Steam Punk themed SteamPacket is a unique, exciting new performance venue at the Historic Maldon Railway Station at Australia’s First Notable Town in Maldon, Central Victoria AND an incredible BLUES show – already being called the best and most extravagant blues experience in the country.
The heritage listed town and station provide the backdrop for what can only be described as theatrical. A 400 capacity venue with 8 tables of 10 in the central Muddy Waters Pavilion, 7 tables of 8 and 7 picnic areas in the Clapton Stand and the same configuration in The Joplin Stand with General Admission seating flanked by first class classic carriages.… all you need is a steam train.
SteamPacket 2017 Saturday March 18 7.30pm
SteamPacket….. a steam driven journey through the Blues
A rivetingly-entertaining and theatrical journey through the story of blues music. Sisters & Brothers – with some of Australia’s top artists including Kelly Auty, Jules Boult, Kerri Simpson, Jesse Valach and Andrew Houston on sax – will be performing their finest blues music as the sun sets over the historic mining town. Sisters & Brothers only play @ SteamPacket.
The Band – Sisters & Brother
Kelly floored the crowd with her voice, energy and interpretation at SteamPacket 2016 from her opening solo a cappella Oh, Freedom through Janis Joplin to leading the band through the finale – Springsteen’s Land of Hope and Dreams – that left the crowd screaming for more. Kelly delivers dynamic sets of Blues, Gospel, R&B, Soul, Rock, French Chanson and Jazz to delight fans. Renowned for her passionate performances touring with her ‘Wild Women’, ‘a la carte’ and ‘Backwards in High Heels’ shows, she is a dynamo, a great vocalist, an inspiring performer.
Kelly Auty sings from the heart – Jose Feliciano.
What can you say about Jules’s performance at SteamPacket 2016 but extraordinary, utter professional, totally entertaining and in tune with the audience… and once again, Jules rescued the situation when the Steam Train was late to arrive – One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer was NOT on the set list! Jules has just returned from recording a new album in Nashville. A charismatic performer steeped in the history of blues, jazz, folk…who cares what you call it… back to the US Civil War…. Serious musicianship, engaging personality and intelligent songs – The Album Show.
From the moment Kerri opened her mouth to sing the opening song – Prettiest Train – solo a cappella – the crowd was stunned. Add a few others like St Louis Blues, Houndog to Nutbush… Kerri Simpson sings the blues like Kerri Simpson, not imitating but initiating, singing from the heart. Whatever genre Kerri places her vocal abilities in, she mixes all she has absorbed in her life and musical experiences and develops her develops her own unique sound which comes straight from her soul…. Paul Parello, Radio WRMN Chicago.
Andrew just continues to wow crowds with his world-class sax playing. How good is Andrew? He is just back from Nashville with Jules. With the choice of talent in Nashville Jules took Andrew to play sax on his new CD. He is as good as it gets… Music Director for plays and theatre and formerly Music Director for Leo Sayer.
A long, long time ago Clif played guitars in many Melbourne bands from UK Sixties, Motown, Chicago Blues, R&B to a number 3 hit Zoom Zoom Zoom with CamPact to forming the legendary Company Caine, jamming at The Thumpin Tum with Parkinson, Merritt, Thorpe and Creedence and performing before 300,000 people at the Vietnam War protest in Melbourne, May 1970. Clif is on the right of the pic with blues icon Geoff Acheson.
How does a band this good add The Melbourne Blues Performer of 2016 to the line up – as everybody wants to play with the best. Jesse and his band Blues Mountain are representing Melbourne Blues Society at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February 2017. “I have been watching Jesse for a few years now and he is such a strong player and singer and getting his just rewards. I have been quoted that his Strat sounds like Buddy Guy and he sings like Stevie Wonder.” Clif Edwards. Welcome to Sisters & Brothers Jesse.
Michelle was the Hammond Organ ‘Wall of Sound’ behind Sisters & Brothers 2016. Michelle did her first gig at kindergarten aged 3 and has been playing ever since. Mich is passionate about the blues, plays in some of the best bands in Melbourne and is a stalwart behind ‘Supporting Women in Blues’ with our other Sisters.