Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

Round The Bridges 2013
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!
 
Darcy Perry

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Another Hour of Blues Power with Darcy Perry

Episode # 411, 4 December 2013

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.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

White Ribbon Day





As a man, a husband and a dad with three daughters, I take the White Ribbon Pledge - to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.
Darcy Perry

http://www.whiteribbon.org.nz/

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Round The Bridges 2013

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Just over 2 weeks to go until this year's New Zealand Home Loans Round the Bridges! If you haven't entered yet, now is the time! Click here to enter online - https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=2297&OrgID=10374

From humble beginnings, Round the Bridges this year will be held for the 69th time. Over 4500 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair athletes will take part in this historical Hamilton event. People from all parts of New Zealand are expected to participate, showcasing Hamilton to a national audience.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Darcy Perry + The Blues Room

I'm hosting a monthly episode of The Blues Room starting next week and continuing each first Wednesday of every month, so don't miss it!

The incredibly talented Nate Taiapa, who has been hosting this show for an amazing 8 years is showing me the ropes. Tune in Wednesday night for some blues from around the world, with plenty of surprises and giveaways.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Pocket Full of Soul: The Harmonica Documentary

As you all my well know by now, I'm a big fan of the humble harmonica. There is an amazing documentary about to get a world wide release and if you haven't heard about it, here is your chance to help make it happen:

"Pocket Full of Soul, the award winning documentary featuring Huey Lewis, John Popper of Blues Traveler, Magic Dick of J. Geils Band, Clint Black, James Cotton and so many more is complete. The film has already generated incredible momentum from recent, exclusive promotional screenings (14 cities in one night and 7 sold-out shows)."



"With the undeniable demand for the film, we intend to use this Kickstarter campaign to aid in funding distribution (DVDs, Amazon, iTunes, etc.), as well as national and international marketing, web presence, additional screenings and publicity."

So, what are you waiting for? Climb on board the soul train and get yourself a copy!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Darcy Perry In The Blues Room 4 Blue September 2013

The Blues Room [#398]
Darcy Perry: Blue September 2013

"My good friend Darcy Perry is in the studio with me to talk about Blue September - a prostate cancer awareness campaign - and about his new album called, Eleven Long Years. Darcy is releasing his entire back catalogue, including two previously unreleased live albums along with his new album that's been five years in the making.

The show starts with an appropriate tune by Muddy Water's son, Mud Morganfield called Health. The message Mud delivers in this song has so much relevance for men today. Listen up! Plus we hear some NEW! tunes off Darcy's newest album, Eleven Long Years. Enjoy!" Nate Taiapa, The Blues Room (NZ).

The Blues Room with Nate Taiapa
Episode 398, 4 September 2013

1. Mud Morganfield - Health
2. Fathead - first class Riff Raff
3. Darcy Perry - Walk In The Sun ...NEW!
4. Darcy Perry - We're Going To Get There ...NEW!
5. Darcy Perry - Thursday Blues ...NEW!
6. Darcy Perry - Shine On ...NEW!
7. John Mayer - Call Me The Breeze
8. Darcy Perry - Blues For Earl ...NEW!

Download link for this episode: 398

Albums are available September 6, with digital download/streaming on iTunes, Amazon, Amplifier, Google Play and Spotify. All proceeds from album sales go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Blues Man Makes Music For Blue September

By SUE PAIRAUDEAU

Hamilton-based Kiwi blues man Darcy Perry is getting behind Blue September with every track he’s ever recorded.

His career as a blues artist began 11 years ago with the independently released CD Blues 4 Dad, dedicated to his father who died from cancer in 2002.

Perry went on to forge a career with the Darcy Perry Band, and has garnered praise internationally with a song released on the coveted Blues Revue CD sampler, appearances at iconic Australasian music festivals (National Jazz Festival, Blues on Broadbeach, BluesFest NZ, Motown 50, Parachute), and performing alongside Watermelon Slim (WC Handy Blues Awards Winner and BB King Entertainer of the Year). Perry has also literally shaken most of his musical heroes by the hand, such as Buddy Guy, Keb Mo’, Eric Bibb, Ian Moss and Berry Gordy.

In that time, however, he also lost a father-in-law, a friend, and grandfather to cancer.

Now he’s releasing his entire back catalogue, including two previously unreleased live albums and a new album that’s been five years in the making.

“I’ve come a mighty long way in 11 years. I guess you could call it Post Traumatic Growth. But I would give the music career back to have dad around,” he says.

“That’s not how life works ’though. So I’m letting men know that they need to look after themselves.

“It’s about getting the message out there that it’s OK to go to the doctor. Prostate cancer kills more than 550 men in New Zealand every year. Thousands more are diagnosed – many of them far too late. By going and getting a check-up from the age of 40, you are not only taking responsibility for your own health, you are also ensuring we have communities with more dads, sons, brothers and grandfathers.”

Albums will be available for pre-sale from August 23. The release date is Friday, September 6, with digital download/streaming on iTunesAmplifier, Deezer, Amazon, Google Play, Rdio and Spotify. All proceeds from album sales go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Regan Perry New Album Out - Maui

Regan Perry has a new album hitting iTunes next week. You can also catch him live in Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Maui, named after his son, includes a host of international artists including reggae legend Junior Marvin.

Mastered at LION and FOX Recording Studios (Washington DC), Maui includes a great mix of tracks, including songs co-written with brother Sasha and remixes from the Wiser album.

Hear a podcast interview:
GO FEET! Radio # 256, 21 August 2013.

For more information visit: reganperrymusic.com or facebook.com/reganlive

Friday, 14 June 2013

Seydel Harmonica

After talking with harmonica expert G. (from Wellington, NZ) about repairs required for a couple of recently purchased Hohners, I followed his advice and bought my first Seydel. I was so impressed that within a week I bought another one! In a word, they are superb. Over the decades I have played more than a few different brands, from my first Huang Star Perfomer to higher quality Susuki, Lee Oskar and Hohner. None compare with my Seydel 1847 Classic.

Seydel is the oldest harmonica maker in Germany. You can buy them in New Zealand through Shearers Music Works in Hamilton.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

New Zealand Music Month

What is New Zealand Music Month? NZ Music Month is a promotion run by the NZ Music Commission that takes place each May, in association with other organisations including NZ On Air, RIANZ, APRA, Independent Music NZ, and the Radio Broadcasters Association. And obviously NZ Music Month could not succeed without the support of the country's labels, media, the general public, and, most importantly, the artists themselves. (from http://www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz/)



Why Kimbra? Because I like the song. Also, Kimbra's a kiwi from Hamilton (NZ) and she loves singing Nina Simone.

"It's kind of about the way that men and women communicate and how we can get so lost in translation a lot of the time" - Kimbra in 'Interview Magazine'

Now ain't that the blues?

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Watermelon Slim New Zealand Tour 2013

A good friend is back in New Zealand and playing in my home town this month. Watermelon Slim is a blues legend and he's touring South and North. Be sure to check him out.

Watermelon Slim New Zealand Tour
April 2013

10   Lyttleton, NZ   Wunderbar
12   Dunedin, NZ   Coronation Hall
13   Wanaka, NZ   Luggate Bullock Bar
17   Nelson, NZ   Suburban Club
18   Motueka, NZ   Memorial Hall
19   Wellington, NZ   Meow
20   Paekakariki, NZ   St Peter's Hall
21   New Plymouth, NZ   Butlers Reef
23   Tokumaru, Palmerston North, NZ   Bent Horseshoe Café
24   Havelock North, NZ   Blackbarn Vineyard
25   Gisborne, NZ   Tatapouri Fishing Club
27   Hamilton, NZ   Diggers Bar
28   Auckland, NZ   Riverhead

www.watermelonslim.com

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Cambridge Autumn Festival

Date: Wednesday 13 March
Time: 5.30pm
Location: Rouge Café, Empire Street
Tickets: Friends of the Festival and sponsors by invitation.
Gala Opening for sponsors and friends between 5.30 and 7.30pm. The Festival begins on Wednesday March 13th with an event to thank our sponsors, supporters and “Friends of the Festival” and announce the winners of the Cooney Insurance Short Story Competition. Plus some mystery entertainment!
To become a Friend, and enjoy free entry to this occasion click here.

http://www.cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz/

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Outrageous Fortune

Listen out for Darcy Perry Band on Outrageous Fortune. The music of the Darcy Perry Band features throughout one of New Zealand's most successful television series, Outrageous Fortune, now available as a 24 disc set on DVD.