The Blues Train Expands ‘Women In Blues’ Series for 30th Anniversary Celebrations

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The Blues Train Expands ‘Women In Blues’ Series for 30th Anniversary Celebrations

Words by Staff Writer

Celebrating three decades of rhythm and blues, The Blues Train, Australia's premier Contemporary Blues and Roots music venue, has announced additional dates for its esteemed 'Women In Blues' Concert Series.

Situated on the picturesque Bellarine Heritage Railway in Victoria, the rolling venue will showcase an array of talented female artists throughout April and May.

Set against the backdrop of the Bellarine Peninsula, April 20th welcomes Anna Scionti, fresh from her stint at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, alongside the Anthea Jewels Band. The following weekend, April 27th, promises a soulful showcase featuring The McNamarr Project, led by the acclaimed Andrea Marr, and Laurel & The Painkillers.

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May 4th sees the Snake Eyed Rollers take the stage with their swampy ’50s-’60s blues, featuring the mesmerising vocals of Chloe Wilson. These performances mark an exciting extension of The Blues Train’s Women In Blues series, initiated as part of the venue’s 30th-anniversary celebrations.

Commencing with a series of captivating performances at the Queenscliff Festival last November, the Women In Blues Concert Series aims to spotlight emerging and established female artists in the Contemporary Blues and Roots genre. This initiative underscores The Blues Train’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity within the music industry.


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Among the featured artists are the soulful McNamarr Project, led by the award-winning Andrea Marr, and the Anthea Jewels Band, serving up a fusion of blues, soul, and rock’n’roll. Multi-instrumentalist Anna Scionti, recent winner of the MBAS Blues Performer of the Year award, also graces the lineup.

In addition to renowned acts, the series introduces emerging talents such as the dynamic Kaliopi & The Blues Messengers and the sultry vocalist Nardia. Each performance promises a unique blend of talent and artistry, reflecting the vibrant spirit of the Australian blues scene.

Founded in 1994, The Blues Train has become a cornerstone of the Australian music landscape, hosting esteemed artists like Chris Wilson, C W Stoneking, and Ash Grunwald. With founder Hugo T Armstrong at the helm, the venue continues to champion Australian talent, presenting over 300 artists annually.

To experience the magic of The Blues Train firsthand, patrons can secure tickets via the venue’s website. From its historic station in Queenscliff, the train embarks on a musical journey along the Geelong line, treating passengers to an unforgettable evening of live music and entertainment.

For further information and ticket bookings, visit The Blues Train website.