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Jeep Road Band

Jeep Road’s playlist is predominantly contemporary blues/soul/country with a mix of originals and covers.

The members of this Kapiti Coast band are associated with many top New Zealand acts. They comprise Clare Christian, accoustic guitar and lead vocals, Joe Callwood (Little Bushmen), guitar and vocals, Tom Callwood (Phoenix Foundation), bass and vocals, Rick Cranson (most Wellington bands!), percussion, Gabe Davidson, sax, vocals and percussion and Joe Callwood, electric and acoustic guitar and backing vocals.

Jeep Road plays a mix of contemporary covers and Clare’s originals. This is a very slick, professional band that delivers an original sound with a spectacular level of musicianship, originality and passion.

Tin Pan Alley Reunion, with opening by Shayn Wills

Formed around 1991, the definitive line up for the Wellington band ‘Tin Pan Alley’ was Blair Allen (guitar), Ron Kahu (bass) and Anje Glindemann (then Craig, on drums).

Back in the day, this lean three-piece band travelled the country from the East Coast to the Chatham Islands playing their own tight and punchy versions of blues, old and new to enthusiastic and supportive crowds of festival, pub and club goers. They had energy and style with Blair Allen enthralling even the purist of aficionado in the crowd by wringing out everything he could from his Fender Stratocaster and breathing new life into songs by blues greats like Elmore James, Albert King, Stevie Ray, Jimi and more. The band played their last gigs together around 1997, a highlight, being one of the acts at the first Blues Bash for the relatively new Capital Blues Club in Wellington that year.

More than 20 years on, the planets have aligned and Tin Pan Alley is putting together a show to celebrate all that was good about this band. Blair has been working hard at resurrecting some of the favorites and a few new tunes too, Ron will come down from Taranaki to play bass and Anje will join them on drums. At some point in the show, they will also ask a couple of special guests to join them on stage, Neil Billington with his virtuoso harp style (no stranger to jamming with Tin Pan Alley) will step up in his inimitable style, also Tim Boyd (a long time friend and fellow musician) will add fabulous Hammond organ to the mix and there might be few extra surprises thrown in for good measure. All in all it should be a rollicking good time and a trip down memory lane for all, to boot!

But not before Shayn Wills who will open the gig …

Albert King, Junior Wells, Robert Cray, John Hammond Jnr, Canned Heat, Duke Robilard. These names practically form the basis of the Blues as we know it today.  To have played support gigs for one of them would be a musician’s career highlight, but to have played support gigs for all of them you would have to be a musician of world class standard. Well, let me just mention one name, Shayn Wills. Between 1992 and 2006, Shayn Wills played support for each and every one of these legendary innovative musicians.

Watching Wills play it becomes glaringly obvious that he is something very special. For starters, his ability to play harmonica, guitar and sing at once is astounding and entertaining, (“ …the way Shayn plays guitar harmonica and sings all at the same time astounds me” Midge Marsden). And he has his own unique style of playing. His playing comes from a place of sincerity and heartfelt passion, and there is something about his playing that is distinctly New Zealand. You could easily say he has created the term “New Zealand Blues”.

At 48 Shayn has now had 30+ years of playing, learning and living the Blues. His voice, guitar and harmonica playing have matured into something extremely special and unique.

His complex guitar rhythms, innovative harmonica riffs and melodic voice make him a must see act. Julie Oakley, a reviewer for the national music magazine “Real Groove” is quoted to say, “Wills is one of the original black Mississippi Blues legends, reincarnated and living in Auckland, (New Zealand)”.

Capital City Big Band

For ANZAC Day, Blues at the Crossroads is delighted to host the Capital City Big Band.  CCBB for short (formally know as the Aspire Big Band) specialises in the Swing music of the 1930s and 40s. However, since 2011 they have also developed a Latin, funk and modern big band repertoire. 

Some of these more modern big band numbers are for having fun, such as The Donut King and The James Bond theme, and others are more about serious performance, such as the music of the US Army Band and New Zealand composer Vaughn Roberts. However, CCBB is most recognised for its hot Mambo grooves and its tributes to Swing greats: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Cole Porter and Nat King Cole.

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ccbbnz/

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!

Aleister J Campbell

Suddenly! A huge commotion is heard ricocheting around the venue. Psychedelic blues breakdowns and earth shattering rifts abundant. People are craning their necks to bear witness. Seasoned bar tenders mess up orders. A random man of indeterminate age steals a gold-plated fitting. Children and dogs scatter, and an albatross randomly flies into the room. It’s just another gig for the Aleister j. Campbell Incident. Be there…
Aleister James Campbell is a guitarist/singer/songwriter originally from the Stokes Valley delta. He’s back in the capital after six years razing the music venues of Melbourne to the ground with his fiery brand of blues and beyond.
Joining him for this show are ex-Blerta double bassist Patrick Bleakley, drum power house Richard Te One, and local horn legends Michael Taylor and Jake Baxendale.
Twitter/Instagram: @aleisterjames

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.

CubaDupa Blues at the Crossroads of Dixon and Taranaki Streets

Capital Blues Inc will be showcasing the best of the Blues bands from the Wellington Region at CubaDupa 2019, with The Blues Bros all day Saturday, and Lady Sings the Blues on Sunday the 31st.

At a new location for 2019, you can find the best of the Blues in Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub. Sit back, relax and soak it all up.

SATURDAY – THE BLUES BROS

Saturday 12.30 pm – XRay CatZ

Playing the Capital Blues Stage as part of their Saturday Blues Bros line-up; XRay CatZ bring a bit of the 1950’s to CubaDupa.

The XRay CatZ (XRC) are New Zealand’s premiere 1950’s Rock n Roll/Rockabilly band playing fun, danceable 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rockabilly. The perfect kick off to a weekend on the blues stage

Saturday 1.30 pm  -David Feehan Band

With 60 years of experience under his belt, David Feehan and his 12 piece band are bringing the soul to the Saturday Blues Bros lineup on the Capital Blues Stage.

Late last year David Feehan, in his 60th year of playing live music released his fifth album “5”, which went 7 straight weeks in the NZ Album Charts. He is acknowledged as one of NZ’s finest singers and he, along with his 12 piece band are unmissable.

Saturday 2.30 pm  – Red Dog Duo

Red Dog Duo are some of Wellington’s local blues legends and you can catch them at the Capital Blues Stage as part of Saturday’s Blues Bro’s lineup.

If good-time country blues is your thing, then local blues legends Dave Murphy and Dougal Speir are your go to! From old-school Delta blues classics to jump-jive and wailing, down home testifying jive and swing, this is as good as it gets in NZ!

Saturday 3.30 pm  – Fabulous Murray Brothers

The Fabulous Murray Brothers are one of New Zealand’s most accomplished, entertaining and energetic multi-instrumental blues bands.

Performing a catalogue of published original songs, brothers Warwick and Stafford shine on harmony vocals, guitar, harmonica, ukulele and banjo. Since their last performance at the Blues Club their album ‘Sing It Chap!’ hit number 6 in the NZ Albums and number 1 in the NZ Heatseekers charts respectively.

Saturday 4.30 pm – Matt And the Makers

Offering quietly astute commentaries on life’s little ups and downs; One part Blues, one part Country, throw in some Americana and we’ve got real blues party. 

Matt Hay and the Makers draw influence from the likes of John Hiatt and JJ Cale but deliver Hay’s original songs. Offering quietly astute commentaries on life’s little ups and downs, expect melodies that will stick and choruses you can sing along to.

Saturday 5.30 pm – Bullfrog Rata 

There’s nothing like a bit of blues in the weekend, and Bullfrog Rata from the Manawatu has you covered at CubaDupa as part of the Capital Blue’s, Blues Bro’s Saturday lineup.

Bullfrog Rata, one of New Zealand’s premier blues artists (In the style of John Lee Hooker and Elmore James) has notched up support slot credits which include, Tina Turner, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Charley Pride, Junior Wells and Canned Heat.

Saturday 6.30 pm – Guitarzan!

Find Guitarzan! on the Capital Blues Stage as part of their Saturday Blues Bros line-up.

The quartet with more songs up their sleeve than aces on a cheating gambler! Guitarzan! is comprised of the well loved 888 band with the addition of the amazing blues guitarist Deane Hunter. Too much!

Saturday 7.30 pm – Shaken Not Stirred

Shaken Not Stirred bringing more Bluesy magic to the Capital Blues Stage:

Funky blues, swingin’ blues, old blues, bent blues, stinky blues and smokin’ hot freshly scented blues from young gun Jake Stokes, as special guest star. Be prepared to be slapped and then tickled, Shaken Not Stirred, self described as the ultimate in aural pleasure.

Saturday 8.30 pm – Del Thomas Band 

The Del Thomas Band will get you dancing into the night as part of the Saturday Blues Bros lineup on the Capital Blues Stage.

A rocking blues based set, to keep you dancing into the night. Elliotte Fuimaono and Roger Watkins will keep the beat going, while Del and Dougal Speir spark off one another on vocals and guitar. Featuring material from Del’s three albums.

Saturday 9.30 pm  – Bran and Co

Bran and Co. are part of the Blues Bros lineup at the Capital Blues Stage on Saturday the 30th March

Brannigan Kaa is a renowned local singer who has been part of the scene for the last 40+ years. Always striving to evoke your emotion and inviting you to feel the meaning in his music, this guy and his 6 piece band will be giving you their all.

Saturday 10.30 pm – Darren Watson and The Dangerous Experts

Darren Watson is headlining The Blues Bros at The Capital Blues Stage on Saturday the 30th. Find it by Te Aro Park.

Darren Watson has cemented his reputation as the nation’s most original, contemporary blues voice. He has released 6 world class, award winning abums, and is in demand to work with international artists including Dr John and Keb Mo. What a headliner!

SUNDAY – LADIES SING THE BLUES

Sunday 1.00 pm – The Tempests

Kicking off Sunday’s Lady Sings the Blues sessions at the Capital Blues Stage, The Tempests will give you a good dose of Country Americana.

The Tempests are a Wellington based Americana Country Soul outfit featuring the beautiful harmonies of vocalists Jade Eru and Lynley Christoffersen. This duo is transporting, and the perfect start to a Sunday Session!

Sunday 1.50 pm – Carol Bean

Carol Bean has been been acknowledged as one of New Zealand’s women of rock by NZ Musician Magazine, and you can find her at CubaDupa on the Capital Blues Stage near Te Aro Park.

“Carol Bean is amongst our fine women of rock…sassy, seductive rock ‘n country blues at its best”. Liz Barry NZ MUSICIAN MAGAZINE. Three cd’s of originals in and playing festivals all over NZ – come and be sassed and seduced!

Sunday 2.30 pm – The Raven Mavens Quartette

Don’t miss Wellington’s fabulous Raven Mavens Quartette, playing as part of the Lady Sings the Blues showcase at the Capital Blues Stage, CubaDupa, Sunday March 31st.

The Raven Mavens Quartette is a group of talented women, who play and sing to critical acclaim wherever they appear. The mood will range from sensitive to burlesque with story telling and hilarity on the side. All girl blues, what a delight.

Sunday 3.30 pm – Marg Layton

Regarded as New Zealand’s Queen of the Blues, Marg Layton continues to sing with an intensity and integrity that reflects her lifelong immersion in the blues.

For forty years the Wellington-based singer has been impressing audiences up and down the country with her authentic and passionate singing, her encyclopaedic knowledge of and deep feeling for the blues; she has just celebrated her 70th birthday with her magnificent band and as a continuation of that she is sharing them with you here!

Sunday 4.30 pm – Georgie Sullivan

Georgie is gracing the Capital Blues Stage for the Sunday Lady Sings the Blues line-up, joined by harmonica maestro Neil Billington

Georgie is a cracking blues singer with a background in musical theatre and vocal tutoring. She is best known in our world for singing with “Georgie and The Geriatrics”. Pretty much adding class, voice and beauty to that line up!

Sunday 5.00 pm – Neil Billington

On  the Capital Blues Stage at 5pm  the talented Neil Billington will treat us to some authentic Chicago Blues.

Neil Billington is one of the leading exponents of the harmonica to come out of New Zealand, and combines a rare capacity for both the traditional blues harmonica and the less typical chromatic harmonica.

Sunday 5.10 pm  – Two Bluesy Blondes Band 

Two Bluesy Blondes are regulars at CubaDupa, and for good reason. Catch them as part of the Sunday, Lady Sings the Blues at the Capital Blues Stage.

Two acclaimed vocalists brought together for high-energy blues, says Stephen Fisher. The pair work together superbly, bouncing off each other in performance, each inspiring the other, revelling in their soulful and down-to-earth blues sound. Awesome!

March Jam at the Crossroads – MC Dougal Speir

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

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.