Tasmania’s premier blues event the Forth Valley Blues Festival is on FRIDAY 15th and Saturday 16th of March 2019. This year, Friday night will be presented from the Bridge Hotel – Forth and Saturday moves across to the Festival site Forth Sports Ground, and will be showcasing the best of Tasmanian’s musicians.


The SATURDAY LINE UP consists of Chain, Pierce Brothers, Caravana Sun, Backsliders, La Brass Banda (Germany), Toby Beard, Minnie Marks and Talent Quest winner.
FRIDAY NIGHT LINE UP we have Kim Churchill, The Bad Dad Orchestra, Boil Up, The Surreal Estate Agents, Rhyley McGrath and Talent Quest runner up.

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The music genre of LaBrassBanda is "Neue Volksmusik", but the music style is a combination of Brass, reggae, Punk, Gipsy, Jazz and techno with a typical Bavarian note. Stefan Dettl and Manuel Winbeck sing in Bavarian, so not everybody can understand the lyrics. The lyrics are about beer, girls and party.

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When you first encounter him, soft-spoken Kim Churchill seems like an archetypal blond, blue-eyed surfer from southern New South Wales. But behind his laidback demeanour and even tone, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter has a secret: he’s an extreme risk-taker.

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The Surreal Estate Agents are progressing fast in the Australian music scene and are drawing attraction with their one of a kind live performance. Each member of the band has an individual personality, playing technique, ability and stage presence making for a truly unique viewing and listening experience. With a strong driving rhythm section combined with classic rock styled chord progressions and funky grooves all tied together with poetic lyricism.

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Toby is a foot stomper, a passionate, raw, cheeky and powerful performer playing a mix of soul, blues, folk, rock and a splash of gypsy hick.


Her compelling vocals and the way in which she captures her audience can’t be explained but just needs to be heard and seen. 

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Boil Up are a ten piece band based in Hobart. A melting pot of contemporary Australia, their roots stretch from the traditional owners of Tasmania, New Zealand and Fiji, to as far away as Ireland, England and Croatia; celebrating the coming together of different cultures into one family. Featuring rich harmonies blended together with traditional reggae, funk and R&B, Boil Up have created their own unique sound of reggae fusion. 

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Rhyley McGrath is a talented young Bendigo-based musician garnering praise and
winning fans across Victoria.

He plays predominatley rock, blues, funk and jazz styles, covers and originals. His playing style has been described as similar to that of other blues guitarists such as Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher and Robbern Ford.

Rhyley plays solo acoustic sets and with his ever-evolving band.

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With an insane talent that’s out of control playing what she calls dirty sweet rock & roll this young singer/songwriter/guitarist/multi instrumentalist has been eating up girl bands since 1994.


Be warned, her show will take you on a dizzying, riff rock rollercoaster ride.

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A simple idea born of friendship, beers and fatherhood has flourished and taken shape. Somehow a blend of big guitars, stiff horns and Hammond engineering, these 8 dads may well be on their way to procuring something that may just stand the test of vogue. The basic premise: a big band, big grooves, big boots... oh and you've got to be a dad to join.

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The originators of ‘Oz Blues’, Chain, have reached a milestone in 2018 as they celebrate 50 years since first forming in 1968. They are still the only blues band in the world to have a number one on Australian charts (Black’n’Blue) as well as a number two (Judgement).


Together with singer Matt Taylor another number one (I Remember When I Was Young) & the double gold album ‘Toward The Blues’ ensured them a place in rock history.


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Pierce Brothers have taken their unique brand of folk music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world.


Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi-instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms across UK, Europe, Canada, USA & their native Australia. Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen for some time.


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“Raucous indie surf rockers Caravãna Sun let loose like a band of juiced up gypsies...most powerful when they slow things down to let the trumpet take the spotlight" - The Music

After releasing a string of singles and a breathtaking film clip for "Open Up" which was described by Rolling Stone as "soul-barring" Sydney four piece Caravãna Sun are now laying their cards on the table with the release of their 3rd studio album Guerrilla Club.


Named by Doug Mulray in 2003 as "the best acoustic blues band in the country", and with an abundance of career awards including 'Band of the Year' (Rolling Stone), 'Best Live Australian Blues Act' (Blues on Air Magazine) and 'Blues Album of the Year' (Rhythms Magazine), Backsliders are leaders and virtual pioneers in their own genre: the 'delta-blues wall of sound'.

Live in concert, the band are a force to be reckoned with.