Saturday, 6 February 2016

Darcy Perry In The Blues Room 2016

Darcy Perry back in The Blues Room for 2016. 
I am back in Nate Taiapa's Blues Room for 2016, bringing you an Hour of Blue's Power the first Wednesday of every month. These are the first two shows for the year:

#519 :: Darcy Perry Welcomes In 2016. Happy New Year!

The Blues Room, 6 January 2016
Episode #519

Happy New Year from Darcy Perry and all of us in The Blues Room and at Free FM89.0.

1. Janis Joplin - One Good Man
2. Buddy Guy - A Man of Many Words
3. Magic Slim & The Teardrops - Wake Me Up Early
4. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Long As I Can See The Light
5. B.B. King - I Done Got Wise
6. Tony Vega Band - Down In New Orleans
7. James Brown - It's A Man's World
8. Mike Onesko Blues Band - Big Fat Mama
9. Johnny Lang - A Quitter Never Wins
10. Lonnie Brooks - Cold Lonely Nights
11. Coco Montoya - Never Seen You Cry This Way Before
12. Lance Lopez - Heart Fixin' Blues
13. Jimmy Bowskill - Salty Dog
14. Bernard Allison - I Just Came Back To Say Goodbye

The Blues Room, 3 February 2016
Episode #522

Darcy Perry returns for another hour of blues power. He manages to catch up with Fatt Max on the line, get video recorded for The Blues Room's facebook group, eat some homemade apple and rhubarb crumble AND spin some vinyl all in under an hour. Beat that!!!

1. T-Bone Shuffle - Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland
2. Mark Kerr - One Drink Away From the Blues
3. Leslie West - Sinner's Prayer
4. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Blackbird Special
5. A Cryin Shame (No kidding!) - Nutbush City Limits
6. Michael Burks - Voodoo Spell
7. Monster Mike Welch - Searching For An Angel
8. Count Bassie - Four Or Five Times
9. Son Seals - Don't Pick Me For Your Fool
10. Craig Erickson - Ramblin' Again
11. Lowel Fulson - Swinging Party
12. Never Seen You Cry This Way Before

God bless and all the best for 2016!

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Merry Christmas + Happy New Year

Well, another year over and a new one about to begin. As I enjoy time with my family at the beach I can reflect upon a year that was beyond my expectations.

Over the last few years I have been teaching music in the local schools. It has been incredibly rewarding to help so many young musicians develop and share their talents. To all the children from Lil Pumpkins, Montessori, Tamahere and Rukuhia schools, keep safe and have fun playing music during the holidays.

I was asked to write a school song in 2015. Working with a dozen children at Tamahere, our talented songwriting group crafted a song they can be proud of. I am grateful for the advice on Te Reo from Ellen, Ngira and Shaun.

The album I was recording with Ahmen stalled after the summer holidays but that may soar next year. There were plenty of gigs throughout 2015; solo, duo and with my band. I am blessed to have such an amazing band, especially Daron MacDonald. Respect goes also to my tireless manager, Lesley.

As guest host on the Blues Room my admiration for Nate Taiapa continues to grow. He is a true gentleman and champion of community radio. His enthusiasm for blues music is infectious and I have enjoyed our spontaneous live to air jams in the Free FM studio.

As a hobby I enjoy painting miniatures for tabletop war gaming and role-playing games. Early in the year I coordinated a team of miniature painters from the Waikato to help Peter Jackson with his 4m by 10m Gallipoli diorama of the battle of Chanuk Bair.

The intial request came from Rhys Jones, former Chief of Defence and fellow war gamer, to commemorate the bravery of the New Zealanders, Australians and Turks, who fought on that day in August 100 years ago.

The diorama, with five thousand 54m ANZAC and Turkish troops, is situated in the ANZ New Zealand Room, part of The Great War Exhibition at the old Dominion Museum in Wellington. Entry is free.

The Blue September campaign was phenomenal this year. I was inspired by the people I met and the new, somewhat confrontational direction it took. The message about men taking responsibility for their health is growing stronger. Man up and give prostate cancer the finger!

I also joined up with Nate Taiapa again this year to promote the White Ribbon appeal to end violence against women. As a loving husband with three daughters, I believe there is no excuse for violence in any relationship. Speak out against domestic violence. It's not OK.

I am beginning a new chapter in 2016 as Bishop's Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Waikato (Anglican Diocese). I will be connecting with youth leaders, helping create opportunities for young people to have fun by giving them the guidance and time to learn new skills, empathy for each other and to grow confident in their abilities. To help them appreciate the gifts they have and how much God loves them.

My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone supporting the band, tuning into the Blues Room and coming out to see us live.

God bless you, have a happy Christmas, and see you again in 2016.

Friday, 25 December 2015

The Blues Room + Hour Of Blues Power

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
The Blues Room, 2 December 2015
Episode #514

The last show for me in The Blues Room for 2015 and what an enjoyable year it has been. Here is another eclectic genre-bending mix of blues for you all!

1. Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks
2. Johnny 'Guitar' Watson - Too Tired
3. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - My Feet Can't Fail Me Now
4. Count Basie - Good Time Blues
5. Funky Blues Messiahs - If God Don't Getcha The Devil Will
6. The Black Keys - Ten Cent Pistol
7. Imelda May - Big Bad Handsome Man
8. The Allman Brothers - Its Not My Cross To Bear
9. Etta James - Somethings Got A Hold On Me
10. Deep Purple - Soldier of Fortune
11. Darcy Perry - Wish I Was In Heaven
12. Darcy Perry - Dust My Broom

13. The Staple Singers - Respect Yourself

Monday, 23 November 2015

Blue Christmas at St Stephens Tamahere

My good friend Jacqui is back in New Zealand. Join us for some Gospel and Blues to celebrate Christmas at St Stephens in Tamahere, 7pm on Sunday 6th December.

Please bring donations for The Hamilton Combined Christian Food Bank.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Round the Bridges 2015

Every year thousands of runners and walkers descend upon Hamilton City Centre for one of NZ's most beloved and oldest annually contested events, Round the Bridges!

Established in 1945 the event welcomes people of all shapes and sizes from primary school students right through to running legends. With medals for every participant, on-course musical entertainment and thousands of fun-loving runners and walkers, RTB offers an awesome day out which the entire family can enjoy.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Darcy Perry + Dave Cheetham at Luke's Kitchen

Luke's Kitchen 
Thinking of something to do after celebrating the All Blacks latest victory? Come on down to the sunny Coromandel for the best wood fired  pizza in Aotearoa  and some mighty fine blues. I will playing with the legendary Dave Cheetham from 5pm on Sunday, 25th of October.

Luke's Kitchen
20 Black Jack Road

Monday, 12 October 2015

The Bluesroom + Hour of Blues Power

Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins
The Blues Room, 7 October 2015
Episode #506

Back in the FreeFM studio for another Hour of Blues Power. Enjoy! A mixed bag of funk, folk, rock, soul and blues this week. The Blues Room airs every Wednesday on FreeFM 89, community radio. Check it out and download podcasts from FreeFM89 or The Blues Room.

1. I Ain't Superstitious - Jeff Beck
2. It's Your Thing - The Isley Brothers
3. Walking The Backstreets And Crying - Little Milton
4. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
5. Hello Dolly - Louis Armstrong
6. Put The Pot On - Kokomo Taylor
7. The Hunter - Albert King
8. Take It Easy Baby - Pinetop Perkins
9. Third Degree - Johnny Winter
10. Hold On I'm Coming - Sam & Dave
11. Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin
12. How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf
13. Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood And The Destroyers

Another great show in The Blues Room with the one and only Nate Taiapa. God be with you and have an awesome October.