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Cuba Dupa Blues at the Bristol

Saturday, 24 March 2018 - Sunday, 25 March 2018

Saturday 12.30 – 1.30 pm –   Red Dog Saloon Band

If good-time country blues is your thing, then Mr Murphy’s exuberant and inspired delivery will rock your world! From old-school Delta blues classics to jump-jive and wailing, down home testifying jive and swing performances, this is as good as it gets in New Zealand. Vocals and guitar duties are shared between Dougal and Dave, building wave upon wave of ever increasing intensity and excitement that usually culminates in exhausted and happy dancers and rapturous applause. With a choice rhythm section of Mr “Steady as a Rock” Fuimaono and Mr “Four on the Floor” Watkins holding the fort for Murphy and Speir providing one of the tightest rhythm sections you will hear in the band that night, the Red Dog Saloon Band will give you a taste of the country blues at it’s dancing, swinging, rocking best!

Saturday 2.00-3.00 pm– The Raven Mavens

Raven Mavens, Cindy Muggeridge and Marian Carter are two slinky songbirds. They have a love of the evergreen, bright and breezy, jazz and bluesy songs that take you places and put a twinkle in your eye, With Cindy rocking the boogie and blues on piano and Marian on soulful clarinet, these two fun-loving and versatile performers bring a sassy, sizzling, happy-go-lucky slant to their music. When invited to play at Cuba Dupa, Marian and Cindy asked Anje Glindemann and Kate Marshall to join them in the Raven Mavens (all girl) Quartet with Anje Glindemann on drums, and Kate Marshall who sings and plays accordion, flute and violin.  Expect this combination of talented women to dish up a variety of music and styles, from great divas like Bessie Smith and Nina Simone, to their own, original songs. The mood will range from sensitive to burlesque, with a bit of storytelling and hilarity on the side.

Saturday 3.30 – 4.30 pm – Del Thomas Band

Del Thomas

The Del Thomas Band is delighted to be part of Capital Blues lineup for Cubadupa 2018. They’ll be showcasing songs from Del’s most recent album, Changes Coming, along with a smattering of tunes from his first two albums and a couple of blues classics which they do so well. Del Thomas – guitar, vocals, Dougal Speir – guitar, vocals, Elliotte Fuimaono – bass, Mo Phillips – drums.

Saturday 4.45-5.45 pm – Shaken Not Stirred

Shaken Not Stirred

Hot stinky Funk, greasy blues and a homage to the fromage featuring the vocals and fender bass
of Geoffrey Hern. Porn ‘bone (like porn sax but with more slidey bits) from Damian Forlong,
Presbyterian sax from Chris Peirce (porn sax with religious overtones) and the stinging strat of
Deane Hunter. Be prepared to be slapped then tickled as we give you the ultimate in aural pleasure.

Saturday 6.15- 7.15  –  The Wellington Heads

Neil Worboys fronts a Hot jazz blues blend of Louis Jordan inspired jump tunes and 50s rhythm and blues (a la Ray Charles) as well as Hawaiian, calypso, and funky New Orleans grooves. Bill Wood on guitars; Geoff Keith on upright bass; Greg Crayford on drums; and Neil Worboys on vocals, harmonica, guitars, banjo and ukulele. Featuring the Barrett Reefers James Tait-Jaimeson on saxophone and Nick van Dijk on trumpet and trombone.

Saturday 7.45 – 8.45 pm – Two Bluesy Blondes

Two Bluesy Blondes are the amazing and talented Erna Ferry & Julie Lamb. What a duo! “Two acclaimed vocalists brought together for high-energy blues” says Stephen Fisher of their last gig. “The idea of bringing together both Palmerston North’s supreme jazz vocalist Erna Ferry and Wellington’s much-acclaimed singer-songwriter Julie Lamb for a night of passionate blues was indeed inspired, allowing these two vocalists to fully relax into their programme of covers of blues classics, creating an unforgettable night.”

Saturday 9.15-10.15 pm  –  Gospel Project

The Gospel Project presents – Gospel-Blues: the root from which much modern popular music grew. Reimagined classics from Mavis Staples, Arron Neville, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to name just a few. A wonderfully accessible-stripped down style designed to ‘take you there’. Delay that trip to new Orleans and slide on down to the Gospel Project at Cuba Dupa. Sublime harmonies to the pulse of the mighty Mississippi. Come and get your roots from its source! Pip Payne’s Gospel Project has been belting out blues for more than twelve years. From the Old St Pauls to the Meridian Gardens Magic, Jazz Festivals, and now Cuba Dupa.

Saturday 10.30 – 12 pm – Rodger Fox Funkbone Experience


Fronted by Rodger Fox – trombonist – arranger – band leader and bona fide musical legend, The FunkBone Experience wields smoky licks / classic funk / down-home blues and remakes of classic jazz standards with a repertoire reading likes the who’s who of the funk jazz area. Featuring from San Francisco Dewayne Pate ( Robben Ford, Arturo Sandoval and Tower of Power), and Wellington’s finest Lance Philip – Drums and Nick Granville – Guitar and added the blues/soul voice of Erna Ferry.

Sunday 1.00-2.00 pm  –  Marg Layton and Band

 One of New Zealand’s most enduring singers MARG LAYTON returns to Cuba Dupa 2018. This is a rare opportunity to experience the musical versatility and passionate singing of this fine musician in the exciting festival environment. Drawing from her extensive repertoire of folk, blues and gospel, she is delighted to be accompanied by her fine band of Bill Lake (guitar, vocals), Andrew Clouston (saxophone), Chris Prowse (guitar) and Pat Bleakley (acoustic bass).

Sunday 2.30-3.30 pm  –  The Superheaters

The SuperheatersThe Superheaters are a Wellington-based outfit featuring the much celebrated songwriter Wayne Mason (of Fourmyula and Warratahs fame) who, in collaboration with an equally accomplished band, bring a distinctly personal, unaffected take on the American Roots idiom by mixing Blues, early Rock’n’roll, Country and New Orleans music into a melting pot and working it down to a fine gravy. Wayne Mason – vocals, keys, Richard Te One – drums, Chris Armour – guitar, Miklin Halstead – bass.

Sunday 4-5 pm  –  Nick Granville Funk Trio

Funky sweaty dance grooves combine with highly charged re-imaginings of work by James Brown, Michael Jackson, Santana, and Stevie Wonder and a unhealthy dose of the blues.  Nick Granville – guitar,  Lance Philip – drums, Leonardo Coghini – organ.



Saturday, 24 March 2018
Sunday, 25 March 2018


Hotel Bristol
131-133 Cuba St, Te Aro
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
04-385 1147