FRIDAY 16th &
MARCH 2018



Mark Seymour & The Undertow

Liberation/Mushroom Release “ ROLL BACK THE STONE “ Release date: Friday 10th March 2017 Double CD: 24 tracks – including 10 original H&C songs Covering Mark’s song writing career, from early H&C through to his [...]

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🙌🎶🎸🎤Heats Update🎤🎸🎶🙌

Round 3 of the Blues Festival Heats was held last Sunday afternoon at the Republic Bar in North Hobart and what an afternoon it was. About 80 or so turned up to see which of the six local acts would fill the last two spots on the bill for the final next Sunday 25th Feb and once again the judges were made to earn their keep.

First up was a 2 piece called Farkem who tried out last year and returned this year with a much stronger Bluesy set.

Up next was soloist, Henry Rippon who also competed last year. Henry sang and played beautifully and came away with a special mention from the judging panel for the second year running.

The Patron Saints were in next and quickly set about getting every foot in the room tapping with some upbeat Chicago style Blues. I'd say they were crowd favourites and the judges' too as they were the first of the Hobart acts to progress through the final.

Next on stage were Jax and the Wayward who got everyone's attention with some hard rockin' tunes. They were pretty loud but they were pretty damn good too.

Acoustic duo called The Sign were next to take the stage with some soulful bluesy music and our last act was a 4 piece band called The Tim Blizzard Explosion who delivered some very strong original music to finish off the heat. Tim may not have fared well in the judges' presentation columns but it didn't matter because the music was enough to get them into finals.

So the stage is now set for next Sunday's final round at the Forth Pub when we will learn which two acts get to play on the big stage at the 21st annual blues festival. There may be some changes to the running order but it should pan out something like this.

3:00 Richard Steele

3:35 The Pork Chops

4:10 The Fergusons

4:50 The Patron Saints

5:30 Don't Come Monday

6:10 The Tim Blizzard Explosion

6:35 The judges decision will be announced.

Now all you need to do is rustle up some friends and get on down to the Forth Pub next Sunday arvo. Settle into the beer garden soak up some tunes and cheer on your favourite act.



This is the 21st Anniversary of the Forth Valley Blues Festival Inc. It will be BIGGER & BETTER than ever, with a memorabilia exhibition and lots more.

Tasmania’s premier blues event the Forth Valley Blues Festival 2018 is on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of March. That’s right – FRIDAY NIGHT! This year we have again decided to expand the Festival and move the Friday night from the Bridge Hotel – Forth to the festival site because this event had simply outgrown the pub. With this move we have expanded the Friday night line-up to FIVE bands. As a special offer this year the Friday night will be FREE and included with your festival ticket price ….or $35 for the Friday night only. So with the great music from 10 bands on 2 stages on Saturday and the 5 bands on Friday night – that’s 15 bands for $70. Now that is great value!

The line-up consists of Mark Seymour & The Undertow, Rob Tognoni, Lachy Doley Group, 19twenty, Hussy Hicks, Juzzie Smith, The Sheyana Band, Hussy Hicks, Juzzie Smith and Kyle Lionhart + more to be released.

$35 for Friday night ONLY (5 bands will be performing).

$75 a ticket until 31st December 2017, $90 for tickets purchased AFTER 01 January 2018 (inclusive); this ticket will be for entry to both Friday Night & Saturday to the Festival.

Tickets can be purchased from or at the Forth Hotel from 2nd October 2017. Child 12 years and under NO CHARGE. *** BUT MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT who holds a FVBF 2018 ticket. 13 years old and under are 1/2 the price of the adult ticket price, that applies.