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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2011
Folk, Roots, Blues & Mountains majesty! www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au autumn 2011 18 Katie Noonan and the Captains Luka Bloom Leah Flanagan Tim O'Brien Fiona Scott-Norman The Waifs There's a stellar line-up this year's Blue Mountains Music Festival in Katoomba. More than 100 artists will perform on eight stages over the three days of the festival, from Friday March 18 to Sunday March 20. Headline acts this year include The Waifs, Justin Townes Earle and Luka Bloom. The festival sees the return of past popular overseas acts -- The Alan Kelly Quartet, Andy Irvine and Rens Van der Zalm and Pacific Curls. Australian returnees will include The Backsliders, The Little Stevies, Sal Kimber, Frank Yamma, The Spooky Mens' Chorale, Skorba, Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, who will be bringing along the Tawadros Brothers (they'll perform together as the Band of Brothers). United States acts include Justin Townes Earle, Crooked Still, cult hero Tim O'Brien's Two Oceans Trio and Rockabilly queen Rosie Flores. From Britain there are English folk master Martin Simpson, Celtic guitarist Tony McManus, The Oily Girls from Scotland and the Irish balladeer Kieran Halpin. Then there's the eclectic Englishman from America, Gregory Page. The Cottars and the exuberant Les Chauffers Pieds will be dropping in from Canada, and the Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai will be coming up from her new hometown, Melbourne. Rounding off the overseas contingent is Dylanesque young Dutchman Christof. Katie Noonan and the Captains are special guests in 2011. Look out also for David Bridie, Mama Kin, Graveyard Train, Busby Marou, Bob Corbett & The Roo Grass Band, Tin Pan Orange, Darwin's favourite, Leah Flanagan, Ange Takats from Brisbane, The Brothers Three from Sydney and Halfway To Forth from Tasmania. Enjoy a trip back to the early seventies with blues pioneers Chain, and the Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band show with Mic and Jim Conway up front. Gregg Borschmann's ABC Radio National Heartland Conversations and the ever-popular Poets' Breakfasts will again start the Saturday and Sunday programs. A special festival performer feature this year will be Fiona Scott-Norman with her comedy hit one-hander 'The Needle and the Damage Done', which mercilessly pillories the worst records ever made, and their album covers. For full festival program and tickets go to: www.bmff.org.au