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Showing posts with label New Zealand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Zealand. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Slave To Your Mojo - Heart Attack Alley

Hypno-Psychotic Blues Trash from Auckland, New Zealand. Members: Karl Steven - Harmonica and Stomp, Kristal G - Guitar, Caoimhe Macfehin - Vocals.  











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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Slave To Your Mojo - Heart Attack Alley

Hypno-Psychotic Blues Trash from Auckland, New Zealand. Members: Karl Steven - Harmonica and Stomp, Kristal G - Guitar, Caoimhe Macfehin - Vocals.  











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Monday, July 1, 2013

I Put A Spell On You - Heart Attack Alley

Hypno-Psychotic Blues Trash from Auckland City Karl Steven - Harmonica and Stomp, Kristal G - Guitar, Caoimhe Macfehin - Vocals  

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Looking For Something - The Paul Garner Band


The Paul Garner Band is an original, progressive, guitar/organ blues trio. They put out a gritty, funky sound to back Paul's intelligent and cliché-free original blues songs. Individually and collectively the band exhibit the highest standards of musicianship, and are one of the few groups on the scene today with the talent and vision to push the blues into new territory while maintaining a strong connection with the roots.

The Paul Garner Band perform regularly at London venues, such as Ain't Nothin' But blues bar.

The members are:

Paul Garner: guitar and vocals
Claudio Corona: keyboards
Jason Ribeiro: drums

Career highlights include:

Opening for Jools Holland to a crowd of 2000+ at the Rhythm On The Thames event in London.
National TV and Radio appearances in Australia and New Zealand and airplay on BBC Radio 2.
Festival appearances in UK, France, Australia and New Zealand including main stage at the Blues At Bardies Festival (France) alongside Matt Schofield & Ian Siegal, and at the Montana National Jazz Festival (NZ).
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Monday, July 23, 2012

All Going Wrong - Darren Watson


Darren Watson is a New Zealand singer, songwriter and guitarist in a wide range of blues styles.

Darren Watson was born in Wanganui. His first musical experience was playing drums and trumpet but he soon moved on to guitar and was playing in bars and clubs throughout his years at Hutt Valley High School (1980–83).

In 1985, he formed Chicago Smoke Shop with harmonica player Terry Casey and, although Casey left the band in 1987, the band went on to record two charting LPs and several radio hits. The group was also in big demand as a support act by international touring bands. Between 1987 and 1990, Smoke Shop (the 'Chicago' tag was eventually dropped) opened for NZ tours by Robert Cray (twice), Koko Taylor, George Thorogood, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Since leaving Smoke Shop Watson has recorded three successful albums: King Size (2002), which was nominated for Best Roots Album at the 2003 New Zealand Music Awards,[1] South Pacific Soul (2005) which received favourable reviews from both local and international media, and Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy (2010).

In late April 2009 Darren won 1st place in the blues section of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, USA, with his song "All Going Wrong", a cut from South Pacific Soul. Judges for the competition included Tom Waits, James Cotton, John Mayall, and Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer. Watson has gone on to finish on the 'podium' in 2010, judged in 3rd in the blues category of the International Songwriting Competition for 'Can't Get Enough Of You'.

Watson's latest album Saint Hilda's Faithless Boy was released November 1, 2010 on Red Rocks Records.

In July 2011 Darren was selected to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Previous winners include Sean Costello and Suzan Tedeschi. The event takes place in February 2012
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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Finger Picking Street Blues - Andy Blue

Andy is known as the traveling troubadour. His influences come from playing and learning from musicians all over the USA and Europe. His style is a fascinating mix of Blues, Spanish and Rock and he is as comfortable on an electric guitar as he is on the acoustic.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I Put A Spell On You - Heart Attack Alley


Cool blues band from New Zealand
Karl Steven - Harp and Stomp...
Kristal G. - Guitar...
Caoimhe Macfehin - Vox and Tambo

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Terraplane Blues - Darren Watson


No-one plays the blues like Darren Watson. Over the better part of three decades he has developed a style that, while touching on all of the greats who inspired him, is personal, powerful and identifiably his own.

Watson gained national fame in the 80s as the young front-man and guitar-slinger for Smokeshop. The band made two albums, had several radio hits, opened for numerous international blues legends and toured tirelessly, earning Watson a place alongside the likes of Midge Marsden, Hammond Gamble and Rick Bryant as one of New Zealand's best blues interpreters.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Acoustic Blues - Dave Murphy


There will hardly be a musician in New Zealand who has not heard of Dave Murphy. He is legendary for all the right reasons. He draws his inspiration from experience; traveling through the USA, gigging in Chicago, sitting at the feet of blues masters, chatting to whoever will listen about blues music and buying so many cowboy boots that they hardly fit into his suitcase. Dave's paid his blues dues in 100's of venues, singing and playing with passion and consummate skill to whoever's there. Nowadays, Dave plays as many solo gigs as he does band gigs with the Red Dog Saloon Band.
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Shake Your Moneymaker - Riverhead Slide


Steve Wigglesworth (Wigz)

Founder member of Riverhead Slide, Steve is lead singer and a guitarist with a penchant for slide (bottleneck) styles.

Greatly influenced by British blues artists of the late 60s (Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, John Mayall etc.) along with black American bluesmen such as Robert Johnson, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker and Hambone Willie Newburn.

Murray Finer

Solid bassman Murray has been with Riverhead Slide since the very early days replacing original member John Downes on bass

Gael Ludlow

Gael started performing as vocalist with Riverhead Slide in 2006, making her debut at the Mission Bay Streetfest.

Nigel Major

UK born Nigel Major is a self-taught guitarist who learned his skills by watching working bands at local gigs. He formed his first rock and roll band at the age of 14, gigging at local pubs.

Mike Jensen

Mike started his musical career with classical piano lessons at age 6. His early training also included pipe organ, trumpet, guitar, violin and flute, and even for a time conducting a full orchestra.

Paul Dunningham

Paul Dunningham, drum teacher and professional musician, joined Riverhead Slide in May 2010, bringing new drive to the Slide backline.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

So Many Roads - Mike Garner

Mike Garner is a musician living and working in Aotearoa - New Zealand. He grew up listening to and playing blues in England and moved to New Zealand in 1988.


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Monday, February 27, 2012

Low Down Dog - The Flaming Mudcats


The Flaming Mudcats are a band that swings, shuffles and gets low-down in their devotion to the sounds of the Blues, R&B and Rock 'n’ Roll.

Anyone who argues that good blues is getting hard to find has never heard of these guys... chances are you couldn't find a tighter goodtime band.

This four piece band swings, playing great grooves fused with burning harp and smoking guitar; this is no-frills party music.

A firm favourite in Auckland’s Blues scene, this band is well versed on what it takes to please a crowd exhibiting levels of professionalism and musicianship that makes it easy to become a dedicated fan.
It’s plain to see right away that these guys love the music they make together.
Not surprisingly, their loyal fan base continues to grow every month as a result.
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

BABY, I'LL PLAY - The Thomas Oliver Band


Initially a 3-piece, The Thomas Oliver Band grew into it’s current form following the release of ‘Every Penny’ thanks to the lifelong friendships crafted while the five boys studied at the New Zealand School of Music. It is the fresh instrumentation of the 5-piece, including lap-slide guitar, double bass and baritone saxophone, which creates The Thomas Oliver Band's distinctive sound. The new album is “more organic, earthier and rich”, says Oliver, “and the step from 3-piece to 5-piece has completely opened up our sound, and allowed a lot more creative expression for us, and particularly for me as the writer.”

The Thomas Oliver Band have created a staunch following through their live performances. It was their stage show which saw them selected by the New Zealand Campus Arts Network as the Emerging Artist of the year to complete a full national tour in 2009. They have gone on to play at some of Aotearoa's renowned festivals and joined the bill with our country's top acts. 2011 follows this trend with The Thomas Oliver Band named in some of the best summer series including Wellington's Garden Magic, Auckland's Zoo Music, and A Day on the Green with legends Joe Cocker and George Thorogood.
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Heavy Rain - Darcy Perry Band


Darcy Perry is one of New Zealand's most loved and respected blues artists. He is also a songwriter, producer and band leader. An entertainer with a deep understanding of the blues, he’s shared the stage with some of the world’s best and it shows, both in his rich guitar tone and electrifying stage presence. Darcy Perry is renowned for his live shows, performing with passion, intensity and a ferocious band. A strong song writer, his compositions and albums have garnered righteous acclaim from critics and roots music fans alike.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Live Jam - Brendan Power with Bleu Rascals


Brendan Power is a New Zealander who has developed a considerable reputation for his concert and recording work featuring the harmonica. Equally at ease on both the earthy Blues Harp as well as the sophisticated Chromatic Harmonica, he employs his own custom tunings to breathe fresh life into an often typecast instrument - especially in his original compositions, which feature on several of the instrumental CDs he has released to date.

Since arriving to live in London in 1992, Brendan's innovative approach has earned him some notable achievements in a variety of musical fields. He has recorded with classical guitarist John Williams and flautist James Galway, and in the popular music world has played on tracks by Paul Young, Shirley Bassey, Mary Black, the French orchestral composer Paul Mauriat, Van Morrison, and Sting; he has also guested with Sting's band in several TV appearances. However, it is in the Irish/Celtic music scene that Brendan has become best known; he is of Irish extraction, and playing traditional music on the harmonica is one of his passions. He won the 1993 All Ireland Title in the 'Miscellaneous Instruments' category, and subsequently recorded a CD entitled New Irish Harmonica. Its fresh approach virtually redefined the role of the harmonica in traditional Irish music, and the album won considerable critical praise: Folk Roots magazine picked it as one of their top albums of 1994, Rock n' Reel called it "...simply superb...probably the best instrumental album this year", while the Irish Times described Power as a "master player" and the album as "electrifying". New Irish Harmonica is licensed worldwide by the American label Green Linnet.

Its success has led to some prestigious recording and performing work with top Irish musicians, including extensive guest appearances on albums by Altan, Arty McGlynn & Nollaig Casey, Arcadie, and a track by Paul Brady on a recent crossover compilation album entitled Common Ground featuring major Irish artists, produced by Donal Lunny and released by EMI. Brendan composed the soundtrack for the acclaimed Irish feature film Guiltrip (his album Blow In contains music from the movie). He’s also composed music for several radio plays in Ireland and NZ.

His playing was featured in a BBC/RTE television series on the future of Irish music called A River of Sound, and the Celtic music programs SULT (Irish) and TAKSI (Scottish). From 1996-99 Brendan toured Europe, Australia and New Zealand as a member and featured soloist of the orchestra for the hit Irish dance show Riverdance. He is now a free agent again, and has been busy completing an album of original tunes, a blues duo album with Dave Peabody, a collaboration album in Bulgaria with Georgi Petrov and local folk musicians, the debut album of the innovative harmonica group Iron Lung, and Live In Ireland, recorded on tour in Feb 2000 with guitarist Andrew White.

Along with playing and recording, Brendan is particularly interested in harmonica tuning and construction, and has developed a number of innovations in these areas. One of his ideas (the Power Reed Valve System), was adopted by the Suzuki Musical Instrument Co. of Japan, who incorporated it in their top-of-the-line ProMaster harmonica
Out of nowhere emerged Paul Marney Leobrera, at age 16 stepping onstage in early September 2010 for a single-song courtesy jam at Skarlet’s Jazz Kitchen, home base for Manila’s pre-eminent jazz sessionists. Jaws dropped over his musical maturity as a blues musician, and he was immediately asked to stay onstage for the rest of the night. And suddenly he began receiving invitations to “sit in” all over town.
Within months, Paul put together his own band, the Bleu Rascals, with friends Spencer Rymonte on bass and Darwin Quinto on drums, both 18. All three are intensely devoted to the blues, ranging from the traditional Chicago style and on to Stevie Ray Vaughn and John Mayer. They quickly established themselves as the tightest and most convincing blues band in Manila, even at their young age.
The band now is the busiest blues band in the Philippines, performing as many as four gigs in a single week. In early June 2011, they were selected as backup band for visiting American blues professional Michael Bourne. In four gigs over three days, including an online radio-TV broadcast, Michael and the Bleu Rascals gave some of the strongest blues performances seen in Manila night spots over the past 25 years.
The band is now receiving invitations to perform at major music festivals in Manila, and it has even been approached about performances outside of the country.
Yes, the future of the blues in the Philippines is indeed in good hands. And, with luck and lots of work, perhaps they will bring along with them a new generation of blues fans throughout the country.
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