31 January 2023

A mountain of blues all weekend

| Chris Johnson
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Five people with a mountain behind them

Ready for the blues at Thredbo. Canberra’s Cath Graham, Gillian Watt, Richard Egan, Bronwen Fuller and Justin Fuller. Photos: Region.

Canberrans flocked to the mountains over the weekend when the Snowys came alive to the pumping sounds of the Thredbo Blues Festival.

Between Friday and Sunday, the streets and venues of the Thredbo Village rang with a full schedule of electric and acoustic music from two dozen artists across 15 stages.

Canberra bands shone among the featured artists, as did some of the music industry’s longest-continuing blues bands.

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The Foreday Riders used the festival to celebrate their 56th anniversary as a working blues band. Jeff and Ron King formed their band in 1967. Now Australian blues royalty, they had everyone stomping their feet during each of their three gigs over the weekend.

And what do you do when you retire from the Wiggles? Start a blues band (of course). That’s what Murray Cook (red Wiggle) did with his Soul Movers, and he shreds it with his Fender Telecaster.

Murray Cook’s Soul Movers (led by the former red Wiggle)

Canberra’s beloved blues singer DJ Gosper attracted the crowds with the Devine Devilles Trio and her beautiful interpretations of some old-time blues classics.

“We love this blues crowd,” said Aaron Rogers, the manager of the House of Ullr.

“It’s always busy and there is always a good, friendly vibe in the village.

“It’s so good to have the festival back in full swing.”

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