Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Another Double Shot of The Blues Room

Darcy Perry of the Darcy Perry Blues Band is LIVE in The Blues Room: from the roots to the fruits the first Wednesday of every month. Tune in for some LIVE blues and more!

The Blues Room, 6th July 2016
Episode #544
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1. Memphis Slim with Matt Guitar Murphy - Wish Me Well
2. RL Burnside - It's A Good Thing
3. Riverhead Slide - Hanging with the Blues
4. Darrell Nulisch with James Cotton - Boot Knockin' Boogie
5. The Black Crowes - Thorn in my Pride
6. Mississippi John Hurt - Stack O'Lee
Robert Belfour - Black Mattie 
8. The Blind Boys of Alabama - Higher Ground
9. Johnny Cash - A Boy Named Sue
10. John Lee Hooker - The Waterfront
11. Billy Boy Arnold - Somebody Help Me
12. Taj Mahal - All Along the Watchtower

The Blues Room, 1 June 2016
Episode #539
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1. Louis Armstrong - Didn't He Ramble
2. B.B. King with U2 - When Love Comes To Town
3. The Black Crowes - Bad Luck Blue Eyes
4. Albert King - I'll Play The Blues For You
5. John Mayer - Route 66
6. Rod Stewart - Amazing Grace
7. Buddy Guy - Sweet Black Girl
8. Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A'Comin
9. Nina Simone - Work Song
10. The Black Keys - Grown So Ugly
11. Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms 

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Double Shot of The Blues Room

The Blues Room airs every Wednesday on FreeFM 89, community radio. Check it out and download podcasts from FreeFM89 or The Blues Room.

The Blues Room, 4 May 2016
Episode #535
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A dozen songs from Led Zeppelin and the artists that inspired the band during their early years.

1. Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains The Same
2. Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe - When The Levee Breaks
3. Led Zeppelin - Nobody's Fault But Mine
4. Bukka White - Shake 'Em On Down
5. Led Zeppelin - Trampled Under Foot
6. Howlin Wolf - How Many More Years
7. Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
8. Muddy Waters - You Shook Me
9. Led Zeppelin - Ten Years Gone
10. Blind Willie Johnson - Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
11. Led Zeppelin - In The Evening
12. Bert Jansch - Black Waterside

The Blues Room, 6 April 2016
Episode #531

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Interview with Ruth Wyand, a whole lotta blues and some live to air too!

1. Toronzo Cannon - Bad Contract
2. Curtis Salgato - Hard To Feel The Same About Love
3. Shemikia Copeland - Outskirts Of Town
4. James 'Blood' Ulmer - Survivors of the Hurricane
5. The Kentucky Headhunters - Superman Blues
6. Otis Taylor - Mexican Cowboy
Ruth Wyand Interview
7. Mavis Staples - On My Way
8. Watermelon Slim - Black Water
9. Tommy Castro & The Painkillers - Got A Lot
10. Betty Lavette - Talking Old Stories
11. Luther Dickinson & The Rising Star Fife Drum Band - Bye and Bye I'm Going To See The King
12. Darcy and Nate perform live on air

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Ruth Wyand Tour 2016

Ruth Wyand is a Blues Guitarist, hailing from Devil Hills, Nth Carolina, USA. Ruth is renowned for her incredible guitar playing and has won awards in songwriting, fingerpicking & jazz/blues guitar styles.

Last year I was blessed to play with Ruth at St Andrews Church in Cambridge (as part of her 'Mama's Got The Blues' tour), where Sista Jacqui and I were her support act. In 2016 Ruth's extensive tour of New Zealand sees her return to the Waikato.

"I'm doing a 3 different shows on this tour - 'Backroads, Bottlenecks and Blues' a concert featuring songs form my latest CD. 'Mama's Got The Blues' a performance documentary about the lives and music of blues and jazz women and 'A Journey Down An American Music Highway' (I know it's a long title!) a multi-media concert about the history of American music." Ruth Wyand 

Ruth Wyand: Live to Air Radio Interview and Performance
The Blues Room 
With Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa
Wednesday 6th April, 9pm
The Blues Room, FreeFM 89.0

Ruth Wyand: A Journey Down An American Music Highway
Cambridge Autumn Festival 
Special Guest: Darcy Perry
Thursday 7th April, 7:30pm
St Andrews Church 
111 Victoria St, Cambridge.

Ruth Wyand: Backroads, Bottlenecks & Blues Concert
Nivara Lounge 
Special Guests: Darcy Perry & Nate Taipa, Rachel Hope Peary
Friday 8th April, 8:30pm
Nivara Lounge, Victoria Street, Hamilton

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Mercury Bay Music Festival + Darcy Perry + Mark Dennison and Brass In Pocket

Mercury Bay Music Festival 2016

Fri 3 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–10:30pm
Sat 4 Jun 2016, 11:00am–11:30pm
Sun 5 Jun 2016, 11:00am–11:30pm

Whitianga, Mercury Bay, Monk Street, Whitianga

All Ages
0800 BUY TIX (289 849) – Ticket Outlets

Mercury Bay Music Festival
Creative Mercury Bay

Mark Dennison
A celebration of jazz, blues, folk, world and acoustic music over three days in Mercury Bay. Top artists from New Zealand, Australia and the USA, including Don McGlashan, Mel Parsons, Miho's Jazz Orchestra, Hobnail, Hamilton County Blue Grass Band, legendary Kiwi blues-man Darcy Perry with special guests Mark Dennison and the Brass in Pocket band. 

All performances over the weekend will take place in centrally located venues within walking distance of each other. Enjoy the cafes, restaurants, activities and fabulous accommodation that Whitianga has to offer with some world class entertainment to cap off a spectacular weekend.

All tickets are General Admission and provide open access to all Festival events through the weekend. Main concert events will take place at the Whitianga Town Hall and The Blue Lagoon. In addition to that there will be a feast of free events happening in and around the town.

The Festival will also be offering a series of workshops throughout the weekend on a range of skills. These will be offered as additional options for those keen to get hands-on and hone their performance skills. Workshop will start at $40 for a 3 hour session. Presented by world class musicians and artists, they will cover a wide range of performance skills. Stagecraft, vocal skills, bass guitar, drumming styles and ukulele are just some of the workshops happening over the weekend. Places are limited in these clinics so reserve your spot early. 

Visit the festival website for more information and to book your place in the workshop of your choice.

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.