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Counting down to the festival


The countdown to Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival #6 continues. You’d have to think hard to come up with a more evocative name than Catfish Voodoo for a high energy, low-down boogie Chicago blues [...]

Counting down to the festival2017-05-06T15:09:41+10:00

See you in a few weeks!


It’s only a few weekends until the Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival takes over the city. Now in its sixth year (sixth! how did that happen?), we’re going to see 170 artists play at [...]

See you in a few weeks!2017-05-24T19:06:42+10:00

Four Lions launch Vahland


Four Lions’ new album Vahland comes from some pretty dark places. You’ve Ruined All My Favourite Songs captures the overall tone. “There are songs you introduce to someone in a relationship that you can’t listen [...]

Four Lions launch Vahland2017-05-06T14:53:30+10:00

Harry Manx at the Capital


Harry Manx brings his Australian tour to Bendigo’s Capital Theatre on Wednesday, September, 14. Described as an “essential link” between western and eastern music, Harry Manx’s unique sound blends the blues and classical Indian ragas. [...]

Harry Manx at the Capital2017-05-24T19:06:43+10:00



"I wouldn’t mind being a fly on the wall in their house when there’s a jam going on,” someone once said as we watched Andrew Watts and his sons Kane and Sam onstage at a [...]


Recent Releases


Three talented young Bendigo artists have released debut CDs in recent months. First cab off the rank in March was Bill Barber with Thanks For Your Consideration - a polished blues debut that perfectly showcases [...]

Recent Releases2020-06-18T15:27:51+10:00

Artist Snapshot: Sons of the Blues


Inspired by the likes of Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix and Elmore James, Sons of The Blues were “born of a lifelong relationships with twelve bars”. Hailing from Castlemaine, Sons of The Blues comprises [...]

Artist Snapshot: Sons of the Blues2020-06-18T15:27:52+10:00

Artist Snapshot: Marissa Quigley


“I was born in Adelaide but grew up in Darwin. I now live in Beechworth,” says the much-travelled, multi-talented Marisa Quigley. “My mum taught me to read music around the age of eight. I played [...]

Artist Snapshot: Marissa Quigley2020-06-18T15:27:52+10:00

Artist Snapshot: Pip Cowan


“Growing up I listened to anything on the radio, but the music that has influenced me most since then is north Mississippi hill country blues.” Pip Cowan’s musical journey took a life-changing turn when he [...]

Artist Snapshot: Pip Cowan2020-06-18T15:27:52+10:00