West of the Blues

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Sunday 15 September, 12 noon-10:15pm

Venue: The Substation, Newport

Newport Folk Club's cruisy Tues Blues group are excited to be bringing you a day of blues (& roots, soul etc), featuring
Phil Manning (ex-Chain) and 8 established and emerging musicians and bands from the West, including, of course, Tues Blues. YAAY!
We're running with a 'Blue' theme - the Open Mike will require all songs to have the word 'blue' somewhere in the lyrics

Want to get up and do your thing at the Open Mike?
Register online for Open mic @ West of the blues.
The workshop will explore Performance Anxiety & how to manage it, run by a qualified counsellor/musician, fundraising for Beyond Blue
The art exhibition is also a Beyond Blue fundraiser - we noticed that every band performing had at least one practicing artist in its midst, so we thought we would showcase their skills, and celebrate that many creative people are creative across a range of media.


12 noon

Cafe Blue: Open Mike, coffee available. Register online for Open mic @ West of the blues if you want to perform at the Open Mike.
Downstairs foyer
Entry: free

Art show
Gallery, level 1

More information about the art show
Entry; by donation (Will remain open all day/evening for ticket holders)

12:15 - 1:45pm

Workshop: "Managing Performance Anxiety"
2nd floor meeting room

More information about the workshop
Entry: by donation (minimum $5), pay at door (cash only).

2 - 6pm

Afternoon concert

Main hall

Entry: $10, book online or pay at door (cash only).

7 - 10:15pm

Evening concert
Main hall

Entry: $15, book online or pay at door (cash only).

Book the afternoon and evening concerts together for only $20! Book online.

Performer & event info

Phil Manning (Evening, 9:15)

Electric fingers on acoustic guitar” – Blues Deluxe

A veteran of the music industry in Australia, Phil Manning has been at the forefront of blues and roots style music for over 4 decades, first coming to public attention as a member of the now legendary “Chain’, a prominent Rock/Blues band of the sixties and seventies, which still performs to this day.

Throughout his career Phil has displayed great talent on both the electric and acoustic guitar, absorbing influences from folk, blues, country and world genres and crafting them into his unique style.

His energetic playing and relaxed delivery have made him an engaging artist who presents both traditional songs and a wealth of original music, much of it based on his personal interpretation of the many recurring themes in blues and folk history.

He has recorded many albums, both ‘Solo’ and with ‘Chain’, as well as countless recordings with other artists as a session player. As well as the blues/roots guitar influence in his recordings there is a large element of the ‘Singer/Songwriter’ within his CDs, revealing a great sense of lyricism.

He has toured widely throughout Australia and New Zealand, appearing at hundreds of festivals and venues, as well as touring to festival and clubs in Ireland, UK, Vietnam, Cambodia and even Bali.

Within Australia he has toured with or supported more international artists than seems possible and the list reads like a who’s who of rock and blues royalty.

A highlight in 2017 was being invited to perform on ‘Guitarra’, a national tour with flamenco maestro, Paco Pena, classical masters the Grigoryan Brothers and jazz great, Jim Pennell.

Phil Manning is a consummate live performer and it is here that he shines.

    “…an Australian national treasure…can play the hell out of an acoustic instrument so good that it leaves you breathless…” – Folk Roots magazine, U.K.

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Tues Blues (Evening, 7-8pm)

A motley rabble of blues aficionados who travel anything from 40 meters to 40 kilometers on a Tuesday to jam and/or rehearse smooth & belting blues, roots, soul, R&B & general sad stuff! With guitars, slide, ukes, cello, bass, mando, fiddles, harmonica, accordion, sax, drums, vocals & harmonies, it's a BIG sound with big heart
Eccentric, eclectic and electric!

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Cross Town Traffic (Afternoon 2-2.30pm)

Dance to the groove of smooth blues!

Cross Town Traffic is a dynamic blues and roots band formed in Melbourne's inner west adding a vibrant spin to classic blues, from the likes of Muddy Waters and BB King to Eric Bibb.

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Indigo: (Afternoon 4.50 - 5.20pm)

Indigo is smooth, rich vocals and harmonies meshed with double bass, guitar, banjolele and spooky slide. Playing from Blues to Folk and back again (with some weird Gospel, humour & a small obsession with death thrown in), their songs travel from Ma Rainey to Neil Young, Bessie Smith to Diamanda Galas, J. J. Cale to Carlos Santana. In addition, they write songs of violence & hope, spirituality & despair.

Indigo are dark blue in a terrifying world of harsh fluoro!

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Performance Anxiety Workshop (Afternoon 12:15 - 1:45)

Want to get up there & strut your stuff, but then unpleasantly nervous on stage?
Or maybe anxious enough about the whole thing that you don't really perform at all?
Qualified counsellor & teacher Gaelle Horsley has gone from 10 years of barely performing at all, to now being in 5 bands (including leading the 25 piece community orchestra Tues Blues) & wondering why on earth she got so worked up about it!??

With her characteristic humour & participative style, she will help us all explore what performance anxiety is, where it comes from, & tips & trucks to start to manage it better!

This workshop is a fundraiser for Beyond Blue.

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Performers Art Exhibition (Afternoon 12 - 2pm)

Having noticed that almost every band performing at this festival includes at least one professional or practising artist, it seemed a great opportunity for West of the Blues to not only showcase their musicianship, but show off their art too!

Exhibiting artists will include professional artists Paul Borg (Doug Moran winner & Archibald finalist) and Ray Hewitt, & practising artists (in no particular order) Bea Jones, Steve Dagg, Gaelle Horsley, Michael Smith, Liam Bourke, Greg Franklin, Sandy Woods, Andrea MacGlashan, & fine woodworker Ted Smith.

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Tues Blues

A mainly accoustic rehearsal for mellow classics and beltin' blues, soul, roots etc.

Yes, get out of the closet you blues harps, slides, basses and strings.

Sexy saxes, clarinets, others woodwinds and brass welcome, and sultry scatsters and singers are de rigeur.

Whatever you play, if you can turn it to blues, roots and soul, boogie on down!

Led by Gaelle Horsley and Ric Peck.



Second and fourth Tuesday of each month. See events calendar for dates and venue.

$5 / $3 NFFC members.