Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Reggae Adds to Festival Energy

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Reggae Adds to Festival Energy

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Byline: Seanna Cronin APN Entertainment Editor

NATALIE Pa'apa'a could probably walk around the Woodford Folk Festival site with her eyes closed.

The lead singer of the reggae group Blue King Brown has been performing at the festival since she was a teen.

"I can't even count (how many times I've played Woodford)," she told The Daily.

"I started playing there when I was 15 as a percussionist as part of the group Skins. For years I did that, and then eventually Blue King Brown started playing there.

"It's one of those fundamental festivals. It's a foundation for so many bands, like an institution of world music, and the cross-cultural and cross-generational audience is so awesome to connect with. The energy that exists in that festival is unique to that festival. It's a blessing every time we play."

The Melbourne-based band will farewell 2013 and ring in the New Year in Queensland with shows at the Woodford Folk Festival last Saturday and in Cairns on New Year's Eve. …

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