Double Trouble Blues Sessions is Australia's new premier blues event showcasing feature guest artist headlines the likes of national blues icons, Geoff Achison, Ian Collard and Jimi Hocking supported by Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers. A community of blues associations, production, performers, and promotion celebrating new and established blues and roots music.

Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers officially launched at the Glenmaggie Blues & Roots Festival early in 2022. Kaliopi draws from the great delta blues tradition of powerful women who made it their own since graduating from MBAS Women In Blues program in 2021. Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers have just released their debut single with raving reviews of their unique texture using the fretless bass like a sousaphone with flavours of early Dixieland piano, interwoven clarinet and Delta Blues guitar over swing groove shuffles with Kaliopi's powerful soulful vocals.

Geoff Achison with Jimi Hocking

Our EOY special XMAS festival feautures two of Melbourne's hottest guitar slingers Jimi Hocking & Geoff Achison who will each perform both solo as well as a guitar slinging band jam together supported by Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers as the host band.

Jimi has been thrilling audiences with his astonishing guitar prowess for many years both locally and internationally. Besides his role as lead guitarist with Aussie rock giants The Screaming Jets, he also won the 2003 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA, and has kept up a hectic pace with his solo career playing brilliant one-man acoustic shows and rocking the scene with his group, the Blues Machine. 

Geoff has been a fixture on Melbourne’s blues/roots scene since playing with veteran bluesman Dutch Tilders in the 90s. He later formed his own group and headed overseas winning the Albert King Award in Memphis in 1995. He has since spent many years touring extensively playing acoustic & electric shows in the USA, UK & Europe. In 2016 Geoff released his album Another Mile, Another Minute recorded with his outstanding R&B combo The Souldiggers. During and since lockdown Geoff and the Souldiggers have continued to record and release outstanding original relevant music on yet another level.

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