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Jake Stokes and Luke Murphy
Thursday, 12 February 2015 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
“Imagine, if you will, that Joe Bonamassa was a Kiwi.” Muzic.net.nz.
This Thursday 12 Feb we welcome Jake Stokes and Luke Murphy, representing the youth of New Zealand with their electrifying blues-rock!
After the two teenagers met at a Blues Club jam session in 2012, they went on to grow as musicians together at the University of Auckland. Studying music, they both refined their blues skills and with influences such as Joe Bonamassa and Rory Gallagher, they have become a formidable upcoming force on the New Zealand blues scene. Tonight they play a set of blues-rock classics scattered with their own originals.
British born Kiwi, Jake Stokes, (20) has been a regular at the Blues Club’s jam sessions and laying down some great guitar riffs from before he was even shaving. Since coming to New Zealand in 2000, he has matured from a much applauded boy busker on the streets of Wellington, to a singer, song-writer, guitarist and teacher, with his own record company and debut album, Midnight.
Voted Wellington’s favourite busker in a 2009 Dominion Post poll, Jake went on to become a regular feature at the Wellington Blues Club, an Associate Guitar Tutor with The Rock Institute, and a session musician touring NZ with Madsen Promotions, as well as playing local gigs with his own band.
Luke Murphy (19), Irish guitar player extraordinaire, arrived in New Zealand during 2012 already as a seasoned blues-man. Having cut his teeth playing for Dublin rock band The Rehns, he then further grew as a musician here in NZ, gigging in Auckland all the while writing his own material and refining himself as a player and songwriter. Luke regularly plays with Auckland blues giant Rob Lock, and can often be found around the city’s bars being the envy of all guitarists he meets.
Joined by Fritz Wollner on the keys, Callum Hazlitt-Black on the bass and Andrew Richardson on drums, it’s not a night to miss.
Jake has now set up his own record company Apollo Music where you can buy his music online.