Summertime Blues and Roots at The Barwon Club, A Rockin’ Success!

Posted by: on Jan 15, 2017 | No Comments


It’s funny to think that the concept of the Summertime Blues and Roots festival held recently at the Barwon Club in Geelong, had not really gotten off the ground previously. Kicking off at 1pm, for a low admission fee, you were able to get amongst some of Geelong’s finest blues and roots musicians. Organised by local music legend Kay Gibbons who has been an advocate for supporting the local music scene, produced a stellar line-up of music which was complimented by a great venue and atmosphere.

Walking through the doors into the band room, I was greeted by nothing but smiles as I began to get amongst the sounds of Derek & The Champs. Led by Ian Wilson who plays in quite a few different local projects, their set was highly energetic and full of some classic blues numbers.  Over two stages, the bands bookended each other which was a great thing because it meant for several opportunities to refresh your drink, stretch your legs and get amongst some Vitamin D.  The variation of solo, duos and full bands was impressive and it was all credit to the organising committee who left no stone unturned in creating an inclusive and entertaining day of fun.


One of the definite highlights for the day was Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll’s who were referred to as the King and Queen of the Bellarine Peninsula as they took the stage. In a set that started with Chris Wilson playing slide guitar, the Nutbush was a dance floor filler and Sarah’s live favourite ‘Ukulele Bitchfight’ also went down a treat. Sean McDonnell also was the word of everyone’s lips as he showcased his original rootsy tunes and unique cover versions particularly of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. Referred to by Wayne Jury as a gathering that should happen a lot more often, I say well done to Kay Gibbons and team for putting on a cracker event and see you all again next summer!

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