The grass is bluer in Bendigo. We’re talking bluegrass that hasn’t been heard since the banjo met the Irish ballads in old-time Alabama. It all started in 2011 when local musos launched the first annual Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival. Think lovely beardy men, guitar-toting ladies and a chilled-out audience in parks, gardens and pubs all over the city. The kids love it too! The party hasn’t finished since, with the November event spilling into every musical nook and cranny.
You too can become a convert. A noteworthy baptism is the Blues Tram; a monthly live gig onboard a Bendigo rattler, complete with all the appropriate beverages. There are regular shows in the local pubs, plus at one very special venue on the edge of historic Quarry Hill. The Old Church on the Hill is a lovely little venue that worships blues and roots tunes regularly. It’s a great place to commune with the locals.