It's the first Wednesday of the month, so I'm back on Nate Taiapa's Blues Room with a special radio show to remember my dad, Ross Perry, who died on this day (March 5th) twelve years ago. This Hour of Blues Power will feature a whole lotta good music from around the world, including some favourites from my own eclectic blues collection. Rest in peace dad.
"We just wanted to congratulate you again for making it to the Semi-Finals of the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). We had almost 19,000 entries from over 100 countries, and Semi-Finalists make up the top 8% of all entries - so well done!" - Jim Morgan (ISC)
Walk in the Sun has made the Semi-Finals! Finalists for ISC 2013 will be announced on March 3, and winners by the end of April. This is the second song to be recognised by the ISC. It's All Downhill From Here made the Semi-Finals back in 2006.
Entries are now open for ISC 2014, with an Early Bird entry fee - $25.
I'm listening to Nate Taiapa interview Ruth Wyand on The Blues Room. She is on an extensive tour of New Zealand through February and March 2014. Not only is Ruth an amazing musician (guitarist, songwriter and vocalist), she also has an indepth knowledge of blues music.
As well as her show, a multi-media event called 'Mama's Got The Blues', Ruth is running guitar workshops up and down the country.
I am looking forward to supporting her show at the Cambridge Autumn Lights Festival (Friday 21st March, 7:30pm, St Andrews Church, Cambridge). It's a long way from her home in North Carolina, where she is an Artist-In-Residence, so do come down and make her feel welcome.
Lovers of good blues music are in for a treat this Thursday. The Hamilton Blues Society is showcasing the best of the best with: The Mustard Cutters, The Conmen, The River Rockers, Tim Armstrong, and Sandpit.
Tim Armstrong's band features Howie Casey, ex Wings session man, on saxophone.
So get on down to DIGGERS on Hood Street this Thursday. Show starts at 7:30pm.
Another year goes flying by! Another big one. Thanks to all the people who have helped support the band by listening to our music or coming to the shows. Especially to everyone who got behind the long awaited album release and helped raise awareness for the Blues September campaign. It's a good cause and I appreciate your help.
This also marks the end of my second year giving music lessons in the local schools. I have learnt a great deal from my students. So for all the young musicians from Lil Pumpkins, Montessori, Tamahere and Rukuhia schools, keep safe over your holidays and continue to enjoy exploring music. I look forward to seeing you all again next year - and hearing you play too!
It feels good to be encouraging the next generation of musicians. I had my first public performance at aged 11 and I have played in all sorts of venues over the last 30 years. Some have been more remarkable than others. As a fan of The Hobbit since childhood, this week I'm booked for a very special Christmas party. I play at The Green Dragon in Hobbiton!
So it really has been a year to expect the unexpected. I've worked with some amazing people who have inspired me to do my best always, with their enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for life. It has been a good year.
God bless you and your families. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and see you again in 2014!
Ok, I'm officially hooked. Thanks to Nate Taiapa, I'm spinning discs on The Blues Room, with a show he's named the "Hour of Blues Power". It feels good to spread the joy I feel for good music from all around the world. I also share some music history, the occasional tale from the road and let people know what's going on currently on the blues scene.
This episode includes a diverse bag of blues, old and new, including local sensation Swamp Thing.
Thanks to Nate Taiapa, Free FM 89.0 and the Hamilton Blues Society.