FIRST ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT
As with most things, the pandemic has served up some challenges in recent years, but in 2022 we can’t wait to raise a cheer for three decades of good times and great music while looking forward to many wonderful years ahead.
The Canadian musical treasure has been one of the most successful international touring musicians ever to grace stages in Australia, performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Caloundra Music Festival and Woodford as well as side shows all over the country. A worldwide festival favourite, Manx’s 15 albums and ceaseless touring have seen him earn a slew of Maple Leaf, Juno and Canadian Folk Awards, nominations, and accolades from musicians and fans alike.
Jack and Patrick Pierce’s high-energy duo Pierce Brothers are a staple of the Australian indie-folk-blues-roots scene. Exploding onto the stage in 2014 as buskers, the twins soon became a must-see act. Having established themselves as an integral part of the music scene in Australia and abroad, they have toured relentlessly. Their music has grown with them and has seen Pierce Brother release a top 15 ARIA debut album and two Top 10 ARIA EPs as well as amassing over 30 million global streams.
Kim Churchill has achieved some incredible things as a professional musician. Recognised as much internationally as he is in Australia, Churchill has performed headline shows, festivals and supports alike all over the planet. Notable performances include Glastonbury, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Montreal Jazz, Telluride Blues, and supports with Milky Chance, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti and Nahko and Medicine for the People. Known for his magnetic, dynamic stage presence, he unites lyrical artistry with fierce vocals, while using his guitar to create landscapes that animate his blissful lyrics.
Hailed as the breakthrough artist of Byron Bay Bluesfest earlier this year, star-on-the-rise Roshani weaves story and song to uplift the soul. Born into a musical family in Sri Lanka, at six weeks of age Roshani was given up for adoption and fate led her to the other side of the world where she had the opportunity to nurture her musical gift. With a voice that gives you goosebumps, utilising loop pedal and various instruments, Roshani’s sound is as unique as her life story, which was featured on 60 Minutes Australia with over 10 million views worldwide.
Melbourne blues artist Lloyd Spiegel has been touring the globe for 30 of his 40 years. The 14-time Australian Blues Award winner has one of the most interesting stories in music, having grown up on stage, learning from and touring with the founding fathers of modern blues. Spiegel’s guitar wizardry, powerful lyrics and knack for humorous storytelling delivers a truly unique performance that reinvents the genre and dispels any clichés associated with the blues.
Lighting up audiences during their last visit to Bridgetown in 2019, Hussy Hicks are a tour de force featuring Leesa Gentz’ powerhouse soul vocals and Julz Parker’s revered guitar skills. Hussy Hicks have honed their sonic dexterity over the past 15 years with six studio albums, multiple industry awards and more than 1,000 live shows under their belts, from Australia’s biggest blues, roots and folk festivals to 15 plus international tours. Hussy Hicks will be fresh back from touring and recording in Europe, so there’ll be plenty of stories to share.
SECOND ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT
It gives us great pleasure to announce the second round of artists bringing their goodness for a weekend’s worth of amazing music from Friday-Sunday, November 11-13.
New York City’s most beloved blues bashers Daddy Long Legs have been huffing and puffing and blowing houses down on a nightly basis during their infinite world tour and always bring an elevated level of rough and ready intensity to contemporary lo-fi blues with their explosive fire ceremony! While influenced by the likes of Son House, Captain Beefheart, Howlin’ Wolf, MC5, and Dr. Feelgood, Daddy Long Legs’ sound personifies garage rock and punk with a contemporary raw twist performed in their own brand of supercharged R&B.
An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots band, 19-Twenty have been performing their high-energy sonic-party nationally, headlining sell-out shows and festivals in all states and territories. Constantly on the road or in the sky, they have toured seven times around Australia and played gigs throughout Europe. Performing anywhere and everywhere, these Blues at Bridgetown faves have been blazing throughout Europe and Australia and gaining new music fans/friends from their live shows.
Like 19-Twenty, Blue Shaddy are returning heroes to Blues at Bridgetown. This band are part of the fabric of this festival and clearly have a place in the heart of the Bridgetown massive. Always a festival highlight, we’re delighted to have Jim, Sandy, Belly and Dean back on our stages.
High-energy duo Hat Fitz & Cara are among Australia and Ireland’s most talented roots music artists. Combining their cultural backgrounds, this dynamic power force showcases Fitzy’s weathered vocals and soaring blues-soaked guitar with Cara’s pounding drums and soulful voice to create, what they call, Convict Rhythm N’ Roots. This must-see pair have an electric connection that is shared in both their music and banter on stage.
Journeyman troubadour Carus Thompson has just released his eighth studio album, Neon Folk, and will come to Blues at Bridgetown fresh from a national tour. Produced by long-time friend and WA musical treasure Nathan Gaunt, Neon Folk was recorded in Perth between the border closures, lockdowns and mayhem of 2020-21. Thompson was living in Melbourne throughout that time and found himself separated from his family for over six months. This tumultuous time has produced a wonderful record and themes of determination, hope and surprisingly, positivity run throughout.
Also coming along for the ride will be Boom! Bap! Pow!, Mike Elrington, Helen Townsend & The Wayward Hearts, Moondog Trio, Brandie & Wise, Natural Boogie, Martin Lee Cropper, Mossy Fogg, Redcliffe, Blackwood Rising, Mary Myfanwy and The Riders who will join with the previously announced…
Harry Manx, Pierce Brothers, Kim Churchill, Roshani, Lloyd Spiegel, Hussy Hicks, Rick Steele & The Hot Biscuit Band, Rose Parker Band, Roshani, Shaun Kirk, Smokestack Rhino, The Human Highway, The Swamp Stompers, Tom Fisher & The Layabouts and Bridgetown’s own Tracey Barnett with more to be announced soon.