VGR GETS MALDON STATION ROCKING!
Victorian Goldfields Railway and The Maldon Made Foundation Incorporated are working together to bring the irresistible lure of Blues and Rock music and Steam Trains together in Central Victoria under the banner of SteamPacket Events.
Following the outstanding success of SteamPacket 1: a steam-driven journey through the Blues, on Saturday night, December 3, The Maldon Made Foundation is now offering tickets to two more shows at Maldon Railway Station.
NORMIE ROWE, THE KING OF POP AND STEAMPACKET 2017
The first, on Saturday February 25, features the much-loved ‘First King of Pop’, Normie Rowe and his band, The Playboys. Clif Edwards, Executive Chair of The Maldon Made Foundation Incorporated says of Normie, “Normie is booked for an 80 minute show but his agent says our biggest problem will be getting him off the stage as he always has so much fun he goes overtime!”
The second show, SteamPacket 2017, will revisit the themes of SteamPacket 1 on Saturday March 18. A rivetingly-entertaining and theatrical journey through the story of blues music. The Sisters & Brothers Blues Band will include such top Australian artists as - Kelly Auty, Jules Boult, Kerri Simpson, Jesse Valach and saxophonist Andrew Houston.
THE MALDON TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY
At SteamPacket 1 four hundred patrons drawn from all over Victoria and the local populace of Maldon roared their approval as the all-star band sang the steam-train into the station as the sun set, to the tune of the old gospel classic, ‘This Train Is Bound For Glory’. The band rocked on through such Chicago blues classics as, ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You,’ and the crowd dance to, ‘Nutbush City Limits’ and ‘Proud Mary’. The musicians told the story of the blues through their interpretations of such classics as Robert Johnson’s seminal, ‘Crossroads’ and the re-awakening of Big Mama Thornton’s, ‘Hound Dog’.
STEAMPACKET, 2017: BIGGER, BETTER BLUES AND STEAMTRAIN
Clif Edwards says, “This was our first event of the summer and it’s been a huge success. It’s shown us how to re-jig our concept to make Normie’s show and SteamPacket 2017 even better. The Blues and steam-trains have a long and deep history and we are really proud to be able to re-unite them like this.”
Andrew Reynolds, Marketing Director, Victorian GoldfieldRailways says, “This is a great partnership for us. Lots of regional towns of music events and blues events but Maldon has got the edge with the blues and the steam-train.”