2017 Festival Lineup
John Tuala JT
Tony Painting and The Power. Auckland-based Blues Rock Band fronted by UK born guitarist and vocalist Tony Painting, their special brand of blistering guitar based boogie blues/rock is a real show stopper.
Notably known for their blues/rock styling’s , Tony and The Power can and do cover a wide range of musical genres or styles, and depending on the venue or function for which they have been hired, you could expect to hear them play anything from Stevie Wonder to Dire Straits, Santana to The Beatles. Unlike other blues stylized bands the depth and collective experience within The Power means they can just about play anything. The key to this is a lineup of seasoned musicians with diverse musical back grounds.
Leo LaDell and the Generators
The Fabulous Murray Brothers
The first Murray Brothers gig was over 25 years ago – at the Glass Pig, Tarrington, UK. Since then the Brothers have been fortunate enough to play 100’s of gigs all over the world (from festivals to funerals). In various line-ups over the years they have shared the stage with (amongst others) Buddy Whittington, Imelda May, Shakin’ Stevens, Nine Below Zero, Chris Farlow, Steve Gibbons and Tim Healy.
Warwick and Stafford’s talent have been recognised internationally when playing alongside members of The Move, Tom Jones Band, Queen, ACDC, Simply Red, Van Morrison, Free, The Robert Plant Band, and The Chris Barber Band – to mention but a few.
At this year’s festival The Fabulous Murray Brothers will be playing an unplugged(ish!) duo set and a full line-up set featuring the amazing Aaron Nonoa (Bass) and Mark Thomas (Drums) from Strange Brew.
Jules & Jam-Man
Jules Kesha Aiau has a powerful, rich, soulful vocal style and her brother Peter Kesha is a musical genius on piano-keyboards. Both are well experienced musicians who have performed overseas and throughout New Zealand. While they won’t be performing with their full band line-up, the Dunedin based, talented brother and sister duo will definitely excite your ears and musical taste buds! – A highlight not to be missed!
Valley Bluegrass formed nearly four years ago and regularly play their authentic bluegrass music at many Central Otago venues, garden bars, cafes, weddings, private functions and Farmers Markets etc. The band is presently Carola Dunbar – fiddle, Robbie Stevens – banjo, Sean Donald – guitar and Dave Coleclough – upright bass
Bulltproof Convertible are a hard and fast Rock’n’Roll trio; they play largely original music drawing on a wide variety of musical styles’ principally fifties rock’n’roll. Country and blues with a hint of jazz and gypsy- all fused together into one high energy ,tight and edgy performance.Silas ,Paul and Alex are all seasoned road dogs when it comes to gigging over the years up and down New Zealand and the U.K.They guarantee you’ll feel like dancing
Terry Ebeling plays harmonica guitar and sings, performing original songs and a fascinating assortment of covers of other songwriters’ songs, his professional presentation and powerful music combine to provide the audience with a magical experience.
Terry Ebeling’s style of blues/roots/rock has proved popular with audiences around the world for over twenty years. In the late 70’s, Terry performed in bars and cafes in Germany for a year, then joined a blues band in Kansas called Blue Plate Special. In 1980, with his two brothers, (as The Ebeling Brothers) moved to Phoenix Arizona where they played any venue they could find, and began perfecting their busking act. Terry and his brother Billy travelled to Europe when they launched the “Continental Drift tour” in 1982. In 1987, Terry again rejoined his brothers in Auckland New Zealand where they did support for Brownie Mcghee, Robert Junior Lockwood, and played an after- concert for Pink Floyd at David Gilmour’s special request.
Terry returned to the States, where he lived in Austin Texas, enjoying success in the venues in and around Austin, the “live music capital of the world”, where a highlight was playing harmonica with Willie Nelson. The Ebeling Brothers have released four albums together, including the EMI release “All You Can Eat”, and their latest, “Wrong Side of the Planet”, Terry has released an album with his acoustic Texas band, Hunker Down, and is now working on a solo project.
The Ebeling Brothers did support for part of the Little River Band’s New Zealand tour in 1997.
Local Dunedin band, Ambulant is an eclectic mix of international styles which is hard to pigeon hole as it has evolved and honed over the three decades of jaunting around the globe looking for adventure.
The result is an agreeably surprising rhythmic lyrical style tunes played passionately by Ambulants, musicians whom are all individually practiced in the art of enjoying their craft to share with music lovers. The genre today includes acoustic or electric rock, folk & blues, providing a wide panoply of styles to different audiences.
Warwick Murray and His World of Blues Solo
Warwick Murray is one of the most entertaining and energetic multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters around. An accomplished blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player he has toured with bands in the USA, the UK, Fiji and the Pacific, and South America as well as New Zealand and Australia. He appears yearly at jazz festivals in Chile where his group La Maquina de Blues has won national music awards and released two albums. He is a regular at Winterfest and New Year celebrations in Queenstown and has undertaken over a dozen successful tours across New Zealand with the Strait Shooters. Formerly of Wellington’s favourite blues band, Strange Brew, he also plays in one of Wellington’s best known bluesrock line-ups The Crying Shame often appearing at the Bristol Blues Club. Warwick also writes songs and plays music from around the world on spanish guitar, ukulele, mandolin and banjo and has recorded two albums of singer-songwriter material (‘From the Ocean’ on Barn Records and ‘Paekakariki Moon’ on Refried Audio). He has appeared on TV One singing his own compositions, his Youtube channel has over 50,000 hits, and a recent video of Hendrix’s Voodoo Chile on ukulele achieved 16,000 hits in two weeks. He had National Radio series in 2014 featuring eight of his compositions. When appearing solo at Portobello he will be taking us around the world playing and singing diverse blues music with elements of bossanova, folk, flamenco and jazz on a range of instruments that together form his World of Music show.
Link to his music here
Just a little part 70’s, shadows of a gospel soul priestess and a former life of a jazz & blues diva, Catherine Tunks is a performing artist that doesn’t buy into the genre moulding factory very easily.
Give this girl a telecaster and one could be reminded of an attitude not unlike Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, or Samantha Fish. Mix in a little black magic and gospel, and find yourself on a road trip through the land where the boundaries of blues, americana jazz and soul become one, with the band boys in the back seat and mama firmly at the steering wheel.
Armed with her trusty guitar, this time without her usual 7 piece band & performing a rare stripped back series of acoustic shows especially for this years Portobello – she dives deep into the musical roots of her country church upbringing, the Irish and NZ Maori heritage giving her that undeniable South Pacific groove amongst the Louisiana style mystery. With vocals that can soar through many moods, Cat Tunks will give her audience an obvious seduction that comes only from a life well lived on and off the stage.
An original songwriter and former band leader of jazz/funk/blues group BlackSandDiva for the best part of a decade, she has travelled the world as a performing and recording artist with two acclaimed original albums, a Waiata Maori Music Awards nomination and an impressive list of festival appearances and collaborations with musicians from all over the globe. She is currently also touring her latest EP release with her blues/country soul fusion group ‘The Beautiful Dreamers’.