New songs from Claude Hay: listen here

I’ve seen Australian one-man blues band Claude Hay a few times now. I think he’s fabulous: the right mix of genuinely rootsy, funky, funny, nice, and a string and slide virtuoso to boot. He deserves your time; give him a listen below. Claude has a new album coming out next month. Below are a couple […]

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Claude Hay and Matt Andersen live at the Brass Monkey

We got an early Christmas present from my mom, who tipped us off to the fact that Canadian blues guitar wizard Matt Andersen was touring Australia. So last Thursday we took the train down to Cronulla’s Brass Monkey to see him. It’s a co-headlining tour of two stringed-instrument masters. First up wasClaude Hay. First impressions […]

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Joe Bonamassa at the State Theatre

Last night’s gig was a deep immersion into blues-rock guitar; daunting territory for the timid, but right up my alley. It might be a daggy alley, but at least I know where I’m going. I’d heard Joe Bonamassa’s name before, but hadn’t investigated what he was about until a work mate – whose love of […]

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Great Big Sea at The Basement

Great Big Sea are a pretty popular party-time band from Newfoundland, Canada. For 20 years they’ve blended East Coast folk music (strongly Irish-influenced) with pop-rock melodies and sensibilities. I saw them a couple of times when I lived in Canada, and once in London in 2007 (read the comments thread on that blog post; I […]

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