Blues News #627

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Blues News #627

Ho, ho, ho … well that’s enough of that, but there’s no escaping it! Sleepy Hollow Blues Club’s present to itself this year is Hey Gringo!
Hey Gringo is an eclectic, earthy, funk injected, original jazz, blues ‘n’ roots band who have been delivering unique, irresistible live performances for nearly two decades.
This multi award winning band of seasoned, outstanding instrumentalists, singers and songwriters, have notched up four critically acclaimed albums, toured extensively, both nationally and internationally and have performed with some of the biggest names in the global music arena.
The band was formed by Daryl Roberts (Spectrum/Blackfeather/Jimmy Witherspoon) around 1993 and has seen a fluid lineup of amazing musicians including the likes of Nicky Bomba (John Butlet Trio/Bomba/Melb Sca Orchestra) who engineered and co-produced the first three albums. It has also included at one time or another Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool/Mondo Rock), Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Spectrum, Broderick Smith (Dingoes/Carson), Kevin Borich, Neale Johns (Blackfeather) among others.
Their repertoire includes boogie piano, smoking organ, hot sax, steamy harmonica and quirky guitar, over a layer of irresistible rockin’ roots and rhythm. With album number five just released as a ‘best of’ tribute, highlighting songs from the bands exceptional career and guaranteed to reinforce why Hey Gringo are still one of the most popular, sought after bands of the Australian festival and venue circuit.
The session will also feature the jam session Sleepy Hollow has made popular with experienced and learning musicians.
So get to Sleepy Hollow’s Xmas Party for a sensational evening of good music and entertainment with Hey Gringo, Sunday 13th December. Check Facebook for details. January 5th and 6th brings Blues Boot Camp back to the Bellerine.
Blues Boot Camp is a fun and challenging two day and one evening highly interactive workshop, where participants will gain both theoretical and practical music industry skills from trained and experienced music industry professionals.
Blues Boot Camp is designed for all instruments and is for ages 12 to 25 years with an intermediate ability level for instrumentalists and beginner to intermediate level for vocalists. Group tuition and ensemble coaching is provided, culminating in an ensemble performance in the evening on Thursday January 7, 2016.
The experienced, professional tutors have the knowledge to deal with and answer questions on every aspect of performance and the business side of music in a practical and useful way. Tutors include Wayne Jury, Tim Neal, Sarah Carroll, Kelly Auty, Michael Pollitt, David Robertson & Chris Wilson.
While having knowledge of the rules and theories of music is important, the ability to express yourself is equally so. Through Blues Boot Camp participants will gain a basic understanding of the mechanics of the blues and gospel forms of music as well as practical ways to apply this knowledge to modern forms of music.
Blues Boot Camp encourages freedom of expression, combining knowledge and emotion, and fosters cooperation and team building.
For an amazing, and educational experience head over to and register before 18th December.
Written by John (Dr John) Lamp
Proudly presented by the Sleepy Hollow Blues Club