AT JUST 15 years old Jack Blandford is already an experienced singer/songwriter and a dab hand at guitar - and tonight will play on the same bill as legendary Australian rocker and singer/songwriter Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows at the Agnes Blues Festival.

Jack and the Bom, his Gladstone region band made up of dad Darren on bass and sister Frea on drums, and Jack, will play a set on the opening night of the festival of mostly originals, but with a couple of covers to get the crowd in the mood for a bit of rock'n'blues.

"We play mostly original stuff, but I've got a set figured out depending on how long we've got to play, with a Stevie Ray Vaughan number in it and a Muddy Waters song too for the real blues lovers,'' Jack said.

"I think this is the fourth time I've played at the Agnes Blues Festival - it's just great.''

Jack opened the Festival last year and blew a few people away with his guitar playing and distinctive vocals.

Already pretty well known in the Gladstone region Jack won last year's harbour festival talent quest after second place the year before, and has plans to make it to the big stage this year at the world famous Byron Bay Blues Festival at Easter.

"I'm in the busking competition at Byron, and the winner gets to play at the main festival - so I'm pretty excited about that," he said.

"And we have our first album coming out, New Beginnings, in a couple of weeks too."

Other big names at Agnes this year include Lil' Fi and the Dirty Rascals, Mason Rack Band, Phil Emmanuel and the Wonderboys, Kate Leahy and Devils Kiosk (formerly Blind Lemon).



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