Monthly Archives: November 2015

November Concert: A touch of the blues

Roseneath School Hall, Thursday 26 November, 7:30 pm

Cindy Muggeridge

Cindy, a member of the amazing Muggeridge family from Taranaki, started out playing with Steve, Janet and the late Alan years ago in a band in London. Often seen now performing with harmonica player Neil Billington and in the Raven Mavens with clarinettist and vocalist Marian Carter. Cindy is a formidable keyboardist, singer and song-writer in the blues tradition, with a dollop of jazz thrown in to make a scintillating mix.

Blakewater Blues (Gordon Chamley and Murray Kilpatrick)

This duo was formed about 4 years ago from two musicians well-known to Wellington music-lovers. Their material comes from such great names as Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Mississippi John Hurt, alongside Gordon’s original compositions in similar traditional vein. Multi-instrumentalist Murray’s versatility is well known on the local and national music scene (he also plays with the dance band The Jimmies) while blues devotee Gordon, originally from England, is a familiar figure in the Wellington area clubs for his singing and blues harp.

John Sutherland

John has been in this country since the 1960s but learned a love of the blues in his native Aberdeen from musicians such as Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Jack Dupree and Ramblin’ Jack Eliot. At this point his instrument was the harmonica, though Wellington music-lovers know him as much as an ace guitarist. While the New Zealand folk scene reintroduced him to British traditional music, blues has remained an important part of his repertoire. He describes his guitar style as derivative of all these influences “within the limitations of his skill” – modest as well as talented!

Entry: $15, $10 members and students