Virus fails to halt Bridgetown Blues

Catherine MasseyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Tracey Barnett will perform at Covid Blues next month.
Camera IconTracey Barnett will perform at Covid Blues next month. Credit: Supplied

The annual Blues at Bridgetown festival will go ahead this year, albeit in a different format due to COVID-19.

Traditionally hordes of visitors have revelled in the beloved large-scale event, but this year’s festival will be more intimate with acts divided between the Bridgetown Hotel and Scotts Tavern.

This year’s iconic event Covid Blues will continue to champion popular Western Australian bands and artists performing live to fans who will move freely between the two venues.

Some of the acts confirmed to play in the festival include Blue Shaddy, Blackwood Rising and The Vibrolators.

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Bridgetown singer-song writer Tracey Barnett has performed at the festival for the past decade with her distinctive high-energy brand of blues and roots attracting people from all around the State.

Barnett said festivals were a critical place for artists to build their audience.

“It’s a good check-in point for the locals to see my growth in my career and as a musician, it’s nice to catch-up with people who regularly attend the festival and reminisce about the year,” she said.

“I’m just so grateful that it is going ahead in one way, shape or form, given how strange and uncertain this year has been. It’s such a relief to have something to look forward to,” Barnett said.

Bridgetown singer-song writer Mary Myfanwy has performed in the festival for the past eight years and is known for her deep melodic pipes.

Myfanwy said she looked forward to the sense of community and buzz the festival brought to the town.

“The Blues has such a loyal following, people come down because they’re so passionate about hearing the blues and listening to original music,” she said.

“This festival is really about the music and listening to people’s stories. I look forward to telling people my stories and pulling them into a different time zone and just have their attention for a little while.”

Tickets are limited, visit www.bluesatbridgetown.com.au/tickets2020/

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