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directors cut Bluesfest Director Peter Noble talks about the evolution of Bluesfest. By Martin Jones When we catch up with Peter Noble this year, he’s in the USA having just attended the Pollstar Awards, where Bluesfest was nominated for the Best International Festival Award for the second time. For Bluesfest to be up there rubbing shoulders with the likes of Glastonbury, Reading, Montreux Jazz Festival, etc, is testament to how far the Festival has come. With Bluesfest celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014 (April 17-21, get your pre-sale tickets now!) it’s interesting times for the Festival. Byron Bay and Bluesfest have grown up together over the past 24 years, surviving cyclones, fluctuations in the economy, political turmoil and growing pains hand-in-hand. You could argue that when the whaling and abattoir industries left Byron Bay, the arts played a significant role in the town’s rebirth, the Arts Factory and Bluesfest (or East Coast Blues Festival as it was then known) helping to shape Byron’s identity as a haven for artists. These days ask any international musician or music fan what they know about Byron Bay and the first thing they’ll mention is Bluesfest! Many feel that Byron’s artistic identity has been neglected, recently, in the name of “progress” or “commerce.” When Byron Council floated its live music restricting

Events Policy last year, Peter Noble rallied a strident cry of public opposition, demonstrating that the town’s artistic heart still beats strongly. The State Government overruled the policy. “It just felt to me like a place where artists would live naturally, or people who are involved or interested in the arts,” Peter recalls what originally attracted him to Byron Bay. “And I think that’s become even truer over the years.” So Byron Bay has remained the home of Bluesfest since its inception back in 1990, finally coming to rest on its permanent, purpose-built site in Tyagarah. The Festival’s growth has been gradual and organic, Peter exercising remarkable patience in implementing long-term plans. With his own site and a line-up this year that eclipses anything the Festival has yet delivered, surely Peter must be approaching his ideal for Bluesfest. “Every time I think it’s getting close to my ideal, my ideal changes,” he laughs. “If you’d asked me ten years ago would I be doing Roger Hodgson or Jon Anderson from Yes, I probably would have given you a rather quizzical look. That’s just something I’ve started doing in the last couple of years… I just don’t know what’s going to happen with Bluesfest. It’s just something I go with and I book

it as I see that it should be. This year a lot of good talent has come our way so we haven’t had to chase it as hard as we have done in some years.” “So what are we nowdays? I don’t know,” he muses. “People go, ‘Oh, well you’re not a blues fest!’ Yeah, so what (laughs)! We’re definitely a music festival, and it’s all about music.” Yes, the Blues Police have been hot on Noble’s tail for some time now, bemoaning the loss of the more purist blues approach to the event’s early days. Peter has had as much experience with blues music as anyone in the country, as our forty-minute discussion on the current state of blues, part of which you can read in this month’s Rhythms cover story, demonstrates. With the number of original post-war blues founders dwindling, Peter admits that, “there is less blues around.” He recalls first falling in love with the blues through the English players when not many of the original American blues artists were touring a great deal. He fondly remembers the great reception he got to touring the likes of Junior Wells and Johnny Copeland in this country, and of course there was the Legends Of The Mississippi Delta Tour in the early ‘90s featuring the likes of Big Jack Johnson,

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Peter Noble suggests where to find some surprises and discoveries at this year’s Bluesfest. “Oh there’s just so many. SOJA’s one of course – to me he is like the next Michael Franti. Here’s another band who really has a message and is on fire with it. “Music Maker are for all the people who want to hear the real blues, and by that I mean people playing blues from their culture. I don’t think that should be missed. Playing For Change is another great one. They are a blend of the world’s best street musicians. and when touring SOJA

South America were playing to four to five thousand people nightly. Areal knockout. When we suggested Playing For Change to Robert Plant for Australian supports, there was nobody else he wanted for his main shows. “The Canadian band Current Swell, are also brilliant. I caught them at Bigsound and was blown away. Then there is Genevieve Chadwick. I don’t know what’s in the water around Moruya area but Kim Churchill’s been getting in my ear about her and she’s fantastic! “I am sure Ben Caplan is going to really impress a whole lot of people!

“Then there is Shuggie Otis of course. It’s the return of Shuggie Shuggie Otis Otis. If you’re a blues fan that’s somebody you should know about. We all went, ‘Where did Shuggie go?’ Having Allen Toussaint come – that’s an absolute mind blower for me to present. Bettye LaVette – people were saying she was the best artist to play Bluesfest last year. “Cyril Neville and Devon Allman’s new band, the Royal Southern Brotherhood, that’s going to be incredible. Allen Stone, there’s a very talented new artist coming up! Now these are just a few of the artists that I’d be advising not to miss!”


welcome! So the best thing I can do is say ‘thank you’ to our brilliant Bluesfest audience. Because they’re part of the reason why everyone wants to play Bluesfest. You can’t buy that audience. What great music fans!”

The BIG Bluesfest Family! Frank Frost, Sam Carr, Lonnie Pitchford and RL Burnside before anybody outside of Mississippi had ever heard of him. “And from those tours way back, through to today I always want to have a space at Bluesfest for players like that, for those who are still around,” says Peter, pointing out the Music Maker Revue as an example. “When you get down to the blues, it’s great that people keep finding another way of doing it. But the opportunities to see those original people are becoming rarer and rarer and are something to be savoured.” Then there is the next generation of elders coming along; people like Taj Mahal, Robert Cray and the long-lost Shuggie Otis. And a new generation following them. “But you can still hear it in Ben Harper, you can hear the blues,” Noble reasons. “Ben Harper influenced all those Australian artists so much. Like Xavier Rudd and [John] Butler and so many

others... they’ve got their little bit of blues out of that, even if they don’t realise it. And I guess the blues had to finally mutate and it’s not all about 12bar anymore, although it can be too.” Indeed, ever since Gill Scott Heron and Ben Harper demonstrated how successfully the Festival could embrace quality music from the margins of the blues back in 1996, Noble has cultivated a far broader vision for Bluesfest, welcoming all forms of the music he cherishes as “roots” – from blues to country to gospel to zydeco to Cajun to African to reggae to folk. But Bluesfest devotees have proven more than willing to come along for the ride and in the process the Festival has nurtured an open-minded audience engaged with the thrill of discovery. “That’s just it!” Peter agrees. “And the audiences are what it’s all about. Plus the fact that they’re there lifting the artists, makes the artists want to play better.

Don Page MP, Member for Ballina

On behalf of the Ballina Electorate, I would like to extend a warm welcome to visitors and local residents attending Bluesfest 2013. Last year’s Bluesfest was once again successful at the NSW Tourism Awards, taking out a Silver Award for Major Festivals and Events. This is another trophy for the Bluesfest cabinet, which is now crowded with awards, and deservedly so. It is a fantastic event that people from all over Australia and from overseas come to enjoy each year. It is a credit to Peter Noble and his team, who do a magnificent job of putting on an extremely professional and well-organised event. For this reason, it does enormous good for our local economy and tourism industry. This year’s lineup looks amazing and my wife and I are very much looking forward to once again enjoying the great music and atmosphere that it is synonymous with Bluesfest. I hope everyone enjoys this year’s Bluesfest as much as we always do.

“Going back through the watershed years, like when Ben Harper first played… even when Jack Johnson first played was a pretty special year. I don’t know what this year’s gonna be. Is it gonna be the year Manu Chao played? I don’t know, there are so many amazing artists. Or maybe Bluesfest is at the point where no one artist can stick out so much nowdays ‘cause there’s so many. And that’s getting back to the beginning of what you asked: is it getting to where I want it to be? Well, I guess maybe that’s it – that there’s so many great artists who want to play Bluesfest now. That is the realisation of a dream.” “But it’s certainly a dream that I don’t intend to walk away from,” Peter concludes, looking to the future. “The site’s not finished, although we’re doing more every year. We’re going to be launching the Boomerang Indigenous Festival at Bluesfest this year and there’s so many things to do still. I just thank god that I’m getting up towards middlesixties and I’m still so into it. And if it wasn’t for all those people supporting me, then I wouldn’t be doing it either. So thank you.”

Simon Richardson, Byron Shire Mayor For some, Bluesfest 2013 will be an initiation into live performances of blues, roots, world, indigenous, folk or a combination of all of the above. For others, it has become an annual Easter pilgrimage. Regardless of whether it is your first or twenty-first, as soon as you walk through the gates and into a tent, it becomes all about the music. Our shire has been built on a creative, welcoming, active and eclectic community; it was natural that Bluesfest would be born here. We love our festival that started little and are very proud to watch it become large. I hope everyone has a great time and respects each other, both inside the festival and throughout the Shire.


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ARTIST PROFILES Allen Stone

Sunday 9:00pm APRA Monday 3:00pm Jambalaya

“Pitch perfect powerhouse” – USA Today. Introducing America’s latest soul sensation, Allen Stone. This 25-year-old has drawn comparisons to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers (The New York Times). The self-proclaimed “hippy with soul” is the son of a preacher man, and like many soul singers he got his start in church. Allen’s first national TV appearance on Conan came after the music booker saw a YouTube video of Allen performing in his mother’s living room. Stone’s self-released album, Last To Speak (2010), got him signed to ATO for the release of his new self-titled album.

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Absolutely deserving of the title “legend” for his shaping of the sound of R&B, soul and funk as we know it. Allen Toussaint is one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B, having produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by, and performed with music giants Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Plant/Krauss, The Who, Glen Campbell, Dr. John, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, and countless others. Live, he is a charismatic living encyclopedia of the music of New Orleans.

The Bamboos

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Sunday 7:30pm APRA Monday 10:30pm APRA

Lance Ferguson and his nine-piece The Bamboos have come a long way since forming in 2001. Initially inspired by the instrumental raw funk of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, they made waves internationally and were labeled Lost & as one of the greatest funk and soul bands of our Found time. Constantly evolving in sound and style, the Head over to the Info Melbourne outfit has unveiled another revelatory record tent… you may just with Medicine Man, brimming with fresh ideas, classic be lucky!! See map on p33. songwriting and a brand of multi-layered pop they can call their own.

The Beards The concept of The Beards is simple – a folk rock band that exclusively perform songs about just one subject: beards. With a three-album back catalogue of crowd favourites like ‘If Your Dad Doesn’t Have A Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums’, ‘You Should Consider Sex With A Bearded Man’ and ‘No Beard, No Good’, The Beards continue in their ceaseless journey Di to make the world a more beard-friendly place and d they are most definitely succeeding. So put those you trimmers down and join the fun and furriness of There are over ? The Beards. 750 volunteers w o kn

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ARTIST PROFILES Beasts Of Bourbon

Saturday 7:15pm Crossroads

It’s been a long time between drinks for the Beasts Of Bourbon. The Beasts are making their Bluesfest debut with their incendiary blues-based pub rock punk. Forming in Sydney in 1983, the band hit the ground running with a chart-topping debut, The Axeman’s Jazz, and then redefined the rules of rock ‘n’ roll, surviving numerous break-ups and lineup changes to produce a further six cracking albums. With founding members Tex Perkins and Spencer P Jones joined by Brian Hooper, Tony Pola and Charlie Owen, the band is sounding better than ever.

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Saturday 6:00pm APRA | Sunday 7:00pm Cavanbah | Monday 7:00pm Cavanbah

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Introducing Halifax’s very own Ben Caplan. Channeling the growling intensity of Tom Waits and Seasick Steve, Caplan’s songwriting is as bold in range as it is in ferocity. Fuelled by a quality of melodrama and powerful lyricism, it’s the romance and the manhood crashing with his voice that gives Ben a truly innovative and experimental artistry. Since 2006, he has been nominated for seven Music Scotia Awards, was, for many, the discovery of last year’s SXSW and was named the Buzz Band of the 2012 East Coast Music Awards. 92 artists playing.

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Ben Harper fans elate! Not only is the Bluesfest favourite coming to the Festival with his band and Charlie Musselwhite, he is also performing a special solo and acoustic show, following on from his first ever solo acoustic Australian tour in 2012 – as he told Rhythms at the time, “It’s as much fun as I’ve ever had playing music.” A Bluesfest discovery, Ben Harper set the roots music world alight when he debuted at the festival back in 1996, stunning audiences with his trademark Weissenborn guitar, passionate vocals and timeless songwriting. Going on to release over a dozen albums, Harper has most recently teamed up with blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, who played at the first ever Bluesfest back in 1990. Musselwhite, who has played with © Danny_Clinch everyone from Howlin’ Wolf to Muddy

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Waters to Sonny Boy Williamson to Tom Waits, first met a young Harper supporting John Lee Hooker years ago (and again shortly afterwards at Bluesfest), and now the pair has collaborated on a brand new album, Get Up!, which they will be performing together at the Festival, back where it all began.

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Ben Howard

Monday 5:45pm Crossroads

“A rich, full voice pitched somewhere between Ray LaMontagne and a young John Martyn” – Sunday Times

Rich with rootsy and folk arrangements and homespun harmonies, Ben Howard’s 2011 album, Every Kingdom, was nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album Of The Year. His latest EP of material, The Burgh Island EP (2012), finds him ditching his acoustic guitar and taking things electric. At the age of 25, the future is looking mighty bright for Ben who has been nominated for two Brit Awards; British Male and British Breakthrough act.

Bettye LaVette

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“Miss LaVette now rivals Aretha Franklin as this generation’s most vital soul singer” – New York Times

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Grammy Award nominated soul singer Bettye LaVette is celebrating a staggering 50 years in the music industry, and her unforgettable performances at Bluesfest in recent years have earned her a place as one of the Festival’s firm favourites. An exceptional interpreter of song, Bettye delivers through her rough yet tender, sensuous voice as demonstrated on her latest album, Thankful N’ Thoughtful (2012).

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The Blind Boys of Alabama

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The living legends of gospel music are returning to Bluesfest with their glorious meld of gospel, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. There are few experiences more joyful than their unforgettable shows filled with laughter and packed with emotion. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners and Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductees were formed in the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind over seventy years ago and they haven’t stopped since. Their road has not been easy – but their regard in the industry is unrivalled.

Bonnie Raitt More than a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter, Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American music. This powerhouse is a 10-time Grammy winner (including another win this year for Best Americana Album), Rock ‘n’ Roll and Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and one of Rolling Stone’s ‘100 Greatest Singers Of All Time’ and ‘100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time’. Her latest and 19th studio album, Slipstream, has earned unprecedented praise from across the generations, inspiring a beautiful Adele cover of ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon calling her, “One of our greatest artists.”

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ARTIST PROFILES The Break

Friday 10:30pm APRA

“As long as we have that insatiable quest for knowledge, that’s a way of staying vital” – Brian Ritchie Featuring members of Midnight Oil, The Violent Femmes and Hunters & Collectors, Australia’s most innovative and powerful surf rock band, The Break, consists of Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey, Brian Ritchie and Jack Howard. The Break explore new horizons and obscure influences whilst tipping the occasional nod to ‘60s legends such as Ennio Morricone, Joe Meek, Link Wray and Dick Dale as well as San Francisco’s psychedelic Mermen with whom Ritchie has played on numerous occasions. As well as introducing audiences to their new album, Space Farm, this Easter, The Break will double as backing band to Rodriguez.

Brother Fox Winners of last year’s Bluesfest Busking competition, Brother Fox describe themselves as, “an experiment in lifestyle design. With a high-energy folk/ roost infusion, our sole purpose is to amplify your world – to reconnect you with this very moment, the right now, your present and our gift.” Brother Fox are setting their sights firmly on the future with a new EP and a, “play as many shows as possible” attitude. 2012 saw the band building a solid schedule of support shows including Jinja Safari’s Rural Youth Indent Tour.

Busby Marou

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“The overwhelming feeling that emanates from Busby Marou is joy” 4/5 stars – The Australian. Rockhampton boys Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou’s unique blend of folk soaked pop is Busby Marou. The duo left everyone grinning from ear to ear last year at Bluesfest, a shining example of the talent emerging in Australia right now. The 2009 Deadly winners are hard at work on their next album and will be joined on the road with their band this time around, giving this unique, intimate duo another layer to build into its signature sound.

The Cat Empire

Sunday 10:30pm Mojo

Another Bluesfest favourite and undeniably one of the world’s best party bands, The Cat Empire are back with their troupe of dancers, the Empire Horns, and a bunch of new tunes which is said to see them returning with the same spirit that blew everyone away early on in their career. With a new album coming this year, we can’t wait to see what’s on offer as well as hear a bunch of absolute party favourites like ‘Two Emergency! Shoes’, ‘The Chariot’, ‘The Car Song’ and ‘So Many In the case of any Nights’. Join the ever-swelling army of devoted emergency or safety concerns call the Cat Empire followers this Easter.

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ARTIST PROFILES Chris Isaak

Thursday 10:30pm Crossroads

It’s almost unbelievable that iconic American rocker/heartthrob Chris Isaak has never played Bluesfest before. A dedicated devotee of seminal rock artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, Isaak has stamped his own charisma on a classic sound with chart-topping hits like ‘Wicked Game’, ‘Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing’ and ‘Somebody’s Crying’. For his latest album, Beyond The Sun, Isaak returned directly to the source of that inspiration, Sun Studios in Memphis. As Isaak testifies, “Without Sam [Phillips] and Sun Studio, I don’t think we would have rock ‘n’ roll.”

Chris Smither

Sunday 2:45pm Cavanbah Monday 6:00pm APRA

A profound songwriter, Chris Smither is one of North America’s leading folk/ roots artists, renowned for his alluring baritone vocals, superb songwriting and dazzling guitar work. He draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers, setting up songs with his quietly virtuosic guitar-playing and the ever-present backbeat of his rhythmic, tapping feet. In his first return to Bluesfest since 2007, Chris Smither will arrive armed with his latest album, Hundred Dollar Valentine. © Devin Dobbins

Counting Crows

Thursday 7:00pm Mojo

Multi-Platinum American rock band Counting Crows are one of the most soulful and recognisable bands of the past two decades. With Grammy and Oscar nominations, over twenty million albums sold worldwide, eight Top 5 singles, and three records having broken the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 – not to mention multiple live albums and soundtrack appearances – Counting Crows’ success dates back to their 1993 debut release August And Everything After and the hit single ‘Mr. Jones’. In 2012 Counting Crows released their first album in over four years. Titled Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation), the album is a collection of 15 interpretations of their favourite tunes including tracks by Bob Dylan, Gram Parson and Teenage Fanclub to name a few. Counting Crows have influenced bands such as Dashboard Confessional, Panic At The Disco and The Hold Steady. With over twenty years of thriving in the music world, it’s about time Counting Crows made their Bluesfest debut.

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ARTIST PROFILES Current Swell Did you

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Sunday 4:30pm APRA Monday 2:45pm Crossroads

Canadian based surf rock band Current Swell’s songs are impossibly infectious, beautifully crafted stories that make the perfect companion to long summer road trips. Their distinctive, polished combination of raw blues and earthy roots is not only captivating on their new record, Long Time Ago, but makes for a brilliantly engaging live performance. Their music will become the perfect antidote to a long week, their sun inspired guitar riffs and twangy harmonica will become the songs you’ll love to unwind to this year.

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How do you describe Damien Dempsey’s music to someone who hasn’t yet been exposed to it? Take some reggae, fuse it with traditional Irish music, add in rock and folk and put it all through a grounded, working class, worldly yet caring consciousness, and you’re almost there. Damien Dempsey is one of the biggest acts to come out of Ireland in recent years. His latest album, Almighty Love (2012), was produced by long-term collaborator John Reynolds and features Sinéad O’Connor, one of the greatest voices of her generation. Extraordinarily gifted, Damien is set to wow the crowd with yet another soulful and spirited live performance.

Dropkick Murphys

Saturday 8:45pm Crossroads

It’s going to be a Celtic, punk/rock party when Boston’s Dropkick Murphys take the Bluesfest stage for the first time! The Dropkick Murphys first hit the scene in 1996 with their Platinum single ‘I’m Shipping Up To Boston’, featured in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning film The Departed. Following on from Going Out In Style, their powerful concept album about Irish immigrant, Cornelius Larkin, the band arrives at Bluesfest armed with a brand new album, Signed And Sealed In Blood.

Fat Freddy’s Drop

Sunday 9:00pm Mojo Monday 9:00pm Jambalaya

Wellington’s very own seven-headed soul powerhouse has never stuck to a script, constantly evolving their sound to something that is impossibly infectious. Fourteen years into their career they maintain the highest selling independently released album in New Zealand’s music history (nine-times platinum). ‘Silver And Gold’ is the first single from their imminent new album, Blackbird, encompassing blues, dub and dance music. If their last two legendary Cloak performances at Bluesfest are anything to go by, Room this is going to be one hell of a party.

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ARTIST PROFILES Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls

Thursday 10:00pm APRA

“The people’s prince of punk poetry” – NME. Frank Turner is another Bluesfest first timer. He may have started off as the voice of post-hardcore band Million Dead, but his primarily acoustic guitarbased brand of folk songwriting, catchy melodies and punk passion has taken off in a big way. With the successful release of his hand-picked 15-song compilation, Last Minute And Lost Evenings in 2012, plus his new record, Tape Deck Heart, set for release this April, things are only going onwards and upwards. And it only takes one listen to understand why.

Fred Wesley and The New JB’s

Thursday 10:15pm Jambalaya Friday 10:30pm Jambalaya

Arguably one of the greatest jazz and funk trombonists – the man James Brown called on for his funky horn hits; instrumental in creating the signature sounds of James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band – Fred Wesley is one of the most important musicians in soul music. Seminal hits he helped create include: Brown’s ‘Say It Loud (I’m Black And I’m Proud)’, ‘Doing It To Death (Funky Good Time)’ and ‘Pass The Peas’; Parliament’s ‘P-Funk’ and ‘Flashlight’; as well as Bootsy Collins’ ‘Stretching Out’. For the first time, Wesley and his band, The New JB’s, are gonna bring the FUNK back to Bluesfest!

Genevieve Chadwick

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“She’s the talent of John Butler, with the soul of Janis Joplin” – LOTL. An extraordinary performer and gifted songwriter, Genevieve Chadwick has been carving out a name for herself in Australia with her rich melodies and smoky vocals as exemplified on her stunning debut album, Riding The Wind Forgetting Time. Genevieve has performed with Australian favourites You Am I, Little Birdy, Diesel and Richard Clapton and has been compared to Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge and fellow 2013 Bluesfest artist Joan Armatrading.

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ARTIST PROFILES Glen Hansard with The Frames

Friday 3:30pm Mojo

Captivating Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard will grace the stage backed by long-term collaborators and folk/rock luminaries The Frames. From his work in the Oscar-winning phenomenon Once with the Academy Awardwinning ‘Falling Slowly’, to his haunting collaborations with Markéta Irglová in The Swell Season, Hansard’s unwavering commitment to song has seen him traverse a thirty-year career in the far reaches of folk storytelling. His debut solo album, Rhythm And Repose (2012), has been regarded as his best work so far, entrenched in the rich, poetic history of his native Ireland and the melodic mastery of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

Go Jane Go

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Thursday 5:30pm APRA

featuring Kieran Kane, David Francey and Lucas Kane After a successful tour in Australia in 2011, Nashville based Kieran Kane, his son Lucas Kane, and David Francey formed Go Jane Go. One of the godfathers of Americana music, Kane is founder of the Dead Reckoning Record label. Scottish/Canadian folk artist David Francey has earned multiple Juno and Canadian Folk Music Awards over an eight-album career. Kieran’s son Lucas Kane plays drums and guitar, and is the third limb to their threepart harmonies. They arrive at Bluesfest armed with a brand new album, recorded in Australia during their last tour.

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

Thursday 4:00pm Mojo Saturday 3:30pm Mojo

“The best female rock singer in the country” – USA Today. Equal parts seductive and dangerous, Grace Potter’s effortless stage presence and sweeping soul voice is not only hard to find, but impossible to forget. Forming in Vermont, USA, back in 2002, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals’ launched as a musically sophisticated young band inspired by the music of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Over ten years and five albums later, the release The Lion The Beast The Beat (2012) sees Grace and the boys maturing into one of the most accomplished rock bands around today.

7 stages! It’s a record!

As well as the longstanding stages MOJO, Crossroads, Jambalaya, APRA and the Busking Stage, the intimate Cavanbah Stage will be back for its second year running. As well as these six jam-packed venues we are proud to introduce The Lotus Palace (pictured) which will showcase special nightly performances, and a few other little treats still to be announced... Its full schedule can be found via Bluesfest.com.au

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ARTIST PROFILES Grey Ghost

Sunday 1:30pm Mojo Monday 4:30pm Jambalaya

“I got the same buzz seeing Grey Ghost as I did when I first walked into a bar and saw The Cat Empire unsigned and for the most part unknown – This is IT” Peter Noble, Festival Director. Grey Ghost is not your average rapper / hip hop artist. Arising from the death of Melbourne beat experimentalists The Melodics, Grey Ghost is a one-man journey through time, space and sound. From the natural poetry of Jeremedy’s urban parlance, to the kind of universal rhythms that awaken our inner primate, this is music, however technological, that remains unmistakably and beautifully human.

Hat Fitz & Cara

Thursday 4:00pm Cavanbah | Friday Midday Cavanbah | Saturday 3:00pm APRA

“Simple, powerful, full of the inherent realism we’ve come to expect from these two, a stellar effort” – Australian Guitar Perennial Bluesfest favourites Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson combine trans-continental Delta blues with an Irish folk twist. Hailing from Queensland, the ‘wild man’ of Australian blues, Hat Fitz plays guitar, stomps Lost tHIS his foot and sings the blues with a physical Program?! presence and power that reminds listeners of Come to the Rhythms past blues greats like Son House and Charley desk inside the Patton. Belfast’s Cara Robinson plays drums, Cavanbah Stage to pick up another one! washboard, flute and tin whistle and sings like and angel… or a demon, depending on the brief. Armed with their latest album, Wiley Ways, this Bluesfest appearance will be Hat Fitz’s 20th in a row!

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Iggy and The Stooges

Saturday 10:30pm Crossroads

“From the ‘60s to this moment, Iggy Pop has been a solid reminder of what happens when an artist stays true to himself only, and doesn’t give a damn about the rest of it… Iggy Pop is the Heavyweight Champion of rock ‘n’ roll” – Henry Rollins.

A decade after the Godfathers of American punk reunited, Iggy & The Stooges return to Australia for Bluesfest. Iconic frontman Iggy Pop will once again lead guitarist James Williamson, drummer Toby Dammit, bassist Mike Watt and sax player Steve Mackay into rock ‘n’ roll battle. In 2010, Iggy & The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honouring the significance of their original trio of visceral albums, The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power. Their influence crosses generations and the rock spectrum – from the hardcore of Black Flag and Henry Rollins to The Sex Pistols, The Birthday Party and Kurt Cobain. Now it’s Bluesfest’s turn to witness the unyielding power of the Heavyweight Champions of rock ‘n’ roll. © Sophie Howarth

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ARTIST PROFILES Jake Shimabukuro

Thursday 7:00pm Cavanbah Friday 1:30pm APRA

“Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with him” – Eddie Vedder. Last time ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro played Bluesfest, a buzz swept through the festival about the young Hawaiian. It’s rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It’s even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row) and his uke effortlessly mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk, creating a sound that’s technically masterful, emotionally powerful and utterly unique.

Jason Mraz

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Thursday 8:45pm Mojo

Following his phenomenal return to the charts early last year with the release of his latest album Love Is A Four Letter Word, Jason Mraz comes to Bluesfest fresh from big performances in 2012 at Madison Square Garden and 02 Arena in London. One of the modern era’s most gifted pop troubadours, Mraz’s extraordinary musical journey has taken him from coffee houses to stadiums all over the world, with two Grammy Awards and six nominations already to his credit. His single, ‘I’m Yours’, holds the record for being the longest-running song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. © Eric Morgensen

JD McPherson

Sunday 10:30pm APRA Monday 9:00pm APRA

“Tom Waits, Nick Lowe and John Prine are big fans of his... Think Elvis Presley’s output before he joined the army”– Guardian UK With last year’s debut album, Signs And Signifiers, this Oklahoman renaissance man/hepcat seamlessly meshes the old and the new, the primal, the sophisticated, in a way to satisfy traditional rock ‘n’ roll and R&B purists while also exhibiting a rare gift for mixing and matching disparate stylistic shapes and textures. With such diverse influences ranging from T-Rex, The Clash, Pixies and Little Richard, JD McPherson and musical partner Jimmy Sutton belt out classy hybrid roots and rockabilly, honed with a modern hardcore rockin’ rhythm & blues edge.

Jimmy Cliff

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Friday 5:00pm Mojo

Reggae’s greatest Third World Music Superstar and the author of stone cold classics like ‘Many Rivers To Cross’ and ‘The Harder They Come’, will be making his first Bluesfest appearance this year. With a 50-year legacy, and a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction, Jimmy Cliff has collaborated with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello and his music has been covered by artists like Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen. Cliff has just received a Grammy for his new album Rebirth for which he collaborated with punk/ska band Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, on what he believes to Did Bluesfest has be his own artistic revival. close to 1000 core

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ARTIST PROFILES Joan Armatrading

Over the course of 40 years and 20 critically acclaimed albums, Joan Armatrading has forged an uncompromising career. Including classics like ‘Love And Affection’, ‘Show Some Emotion’, and ‘Drop The Pilot’, her canon of work has brought her three Grammy nominations, two Brit nominations, a debut at Number One in the Billboard Blues chart, a highly coveted Ivor Novello Award, and a Gold Badge Award. Joan has also been honoured by the Queen, receiving an MBE. Her new jazz-flavoured album, Starlight, is another triumph of musicianship and confessional songwriting.

Jon Anderson

Thursday 7:00pm Jambalaya Friday 5:30pm Crossroads

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Sunday 4:15pm Crossroads

An intimate evening with Jon Anderson – the voice of Yes. One of the most recognisable and influential voices in progressive rock, as the lead vocalist and creative force behind the band Yes, Jon Anderson was central to that band’s phenomenal success. Jon’s solo show includes classic tales from his days with the supergroup and his ensuing solo career, as well as the timeless songs from all across the Yes songbook, including ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’, ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart’ as well as his own eclectic solo work.

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Sunday 4:30pm Mojo

Karise Eden is a girl who has lived the blues and can sing the blues. Hailing from the NSW Central Coast, Karise was the first winner of The Voice Australia with a soulful voice that is well beyond her 19 years. Dubbed Australia’s new ‘queen of soul’ by Seal, Karise scored six out of the Top 10 singles on the ARIA Charts, a feat not achieved since The Beatles in 1964. To add another notch to her belt, her debut album, My Journey, debuted at Number One and has already been accredited double platinum.

Kim Churchill

Sunday Midday APRA Monday 1:15pm Crossroads

A certified Bluesfest favourite, Kim Churchill will be bringing his intricate guitar playing, earthly stomp box, powerful harmonica and soulful voice to the Festival again this year. Spending as much time touring overseas as he does at home these days, Churchill is no longer Australia’s best kept secret. Of his latest album, Detail Of Distance, recorded in Vancouver, Churchill says, “The songs stem from my travels around the world; each one containing flavours from the surroundings in which it was written.” Most recently, Kim has been featured on Playing For Change’s Live Outside series.

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ARTIST PROFILES King Cannons

Saturday 12:30pm Mojo | Sunday Midday Mojo | Monday 1:30pm Jambalaya

“[A] rootsy brand of rock ‘n’ roll that lands somewhere between Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer” – The Daily Telegraph. Inspired by working-class struggle and punk rock ethics, King Cannons formed when singer Luke Yeoward met guitarist Rob Ting and bass player Jonno Smith at a screening of a Joe Strummer documentary. Swelling to a six-piece, the band moved into a Melbourne house to write their own chapter in post-punk, producing a self-titled EP in 2010, and last year realising the vision in the Tom Larkin (Shihad) produced album, The Brightest Light.

Kitty Daisy & Lewis

Monday 4:15pm Crossroads

“Have you heard of Kitty Daisy & Lewis? They’re f***ing amazing” – Chris Martin (Coldplay) This London trio of siblings is one act you have to see this Bluesfest. Their music is a genre bending mix of dirty R’n’B and blues, whiskey-soaked country, haunting jungle drums, ska and gospel fever with a punch in the face by Daisy’s hard beat boxing. Kitty Daisy & Lewis play any instrument they can get their hands on, recording their latest album, Smoking In Heaven, in their vintage studio using ribbon microphones and analogue tape, receiving rave reviews.

Leonardo’s Bride

Thursday 4:00pm Jambalaya Friday 12:30pm Mojo

A lot of memories will flow through the crowd when the original lineup of Leonardo’s Bride returns to the stage for two exclusive performances. In late 2000, Leonardo’s Bride performed a concert in Sydney’s Domain to over 80,000 people. A few months later the group called it quits; there were no farewell shows or explanations. From their early DIY days of handdrawn gig posters and indie EPs, Leonardo’s Bride went on to become one of Australia’s most loved bands, touring internationally and domestically for over a decade. Their signature hit, ‘Even When I’m Sleeping’, was voted one of APRA’s Top 30 Australian Songs of All Time.

Lil’ Fi & The Dirty Rascals

Saturday 1:30pm APRA

Lil’ Fi is one of Australia’s most original roots music blues divas. A brassy entertainer with a unique songwriting style, she’s a retro-punk visionary with a heart too big not to be shared. Lucky Oceans described her as, “An uncommonly convincing Blues-Mama,” and Blues legend BB King compared her to Bonnie Raitt when she received a standing ovation after she warmed the stage for him. Lil’ Fi translates the blues, that gritty cry of the oppressed and abused, into a uniquely Australian hybrid.

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Led Zeppelin Celebration Day “In a word: magical” - The Advertiser, Courier Mail, Herald Sun Rolling Stone

Manu Chao Baionarena 33-track tracks over two cds - an explosion of joy and energy, and the ultimate live statement from this musical globalista with a rock’n’roll rebel heart. “…a rapid-fire blend of reggae, post-punk, Afropop and more, breaking the rules of genre left and right.” LA Times

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Gary Clark Jr Blak and Blu “There’s a chance the searing, unforgettable heat of this year’s Big Day Out may have been generated by the phenomenal guitar playing of Gary Clark Jnr.” Sydney Morning Herald “He’s the future” President Barack Obama “His songs are as notable for his soulful vocals as they are for the skilled guitar playing.” The Australian “There’s a natural rawness to him, and the music, that draws you in.” Rhythms Magazine www.garyclarkjr.com

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon Rodney has been closely associated with Emmylou – as a songwriter, guitarist and harmony singer – since 1975, but this is their first ever album of duets. Produced by Brian Ahern (Johnny Cash, George Jones, a number of Emmylou’s classic early albums and Rodney’s 1978 debut), “Old Yellow Moon” features four Crowell originals and classic material from the likes of Hank DeVito and Roger Miller. www.emmylouharris.com

Josh Ritter The Beast In Its Tracks New studio album, follows his acclaimed “So Runs The World Away” album of which NPR Music declared, “I’ve come to expect good records from him...but this one took my breath away.” Out March 8 www.joshritter.com


ESSENTIAL INFO GETTING THERE

GETTING IN:

Bluesfest’s home at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm is conveniently located on the Pacific Highway between Byron Bay & Brunswick Heads.

Thursday March 28: 2pm - close 12am Friday March 29: 11am - close 12am Saturday March 30: 11am - close 12am Sunday March 31: 11am - close 12am Monday April 1: 11am - close 12am

Directions:

Car:

Travel times to Bluesfest’s home in Tyagarah: Byron Bay: 15 mins Ballina: 35 mins Coolangatta/Gold Coast Airport: 50 mins Brisbane Airport: 1 hr 50 mins Brunswick Heads: 5 minutes Mullumbimby: 5 mins Coffs Harbour: 3 hrs 20 mins Surfers Paradise 1 hr 10 mins Once you arrive, there is free parking onsite.

Bus:

The buses are a cheaper and more efficient option for the patron so consider leaving the car behind and catching the Bluesfest Bus! Shuttle buses will be in full operation from Thur 28th March 2 pm and run approx every 20 minutes to and from the festival. The Byron Bay pick up/drop off point is at the Tourist Centre, Johnson Street. Buses are also servicing Brunswick Heads, Mullumbimby, Bangalow, Ocean Shores, Billinudgel, Lennox Head and Ballina areas. A shuttle will be available from 8am Thur 28th March – Mon 1st April for Byron Bay only. There will be a limited bus service on Wed 27th March from 12 – 9pm from/to Byron Bay only (to service Festival campers). All bus fares are $4 per way – excl Ballina and Lennox Head which is $10 per way... Have your change ready! For information on bus times & stops servicing Byron Bay, Lennox Heads and Ballina areas, phone Blanchs on (02) 6686 2144 or visit www.blanchs.com.au For information on bus times & stops servicing Mullumbimby /Bangalow / Brunswick Heads / Billinudgel / Ocean Shores please refer to brunswickvalleycoaches.com. au or visit the info tent.

Parking:

Free car parking available on site! We do however recommend car pooling or taking the bus! See the map on page 32. Disabled parking is available for vehicles that have Government issued parking permits. Please take note of speed limits and wildlife on site! Drive Safe!

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Gate times:

Entries: North Gate: Coming by car? That’s your gate to enter the Festival.

South Gate: If you are camping, arriving by bus or taxi, take the South Gate Entry to the Festival. Please know that you will not get lost, as no matter which way you come from there are lots of signs and friendly Bluesfest crew to help you find your way! Wristbands:

Treat it like gold! If lost, it’s not replaceable. Your wristband is non-transferable and once removed will become invalid.

Age:

We know all our patrons are young at heart, however, patrons under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 6 are free, and those between 6-14 years must have a child’s ticket. Alcohol will only be sold to patrons 18 and over who can show valid 18+ photo ID.

Disabilities:

Should you need any assistance whilst onsite, make yourself known at the Volunteer HQ at the south entry gate, where you can have access to Bluesfest’s exceptional disability services.

WHERE THE ACTION IS: Stages:

Seven stages! It’s a new record! As well as the longstanding stages MOJO, Crossroads, Jambalaya, APRA and the Busking Stage, the intimate Cavanbah Stage will be back for its second year running. As well as these six jam-packed venues we are proud to introduce The Lotus Palace which will showcase special nightly performances, and a few other little treats still to be announced... Its full schedule will be released shortly via Bluesfest.com.au

Merchandise:

Grab your iconic Bluesfest merch between the hrs of 12pm – 12am. Shirts, caps and all the rest! Don’t forget to purchase your 2014 pre-early bird tickets from here too!!

2014 – PRESALE 5 Day Festival Tickets to the 25th Anniversary Bluesfest! $320 ONLY. Limited number available for purchase at the Festival. Don’t miss out! Pick up your 2014 presale ticket at the merch tent or entry gate box offices! Be quick as these tickets will sell out. You will not get another chance to buy a Bluesfest ticket at this price after the show is finished. Bargain of the year! Recycling: Refuse, Reuse, Reduce and Recycle is the Bluesfest message that has won us many green awards!! From 100% recyclable packaging used by stalls and suppliers, to the massive recycling production onsite, we are proud of our achievements and are always working on improving our recycling initiatives. Bluesfest invites you to consider the environment and together we can decrease the volume of waste that ends up in landfill by using the effective bin systems throughout the site.

Smoking:

Sticking with NSW smoking laws, no cigarettes will be sold inside the festival. Please consider the environment when disposing of your cigarette butt. Bluesfest also requests that you refrain from smoking inside the tents.

Cameras:

Bluesfest allows all still cameras onsite! No video or recording devices allowed though... So get happy snapping!!

Info & safety:

Onsite safety Hotline: 0402 690 004 This number is also printed on your wristband. First Aid are onsite and ready to help your medical needs in any way. Bluesfest Info is on hand to help assist you with any queries you may have, directions, lost ‘n found, and general enquiries.

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ESSENTIAL INFO GETTING OUT Pass outs:

Patrons are free to come in and out of the Festival at any time.

Camping:

Those who will be staying at Bluesfest onsite in the beautiful green campgrounds need their camping ticket as well as Festival ticket to gain entry. Three day/night, as well as overnight campers, can only stay on the date the ticket stipulates. Not the night before or after. Please: No open fires No swimming in dams Footware is compulsory Please supervise children at all times Please comply with the 8km/hr speed limit. Please be aware that Bluesfest camp grounds are not powered, though you can use a small generator that will need to be turned off after midnight for the sanity of your fellow campers.

The General Store

Is open from 6:30am for a hot breakfast, great coffee and a chance to pick up camping supplies you may have forgotten. See the map on page 33.

The environment:

Tyagarah is home to many native animals that need to be catered for to ensure their habitat and safety is paramount. Please respect their space should you encounter them, do not approach or touch, and let a staff member know of the location so all precautions can be taken for both the animal and patron. As you will see, Tyagarah has an abundance of fauna on the grounds, please dispose of all your rubbish items thoughtfully, and help us preserve this magical home of Bluesfest.

FOOD

Mojo

Byron Bay Gelati Cafe Latino Falafel & Kebabs Gourmet Sausages Govindas Lennox Spit Roast Little Brazil Owens Oven Paella Time Pizza Loca Sate House Sweethearts Uprising Bakery Vegetarian Delights Yaman

Cavanbah

The Coconut Shack Byron Bay Japanese Kitchen(Federal Doma Cafe) Hari Har Chai Uncle Tom’s Pies

Bluesfest Coffee Petite Waffles Potato Head The Cider Press

Crossroads - Main Food Hall

Big Ozzie BBQ Byron Bay Organic Doughnuts Byron Gourmet Pies Doudou French Crepes Iron Wok Noodle Dudes Kinoko Langos Sultans Kitchen The Cajun Kitchen The Fish Taco Co The Groovy Souvi The Sauerkraut Sisters Yum Cha

Crossroads

Byron Gourmet Fish & Chips Captain Gozzy Crusta Woodfired Ginger Necktar Drink Company Gourmet Goons The Aztec Mexican

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CHARITIES

KIDS CENTRAL

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Take the little ones along to do some crafty activities Bay FM Community Radio daily from noon ‘til 5pm at the Kids Tent, located near the South Gate. A private parents’ room is also provided. Boomerang Festival

Activities include:

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THURSDAY 28 March Gates open 2:00pm – close Midnight

MOJO

CROSSROADS

JAMBALAYA

APRA

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Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

10:30pm – 11:45pm

Chris Isaak

10:15pm – 11:15pm

Fred Wesley and the new jb’s

10 8:45pm – 10:00pm

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Jason Mraz

7 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Rodriguez

performing with The Break

10:00pm – 11:00pm

The Snowdroppers

8:30pm – 9:30pm

8:30pm – 9:30pm

Tav Falco & The Panther Burns

Seth Lakeman

7:00pm – 8:00pm

7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Robert Cray Band

Joan Armatrading

5:30pm – 6:30pm

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Shuggie Otis

Wanda Jackson

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Jake Shimabukuro

Shawn Colvin

5:30pm – 6:30pm

5:30pm – 6:30pm

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The Beards

feat. Kieran Kane, david francey & lucas kane

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4:00pm –5:00pm

4:00pm – 5:00pm

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals

William Elliott Whitmore

Leonardo’s Bride

4:00pm – 5:00pm

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Shaun KirK

Hat Fitz & Cara

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10

7:00pm – 8:00pm

5:00-5:15pm Arakwal Opening Ceremony

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4

8:30pm – 9:45pm

Frank Turner and the sleeping souls

8 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Counting Crows

6

8:30pm – 10:00pm

Tedeschi Trucks Band

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10:00pm – 11:15pm

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FRIDAY 29 March Gates open 11:00am – close Midnight

MOJO

CROSSROADS

JAMBALAYA

APRA

CAVANBAH 12

12 10:45pm–Midnight

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Tedeschi Trucks Band

10:30pm–11:30pm 10:00pm–11:15pm

Manu chao la ventura

Fred Wesley and the new jb’s

10:30pm–11:30pm

The Break

10:30pm–11:30pm

The Music Maker Blues Revue

10

10 8:45pm–10:15pm

Santana

7

9:00pm–10:00pm 8:30pm–9:30pm

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Wanda Jackson

7:30pm–8:30pm 6:45pm–8:15pm

Steve Miller Band

7:00pm–8:00pm

The Robert Cray Band

5:00pm–6:15pm

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Glen Hansard with the Frames

Skipping Girl Vinegar

Shuggie Otis

6:00pm–7:00pm

Leonardo’s Bride

The Beards

The Snowdroppers

4:30pm–5:30pm

4:30pm–5.30pm

Playing for Change

Michael Kiwanuka

4:00pm–6:00pm

ABC Coast FM National LIVE Broadcast

Taj Mahal

5

4 3:00pm–4:00pm

2:15pm–3:15pm

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6

Ben Harper solo acoustic Shawn Colvin

ROCKWIZ LIVE

2:45pm–3:45pm

William Elliott Whitmore

1:30pm–2:30pm

Jake Shimabukuro 12:30pm–1:30pm

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Soja 6:30pm–7:30pm

2:00pm–4:00pm 2:00pm–3:00pm

7:30pm–8.30pm

Joan Armatrading

3:45pm–5:00pm 3:30pm–4:30pm

8:00pm–10:00pm

The Songs of the Haight Ashbury Show

Rodriguez

5

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Tav Falco & The Panther Burns

performing with The Break

5:30pm–6:30pm

Jimmy Cliff

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9:00pm–10:00pm

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

6:00pm–7:00pm

6

11

1:15pm–2:15pm

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Seth Lakeman

12:45pm–1:45pm

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Ruthie Foster Midday–1:00pm

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Midday–12:45pm

Hat Fitz & Cara

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SATURDAY 30 March

Gates open 11:00am – close Midnight

MOJO

CROSSROADS

JAMBALAYA

APRA

CAVANBAH 12

12 10:00pm–11:30pm

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Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters

10:30pm–11:45pm

Iggy & the Stooges

10:30pm–11:30pm

The Robert Cray Band

10:30pm–11:30pm

The Beards

10:00pm–Midnight

The Songs of the Haight Ashbury Show

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9:00pm–10:00pm

Dropkick Murphys

Taj Mahal

Saskwatch

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Ruthie Foster

Matt Andersen

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Blind Boys of Alabama

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Beasts of Bourbon

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Michael Kiwanuka

Playing for Change

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Mark Seymour & the Undertow

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Soja

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Round Mountain Girls

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Lil’ Fi & the Dirty Rascals

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Wilson Pickers

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Allen Toussaint

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Wilco

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Status Quo

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The Music Maker Blues Revue

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Allen Stone

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Roger Hodgson

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Bettye LaVette

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Royal Southern Brotherhood

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Tony Joe White

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Grey Ghost

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Luka Bloom

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Paul Simon

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Xavier Rudd

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Soja

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Tony Joe White

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King Cannons

Kim Churchill

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ARTIST PROFILES Luka Bloom

Sunday 1:15pm Crossroads

One of Ireland’s most beloved troubadours, Luka Bloom’s intricate guitar playing and original, poetic and melodic songs win new and old fans over, again and again. From the first day he toured our shores in 1992, Bloom has earned a loyal following from Australian audiences, armed with just a guitar, a voice and elegant songs, including unlikely covers such as LL Cool J’s ‘I Need Love’, ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ and Hunters and Collectors’ ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’. His new album, This New Morning, takes the traditions of Irish musical storytelling and folk music and leaves an archive for our next generation.

The Lumineers

Sunday 9:00pm Crossroads Monday 8:45pm Crossroads

Already nominated for two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album, young Denver folk-rock band The Lumineers have the taken the world by storm with their debut self-titled album, which finished last year at Number Two on the Billboard 200 Chart. The feel-good single ‘Ho Hey’ literally erupted around the world, earning them the title of Spotify’s Most Listened To band for 2012. This year, The Lumineers have found their shows selling-out the world over, taking them from pubs and clubs to London’s 4,800-capacity Brixton Academy. Finally, it’s Bluesfest’s turn.

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“The ringmaster of a multicultural, cross-generational, genre-busting circus that can whip tens of thousands of people into a frenzy” – Pitchfork. With a second performance added due to overwhelming demand, it’s no surprise this global phenomenon has become one of the world’s most respected musicians, with a huge cult following in all corners of the globe, selling more than ten million albums. Chao’s eclectic and infectious multilingual compositions have been gaining momentum since his first solo album, Clandestino, become the second biggest selling world music album in history. After the word spreads following their first performance, the Sunday show is bound to be packed!

NEW SOJA ALBUM Strength to Survive The new SOJA album – Strength to Survive is available from March 22 through AIM records. Grab your copy at the festival Music Shop. Watch SOJA on Friday 7:30pm, Saturday at 2pm, Sunday 9pm and Monday at 7.30pm.

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ARTIST PROFILES Mark Seymour and The Undertow Did

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After 18 years as frontman of legendary Australian outfit Hunters and Collectors, Mark Seymour has continued to build a formidable solo career, spanning seven studio albums 47% of and two live releases. For his latest project, Seymour has Bluesfest teamed up with Cameron McKenzie, John Favaro and patrons were Peter Maslen to create a sound Stephen Cummings female, and 53% were describes as, “Richard Clapton meets Jackson Browne male (2012) at a car park above a beach with breaking surf.” Mark Seymour and The Undertow are coming to Bluesfest armed with their brand new album, Seventh Heaven Club.

Mason Rack Band After their high impact, “revealing” performance last year (the band’s finale saw them dropping their strides!), Bluesfest welcome back the Mason Rack Band. The band’s influences include flashes of Tom Waits and Muddy Waters with roots extending to Ben Harper. Throw in a slide guitar, raspy vocals, a rocking bluesy bass, massive drum percussion and the result is a spectacular kaleidoscope of musical genres. The boys had a big 2012, returning from their sixth sold out Canadian Tour and getting signed to a German touring agent after their set was witnessed at the Grolsch Blues Festival in Germany.

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“Canada’s greatest guitarist made one acoustic guitar sound like a fully staffed band. Outrageous skill and contagious joy” - The London Times Matt Andersen isn’t so much a performer as a force of nature. The Canadian blues artist is a mountain of a man with talent to match. Delivering powerful, gale-force concerts of contemporary, blue-collar blues with hues of folk, rock, country and gospel, Andersen was recently awarded the Maple Blues Awards’ Male Vocalist Of The Year. His latest album, Coal Mining Blues (2012), is a rich vein of new songs addressing the trying lives of working people.

Mavis Staples

Sunday 7:30pm Jambalaya Monday 3:00pm Mojo

“Mavis Staples is the most underrated diva of the century” – Rolling Stone VH1 named her as one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her in the top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Mavis Staples is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. Emerging from the seminal family gospel group The Staples Singers, Mavis is still reinventing herself, working once again with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on a follow-up to the acclaimed You Are Not Alone. To see Mavis live is to believe.

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ARTIST PROFILES The McMenamins

Saturday 1:15pm Cavanbah Monday 2:45pm Cavanbah

After their BigSound 2012 performance in Brisbane knocked the socks off Festival Director Peter Noble, The McMenamins had to be on the bill for Bluesfest 2013. The brother and sister duo hailing from Cairns draw on alt. country and folk influences and use honeyed vocal harmonies with mandolin and violin driven instrumentals to deliver beautiful music. The McMenamins have toured the States twice in the last six months and secured a strong local following with their three albums, including the latest, Long Time Gone.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Sunday 10:30pm Jambalaya Monday 10:30pm Jambalaya

Melbourne Ska Orchestra is a fun-loving big band experience made up of around thirty of Australia’s finest musicians, including more than a dozen horn players, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, two organists and three singers. Fronted by Nicky Bomba (Bomba, Bustamento, John Butler Trio), their music covers the golden ska period of 1963 (Skatalites / Wailers) through to British Two Tone (Madness, Specials, etc) and anything positive and significant in between. Their triumphant return to Bluesfest this Easter will not only feature their all time favourites, but will celebrate the release of their highly anticipated self-titled debut album.

Michael Kiwanuka

Friday 4:30pm APRA Saturday 6:00pm Jambalaya

Here is a voice – timeless, rich, raw and soaked in soul – that simply can’t be ignored. Though he may be only 24 years old, Michael Kiwanuka’s songwriting is full of sincere insights and tales that belie his age. Compared to the likes of Bill Withers and Otis Redding, the British singer was nudged into the limelight when he supported Adele on her 2011 tour. Since then he has won the BBC’s Sound Of 2012 Poll, released his debut album, Home Again, and been nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize.

Thursday 17th – Monday 21st April, 2014

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ARTIST PROFILES The Music Maker Blues Revue featuring Ironing Board Sam, Major Handy, Pat Wilder & Dr. Burt.

Friday 10:30pm Cavanbah Saturday 8:30pm Cavanbah Sunday 10:30pm Cavanbah Monday 8:30pm Cavanbah

Music Maker Relief Foundation is fighting the good fight to keep the blues and southern roots music alive, and paying homage to these incredible musicians. This inspired and inspiring non-profit North American organisation is dedicated to give back to the roots of American music. After truly moving, humbling and beautiful performances over the years at Bluesfest, this year The Music Maker Blues Revue will take to the road, featuring Boogie Woogie legend Ironing Board Sam, guitar slinging siren Pat Wilder, Alabama bluesman Dr. Burt and zydeco giant Major Handy, with Albert White, Nashid Abdul Khaaliq and Ardie Dean.

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Newton Faulkner

Monday 1:30pm Mojo

Newton Faulkner emerged in 2007 with debut album Handbuilt By Robots. A year later, Newton first wowed Bluesfest audiences with his distinctive guitar playing style; a tap-pick-and-strum technique that allows him to use his instrument as guitar, MUSIC SHOP bass and drums all at once. After years of Grab a copy of your invention, innovation, reinvention and creation, fave Bluesfest Artist’s CD at The Music Shop Newton Faulkner has returned with his third in the Mojo Field. album, Write It On Your Skin, collaborating See map on p33. with other writers and players. With a purist’s love of music, this feel-good performer, with his trademark rust-red dreads, will be sharing special moments with the Bluesfest crowd once again.

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Sunday 6:00pm Mojo

Nicky Bomba is going to be one busy man this Bluesfest! Not only will he be conducting the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, it will be the Bluesfest debut of his new band Bustamento, a tropical, shaking six-piece that pays homage to the upbeat rhythms of the Caribbean, covering the calypso, mento, early reggae and ska styles. In 2012 the fruit of their labour, Intrepid Adventures To The Lost Riddim Islands, was released, earning them an ARIA Award nomination. Break out your best Hawaiian shirt and prepare to party hard!

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ARTIST PROFILES Paul Simon

Monday 8:15pm Mojo

Widely regarded as one of the most successful and prolific songwriters of the latter half of the 20th century, Simon has consistently penned mature, literate songs with an astute political and social conscience. In the early 1960s, the folk revival swept New York and a new breed of singers and songwriters introduced a new approach to the craft of creating tunes – at the forefront was Paul Simon, creating immortal songs like ‘The Sound Of Silence’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. Simon continued to expand his musical palette, introducing world music to the mainstream with his most career-defining release, Graceland. Since then, his 12 Grammy Awards and two Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductions (as Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist) have led to his listing in Time Magazine’s 100 People Who Shape Our UP CLOSE World. His latest release, So Beautiful Or So What, & is a beautifully crafted album of unique, carefully PERSONAL constructed songs still rich in discovery. “I’m more Come to the Rhythms interested in what I discover, than what I invent,” Artist Q&A sessions at the Cavanbah says Simon. “You don’t possess it. You can’t control Stage. it or dictate to it. You’re just waiting. Waiting... for the show to begin.” And so are we.

Playing For Change Playing For Change is a movement founded by American producer Mark Johnson to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. The Playing For Change Band includes nine of the most incredible musicians from across four continents including legendary New Orleans street musician Grandpa Elliott who sings alongside Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), Titi Tsira (South Africa), Tula (Isreal), Jason Tamba and Mermans Mosengo (Congo), as well as Peter Bunetta (USA) on drums, Louis Mhlanga (Zimbabwe) on lead guitar, Roberto Luti (Italy) on steel guitar, Orbe Oritz (Cuba) on bass and Tom Canning (USA) on keys. They’ve travelled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus, to play the Bluesfest stage.

The Robert Cray Band It’s been seven long years since Robert Cray has toured Australia, but he and his long-serving band still shred the blues, like never before. The ‘Strong Persuader’s career has spanned 35 years and he’s still creating, releasing his 16th album, Nothing But Love, last year. With songs like ‘Smoking Gun’, ‘I Guess I Showed Her’, ‘Phone Booth’ and ‘I Was Warned’, five Grammy Awards and an induction into the Blues Hall Of Fame, Cray has truly picked up the torch as one of modern day blues music’s most important protagonists.

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ARTIST PROFILES Robert Plant

Saturday 10:00pm Mojo

Presents Sensational Space Shifters

Robert Plant, the legendary singer of Led Zeppelin, will be making his long awaited Bluesfest debut this Easter with his Sensational Space Shifters. One of the most timeless and significant voices in the history of rock, Plant was voted as The Best Lead Singer Of All Time by the Rolling Stone readers’ poll. From 1967’s Band of Joy and The New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin emerged as one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Plant’s solo career has been as eclectic as it has successful, producing albums and recording with The Honeydrippers, Priory of Brion, Strange Sensation, Alison Krauss and the Grammy nominated Band of Joy. His new band, Sensational Space Shifters, is said to be “inspired by the roots music of Mississippi, Appalachia, Gambia, Bristol and the foothills of Wolverhampton, and draws on influences collected over a lifetime of meander and journeying.” The lineup includes some of the world’s best musicians, including Patty Griffin, Justin Adams, John Baggott and Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson. With recent sets including stunning reworkings of Led Zeppelin favourites, this promises to be a ‘once in a lifetime’ show.

RocKwiz Live A staple of Saturday night on SBS since 2005, the fun and frivolous music trivia show RocKwiz will be presented LIVE at Bluesfest, featuring surprise musical celebrities, contestants from the audience (yes, BE ON it could be you!) and of course the sassy and ROCKWIZ! gorgeous Julia Zemiro and Mr Brian Nankervis. Enter our competition on p88 of Rhythms As if that all isn’t entertaining enough, the to be a contestant RocKwiz Orkestra of Peter ‘Lucky’ Luscombe, in RocKwiz live at James ‘Maestro’ Black and Mark ‘Felttipped’ Bluesfest! Ferrie will be performing every lick of melody, every cliché of genre, every drop of tune!

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With the new Oscar nominated Searching For Sugar Man documentary telling the fascinating story of the rediscovery of this enigmatic singer-songwriter, Australia, and indeed Bluesfest, has played a crucial role in bringing Rodriguez back from obscurity to where he belongs – on stage. Songs like 1970’s ‘Sugar Man’ earned him a cult following as a kind of Latino Dylan, the songs continuing to resonate through new generations. The strength of that following lured him out of retirement to tour Bluesfest in 2007 and 2010 and he returns this year with a string of sold-out dates around the country, revelling in the international recognition he always deserved.

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ARTIST PROFILES Roger Hodgson

Sunday 5:45pm Crossroads

– The Legendary Voice Of Supertramp

A crowd favourite at Bluesfest 2010, Roger Hodgson (bringing his full band to Australia for the first time), has been recognised as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters, and lyricists of our time. As the co-founder, writer and legendary voice of Supertramp, he gave us such timeless classics as ‘Give A Little Bit’, ‘The Logical Song’, ‘Dreamer’, ‘Take The Long Way Home’, ‘Breakfast In America’ and so many others that have become the soundtrack to our lives.

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“Every time I see them, they get better, and better, and better” - Rhythms The phenomenon of North Coast NSW’s own Round Mountain Girls has etched itself into the “strange but true” annals of Australian musicology. Playing only the music they adore, a banjo and fiddle fuelled brand of bluegrass folk/pop, they have carved out a reputation as one of the most uplifting live bands in Australia. With two albums and the ingeniously titled Cover Girls EP already under their belts, the band have just completed a brand new record with producer Anthony Lycenko and special guests Felicity Urquhart and Jack Thompson.

Royal Southern Brotherhood Mike Zito, Devon Allman and Cyril Neville are the soul of the South. You’ll already know Cyril Neville – poet, philosopher, percussion master and founding member of the Neville Brothers. As the son of Allman Brothers’ Gregg Allman, Devon Allman has rock ‘n’ roll in his DNA, but he’s always walked his own path. Mike Zito is the blues ace whose ear for melody provides the counterpoint to his wingman’s rocking tendencies. Bassist Charlie Wooten and drummer Yonrico Scott are both heavyweight names in their own right. The South is rising again. Come along for the ride.

Rufus Wainwright

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“The greatest songwriter on the planet” – Elton John Establishing himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation, Rufus Wainwright has creativity in his genes. Son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright, he has carved out his own sound in the ostentatious worlds of rock, opera, theatre, dance and film. His brilliant eighth album, Out Of The Game, demonstrates his flair for classic pop even while the multi-faceted artist continues to compose operas and theatrical adaptations of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

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ARTIST PROFILES Ruthie Foster

Friday 12:45pm Crossroads Saturday 7:30pm Jambalaya

“I love Ruthie Foster. That’s my little sister. A phenomenal woman, yes indeed” – Mavis Staples. A Bluesfest favourite, Ruthie Foster is returning, this time with her full band. Foster has come a long way since her humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, earning a Grammy nomination for her 2009 release The Truth According To Ruthie Foster, and two Blues Music Association Awards (for Best Traditional and Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist!). Her latest album, Let It Burn, earned her another Grammy nomination and is her most personal and spiritual testimony yet.

Santana

Friday 8:45pm Mojo

One of the greatest musicians and most legendary guitarists of our generation, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana is set to ignite Bluesfest. His style defies definition; immediately recognisable, yet unlike any other. Santana’s fusion of Latin rock, blues, soul and jazz comes in full swing on stage in a way that transcends time and the limits of genre typecasting. Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures.

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Over more than four decades, Carlos Santana has sold more than 90 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won 10 Grammys, including a record-tying nine for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year). Among many other honours, Carlos Santana has also been cited by Rolling Stone as Number 15 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time. Santana has just released his latest album, Shape Shifter, in time for his first ever Bluesfest appearance. © Mary Anne Bilham

Saskwatch

Saturday 9:00pm APRA Sunday 3:00pm Mojo

“Melbourne at the moment is funk ‘n’ soul city. You can barely leave the house without feeling the bass, the groove and the good times, and one reason for this is local nine-piece Saskwatch” The Age Last year was huge for this young Melbourne nine-piece band with the release of their debut LP, Leave It All Behind, and a massive launch tour that followed. A part of the new Melbourne soul movement, the group also appeared as support for the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, R&B and funk legends, Earth Wind & Fire, Maceo Parker and Sharon Jones. Blending afro-inspired horns and soulful grooves with Nkechi Anele’s powerful vocals, Saskwatch are sure to get the crowd moving on their Bluesfest debut.

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ARTIST PROFILES Seth Lakeman

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Thursday 8:30pm Cavanbah Friday 1:15pm Cavanbah

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Lakeman’s sweet tenor voice and inspired fiddle, guitar and mandolin playing have taken him from his native Devon across Europe, the US and even Libya. He is currently riding high in the wake of his Tales From The Barrel House album (2012), described by the UK’s Telegraph as “an extended, tender, love song to a lost age.” Credited with bringing his own brand of indie-folk to a whole new audience, Seth Lakeman’s talent is undeniable. His charisma and energy will captivate all lovers of heartfelt music at Bluesfest.

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Thursday 4:00pm APRA Saturday Midday APRA

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Shaun independently released his debut album Cruisin’ in 2010, winning the Best Debut Album Shirts, Hats, Stubby at the 2010 VIC/TAS Blues Music Awards. His Coolers, Bags, Caps, latest album, Thank You For Giving Me The Hoodies and much Blues, sees the 24-year-old take a leap in more.. musical maturity. Surrounded by a stomp box, See map on p33. tambourine, high hat, cymbal, kick and snare drum, Shaun’s playing of six percussive sounds with his feet whilst delivering quality guitar and blues harmonica will have the Bluesfest crowd stomping and dancing.

Shawn Colvin

Thursday 7:00pm APRA Friday 3:00pm APRA

Another Bluesfest debutante, Americana folk/country singer Shawn Colvin is bringing her brand new album All Fall Down with her. This timeless singersongwriter and guitarist’s first big break came when her powerful voice made the harmony to Suzanne Vega’s 1987 hit ‘Luka’. Two years later, Shawn was awarded her first Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for her debut album, Steady On, and in 1997 A Few Small Repairs earned her two more Grammys, including one for the monster single ‘Sunny Came Home’. All Fall Down sees her collaborating with Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, and Alison Krauss.

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Thursday 5:30pm Crossroads Friday 6:00pm Jambalaya

Shuggie Otis, son of legendary bandleader Johnny Otis, is a musical prodigy, making his long awaited return, his music still resonating though being absent from the spotlight for over thirty years. Displaying an uncanny mastery of the blues guitar, Shuggie wrote ‘Strawberry Letter 23’, a multimillion selling single in 1977, and featured on Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats album. His 1974 Inspiration Information album has been lauded by many, including Prince, Lenny Kravitz and David Byrne, as a cult masterpiece and is about to be reissued with a full album of previously unreleased material.

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ARTIST PROFILES Skipping Girl Vinegar

Friday 2:00pm Mojo Saturday 1:15pm Crossroads

Named after the iconic Skipping Girl Vinegar sign in Melbourne, SGV’s two critically acclaimed albums have received extensive radio play on triple j, ABC and community radio nationwide. Their 2011 release, Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey, made Album of the Year lists both in Australia and the US. The band travelled to the USA late last year, performing at the CMJ Festival in New York, gaining some serious CMJ chart action, and recording two new singles with renowned producer Brad Jones. The first of these singles, ‘Making Our Way’ has been released just in time for Bluesfest.

The Snowdroppers

Thursday 10:00pm Cavanbah Friday 6:00pm APRA

You may remember The Snowdroppers from previous Bluesfests, the gutter-Americana blues/rock showmen with a reputation for singing about fornication and intoxication. These days the band are sounding a little more rock and a little more Australian, with their new material drawing comparisons to classic Midnight Oil, INXS and The Johnnys. Armed with songs from their brand new album, Moving Out Of Eden, featuring the single ‘Do The Stomp’ from the Red Dog soundtrack, The Snowdroppers will deliver a no bullshit Aussie blues/rock show this Easter.

SOJA “Here is the next major voice of consciousness in music in a long line starting with Bob Marley, through to Michael Franti and beyond” - Peter Noble, Festival Director Google SOJA and it’s obvious you have stumbled across something special – 20-million-plus YouTube views and dozens of rave reviews in, and you realise why everyone is talking about this group! Born of the US east cost reggae scene, SOJA have a unique style of socially conscious reggae grooves with urgent, zeitgeist-capturing themes. Their fourth album, Strength To Survive, was awarded Album of the Year by Reggaeville, landed in Billboard’s Top 40 and Number three on iTunes’ overall album chart.

The Songs Of The Haight Ashbury Stage Show

Friday 7:30pm APRA | Saturday 2:00pm Mojo | Sunday 9:00pm Jambalaya | Monday 7:30pm Jambalaya

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You will believe that music can change the world. The Songs Of The Haight Ashbury Stage Show celebrates the musical legacy of artists who transformed the social fabric of America. Music was the message, and in 1967, a wave of social and political change swept from San Francisco around the world. James T from Canned Heat will perform the songs and Lil’ Fi will sing Janis Joplin with Conner Cleary, Bill Jacobi, Andrea Soler, and Diana Anaid, performing songs by Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and Jefferson Airplane, backed by the All-Star-Full-Tilt-Band.

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ARTIST PROFILES Status Quo

Saturday 6:45pm Mojo

The original barnstorming rockers, Status Quo (often affectionately referred to as the mighty Quo), maintain their remarkable position as one of the longest-standing rock bands in the world, selling an astounding 118 million records and possessing over sixty UK chart hits, a feat only rivalled by the legendary Rolling Stones. After nearly fifty incredible years of massive hits like ‘Down Down’, ‘Whatever You Want’ and ‘Rocking All Over The World’, the band continues to triumph with their latest album, Quid Pro Quo, and a continuing reputation for electrifying live performances.

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Friday 6:45pm Mojo

While the masses know him as the ‘Gangster of Love’, the ‘Space Cowboy’, or even ‘Maurice’, those in the know realise that Steve Miller has carved out his own trademark sound throughout an incredible forty-year career. Though his more commercial albums like The Joker, Abracadabra and Fly Like An Eagle have sold in the tens of millions, Steve Miller was deeply influenced by his father’s friendship with Les Paul and T-Bone Walker and early in his career spent time playing blues with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy. He formed the Steve Miller Band in 1967, and their early albums, Children Of The Future, Sailor and Brave New World, were rich with the influence of the San Francisco psychedelic Shuttle Buses blues scene and have come to be regarded $4 fares each way get you to Byron and as powerfully influential releases.

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After a 17-year recording hiatus, Steve Miller has returned to his blues roots with his most recent albums, Bingo! (2010) and its companion Let Your Hair Down (2011).

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Saturday 4:15pm Crossroads Sunday 4:30 Jambalaya

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, the Grammy award-winning, all-woman, a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock bring the rich textures of their African-American legacy and traditions to Bluesfest. Through their stunning vocal prowess they push the boundaries and combine the complexities of blues, traditional gospel hymns, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation. Forty years on, they continue to explore new territory, their new double live CD, Jazz At Lincoln Center, paying tribute to many of the great standards that have inspired the group.

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ARTIST PROFILES Taj Mahal Trio

Friday 2:15pm Crossroads Saturday 9:00pm Jambalaya

Two-time Grammy-winning singer, composer, producer, world-class musical collaborator, musicians’ advocate, world traveller, fisherman and cigar aficionado Taj Mahal has done more than just about anybody else to broaden and enliven the scope of blues music over the past fifty years. In celebration of his epic career, he has released Taj Mahal – The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, spanning everything from Afro-Caribbean blues, folk/ world/blues, hula blues, folk/funk, and a host of other hyphenations he has become admired for. Make sure you witness him bring them all to life at Bluesfest this Easter.

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Thursday 8:30pm APRA Friday 9:00pm APRA

Tav Falco is a Southern provocateur, grifting his audience with the ol’ song and dance act before shuffling out the back door with a wink and a nod. Part music, part theatre performance, part classic art, Tav Falco and The Panther Burns take you on a soulful journey of Memphis swamp and blues/psychobilly. Inspiring both The Cramps and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, since the mid-‘70s Falco has made his mark not only in music, but across all art forms, including the big screen, and as a published author.

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Thursday 8:30pm Crossroads Friday 10:45pm Mojo

Be sure to be front and centre when wife and husband Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks return with their almighty group of soul/blues warriors this Easter. A member of both The Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton’s band, Derek Trucks is the youngest musician to make Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time list. Susan Tedeschi is no slouch on the guitar either and her astounding voice brings comparisons to the all-time soul/gospel greats. Joining forces, the duo earned a Grammy with their 2011 debut, Revelator and their recent live album, Everybody’s Talkin’, proves that they are one of the best live bands in the world today. This year they bring their incredible horn section to Bluesfest for the first time!

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ARTIST PROFILES Tony Joe White Did

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Look no further than Tony Joe White for music and artistry 2014 is of stature and depth. His music is sparse and elegant, filled Bluesfest’s with shadows, sadness and beauty. His songs shimmer 25th year! it’s gonna be a with insight. Tony Joe White’s dark baritone, scarred and big one! sweet, brings these songs to life. Others have memorably interpreted his songs, from Brook Benton’s unforgettable take on ‘Rainy Night In Georgia’ to Tina Turner’s intensely soulful rendition of ‘Steamy Windows’. In addition, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, and Etta James have all honoured ‘The Swamp Fox’ by cutting his tunes.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Thursday 5:30pm Mojo Friday 8:30pm Crossroads

These guys have become one of the most requested artists for Bluesfest. Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews and Orleans Avenue stir together oldschool New Orleans jazz, funk and soul, laced with hard-rock power chords and hip hop beats which have led to rave reviews wherever they play. Their debut album, Backatown, received a Grammy nomination and their latest album, For True, debuted at Number One on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart. Their party-starting Thursday night spot at Bluesfest is fast becoming an essential festival tradition – don’t miss it.

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“An atomic bomb in lipstick. The Queen of Rockabilly” - Bob Dylan. We welcome rockabilly royalty, Wanda Jackson, who first toured in 1955 sharing a bill with none other than Elvis Presley. In 2009, Wanda became the only woman inducted into the Rockabilly and Rock ‘n’ Roll Halls of Fame (recommended by Dylan, Costello and Springsteen). Throughout Wanda’s fifty-plus-year music career, she has remained relevant and an inspiration to the newcomers of the industry; her most recent albums being collaborations with Jack White (The Party Ain’t Over, 2011) and Justin Townes Earle (Unfinished Business, 2012).

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ARTIST PROFILES Ward’s Xpress

Friday Midday APRA Saturday 2:45pm Cavanbah

Ross Ward first appeared at Bluesfest back in ‘95 with the late Wiley Reed where the idea for the band Ward’s Xpress was originally conceived, and has since performed at nine Bluesfests. In March 2012, Ward’s Xpress released the Five Lanes CD, which went straight to Number One on the Australian Blues & Roots Most Played chart. Witness them play an original and organic mix of blues, rock, funk and soul, with a tinge of jazz and world music styles.

Wilco

Saturday 5:00pm Mojo Monday 10:30pm Crossroads

Once in a blue moon, you find a band that can effortlessly transfix people from all walks of life. Almost twenty years of touring, eight albums and two Grammy Awards have proven this constantly evolving band are one of the best live acts around. Just ask anyone who saw their astonishing 2008 Bluesfest shows. Formed by singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo in 1994, Wilco’s lineup has evolved with its sound, until reaching its current incarnation in 2004, with avant-garde guitarist Nels Cline and phenomenal drummer Glenn Kotche helping to take the band to a whole new level, covering a huge scope of musical styles. The band’s latest album, The Whole Love, is a perfect case in point, ranging from the dark electro-rock of ‘Art Of Almost’ to the impossibly graceful and organic ‘One Sunday Morning’. “We maintain a pretty big repertoire at this point,” Tweedy remarked on bringing The Whole Love songs to Australia

for the first time. “So I expect to be playing a lot of stuff that people maybe haven’t heard us play.” And with Tweedy producing a second Mavis Staples record, keep your fingers crossed for some on stage collaboration this Bluesfest.

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Thursday 4:00pm Crossroads Friday 2:45pm Cavanbah

A man armed only with a banjo and a bass drum can be a formidable force, his two-instrument attack along with his honest, powerful voice leaves no doubt that he will be heard. American folk troubadour William Elliott Whitmore will be making his Bluesfest début with his latest record, Field Songs. Learning to perform through playing bluegrass and blues/folk protest music in between back-to-back sets of hardcore bands, Whitmore is an unconventional artist with the ability to leave a sea of strangers completely stunned to silence with the passion and power of his voice.

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ARTIST PROFILES The Wilson Pickers

Saturday 4:30 APRA Monday 1:15pm Cavanbah

Australia’s favourite country/rock/bluegrass outfit, The Wilson Pickers, are pleased to announce the triumphant return of founding picker, Danny Widdicombe. Danny returns to the band after successful treatment for a second bout of leukemia. They also welcome back with open arms banjo player Ben Salter who has returned to the band after a short hiatus to work on his solo album. The good news just keeps on coming! The band will also be returning to the studio early next year to record their third album. So join them at Bluesfest for a celebratory sing-along.

Xavier Rudd

Sunday 7:30pm Mojo Monday 7:15pm Crossroads

Australia’s own Xavier Rudd is a standout Bluesfest favourite, transfixing the crowd with his performances on his array of guitars, didgeridoos, stomp boxes and percussion. Since his debut album, To Let, in 2002, Xavier has reintroduced a lot of Australians to the sounds and stories of the land’s original owners, while introducing the rest of the world to an entirely new sound altogether. Xavier’s latest effort, Spirit Bird, has produced his highest selling single to date, ‘Follow The Sun’, which is the essence of Xavier’s spiritual connection to this world.

Zac Brown Band

Monday 4:30pm Mojo

All the way from Georgia, USA, country/rock seven-piece, The Zac Brown Band come to Bluesfest armed with a reputation for gigantic live shows and a list of awards and chart successes that would make a band triple their age green with envy. With two Grammy Awards already in the trophy cabinet, the band just earned a third for Best Country Album for Uncaged, after it debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200.

BLUESFEST BUSKING COMP Embrace the opportunity to see a host of talented up and coming musicians who have travelled from across Australia for the prospect of showcasing their talent during the Bluesfest celebrations.

The winner of the annual Bluesfest Busking comp will open the APRA Stage on Monday at 12pm. The Busking Tent at the festival will stage an array of brilliant musicians throughout the Festival, check out the daily playing schedule. Last year’s humbly deserving winners Brother Fox are on the bill for 2013 opening the Cavanbah stage on Saturday and again on Monday at 12pm. Bluesfest Busking Finals Good Friday 29th March @ Beach Hotel from 12pm.

Remember to visit the Busking Tent at Bluesfest for the Grommet Showcase on Easter Sunday – awe-inspiring, up and coming young musos. For more info visit Bluesfest Busking Comp www.facebook.com/Buskingoverbyron or Bluesfest website www.bluesfest.com.au

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Wilco The Whole Love Touring Nationallly March/April 2013 “The Whole Love is further proof (if any is needed) that Wilco is one of the most exciting, creative and interesting bands at present” Rhythms Magazine “This is, in a sense, Wilco’s White Album but with the brilliant consistency of Revolver. Yes it’s that good! “ Sydney Morning Herald

Frank Turner Last Minutes and Lost Evenings CD/DVD Touring Nationallly March/April 2013 15 songs hand picked by Frank Turner himself accompanied with a full dvd of his breakthrough Wembley concert. All for an amazing low price. “the 15 tracks contained within represent the cream of the crop from Turner’s first three albums. It’s a fantastic starting point” Courier Mail

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“You hear the diesel engine growl of his voice, the century of blues and folk tradition behind his banjo-driven stomps, the everyday relevance of his lyrics, and you succumb.” Seattle Times “The Spirit of Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie has found a new home” Beat Mag “Raw, poignant and ultimately inspiring, Field Songs will give it’s listeners a reason to head out to work in the field, and sing” Inpress Mag

Produced by Jeff Tweedy The Weekend Australian The Courier Mail Rolling Stone New studio album coming 2013!

The Milk Carton Kids Ash & The Clay “A sweetly dazzling variation of close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers, with occasional acoustic prestidigitation,” The New York Times For fans of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Simon and Garfunkel, The Lumineers, Mumford And Sons. Tour Announcement Soon!


THANK YOU OUR SPONSORS & THE TEAM Thanks and gratitude to our staff and friends FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Peter Noble The Bluesfest Team: Festival Manager - Annika Oman Event Manager & Licensee - Brendan Meek Accounts Managers - Bhavan Haetzel & Karren Gimbert Contracts Manager - Lois Healy Festival Administration & Staffing Manager - Katie Watts Marketing & Artist Travel ManagerHelen Whitley Public Relations & Online Marketing Manager - Sarah Yates Bluesfest Touring & Marketing Managers - Rusty Thorpe & Rose Taylor Site Managers - Matt Williams & Nova Mikin Stalls Manager - Shelley Sellors Volunteer Manager - Matt Lyons Artist Transport Managers - Tony Llord & Neil Johnson Bluesfest Publicity - Chryss Carr & Miranda Riley Bluesfest Touring Publicity - Lionel Midford, Vanessa Bassili, Dianna O’Neill, Sam Cross, Christina Dio Bluesfest Touring Sideshow Production Manager - Sean Latham Ticketing Managers - Sue Parry & Romy Dingle Ticketing & Social Media - Kirsty Laing Merchandise Manager - Sharon Rigby Merchandise & Side Show Assistant Otis Noble Production Manager - Peter McFee Artist Liaison - Annabel Rattray Production Assistant - Sammy Lizotte

Festival Lighting Designer - Jeff Pavey Sound Manager - Tristan Johnson Video Director - Dave Hendy Mojo - Stage Manager - Ross Ferguson Crossroads - Stage Manager - Sean Latham Jambalaya - Stage Manager - Emma Hawkes APRA - Stage Manager - Toby Dennis Cavanbah - Stage Manager - Troy Schmidt Backstage - Decore Manager - Mandy Peters Photography Escort Manager - Sarah Ndiaye Head Photographer - Tao Jones Bluesfest Art Designer - Ken Taylor Bluesfest Touring Art Designer - Iain Downie Busking Comp Managers - Anita Colenbrander and Melissa Moss Car Parking Managers - Rex Butler, Doug Stoneman & Erin McMaster Camping Manager - Ahrum O’Neil Catering Manager - Joe Turtur Festival Music Shop - Peter Van Oeveren Traffic Manager- Vince Lococo Bar Managers - Henry Perez, Cliff Pop, Andrew McPherson, Brett Donohoo, Steve Kennedy, Andrew Berry, Sach Jilbert & Jake Dolan Cloak Room - Ralph Moore Information Stall - Dianne Hudd Site Signage - Leighton & Jules Ford

Thanks also to our event partners & consultants E Media Campaigns - Steve Scherri & Team Greg Alderson & Associates Geolink - Rob Van Iersel Australian Wetlands Consulting - Ian Colvin University of Queensland - Sean Fitzgibbon / Koala Research Group Designed Cable Services - Mark Evans Mark Norris & Associates Coopers Communications - Steve Cooper

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A special thanks to: To everyone who contributes to producing the Festival who we have not listed above. A special thanks to the wonderful volunteers who contribute their effort and time to make this event possible. And the biggest thanks to YOU, our Bluesfest patrons… We hope you had the most enjoyable time full of laughter and memories!

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