Erna Ferry has just returned from the States where she’s been playing some clubs there. She’s got a strong voice and plays mean Little Walter-style harmonica. The Blues Buffet recently played the Blues, Brews and BBQ gig in Tauranga and Church Road Winery, Napier and have a gig at the Manawatu Jazz and Blues Festival on Queen’s Birthday weekend. They cover Albert Collins, Herbie Hancock, SRV, Muddy Waters, Little Charlie and the Nightcats plus originals from their CD, Appertiser. Check out some sound bytes on: www.myspace.com/the_blues_buffet
Erna Ferry – voxs/harp
Fred Loveridge – guitar/voxs
Nigel Bateman – drums/vox
Paul Wilson – keyboards/voxs
Murray Loveridge – bass/vox
You can expect another fine night of big band music from the students of the Music School under the musical direction of Rodger Fox. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll be sure to bring your dancing shoes.
Highway 61 meets Cuba Street! If the blues don’t get you, the highway will… Soak up a night of groove ‘n blues with Ms Bean and her trusty cohorts. And maybe Ray Ahipene-Mercer won’t fall asleep tonight as he will have just come back a few hours before the gig, from a trip to Cuba – the real CUBA!
Carol Bean – guitar/vox
Lester Mundell – harp/vox
Ray Ahipene-Mercer – guitar
Anje Glindemann – drums
Jim Nicolson – bass
I have been a member of the Blues Club from the start. Member #1 was Pip Payne, #2Trudy, #3 Phil Raynee, and member #4 was me. When the club moved to the Hotel Bristol, Barry Saunders and Caroline Easther had a CD launch there. We have had bands like Kokomo Blues and The Nairobi Trio. Trudy Benham set it up. She was doing everything: the band bookings, the payments, the raffle etc. We called her Trudy Blues. Once in a while I took over and gave Trudy a night off.
Aside from Trudy, the working Committee over the years has changed, morphed and evolved: Pip Payne, Kayte Edwards, Stephen Upston, Skye Anderson, Al Witham, Sarah Duckworth, Dougal Speir, Richard Caigou, have all done heaps of work to keep in running AND Tony from Buzz Audio did the sound for years.
The club has taken many forms over the past years from the seedy upstairs bar we started in where we played around the pool table, to Bill Direen’s Bar when we had evolved into a loose incorporated society.
At Bill Direen’s we had a house band that folks could play with – and what a house band it was with Darren Watson, Richard Te One, Darren Hancock and Bob Smith. The blues just howled there some nights and it was with distress that we heard the venue was no longer available. Trudy, Stephen and I walked downtown thinking of possible venues.
After a bit of a pub crawl we called into the Bristol and a new era for the club began.
SOME OF THE BANDS WHO’VE PLAYED THE CLUB OVER THE YEARS
PIP PAYNE AND RHYTHM METHOD MIDGE MARSDEN THE PAUAS HAMMOND GAMBLE BRANIGAN KAA KOKOMO BLUES BAND THE WHITIREA BLUES EXPERIENCE MIKE GARNER AND DOC SPAN (AUS) – BLUES FROM THE HEARTLAND TOUR
BILLY TK JUNIOR NEIL BILLINGTON BAND JULIAN DIXON AND MATT HAY KAYTE AND THE BARFLIES JAN PRESTON BARRY SAUNDERS AND CAROLINE EASTHER WAYNE MASON BAND DOUG MACLEOD (USA) PUGSLEY BUZZARD (AUS) THE JOHN O’CONNOR EXPERIMENT SHAYN HURRICANE WILLS AND THE ZEPHYR HUNTERS
THE WINDY CITY STRUGGLERS TIN PAN ALLEY VELOX BROTHERS THE BEHEMOTHS (Darren Bob Smith, Richard Te One, Darren Hancock) DARREN WATSON DAVE MURPHY RED DOG SALOON BAND
GREENY AND THE MAC HENPICKED AL WITHAM BAND LONDON UNDERGROUND THE BUSINESS LAURA COLLINS BAND
THE MUSIC WAREHOUSE JAM NIGHT FRANKIE AND THE BEE RODGER FOX & the NZ SCHOOL OF MUSIC BULLFROG RATA AND THE ALLIGATORS THE LEGAL TENDER BAND THE PICKUPS
CAROL BEAN & BLUE HIGHWAYS BLUES BUFFET WITH ERNA FERRY SILVERLINE ADAM WALDRON & FRIENDS BOB COOPER-GRUNDY & FRIENDS HUTT RIVER RAMBLE EL BASTARDO BANDITOS! WELLINGTON HEADS THE CATTLESTOPS THE KEMPTONES
The Blues moves people and makes them want to get up and dance and that’s just what blues fans will be doing at Capital Blues Inc.’s 5th birthday.
The club president Trudy Benham says “The thing about blues is that it expresses experiences common to us all. The birthday celebration will be held on August 16 at the Hotel Bristol. We are going to go a little bit special. With a weekly spot at the Bristol, Capital Blues hires mostly local bands but also bands from Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Wanganui and the South Island. Every now and then we treat ourselves to an outside band but mostly we promote local blues. NZ has very few blues clubs. There’s one in Hamilton, and a blues bar in Christchurch. In Wellington, Thursday night blues is here to stay. I don’t know why Thursdays work so well but they do. There’s only one more working day so it kick starts everyone’s weekend”.