Castlemaine State Festival presents

Jess Hitchcock: Bloodline

Award-winning opera singer and songwriter Jess Hitchcock is an Indigenous performer, composer and singer-songwriter with family origins from Saibai in the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea. Melbourne-based Jess is breezing into the Australian folk music scene, with the sweet-sounds of her ukulele, mesmerising vocals and debut LP, Bloodline. 

Weaving hints of folk, country and pop with dreamy melodies, Bloodline takes you on a journey through life’s seasons; exploring love, loss and finding one’s sense of self. Bloodline was written and recorded in Melbourne and had its only performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre before touring was cancelled in 2020.

Jess has one of those voices – capable of both exquisite beauty and a worldly pain – that makes her shows the kind you’ll talk about for years to come. . As Paul Kelly put it, having dueted with Hitchcock, “When you sing with Jess, you have to step up to the plate.”  Jess and her fellow musicians Cristian Barbieri, Anita Quayle and Phoebe Elsworth are excited to be presenting Bloodline once again. 

When you sing with Jess, you have to step up to the plate. – PAUL KELLY

Presented with special support from Dr Mary Cole and the Water Dragon Endowment.