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Port Stephens Blue Water Country Music Festival
2008 Port Stephens Blue Water Festival
Long Weekend in June.
4th- 9th June - Book now!!!

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2009 Port Stephens Blue Water Festival - Long Weekend in June
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2007 Port Stephens Blue Water Festival
June Long Weekend 2007
7th - 11th June
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Photo Index
Winners Blue Dolphin Awards
Kaylah Anne (Blue Dolphin Award Winner)
Festival Social Page 1
Artist and Friends
Various Arists
Line Dancers
Anne Kirkpatrick
James Blundell
Gina Jeffreys, Aleyce Simmonds and Rod McCormack
Mike Carr
Kirsty Lee Akers
Sara Storer
The Bushwackers
Nick Kingswell
Victoria McGee
Rod Dowsett
Steve Passfield and Jim Rush "Bluegrass Beyond"
Kerry Kennedy & Double Barrel
Bill Chambers - Seabreeze Hotel
Bill Chambers - One Mile BeachHoliday Park
Danny Mack & Guests
Rob Luckey & the Lucky Bastards with Leslie Avril
Alby Pool
Nick Cesta & guests
Jessica Belle
Karl Broadie
Lou Bradley and Phil Chaffer
Amber Lawrence
Juzzie Smith and a Juggler
Melissa Bajric & family
Brooks & McGee
Bak 2 Bak
Dolpin Award Competition Day
Talent Showcase
Festival Launch - Thurs 7th
Festival Launch Social - Thurs 7th
Port Stephen's Pre Festival Concert on MV Seascape
Country music fans proved they’re prepared to go through hell and high water – literally – to see their favourite performers, braving the elements to turn out in droves for the Port Stephens Blue Water Country Music Festival over the long weekend.
Undeterred by the worst storms in 30 years, they defied the rain, wind, flooded roads and power cuts to enjoy the 200 performances at more than 30 venues on the four-day programme.
Rising young stars and emerging talent joined headline acts including Gina Jeffreys, Sara Storer, James Blundell, Bill Chambers, Pixie Jenkins, The Bushwackers, The Wolverines, Anne Kirkpatrick, Pat Drummond and Karen Lynne.
From Nelson Bay to Raymond Terrace, Karuah, Tea Gardens and all places in between, country music was on the agenda.
The festival catered for every taste, from traditional to modern country, country rock, bluegrass, country gospel and bush poetry. There was even country karaoke and of course the boot scooters were out in force right across the weekend.
Some scheduled outdoor events had to be cancelled or moved indoors, but despite the weather conditions venues reported good crowds with many shows selling out in advance. Nelson Bay RSL, already packed to capacity, was forced to close its doors early on Saturday evening.
The festival was launched in a party atmosphere on Thursday night, with performances by Newcastle’s John Wilson, the ever popular Leslie Avril and Victoria McGee, among others.
Friday night’s Young Talent Showcase featured nine young performers – the youngest of them just 10 years old – who demonstrated that the future of country music is in good hands. Interestingly, it was a ‘girls only’ show, with no young male up-and-comers in the line-up.
A number of the girls went on to compete in the inaugural Blue Dolphin Talent Quest the next day, with 16 year old singer-songwriter Kaylah Anne taking out the major award against some pretty stiff opposition.
The bush poetry breakfasts, featuring the likes of Bob Skelton – aka ‘The Minmi Magster’ – and Vic Jefferies were major drawcards.
There were also rave reviews around the Port for Melbourne-based band ‘Ruckus’, which had made a big impression at Tamworth in January.
To sum up, since it was introduced in 2006, the Port Stephens Blue Water Country Music Festival has grown dramatically and has shown it has the potential to be a major event on the country music calendar. It might just pay to get in early and book your accommodation now for next year!
• Don’t forget the name Kaylah Anne – we predict this young lady is a star of the future.
• Look out for another emerging but major talent, Lou Bradley. Lou charmed audiences over the weekend with her refreshing style and beautifully crafted songs. Her album, ‘Love Someone’, was released at Tamworth in January.
• And keep your eye on the beautiful and talented Aleyce Simmonds, no doubt also destined for big things. Aleyce was in Port Stephens over the weekend as support for Gina Jeffreys.
Summary courtesy of Wendy and Jim McCormack from Port Stephens FM
Notes from Helen
 **Special mention goes to Leslie Avril.  Whilst having a night off at the Country Club Hotel when the blackout struck, sang a few songs without any backing musicians just to entertain the crowd .
**Later on that night, Kerry Kennedy and Double Barrel (from Queensland) having set up for their gig when the blackout arrived, had to set it all again in another part of the Hotel that did have power.
**When the lights went out at the Salamander Tavern, two of the musicians picked up their acoustic guitars and went around serenading the crowd
This festival will be on again next year on the Long Weekend in June.  Lets hope we stop breaking droughts and good weather comes our way.
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