Ruby Blunt is set to open the second annual Port Macquarie Howling Moon Blues Festival.
Ruby Blunt is set to open the second annual Port Macquarie Howling Moon Blues Festival. Tim Helmy

Relax at the Howling Moon Blues Festival

DYNAMIC Mid North Coast trio, Ruby Blunt is set to open the second annual Port Macquarie Howling Moon Blues Festival on Saturday, June 8, at the Black Duck Brewery.

The winter festival aims to showcase some of the best home-grown live blues music on the North Coast in a relaxed atmosphere.

Ruby Blunt lead singer Raye Alford said it would be the second year in a row they would be opening the event.

Armed with an ear for harmony and on a quest to entertain others, the group came together on the principal of being creative and having a fun time according to Ray.

"We were only a year into our musical journey when our good friends asked us to open their new festival in Port Macquarie," Raye said.

"We played on the busking stage and the experience was unforgettable for us."

"We can't believe we are back for a second year".

Over the past three years, Ruby Blunt has fast become regulars on the Mid North Coast music scene.

Featuring a trio of talented women, Ruby Blunt, with their old-time blues feel and style is made up of Raye Alford, Sarah Gale and Ann Woodland, a well-known member of local outfit Goody 2 Shoes and Ecko Beach.

The band's repertoire is as broad as the audiences they entertain and always contains a humorous twist of lyrics to some old-time favourites.

This year is going to be bigger and better than the last." Ann Woodland added.

"Playing on the busking stage offers that up close and personal music experience, which allows us to really connect with the audience."

Joining Ruby Blunt on stage this year, will be renown harmonica player Phil Harmonics from Port Macquarie and blues guitarist Jeff Woodland.

This year the Howling Moon Blues Festival Features Ray Beadle, who has emerged as one of Australia's most respected practitioners of "Jump Blues" and "Swing Blues" music.

Brisbane based groove merchants, Steele Syndicate with their roaring four-piece horn section and rhythm section to match, are also part of the line-up long with Perth's Rusty Pinto. Completing the perfect line up are Port Macquarie festival favourites Ghost Road, The New Savages and the Darren Jack Band.

The festival event includes a dedicated VIP area designated for 40 people only, for those who wish to enjoy the show in the Boho Lounge area. The VIP experience includes a drink on arrival, all day share platter, meal vouchers, covered Boho themed area and VIP Lanyard.

The Howling Moon Blues Festival is on June 8 at the Black Duck Brewery, 6B Acacia Ave, Port Macquarie.

Tickets: from OzTix or Dark Alley Collectables, Port Macquarie.

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