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.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


Saturday 26th September
7pm - Midnight
The Thirsty Dog
469 Karangahape Road

Entry: $20

The Auckland Blues Club presents an impressive line-up of blues musicians, with MC Ray Woolf (MNZM), to support this years fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Thanks also to The Thirsty Dog & Jonty Rutherford, our host.

7.00 - 7.20 : Emma Gard & Dave Cheetham
7.30 - 8.00 : Fatt Max & Dean 'Honey Boy' Morris feat Angelique Owenby
8.15 - 9.00 : Riverhead Slide 
9.15 - 10.00 : The Groove Coalition feat Anton 'Tipi' Elkington
10.15 - 11.00 : Darcy Perry Band 
11.15 - 12.00 : Petra & The Gunsmiths

Blues and Bikes at MOTAT + 27th September 2015

Blues and Bikes at MOTAT
Supporting Distinguished Gentlemans Ride
Sunday 27th September
All Afternoon

Buy Tickets Online

Entry: $20 (Includes entrance into MOTAT)

Celebrating days gone by with an afternoon of Blues music whilst drooling over vintage, classics and custom motocycles from a bygone era. Supporting Prostate Cancer foundation.

Join in the spirit in the nostalgic dress, where gentlemen and ladies dressed to impress. Why not join in the dress code and dress up in very smart formal / vintage wear to match the iconic retro styling of these classic motorcycles.

This spiffy event is a charity fundraiser for Blue September, all proceeds go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Thanks to Triumph NZ and MOTAT for sponsorship.

This event is support the Distinguished Gentlesmans Ride.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Blues at Chartwell

Blue September is about spreading the awareness message for our men to 'Get Checked'. Prostate cancer is one of those things men don't much talk about, but it's the most common form of cancer in men, with more than 3000 diagnosed every year - and over 600 deaths.

Westfield Chartwell is stoked to be working with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ to raise funds and awareness for this cause. Meet blues musician and Blue September Ambassador Darcy Perry at Westfield Chartwell on Thursday night, along with his world class band and local rising stars from Berkley Normal Middle School and Tamahere Model Country School.

Other Chartwell Blue September events:

We'll meet you at The Coffee Club with Brett McGregor
15 September

Prostate Foundation of NZ sponsor, The Coffee Club, welcomes Masterchef winner Brett McGregor into their kitchen on Tuesday 15 September from 10am - noon.

Pop in and make a gold coin donation and decorate a mini cupcake with Brett and grab a photo too.

Quiz night at Smith & McKenzie with Tarun
24 September

Quiz nights can be funny enough but when you add comedian Tarun into the mix, a good night is assured.

The questions start flying at 7pm - join us for prizes, fun giveaways and lots of laughs.

Tickets are just $20 per person and are available from Smith & McKenzie - phone 07 855 1400 to book in your team.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Rouge Goes Blue For Blue September

Rouge is supporting Blue September. Photo: Emma James
Rouge is the French word for "red" and also the name of the award winning cafe on Empire Street in Cambridge, New Zealand. This September, Rogue is going blue, offering Blue September Breakfasts in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

For $30 per person, enjoy any breakfast from our menu and a hot drink of your choice, plus Rouge will make a $15 donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.
Available weekdays before 9am, throughout September.

Get a group together and call 07 823 9178 or email us to book your table.

For more information about Blue September visit

For the Stuff article by Emma James visit: People go blue for good cause

Monday, 7 September 2015

Blue September 2015

It's Blue September! 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. Deaths from prostate cancer can be prevented if the disease is 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.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation receives no government funding and we rely on the generosity of people to help us support men and their families who are going through the journey and spread the message for men to get regular checks.

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 around 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.

If you are a man 40+ and you haven't been to the doctor for a check up, I encourage you to do so.

Another Hour of Blues Power + Lloyd Spiegal on Tour

Lloyd Spiegal - Blues Master
The Blues Room, 2 September 2015
Episode #501
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I am blessed to be a guest host on The Blues Room the first Wednesday of every month, usually with Nate Taiapa close by to keep everything running smooth. This episode there was heavy rain and van trouble for Nate, so I was on my own until the end of the show! No worries! I can say it was a baptism by fire and apart from the technical issues with the phone lines, it was a joyous evening. 

I enjoyed the chat with Lloyd and I look forward to catching him at Nirvara Lounge (266 Victoria St Hamilton), next week (Thursday, September 17th at 7:00pm).

For Lloyd Spiegel's NZ tour dates please check his website:

1. Robert Cray - Move a Mountain
2. Bruce Ruffin - Rain
3. Tony Joe White - Drifter
4. Michael Jackson - My Girl
5. Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness
6. Junior Wells & Buddy Guy - Ten Years Ago
7. Watermelon Slim - Got Love if You Want It
8. Bex Marshall - Bad Bad Girl
9. Black Stone Cherry - Tired of the Rain
10. Bill Withers - Use Me
11. Eric Bibb - Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
12. Lloyd Spiegel - Statesboro Blues
13. Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Robert Cray - Black Cat Bone

Sunday, 6 September 2015

The Blues Room Turns 500

The Blues Room has turned 500 and I was happy to be at the party! Nate Taiapa deserves high praise for this achievement. The following is from his most excellent blog: The Blues Room.

Well here it is Bluesville! Episode 500! Its only taken about 10 years to get here but here we are and what a great time we've had along the way. Joining me in The Blues Room for the 500th episode were The Swamp Dogz featuring John Maydon (gtr, vocs), Mark Kneebone (bass, bk-vocs), Paul Alderton (drums, bk-vocs), & Clara Lange (viol in, vocs) were our backing band. We had special guests Darcy Perry and Max Mac Donald join us too, and Kev from the Eastside was my right hand man on the DJ duties. We played classic blues vinyl courtesy of Ivan of Nivara Lounge and extended our one hour show to two hours. 

We set up the band in the foyer of the station and broadcast the show live to air, you'll see this in some of the video clips included here. We had Derek Jacombs and Graham Clark call in congratulations and others sent in prerecorded congratulations from around the globe.

I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank Free FM's manager, Phil Grey, for all hes done to support The Blues Room over the years, hes been so generous and accommodating and we couldn't have gotten here without him. All the staff at Free FM for all their support and hard work. To all the guests who have come into the studio or on air from around the globe, thank you! To all our sponsors, especially, The Hamilton Blues Society, all those artists, bands, record companies, music distributors, music promoters, friends, and my family (especially my wife), I thank you all. To the fans of 'The Blues' who tune in each week or who get the podcast, thank you so much for your support and encouragement. And last, but not least, my co-presenter on The Blues Room, Darcy Perry, who has been like a mentor and inspiration from the beginning. Thanks bro!

Heres to another 500 episodes. Enjoy!

1. John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillun
2. Yank Rachell - Diving Duck
3. Howling Wolf - Chocolate Drop
4. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Tore Down
5. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Love Me Two Times
6. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Lazy Blues
7. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Proud and Humble
8. Jimmy Reed - I Love You Baby
9. Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle
10. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry - Wait On Time
11. The Swamp Dogs with Nate Taiapa - Scratch My Back
12. The Swamp Dogs with Darcy Perry and Max MacDonald - Bullfrog Blues
13. Buddy Guy - Come Back Muddy (Dedicated To Muddy Waters)
14. Kokomo - Home Of The Blues
15. Lloyd Spiegel - This Is Hip
16. B.B. King - Sweet Little Angel
17. North Mississippi Allstars - Jumper On The Line
18. Etta James - I Just wanna Make Love To You
19. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog
20. Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim - 4 O'Clock Boogie
21. John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt - I'm In The Mood
22. Memphis Gold - How You Gonna Play The Blues
23. Jimmy Rogers - Walking By Myself

Saturday, 8 August 2015

The Blues Room 497 + Hour of Blues Power

Nate Taiapa. 
The Blues Room, 5 August 2015
Episode #497
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Join me for another hour of blues power on Nate Taiapa's rockin' radio show, The Blues Room. Every month I find some tracks worthy of spinning, in the name of the blues. Often it's an eclectic mix. This show features some Alligator records artists along with folk, rock, funk, gospel and psychedelic blues.

1. Elvin Bishop - Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
2. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Sitting On Top Of The World
3. The Staple Singers - Sit Down Servant
4. Double Shot Blues Band - Red House
5. Rick Estrin & The Nightcats - New Old Lady
6. Mississippi John Hurt - Stack O’Lee
7. Jarekus Singleton - I Refuse To Lose
8. Lonnie Johnson - Another Night To Cry
9. Uber Station - Rock Candy Funk Party (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
10. Selwyn Birchwood - Don’t Call No Ambulance
11. The Kentucky Head Hunters - Superman Blues
12. Pink Floyd - Bike

God bless you and have a great week!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

International Blues Music Day 2015

International Blues Music Day!
Saturday 1st August
11am - 5pm
The Thirsty Dog
469 Karangahape Road
Entry: $10

The Auckland Blues Club presents an impressive line-up of blues musicians to celebrate International Blues Day. Come on down to The Thirsty Dog to be at the first gig on International Blues Day. Featuring Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa, Jason Herbert, Fatt Max & Dean 'Honey Boy' Morris, Dave Cheetham & Peter Archer, Luke Murray, Stingray and Doubleshot.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room + Live Blues

Darren Watson on Tour. 
The Blues Room, 1 July 2015
Episode #492
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An eclectic dozen this Hour Of Blues Power on the Blues Room, including a live performance by the hosts, Nate Taiapa and yours truly!

1. Eric Bibb - In My Father's House
2. BB King - Everyday I Have The Blues
3. The Eagles - Witchy Woman
4. Darren Watson - Love Ain't No Game
5. Michael Burks - Cross Eyed Woman
6. Bobby Blue Bland - Yield Not to Temptation
7. Jeff Healey - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. Bob Dylan - You Gotta Serve Somebody
9. Leon Bridges - Coming Home
10. Dizzy Gillespie - Mama's Blues (Mrs Dizzy's Blues)
11. Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa - You Gotta Believe (Live)
12. Fleetwood Mac - Albatross

Nate and I also caught up with Wellington blues musician Darren Watson and Dunedin alt-folk/country troubadour Matt Langley during their Shoot Your Television Winter Tour on Thursday night at Nivara Lounge in Hamilton. This was an amazing show and you can still catch them at a town near you!

Paekakariki - St. Peter's Hall - Friday 26 June (with Bill Lake)
Palmerston North - Cafe Royale - Sunday 28 June
Hamilton - Nivara Lounge - Thursday 2 July
Mount Maunganui - Mauao Performing Arts - Friday 3 July
Gisborne - The Dome Room - Saturday 4 July
Hastings - Common Room - Sunday 5 July
Wellington - Rogue & Vagabond - Thursday 9 July
Nelson - Playhouse Cafe & Theatre - Friday 10 July
Christchurch - Wunderbar/Lyttelton - Saturday 11 July
Dunedin - Carey's Bay Hotel - Thursday 16 July
Dunedin - Taste Merchants - Friday 17 July
Invercargill - The Cheey Llama - Saturday 18 July

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Darcy Perry with Nate Taiapa + You Gotta Believe

Late last night in The Blues Room. Once a month I am blessed to be a special guest on Nate Taiapa's community (Free FM89) radio show, spinning tracks from my eclectic collection of music. Occasionally we also have a jam together, live to air!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

BB King Special Tribute + The Blues Room

If you are a regular listener of The Blues Room, Wednesdays at 9pm, then tune in for a night of blues in honour of BB King who recently left us to be with God. If you haven't tuned in before, Nate Taiapa hosts an amazing show and you really should become a first time listener tonight!

Click on the Listen Live link on:

Monday, 18 May 2015

TAM JAM 2015

Tam Jam
Monday 1st June
12pm - 5pm
St. Stephens Church
14 Tamahere Drive
Tamahere, Hamilton

Tamahere Music Club and St. Stephens present the inaugural Tam Jam!

Tam Jam is an afternoon picnic featuring local talent. A gig ‘for the kids by the kids’ providing an opportunity for children in the community to share their talents with friends and family (and have a fun day out). There will be singing, dancing, bands, games, and a lolly scramble.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Rest in peace Mr Riley B King

BB King has died in his home in Las Vegas at the age of 89.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted

Rest in peace Mr Riley B King.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Celebrating New Zealand Music Month 2015

Celebrating New Zealand Music Month 2015
Sunday 24th May
2pm - 7pm
The Winchester
24 St Benedicts Street
Newton, Auckland

The Auckland Blues Club presents an impressive line-up of blues musicians to celebrate New Zealand Music Month. Featuring Black Dog, Blue Collar Band, William Brown Band, Darcy Perry Band, Tony Painting and The Power.

$10 Entry

The Blues Room + BB King + NZ Music Month 2015

The Blues Room, 6 May 2015
Episode #484
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NZ Music Month 2015
Welcome to another fantastic night in the Blues Room on Free FM, community radio, with an Hour of Blues Power! It's now the middle of New Zealand Music Month 2015. Unfortunately, there are no New Zealand songs on the national charts... not to say there haven't been some amazing kiwi songs released in 2015! As they say, timing is everything.

This show begins with a song penned by the late Ben E. King. It has probably been sung by millions of buskers all over the world and it was one of my tunes busked on the streets of the Hamilton. Glenn Walters offers a superb rendition of the classic Stand By Me. As Glenn toured Aotearoa with Roger Fox, I decided to kick off the night with it. Everyone on tonight has a kiwi connection, with plenty of praise for Mr Fox.

However, the final track on the show is dedicated to the legendary Riley B. King. My rendition of Sweet Little Angel is from Blues 4 Dad, a tribute album I recorded in 2002 for my late father. On May 1st the following message was posted on B.B. King's official website:

“I am in home hospice care at my residence in Las Vegas.
Thanks to all for your well wishes and prayers.”
B.B. King

B.B. King
The name B.B. King is synonymous with the blues. Riley B. King was born a son of sharecroppers and great-grandson of a slave, (September 16, 1925) on a cotton plantation near the town of Itta Bena, Mississippi. Born the as a child Riley sang in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church in Kilmichael. 

Jon Brewer, the producer of The Life of Riley, says "I had no idea this had been BB King's life. That he lived alone, in a shack out there, at nine years of age, working for four years to pay off his dead mother's and grandmother's debts. I never knew he was so alone, talking to rabbits, his only friends. And by the time he's telling me this, I'm in tears."

Buying his first guitar at the age of 12, the Beale Street Blues Boy began his recording career in 1949, with many of his early songs produced by Sam Phillips (who later founded Sun Records). B.B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music in the 1950s with hit after hit in the charts. B.B. King has defined the blues worldwide for over half a century and has played in excess of 15,000 performances.

Although I was once on the same bill as Mr King, the festival was cancelled after the second Christchurch earthquake. As a consolation, thanks to my manager Lesley, I did get to see him later in concert. I will never forget that night. God bless you Riley B. King.

1. Glenn Walters - Stand By Me
2. Supergroove - Gotta Know Remix
3. Sonia Bullot feat. Julia Deans - My Funny Valentine
4. The Flamin' Mudcats - Superman
5. Randy Crawford with the Roger Fox Big Band - One Day I'll Fly Away
6. Darcy Perry and Nate Taiapa - Blues Man
7. Them - The Story Of Them
8. John Mayall feat. Eric Clapton - Have You Heard
9. Midge Marsden & Roger Fow - Flip Flop Fly
10. Darcy Perry - Sweet Little Angel

So, there you have it. A suitcase full of blues, book ended by songs in honour of two Kings. I hope you tune in next week to hear more great blues music with Nate Taiapa on The Blues Room.

God bless you all and have a great week.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Blues Room + Hour of Blues Power

Happy Birthday Eric Clapton. 
The Blues Room, 1 April 2015
Episode #479
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Another eclectic Hour Of Blues Power on the Blues Room. Can you spot the artists from this playlist that have performed at Bluesfest?

1. Joss Stone - The Chokin' Kind
2. Dean Martin - You Won't Be Satisfied
3. Lee Dorsey - Ride Your Pony
4. Tinariwen - Ahimana
5. Fun Lovin Criminals - Korean Bodega
6. Beastie Boys - Slow Ride
7. Doyle Bramhall III - Soul Shaker
8. Eric Clapton - Strange Brew
9. Eric Bibb - Micheal, Row The Boat Ashore
10. Aretha Franklin - People Get Ready
11. Bo Diddley - Bring It To Jerome
12. Dave Matthews Band - Jimi Thing
13. Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime
14. Fiona Boyes - Rockabilly On The Radio
15. Ella Fitzgerald - A Tisket, A-Tasket 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

POP-UP Picnic + Cambridge Autumn Festival 2015

Darcy Perry & Nate Taiapa

Cambridge Autumn Festival 2015
POP-UP Picnic
Friday 27th March
6pm - 8pm
Cambridge Town Hall
Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton

This is a first for Cambridge, where a picnic will POP-UP in the Piazza outside the Town Hall. The Chamber of Commerce will bring you this POP-UP Picnic fundraiser. There will be POP-UP performances. We provide the tables, chairs, plates, cutlery and glasses. You provide your picnic and beverages. Take the opportunity to dress up to a theme, decorate your table and have fun with friends, family, and business associates. Book a spot with the Chamber to BYO picnic.

Tickets: Bookings via the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce 07 823 3460 or

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Blues Room + An Hour of Blues Power

Ana Popovic - Fearless.
The Blues Room, 4 March 2015
Episode #475
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Another hour of blues power with:

1. Walter Trout - Saw My Mama Cryin
2. Robben Ford - Poor Kelly Blues
3. Buddy Guy - What's Up With that Woman
4. Hugh Laurie - Wild Honey
5. Billy Boy Arnold - I Was Fooled
6. Jimmy Reed - Baby What You Want Me To Do
7. Long John Baldry - Don't Try To Lay No Boogie-Woogie On The King Of Rock N Roll
8. Albert Collins - I Ain't Drunk
9. Ana Popovic - Fearless
10. Freddie King - The Stumble
11. Fats Domino - Blue Monday
12. Nina Simone - Children Go Where I Send You
13. Etta James - Someone To Watch Over Me

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Summertime Blues + Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2015

Summertime Blues

Saturday 21st February
11am until 3:30pm
Rogers Rose Garden
Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton

Bring a picnic and nestle into the Rogers Rose Garden for an afternoon of the smooth sounds of some of the best blues around. Curated by the Hamilton Blues Society who keep the blues alive by hosting some of the best blues musicians from New Zealand and overseas.

The Hamilton Blues Society hit the stage at 1pm, featuring Tony Kaye (guitar), Nate Taiapa (harmonica), Neil Reynolds (drums), Herby (keys), Stu Lawrence (bass) and Darcy Perry.

Tickets: $5 All Day Pass.
Buy Tickets here.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Blues Room + Hour of Blues Power

The Blues Room, 4 February 2015
Episode #471
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The first Wednesday of every month I'm a guest DJ on The Blues Room, Nate Taiapa's radio show dedicated to the blues and aired in the Waikato and around the world on Free FM.

This is an Hour Of Blues Power, with plenty of 'old school', 'new school' and 'never went to school' blues and soul music. Enjoy!

1. Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin'
2. Mike Zito - Big Mouth
3. Candye Kane - You Need Love
4. Hubert Sumlin - You Got To Help Me
5. Aretha Franklin - Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
6. Champion Jack Dupree - Junkers Blues
7. Fats Domino - I'm Ready
8. Little Walter - Blues With A Feeling
9. B.B. King - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
10. Alvin Youngblood Hart - Motivational Speaker
11. Canned Heat - Time Was
12. Lee Dorsey - Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)
13. Cody Chesnutt - Everybody's Brother
14. Monster Mike Welch - A Thrill To Be Alive
15. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I'll Still Be True

Wednesday, 4 February 2015


LaValla Estate Presents
Saturday 25th April
1pm until 6pm
LaValla Estate, 131 Dominion Road, Tuakau


Pack up your picnic (in your old kit bag) and get down to the beautiful LaValla Estate for an afternoon of entertainment with Fatt Max, Black Dog and the Darcy Perry Band, commemorating Anzac Day with the best of New Zealand blues music.

Gates open 1pm. Show 2pm until 6pm, plays rain or shine. Bring a picnic or food available for purchase.

Fully Licenced. NO BYO alcohol or soft drinks. Sealed water bottles permitted.

Tickets $45 (1 child under 12 free with each paying adult).
Tickets available from Venue: LaValla Estate, 131 Dominion Road, Tuakau
Phone: 09 236 8947 or Online:

Monday, 12 January 2015

Hour of Blues Power + The Blues Room

Joe Louis Walker.
The Blues Room, 7 January 2015
Episode #467
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The podcast is up for the first Hour of Blues Power in The Blues Room for 2015. Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue!

1. I'd Rather Go Blind - Notodden Blue Band (Live)
2. The Whale Has Swallowed Me - J.B. Lenoir
3. Ride All Night - Joe Louis Walker
4. Trouble and Pain - The Robert Cray Band
5. Believe In Yourself - Kenny Neal
6. Hook - Blues Traveller
7. T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker
8. Mo’ Better Blues - Branford Marsalis Quartet
9. Georgia Morning Dew - Johnny Adams
10. Still Got The Blues - Gary Moore
11. Reconsider Baby - Lowell Fulson
12. Death Letter Blues - Son House

Friday, 9 January 2015

Willie "Popsy" Dixon + Rest In Peace

Willie "Popsy" Dixon, left, with the Holmes Brothers.
Rest in peace Willie "Popsy" Dixon. I had the pleasure of making your acquaintance at a blues festival in Auckland a few years ago. I was immediately struck by your friendly, easy-going manner and grace. It was a big festival and your presence in the greenroom had a calming effect on me.

Your words of wisdom were greatly appreciated. I will never forget them. God bless you Popsy and your family in their time of mourning.

Willie "Popsy" Dixon, 1942 - 2015.
Official statement from Alligator records:


Willie "Popsy" Dixon, drummer and vocalist of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, died in Richmond, Virginia on Friday, January 9. He had recently been diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer. He was 72 years old.

Dixon, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia on July 26, 1942, was celebrated for his soaring, soulful multi-octave vocals and his driving, in-the-pocket drumming. He first met brothers Sherman and Wendell Holmes at a New York gig in 1967. Dixon sat in with the brothers and sang two songs. "After that second song," recalls Wendell, "Popsy was a brother." They played in a variety of Top 40 bar bands until 1979, when the three officially joined forces and formed The Holmes Brothers, which The New York Times described as "deeply soulful, uplifting and timeless." They toured the world, releasing 12 albums starting with 1990's In The Spirit on Rounder. Their most recent release is 2014's Brotherhood on Alligator.

Dixon first played the drums when he was seven. He told Blues On Stage, "My mom and dad took me to the store and told me to get anything I liked. There was this tiny red drum set, with a tiny little kick drum and snare...little cymbals. Now, that's what I wanted! By the next morning, the thing was in the trash can. I beat it all to death. But, I tell you what...I knew how to play after that. I just knew. I had the rhythm down pat and had timing too. Just that fast. I been playing ever since."

The Chicago Tribune described Dixon's voice as "otherworldly...a gift to the world of music." Living Blues said, "Popsy’s voice is a wonder...spontaneous and raw."

In September 2014, The Holmes Brothers were honored with a National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United States bestows upon its folk and traditional artists.

Dixon is survived by daughter Desiree Berry and longtime partner Isobel Prideaux.

Funeral service information is pending. Interment will be at the Holmes' family plot in Saluda, Virginia.