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April 21, 2021

Can’t get a better Sunday than Blues

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Leesa Gentz from Hussy Hicks melted paint off the poles holding up the Juke Joint on Sunday. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

I could actually sum up yesterday at Bluesfest in two words: Hussy Hicks!

Leesa Gentz & Julz Parker – Hussy Hicks. Photo Tree Faerie

Man, what these chicks don’t deliver on stage isn’t worth getting – seriously, people.

Soaring vox and shredding guitar, songs that make sense, and blues? Don’t talk to me about blues without saying Hussy and Hicks.

If you didn’t get to see them at the festival, go buy a CD and turn it up LOUD!

That is all.

But wait, you also get…

William Crighton goes punting.

Actually we got loads more yesterday – let’s not bother talking about the weather or the few (or a lot) too many punters all trying to squish into venues. Who cares!

Apart from the Hicks, the axis of awesome also revolved around a bucket load of great acts yesterday including Eric Gales, Melissa Etheridge and JBT.

Some of the media crew backstage.

Gales started his set by announcing he was two years clean and sober then proceeded to blast across the stage from every angle.

Just brilliant, Melissa Etheridge made everyone’s Bluesfest. Photo Tree Faerie

Melissa Etheridge left no doubt as to why she is an international favourite – never one to skimp on performance, Etheridge had the entire Crossroads audience spellbound and panting for just one more song.

Sunday closed with the John Butler Trio – after 18 years since his first adventure at Bluesfest, and at the risk of using the mature wine analogy, I’ll just say that JB is the shiraz of shirazzes and the (vegan) brie of cheese.

Superb and a true gentle man who is still so political and using his stage for something important (apart from awesome music).

Epic gentle man John Butler. Photo Tree Faerie

Song 8 in Butler’s set saw an interlude of 2018 festival epic awesomeness as the likes of JBT, Michael Franti and William Crighton, Hussy Hicks, Steve Smyth, Ziggy Alberts, Lukas Nelson, Sarah Howells, Emma Bosworth and Green Music Australia and goddess knows who else – came out to send a big ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to Adani.

One day to go punters – get into it!


A huge banner hoisted by John Butler on the Mojo stage sent a message to Adani and the Coalmonster Photo David Lowe

Photos David Lowe & the Tree Faerie


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  1. Bluesfest explodes when lead singer Leesa Gentz of Hussy Hicks takes the mic as you can’t get it any better belting out the hard-driving sound very much like Grace Slick of the late 60’s band Jefferson Aeroplane.
    Leesa Gentz in full voice, now there is Somebody to Love.


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