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The Blind River Blues Band has been together for only six months and is already creating excitement in the Perth Blues Community.

The line-up features  Danny Needham (Choppers) on Vocals and Guitar, a well known journeyman player originally learning his art in his native Yorkshire. On Lead Guitar and Vocals is Chris Peniston (Jimi), who honed his craft in a succession of bands on the East Coast before heading West a few years ago. On Bass Guitar is Ian Rutter (Mr Cool), who first came to prominence with the UK band "The Crew" and enjoyed top ten success with them on the UK charts. Ian has played with many fine WA bands over the years. The Drummer is Chris Fayle (Bear), who talks little about his past other than the fact that his music career started in Newcastle (NSW) many decades ago, and that he hits stuff for money. The regular Blues Harp player is Adam.

The band plays Chicago style Blues with an injection of attitude. We hope you enjoy!

The Blind River Blues Band is supported by Dom Zurzolo (7.30pm) and Blues ConFusion (9.45pm)

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members).

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On behalf of Gary Cox's family, we are pleased to pass on this message of thanks from Kieryn. 

I am so grateful to the amazing musicians who made last week's tribute to Gary Cox a massive success. It was truly a beautiful and emotional night and the afternoon in the beer garden was magical also. With more than six hours hours of music played by 36 musicians (by my count) and between 250-300 attendees, we raised $2899.55 for "Saving Animals From Euthanasia" (split between Metro and HQ branches) from donations on the door and online -

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A special afternoon/evening show on Easter Saturday at the Charles Hotel.

The event starts at 4pm in the Beer Garden then moves to the Band Room to restart at 8pm, finishing at 11.30pm.

The following acts will be performing:

  • Awesome Wells
  • Paul Daly and The Heavy Hitters
  • Patrick Woodley
  • Rick Steele
  • Simon Cox
  • Pete Romano
  • Dave Gillam
  • Cathy Earl

Entry: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members)

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The 6th annual ANZAC Legacy Blues Concert has become an iconic event in the City of Canning and continues to grow as the only blues event in Perth on this significant day.

This free blues soiree in the lush grasslands of the Civic Amphitheatre commences at 2pm and features local blues legends from across the State. It is family-friendly and a "must do" for any blues fans or those who love to dance!

Check out this incredible line-up to get your toes tapping:

  • Rick Steele - jJoined by the Legacy Band and Rippin Horns
  • Pete Romano
  • Lindsay Wells
  • Lucky Oceans
  • Birdland

Plus, hailing from Fremantle in Western Australia, our headline act DATURA4 - the brainchild of Dom Mariani (frontman of legendary Australian garage rockers The Stems and Power Pop favourites DM3) and Greg Hitchcock (former You Am I and one-time New Christs’ guitarist). In 2011 they joined forces combining a shared passion for full-tilt boogie, psychedelic rock and progressive blues. With a healthy nod to Early ’70s Australian Psych/Blues/Boogie from the likes of Buffalo, Coloured Balls, The Aztecs and latter era Masters Apprentices, “Demon Blues” represents Mariani & Hitchcock’s love of hard hitting bell-bottom blues.

What else is there to do?

  • Food Trucks
  • Kids poppy badge and medal making
  • Giant games
  • Check out the Perth Blues Club Merchandise Tent
  • Bring some loose change to support Legacy WA!
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For ONE night only, a magnificent collection of Australian musical talent celebrates the music, and the life, of guitarist Phil Emmanuel, and the posthumous release of his final recording, Thunderbird Legacy.

Brother and famed international guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel, said he was excited about the release of his brother’s album. “I think Thunderbird Legacy is Phil’s best work and I know his fans, and guitar fans, are going to love it too,” Emmanuel said.

In 2017, Phil Emmanuel hit Diamond Valley Studios with his band, guest guitarist Jacob Funnell and producer/musician Parris Macleod. The eclectic session included favourite tunes, cinema themes, and new original songs. The result was Thunderbird Legacy, finally mastered by Don Bartley the day before Phil sadly passed away in May 2018. The guitarist had been excited about the recording and had been planning future productions.

On Wednesday 24 April, Thunderbird Legacy will be officially released with a spectacular concert event, featuring an extensive line up of some of Australia’s finest established and emerging musicians, paying tribute to the much-loved guitarist. This event will be streamed live to selected venues across Australia including the Perth Blues Club.

Phil's former studio band, and a selection of special guests, including daughter, singer-songwriter guitarist, Jesse Emmanuel, all feature in the star-studded concert line up. Joining the bill are many of the young guitarists mentored by Phil during his long career. A special set of guest players together with Phil’s band will bring to life the songs of Thunderbird Legacy.

Following the screening, there will be a live performance at the Perth Blues Club by Claude Hay.


6.15pm Live Screening
7.45 pm (approx) Claude Hay