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Rivers Pares the Riffs to Celebrate Roots and Blues

Rivers Pares the Riffs to Celebrate Roots and Blues



Who: Red Rivers, Stompbucket, The Goat Band, The Excelerators, The Torpedos, Rex 'Honey' Hill
What: Swampfest Blues and Rhythm Festival
Where: Wickham Park Hotel
When: Sunday February 10, 2002

THE resurgence in blues and roots festivals has found its way to Newcastle.

The inaugural Swampfest Blues and Rhythm Festival will be held at Wickham Park Hotel on Sunday.

The show promises a line-up of some of the best blues artists in Australia and the Hunter, with Red Rivers headlining the show.

'I am looking forward to it actually because I'm basically playing a really stripped-down version of what I do,' Rivers said.

Refusing to pigeonhole himself as an artist, Rivers said his style could be described as a blend of country, roots, blues and rock music.

'I'm into roots music full stop, not just the blues, and I sort of drift in and out of country.

'It leaves me at a bit of a loose end with a lot people because they don't know what to make of me.'

During his gig at Swampfest, Rivers said he and his band The Riff Kings would concentrate on performing blues music.

'I've released a country album just recently and I might throw in one or two country songs, but most of this set will be a full-on blues-type deal which I rarely get to play these days.'

'So I'm really looking forward to it. It should be a lot of fun.'

Rivers will share the bill with Stompbucket, The Goat Band, The Excelerators, The Torpedos and Rex 'Honey' Hill. The show will run from noon until 8pm.

Tickets are available from the hotel and Beaumont Beat Street for $10 plus a booking fee.



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