday 27th March and Monday 28th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE

 

EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS

Deadly Award winning vocalist, Emma Donovan is of Naaguja, Yamatji and Gumbainggir/Danggali heritage. Emma possesses one of the richest Soul voices in the country and is coming to Bluesfest with Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks.

Growing up on the NSW North Coast, Emma started her singing career at age seven with her uncle's band, The Donovans. She has since gone on to perform with The Stiff Gins, The PutBacks, and Helpmann Award winning Black Arm Band, and cultivate an impressive solo career. Emma Donovan and The PutBacks released the Soul LP Dawn in late 2014, which tells tales of grief, struggle and redemption.

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks will be performing at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th March and Saturday 26th March 2016

READ THE FULL BIO HERE

 

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