Double Trouble Blues Sessions is Australia's new premier blues event showcasing national feature guest artist blues icon headliners such as Phil Manning, Geoff Achison, Ian Collard, Jimi Hocking, Sammy Owen, Liam Kealy & more... hosted 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 draw from the great delta blues tradition of powerful blues women and men who made it their own since working with MBAS Women In Blues program in 2021. Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers have released two singles from their debut studio album 'When The Levee Breaks' and 'Troublin' Blues' with their unique texture using the fretless bass as a sousaphone, flavours of early Dixieland piano, interwoven clarinet and Delta Blues guitar with swinging groove shuffles supporting Kaliopi's powerful soulful vocals.

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Geoff & Jimi XMAS 2022

Our EOY special XMAS festival feautured 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.