The Conmen were first formed about 12 years ago with Trevor Harris on lead guitar, Huw Alderman rhythm guitar and vocals, then Dean McGaveston joined on drums, shortly followed by Pete Wood on bass, then Bruce Stott came in with his Harp, followed closely by Amy Lee Gorlicki on Sax to complete the brass section. There have been a few changes with Barry Stirling, Maciek Hrybowicz, then Jingyu Zhang playing lead guitar, and over time, Dean, Pete, Barry and finally Bruce leaving, resulting in the star line up of Marty Haughie on drums, Trevor Harris on bass, Amy on sax and keyboards, Derek Hartley (aka Deek) lead/rhythm guitar and backing vocals (BV’s), Dave Wilkinson on lead guitar and BV’s with Huw Alderman (current band-leader) doing the singing out front plus a bit of harp and rhythm guitar.
As Huw says “it’s been a long and rewarding venture to get to this point with having such an encouraging group of talent. In fact, I must say, I’ve been encouraged by Trev to stop singing, Dave to stop playing guitar, and everyone to stop playing harp!!!” says Huw… “I love playing with these guys. We have a lot of fun at rehearsals and always do our best to put on a good show, with the wide and weird range of music, that, to be fair, generally I choose.”
The Agnostic Contrarians are a Hamilton and Kāwhia modern blues band with a good dose of original material. We also like to delve into the lesser known highways and byways of the almost infinite great blues songbook.
Roger (aka Mr Mudslide) is a solo performer with a lifelong interest in blues music. These days he contributes to keeping the blues alive by focussing on traditional finger-style acoustic and resonator slide guitar.
It is not unknown for Mr Mudslide to accompany himself with rack harmonica on occasion.
He often performs on instruments he has built himself, performing regularly at smaller venues and various events around the Waikato.
Mr Mudslide favours open tuning when playing slide and draws his repertoire mainly from songs by many of the early blues masters. However he does perform acoustic interpretations of certain contemporary blues classics as well as a handful of originals for good measure.
Magic & 3am Blues are excited to be playing again at the Rotorua Blues Festival over Labour Weekend Saturday night 24th October 2020.
Magic & 3am Blues are a five piece Hamilton-based Blues Rock Band which have been part of the Hamilton Blues Scene for many years and have become regular performers at The Hamilton Blues Society monthly jam and Showcase nights, Okoroire Blues Festival,Pirongia Blues Festival, and in the past, Tauranga National Jazz Festival,
and the Rotorua Blues Festival.
The band share a love of high energy classic Blues Rock and are influenced by great blues players such as: Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix and Gary Clark Jnr.
The current band line up is: Magic Murphy (Vocals/Harp), Graeme Webb (Lead Guitar), Eric Otoka (Drums), Rob Wilson (Bass Guitar), and Colin Ogle (Sax).
Shotgun Band, formerly Shotgun Hill, grew from an amalgamation of musicians from HBS ensembles Sandpit and Tin Shed, into a working band, Shotgun. Bandleader Neil Ransfield has been instrumental in bringing together a selection of HBS musicians over a period of time to create a four-piece band with a strong blues influence.
Neil provides vocals, harmonica, and percussion where required, Chris Dunn delivers on lead guitar and vocals, Garry Phillips vocals and bass, with Dean McGaveston on drums. All vocalists provide backing vocals in support of one another.
The blues style is very much electric blues leaning strongly towards British blues. Other influences include Los Lobos, Bondi Cigars, Red Devils, Clapton, Hendrix, Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Santana, Jeff Beck, and others, such as John Mayall.
From the audience point of view, a dynamic representation of the blues genre, with a diverse splattering of classic and modern blues numbers.
In the mid 1980’s the ex-vocalist from Morrinsville Band ‘Gaffa’, Doug Barker, teamed up with Hamilton guitarist Murray Coombes and formed ‘Velvet Bulldozer’. A blues band leaning more to the rockier edge of the genre. There were few changes along the way before they settled on their final line up and for the next several years played pubs, clubs and festivals around the North Island as well as becoming huge favourites of the Motorcycle Club circuit.
But all good things got to come to an end and in the mid 90’s Velvet Bulldozer disbanded and the members all moved on to other bands, careers and adventures and got busy raising families.
In Sept 2016 the entire line up reformed for the first time in 25 years to headline at the Roadhouse Bar & Cafés ‘Woodstock Revisited’ event to help raise money for a local muso doing it a bit tough.
With only a couple of rehearsals it was evident that the magic was still there and the night was a great success. It didn’t take much for the boys to decide that this wasn’t going to be just another one-off and to get back out there and spread their brand of hard rockin’ blues. They’ve become regular favourites with The Hamilton Blues Society and have performed at the Tauranga, Pirongia and Bay of Plenty Blues Festivals, the 2018’s “GEMINI’ party, (an annual rockfest organised by Paul Martin from The Axe Attack), and opened for the NZ AC/DC Tribute show at Altitude.
With no signs of slowing down, Velvet Bulldozer are back and out to party.
Thursday 12 December HBS NZ Christmas Party, 7pm back bar Biddy Mulligans.
Bring your membership card and qualify for drink deals. There will be raffles so bring some change for the tickets. Wear fancy dress if you fancy and join in the fun. Musicians wishing to play please register via the website – use the Contacts tab.
Child friendly, finger food, raffles, merchandise, and some guests, so let us make them feel welcome.