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ABOUT The 2003 Berry Blues Festival / December 6-7, 2003
 

The 2003 Berry Blues Festival showcased heaps of great bands.

It was held at The Great Southern Hotel in the historic town of Berry, located in southern New South Wales, Australia.

These were the bands that played...

Lou Lungo's Blue Groove
Encompassing Jazz, Funk, reggae and Rock, yet remaining true to the essence of the Blues. Playing upright Bass, Neville Whitehead has played with world renown artists: Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli and Shirley Bassey. He also tested the waters at the Berlin Jazz Festival. What a Bio!

Taildraggers
A five piece outfit with a great mix of up tempo, modern and traditional blues. The lads pay homage to the Blues masters with a twist of West Coast Swing. Billed as the 'Steel City Favourites' at the Sydney Blues Stage in 2000, and after pulling a fantastic, yet very young crowd at the 2nd Annual Newcastle Blues Festival 2003, "The Taildraggers" will be an act not to be missed, particularly by the younger Blues enthusiasts.

Eric Blues
One of Newcastle's finest up and coming acoustic guitarists. Coached by Australia's premier Jazz guitarist, Jim "Jazza" Charles (famous from the Bobby Limb Band), Eric has a soothing voice and compliments his singing with great acoustic finger pickin'. Eric will be filling in all the breaks between changeovers - so take some time to say G'day!

Lemon Squeezin' Daddies
Big frontman Steve Garry takes the reins and leads the band in what i believe to be "The Best Damn Show in Town". Good time "Juke Joint" music with a larger than life sense of humour. After winning the "Busking The Blues" competition in 2000, The Daddies have been a feature at any and all major blues festivals on the east Coast. Australia's premier, good time Chicago Blues and Jump Swing band!

Steve Edmonds
A class act. Formerly guitarist with Jimmy Barnes, Wendy Mathews, Billy Thorpe and Renee Geyer. Performing a Fantastic, Funky Blues and Latin Stew of amazing grooves, Edmonds delivers an explosive high energy performance which takes "Blues Music" into the next decade. Politely acknowledging the times of Hendrix, SRV and AC/DC, I believe the Steve Edmonds show will steal the spotlight.

The Groove Kings
The Groove Kings from Canberra are a band in the finest tradition of the earliest electric blues bands and blur the lines between blues, rhythm & blues and rock & roll. Drew Wimhurst and Dave Blanken on harmonica and guitar will be tearin' the place up with some fine playing sure to please everyone. I think the Grove Kings could be the surprise packet of the festival with their cool, authentic 50's sound.

Ross Ward and Wards Express
Ross Ward has a fantastic guitar sound. In my opinion, a lot of guitarists don't have much to say, musically speaking that is, but with Ross you can definately 'hear' what he is talkin' about. Ross's tasteful and expressive guitar work has seen him and his band "Wards Express" become almost a pernament fixture at Byron Bay's East Coast Blues & Roots Festival. Be on the platform early to catch the Wards Express!

Col Ray & The Scary Cats
Sponsered by Woodstock Bourbon, Col Ray & The Scary Cats will be playin' their raw blues throughout the festival's duration as the 'House' band. Hailing from the Snowy Mountains these guys have had some extensive airplay both here and overseas and are sure to be a highly entertaining act.

O'Connell/Jones Duo
Two very talented and finely tuned musicians who will present Delta and Chicago Blues, Country Blues and Celtic Acoustica. Both guys are teachers at Regional Conservatoriums and use their knowledge of music, great taste and energy to make a lot of noise for two lads.

Dave Hooper & The Hombres
A show stopper! An up tempo, Rockabilly group with attitude! To top the night off, "The Hombres' will take you to the top with Dave's intense and unique guitar style. My favourite act of the day at the Newcastle 2nd Annual Blues Festival. High Voltage Rockabilly and Rock 'n' Roll.

Soul Chain
Your local crew, 4 piece outfit, Funk and Blues Show, featuring the lovely Lara Plain, Jono Dallimore, Alex Masso and Bill Williams. Their music ranges from slow Blues to Swing, Funk and Hard Driving Blues. A popular treat at both Canberra and Goulburn Blues Festivals, where they received rapturous applause from a very enthusiastic crowd. A young band on the way up!

Smokin' George
A collective of four south coast Muso's featuring George Babich on guitar, whom spent many years studying the masters of Blues guitar. Pete Bennett, hailing from South Africa has utilised rhythms of Zimbabwe to enrich his sound. A style not to be missed.

Harper
English born, Perth raised, calls melbourne home and Tours internationally. When I got this "virtuoso of the harmonicas" touring dates, it took me a week to read through it! I have always believed that if you live the music - you are the music. It is a privilege to have the internationally acclaimed Harper at the Berry Festival and be warned, we expect a sellout on Sunday 7th when he appears, so don't be late. Come and see why the Yanks are makin' such a fuss about Harper!

Cold Comfort
A powerhouse collective of Sydney's best R'n'B Muso's who play a wide spectrum of tunes from Slow Ballads, right through to infectious Tempo Rumbles with the odd touch of Soul and Swing. With Lefty's power - voice delivering lyrics of passion and perfect dynamics, "Cold comfort" will close the show for us on Sunday.

Mason Flack
To cool things down on Sunday night, Christine Mason and steve Flack of Sydney, will exemplify the combination of guitar and voice. The duet captivates audiences with Finger style guitar and articulate vocal pieces from Jazz, Gospel, Country and Blues. Influenced by Ry Cooder and Santana, "Mason Flack" conveys a unique individuality as a talented duet.

The Stingers
Four local guys from the Shoalhaven who are no strangers to the festival atmosphere, with appearances at Shoalhaven spring festival and Kiama Jazz Festival. The Stingers are fronted by South Coast harmonica exponent Leroy Holman, guitarist Ben Rish, and together with Gary Whitehead & Mark Thornton play fifties flavoured rhythm n blues. This lively local outfit is sure to get a great response from their local fans as well as outa - towners and will enthuse you with popular blues swing and rock 'n' roll dance numbers. Be sure to grab a copy of their self produced debut CD.

Phil Edgeley
UK born acoustic bluesman who now resides in Sydney. Phil's influences include Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Skip James and also Aussie Phil Manning and Jeff Lang. Those that Phil has jammed with inlude The Grimethorpe Colliery band ( from the movie "Brassed Off"). Phils original songs deal with the multi-facets of his life and travels.

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