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Roaring 20s - Bootleggin' Blues With Willem Sherlock Roorda


Thu 4 Feb 2016–Fri 19 Feb 2016, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Thu 18 Feb 2016, 6:30pm–8:30pm

Where: Hotel Blue & Conference Centre, 88 Lurline St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Hotel Blue

When 'you've got the blues', you think about misfortune, betrayal, heart-ache and regret. You lose your job, you get the blues. Your dog dies, you get the blues. While the lyrics often deal with personal adversity, the music itself goes far beyond self-pity and discomfort. The blues is about overcoming hard luck, saying what you feel, ridding yourself of frustration, letting your hair down, and simply having fun. The 1920s were the times of the blues - life was tough! Bluesmen left the plantations, juke joints, and rambling shacks of the Deep South and headed into the big cities. Everyone talks about Jazz however Blues in the 1920s was a way of life and the big cities didn't make it easy. Head back to the 1920s this week with Willem Sherlock Roorda.

Willem picked up his uncle’s beat up guitar a number of years ago and promptly gave up. Everything hurt and nothing sounded any good. A year later Willem thought he’d try again for a giggle – it seemed like a good idea at the time. Nothing really clicked until he saw a video of this blues cat named Joe Bonamassa play the guitar like he’d never seen or heard before. The skill and expression with which he played completely captivated and inspired him – he couldn’t even blink. At that moment he decided without a shred of doubt that music was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Willem Sherlock Roorda is a real talent and loves the Blues! Come along this Thursday Evening, 6:30-8:30pm, for some free live Blues. The bar and kitchen will be open and there are 1920s cocktails on offer at the bar. The music event to be at on a Thursday night and Willem officially opens the Roaring 20s Festival for 2016! Welcome to the 'Blues Mountains'!