NEW HOME FOR THE BLUES AT THE CROSSROADS

The Capital Blues Club has a new home at Jack Hackett’s.  Formally ‘Bill Direen’s’ bar in the nineties, the stage at Jack Hackett’s hosted the very early gigs for the Blue’s Club back in 1996. After a long stint at The Bristol, the Club is fortuitously returning to its roots at the Crossroads of Dixon and Taranaki Streets.

Blues artist Pip Payne was the driving force behind the Blues Club in the early years. He is returning to the very same stage 22 years later for the (re)opening night party with his band ‘The Gospel Project’ featuring Wayne Mason on keys.

The idea to host the club really struck a chord with Jack Hackett’s manager – Matt McLaughlin.  “I’m a huge fan and supporter of local live music. I know beer and blues on a Thursday is going to be  really appealing, especially as we head into summer. I want Jack Hackett’s to be recognised as the go-to destination for Blues in the Capital. So we are committed to continuing this great tradition.”

Club member,  treasurer of 8 years and musician Julie Lamb is really excited about the move. “It’s a great new venue for us – it’s a  bigger space and the acoustics are great for the Blues sound. Every good club needs a good base, and we are thrilled with our new home.

I’m proud of our history. We are the longest running Blues club in the southern hemisphere. Every Thursday for 22 years we’ve brought Wellington live Blues music. We provide a regular dose of monthly Roots culture on Del Thomas’s radio show on Access radio, and the Blues stage within the CupaDupa festival is our baby.

The Blues Club plays a vital role in keeping the Blues alive. The NZ School of music does 3 big band nights a year at the Blues Club – The students come through and show their chops. The evening is studded with talent proving that the genre continues to inspire young musicians. We are immensely proud to support that.”

Founding member of the Blues Club, Dougal Speir says “The Blues has always has been relevant. It has that ‘special thing’ that never goes away. The structure of the Blues makes it incredibly accessible. Me? I’m a 3 chord wonder. But that’s basically all you need to express the full spectrum of life’s emotion. Jack White of the White Stripes said that he was profoundly influenced hearing the power of the blues expressed just with acapella and handclaps. It will influence people til eternity.

Julie adds “For over two decades, we’ve supported our local Blues artists with opportunities for their music and to develop our national Blues sound.  New Zealanders really connect to the rich blues history, culture and sound. It is a vehicle for telling ballsy stories. Its roots are in struggle and slavery, and the dark emotional storylines of racism and poverty are still relevant today. And since the very beginning, it’s always been great music to appreciate with mates and a beer in hand”.

Come celebrate the opening of the new Home of the Blues at Jack Hackett’s 5 Inglewood Place (Cnr Dixon & Taranaki Sts.)

Capital Blues on the Move Party, 8pm 22 November,

Free Entry

Capital Blues Radio – September 2018

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show features music from Robert Plant, Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, BB King, Elmo James, Al Whitham, Clifton Chenier, Mavis Staples, Sonny Terry and Professor Longhair as well as news and views on the Wellington blues scene.

The featured album is Gregg Allman’s final LP ‘Southern Blood’.

Your host is Del Thomas.  Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington’s own blues club. Capital Blues Radio Show is live on Wellington Access Radio 106.1 FM on Wednesdays, once a month, from 9-10pm.

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Blue September – Blues musicians in support of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Dougal Speir and Del Thomas are putting together a band – Del n Doog’s Deepest Blues Band – to perform at a fundraising gig for Blue September – prostate cancer awareness month. This will be at the Mana Cruising Club, Pascoe Ave, Mana on Saturday 22 September. Put that event in your diary!

Capital Blues Radio – August 2018

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show features music from Buddy Guy, The Strait Shooters, Del Thomas, Charley Patton,  Kniki & Mike Beale, Darren Watson, Hound Dog Taylor, Bill Lake, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chris Cain with the Rodger Fox Big Band as well as news and views on the Wellington blues scene.

The featured album is “Gettin’ Handy With The Blues” from Jon Shain.

Your host is Del Thomas.  Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington’s own blues club. Capital Blues Radio Show is live on Wellington Access Radio 106.1 FM on Wednesdays, once a month, from 9-10pm.

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Capital Blues Radio – July 2018

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show features tracks from the Bar-Kays, Lucinda Williams, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan and early (Peter Green etc) Fleetwood Mac. Vintage Trouble, our own Wellington Heads and Ray Charles precede more from Fleetwood Mac who wrap up the show. Your host is Del Thomas.  Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington New Zealand and hails originally from Scotland.

Capital Blues Radio – June 2018

The wonderful Bonnie Raitt kicks off this month’s Capital Blues Radio Show.  Nick Granville, Robert Johnson, the Chris Amour Quartet, Johnnie Winter and Ben Harper follow but not before the first of several Neil Young tracks is played.  Also featuring are Matt Hay, the Murray Brothers and Jimmy Reed.  Your host is Del Thomas. Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington New Zealand and hails originally from Scotland.

Capital Blues Radio November 2017

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show features tracks from Johnny Winter and Ben Harper, Chris Cain, Del Thomas, The Bar Kays, Albert King, Dave Murphy, Blind Willie McTell, Chris Rea, Darren Watson, BB King, Mike Garner. Featured album is Chris Armour’s new one – Teleporter. Your host is Del Thomas. Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington New Zealand and hails originally from Scotland.

Matt Hay Album Release – Something Blue

There are singer-songwriters who use their craft to project a more romantic image of themselves. You hear them sing their songs and you imagine them as cowboys, drifters, gamblers, rebels on life’s highways, though the reality is generally far more prosaic.

Wellington based singer-songwriter Matt Hay is different. Starting from the dictum ‘write what you know’ he pens songs that barely venture beyond his own suburban backyard. He doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what he is; a balladeer from the ‘burbs. And yet you will find melodies here that stick in your brain, choruses you’ll want to sing along to, lyrics that are timeless and poignant, offering quietly astute commentaries on life’s little ups and downs.

About the album

Something Blue, out 28 October, is Hay’s second full length release, following on from his impressive 2007 debut album Inside Stories, and his 2012 EP Where do we go from here? From the opening country rocker, ‘Last jubilee’ through the back porch dobro driven blues of ‘High Roller’ to the closing old timey country blues of ‘Ain’t Gonna Worry’, Something Blue delivers tunes you’ll tap your toes to, and melodies you won’t forget.

Something Blue features Hay’s regular band, the Makers – Clint Meech on Keys and BVs, Phil Hope on Mandolin and BVs, George Barris on Bass and Delia Shanly on Drums and Percussion.

About the artist

Hay is now a firmly established face on the Wellington blues and roots scene having first appeared as harmonica player in blues wunderkinds Cool Disposition in the early ‘90s. Cool Disposition morphed into roots rock outfit Surge, who release one critically acclaimed album ‘Then Again’ before calling it quits in 1997. Hay has also featured as side man for local blues legends Darren Watson, Dave Murphy and Marg Layton.

Some quotes

“..loosely in the alt. country/Americana camp and with his lived in voice and everyday stories of beautiful losers coping with life’s ups and downs, Hay draws comparisons with fellow roots rock travellers such as John Hiatt and Willy Mason or even our [New Zealand’s] own Barry Saunders.” Tony Parker, NZ Musician

“...smooth and instantly likeable ballads that affirm his [Hay’s] mastery of the roots rock genre….the songs have a cosy, familiar feel that invite sing along on first listen...” Ben Martin, NZ Musician

Downloads available via Bandcamp – https://matthay1.bandcamp.com/

Contact: matthaysuburban@gmail.com ph. 027 245 1403

Taster video:

Capital Blues Radio September 2017

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show: https://youtu.be/44m21WutVZc

Features tracks from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Blues Band, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring Sonny Landreth), Rick Bryant and Bill Lake, Jimmy Rogers All Star Blues Band, Darren Watson, Bonnie Raitt, Mike Garner, Little Walter, Allman Bros and a track from my forthcoming album, Changes Coming. The featured artist this month is Steve Winwood – tracks from the Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and his solo career.

Your host is Del Thomas. Del is on the committee of Capital Blues Inc., Wellington New Zealand and hails originally from Scotland.

Chris Armour Quartet Album Launch: Tele-Porter

Wellington based blues and roots guitarist and blues club regular Chris Armour has released his debut album, ‘Tele-Porter‘.
 

Drawing from the deep well of American roots music, the Chris Armour Quartet offer up a dynamic and incendiary instrumental album of vintage sounding electric blues. Featured on the album is an enviable cast of familiar faces in Richard Te One (drums), Andrew Clouston (sax), Steve Moodie (bass) and Dayle Jellyman (piano).

International blues journalist Tom Hyslop said “This is a terrific album by a killer band. Great grooves, imagination, touch, taste, and tone abound.”

Live, unfiltered and exuberant. Tele-Porter is the Blues.

Available for purchase on Bandcamp: https://chrisarmour.bandcamp.com

In late 2013, Chris had his prized Telecaster stolen after a night of gigging. News of his misfortune made it all the way to Boston, Massachusetts and soon after Chris received an impossibly generous gift from an acclaimed blues musician; a guitar with an uncanny likeness to his stolen Telecaster, emblazoned with the custom decal ‘Tele-Porter’. It was with this guitar that Chris wrote and recorded an album which teleports the listener to an era when great records captured the spontaneity and energy of passionate, live performances.

Album Release Party: September 15th at The Third Eye Tuatara Brewery.
$10 entry, doors from 6pm, music from 7pm.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chrisarmourmusic/

Credits to: Miklin Halstead, who engineered the mixing and mastering of the album at his studio The Stolen Cabasa. Album cover photography by Michelle McRae, design by Nick Lissette.