Blues Wolfe howls at Tatts

THE BLUES: Melbourne Blues band Diana Wolfe and The Black Sheep will perform at the Tatts tonight. Follow @TomSebo1
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Australian Blues Music Festival regular Diana Wolfe will return to Goulburn tonight for a toe tapping one night only show at the Tatts.

She will be performing with her swing quartet, The Black Sheep Band, which includes locals Ron McLaughlin and Geoff Bell.

Her set will include a number of classic covers as well as some soulful originals. However, the big attraction for fans will be to hear songs from her latest record, Rutherglen Road.

Despite being based in Melbourne, Wolfe has toured the northern Victorian winery region extensively and saw first-hand the devastation caused by the crippling decade long drought. It was these natural extremes and the plight of the people she encountered that inspired her first solo album.

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Rutherglen Road, features songs ‘in the neighbourhood of Blues’ ranging from Western Swing to New Orleansy Swamp to 12 bar shuffles with Jazz, Funk and Gospel thrown in.

While the Blues may have originated in the deep-south of the United States, as a way for oppressed African Americans to bear their souls, Wolfe is an example of just how much the contemporary genre has diversified.

“(What I love about the Blues is that) you get a lot of grief and despair mixed in with the greatest of joy,” she said.

“I am particularly influenced by Blues and Gospel but I am also a white Australian so that’s part of the mix.

“I think some people look art being a white Australian as being a disadvantage when singing the blues but I see it as an advantage because it brings something new to an existing art form instead of trying to emulate that American sound.

“I grew up listening to Cold Chisel and the Divinyls and I think I always take that Australian sensibility on stage with me.”

She is inspired by artists like Ray Charles and Loui Jordan and renowned for her upbeat performances.

The show starts at 7pm and admission is free.

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