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Kathleen Halloran (Photo by Jake Nowakowski / Newspix)

The Winter Blues Festival in Echuca-Moama VIC is gearing up for its best year ever, as event organisers release the full festival programme schedule.

Along with the release of the programme, the programming team have added yet another round of artists, including Memphis Blues Challenge winner Frank Sultana, Melbourne blues legend Ian Collard, powerhouse original roots artist Mike Elrington, along with Anna Scionti, Kaliopi & The Blues Messengers, Matt Katsis, Luke Harrington and Ozone Street.

These fine artists will join an already stacked line-up that includes 19 Twenty, 8 Ball Aitken, Sweet Felicia, Marshall and The Fro, Geoff Achison and The Souldiggers, and Lady Valiant to name a few.

The full programme is available as a PDF download, or as an App for ios and Android, and is available now from the festival site at:

Music programmer Jon Howell says of the line up,

“We’ve really worked hard to cover all the bases this year stylistically while still sticking closely to the blues, so if you’re into Delta, Hill Country, Memphis, Chicago, Blues-Rock, Acoustic, Soul, or you just want to check it all out – then we have something you’ll really like this year. Australian Blues and Contemporary Roots talent is as good as any in the world, and The Winter Blues Festival proudly features only Aussie artists. Come show your support, engage with the historic town of Echuca, and hear some of the best music from around the country, all for free!”

Winter Blues Festival 2024 – Full Line up (in alphabetical order):

8 Ball Aitken
19 Twenty
Aaron Pollock
Anna Scionti
Bill Barber & the Holding Cell
The Blues Roulette Big Band do Motown
Charlie Bedford
Corey Legge
Dan Dinnen & Shorty
Darcy Ramage
Doc Halibut
Frank Sultana
Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers
Glenn Skuthorpe
Grim Fawkner
Ian Collard
Jarrod Shaw
Jesse Redwing
Jimi Hocking’s Blues Machine
Julian James and The Moonshine State
Jungle Jim Smith
Kaliopi & The Blues Messengers
Karl S. Williams
Kathleen Halloran
Lady Valiant
Luke Harrington
Marshall and The Fro
Matt Katsis
Mike Elrington
Miss Lou’s Blues
Nathan Beretta
Ozone Street
Paul Buchanan’s Voodoo Preachers
Rory Phillips
Sammy Owen Blues Band
Smoke Stack Rhino
Stefan Hauk
Sweet Felicia and The Honeytones
The Blues Preachers
The Honey Badgers
The Hoodoo Men
The McNaMarr Project
The Mojo Corner
The Windsavers
Tomcat Playground
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate

The festival continues its mission to include the whole community, and in 2024 the Winter Blues extends its well-established ‘Homegrown’ programme – giving local up-and-coming artists their own stage as part of the event. This year the featured local artists are Sarah Mackenzie-Ross, Louise MacGregor, Saint Jo’s Band, The Locky Ukers, Kamali, Born n’ Bred, Elise Drake, Toby Brooks, Dan Duggan, and Frankie Bell. Look out for them on the Winter Blues Festival stage in Little Hopwood Street on Saturday and Sunday.

What: The Winter Blues Festival

When: Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th July, 2024

Where: Various venues throughout Echuca-Moama

Wrap Party: on Sunday night is a ticketed special event featuring the cream of the Festival, tickets are available

More info:

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