Festival will blend blues with blueberries

Gellibrand will host the Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival.

THE Otways township of Gellibrand will come alive with the sound of blues this weekend.

The town will host the Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival, attracting musicians from across the country.

The line-up includes Lloyd Spiegal, who has released eight albums and shared performance bills with legendary artists including Etta James, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan.

Other performers will include Luke Watt, Mojo Corner, James Butt and Shaun Kirk.

The festival will also show visual art from the town’s artists.

Exhibition co-ordinator Jan Verouden said the district was full of creative talent.

“A lot of people don’t realise a lot of the amazing things people are doing around here, so that was one reason why we wanted to incorporate art into the festival,” Verouden said.

She said the work on show would include ceramics from John Golding, textile art from Wendy Bridges, woodwork from Carl Karacsay and paintings from Scott McAllister.

“There aren’t always a lot of opportunities for local artists to exhibit, so this is a great chance for them to get out and show people what they can do,” Verouden said.

“For this exhibition we’ve got people from Barongarook through to Gellibrand and on to Lavers Hill, but that’s only scratching the surface,” she said.

“It won’t be your usual exhibition either, we’ll have many of the artists there walking around and talking to people, as well as some demonstrations too.”

The festival begins today from 10am.

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