Kerri Simpson plays 2 sets from 9.30pm FREE
Dubbed “Australia’s Queen of Blues” by Patrick Donovan of The Age, Kerri Simpson is one of the few Australians to be invited to appear at the prestigious Jazz and Heritage Festival, and was the first Australian female to perform there.
In the 90s her original rock albums inspired author and music critic Andrew Masterson to compare her to “Patti Smith with a glass of scotch in one hand”. She was featured alongside Beth Orton on Fritz radio in Berlin when her 'The Arousing' CD was their number one. Her dance records Higher and Kiss Her Goodbye saw her compared to Patti la Belle and Chaka Khan. They became popular on the London underground dance scene and she toured Australia supporting Kylie.
Crossing over into world music, Simpson’s Vodou: Songs of the Spirits was Rhythms Magazine’s World Music Album of the Year. It is in the roots music field that Kerri is really at home. Her award-winning blues and gospel album Sun Gonna Shine stayed in the Australian roots charts for nine weeks. As well as being a dab hand at composing tunes in diverse genres, Kerri is renowned for her ability to effortlessly own whatever genre she cares to.
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