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The Stable Geniuses

Named for an infamous Donald Trump quote reported on the day of their first official gig in early 2018, (and for the rustic nature of the first venue they played) the Stable Geniuses comprise several Kapiti-based musicians brought together at the instigation of bass player and Audiosuite studio owner Ross McDermott. Audiosuite sits next to an all-but-abandoned barn at the Lindale Complex just North of Paraparaumu, and McDermott saw an opportunity for a country-themed event to enliven the deserted barn.

A team was assembled including local guitarist Andrew London and drummer Brent McFarlane, and ‘guests’ including pianist Wayne Mason and harmonica player Neil Billington were recruited for a ‘Boogie in the Barnyard’ in January 2018. The event, and subsequent repeats, were sold out and the Stable Geniuses, like many Trump quotes, look like having a life of their own.

March Jam at the Crossroads

Thursday 28 March at Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub at the crossroads of Dixon and Taranaki streets.  The jam night is a chance to bring your songs and play with the house band. Our aim is to promote live blues/roots music through performance, education and marketing, and to foster emerging talent.

Make yourself known to the MC and he’ll fit you in with the other people who come along. We limit jammers to 15 minutes or 3 or 4 songs max. It starts at 8.30 pm but if you arrive early then that’ll give you time to speak to the MC before the music starts.

We welcome you to have a go on the floor, or simply enjoy watching the music being created in the spontaneity and feeling of the moment!

BD and the Electric Hounds

BD aka Blues Dawg & The Electric Hounds are a power house electric guitar driven blues outfit combining some of Wellington’s and abroad’s finest blues players.

Led by vocalist and slide guitarist BD, BD & The Electric Hounds deliver a gut level passionate performance of classic electric blues covering artists such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Albert King to the psychedelic blues rock of Cream, ZZ Top and Jimi Hendrix.

Be prepared for the experience!

The Flaming Mudcats

“Blues sunny side up, easy-over, spicy or funky… it’s all on the menu with these guys”

Formed in 2008 in Auckland, the Flaming Mudcats are now regarded to be one of New Zealand’s premier blues acts. They have taken their show to festivals and clubs throughout NZ, Australia, USA and the Pacific Islands. Their energetic live blues sets blend original material and covers drawn from their eclectic influences, a raw life potion of killer grooves, blazing licks and harp wizardry. Butt-shakin belters to soulful grinders with everything in between … welcome to the Flaming Mudcats show.

The band is fronted on vocals and harmonica by Craig Bracken with Doug Bygrave providing the six string firepower. Anchoring these two, is drummer Ian Thomson and “newbie” bassman Johnny Yu.  For bios – https://theflamingmudcats.com/meet-the-band/

With two highly-regarded albums of mostly original material, – 2011’s “Gave You What You Wanted” and 2013’s “Mistress”, these guys are just getting started.

Tim L Brown and the Caramello’s

Let us take you on a journey in time, exploring the many amazing stories of blues music from Ancient chants, chain gang songs and Gospel spirituals to the contemporary sounds of urban blues. The infamous Caramello’s, will also play a variety of traditional instruments like the cigars box guitars and percussive tools that will give the rhythmic and soulful feel of the past, and use their voices as instruments. Finally, they will use blues harps, saxophones, lap steel and resonator guitars to move onto the more contemporary blues styles of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Gary Clarke Junior. Shows like this very rarely come along, so get a table of friends together and come to enjoy this amazing experience.

Lead Guitar – Steven Jon Hall, harp and vocals – “Bear” Christopher, base – Keith Merch, drums – Leon Tama, horns – David Harris and Ryan Gatlyn, backing voals – Kura Maukau, Tilly Surry and Dhaye Jeung.  And, Tim L Brown with his weisenborn and telecaster!

February Jam at the Crossroads

Our second Blues Jam in the new year!  End February at Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub at the crossroads of Dixon and Taranaki streets.
The jam night is a chance to bring your songs and play with the house band. Our aim is to promote live blues/roots music through performance, education and marketing, and to foster emerging talent.

Make yourself known to the MC and he’ll fit you in with the other people who come along. We limit jammers to 15 minutes or 3 or 4 songs max. It starts at 8.30 pm but if you arrive early then that’ll give you time to speak to the MC before the music starts.

We welcome you to have a go on the floor, or simply enjoy watching the music being created in the spontaneity and feeling of the moment!

David Feehan Band

After successfully singing throughout New Zealand, and all over the world, this 70 year old could be excused for hanging up his boots and having a rest. Instead, he recorded a 5thalbum, “5” which crashed into the NZ Album Charts last October, and stayed there for 7 weeks, achieving number 10, filled with his favourite material; a blend of Jazz tinged Blues, R&B and Soul with lots of harmonies and lots of horns.

Backed by the fantastic David Feehan Band and enjoying 6 lead vocalists, they will be performing songs from that album plus some great favourites and including 14, yes 14 new songs for your listening (and dancing) pleasure. Songs by Steely Dan, Buffalo Springfield, Shemekia Copeland, Sharon Jones, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Boz Scaggs, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Beverley Knight, Joe Cocker and Michael MacDonald to name a few, plus a great tribute to wonderful Wellington band leader, the late Malcolm Hayman who lead the fabulous top band, Quincy Conserve, and some great Brit and Gospel Blues.

Come along and enjoy the David Feehan Band at Jack Hackett’s at the Crossroads.

The Superheaters and the Inclinators

The Superheaters are a Wellington-based Rhythm & Blues/Rock N Roll outfit featuring the much celebrated songwriter, Wayne Mason who, in collaboration with an equally polished and accomplished band, brings a distinctly personal and unaffected take on the American Roots idiom by mixing Blues, early Rock N Roll, Country and New Orleans second line into a melting pot and working it down to a fine gravy.

Band lineup: Wayne Mason (vocals/keys). Richard Te One (drums), Miklin Halstead (bass), Chris Armour (guitar).

Consummate showman, singer and blues harmonica player Terry Casey will also be gracing the stage to perform his brand of blues with his band The Inclinators.

Terry has been a stalwart of the New Zealand blues scene for over 30 years, and is widely regarded as one of the country’s best blues Harmonica players. Over the years he has soaked in the influences of harmonica greats such as Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I & II, Little Walter, Sonny Terry, James Cotton and Slim Harpo, distilling them and combining them with his own trademark style. Expect a mixture of originals and favourites performed with aplomb.

Capital Blues Radio – January 2019

This month’s Capital Blues Radio Show features music from Mick Taylor and the Bluesbreakers, BB King, John Shane, Mavis Staples, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Likho Duo, Wellington Heads, Jake Stokes, The Strait Shooters, Bill Lake, Chris Cain, Vintage Trouble and The Band as well as news and views on the Wellington blues scene.

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 9-10 pm.

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