NEW YEAR'S DAY (Recovery Day)

Date December 31st, 2017 Date January 1st, 2018
Times 6pm - 1am Times 11am - 5pm
Performers o  Brian Fraser and the Drive
o  Dreamboogie
o  Simon Kinny-Lewis Band
o  Paulie Bignell and the Thornbury Two
o  Chris Wilson Band

Brian Fraser and The Drive Australian

- Blues Album of the Year
-Chain Awards 2000 (solo award) Male Artist of the Year
-VicTas Awards 2003 (solo award) Australian Blues Band of the Year
- Brian Fraser Trio, Chain Awards 2006

Geelong’s Brian Fraser, one of Australia’s finest and most well-known acoustic blues performers, has put an 3 piece electric blues band together called The Drive. The Drive have been performing around Victoria and interstate with regular shows in Geelong and Melbourne for the past year.

Brian is a multi-award winning artist with over 30 years’ experience in the music industry. He spends many months of every year touring Australia, performing at festivals, hotels and a multitude of other venues. Brian has released three solo acoustic albums and an album with the Brian Fraser Trio, ‘Passing the Time’.

Brian is joined by drummer Andrew Crossley, both originally from popular Geelong based blues band Turning Blue, the band released 3 albums in the 90’s and toured constantly around Australia. On bass guitar is Melbourne’s Chris Riley who also plays with Melbourne band The Life of Riley (LOR).

The band play some well known blues rock covers, a selection of Turning Blue material and some new original material.


Dreamboogie consists of Rebecca Davey (vocals), Sam Buckley (guitar), Connor O’Neill (bass) and Robert B Dillon (drums) and was named with a hat-tip to vintage American jazz/ blues writer Langston Hughes’ famed poem “Dream Boogie”.

Vocalist Rebecca Davey brings elements of her musical idols to her performance – the great female Blues vocalists of the 1920s and 30s. Artists such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Victoria Spivey, Mamie Smith and similar bold women of their time, have influenced Rebecca, both in her vocal delivery and performance.

Together as a 4-piece band, Dreamboogie re-imagine and reinterpret the songs of trailblazing blues performers for today’s audiences, using contemporary sounds and fresh arrangements, whilst retaining the essential spirit and attitude of the music.

In October 2011, they won the MBAS Blues Performer of the Year Challenge, proudly representing them in 2012 at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, USA.

Festivals at which Dreamboogie have appeared include: Australian Blues Festival, Winter Blues Festival, Broadbeach Blues Festival, Brunswick Music Festival , Queenscliff Music Festival , Docklands Blues Music Festival , Gympie Muster , Melbourne Fringe Festival, Sydney Blues & Roots Festival, WestOz Blues Festival , Mordialloc Food & Wine Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Uranquinty Folk Festival, RAW Festival and more.

Simon Kinny-Lewis Band

Simon Kinny-Lewis takes the audience with him on a seismic journey of compelling, blues guitar - along with a voice that Steve Lukather (Guitarist - Toto, Michael Jackson), describes as being similar to American blues star Joe Bonamassa. Simon’s own original brand of contemporary blues and rock, combined with an uncanny ability to reach the hearts of onlookers, has given this artist from Sydney a loyal and ever-growing army of followers.

Simon Kinny-Lewis has performed and recorded with world-renowned artists such as Christian Howes, Ric Fierabracci, Anton Davidyants, Simeon Cain and more. He has acknowledged the influence of many great guitarists including Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, Richie Kotzen and others, however Simon has now well and truly found his own guitar ‘voice’ through many years of hard work and dedication to his craft. Quite simply, he is an amazing guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. He has recorded five albums to date, ranging in genres from contemporary electric blues, acoustic blues, and even finger-pickin’ country.

Live, SKL delivers a performance that’s all class - with tone and technique to die for. He inevitably lives up to his reputation for giving his all. His incredible band includes top Sydney musicians Tony Boyd (drums) and Rob Ewan (bass) along with Melbourne’s Liam Keely (Hammond keys). Together, they are a formidable musical combination.

Paulie Bignell and the Thornbury Two

Paulie Bignell & the Thornbury Two consists of Peter Beulke (bass and backing vocals) and Craig Hadlow on drums.

Paulie is well known around Australia for his work with The Detonators, a band he formed over 12 years ago, that has covered every corner of this wide brown land.

It’s no surprise that they went off like a frog in a sock when they’ve played for Sleepy Hollow – a very impressive and tight combo.

He is one hard workin’ guitarist. As with all artists who stand out from pack, he has developed a unique sound and style. His sound, a driving rhythmic guitar, that twangs, yet hypnotizes, screams but seduces.

A little juke, definitely rollicking and getting the feet tapping. Time to dance!

Their first CD is “Lost and Dangerous” and according to Paulie, “When it came to naming this album, the title wasn’t sticking out. We could have used a title track but I wanted to be sure it was doing justice to the rest of the songs and the album. I wanted to describe the vibe of the album and the ride we take you, the listener on.”

Chris Wilson & Band

Chris Wilson has been an essential part of blues and rock music in Australia since taking the stage with the Sole Twisters over 20 years ago, and by the end of the 80s, was established as one of Australia’s finest vocalists, harmonica players and songwriters.

Chris has appeared at every major Australian festival and his performances, filled as they are with his own brand of sensuality and the dynamic power that leaves his audiences so satisfied, are always a highlight. Chris' stage presence, voice and talent are all as big as the country he lives in. Chris Wilson is a master of his craft.

In his time, he’s played with our most talented— Paul Kelly, Hunters & Collectors, Johnny Diesel, Merril Bainbridge, Shane O’Mara, Shannon Bourne, Kerryn Tollhurst, Jimi Hocking … He’s had a number of bands, starting with Crown of Thorns, The Pub Dogs, Chris Wilson Band.

This time Chris is joined by Dave Birtwell (guitar), Sweet Felicia (bass) and Fenn Wilson (drums).

Live at the Continental is one of his CDs that is a standout. Recently Chris bought back the rights to the recordings and re-released Live as a double CD. I also have that version, and the extra material is well worth it. The recent film made of his time at The Continental was a Geelong sellout.
Performers o  Troy Wilson and Electric Larry
o  Derek and the Champs
o  Stevie Page Band
o  Louis King and the Liars Klub

Troy Wilson and Electric Larry

Troy Wilson & Electric Larry are both from the Mornington Peninsula they bring raw talent and a compelling experience to the Juke Joint tradition, with evocative and powerful songs, from smoking ballads, bawdy blues and juke joint boogies, Robert Johnson, Bo Carter, Blind Boy Fuller and Sonny Boy Williamson just to name a few.

Troy has featured at all good blues festivals across the nation, and won awards for his cool dobro and finger style guitar. Winner of the Vic/Tas 2016 blues music awards with his duo Wilson & White and Finalists at the 2017 Australian Blues Music Awards. Troy has been a band leader, teacher, singer, guitar slinger on the Mornington Peninsula for many years.

Electric Larry play’s the bullet mic harmonica blues in the Chicago style influence by local Oz players like Chris Wilson, Matt Taylor, Jim Conway and the old masters Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Walter. Larry has played many shows all over the Peninsula for many years, and has joined the likes of Phil Para on stage in and around town and at many Mornington Peninsula shows.

Derek and the Champs

Making a bit of noise (well, music, but you know what I mean …) is Derek and the Champs, and they’ve been playing Pistol Pete’s and the Back Hatt and other local venues, pulling an increasing crowd.

That’s not so much of a surprise, when you look at the line-up – Rod Hoe (drums), Peter Kure (bass), Ian Wilson (guitar) and Gary Quick (keys).

While the band might be new, in the sense of playing together, what we have is some experienced musicians working together.

Rod has played with many artists, Allison Durban, Johnny Chester, Jade Hurley, Rick Bartlett, Bobby and Laurie, the ‘50s American band The Drifters(!).

Peter has played bass guitar in bands for 30 years, covering a diverse array of genera including jazz, funk, blues, soul, rock, country and even European pop.

Ian Wilson has been playing guitar in bands for over 30 years and has been support for Jenny Morris, Daryl Brathwaite, Mark Williams, Margaret Urlich and The Choirboys, most recently with Andrea Marr and Chris Wilson.

Gary has been constantly performing live in various bands throughout Victoria over the past 35 years and has been recording his own music for longer than this.

Stevie Paige Band

Critics have described Stevie’s voice as “superb” and “amazing.” Couple this with reviews of “great guitar” “Impressive songs” and an “outstanding band” Stevie is a world class act not to be missed.

Brought up in the country town of Hanging Rock in Victoria, Stevie first became interested in music whilst watching the hit TV show 'Fame'. So at the age of 10, Stevie grabbed hold of her first guitar and never looked back.

From the prestigious stage of the Melbourne Concert Hall as a classical guitarist, to the famous Beale Street in Memphis as a blues singer, Stevie’s career has been anything but typical.

A graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts and with a postgraduate offer to study at London’s Royal College of Music, the future seemed all but set.

An unexpected encounter with a campus blues band one night derailed this classical musician, and almost overnight, the playing of concertos with orchestras was traded for a steel string guitar and stomp box.

Today this Chain and Vic/Tas award winner is widely regarded as one the best blues voices you will hear anywhere in the world.

Louis King and the Liars Klub

Louis King was born Tommy McEwan and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, raised on a diet of Motown, Soul and blues before moving to Australia as a teenager in 1972.

He has performed at all the major festivals in the country, including the East Coast Festival in Byron Bay 5 times, as well as Bridgetown, Cairns and Broadbeach Blues festivals.

Louis King has also toured Europe 5 times, performing at the prestigious Great British Blues Festival. In 2013 he again toured Europe and was a featured artist at The Screamin’ festival in Barcelona, as well as the famous Kwadedamme Blues festival.

His 5 Original CD’s have gained awards from ARIA Nominations, to The Age’s ‘Album of the Year’.

Louis’s songs Have been covered by artists, Including New Orleans favourite son Rockin’ Doopsie Junior and The Flattrackers, and even Doug Mulray! They have also been included in the soundtrack of a Hollywood movie and ‘Underbelly’

The band has been the featured support act for B.B King, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and Screamin’ J Hawkins.

His music is a dangerous mix of Blues and Rockabilly songwriting with a stage act that is a mixture of an outback roadhouse and a Glasgow Pub fight!
The Event22nd Annual New Year’s Eve Bluestone Blues FestivalThe LocationMurgheboluc Recreational Reserve Hamilton Highway (B140) 20km from Geelong CBD
Melways Reference911 D7Googlehttps://goo.gl/maps/udgMrAxtqGn
Tickets available fromSleepy Hollow Blues Club  Sunday Sessions at Geelong Trades HallGates open10am December 31 st, 2017. Due to permit requirements there is strictly no access prior!
Mail bookingsSleepy Hollow Blues Club PO Box 1928, Geelong, 3220Can’t bringBYO, Glass or Dogs
Gate ticketsAt Festival gate from 10am on December 31st, 2017Drinks availableBeer, spirits, wine, soft drinks, ice water, etc.
OnlineYou can purchase your ticket from Try Booking on-lineFood availableA wide range of hot/cold food and coffee/tea will be available
 Phone0490 392 676Camping for ticket holdersOn a smooth, grassy surface, close to the festival arena with plenty of shade


The Annual New Year's Eve Bluestone Blues Festival is an very important part of SHBC's calendar and every thing we do is dedicated to making a great time for everyone. But, with all great times comes a few rules and we would really appreciate you taking the time to familarise yourself with them;

  • at all times there is a total fire ban and fireworks are not allowed (we are in the middle of the Australian bush and we don't really need to explain to anyone why we need to be strict about it; and we will be);
  • all people under the age of 18 are considered minors and MUST be accompanied and controlled by an adult;
  • in concert with the under 18 rule, proof of age may be required;
  • it goes without saying that alcohol may not be purchased by or for minors nor may they be allowed to drink it regardless of any adult's permission. This is absolute and no discussion will be entered into; 
  • concessions apply to full-time students, aged and disability pensioners and proof of entitlement may be required;
  • obviously membership tickets only apply to members and proof of membership may be required;
  • no anti-social behaviour will be tolerated. Be all means have fun, celebrate the New Year with us but not at the expense of good behaviour;
  • responsible service of alcohol applies and the decision of the alcohol suppliers is law in this matter; and,
  • oh, and above all else, it is expected that you will have a great time, be back next year and bring all your friends.

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