Violet Highway is a female fronted three piece that plies a fiery blend of Rock, Pop and Blues that will leave you torn between dancing up a storm and drunk texting your ex.
They match passionate lyrics with catchy melodies and powerful instrumentation. Lead vocalist Jacqui Munro belts out a tone described by listeners as “PJ Harvey meets Joan Jett” alongside her own gritty guitar work. The band’s rhythm section is defined by attention-grabbing bass riffs from Ant Deane and heavy, energetic drumming from James Rimmer.
Blood Buffalo formed in Auckland in late 2014 when the brothers Caleb (Vocals/Guitar) and Nate (Bass) who are inspired by Wolfmother, Jack White, My Morning Jacket, and Led Zeppelin met Damien (the lead guitarist) who grew up on Pantera, Skid Row and Guns N’ Roses. They then finally met Stickman, Alexander who honed his chops listening to Black Sabbath, John Mayall, Deep Purple and The Rolling Stones.
As a result, Blood Buffalo have created a bluesy hard rock sound turned up to 11. Seeing them live is an experience – high energy, unpredictable, and loud. This is Blood Buffalo.
Spiral has a groove. The groove is alive; it has soul, it has emotion, it can get hot and sweaty and it does not fear to get a little dirty.
Where soul meets samba, rock and jazz meet reggae, and horns rub shoulders with lush keys and broken strings, these are the places where Spiral unites.
Hailing from Auckland, on New Zealand’s picturesque West coast, you’ll be treated to soaring vocals, raging solos, a horn section that packs a phat punch from a collective of some of New Zealand’s finest musicians.
Members: Andrew Hall: Vocals, Saxophone, Ewi Finn Scholes: Trumpet, Juno Hamish Jellyman: Trombone, Percussion, MS2000 Anthony Hunt: Piano/Organ/Rhodes, Joel Vinsen: Guitar, Pedals Dave Hodkinson: Bass, Moog Chris Grant: Drums.
Fly My Pretties is an ever changing collective. A collaborative musical & visual show, set in a theatre environment, featuring fresh & established contemporary musicians & artists.
The focus is on original music and artistic collaboration, but the surrounding themes and aesthetics have made it much more of an experience than a just a concert.
Since its inception, Fly My Pretties has grown to become a local legend of music that continues to reach people all over the world. Fly My Pretties first entered New Zealanders’ hearts and minds in 2004, with the idea from The Black Seeds front-man Barnaby Weir and Mikee Tucker (Loop), to assemble a talented and exciting group of Wellington-based musicians and record it live in an intimate environment.
Barnaby Weir, Jarney Murphy, Mike Fabulous, Nigel Patterson (all in The Black Seeds), Toby Laing (Fat Freddy’s Drop), Age Pryor, Hollie Smith, Samuel Flynn Scott (The Phoenix Foundation) Adi Dick, Laughton Kora (Kora), Nathan ‘Nato’ Hickey (Grand Prix), Tessa Rain, Mailee Matthews (CASH), Module, Brendan Moran, Darren Siggley, Anna Coddington, Eva Prowse, L.A. Mitchell, Lisa Tomlins, Mara T.K (Electric Wire Hustle), Paul McLaney, Ryan Prebble, Tom Watson (Cassette), Rio Hunuki- emopo (TrinityRoots), Jayson Norris, Ned Ngatae (Anika Moa), Aaron Tokona (AHoriBuzz, Cairo Knife Fight), James Coyle & Iraia Whakamoe (both The Nudge).
The AGM features Richard Adams (Nairobi Trio), Paul Gurney & Stuart McIntyre (The DeSotos), & Paul Crowther (formerly Split Enz & the Con Rays, plus creator of the Hot Cake guitar pedal).
Essentially an acoustic roots project that brings together some of New Zealand’s leading musicians in an intimate soundscape to deliver a mix of their original compositions and other material from the folk, country, bluegrass and jazz canons.
The DeSotos have cemented their place as one of New Zealand’s leading exponents of the Americana / country blues genres following the release of two albums that have been universally embraced by the critics.
2008’s ‘Cross Your Heart’ was voted Manu Taylor’s no 1 New Zealand album of the year, and the 2011 release ‘Your Highway For Tonight’ has received glowing reviews nationally and in the US.
Both albums have supplied the theme and continuity music to the TVNZ South and North series presented by Marcus Lush.
And their live show steps it up a notch further – 4 part harmonies, rootsy Gretsch guitar, Hammond organ with Leslie, and a rock solid rhythm section make for a tight and dynamic live sound that is as
exciting as it is unique.
Band members are:
Paul Gurney – lead vocals, guitars
Stuart McIntyre – bass, vocals
Ron Stevens – Hammond, keyboards, vocals
Michael Burrows – drums, vocals
A New Zealand Singer Songwriter who sings the Blues.
Ralph started hollerin’ the Blues and playing Slide Guitar in 1978, after immersing himself in the Mississippi Delta Blues of the early 1900’s. He found his way there via the likes of Led Zep, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers and Johnny Winter.
“The first time I sang the Blues was at our Primary School End of Year Concert, I sang the lead on ‘Take this Hammer’ ( they even painted my face black!).
The first time I felt the Blues I was hitch hiking, more walking than rides, but the rhythm of those steps brought out words and phrases.
The first time I connected with the Blues was listening to Johnny Winter playing a National Steel ‘ Broke Down Engine ‘. I shared this with my new flatmate and he gave me the lecture: Blind Willie McTell, from then on it was total immersion, Sonny, Brownie, Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Bessie Smith, Fred MacDowell, Robert Johnson of course, but more important to me Son House, Charley Patton, Bukka White and Blind Willie Johnson and then onto Elmore, Fleetwood Mac and Hound Dog Taylor.” Ralph Bennett-Eades
A true Kiwi Blues Journeyman. 100% Kiwi Blues.
One Dozen South Island Road Songs
Karamea to Kathmandu
Once On a Blue Moon
Live @ The Bush Lounge (Ralph and the Honey Badgers)
Hailing from Lyttelton, New Zealand, part man part wheel, Delaney Davidson is part wandering minstrel, part travelling salesman.
One hand holds a small brown suitcase; his trade, his ghost orchestra, the other holds his guitar. One foot firmly in the Blues Trash corner of the ring, the other on the road, you could say Delaney sees music as he sees geography, and that although he has certain preferences, in fact all territories are up for grabs. Ireland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, UK, Switzerland, Mexico, Austria, Romania, Belgium, Holland, Russia, France, USA, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, all destinations on the ten year Solo Tour with which Davidson has turned homelessness into a success of its own.
Man of a thousand faces, his work with paint, music, film and concept all has traces of his unique take on life. Part new world and part old world, this duality is echoed in the flavours he evokes with his work; Past VS present, too loud for folk VS too quiet for rock, Light VS Dark, Davidson’s restless work refuses to be still for the portrait it is asked to sit for. A pattern we see in his own restless life, indeed, the apple never falls far from the tree.
Otis Mace is a singer/songwriter/musician. Often a solo artist but sometimes the leader of a band – OMM (Otis Mace Music) – including John Segovia, Daniel Mannetto, Robbie Rolls, plus various other musos from the Auckland indie scene.
Crafty, irreverent, beguiling – Otis Mace presents comic love ballads, pop noir and surreal protest songs. Vivid stories introduce wildly provocative and punchy gems.
He has toured extensively and opened for diverse acts including: Billy Bragg, The Violent Femmes, Screaming Blue Messiahs, and D.O.A.
Blues, rock and shred with a punch to the head. Kara Gordon is ready to take off. Watch out for the wreckage.
The Kiwi guitar hero has, until now, been a live phenomenon, largely in New Zealand but occasionally in Australia, with some of the world’s finest dribbling over themselves at his exceptional ability.
Joe Satriani has described him as ‘‘one of the most prolific guitarists I’ve ever seen’’, Living Colour founder Vernon Reid dubbed him ‘‘Jimi Hendrix reincarnated’’, while Jason Becker, one of the greatest shredders of all time, emailed him after he saw a video on You Tube to say he really thought Gordon’s playing was great. That’s high praise, indeed.
‘‘I am still hugely honoured and humbled by these compliments by such great men,’’ Gordon says. ‘‘I’ve worked hard to be the best I can.’’