Capital Blues Inc, Wellington New Zealand

Weekly blues at Jack Hackett’s Irish Pub, corner of Dixon and Taranaki Streets Wellington – every Thursday from 8.30pm
Free for Blues Club members and guests

Wellington is one of Canberra’s sister cities, and we attended the 3 October blues night featuring Carol Bean, Terry Casey and Dave Murphy. What a great night out!

Take a seat, order your dinner and drinks and sit back to enjoy good local musicians playing their hearts out. Lots of audience members were on the dance floor and some showed that they had indeed learnt to dance.

It’s very heartening to see a Wellington city business supporting local music like this. Keeping live music alive is no mean feat these days as Canberrans know only too well. If you visit our sister city do consider including this evening in your plans.

Well then, about the musicians from the Capital Blues website:

Carol Bean has performed for Capital Blues at Cuba Dupa, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ and Julie Lamb’s ‘Wild Women of Wellington Sing the Blues’. Carol grew up watching blues musicians in LA; Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Drawn to ‘swampy’ songwriters like Lucinda Williams and Tony Joe White, Carol has written and recorded three albums, and guested at festivals in NZ and Australia.

Terry Casey is an integral member of the Wellington blues scene. He fronts his own band and is the go-to blues harp player for many musicians including Darren Watson, Dougal Spier, and Dave Murphy. Terry’s original songs are rhythmic, hard hitting and often funny. He has almost enough songs for an album – watch this space.

Dave Murphy isn’t just a bluesman, a Piedmont picker, and vocalist, he also leans towards country ballads and has perfected the picking style of Chet Atkins. He is in a duo with Janet Muggeridge and plays in the Red Dog Saloon Band with Dougal Spier. Dave, Terry and Carol have performed together and as duos regularly. They were featured guests at the NZ Blues Festival in Rotorua where Dave opened for acclaimed American slide blues player Doug McLeod.

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