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Thursday 12 December HBS NZ Christmas Party

Hamilton Blues Society NZ Christmas Party PosterThursday 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.

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Gold Mic Songwriter’s Competition

Submit your entry to Huw Alderman, HBS Event Manager at

Simplifying the entry process as much as possible, you can enter an mp3 or mp4 recorded on your phone if you wish (preferred method and media).

Fully studio productions are equally acceptable so long as they are submitted as mp3 or mp4.

Genre: blues.  What does this mean?
Your song can be Texas, Delta, Mississippi, Chicago, British, even Country blues – even Kiwi blues – but it must be BLUES.

Enter as many times as you wish with different songs you have written.

All entries will be acknowledged.

We will not however, be checking for plagiarism or sampling time – so if the phrasing is sampled, the melody plagiarised, or copied, responsibility for that sits squarely on the songwriter’s shoulders.

Five judges will evaluate and judge you creation – and of course – the chances are that those musicians may also submit a song (or two).  Any judge assessing his own material must refrain from voting.  The judges decision is final.

When submitting you song please provide a brief biographical description of yourself.  This may be used in the final round and for advertising and promotional purposes.

Waiver  or  Release:  If your material has been published, released through a publishing house, or the lyrics have been registered, we need your signed consent to share your work as described below.

Winning:  There will be four levels of attainment, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Aluminium which receive recognition.  The Gold position (winner) has their name engraved on the coveted Golden Mic trophy.  All four will receive a certificate of accomplishment.

Media  Coverage:  All place-holders will have their pictures and award recorded in Facebook and on our website.  If opposed to this media exposure you must voice you objection when submitting your song.

Ultimate  Prize:  The top songs will be sent to our Sister Society in Ontario, Canada where they will be given air-time, and may be a story in the local rag.  You may be asked for a radio interview as well.  Make sure your contact details are current and correct (don’t assume we have correct details on record).

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The picture show the Rockaholics perfoming at Pirongia Blues Festival.
The picture show the Rockaholics perfoming at Pirongia Blues Festival.
Rockaholics perfoming at Pirongia Blues Festival.

Formed about 5 years as a party band from previous groups too numerous to mention, The Rockaholics have been gigging around the Waikato. B.O.P and Auckland. The ‘Holics have a static line up: John Maydon (vocal, guitar and harmonica), Paul Alderton (vocals and drums), Mark Kneebone (vocals and bass), and Chris Penman (vocals and guitar). Occasionally they also incorporate Brian Omundsen (vocals and sax), and/or Norbet Abel (keyboards) when required. Blues from all genres has always been a large part of the band’s repertoire and they enjoy a good jam session.

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Under The Influence

Under The Influence

Under The InfluenceUNDER THE INFLUENCE have been together since the beginning of 2017, when Hugo Kappes, followed by Chrissy Thomasen, joined its founding members – Bobbi Prentice, Gleniss Kehely and Pete Wood. The band’s original name was The Rifters, but when Under the Influence was suggested instead, members voted unanimously in favour.

Under the Influence of what? – of BLUES MUSIC of course. The band has slowly built a repertoire of songs over the past two years and is going from strength to strength.

Chrissy took up drums at age 39 and began playing in church worship teams. New to Hamilton Blues Society, Chrissy’s first brush with Blues was a stint in Al’s Angels 2015-16, before joining Under the Influence. Chrissy works in Property Management and is also passionate about visual and the creative arts, acting, dancing, writing, photography, painting and making videos.

Gleniss plays an invaluable role in the band. Aside from doing percussion and backing vocals, Gleniss keeps an accurate log of band music and songs, recording fine details and taking video for the band to review. She provides constant feedback on performances, and this helps the band to continually to reflect, adjust and grow. Glennis has been a member of HBS for many years and is currently serving as Chairperson (2018– 2019).

Pete loves to play his Music Man bass guitar, but when he wants to make a statement, he plays Genevieve – his upright bass. Also a member of HBS for many years, Pete began by mixing it up on the sound desk. His desire to get on the stage gradually took hold – he started learning the bass and was a founding member of ‘The Conmen’. Pete runs a small business making plastic components and designing machinery in his workshop. “The Jam Factory” is also home for band practice.

Bobbi is the original band member, band coordinator and contact person. She is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Bobbi has been a member of HBS since 2011 and wasa committee member in 2015. This is Bobbi’s first blues band, but she has been a regular at the Hamilton Acoustic Club and open mic. nights at Biddy’s for several years. Bobbiwas part of the HAMC committee for 3 years when the club was part of the Biddy’s livemusic scene.

Hugo has played guitar behind closed doors for years. Now he’s out and there’s nostopping him! To date Hugo sings three or four songs in the band, one of which he recently wrote himself. Hugo works as a blacksmith, creating beautifully crafted knives, swords and daggers from recycled steel. Hugo also enjoys sailing with the Spirit of Adventure and acting on television and in movies, with a recent role seeing him play a blacksmith from the 1800’s.