WOW Honour Roll & Blues Buddies
We started on a wing and a prayer in Dec of 2001.
A group of Roots music fans whose regular watering hole was the Williamstown RSL pooled together $50 each to put on a gig featuring the Hornets. With the blessing of the RSL management we put the word around Town that blues music was coming to the West. Up until that time we had to travel on the road and over the river to catch quality live music.
It was a gamble but it worked and gave us the confidence to build on that days success. Here we are six years later an Incorporated Club hosting the best roots musicians in the land and also getting calls from overseas touring artists who want to come Way Out West. As the great Paul Kelly song goes ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’.
We now find ourselves an integral part of the Roots music scene. We are so proud to have been able to create a much needed venue in the West. If you have not been to the Club then please come down and check us out, we guarantee to make your day a good one.
Where You Will Find Us…
Williamstown RSL – The Cnr of Melbourne & Ferguson Street Williamstown – 03 9397 7642
Williamstown RSL WOW club rooms
PBS Home of little heard music
RRR Melbourne independant radio
Sleepy Hollow Blues Club Our friends down the highway
Black Market Music Australian Blues Roots & Folk
All Music Guide the Bible
Milesago Australian music 1964-1975
WOW Honour Roll – Past Gigs to Savour
The Hornets, Collard Greens and Gravy, Dave Steel, Blues Before Sunrise, Spectrum, the Detonators, Jimi Hocking, Dave Hogan’s Meltdown, Chris Wilson & the Spidermen, Jerome Smith, Phil Manning, Kerri Simpson, Fiona Boyes, Jeff Lang, Ash Grunwald, Chubby Rae & the Elevators, the Backsliders, Chain, Brian Fraser, P D Hale, Lil’ Fi, Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers, Diddley Daddies, Ross Wilson, Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, Andy Cowan, Broderick Smith, Sam See & Glyn Mason, Nicky Bomba, James T, Blackfeather, Slide Devils, Phil Para, Deborah Conway, Way Out West, Brewster Brothers, Owen Grey, the Fortune Tellers with Bob Margolin, Ross Hannaford, Alex Burns, Mike Ellrington, Bondi Cigars, Anni Piper, Jaimi Faulkner, Zydeco Jump, Andrea Marr, Bob Bright & the bbBand, Firebird, Ska Vendors, Red Sand Shuffle, Joe Galea, Darren Jack, Continental Robert Susz, Max Merritt & the Meteors, Lloyd Spiegel, Dutch Tilders, GoSet, Ray Vanderby, Doug Parkinson, Kelly Joe Phelps, David Ross McDonald, James Southwell Band, Steve Purcell & the Pearly Shells, Nick Charles, Tabasco Junkies, the Nudgels, Del Rey & Steve JamesDom Turner, Benny & the Fly By Niters, Hey Gringo, David Holmes, Lyman Debut, Steve Arvey, Pete Cornelius, Stevie Paige, Renee Geyer, the Vagrants, Men In Blues, the Pardoners, Jason Lowe, Moveable Feast(Billy Miller, Mark Ferrie, Sean Kelly & Stephan Fiddock), Backwood Creatures, Fats Wah Wah Band, Suzannah Espie & Big Boy Lemonade, Mike Brady, Jordie Lane, John Schumann, Dan England, Rory Ellis, Brunswick Blues Shooters, Mental As Anything, Corky Siegel, Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, Danny Burton, Hans Theesink, Pugsley Buzzard, Sweet Felicia, The Blue Zone, Alex Legg, the Rich Family, Stephen Bowtell Band, Joe Camilleri & the Black Sorrows, Bob Whetstone & Jules Boult, Stockley See Mason Band, Tom Pedersen, Matt Walker, Howlin’ Time, Jimmy Fong, White Goat, Cold Snap, Dallimore Trio, Damian Rogers, Steve Romig Band, Matt Finish, Kelly Auty Wild Women Show
Ashleigh Mannix, Matt Kelly, Ed Patrick, Stringybark McDowell, Madder Lake, Oh Pep, Hamilton Loomis. Louis King & the Liars Club, Luke Watt, Dan Dinnen
Lulo Reinhardt, Blue Dukes, Ray Beadle, John ‘Swanne’ Swan
Andy Baylor and Peter Baylor
Mick Thomas, the Dingoes, Harry Manx, Tom Richardson, Dragon, the Laments, John Luke Shelley & High Speed Steel, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Dom Turner & Supro, Blues International, Barb Waters & the Mothers of Pearl, Vika Bull & the Hornets, Kieran Kane David Francey & Luke Kane, Kevin Bennett, Little John, Graveyard Train, Leslie Avril Band, Mick Pealing Band, Cabin Fever
8 Ball Aitken, Dave Graney & the Lurid Yellow Mist, the Rechords, the Saucermen, Cash Savage, Rose Tattoo, Mark Seymour & the Undertow, Toot Toot toots, the Band Who Knew Too Much, ‘Fast’ Eddie Boyle, Chris Russell,Dom Turner & Ian Collard, Nick Barker
All shows tickets at the door (except where noted) Please note that Way Out West Roots Music Club Inc is a not for Profit Organisation) Cost of entry goes to the artist, and to cover costs and expenses
CONGRATULATIONS…! We are very proud of Rob Rowe, a wonderful acknowledgement for a labour of love and lifelong passion, awesome!
Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society – Victorian -Tasmanian Blues Music Awards 2011
Allan Stafford Award for service to the blues music industry
Presented to Rob Rowe, President of Way Out West Blues and Roots Club.
Each year in conjunction with the Victorian -Tasmanian Blues Music Awards, the MBAS committee presents an award to the person who has given exceptional support to the blues music industry.
In 2011 it was presented to Rob Rowe, President of Way Out West Blues and Roots Club at the Vic-Tas Presentation night Sunday 21st August at the Royal Standard Hotel, West Melbourne, home to the MBAS.
Rob has been long-standing President of WOW, and in that capacity has presented many gigs especially those of local blues artists as well as interstate and international artists too. He has been a big supporter of other major blues music events in the district of Williamstown. WOW has financially supported MBAS events through sponsorship as well as Rob lending a helping hand to the MBAS major event each year – Blues Performer of the Year. As manager of the Williamstown Bendigo Bank, Rob has provided personal and specialised banking services to blues musicians. This service would not be possible if not for Rob’s passion and untiring work for blues music and blues musicians.
Robert Rowe, the very worthy recipient of the Allan Stafford Award 2011.
MBAS Events Co-ord