Americana on the Bellarine

Sarah Carroll

A little piece of Americana is coming to the Bellarine in the form of an online music festival.

Local singer and songwriter Andrea Robertson had planned to hold the festival as a live ticketed event, but had to improvise when COVID-19 kicked in.

“As time went by, I decided to try and look at it through different eyes, and see if I could make it happen as an online event,” she said.

The result is an all-Aussie line-up in an online ‘pay what you can’ concert.

The pre-recorded event features Robertson (from Ocean Grove), Sarah Carroll (Clifton Springs), Nathan Seeckts and Wayne Jury (Geelong) and Gretta Ziller (Melbourne).

The five gifted performers, story-tellers and songwriters, each come under the banner of Americana music which widely encompasses the genres of blues, roots, folk, rock, alt-country, even gospel and bluegrass.

The end result when woven together; a distinctive roots-oriented sound which often lives a world apart from the pure forms of those very genres.

“It’s a ‘pay what you can’ gig, meaning people can either choose to pay or not to pay, as we’ve all found during this time when doing livestream/online events, that people have been very generous, which has been both heartwarming and humbling,” Andrea said.

All proceeds are being shared equally between the five artists.

The concert is on Facebook (search for ‘Americana on the Bellarine’) on Sunday, July 5 from 3pm to 5pm. Go to trybooking.com/BKAEM to get your ‘pay what you can’ ticket.

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