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Vintage Blues Sessions

Vintage Blues Sessions

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  • Sat 28 Mar ’15, 7:30pm – 10:00pm


St Peters Hall, Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekakariki


All Ages

Vintage Blues Sessions presents authentic early blues music from New Zealand’s finest country blues combo – Red Dog Acoustic Duo, formed by Dave Murphy and Dougal Spier as an acoustic spin-off from the Red Dog Saloon Band.

Dave Murphy is a finger-style, blues picking guitar legend and one of New Zealand’s best interpreters of the blues.

In the 1980s Dave travelled through the United States meeting musicians and learning blues tunes from the originals like Eugene Powell better known as Sonny Boy Nelson. This experience gave Dave an insight into music that has kept him in touch with the heart and soul of the blues ever since. One of the highlights of the journey was a trip to Clarksdale Mississippi and neighbouring towns Greenville and Leland where he visited and played music with Mississippi blues greats.

Dave recalls "I went to Chicago and stayed there for four months. I went to the blues clubs on the north side where all the jams were happening and made some inroads eventually and got a residency at one of the clubs. That was big news for me cos Muddy Waters had done that as well, you know, and I just felt like I was stepping into these big footprints. These things are important, right? They help you connect somehow."

Later in the 1980’s and early ‘90s Dave performed with his bands the Juke Jivers, and the Hot Leftovers with Darren Watson. Since the mid-'90s Dave and Dougal have been well known as key members of the Red Dog Saloon Band, one of the hottest live performance bands around; Dave’s vocal delivery and melodic guitar style a dramatic counterpoint to Dougal Speirs' more in-your-face approach to the guitar in that band.

Dave has opened for Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Champion Jack Dupree in Wellington, and played on stage with Robert Jnr Lockwood.

Dougal was a founder of the Capital Blues Club in Wellington in 1996 and is still seen there most Thursday evenings.

Dave Murphy quotes:
- “The blues is 3 chords and the truth.”
- “The blues is a music made by people who have struggled, have hard and true stories to tell and do so in a voice that is compelling.”

What people who know about blues music have to say about Dave and Dougal:
- "Dave Murphy has to be NZ's finest acoustic blues guitarist, with an earthy voice and a real feel for pre-war styles.” – Mike Garner, Blues News.
- "Dave is an icon in the New Zealand music scene" – music critic Nick Bollinger
- “Dougal Spier playing so fine and righteous blues guitar – it knocks me around for about 3 weeks every time I see Dougal play. Count that man’s fingers!!” – Karen Clark, Raumati South singer/songwriter.

Red Dog Acoustic Duo will be supported by Blakewater Blues, consisting of local musicians Gordon Chamley (harmonica and vocals), Murray Kilpatrick (finger-style guitar and vocals) and Sue Rose (vocals) playing traditional acoustic blues.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Some door sales available, $20.00

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