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Peter Green Joins the Bluesfest Lineup

Written by John Ritchie on March 2, 2010

Bluesfest will present one of the all time musical legends and one of the absolute greats of British blues. Peter Green’s appearance at Bluesfest 2010 is very special indeed, as all lovers of great 60s music will know. In fact, Rolling Stone ranked Peter Green at 38th in their list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’.

Here’s how it all started: at the age of 19, Peter Green took on the ‘Clapton is God’ mob when he replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and soon won them over. Then a year or so later he started one of the most successful bands in rock history—Fleetwood Mac (then called Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac). Green wrote and recorded early hits such as “Black Magic Woman” (later covered by Santana), “Oh Well” and “Albatross” – to name but a few. Since then, legends like BB King and Carlos Santana have expressed huge admiration at Green’s playing finesse and unique interpretation of many blues guitar styles (BB King famously said, “He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.”)

After several years out of the public eye, Peter Green is enjoying the performance experience – this is not a Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac greatest hits band. Naturally no Peter Green appearance would be complete without a few of his classic compositions, but now the focus is on fresh renditions of Peter’s personal blues, R&B and soul favourites. The repertoire is an exciting and unpredictable mix.

Band leader Mike Dodd has brought together a cracking group of musicians: keyboard ace Geraint Watkins (Van Morrison, Nick Lowe, Bill Wyman) the cool stand-up bass of Matt Radford (Peter Molinari, Nick Lowe) and the blues-driven grooves of drummer and ANdalucian resident Andrew Flude, plus the chunky rhythm guitar of Mike Dodd. Festival Director Peter Noble comments, “After a time of difficulty and struggling with illness, it is just wonderful to behold Peter’s re-emergence in the past two years on the live music scene. So after sell-out shows in the UK and a full-scale European tour, Peter Green & Friends are ready to seriously wow the audience at Bluesfest!

You can also catch them at

Wednesday March 31 The Basement Sydney

Thursday April 01 The Basement Sydney or (02) 9251 2797

Friday April 02 Prince Bandroom St Kilda or (03) 9536 1168 or, or 132 849

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