Dynamic duo to headline blues fest

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Australian-based husband and wife duo Hat Fitz & Cara will headline Nukara Music Festival on March 16.
Camera IconAustralian-based husband and wife duo Hat Fitz & Cara will headline Nukara Music Festival on March 16. Credit: Supplied

The River Red Gums that tower over Nukara Farm will shake and sway to the sweet sounds of blues and roots when Nukara Music Festival returns in March.

Nestled in picturesque Chapman Valley, the two-day music festival will run from March 16 to 17, boasting a line-up of local, national and international artists.

Husband and wife duo Hat Fitz & Cara will headline the main stage in 2019 — their unique combination of folk, roots and gospel blues drawing on a time once forgotten.

Hat Fitz — real name Darren Fitzpatrick — is considered a veteran of Australia’s blues scene, while Irish-born Cara Robinson’s soul background has taken her on tour around Europe and the United States.

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Together the pair will take festival goers on an energetic and invigorated musical journey with plenty of opportunities to dance the night away.

Thornlie-based rock’n’roll dance party The Southern River Band, electro-funk-swing band Formidable Vegetable Sound System, fluid groovers Blue Child Collective and the award-winning Little Lord Street Band will join Hat Fitz & Cara on the Saturday night.

Local four-piece Rollercoast will also perform on the main stage — their Nukara Musical Festival debut.

For the first time in Nukara’s 14 years, a limited number of punters will have the chance to arrive on the Friday before the festival.

Not only will the early birds get the best camping spots in the house, they’ll also be treated to an intimate show on the Friday night, meals and a range of free activities before the festival, which kicks off on March 16 at 5pm.

On the Sunday morning more live music will be on offer at the Creek Stage during the recovery breakfast.

Creek Stage acts will be announced at a later date.

Nukara Music Festival is held annually at Nukara Farm, 30km north-east of Geraldton, on the third weekend of March.

Tickets can be bought via Ticketbooth or by visiting the Nukara Music Festival Facebook page.

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