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.

More info about Cafe Blue
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.


See our local food guide for nearby dining options.




Cafe Blue/Open Mic (Afternoon 12 - 1:45pm)

Come on in to Cafe Blue to listen to the open mic performers (you can buy coffee and snacks from Coffee Pete's cart till early evening) Or ... hit the open mic stage, get on your BLUE suede shoes and sing 2 songs, any 2 songs, any style/genre....so long as the word BLUE appears somewhere in the lyrics. To be involved, you need to apply (so we can manage numbers) and nominate your 2 songs (well, nominate 3, in case one has already been taken by someone else).

There are only 8-10 spots, so get in quickly!

Coffee and snacks will be available until 7pm.

Register online for Open mic @ West of the blues

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 due to performance anxiety, 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 & tricks 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.

(Image: Self-portrait by Paul Borg)

Paul Borg

Paul has been a practising visual artist for over 30 years. Graduate from the Victorian College of the arts. He has had numerous solo shows and group include overseas. He has been a finalist in many major art prizes including the Doug Moran National Portrait prize. Having taught at Tafe level for 30 years he now runs his own art school.

Ray Hewitt

Ray Hewitt took art classes at the Victorian Artist Society in the early 80’s & finished up teaching there for 15 years.
Since then he has had about 20 solo & numerous group exhibitions, with many works in local & overseas collections,
with a number of awards which include 4 times winner of the Artist Of the Year Award at the Victorian Artist Society.
He is the current President of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society.

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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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Franklin Borg (Afternoon 2.40 - 3.10pm)

Greg has been a professional musician for over 3 decades playing blues and jazz sessions and has devoted much of his time to passing on his skills to others through his teachings. Singing and playing the guitar is a hobby/ passion for Paul mentored by Greg Franklin. Pauls rich voice takes influences from people like Mama Thornton and Big Maybelle.


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Liam and Dan (afternoon, 3:25 - 3:55pm)

Liam & Dan met playing harmonica for the Yarraville Mouth Organ Band. Feeling a bit light headed after practice one Friday they accidentally wrote Ballarat Blues, now recognized as a classic of the genre.
Surrounding themselves with competent musicians has largely been a baffling experience for everyone concerned, but if the stars align and the beer is hovering around 7°C they might just pull it off this time.

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SnakeOil Smith (afternoon, 4:05 - 4:35)

After hearing Bessie Smith, SnakeOil was drawn powerlessly into the Blues. The allure of individual approaches of past and contemporary performers continues this interest, particularly non-professional artists. Bottleneck guitar with it’s legato and microtonal inflections which mimic more closely the human voice remain a large influence on his music.

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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Ted Smith (afternoon, 5:30 - 6pm)

Lover of all things acoustic, especially fingerstyle guitar and whimsical poetry, Ted has been playing since his teens some light years ago and can add the Liverpool Cavern and some other similarly nefarious venues to his list of gig spots at a time when Merseybeat really was happening. Since then, he has spent much of the intervening years in various odd corners around the world attempting to learn the equally odd bit of ragtime and blues.

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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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Yolanda Ingley ll Band (Evening 8:15 - 9:00pm)

Yolanda Ingley ll is blessed with one of those voices – the type of voice that heard once, will for evermore be instantly recognisable to you. Powerful, knowing, and saturated with a life lived. Her songs, with their heartfelt themes of “love, protest and other jive” have been described as a “massage for the soul” by one show goer. It’s the quality of those songs, combined with her voice and exceptional band of musicians that make Yolanda’s music so memorable.

Her first album, This Dangerous Age was very well received and was named album of the year by Basement Discs in 2016.
Her second album, Woman Got to Cry, recorded at the Tesky Brothers studio, is recently released & available on CD and vinyl, and looks to be as hugely popular as the first album.
Whatever she sings, Sunshine-born Yolanda brings a touch of Soul to her style and her audience. She performs with 2 of her core band, Steve Dagg (ex-Swinging Sidewalks) on sax, and Monica Weightman on lead guitar.

"One of those rare albums (This Dangerous Age) that when we play it in-store, has people coming to the counter, irrespective of the genre they were browsing, to know what this fantastic album is. It really connects with people in a very soulful way" - (Suzanne Bennett, owner Basement Discs)

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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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Do you need some sustenance to get through the action packed day that we've got organised for you at West of The Blues? Here are some local dining options for you to explore during the breaks.

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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.



Fortnightly, Tuesday evenings. See events calendar for dates and venue.

$5 / $3 NFFC members.