The Blues Preachers.
The Blues Preachers. Contributed

Warm up with the Village Festival

SHAKE off the shivers in the cold winter weather at the Village Festival and let the announcement of some of this year’s major artists get your toes tapping.

Planning for the festival at Yeppoon is picking up pace with this year’s event to be held from August 19 to 21 at the Yeppoon Pony Club. Early bird discount tickets are now on sale on the Village Festival website.

To warm you up and get your blood pumping, this Saturday night Keppel Coast Arts Council is presenting Celtic Crossings from 7pm at Waru Community Garden in Yeppoon with tickets $15 per person available on the night. 

Celtic Crossing features multi-award winning band Wheelers and Dealers with the renowned fiddle playing of Mike Kerin, the powerful rockinfluenced guitar of Ged Corben, the percussive upright bass of Michael Vidale and the evocative accordion of Tinker Duffy, setting off malt whisky vocals from acclaimed folk singer Christine Wheeler.

Come along for more news on the festival line-up which includes The Blues Preachers, who perform a fusion of good old blues, rags, gospel and hillbilly folk.

The powerful simplicity of driving finger-style and slide-guitar combined with the sounds of tasteful harmonica and old-school vocal harmonies create a traditional and untarnished sound that will have you on the edge of your seats. 

Brother John on guitar, banjo and vocals, and Captain Bluetongue on harmonica, mountain dulcimer and vocals were recently selected by Yoko Ono as runner-up in The John Lennon 70th Birthday Anniversary Song Contest, for Divine Justice Coming Down.

And for anyone that missed their performance last year Dubmarine are back in 2011 with more of Australia’s high-powered, high energy, Dub, Dancehall, Reggae, DnB, sub bass vessel to rock the stage with their high-energy stage show, and unique music.

Program manager John Kehoe is pleased with the diverse number of musical styles on offer this year and said: “Whilst we can’t afford Cold Chisel, we do look to present tomorrow’s John Butler Trio or Paul Kelly – musicians who aren’t household names yet but may well be in the future.

“Even if you’ve never heard of the person on stage, you can be sure the Village Festival will showcase some of Australia’s best performers for a fraction of the cost of something like Woodford,” he said.

The Village Festival will also include a diverse programme of creative workshops, street theatre and children’s activities with a full programme available on the website soon. 

Further details of the 2011 Village Festival can be found at the Village Festival website.