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A fistful of surprises in Bluesfest’s final announcement

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L to R: Ken Stringfellow, John Rooney and Mitch Easter of Coronet Blue.
L to R: Ken Stringfellow, John Rooney and Mitch Easter of Coronet Blue.

Coronet Blue, led by Aussie singer John Rooney, tops the final line-up announcement for the 25th anniversary Bluesfest this Easter.

Also on the bill are: the country singer’s country singer, Troy Cassar-Daley; true blue Aussie mate John Williamson; husband and wife team The Mastersons; a solo show from John Mayer’s lead guitarist Zane Carney; Phil Manning; Round Mountain Girls; Claire Ann Taylor; and a sneak preview of the 2014 Boomerang Festival.

Coronet Blue will make their much-anticipated Bluesfest debut with their newly released third album, Better Day.

‘Singer song writer John Rooney always has a knack of putting together a stellar super group which will excite every music fan. Their songs and performance will surprise, they are not to be missed,’ said Bluesfest’s touring manager Rusty Thorpe.

‘Rooney was a member of the notorious 80s group, The Lonely Hearts. Then he switched his microphone for a scalpel to become an orthopaedic surgeon! However, song writing was never far from his heart. His most recent album Better Day was recorded and produced by Kevin ‘The Caveman’ Shirley.’

As a lead-in to this year’s Boomerang Festival, scheduled for the Labour Day long weekend in October, several of the acts on the bill are offering Bluesfest punters a taster.

They include Troy Cassar-Daley, Glenn Skuthorpe, Chris Tamwoy, the Jannawi Dancers and the ACPA Dancers.

Rusty describes Glenn as ‘a vital and compelling storyteller with poetic lyrics full of love and loss, murder, betrayal and renewal. He gives voice to those whose stories must be heard.’

Chris Tamwoy from Badu Island, Torres Strait is a self-taught 17-year-old guitarist who ‘brought his magic fingers into the Triple J studio impressing everyone including his idol John Butler.’

Brisbane all-male line-up the ACPA Dancers have created a new form of dance relevant to Aboriginal youth by fusing contemporary hip-hop rhythms to ancient ritual styles.

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