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Red Dog Saloon Band with Del Thomas and Warwick Murray
Saturday, 11 November 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Red Dog Saloon will bring a session of full-on swampy blues. Elliot Fuimaono and Roger Watkins bring all the feels! Dougal Speir and his dulcet vocals and blistering guitar solos keep you entranced. Add to the mix the amazing Del Thomas, who has succeeded in creating cool radio friendly songs such as ‘Driving Home Alone” and ‘Shifting Sands’ and this will be an amazing set.
Special guest Warwick Murray, New Zealand’s one and only singing professor, will be filling in for Dave Murphy tonight. Warwick Murray – singer, guitarist and harmonica player – is one hell of an energetic bluesman! Originally from Birmingham UK, now resident in NZ, he has played with blues artists Steve Gibbons, Trevor Burton and the E Numbers, and supported dozens of top level acts including Steve Earle and UB40.
Dougal Speir on the other hand is more adept at ripping off lead riffs unheard of since the death of the likes of Roy Buchanan, Rory Gallagher or Jimi Hendrix! You can imagine what sort of combination they form together on stage.
Del Thomas has been playing guitar since he was a young kid, having watched the Beatles, Stones and Kinks on TV. In the early 70’s he was bitten by the singer songwriter bug and his record collection was filled with Cat Stevens, Sutherland Brothers and Richard Thompson albums. Then he heard Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits and Eric Clapton’s 461 Ocean Boulevard album and he discovered the blues. From there, his interest in a wide range of styles expanded, ranging from The Eagles, Poco and Lynyrd Skynyrd to Bonnie Raitt and Ry Cooder but the roots of his interest remained in the blues and folk and alt-country (before it was even called that).