Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Sun Sets on a Rich and Rootsy Agnes Festival

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Sun Sets on a Rich and Rootsy Agnes Festival

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Laura McKee

and Tammy Lewis

THE 2014 Agnes Blues and Roots Festival had something for everyone.

From the instrumental bonanza of the Hipshooters, to the energetic Jelly Kids and smooth vocals of Benny Walker, the four-day event was a huge success.

Quality music made for a quality weekend, bands came from all over the country to entertain the carefree crowd with original blues tunes.

Some were first-timers while others were veterans, but they all got the crowd's feet tapping and heads shaking for hours on end.

Richard Clapton

HEADLINE act Richard Clapton proved he still had it on Friday night, delivering his classic hits to an adoring crowd that appreciated his live stage presence.

Clapton sang for an hour and was clapped back onto the stage to close with a spectacular version of Girls On The Avenue.

Get Back To The Shelter was also a hit for those who wanted a slow dance, while I'm An Island was more upbeat.

Lil' Fi and the Dirty Rascals

LIL' FI and the Dirty Rascals put on a stellar performance on Saturday afternoon, the strong beat tearing people from their chairs to the grass dance floor as the sun went down.

She stole the spotlight with her huge, gospel voice that could be heard miles away, accompanied by her ukulele.

Lil' Fi sported a 1920s-inspired headpiece and dress that made the performance all the more interesting.

The five-piece band pumped out some authentic blues songs, John Revelator, People Get Ready and Wait In The Water were just some of the numbers the crowd loved.

Brother Fox

BROTHER Fox almost stole the show Saturday afternoon when they surprised the crowd with some sensational folk, root infusion at the 2014 Agnes Blues and Roots Festival.

The Triple J Unearthed band gave a strong impression of Mumford and Sons, so what's not to love?

The three-piece band, Tim Orchard, Jon Orchard and Eddie Walker, left nothing unturned as their catchy percussion, lyrics, danceable tunes and high energy floated across the SES grounds.

And the dancing even began to improve as a few people jumped to their feet to enjoy the sweet music.

There was only one disappointment with this set from the Brisbane boys who possess skill and passion in the world of folk, roots and reggae - not enough people danced. …

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