Karen Lee Andrews

Show times:

Thursday May 14th at 10:00 AM

Gold Coast Aiport Stage (Broadbeach Mall)

Friday May 15th at 9:00 PM

Victoria Park

Saturday May 16th at 10:00 AM

Surf Parade Stage

Karen Lee Andrews has reconnected with her guitar, hitting new strides and a new style, which can only be described as Oceanic Blues. And now this commanding woman of soul is back with her original music and her EP “Far From Paradise” to set stages alight. The depths of her voice unlimited, she is already a festival favourite.

In the crowded Andrews family home in Koonawarra, a young Karen listened to her brother’s Motown records and to the satin voice of Stevie Wonder. Singing along to those golden hits, and to traditional Polynesian songs, was simply part of everyday family life. This would become the foundation to her original style – Oceanic Blues.

Oceanic Blues is the newest sub-genre of blues. The Oceania’s narrative tradition and the introduction of American blues, soul and gospel since the 1960’s has shaped this distinctive style. The roots of the sound are gritty guitar, glowing valves, lush tremolo and deep reverb in a distinctively fluid Oceanic expression. This sound carries the mood of Oceania expressed in rich, warm vocal tones.

Andrews mostly teams up with Yanya Boston on drums and Adam Ventura on bass – this formidable trio tours delivers classic hard-hitting blues rock.

Described as “one of the most original and dignified talents to emerge from Australian popular entertainment in a long time” by Paul Sheehan (Sydney Morning Herald), Karen’s performance at this year’s Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival is one you have to see!

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