Warwick Murray & Strange Brew

With “Electrolux” as a stage name, Warwick Murray – singer, guitarist and harmonica player – is one hell of an energetic bluesman!
Originally from Birmingham, UK, 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. While living in Fiji he held residencies at Suva’s Birdland and Traps. Now resident in NZ he plays in Wellington group The Brew. Most recently he toured in Chile with some of the finest jazz and blues musicians in Latin America.

Warwick “Electrolux” Murray — guitar/harp/vocals
Aaron “Funky Chief” Nonoa — bass/vocals
“DrumSkinny” Vinny — drums

Rodger Fox and the NZ School of Music

A great night of Big Band music from a talented array of School of Music students, led by jazz legend Rodger Fox. Rodger, mentor of the next generation of NZ’s music students who have gone on to national and international careers, has recorded 21 albums and was musical director for both the NZ High Schools and NZ Youth Jazz orchestras.

Mike & Kniki (Australia)

Delivering edgy blues, Kniki has the “voice of a bad-tempered angel, a handful of soul, a shake of blues, a pinch of rock and a touch of jazz, all mixed in with a vibe that will linger eternally in your mind”. Mike Beale has a “rock star demeanour, singing like a demon, with a voice soaked in a barrel of whiskey.”

Their new album Dead On was recorded at Bignote Productions Recording Studio with legendary producer Adrian Stuckey (Split Enz/Neil Finn).

Festival Highlights:

The Australian Blues Music Festival; Blues on Broadbeach, Gold Coast; Himalayan Blues Festival, Nepal; and Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

First set a duo, Mike and Kniki; then they are joined by

Eliotte Fuimaono — bass
Richard TeOne — drums

Don Burnham (USA) & the Fern Frond Boogie Boys

From West Coast USA, guitarist and vocalist Don Burnham is the bandleader of LOST WEEKEND, internationally recognized as one of the leading contemporary Western Swing bands.

In 2005, Don was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame.

Along with his kiwi wife Sarah Dee (Duckworth), who was treasurer of Capital Blues Inc for many years, Don is touring New Zealand with his album I Dreamed Count Basie was a Cowboy, which features a good kiwi song called “Fern Frond Boogie”.

Opening for Don is local bluesman Dave Murphy.

Don Burnham – guitar/vox:
Sarah Dee – vox:
Simon Burgess – bass;
Richard Klein – fiddle.

Hammond Gamble Celebrates the Blues Club’s 15th Birthday

NZ’s legendary bluesman and songwriter Hammond Gamble is here to party! Hammond has a new album out called Ninety Mile Days: “new originals from McCartney-esque pop songs, gentle soulful ballads, to full-blooded blues rock songs ringing with Gamble’s lead guitar”. Hammond will be playing a solo acoustic set as he recently did last April for none other than blues giant John Mayall, and then a couple of sets with the tasty house band:

Hammond Gamble – vox, guitar;
Elliotte Fuimaono – bass;
Bob Smith – keyboards;
Richard Te One – drums;


Last December the fabulous Brilleaux rocked the Bristol off its socks! From Tauranga, Brilleaux take their lead from English R&B bands such as Dr Feelgood and Nine Below Zero. So expect some up-tempo, hard drivin’ dance music from

Graham Clark – vox/ harp/guitar/theremin;
Brian Franks – bass;
Bruce Roland – guitar;
Ian Gilpin – drums

Mojo Mama

Mojo Mama serves up “Blues with Swamp ‘n Sass”. Laura Collins sings with “heart on sleeve” and “tongue in cheek” in equal measure with Cindy Muggeridge on smokin’ boogie keys. Add to this mix some “Guitar Swamp Blues” from Bullfrog Rata, one hell of a bluesman with buckets of soul and a freight train of rhythm and groove; and the classy engine room of Earl Pollard on drums and George Barris on bass.

Expect a rollicking good time.

Laura Collins – guitars/vox
Cindy Muggeridge – keyboards
Bullfrog Rata – guitars
Earl Pollard – drums
George Barris – bass


40 years ago, HIGHWAY‘s self-titled album, from country rock to complex layered progressive pieces, became an underground legend (HMV Studios, 1971). Now, an important part of NZ’s music legacy, it’s back in the stores.

Band members then were: George Limbidis (Freshwater); Phil Pritchard (Retaliation); Jim Lawrie (Inner Sound, The Urchins, Serenity Lane); Bruce Sontgen– Highway vocalist (The Wildcats, The Boddys, The Layabouts Tom Thumb); last to join Highway was George Barris.

HighwayAccording to George Barris, the lineup on the night will be different. “George Limbidis, the original bassist, passed away in 2000. So I will be playing bass (I was on guitar originally), and Phil Pritchard’s son Mark will be on guitar”.

Opening for HIGHWAY will be Del T & The Midnight Ramblers – originals
and covers to rock yer soul.

Del Thomas – vox /guitar;
George Barris – bass;
Phil McLaughlin – guitar;
James Shanks – drums;
John McDonald – keys