Aug 2011

Blues Performer Of The Year

I am proud to announce that Dr. Don’s Double Dose, myself and Rob Grosser
have been judged Blues Performer of the Year - solo/duo category for the NSW & ACT region at the Sydney Blues Challenge. This means, along with the prize money, we will be competing with other international blues musicians in Memphis, USA., February, 2012. Thanks go to the Blues Foundation in the USA and the Sydney Blues Society for organising these events. We recommend joining the Sydney Blues Society to keep informed about live blues in Sydney and to help keep the blues alive.

On Sunday I performed live soundtracks with
Captain Matchbox members along with 5 other musical acts for Silent Comics at the Opera Theatre in the Sydney Opera House as part of the Graphics Fest. We played 3 original works, one composed by myself, while the audience watched the comic artwork films on the big screen. All the music performed was outstanding and highly imaginative. 2 of the films we played for were of art by the great R. Crumb. Unfortunately we didn’t get to play with Mr. Crumb as originally planned as he decided to cancel his visit, due to a trashy article published in a Sydney tabloid.

This Friday catch the Big Wheel line up at the Empire of Annandale.
FRIDAY 26 AUGUST: JIM CONWAY’S BIG WHEEL + Dan Hopkins & The Generous Few.  8PM.  $20; $15 conc.  
One of this country's best blues bands, featuring our leading Blues harmonica-player, Jim Conway. 
Jim’s extensive career includes national tours with American bluesman Brownie McGhee, The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Circus Oz, and The Backsliders. Big Wheel boasts an absolute all-star line up of musicians who share Jim’s passion for Blues, Jump and Swing, Don Hopkins, Jess Green, Stan Valacos, Andy Byrnes and R. P. White.  
Support act Dan Hopkins (no relation to Don Hopkins) is an emerging talent on the Sydney Folk/Blues/Roots scene.  

Rob and I are once again at the Newcastle Jazz Festival this Sunday
Over 40 performers, 65 hours of great Jazz.
A festival that’s worth checking out.

See gigs page for more details