Doog’s, Del n Warwick’s Dirty Blues Band

After a highly acclaimed gig at the Mana Cruising Club in aid of Blue September – prostate awareness month – Dougal, Del and Warwick thought it would be a great idea to repeat the formula for this gig for the blues club.

Featuring the triple guitar interplay of Dougal, Warwick and Del plus Warwick’s harp well to the fore (not to mention his terrible jokes!), the keyboard magic of Al Norman and rock solid rhythm section of Elliotte Fuimoano and Maurice Phillips the band will play some of Warwick and Del’s originals plus a whole lot of classic blues rock favourites to get you grooving towards Christmas.

Brannigan Kaa

Brannigan Kaa is probably the most popular recording artist on the Maori Radio Network – his 90’s classic Maumahara Noa Ahau (originally released on Tangiora 2) is always on the most-requested lists. His vocal performances are standout. Brannigan can sing blues, funk, reggae, pop, R’n’B, big band sounds and his original compositions are innovative and infectious.

The line-up for Roomfulla Blues is vocals – Brannigan Kaa, guitar – Dion Walker, keyboards – Cary Baxter, trombone – Damian Forlong, saxophone – Chris Peirce, drums – Des Mallon and Elliot Fuimaono on bass.

Julie Lamb Outfit

So many things this band has been called… (but never late for dinner).  So many descriptions… “Storytelling in lose yourself groove” “Blues infused kick-arse funky pop”.

The iteration swinging your way is the 8 piece – singing you original stories by both Julie Lamb and Shan Jordan. Throw in some tasty blues infused covers, add fabulous musicians and a willing audience and we’re off!

Julie Lamb has recorded four albums, played many gigs, is grateful for all of the support and proud of the crafting in the stories. Not to mention as pleased as punch that those stories have attracted such a following. The music is internationally recognised, charting and award winning … Happy, thank you, more please!

The latest album ‘Ordinary Days’ (2017) is the band’s greatest offering yet with amazing reviews. It contains smooth and exciting funk, which along with a guest acapella number, offers the listener an appealing ride with quirky surprises.

“It’s great to hear some funky pop-rock with good old fashioned backing vocals and horn parts too. A class act made all the better by the joi-de-vivre it encapsulates and projects” – Bing Turkby NZ Music Magazine

The Julie Lamb Outfit consists of: Julie Lamb, vocals, bad jokes and equally dubious percussion; Shan Jordan, keys, vocals and raucous laughter; Lisa Tagaloa, vocals and presence; Eoin Williams, guitar and silver foxness; Chris Fursdon, bass and scholarly tones (and vaping); Jeremy Richardson, drums and moustache; Kali Barton, trombone and speed demon driving; and Amity Alton-Lee, saxophones and designer clothing

Jam Night at Jack Hackett’s – MC Warwick Murray

Our first Blues Jam in the new venue! Thursday 29 November 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!

Opening Night at Jack Hackett’s – Gospel According to the Blues!

Launching our new venue at Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub at the crossroads of Dixon and Taranaki streets, Roomfulla Blues invites you to feel some authentic rocking blues gospel with The Gospel According to the Blues this Thursday 22 November.

To celebrate we’ll be giving away loads of freebies,food and beverage vouchers, T-Shirts, Caps and Jackets!

The Gospel According to the Blues  is a truly unique experience. Nothing churchy here. Just plenty of field holla cries for deliverance from hell on earth. The gift those slaves gave us lives on in dark redemptive grooves and a boogie woogie left hand in a rich vein of golden grooves from New Orleans Bo-DiddlyChicago funk, to Memphis Rock. The Gospel According to the Blues will be covering timeless classics through to contemporary interpretations of music from the likes of The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples, Aaron Neville, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley.

The seven piece band is made up of fine Wellington musicians and singers featuring stunning harmonies from ‘The Tempests‘, and solo performances from Pip Payne, Jade Eru and Lynley Chrisstoffeson.

Full Lineup:

Richard Te One – drums
Miklin Halstead – bass
Chris  Amour – electric gat
Wayne Mason – keys
Vocals: the Tempests are Lynley Christoffersen and Jade Eru
Pip Payne – Vocals

Blues to gospel to blues – May the circle be unbroken!

New Home of the Blues in Wellington!

The Capital Blues Club has a new home at Jack Hackett’s.  Formally ‘Bill Direen’s’ bar in the nineties, the stage at Jack Hackett’s hosted the very early gigs for the Blue’s Club back in 1996. After a long stint at The Bristol, the Club is fortuitously returning to its roots at the Crossroads of Dixon and Taranaki Streets.

Blues artist Pip Payne was the driving force behind the Blues Club in the early years. He is returning to the very same stage 22 years later for the Opening Night Party with his band ‘The Gospel Project’ featuring Wayne Mason on keys.

The idea to host the club really struck a chord with Jack Hackett’s manager – Matt McLaughlin.  “I’m a huge fan and supporter of local live music. I know beer and blues on a Thursday is going to be  really appealing, especially as we head into summer. I want Jack Hackett’s to be recognised as the go-to destination for Blues in the Capital. So we are committed to continuing this great tradition.”

Club member,  treasurer of 8 years and musician Julie Lamb is really excited about the move. “It’s a great new venue for us – it’s a  bigger space and the acoustics are great for the Blues sound. Every good club needs a good base, and we are thrilled with our new home.

I’m proud of our history. We are the longest running Blues club in the southern hemisphere. Every Thursday for 22 years we’ve brought Wellington live Blues music. We provide a regular dose of monthly Roots culture on Del Thomas’sradio show on Access radio, and the Blues stage within the CupaDupa festival is our baby.

The Blues Club plays a vital role in keeping the Blues alive. The NZ School of music does 3 big band nights a year at the Blues Club – The students come through and show their chops. The evening is studded with talent proving that the genre continues to inspire young musicians. We are immensely proud to support that.”

Founding member of the Blues Club, Dougal Speir says “The Blues has always has been relevant. It has that ‘special thing’ that never goes away. The structure of the Blues makes it incredibly accessible. Me? I’m a 3 chord wonder. But that’s basically all you need to express the full spectrum of life’s emotion. Jack White of the White Stripes said that he was profoundly influenced hearing the power of the blues expressed just with acapella and handclaps. It will influence people til eternity.

Julie adds “For over two decades, we’ve supported our local Blues artists with opportunities for their music and to develop our national Blues sound.  New Zealanders really connect to the rich blues history, culture and sound. It is a vehicle for telling ballsy stories. Its roots are in struggle and slavery, and the dark emotional storylines of racism and poverty are still relevant today. And since the very beginning, it’s always been great music to appreciate with mates and a beer in hand”.

Come celebrate the opening of the new Home of the Blues at Jack Hackett’s  at the Crossroads of Dixon & Taranaki Sts.

Capital Blues on the Move Party, 8.30 pm 22 November,

Free Entry

Red Dog Saloon Band followed by a ‘Blues Club All Stars’ Jam

Come along to the Bristol this Thursday 15 November for our leaving party!

The night will kick off with  a set of swampy blues with the Red Dogs. It’ll be a night of groove with Dave Murphy – ‘New Zealand’s blues man’ together with that eclectic west coast kiwi style of Dougal Spier….the big man with the big sound, and with Roger Watkins on drums and Elliotte Fuimaono on bass.

After a short break we’ll launch into the main act of the night, the ‘All Stars‘ Jam where the club’s favourites will join for a final blues bash at The Bristol before we launch into our new program of events at Jack Hackett’s starting 22 November!

The Inclinators

A night of Chicago blues, Honky Tonk Juke Joint piano, West Coast blues and Swing from The Inclinators with special guests. This Thursday 8 November, at Hotel Bristol. Starts 8.30 pm.
Band lineup:
Terry Casey on harmonica and vocals
Richard Te One on drums
Chris Armour on guitar
Miklin Halstead on bass
Wayne Mason on piano
Andrew Clouston on sax

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 Andrew Richardson  on drums. Special guest artist, Jamin Forlong on guitar.

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