Call it what you will, the LBF held its last show in November 2014.

However, there is a rumour that the show may return annually, from 2019.

The site remains a document to the amazing volunteers who made this unique festival a success.

Interested? Please let us know.

Past news:

The Little Blues Festival is presenting a special blues show to celebrate the start of spring. Local blues band Wailin' House will present a mixture of cool blues and jazz at the show at Wyong Golf Club on Sunday, 28 September, in the auditorium overlooking the greens.

Bringing their electric Chicago and British blues styles to the musical playbill this month is Central Coast group, the Blues Allsorts, with Ian Rowe on vocals, guitar and harp; Mark White, guitar and vocals; bass player Ross Hendy and John Stamatopoulos on drums. This will be the Allsorts' debut Little Blues Festival performance.

The show continues to be a favourite with both Central Coast live music lovers and visitors travelling through the area. Since 2008, the Little Blues Festival has been run by a dedicated group of volunteers and local blues musicians.

"We've made new fans from Sydney, Newcastle and even as far away as Britain, as they stop off for a break on the tourist run," festival organiser Julia Starr said.

Ms Starr, also the lead singer in Wailin' House, said this month's show will be a good way to mark the end of winter.

"Everyone can relax in comfortable surrounds and take in some cool blues music, including an impressive range of original songs," Ms Starr said.

"We're also delighted that Sydney jazz musician Liam Annesley is able to return for this show as a guest in Wailin' House," she said.

"Liam has an excellent command of the piano and his playing brings a whole new dimension to our overall presentation."

Wailin' House band members have been writing new songs and recently performed a tribute song to the late Johnny Winter. The band's regular members, David Gardiner, Julia Starr and Ian Casey, will be joined by special guests, including other outstanding vocalists and lead guitarists who have made previous appearances at the Little Blues Festival.

"We hope to record some songs live on the day and release some of the performance for our followers and friends online," said Ms Starr.

"Audience response to previous music postings has been positive and inspiring.

"The show always brings out the best in the band and they get to collude with other great musicians, resulting in a vibrant live show."

The free, community show starts at the new time of 1.30 pm. Families are welcome. For inquiries, call the Club on (02) 4352 1361.
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Blues Allsorts are a brand new Central Coast Blues Band featuring Mark White, Ian Rowe, Ross Hendy on Bass and John on drums. Read the media article ahead:
Wailin' House are the local blues house band for the Little Blues Festival and stars of the band Mark White, David Gardiner and Ian Casey are keen to get their winter blues on this Sunday.
The band are planning a great mix of standard and original blues music and Julia Starr is excited about the program.
"We love playing our favourite songs. Mark has some great, smooth blues tunes we will showcase on Sunday, plus songs released on the Roller Coaster album last year."
The event is sure to attract local and travelling guests.
Wyong Golf Club is situated a short drove from the M1 Motorway, half-way between Newcastle and Sydney. Many artists drop by for lunch between gigs.
"We love the sound in this Auditorium," says bass player David Gardiner, "every instrument is clear as a bell which leads to better playing."
"We so dig this gig."



 Lunch is available at the Bistro until 2:30 and families are welcome: airconditioned, weatherproof comfort and the best blues music on the Central Coast.
Hope to see you there!
Keepin'  the blues alive! 

Looking back...............................................................................
May show saw BluesAngels on the Little Blues Festival stage. BluesAngels have just released a new album and we urge all blues music lovers to check out their unique style and sound.


Our next Guitar Show N Tell will be announced mid year - more more We are looking at a late December date. ........................................................

Looking forward...
the Little Blues Festival are hoping to  celebrate all this harpsical in the coming months, with the return of the Blues Harp Showdown! What we are waiting for are indications from local harp players - pro and the like, to take on this competition and provide us with TWO professional players to judge an AMATEUR competition: to provide a stepping stone for our local amateur players who don't normally get the opportunity to play on stage with a band or show people what they got to play.
Please contact me or David if you are a professional player who would like to help. We won't be running the show unless local harp players get on board - this makes more sense to us!
Watch this space for more news and links to registration forms. The contest will only be open to amateur players, with great prizes and some guest performers.
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Just a recap on last Novembers Little Blues Festival Award Winners - Nice to leave them up for another month!
 
RESULTS:
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Supporting Blues Music Including other Artists - Mark White

Award for Outstanding Contribution to Blues Music -
Bill Dewdney

Award for Contribution to Blues Music Performance -
1. Gerry Tierney 2. Malcolm Woods 3. Mama Jane Band

Contribution to Keeping the Blues Alive -
1. Ian Armfield 2. Nasty Old Dog and White Cloud

Contribution to Community Event Promotion:
1. Duck Crossing 2. Village Grapevine 3. iMag 4. Central Coast Express

Contribution to Creative Partnerships in our Community Via Venue provision and Support:
1. Mangrove Mountain memorial and Golf Club
2. Toukley Golf Club 3. Wyong Golf Club

Dedication to Blues Music Performance and Consistent Contribution - 1. Ian Casey 2. Alex Bicknell
Outstanding Blues Performance by a Touring Artist - 1/ Bobby Blue (QLD) 2/ Kate Le Jam 3/ Moondogs
Creative Blues Harp Performance - Bob Morton
Creative Blues Playing and Songwriting - Mark White
Amazing Blues Music Performance - Brett Clark, Shane Clark
Outstanding Technical Support - Chris Taylor
Outstanding Performance - Dubious Blues, Dan Granero, Jack Ridge, Kerrie Garside

Congratulations to our 2013 Winners!
Each will receive a special certificate and promotion via our website.


The Little Blues Festival provides a much needed, professional music venue and platform for artists to step up and play with some great players. Blues venues, with a stage, lighting and comfortable seating, are few and far between. This venue is one of the best. Our artists don't play on carpet in the corner. Artists receive a lot of promotion and have the opportunity to reach new audiences at the Little Blues.
 
We've launched a number of videos online this year.
More video will be shown on our big screen, on the day, which hasn't been viewed before. Due to upload time on Youtube, artists videos were kept short. We've play ones from the artists over the last 6 years! Sure to be fun.
 
Plus, we'll be awarding a number of our Little Blues artists with awards in-house - to thank them for their contribution to blues music. Lots of photos will be taken on the day for our newsletter, website and we may put together a book of photos -  for the local library too. I'd like to say it has been a pleasure running these shows. I hope in future, 2014, will see more help from local funding and assistance - to keep the Little Blues Festival going. The provision of a good room, with a stage, has been quite a step up, for all our artists - with thanks to the Wyong Golf Club and Staff.
 
The Little Blues Festival posts regular updates on Facebook too. See the link below*

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/littlebluesfestival

 
 Check out WAILIN' HOUSE,
FEATURING JULIA STARR, DAVID GARDINER AND IAN CASEY,
AT THE LITTLE BLUES FESTIVAL:
"Crossroads" written by Julia Starr.
 

Thanks Michael Granero for taking the video! 

 

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***Coming up on December 29 the Little Blues Festival Guitar show 'N' Tell - it's going to be HUGE - stay tuned and get in touch with me via email for application form**

Winner of our 2013 Award "Outstanding Contribution and Songwriting" -  Mark White - will be talking at our guitar show n tell December 28..

 

 Mark loves Fender guitars and has recently bought a Vardis Amplifier. He let that baby ring last month and we are looking forward to hearing it again in December.
Last time we had a guitar show, there were more guitars than space available!  There's a link at the bottom of this page, and if you go to Youtube, just click in Little Blues Festival Guitar Show for a few videos.
We have a bigger venue this time. The room will be filled with many kinds of instruments and this week we'll be keeping you updated with a program of events on the day.
See you then!

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 







 

The Little Blues Festival, a community event running since 2008, are proud to announce  our next blues artists for December at our new venue, Wyong Golf Club Auditorium.

Wyong Golf Club, is situated on the Pacific Highway, a short drive off the F3 between Newcastle and Sydney. Find it on the link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wyong-Golf-Club/541171185919173 It is a great place to have lunch, listen to blues music and enjoy the view over the greens. Look for the huge electric sign. Plenty of parking is available.

 

 To assist with running costs, the door charge is $10.00 for adults, MEMBERS FREE*.Kids free too. 

Special guests (TBA FACEBOOK) will contribute to the final hour of the performance. The event is well known for blues artists ‘dropping by’ for an impromptu performance. (*Invited players only)

  Doors open at 10 AM and food is available at the beautiful bistro. Groups may want to book seats for lunch via the club website or phoning them:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wyong-Golf-Club/541171185919173

 

Last month the crowd was moderate in numbers and blues fans were enthralled by the talent of Moondogs Gypsy Blues.

Find out more about Moondog's Gypsy Blues:

 https://www.facebook.com/MoondogsGypsyBlues?fref=ts

Food is available at the bistro until 2:30 PM. Plenty of parking at the Club available.

 

Join Us on Facebook and like our page for regular updates!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Original-Little-Blues-Festival-Australia/195967913814502


Thanks to Steve Forrest for all your support!