Saturday, 20 December 2014

Merry Christmas + Happy New Year

Photo credit: Nate Taiapa
That was a quick year! I continue to work with amazing people, inspiring me through their own enthusiasm and dedication.

Last week was the end of school and also music lessons, so I'm off to the beach with my family for some well deserved rest and relaxation.

Over the summer I am also working on new songs for release in 2015 with talented producer and musician, Ahmen Mahal.

My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone supporting the band, tuning into the blues room and coming out to see us play.

With the Blue September campaign getting a good deal of support (despite having to compete with the national election), I was invited by my good friend Nate Taiapa to help promote the White Ribbon appeal to end violence against women. Both worthy causes and I appreciate the help from the band and my manager Lesley in making a difference.

A special year for some of my students heading off to intermediate school. I know the effort you have put into your music will help you shine wherever you go. Congratulations also to those who won awards for excellence.

To all the young musicians from Lil Pumpkins, Montessori, Tamahere and Rukuhia schools, keep safe and have fun playing music during the holidays.

God bless you and your families. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and see you again in 2015!

Darcy Perry

Friday, 12 December 2014

Christmas At The Lake 2014 + Hannah Morgan

Christmas At The Lake
14th December 2014
5pm until 10pm
Lake Te Koutu, Cambridge

Due to weather, postponed to Monday 15th December, 5pm until 10pm.

Bring a Picnic blanket and enjoy the fun!

Entertainment from Local Artists & Performers, 
Kapa Haka, Dance Acts, Santa, Bouncy Castles, Fun Rides, Face Painting Delicious Food, and much more.

Hannah Morgan with mum Lee Tulloch-Morgan
(Photo: Geoff Lewis)
Christmas at the Lake is a bi- annual 'free' community event co-ordinated by Bridges Church with the involvement of other churches and community groups. It is an amazing opportunity for people of all ages to gather together and there is something to enjoy for everyone. People start to gather from mid afternoon to find a great spot to put down their picnic blankets with the 'family fun activities' starting from 5.00 pm. Nine local Primary Schools painted 'A New Zealand Christmas' murals which are on display for all to enjoy.

Activity on the mainstage begins at 6pm with headliners Late 80’s Mercedes, Rapture Ruckus, Julia Grace, Nora and a host of local performers, kapa haka, bands and duos. Classical singer Hannah Morgan will be accompanied by Darcy Perry on guitar. The night will conclude at 10.00 pm with a Fireworks Display.

This is a drug & alcohol free family event.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Blues Room + Derek Jacombs Interview

Kokomo - Bigger Than Brando
This Wednesday night on The Blues Room I interview Derek Jacombs, band leader of the legendary Kokomo, a Bay of Plenty export that has entertained audiences all over New Zealand since 1991. Their latest release is Bigger Than Brando, with a December 5th album launch at the Nivara Lounge in Hamilton.

Tickets are $15.00, available on-line at Eventfinder and from Nivara this week. Full details on www.taurangamusic.com

Tune in from 9pm (http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/ and FM89.0 in the Waikato) for a chance to win the Bigger Than Brando CD and tickets to the album launch.

The Blues Room, 3 December 2014
Episode #462

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1. Ella Fitzgerald - Good Morning Blues
2. Chuck Berry - How You're Changed
3. Kokomo - Waiting For A Sunny Day
Interview with Derek Jacombs
4. Kokomo - (No One Was) Bigger Than Brando
5. Jimi Hendrix - Bleeding Heart
6. Coco Montoya - Beyond The Blues
7. Guitar Shorty - Sonic Boom
8. Etta James - You Shook Me
9. Junior Wells - Little By Little
10. BB King - She Don't Move Me No More


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

White Ribbon Day + Darcy Perry Blues Band Live

From left: Paul Merriott, Justin Roys, Darcy Perry,
Daron MacDonald, Craig Bracken.
The Blues Room, 526 November 2014
Episode 461
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Thanks and blessings to Nate Taiapa from The Blues Room for inviting us in for a live to air recording to raise awareness about White Ribbon, the campaign to end men's violence against women and children.

Free FM got bluesified last night by the Darcy Perry Blues Band in support of White Ribbon Day New Zealand, performing live to air from The Blues Room: from the roots to the fruits (http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/ and FM89.0 in the Waikato).

1. Big Boss Man
2. Messin' With The Kid
3. You Don't Love Me
4. Hey Joe
5. My Babe
6. I Shall Be Released
7. Seventh Son
8. Don't You Lie To Me
9. It Hurts Me Too


Video here.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

White Ribbon Day + Live Performance on The Blues Room

Darcy Perry Band
Live on the Blues Room
9pm, Wednesday 26th November, 2014

White Ribbon is an international movement to end men’s violence towards women. The DPB will gather in Nate Taiapa's legendary Blues Room for a live to air set in support of White Ribbon Day.

Tune in 9pm (NZ standard time), Weds 26th Nov via http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89 or on the radio Free FM 89.0 (which hosts The Blues Room)

( #StopDomesticViolence #WhiteRibbonDay )

Listen live 9pm (NZ time) each Weds: http://www.freefm.org.nz/programmes/the-blues-room (click the Listen Live icon)

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Strawberry Farm Festival

Tamahere’s Strawberry Farm has a lot to celebrate and is sharing the love. As the new strawberry season gets underway the Newell Rd complex is marking the occasion with the launch of a re-vamped Punnet cafe and the opening of a new playground.

The Strawberry Farm Festival on the weekend of November 15-16 will include face painting and balloon artists, live music and lots of strawberry treats.

Daron MacDonald & Darcy Perry
Jazz & Blues Around Lunchtime*
November 15, 2014
*11:30am onwards

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Round The Bridges 2014

Join more than 4,500 runners and walkers of all ages who are set to take part in the 70th Anniversary of the infamous Round the Bridges on Sunday November 16. With participants ranging from athletes to first-timers, super heroes to furry friends, everyone's doing it!

The 2014 birthday bash is a special occasion and with it comes an abundance of new and exciting elements for people to enjoy on and off the course. Look out for participant medals, awesome spot prizes and the chance for SEVEN lucky runners / walkers to win $10,000 each! There will also be all the traditional fave's including musical entertainment en route, school and business challenges, kids play areas, post-event entertainment and much more!

The SkyCity Hamilton HotSpots finalists entertaining runners and walkers on-course for Round the Bridges this year are Looking for Alaska (Aaron Gott and Amy Maynard), Latest Fallout, Beauty and the Bass, Darcy Perry and Sambatron.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

The Blues Room, 5 November 2014
Episode #458
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"First of all, I'd like to thank the fans and friends of The Blues Room for their support during the challenges of last month. Much time was spent with or worrying about my father who is stabilizing in the spinal unit in Middlemore, Auckland. We hope to get Dad home by Christmas to begin his long hard road of recovery. If you're quick you can download previous episodes of The Blues Room I've missed putting up here from http://www.freefm.org.nz/free-fm-on-demand by searching for The Blues Room

In this episode Darcy Perry rejoins us for what might be his first year anniversary of live-to-air shows on The Blues Room. Darcy will be back at the end of this month with his full band for a very special live-to-air performance in support of the White Ribbon Day campaign to end men's violence towards women and children." Nate Taiapa



1. Muddy Waters - Forty Days & Forty Nights
2. R.L. Burnside - Got Messed Up
3. Koko Taylor - Hittin' On Me
4. Jeff Beck - Dirty Mind
5. The Band - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
6. Fun Lovin' Criminals - Korean Bodega
7. The Animals - Talking About You
8. Sugar Pie DeSanto - Git Back
9. Ray Charles - Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
10. Willie Dixon - Twenty-Nine Ways To My Baby's Door
11. White Stripes - Rag & Bone
12. Willie Dixon - Tail Dragger
13. Eric Bibb - Forgiveness Is Gold
14. James Brown - I've Got To Change
15. Terence Trent D'Arby - Who's Lovin' Who
16. Ledbelly - Rock Island Line


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Darcy Perry Band Live in the Blues Room

Darcy Perry Band
Live in the Blues Room
9pm, Wednesday 26th November, 2014

Free FM 89.0 hosts The Blues Room
9pm each Weds, NZ standard time

The DPB will gather in Nate Taiapa's legendary Blues Room for a live to air set in support of White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon is an international movement to end men’s violence towards women. Each November, White Ribbon runs a month-long campaign that culminates on 25 November, White Ribbon Day.

The focus of the 2014 campaign is the White Ribbon Pledge. Men want to be proud fathers, uncles, grandfathers and great husbands/partners. We want our partners and kids to live in safe homes without violence. Taking The Pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women means a better life for you and those close to you.


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Blues Room + John Williams Interview

The Blues Room, 1 October 2014
Episode #453

This week in The Blues Room I interview blues rocker John Williams. Beginning his career at an early age in New Zealand, John made his mark here and in Australia with Larry's Rebels, The Rebels and King Harvest. He has also been the guitarist for The Platters, Roy Orbison and John Rowles, as well as touring with The Yardbirds, Tom Jones, Eric Burdon, The Walker Bros, Roy Orbison, The Animals, The Easybeats and the one and only Jimmy Page. John Williams is the only guitarist ever to fill in live on stage for the guitar legend.

Currently playing with his bands Double Shot of Blues and Retro Boys, Mr. Williams is known for his jaw-dropping guitar licks, scorching slide-guitar and rocking powerhouse style of blues.

I'll also be playing some tracks from his latest CD/DVD, 12 Bars of Live Blues. Tune in for an Hour of Blues Power and your chance to win a copy!

1. Down By The Riverside - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
2. Talk About The Blues - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
3. Love Bandit - Pee Wee Crayton
4. Red House - John Williams & Double Shot Blues Band
5. Spike Driver Blues - Mississippi John Hurt

Interview with John Williams

6. Highway 31 - John Williams Double Shot Blues Band
7. Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson
8. Heartbreak Road - Bill Withers

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http://www.freefm.org.nz/programmes/the-blues-room

Listen Live (9pm New Zealand time) here: http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Best of the Blues 2014

Blue September Fundraiser.
Best of the Blues
Auckland Blues Club
Blue September Event
Juice Bar
Parnell, Auckland
7pm, Thursday 25th September, 2014

Proudly presented by The Auckland Blues Club, this annual Blue September fundraiser is growing bigger and better every year. This year, the blues concert has been moved to a bigger venue, Juice Bar in Parnell, and will once again be MC'd by the one and only Frankie Stevens.

Due to popular demand, Frankie will also be performing on the night, along with Fatt Max & Dean 'Honey Boy' Morris, Recliner Rockers, Gary Harvey Trio, The William Brown Band, Stingray, Black Dog, The Flaming Mudcats and the Darcy Perry Band.

That's a great line-up of six blues bands so don't miss out, get in quick. Tickets are available at the door or you can pre-book by contacting Lesley Page.

Tickets are $15 each with all proceeds going to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Blues Evening at Smith & McKenzie

Blues Evening at Smith & McKenzie 
In support of Blue September 
Chartwell, Hamilton
6.30pm, Thursday 25th September, 2014

An evening of blues, entertainment and dinner, with Blue September ambassador Buck Shelford. Featuring the Darcy Perry Band with special guests Hannah Morgan, Petra Bennett and Jade Collins.
Speaker: Buck Shelford.

$55 per person or $400 per table. Includes a drink on arrival, buffet dinner and entertainment. Proceeds donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Contact Nic nic@smithandmckenzie.co.nz or 0212051671 to reserve your table.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

The Blues Room, 3 September 2014
Episode # 449

Join us for an Hour Of Blues Power on The Blues Room with Nate Taiapa! Joe Bonamassa is playing in New Zealand for the first time next week! We have his latest album to giveaway! Tune in to listen to the Different Shades of Blue and for your chance to win the new album.

There will also be an eclectic mix of blues from my dusty old box of CDs!

Every year around 600 men die in New Zealand of prostate cancer. That is more than 600 fathers, sons, brothers, grandfathers - gone! This happens because men don’t know how dangerous the disease is, they don’t talk to their doctor about it, they simply don’t do anything about it. This has to stop. Prostate cancer can be prevented if detected early enough.

That’s why Blue September is about getting the word out about prostate cancer. If you buy a blue ribbon, paint your face blue, donate money to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or even tell people, you will be directly helping to lower the death rate and reduce the suffering from this disease.
Find out more about Blue September: http://blueseptember.org.nz/

1. Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds - 23 Hours Too Long
2. Junior Wells - Use Me
3. Elvis Presley - Long Tall Sally
4. Fleetwood Mac - Rattlesnake Snake Snake
5. Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover
6. George Thorogood - I Drink Alone
7. Aretha Franklin - Drinking Again
8. Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades Of Blue
9. Johnny Winter with Joe Bonamassa - Sweet Sixteen
10. Keb Mo - Hand It Over
11. Johnny Cash - The Wreck Of '79

God bless you and have a great week!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Blue September 2014 + Prostate Cancer Awareness

Blue September Ambassadors.
Blue September is the Prostate Cancer Foundation's national awareness campaign. I joined the team of ambassadors for Blue September in 2010, supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and helping raise awareness of the third most common cause of cancer death for men in New Zealand. My dad died at 55 of cancer, so I'm letting men know that they need to look after themselves.

It's about getting the message out there that it's okay to go to the doctor. Prostate cancer kills more than 600 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.

Some sobering facts:
  • 3000 men are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer in NZ 
  • 600 die from metastatic/advanced prostate cancer each year in NZ 
  • Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in NZ and the 3rd most common cause of cancer death in men 
  • 1 in 10 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime 
  • Maori men are 72% more likely to die of prostate cancer once diagnosed than non-Maori men 
Early detection offers the best prospect of effective treatment and positive outcomes. Men should have their first PSA blood test check at age 40 to establish a baseline level for future monitoring. Men 50+ should have an annual PSA and DRE check with their GP.


The Streak and Marc Ellis.
How can you help support Blue September?

Wear a blue ribbon. Blue ribbons are available for purchase at sponsors’ retail outlets throughout New Zealand such as PlaceMakers, The Coffee Club, Cory’s Electrical, Auto Super Shoppes, Mad Butcher, Farmlands, Unichem and Life Pharmacies. Each ribbon is given in return for a gold coin donation.

Buy some fresh undies. To help raise funds PlaceMakers stores are selling the very popular Swanndri undies which cost $25, with $10 donated to the charity from every pair sold.

Attend an event. The calendar is filled with events planned by sponsors, community groups and other businesses. Look out for the PlaceMakers’ ‘superhero’ - Blue Streak- who will once again be ‘streaking’ the nation to help raise awareness and he may be at a number of these key events and across media channels.

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/blueseptembernz
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-September-New-Zealand/171386096256873
On the website: http://blueseptember.org.nz/

Thank you for supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Blue September 2014.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

Happy Birthday Mr. Buddy Guy.
The Blues Room, 6 August 2014
Episode # 445
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Kicking off with some classic Buddy Guy (celebrating 78 years young last week), I present an Hour Of Blues Power on The Blues Room with Nate Taiapa!

1. Buddy Guy - Got My Eye On You
2. Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women - Middle Aged Blues Boogie
3. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - Callin' All Fools
4. Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness
5. Chris Thomas King - If It Ain't One Thang, Its Two
6. Doyle Bramhall II - Problem Child
7. Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross
8. George Thorogood - La Grange
9. Cream - Crossroad (LIVE)
10. Robert Cray - Labour Of Love
11. Jimmy Reed - Honest I Do
12. Eric Bibb - Angel

God bless you and have a great week!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Hamilton Blues Society + 5th Blues Showcase

Attention blues lovers! This Thursday at Diggers, Hamilton Blues Society presents it's 5th Blues Showcase featuring 4 bands:


Conmen
TK and Friends
The River Rockers
Shotgun

So get ya blues shoes on and head down to Diggers Bar this Thursday the 31st July from 7pm.

No cover charge (but donations are welcome).

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Blues Room + Hour of Blues Power

Great to back in the studio with Nate Taiapa for Another Hour Of Blues Power! 

The Blues Room, 9 July 2014
Episode # 441
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1. Taj Mahal - Stagger Lee
2. Bex Marshall - Hot Headed Man
3. Booker T & The MGs - Behave Yourself
4. Jeff Beck feat. Imogen Heap - Rollin' & Tumblin'
5. Brenda Boykin - Whistlin' Woman
6. The Rolling Stones - Back of My Hand
7. Walter Horton - I'm In Love With You Baby (Walter's Blues)
8. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Amen
9. Wilko Johnson - Down By The Waterside
10. Stevie Ray Vaughan with Johnny Copeland - Tin Pan Alley
11. Henrik Freischlader - The Blues

God bless you and enjoy your week.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Hour of Blues Power + Old School

The Blues Room is rockin' it tonight with an Hour of Blues Power! Tune into Nate Taiapa's Blues Room as I spin some Old School blues tracks. This show is dedicated to Paul Barrett. Rest in peace.

The Blues Room, 4 June 2014
Episode # 436


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1. Rick Estrin & The Night Cats - Broke And Lonesome
2. The Animals - Boom Boom
3. Ry Cooder and Terry Evans - Down In Mississippi
4. Ray Charles - I Got A Woman
5. Bo Diddley - You Can't Judge A Book By Its Covers
6. Bernard Allison - Step Down
7. Golden Gate Quartet - Wade In The Water
8. Howlin' Wolf (London Sessions) - Wang Dang Doodle
9. BB King - Watch Yourself
10. Bob Dylan - Slow Train
11. Sonny Boy Williamson - Help Me
12. Lightin' Hopkins - I'm Begging You
13. Bill Withers - Grandma's Hands
14. Dizzy Gillespie - When Its Sleeply Time Down South
15. Hank Williams - I'm So Lonely I Could Cry


Tune in here at 9pm (NZ time):
http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/

Thanks and blessings to Nate Taiapa, Free FM 89.0 and the Hamilton Blues Society.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Celebrating Original NZ Blues Music + The Kings Arms

A return to The Kings Arms to celebrate NZ Music Month with some original blues. Featuring the Darcy Perry Band, Stingray, Black Dog, Fatt Max and the incomparable Edwina Thorne.

The Kings Arms
59 France St, Newton
Auckland, NZ
2pm-6pm, Sunday, June 1st, 2014
FREE ENTRY

The Blues are the foundation of almost every important musical genre of the 20th century – from Jazz to Rock to Soul to Funk to Hip-Hop and beyond. As Willie Dixon so eloquently put it, “The Blues is the roots, everything else is the fruits.” Come on down for an afternoon of good times and great music with some of the best blues bands in NZ.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

Sista Jacqui and Darcy Perry
Join me for another Hour of Blues Power! Tune into Nate Taiapa's Blues Room for some music from kiwi blues artists, celebrating NZ Music Month 2014 in style, including a live performance of 'Good Morning Blues' with harmonica master Nate Taiapa!

I will also interview my good friend, Sista Jacqui, about her life and musical journey from Mississippi to Chicago and beyond. Listen to the Podcast here.

Tune in here at 9pm (NZ time):
http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/


Thanks and blessings to Nate Taiapa, Free FM 89.0 and the Hamilton Blues Society.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Original Music Competition 2014

I will be on the judging panel of the Original Music Competition 2014. The brainchild of Brent Crawshaw (aka Oz), the OMC was born in 2012 out of a desire to celebrate New Zealand Music Month by providing an occasion to bring muso's together and give them a stage to perform their original work. It also provides an opportunity to network, share ideas and generally to help the growth of original music.

Bringing NZ Music Month to Thames, the OMC will be held at the Grahamstown Bar and Diner, 700 Pollen Street Thames on Saturday the 24th of May, 2014. Everyone's welcome, with free entry for the audience, so invite all your friends and family to come! 

 
First prize $500. Open to singer/songwriters, the performance must be acoustic* and includes duos and trios. NO electric guitars, drum kits, effects units (including vocal effects), or backing tracks please. 

Be in to Win! Entry forms available from Grahamstown Bar and Diner and Lotus Realm. Entry fee $25. For the complete rules and registrations please email originalmusiccomp@gmail.com or send a message on facebook: www.facebook.com/OriginalMusicCompetition

*Electric acoustic guitars and keyboards are fine. 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Hour of Blues Power with Nate Taiapa in the Bluesroom

Nate Taiapa in the Blues Room.
Welcome to April! Join me and Nate Taiapa in the Blues Room for a glorious Hour of Blues Power, featuring an eclectic mix of blues (roots, country, rock, funk and old school gospel) music from around the world.

Tune in here at 9pm (NZ time):
http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/

Thanks and blessings to Nate Taiapa, Free FM 89.0 and the Hamilton Blues Society.

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Support for Ruth Wyand: Sista Jacqui + Nate Taiapa

Darcy Perry and Sista Jacqui.
Cambridge Autumn Festival
‘Mama’s Got The Blues’ Show
Ruth Wyand
Support: Sista Jacqui + Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa
Date: Friday 21st March 2014

Time: 7.30 pm
Location: St Andrews Anglican Church 111 Victoria St Cambridge
Entry: $15 - $10 Seniors & Students
Contact: Cambridge Info Centre 07 823 3456
Website: www.cambridgeautumnfestival.co.nz

Jacqui is from Chicago, (Country Club Hills) Illinois in the USA. She has shared her gift on the mainland and internationally. Her extraordinary vocal talent has earned her the title “World Class Singer”.

Together with myself and Nate Taiapa, we will be the support act for Ruth Wyand next Friday at the Cambridge Autumn Lights Festival.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Hour of Blues Power + Blues 4 Dad

Samuel Ross Perry
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.

Tune in here at 9pm (NZ time):
http://player.wizz.co.nz/freefm89/

Thanks and blessings to Nate Taiapa, Free FM 89.0 and the Hamilton Blues Society.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

International Songwriting Competition 2013 Semi-Finalist

"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.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Ruth Wyand + The Blues Room

Ruth Wyand
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.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Hamilton Blues Society + Blues Showcase

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.