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Program

Australia’s Biggest Little Blues Festival

Here’s a sample of what we got up to in 2022!

Friday 18th February

 Seniors Lunch with Jan Wositzky

12 midday to 2pm

Founding member of Australia’s famous Bushwhackers Band  Jan will entertain with yarns and tales from Australian history and his own experiences, and sing songs accompanying himself on banjo, harmonica and bones. 

And if anyone in the audience has a good story good tell, Jan will make them welcome. 

Where: Bowls Club
Entry: Free for Bruthen Senior Citizen’s group and $2 for non-members. 

Blues Jam

7.30 pm to 12.30pm

A great opportunity for all ages to get up and jam in front of an appreciative audience. The renowned Blues Jam encapsulates the grassroots, inclusive spirit of our festival. Get into the festival mood and listen to the ‘jamming’ of upcoming and seasoned performers. Prior applications are essential to play.

Host Band: South Bound Snake Charmers
Where: Bruthen Inn Hotel
Entry: $25
Jammers free.

 

Blues at the Bullant

6-7pm

Featuring Todd Cook

Where: Bullant Brewery

Saturday 19th February

Festival Market

9am to 3pm

A large market with a huge variety of stalls including food trucks and a NEW East Gippsland Showcase area. No second-hand goods.
Where: Main street Gardens
Entry: $2 entry.

Blues in the Paddock

11am to 5pm

BYO your chairs or picnic blanket and settle into the magical, relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying fabulous music. Plenty of gazebos and umbrellas for shade.

10.50am Olivia Lay

11.40am  Indigenous welcome to Country
11.50am Official Welcome
12pm Jarrod Shaw
1pm Charlie Bedford
2pm Raven and the Dove
3pm Black Satin
4pm The South Bound Snake Charmers

Where: Police Paddock
$2 entry to market/paddock area.

Saturday Workshops

Storytelling and Yarning – Sharing stories – Sharing hope
11am

With Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky                                                                                  In this session Jan will share some of his stories and invite others to share a story they might like to tell.                                                               Where: Neighbourhood House                                                                       $20

Blues Guitar Workshop with Jimi Hocking
3pm

Where: Neighbourhood House                                                                      $20 

Walk Your Blues Away 1pm to 3pm

It’s back! Walk Your Blues Away is back by popular demand. Join one of several guided mystery walks to find some great acts, with a mental health theme, stationed along the way.  Bookings are essential and can be made at the Blues Information Desk.

FREE 

Afternoon Blues at the pub 

2pm

George McFloyd band.                                                                                       Where: Bruthen Hotel.                                                                                     FREE entry.

Blues at the Bullant

2pm

2pm to 4pm Dan Dinnen

6pm to 7.30pm  Charlie Bedford

Where: Bullant Brewery

Blues in the Paddock including the “Taste of Gippsland” Sunset Dinner

6.30pm to 11pm

The Blues Café has moved outside! You have the choice of bringing your own chair or rug to enjoy the music OR partaking in the delicious Taste of Gippsland Sunset Dinner, where you sit at a table with nibbles, a glass of wine and a gourmet picnic box for 2 or 4 people.  This is a GLASS FREE event.

Red Bluff Brewery and Wyanga Winery will be on site.

Headline Act: Smoke Stack Rhino

6.30pm Blues Jam winner
7.15pm Kane Vincent
8.15pm Todd Cook Band
9.15pm Barren Spinsters
10.10pm 19-Twenty
Where: Police Paddock
Tickets: Sunset Dinner seats
2 people entry and Sunset Dinner $150
4 people entry and Sunset Dinner $280
BYO Chair or Picnic rug Adults $25
Children 17 years and under $10
NB: A limited number of places are available for the Sunset Dinner – so get in early!

The Big Blues Bash
7pm to 12.30am

This popular event is the jewel of our music line-up. The best of the best big-name acts will have you up and dancing. The atmosphere is electric – it’s THE blues party!

Headline Act: The Badloves
7.30pm Julian James
8.30pm  Brooke Taylor and the Poison Spitting Gin Queens                9.30 pm Electric Blues Collective
10.40 pm  The Badloves
11.50 pm The Bruthen ALLSTAR review  

Where: Bruthen Hotel.
Tickets: $70

Sunday 20th February – Oh No! It’s the last day.

Bruthen’s Blues Big Family Breakfast

8am to 1pm

Enjoy a delicious breakfast ‘cheffed up’ by the Bruthen and Tambo Upper Primary Schools. Good family fun including kids activities, art workshops and the famous Great Gizmo’s junk percussion  workshop.
Where: Police paddock (Community hosted event & duck race)
$2 entry to market/paddock area.

Festival Market Continues

9am to 2pm

A large market with a huge variety of stalls including food trucks and a NEW East Gippsland Showcase area. No second-hand goods.
Where: Main street Gardens
Entry: $2 entry.

Blues in the Paddock

10am to 1.30pm

BYO your chairs or picnic blanket and settle into the magical, relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying fabulous music. Plenty of gazebos and umbrellas for shade.

10am Barren Spinsters
11.05 am Kane Vincent
12pm Duck Race Introduction
12.15 Duck Race parade and Race
12.30pm Acapella Hackett and the Drug Store Wives.
Where: Police Paddock
$2 entry to market/paddock area.

Sunday Workshops

Kids Craft workshop
8.30am

With artist Tracey Johnson and her helpers

Keeping the Beat junk percussion workshop
10am

Learn a percussion instrument routine to lead the Duck Parade.
With Mr Beat and Tricky Rythym

Harmonica workshop
Time 11am

With Dan Dinnen
$20
Where: Neighbourhood House

Blues at the Bullant
1.30pm

Jay Wagstaff

Where: Bullant Brewery

The BIG Blues Recovery Gig

1pm to 7pm

It’s nearly over, but don’t get the blues! …..  come and join us for the last hoorah. The Blues Recovery afternoon is a time to wind down (if you haven’t already!) with your new friends while being delighted for the last time this festival by some of the best blues music this country has to offer.

Headline Act: Jimi Hocking
1pm Julian James
2pm Dan Dinnen and Shorty
3.40pm  Jimi Hocking
5pm  Defunked

Where: Bruthen Inn Hotel
Tickets: Adults $50

Kids 17 years and under $15

NB A weekend ticket for the Blues Jam, Big Blues Bash and the Blues Recovery is $130.