Sound grows from coastal roots

Therese ColmanAugusta Margaret River Times

Margaret River grooves ‘n’ roots outfit Blue Child Collective will round out a 20-date Australian tour with a show at The River Hotel next Friday.

Following the successful release of new single Wattle Tree Corroboree, frontman Dan White said it was heartwarming to return to small WA towns and see familiar faces.

“I've been playing since I was a young fella, bred on blues and folk from years far before my own,” he said.

“The journey so far has been crazy, and I’ve found inspiration from endless sources over the years, which have grown from my roots in a coastal childhood on the wild Indian Ocean.”

Collaborating with a host of local musicians, White said Blue Child Collective’s sound varied between genres.

“Musically, the avenues taken are pretty diverse, and continuing to diversify, and have seen us explore everything from folk to funk, blues to jazz, roots to reggae, and anything that hits home,” he said.

Having toured with big names such as The Cat Empire, Sticky Fingers and Caravana Sun, White said the audience reception differed between the city and regional towns.

“It’s hard to generalise, I guess, but different people and communities, different mindsets and cultures inevitably react in their own unique ways to the parts of our music or live show that stand out to them,” he said.

“The band often tends to go down better in the cities, but I’m a strong believer in the fact that your audience is always out there, it's just a matter of finding them.

“Many of the people in the towns on this tour have been asking us to come back.”

Blue Child Collective will play at The River Hotel on Friday, March 16, from 6.30pm.

Tickets are $10 each and can be bought online at

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