1:45 – 3:00pm, Saturday 3 November 2018, Blues stage

Head out on the highway of your mind. Alison Ferrier and Kerri Simpson are whipping up a lil gumbo to wile away the winter hours. Take a roux of Ferrier’s down and dirty stripped-back guitar and fiddle. and pepper with Simpson’s rough, raw vocals. Add a side helping of Anthony (Shorty) Shortte’s swamp-soaked percussion, head on up over the river, hear the ghosts of Cleveland and Lightnin’ a-whistlin’ through the air and voilà: “Opelousas”. Bare-boned blues for free-wheeling minds.

Alison Ferrier is a prolific songwriter, talented guitarist and an active player in Melbourne’s vibrant music scene. She has recently played shows in NSW, appeared at Port Fairy and Woodford Folk Festivals, and supported Saharan Desert band Tinariwen at The Melbourne Recital Hall. Her third album, What She Knows, is a rippling slice of folk, country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. She performs her compelling songs with a soulful, inviting voice and rockin’ electric guitar.

Kerri Simpson has successfully traversed musical genres from gospel to country, dance and rock. Simpson’s vocal style is straight whiskey and she has played and collaborated with some of the world’s best, including Dr John, Keb Mo, Kylie Minogue and Chris Wilson. Her Confessin’ the Blues was nominated for an ARIA while Sun Gonna Shine remained in the Oz Roots charts for nine weeks, gaining her US airplay and appearances at festivals across Australia.


Alison Ferrier vocals, guitar
Kerri Simpson vocals
Anthony ‘Shortie’ Shortte drums