BLUES ILLUSTRATED By Greg Fisher
JIMI HOCKING In a career that spans more than 30 years, Jimi Hocking has written music for film and TV, recorded and played for a variety of artists and continues to write, record and perform with tireless enthusiasm. Whether it be a small lounge or festival, he is in his element live on stage – his combination of banter and story-telling makes him one of the most entertaining acts around. With a catalogue of some 15 albums ranging from electric blues and rock to solo acoustic and blues mandolin, Jimi’s musical CV is crammed with awards; MBAS 2003 Male Blues Artist of the Year, MBAS 2004 Blues Performer of the Year and winner of the International Blues challenge in Memphis in 2005 to name just a few. Jimi Hocking performs regularly on the Peninsula (solo and full band) so don’t miss a chance to catch one of his shows. For more information please check http://www. jimihocking.com/
KEVIN BUCKINGHAM BLUES BAND After a short hiatus Kevin Buckingham is back with a new line-up of seasoned musicians. Founded in August 2015, the Kevin Buckingham Blues band consists of Kevin Buckingham on guitar and vocals, Winston Galea on drums and vocals, David Brimacombe on guitar and vocals and Peter Neagoe on bass guitar. Playing mainly Blues and Rock, many songs are originals along with the band’s own take on some well-
known classics. This band has drawn huge attraction since launching last year and their connection and energy is obvious. This is one band not to be missed. Check https:// www.facebook.com/The-Kevin-BuckinghamBand-167960322894379 for more event details.
CECIL B. FARDOULLI & THE BIG BOO Formed in Melbourne Australia, Cecil B. Fardoulli & The Big Boo are Phill Raymond and Billy Kavanagh. Both seasoned professional musicians with many years of experience between them, they have teamed up together as an acoustic blues duo and recently recorded a 6-track EP called A Foot A’tappin’ Boogie. Phill Raymond is the lead singer and guitarist of Blues Rock band Pacific Blues Union and was a recent solo contestant in the 2015 Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) International Blues Challenge (IBC). Billy Kavanagh is the lead singer and guitarist of Blues band Billy Kavanagh’s Blues Affliction and is a past winner of the MBAS-IBC, which earned him a place in Memphis in 1997. For more information and some sample tracks from the album, visit cecilbandthebigboo.com/
YOUTH IN BLUES 2016 The 2016 season of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society (MBAS) Youth in Blues program kicked off on Saturday, 30th April at the new MBAS, Flemington Bowls Club venue.
Wayne Jury is once again facilitating this program and mentors include Jimi Hocking, Felicia Bassgal, Kelly Auty and Michael Pollitt. Participants gain valuable knowledge from the program and make firm friends to jam and gig with. Further information can be obtained from MBAS President John Jerman on 0425 776 613 and the enrolment form can be found on the MBAS website at www.mbas.org.au.
GREENHATCH PLAYS THE BLUES Luke Dylan Greenhatch (ex Stibbo and Greenhatch) has embarked on a solo career and is attracting a loyal following around town. Get along to one of his shows for some great laid-back acoustic blues. Rumour has it a new recording is in the wings. Please check https://www.facebook.com/ StibboandGreenhatch/ for more details.
JUMP DEVILS If you are looking for something just a little different check out the Jump Devils. The Jump Devils’ sound harks back to the days of the 1940s, before the arrival of rhythm and blues and rock’n’roll. The Jump Devils are a four piece unit with Alf Mott on drums, John Walton on bass, Mark Harpo Greenway on guitar and Chris Stibbo Hanger on vocals and harp. The Jump Devils are getting down to the Peninsula quite regularly these days so please check their Facebook page for event details https://www.facebook.com/TheJump-Devils-844587772288772/
Greg writes monthly for MINT and broadcasts on Southern FM – if you know of something special happening in the Blues world please drop him a line at: bluesillustrated@ gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/ GregFisherBluesIllustrated
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bayside & mornington peninsula
Mint (issue 15) May 2016