The Anthea Jewels Band

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Anthea and Bill Ruffle

The Anthea ‘Jewels’ Band – 2019

“A dynamic voice full of passion and soul with a powerhouse rhythm section to match!”

– Barry (Baz) Maxwell, Radio Broadcaster ‘Blues on The Hill’
President Hume Blues Club ‘the shake shack’ 2019

The Anthéa 'Jewels' Blues Band performs homegrown original and traditional blues with soaring vocals for soul-stirring renditions from the Delta and blues music styles of New Orleans, Mississippi and Chicago.

Sizzling yet sublime saxophone, guitar riffs and licks, a rock steady rhythm section, vocals inspired by blues queens Rosetta Tharp, Mae Rainey, Koko Taylor, Irma Thomas, Alberta Hunter, Tina Turner, Etta James, and Janis Joplin, contribute to the band’s Australian boogie style, inspired by the 60s and 70s Australian blues band era, giving the band consistency to carve their niche on Melbourne’s music scene. Originals are co-written by Anthéa ‘Jewels’ and bass player husband Bill Ruffle, most recently during their time travelling to New Orleans, Mississippi and throughout Louisiana. Anthéa ‘Jewels’ and Bill Ruffle are award-winning singer/songwriters holding finalist positions and best performance nominations, with Bill earning songwriter credits from the Australian Songwriting Association since 2002.

The Anthéa ‘Jewels’ Blues Band are Anthéa ‘Jewels’ (Pearl: the Janis Joplin show, Jewels of Rock’n’Soul), guitarist Dan Miller (Johnny Krowfoot), bassplayer/singer Bill Ruffle (Don Frankenstein, Johnny Krowfoot), Saxophonist Robert Calvert (Strange Tenants, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, MotherGong, Blueliners) guitarist Harry Sidiropoulos (The Boris Pink, Atomic Bliss, Al’s Garage), drummer Rob George (MotherGong). They perform throughout Melbourne, nationally, and with international appeal. Their debut Blues CD is due for release late 2019.




“I was hugely impressed by her talent as a singer, her terrific stage presence, and world-class performance skills.  “Jewels” is a don’t miss talent.”     

Middleton O’Malley-Keyes:  Musicologist & Moderator Ogden After Hours Music Series New Orleans ‘19

“…. A herculean effort going on there vocally."   

          - Warren Wills, J-Air radio broadcaster, Virtuoso pianist 2019

“She was all Janis and I for one was left feeling that I had just been to a Janis Joplin Concert!”


           - Debra, Motor City Music Festival Geelong Showgrounds 2015

“Singer/songwriter Anthea Sidiropoulos is another find…  “In a foreign land” is so very right on, and so heartbreakingly sung”


           - Ari Davidow, review of Best Folk release The Fig Tree CD 2004

“Undeniably talented with a voice that stems from a soulful heart”            


           - Therese Virtue, The Boite Multicultural 2001

Whether she comes back as 'Pearl, Janis, or Jewels... she'll be great” 


            - Geoff Spiegel, Former President Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society 1994

'Expect a smorgasbord of music when you see Anthea ‘Jewels’ perform. Her shows are designed to wake us up to an era of multicultural diversity. A holistic survival toolkit! Guaranteed to surprise! Her shows are full of vitality, supported by her powerfully dynamic vocal ability. This is not only a great act to see, it is an experience!'  


            – Tony Georgiou, Theatre Director, Actors Studio (Melb) 1992



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