Artists and Bands who performed at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019

Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2018 - in Katoomba!

Eugene ‘Hideaway” Bridges (USA)


Twenty years ago in 1999, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, made his first Australian visit and ever since those first sellout shows he has been coming back, at least once a year, right through until 2019. During that time he has played in every Australian State, every capital city and numerous regional and country towns. It’s testament to his popularity and the many friends he has made here that he returns every year for the Australian summer, always with something new but always with a wonderful songbook of original tunes that he has written and recorded over the past two decades.

Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges has been a man on a mission since 1966 when his Dad Otheneil Bridges Sr, (aka “Hideaway Slim”) gave him his first guitar. Eugene sees himself as an important link between the past, present and future of the blues. This has always been a part of his message and the music that he both writes and recalls from the greats—the elder musicians he has looked up to for over 50 years.

On each show around the world Eugene brings into view the ‘yesterday’ that he feels has been overlooked along the way, but needs to be heard. Eugene’s music goes way back to the sounds of the Church and his gospel roots.

His latest CD, Live in Tallahassee, is an authentic down home live recording in which  Eugene takes you to the classic old juke joint, just like it was when he was a small boy touring with his Daddy. It’s a performance recalling the old days when you just sang from the heart, even if you were just sitting on the front porch.

In 2017 The US Jus’ Blues Music Foundation announced that Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges was to be their 2017 honoree for the Albert King Lifetime Award, ‘The Lucy Award’, for his outstanding contributions in continuing to keep the style of traditional Blues alive.

Melissa's music is like the white water she guides on: "A bluesy wild ride down a river of emotions or environmental issues, dealing with them honest and in earnest... her performance is strong and free." – Caroline Aiken

“A road-wise folkie with a bluesy soul reminiscent of early Michelle Shocked, Melissa Crabtree is an original storyteller and performer not to be missed.” – Catie Curtis