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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.
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