Blues News #689

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Blues News #689

This fortnight I have a couple of things to share. Hot on the heels of the recent Cigar Box Guitar Festival at the Old Hepburn Hotel, Sleepy Hollow Blues Club has two exponents heading to Geelong this month. The band is Salty Dog, from Ballarat Victoria.
The nucleus of this band consists of multi award winning blues artists Steve Plater and Marion Turner, who have been clocking up thousands of ks around Australia since the 1990’s, performing regular shows every week at numerous venues as well as blues festivals in Australia and overseas, scooping up awards from their CD recordings, including the “Australian Blues Chain Awards.”
In Geelong they have also been seen regularly on the Hygeia Blues Cruises.
Steve pulls out some dynamic wicked guitar playing, and his expertise with slide guitar and other string instruments, has gained him recognition as one of Australia’s finest multi instrumentalists, and never ceases to amaze the audience with his performances.
Marion Turner is known for her power house vocals and harmonica, and is a sure crowd pleaser!
Their high energy blues act with a mix of classic rock is complimented with the recent addition of friend Ian Amor, a music colleague of many years in their previous band the Slide Devils.
Ian sits in on vocals and bass guitar (upright bass and cigar box bass). He toured with his own popular blues band “Big Blue” for several years and the rockabilly blues band The Blue Town Kats.
With the addition of Roger Knight on drums, they are sure to keep the groove going with his perfect timing and dynamic drumming! Be prepared to rock your socks off with their hot rockin’ tunes! Steve will have his own awesome sounding cigar box guitar creations and electric guitar collection – he may even have the odd cigar box guitar available for sale at the show!
Now something new for 2018. As winter enters its darkest weeks, Queenscliff is launching the inaugural Low Light Festival, bringing the finest international and local arts and culinary talents in a month-long celebration of all the senses.
The town’s public spaces, galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants will play host to a dazzling array of art exhibitions, film premieres and screenings, spoken word and literary readings and music performances. Blues performers who will be there include Alister Turrill, Anna Sconti, Dan Sultan, Justin Townes Earle, All Our Exes Live in Texas, plus there will be Sunday Sessions on the Blues Train.
Low Light will also showcase warming meals and restorative drinks in welcoming surrounds. From degustation menus featuring locally foraged ingredients, to wine tastings and whiskey education, there’ll be a series of culinary options to whet every palette. Low Light can be enjoyed as a day trip or as a full weekend away. For those wishing to make a weekend of it, there will be events hosted each Friday through to Sunday, all within easy walking distance of the historic town centre. This winter, come and see Queenscliff in a different light.
Bookmark Salty Dog on May 27, and Low Light from mid June through to mid July.