Blues News #693

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Blues News #693

Put the 22nd of July in your diary right now – paper or app, not a problem, just get it in! (Anyone remember Filofax?).
Sleepy Hollow has something a little different this month; instead of a single headline band, there are five and the common thread is ‘Women who play the Blues’. The afternoon features Suzanne Petersen, Andrea Roberson & Band, The Alice Effect, Sarah Carroll and Heyride.
Suzanne Petersen is an accomplished musician, lyrical poet and vocalist pianist of many years’ experience. She writes popular ballads with blues and soul influences and blues-based swing tunes. A chance meeting and introduction to blues music occurred when she met Dutch Tilders in Sydney. This meeting destined her to live in Melbourne and tour with Dutch Tilders band as flautist and backing vocalist supporting acts like George Thorogood. In 1998 and 2001 Suzanne received awards from Unisong for original compositions.
Living in Ocean Grove has helped shape Andrea Robertson into the award-winning singer/songwriter she is today. With music that’s as natural as it is soulful, her vocals fuse together blues, roots, folk and country with a dash of rock; all with a highly appealing and slightly vintage vibe. Much like the ebb and flow of the ocean, her music is varying, emotive and thoroughly engaging. Andrea was one of the dual recipients of the highly coveted Queenscliff Music Festival’s Emerging Artist Grant in 2017. She was also the winner of the Ross Lipson Award at the Queenscliff Music Festival in 2016.
The Alice Effect is a five piece cover band who have been rocking the Geelong area since 2004.
It’s fronted by vocalist Jess Lewry. In the early 1990’s, Barry Lewis, Lloyd Cotton, Cindy Flanders and Vanessa Zorkau, all from the Shell Refinery Lab, got together for a jam, and the band Sirens was born. Through various line-up changes, the band changed its name to Camel Train and then finally to The Alice Effect with its current line-up, that still includes Barry and Vanessa from the Lab, but also Jess Lewry, Paul Brooke and Greg Gosbell.
Sarah Carroll has performed at most of Australia’s high-profile festivals over a 25 year career, and is noted for her work with GIT, The Junes and The Cartridge Family. Sarah has enjoyed supporting high-profile artists at home such as Kinky Friedman (USA), Mic Conway, Old Man Luedecke (Canada), Eddi Reader (Scotland), Renee Geyer, Tim Rogers, Monique Brumby and one of Australia’s finest songmen, Neil Murray. In the USA, she works with the likes of Anne McCue, Tommy Womack and Bill Kirchen.
Heyride consists of Kelly Goldsmith, Rod Hoe, Pino Pantano and Ian Wilson. Kelly started singing in cover bands in the late 80’s, while her 90’s were spent working in all girl trio RAZZAMAJAZZ, a jazz/blues outfit that played extensively around Melbourne and Geelong for a solid seven years. She has since recorded alongside such great Aussie artists like Dave Steel, Marco Goldsmith and is on many albums as backing vocalist.
Five bands for the price of one! July 22nd at the Geelong Trades Hall Dancehall.