First-up blues treat for By­ron

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE 'N' LOUD -

Harper and his band will be joined on stage by blues le­gend Char­lie Mus­sel­white at By­ron Bay’s Blues­fest at Easter. The pair will per­form to­gether on the first day of the five-day fes­ti­val. Harper also per­forms solo on Easter Sun­day. Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Peter No­ble says Harper and Mus­sel­white will be show ‘‘you sim­ply can­not miss’’. ‘‘There are so many per­for­mances this year that are go­ing to move you deeply and this will be one of many,’’ he says. ‘‘I was there the year Harper begged an in­tro­duc­tion to his idol at Blues­fest 1996. De­spite the dif­fer­ence in age and back­ground, the two hit it off im­me­di­ately.’’ Blue­fest or­gan­is­ers added an­other stack of artists to the bill this week in­clud­ing Zac Brown Band, a sec­ond show by Manu Chao La Ven­tura, The Mu­sic Maker Blues Re­vue, Leonardo’s Bride, Nicky Bomba’s Bus­ta­mento, Skip­ping Girl Vine­gar, Allen Stone, Kim Churchill, Shaun Kirk, Genevieve Chad­wick and Brother Fox. The artists join a stel­lar line-up which in­cludes Paul Simon, Robert Plant, San­tana, Iggy & The Stooges, Steve Miller Band, Count­ing Crows, Wilco, Ja­son Mraz, Chris Isaak and more.

Blues­fest plays Tya­garah Tee Tree Farm from March 28 to April 1.

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