2017 Artists


James-Southwell-Charlie-Wilson-bruthen-bluesJames Southwell Band featuring Charlie Wooton (New Orleans) with special guest Chris Wilson

James Southwell brings his “A plus”, “All-Star-Band” to the Bruthen Blues Festival on the Feb 18, to mark the release of his brand new album “The Dockside Sessions” (Where The Wind Blows). Recorded at the famed Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana.

Legendary New Orleans bass player Charlie Wooton produced this album as well as also playing Bass on it. The album is a milestone in James Southwell’s blistering blues/funk journey. “The Dockside Sessions” comes from James’s deep love of the blues, infused with funk and rock & roll influences, further establishing his credentials as one of the country’s leading blues performers. Joining Southwell and Wooton onstage will be Australian drummer extraordinaire Mark Kennedy, Dylan Harding – percussion, Kate DeAraugo – backing vocals, plus the dynamic Australian blues legend Chris Wilson on harmonica and vocals.


Chase-the-Sun-bruthenChase The Sun

The Australian heavyweight champions of Blues-rock shred have roots planted in the blues scene but have been letting their love of rock and roll fully hang out since forming in 2007. Crowd favourites at festivals all over the country, Chase The Sun infuse their take on the blues with loud guitar, blazing hard funk and a cranking 70’s southern rock feel.

Chase The Sun features the powerhouse delivery and soul-tinged song writing of guitarist Jan Rynsaardt combined with elements of acoustic blues, stoner rock Psychedelia and Stevie Ray Vaughn boogie – this three-piece crank out their own take on a classic sound.



Geoff-Achison-bruthenGeoff Achison

Geoff Achison invokes the spirit of the great blues & soul artists to create an engaging original sound.

From the deep south of Australia, his unique blend of “Bluesic” has created scores of devoted fans around the world. He’s been chosen as one of the “Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists” by Guitar Player Magazine and was included in the “Top 100+ Guitarists You Should Know” roster.  In 2012 Geoff was listed as one of the “Top 50 Australian Guitarists”.  He’s been a 17-time Guest Guitar Instructor at Jorma Kaukonen’s (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane) Fur Peace Guitar Ranch and an exciting festival favorite featured on PBS, NPR, CNN and the BBC. He is a versatile artist who can deliver a complete show with nothing more than his soulful voice and virtuosic acoustic guitar style but is also a highly regarded electric guitarist compared favourably to Jeff Beck and Warren Haynes.  Geoff is also a keen and expert improviser and has been invited on stage to jam with big names such as The Allman Brothers, Hot Tuna, George Porter, Jr., The Wood Brothers, John Mayall, Randall Bramblett, Delbert McClinton and many others.  He frequently tours the USA and Europe and maintains a steady presence on the home front in Australia.

Bruthen knows Geoff well, and we are looking forward to welcoming him back.


mike-elrington-bruthen-bluesMike Elrington

Mike Elrington is gifted with a songwriter’s sensitivity and creativity, incredible guitar skills, a fierce work ethic, a focused resolve and an admirable strength of character.

Standing at almost two metres tall, delivering his signature, gut-wrenching vocals like an instrument all its own, very few people forget a Mike Elrington performance. The commitment to his live shows and the well-earned reputation for leaving nothing behind but sweat has seen him invited to perform at some of Australia’s finest festivals, including the iconic BluesFest, Bendigo and Sydney Blues and Roots Festivals and Blues on Broadbeach to name but a few.

The past few years have been exciting for Elrington; personally with a recent marriage and fatherhood, and professionally; signing international publishing and management deals, receiving national airplay on Australian TV institution Neighbours (with his song Believe), performing in NZ, the US and the UK, and the recent release to US college radio of latest album Two Lucky Stars which has gained airplay across a number of states.

Lachy-Doley-bruthenLachy Doley Band

Lachy Doley is Australia’s most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player. He’s been dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, a player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent.

Lachy Doley has seen much of the world, recording and touring with acts as diverse as Powderfinger, Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes, The Beautiful Girls – more recently recording on a new album of Joe Bonamassa’s which came out in early 2015. It was 2010 though, that saw the birth of The Lachy Doley Group and they have been heavily recording and touring ever since.

The group’s last album “Conviction” has taken Doley onto the world stage reaching #5 on the UK Blues Broadcasters Charts, #1 on the Australian iTunes Blues Charts and #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts. Along with the group’s 2 performances at the legendary BB Kings in Memphis in January, Doley has cemented himself as a world renowned Blues and Soul Artist

The Lachy Doley Group are a unique sound in the classic and sometimes very traditional genre of the Blues. A power trio consisting of Bass, Drums and of course Doley firing on the Hammond, his vocal screaming from the heart and the incredibly rare Hohner D6 Whammy Clavinet in which most people double take on when they realise that sound isn’t an electric guitar but a 70 stringed keyboard with a huge Whammy Bar sticking out the guts of it.


Sammy Owen Blues Band

Sammy Owen Blues Band has electricity, intensity and a give everything approach to entertaining a live crowd. Formed 2011 as a rotating line up of musicians from Fitzroy’s Brunswick Street, the hard-working Melbourne band performed weekly at some of the streets most frequented venues.

Sammy Owen is a left handed electric guitarist who leads the band. Sammy focuses on writing original songs with the band who creates their own contemporary, funky, energetic blues sound.

The band received great response and reviews from a debut performance at Echuca Winter Blues Festival in 2013, which lead to performances at Blues at the Briars as well as consecutive years at the world renowned Wangaratta Jazz and Blues. Sammy Owen Blues Band returned to Echuca Winter Blues in 2014 and were a clear favorite with festival goers throughout the weekend.

2013 saw Sammy Owen Blues Band release the debut Album “the neighbourhood watch…. real people, real stories” which has lead to Top 10 placements in the Reverbnation Blues Charts as well as airplay on various shows on PBS 106.7fm and Triple R.  The bands live shows have received rave revues in beat magazine, Melbourne street press & by blues fans and non blues fans alike.

Be prepared to be blown away by Sammy Owen’s unique, down to earth and downright stunning blues.


 Gregg DoddGreg Dodd and The Hoodoo Men

Greg Dodd and The Hoodoo Men are a multiple award winning Melbourne based electric blues four piece combo. (2016 Chain award Group of the year..2015 Vic/Tas Band of the year MBAS..2014 Age Music Vic awards Best Blues band).The band would be described as having a Chicago style sound, having been influenced by the greats of the windy city. Three members of the band have won the prestigious MBAS Blues Challenge which enabled them to perform in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN . Greg Dodd & Clint Healy 2012, Dan Dinnen 2009.

The band’s debut CD ‘3am blues LIVE’ won Best Blues Album of the year in the Age Music Victoria Genre awards 2014 & also debuted on the Australian blues & roots airplay charts at #1 for two months when released. It also took out second place in three categories in the MBAS Vic/Tas awards & was also voted by The MBAS as best self produced album 2013-2014 to be entered into the ‘Best self produced album ‘ category awards at the International blues challenge 2015 in Memphis TN. Their second album Movin’ On won the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society’s Vic Tas award for Best Band of the year 2015 and also hit #1 on the Australian Blues Airplay charts.

Greg Dodd and The Hoodoo Men are always delivering high energy intense performances playing both original tunes & their own versions of popular blues classics.The chemistry on stage is apparent with fiery guitar and harmonica work between Greg & Dan backed by a rock solid rhythm section. Greg Dodd and The Hoodoo Men are often a festival favourite always highly entertaining and delivering the goods!


Jarrod Shaw

Macedon Ranges acoustic artist Jarrod Shaw, a self-taught blues and roots musician with a unique guitar style. Jarrod mixes blues, folk and pop into his repertoire and has often been described as having a voice that belies his years

Jarrod Shaw possesses a passion and appreciation for blues music that becomes obvious from the moment the first note sounds. He delivers a soulful blues inspired show, performed with conviction.

He blends his unique guitar approach lying somewhere between piedmont fingerstyle and the blues of the delta, with a powerful voice often described as belying his years. At times he even wails away on a racked blues harp – all at once without missing a beat. If you close your eyes you might even believe there’s more than one person performing…



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