Sunday, February 22, 2009

Byron Bay Blues Festival

I was really excited a few weeks ago when notified that my application to volunteer at the Byron Bay Blues Festival had been accepted. Unfortunately due to work commitments I am now unable to attend for the full five days however I have been lucky enough to secure a ticket for Easter Sunday to see, among many other fine musicians, the John Butler Trio, Blue King Brown and Paul Kelly.

The Byron Bay Blues Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year - I have been a few times before and have long thought it to be one of the best music festivals in Australia. I first saw Ben Harper play there about ten years ago - he is playing again this year, but unfortunately not on the day I am attending.

This festival often has musicians with a political message - the John Butler Trio are well known for their songs 'Treat Yo Mama' and 'The Gov Did Nothing', Blue King Brown's debut album 'Stand Up' is full of songs with a political message such as 'Come and Check Your Head' and 'Comin' Thru', Ben Harper's 'With My Own Two Hands' and Paul Kelly's 'From Little Things Big Things Grow' are all tracks that I played many times on my political music program.

Check out the program for the Blues Festival here and come a long if you can - it will be a magnificent week of music! I think volunteer applications are still being taken for those that cant afford to pay the entry fee.

see you there

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

call me religious but political lyrics has a lucid side too!! Lucifer (the Bible) is also called the prince of Music and Ozzy made such statements a long time ago. But ur intentions for a PhD is commendable.