Blue Mountains Music Festival

Katoomba’s annual Blue Mountains Music Festival (BMMF) returns for its 22nd year, 17th -19th March, with Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen headlining, playing songs from their first album together, ‘Death’s Dateless Night’; and with c, Folk Uke and many more!
En route to the funeral of a friend, Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen got to talking about all the songs they had played together and separately at such occasions over the years and decided to make an album which features The Beatles’ Let It Be, Leonard Cohen’s Bird on a Wire and Townes Van Zandt’s To Live Is to Fly, along with standards Pallet on the Floor, Stephen Foster’s Hard Times Come Again No More and Cole Porter’s Don’t Fence Me In.
The Waifs return to the Festival as part of their 25th anniversary tour – marking 25 years of performing and touring as an independent band in Australia. They will be heading back to their roots and playing songs from across their huge catalogue, including hidden gems and fan favourites. The Waifs’ seventh studio album ‘Beautiful You’ is being released to commemorate this achievement. The solo albums by Scotland’s Eddi Reader show her unique ability to move between different musical styles as both singer and songwriter, and follow her time with Fairground Attraction whose single ‘Perfect’ from the debut album ‘First of a Million Kisses’ topped the British charts. The album ‘The Best of Eddi Reader’ was released earlier this year. Folk Uke is Amy Nelson (daughter of Willie) and Cathy Guthrie (daughter of Arlo), and as such they are folk royalty. In the words of one of BMMF’s favourite performers, Steve Poltz, “Folk Uke makes my heart happy. They’re always entertaining and never fail to deliver scrumptious live sets that make my eardrums happy. I would walk 200 miles BAREFOOT across the scorching hot Arizona desert full of hissing rattlesnakes and hungry coyotes just to see them play. I’m a believer. ”
The international contingent will feature an amazing variety of acts from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, The Netherlands, The US, India, Japan and Ethiopia. (Full performer list on website.)
There will be three days of great music on seven stages, with over a hundred concerts, as well as the usual songwriters’ and instrumental circles, Heartland Conversations and roaming performers.
Weekend tickets are on sale, bmff.org.au. For further information please contact Valerie MacIver, 9415 1424, valerie. maciver@vmpr.com.au

Terry Clinton
About Terry Clinton 1 Article
Terry is committee member of the Folk Federation of NSW. He is a regular performer in Sydney community choirs Solidarity Choir and Ecopella and a member of Miguel Heatwole's Andsome Friends, which performs two of Terry's songs. He formerly was a member of vocal trio Touchwood.

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