This Sunday Special will be a celebration of great songwriting and high energy performance. Sunday 12 September at Meow, doors 3.30pm, show from 4.00pm. In particular, we’ll be celebrating Wayne Mason who features in both bands.
With the ‘Fallen Angels’ Wayne will be performing songs from his 50+ years back catalogue. Wayne Mason - (writer of "Nature") - has been a member of some of New Zealand's most well-known bands (from The Fourmyula, Rockinghorse, Warratahs) - Apra Silver Scroll Winner and finalist (twice) and has made a significant contribution to the music industry as a singer/songwriter/musician.
"Mason's lyrics trace so clearly the geography of the heartland as well as the heart; the melodies themselves feel elemental, as ageless as a sou'wester, as permanent as the hills." (Listener "Same Boy").
However don’t expect to just sit back and listen to great writing, Wayne and his band are high energy and Wayne writes songs with great hooks and danceability.
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues band will start the afternoon. This band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment. A combination of ‘old hands’ who have been making music a long time, absolutely revelling in the playing.
With the Back Porch Blues band Wayne is the master of boogie ‘burning it up’ on the keys and adding his iconic voice to the vocal mix. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky-tonk.
You’ll find John O’Connor ‘eating it up’ on lead guitar, never self-indulgent – just soulful and astonishing. The rhythm section brings a warm acoustic volume with George Barris on tasty upright bass and Peter Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums proving that you don’t need to be loud to groove.
The lads offer four-part vocal harmony to Laura’s lead, combining often for a lush gospel-blues sound.
With Laura up front and all about the show, expect to hear a little Francine Reed, Catherine Russell, Fats Domino, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, some of Laura’s own and others she can put her stamp on, all with their roots in the blues.
A Sunday Special on the menu to warm up your Winter with great songwriting and high energy performance.
Sunday 12 September, Meow, doors 3.30pm, show from 4.00pm, tickets from Moshtix and on the door. We’ll have cabaret-style seating, please come early to sit with a group.