The Blues Train Celebrates ‘Women In Blues’ with a New Concert Series

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The Blues Train Celebrates ‘Women In Blues’ with a New Concert Series

Words by Staff Writer

Fierce, fabulous, and full of soul, the Bellarine’s 'Women In Blues' series takes centre stage

Queenscliff’s iconic Blues Train has been synonymous with great music and unforgettable live performances for nearly three decades. Established in 1994, it has consistently showcased the very best of Australia’s Contemporary Blues and Roots artists. 

Now, they’re taking the stage to celebrate the fierce and fabulous female talent in the industry with the launch of their “Women In Blues” concert series.

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Scheduled to kick off in November, during the beloved Queenscliff Music Festival weekend, the Women In Blues concert series will be a masterful musical showcase featuring a mix of emerging and established female contemporary blues and roots artists. These talented women will take centre stage during seven Blues Train events throughout April and May 2024.

The excitement begins even earlier though, with a specially curated community music stage lined up for the last weekend in November. This stage will be a preview of what’s to come, with a selection of emerging and established female Blues and Roots artists gracing the spotlight ahead of their appearance in the 2024 concert series. Their live performances will add extra vibrancy to the annual music festival activities, enhancing the Queenscliff railway platforms and the Community Market area with their melodious tunes.


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What’s truly exciting about this concert series is its dedication to introducing and championing up-and-coming female artists in the blues and roots music industry. Of course, the series will also feature several regular Blues Train artists, both established and female. These seasoned performers will be joined by the rising stars of the industry, ensuring a dynamic mix of talent and styles.

Here are some of the incredible artists who’ll be part of this groundbreaking series:

The Von Robertsons: A family band hailing from Ocean Grove.

Andrea Marr from The McNamarr Project: An award-winning artist who knows how to captivate the crowd.

Anna Scionti: A multi-instrumentalist and guitar virtuoso, ready to take you on a musical journey.

Nardia: An established Melbourne-based band with a reputation for delivering powerful performances.

Kaliopi & The Blues Messengers: An emerging Melbourne-based band with a fresh take on blues.

Iseula: A solo artist from Melbourne, ready to enchant you with her vocals.

Kelly Auty: A legendary Blues artist known for her soulful renditions.

Miss Lou’s Blues: A dynamic local duo ready to impress.

Laurel & The Painkillers: A fast-paced electric blues band.

Stonetrain: An original bluesy-rock powerhouse.

Snake Eyed Rollers: A returning swampy blues band that knows how to get the crowd moving.

Anthea Jewels Band: Original homegrown and traditional blues band from Melbourne

The Blues Train has long been a music haven for over 7,000 patrons annually, offering a unique and unforgettable live music experience. They operate between October and May each year, featuring up to 10 musicians per event, and promoting over 300 Australian Contemporary Blues and Roots artists annually. Each Blues Train journey offers a diverse musical experience, with solo artists, duos, trios, and full bands taking the stage.

As patrons swap carriages throughout the evening, they encounter four distinct interpretations and styles of blues and roots music. To add to the joy, a delicious dinner is served to ensure everyone is well-prepared for the onboard entertainment. Once you’re onboard the historical carriages, you can chat with friends, sing along to the beat, or dance the night away to the tunes of Australia’s finest.

The Women In Blues concert series is a celebration of talent and diversity in the Contemporary Blues and Roots music scene. The Blues Train has always strived to offer an unparalleled experience, and this series promises to be no different. 

So, for those who appreciate the sounds of the blues and want to celebrate the incredible women who make it, there’s no better way than to get on board and experience the magic of the Women In Blues concert series. After all, the Blues Train assures you, once is never enough.

Find out more and book your experience here