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Each year, we manage to pick up a couple of interstate acts that will be performing at Bridgetown, primarily because not everyone can make it to the festival. This year we have a special double-header withe The Swamp Stompers and Hatz Fitz & Cara.

First up at 7.30pm are The Swamp Stompers with the launch of their new EP Shadows on the Wall. The Swamp Stompers play funky rock and blues with heavy grooves. Emerging from the dirty backwaters of Lismore in 2012, the three band members have since been banished to far-flung swamps across Wollongong, Katoomba, and Old Bar NSW. The band sounds like the musical lovechild of John Butler Trio, Led Zeppelin, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, with three‐part harmonies, catchy guitar riffs, and dubstep-inspired didgeridoo soundscapes setting this original blues‐rock trio apart from the pack.

Hatz Fitz & Cara take the stage at 9.00pm. Their musical style is a unique combination of folk, roots and gospel blues with old time flavourings reminiscent of a time once forgotten.

Hat Fitz is a “veteran” wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byron’s East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, a record that is not likely to ever be broken, and one which bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers.

Cara (Robinson) draws on her soul background having toured Europe and the United States with singers such as Jamiroquai and the hugely popular Corinne Bailey Rae. Although blessed with a sensational voice, she was not content to be labelled as ‘just a singer, so has taken to drumming duties as well as washboards, flute and tin whistle, sometimes all at once.

Together this pair will take you on a musical journey with ample, boisterous highs, and longing, bluesy lows. From the Australian outback to the Canadian shield, Hat Fitz & Cara put on a show that is guaranteed to energize and invigorate. Hat Fitz and Cara have the songs, the musical ability, the drive and the self belief to offer something refreshingly vibrant
and new.  – Pete Feenstra.

 

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Join Cathy Earl, Victoria O'Neill and Fiona Garde as they bring you the blues from some of the great Lady blues singers of bygone years. Expect classic numbers from the likes of Etta James to Aretha Franklyn and Janis Joplin. All backed by a talented four piece band, Jon Matthews (guitar), Wayne Slater (bass), Brodie Stewart (keyboards) and Greg Brenton (drums).

Supporting Lady Blue will be Myles Mitchell (7.30pm) and Bag o' Snakes (10.00pm).

Entry: $20.00 / $10.00 (members)

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A band of veteran players, headed by Rick Steele with a mix of blues and laid‐back country rock, The Hot Biscuit Band manages to cultivate a definitive Australian imagery with its music, rather than merely reproducing American roots music.

The band features Rick Steele with Richie Pavledis and Marc Gordon. Come and watch your PBC president do what he does best – play the blues!

The Hot Biscuit Band are supported by Gabriele Campani (7.30pm) and The Great Unnamed Band (10.00pm).

Entry: $20.00 / $10.00 (members)

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The Blue Devils are a four piece blues combo featuring Geoff Bushby on blues harp and Al James on guitar. They're backed by the inimitable rhythm section of Yugon Chobanoff (drums) and John Wilson (bass).

All four members are long time blues players on the Perth and interstate scene and together showcase a rocking' stash of 1950's styled blues classics along with some original tunes...BUT....tonight is EXTRA SPECIAL as the guys will be joined by the one and only Miss Peta Lee!

Peta is a favourite among blues lovers not only in Perth, but across the country having performed at various festivals on the East Coast! It's sure to be a great night.

The Blue Devils will perform two sets and are supported by Ivan Zar (7.30pm).

Entry: $20.00 / $10.00 (members)

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Brett Hardwick has been part of the Perth music scene for many years and likes nothing more than to dust off his Strat and take a great big bite of some funky blues. Featuring the creative powerhouse rhythm section of Ric Eastman on drums and Lee Miller bass, the band will be stretching out and laying down some bluesy ,funky, country good times.

Brett and his band will be supported by Midnight Sun (7.30pm) and Circus (10.00pm).

Entry: $20.00 / $10.00 (members)

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