Aerial view of the Blues and Roots Festival site at Tyagarah.
Aerial view of the Blues and Roots Festival site at Tyagarah. Doug Eaton

Matt Corby, Tim Rogers, Skunkhour join Blues line-up

SYDNEY'S Matt Corby and rock legend Tim Rogers were some of the names announced today for Bluesfest 2014.

Below is the full list of new performers revealed today. Follow the links for information, including video in most cases, of the acts.

Matt Corby grew up steeped in gospel and a love for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. His heartfelt music has made him a household name; 'Brother'(2011), was nominated for APRA Song of the Year, reached number 3 on the Triple J Hottest 100 and scored Matt three ARIA Award nominations and won ARIA song of the year in 2012. His latest single, 'Resolution', is now certified three times platinum, won Song of the Year at the 2013 ARIA Awards and reached number 8 on the Triple J Hottest 100 this year. Matt Corby, who was runner up on the fifth season of Australian Idol, has grown from support slots and talent shows to playing sold at shows on his 11 show 'Resolution Tour' late last year including Hordern Pavilion Sydney, Festival Hall Melbourne and other shows in Geelong, Fremantle, Adelaide, Auckland and Wellington.

Tim Rogers, the roguishly charming rock star legend best known as the guitarist, singer, and primary songwriter of the essential Australian rock band You Am I..

Lime Cordiale is fronted by brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach. The Sydney duo have been turning heads in Australia performing to adoring audiences on their recent tour including a sold out headline show at The Standard in Sydney and gigs alongside the likes of The Rubens, The Specials (UK), Ball Park Music and Cosmo Jarvis (UK) to name a few.

Foy Vance will be making his Bluesfest debut in 2014. The acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter who won the 2013 Northern Ireland Music Prize for his latest album Joy of Nothing (2013) was born in the North Ireland town of Bangor, but his passion for traditional music was born in the southern states of America.

Kim Churchill won the Bluesfest Byron Buskers competition in 2009 and since then his intricate fingerpicking percussive beats on the body of the guitar and two-handed tapping intertwined with earthly stomp box, powerful harmonica melodies and soulful voice has made him a Bluesfest favourite year after year. In 2013 Kim was supporting Billy Bragg in the US, and flew to Australia mid-tour to play Bluesfest and due to a delayed flight arrived 30 minutes before show time. He still managed to give his usual mesmerizing, explosive performance and then went straight on back to the US to re-join Billy Bragg's tour.

Skunkhour will be reuniting for this special Bluesfest appearance. Forming in Sydney in 1992 and ahead of their time while fiercely proud of Australian's pub rock heritage, they fused many influences to create a sound and catalogue like no other. Between 1995 and 2000 the band had four songs inducted into the Triple J Hottest 100.

Saskwatch is a nine-piece soul revivalists bringing their Soul and RnB Grooves back to the stage. The band will also be bringing new material (their forthcoming album Nose Dive is set for release April 11) that is sure to win over new and old fans at Bluesfest.

Dubmarine is the second nine-piece on this announcement. They hail from Brisbane and somehow smash together Dub, Dancehall, Reggae, Drum n Bass, and a little touch of Rock into a groove that is all their own.


Watussi are back to do it all over again at Bluesfest's 25th Anniversary. Having sold out countless shows with blustering horns, party-fuelled rhythms and rocking roots bass-lines, they have toured the world, including with some of their musical idols including Santana and recorded with New Orleans Blues pianist Jon Cleary.

Tijuana Cartel, one of Australia's favourite 'Party Bands' will be owning the stage once again with Their multi-layered grooves mixed with touches of slide and flamenco guitar, trumpet and Afro Cuban percussion with some electronica to get the crowd jumping.

Playing for Change is a movement close to Festival Director, Peter Noble's heart. The Playing for Change line-up at Bluesfest 2014 will include Grandpa Elliott, a legendary street musician from New Orleans, who sings alongside Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), Titi Tsira (South Africa), Tal Ben Ari "Tula" (Israel), Jason Tamba (Congo), and Mermans Mosengo (Congo). The rhythm section will feature Roberto Luti (Italy) on lead guitar, Papa Orbe Ortiz (Cuba) on the bass, Peter Bunetta (USA) on drums, and on keyboards Keiko Komaki (Japan). Watch the project's video "Stand By Me" which has received 59 million hits already. 

Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia's 5-Day music Festival, will be held over the Easter long weekend (April 17 - 21) at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay.

Ticketing, camping and further information is available at

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