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New Years Eve Party! Red Dog Saloon Band with Del Thomas

We’ll be playing a mix of classic blues and country rock classics with an emphasis on uptempo danceable material to take everyone into the New Year.

And it’ll be the only place to be if you want a rendition of Auld Lang Syne sung by a genuine Scotsman who knows all the verses!!!

Lineup – Dougal Speir – guitar/vox; Elliotte Fuimaono – bass; Roger Watkins – drums; Del Thomas – guitar/vox

The Fabulous Murray Brothers

Originally from the West of England the Fabulous Murray Brothers have played gigs, concerts and festivals in places as diverse as Chile, the USA, Fiji, France, and most recently New Zealand. In various line-ups over the last 25 years they have shared the stage with many globally-recognised musicians and personalities including Buddy Whittington, Imelda May, Shakin’ Stevens, Trevor Burton, Nine Below Zero, Chris Farlow, Steve Gibbons and Tim Healy, to mention but a few.
With his recent arrival in New Zealand, Stafford Murray could finally get the band back on the road, joining his well-known (in Karori) musician brother Warwick Murray together with Tom Tom Thomas and the Funky Chief formerly of Wellington’s Strange Brew and currently of the NZ album charts Top 20 act, The Strait Shooters.
They will be debuting tracks from their next album on Refried Audio: ‘Not Together At Last’. Expect a night of electrifying British blues with guitar fireworks and harmonica acrobatics, together with soulful harmony vocals, exotic instruments, awful jokes and the funkiest rhythm section in town.

Line-up:

Stafford ‘7 Fingers’ Murray – guitar and vocals

Warwick ‘Electrolux’ Murray – guitar, harmonica, blukulele and vocals
Aaron ‘Funky Chief’ Nonoa – bass
Mark ‘Tom Tom’ Thomas – drums

Two Bluesy Blondes

Erna Ferry and Julie Lamb in a mash up of blonde hair and bluesy lungs… From trad to not so much… The song list is varied, and the band is grand!
Stephen Fisher (Manawatu Standard) had this to say in 2016:
“The women worked together superbly, bouncing off each other in performance, each inspiring the other, revelling in their soulful and down-to-earth blues sound prevalent both on their own and together.
All this infectious music-making needs a really great band, and in this gig we were not left wanting as Andrew Richardson (drums), Callum Hazlitt Black (bass), Deane Hunter (guitar), Pieter Bos (keys) and Andrew Clouston on the saxophone all had great fun. They provided a magnificent supporting sound, adding to the very essence of this classic music-making with some magnificent solo work across the lineup. … it was impossible to remain still as this high-energy sultry concert took flight,  sending the audience home ‘high’ from the very best of blues.”

November Blues Jam – MC Dougal Speir

It’s Jam Night this Thursday 30 November. Make yourself known to the MC, Dougal Speir, and he will fit you in with the other people who come along. We try to limit jammers to 15 minutes or 3 or 4 songs max. It starts at 8.30 but if you arrive early then that’ll give you time to speak to the Dougal before the music starts.

Our aim is to promote live blues/roots music through performance, education and marketing, and to foster emerging talent. Jam nights are where new musicians can mix it with a great backing band and where the expected and  the unexpected happen.

David Feehan Band

One of the big hits at this year’s Cubadupa, David Feehan returns to Roomfulla Blues with his 12-piece band with its own brand of R&B/Soul and Jazz Tinged Blues. Some new songs, some favourites and this time a few old favourites by some of the British invasion Blues artists like Joe Cocker, The Zombies and the Moody Blues, legends on the other side of the Atlantic.

Of course, you can’t come and hear the David Feehan Band without crowd fave Little Feat and Steely Dan songs for the connoisseurs and of course tracks off David’s “Cuatro” album, released 2015, “Bronze” album released 2009, and a sneak preview of new material which will appear on his latest album ‘5’ to be released in October 2018.

To those of you not familiar with this NZ icon, David Feehan has played them all, from Ronnie Scott’s in London to The Baked Potato in L.A, Montreux Jazz Festival, tours of Poland and Canada, and with Buena Vista Social Club in Havana; in a music career of more than 55 years. Vocal Tutor to many top NZ singers, he has also released 4 albums, appeared on over 20 others, both here and abroad, and is in growing demand as a producer. Don’t miss this!!!!!!!

Line up:

David Feehan, Lead vocals. Emma Davey, Fiona Wilson and Jamie Musuva, vocals. Sean Feehan, vocals and percussion. Jeremy Richardson, Drums. Paul Mouncey, Bass. Andy Mauafua, Guitar. Phil Hornblow, Keys. Chris Selley, Trumpet and EVI. Andre Paris, Saxes. Chris Fox, Trombone. Guests include Fiona Watson and Mike Horlor.

Shaken Not Stirred

Funky blues, swingin blues, old blues, bent blues and stinky blues rounding off a delightful program of musical items.

Shaken not Stirred feature the horn section of Andre Paris and Damian Forlong, the vocals and bass playing of Geoff Hern with Deane Hunter on guitar and Miss Olivia Campion on drums. Special featured guest artist, world renowned Banjo player Jenny.

Be prepared to be slapped and then tickled, Shaken not Stirred, the ultimate in aural pleasure!

Darren Watson and the Dangerous Experts

Ex-Chicago Smoke Shop frontman Darren Watson is celebrating 30 years of playing the blues in 2017.

He’s bringing his kick-ass young band that includes Little Bushmans Rick Cranson on drums, Miles Calder & The Rumours’ Steve Moodie on double bass, and Roseneath Centennial Ragtime Band’s killer pianist Dayle Raymond Jellyman.

Expect classic, danceable 50s and 60s rhythm and blues alongside Watson’s cutting originals.

Red Dog Saloon Band with Del Thomas and Warwick Murray

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).

Matt Hay & The Makers

7pm Saturday 11 Nov – Matt Hay and the Makers draw influence from the likes of John Hiatt, JJ Cale, and The Band, but deliver their own special blend of blues, country and Americana. A great combo.
Matt Hay & The Makers are:
Matt Hay – Vocals, Guitar and Harmonica
Phil Hope – Mandolin, Guitar and Vocals
Clint Meech – Keys and vocals
George Barris – Bass
Delia Shanly – Drums
Matt was a founding member of Cool Disposition, and has been an occasional sideman with the likes of Darren Watson, Dave Murphy and Marg Layton.  Since Cool Disposition finished up in 2005 Matt has focussed on his own bands, initially the SubUrbans, and now the Makers, with whom he has developed a unique blend of country, blues and Americana.
Matt has released one album (2007’s Inside Stories) and an EP (2012’s Where do we go from here), and is in the early stages of planning for a second album to be released later this year, or early next.
“..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 travelers such as John Hiatt and Willy Mason or even our [New Zealand’s] own Barry Saunders.” – Tony Parker, NZ Musician

Mike Garner

Mike Garner 6pm Saturday Nov 11 – The multi talented Mike Garner brings you experience from all over the world. Most recently Mike has released digital single “Ricochet” (Sep 2017) featuring the powerful Chicago style harmonica of Neil Billington. Nice work guys.

Mike Garner has lived in New Zealand since 1988 and is one of NZ’s most experienced blues performers. During that time he has released six albums and performed in the UK, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Caledonia, Japan, and the Cook Islands.

He was the opening act for the 2010 Mission Estate concert and in 2011 a documentary – “Kathmandu Blues” – was made by respected New Zealand filmmaker Costa Botes about Mike’s journey to Nepal to play at the Kathmandu Blues Festival.

In addition to being a fine singer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar is his first instrument) Mike is one of the country’s most respected blues songwriters. A song from his 2007 Cad’s Alley album, “Louisiana Hurricane”, won 3rd place at Nashville’s International Song Competition in the Americana, section – the only finalist from the entire southern hemisphere!

www.mikegarner.co.nz