Studio 93 - February 2008
An edited version of the performance is available on DVD to members of the public for $15. Club members can avail themselves of the uncut version (a double set including the edited copy) at the discounted members price of $15.
Humpty Doo Pub (2008)
See attached powerpoint (8.21MB) presentation - May 08.
Darwin Ski Club (2007)
In early 2007 the newly formed Darwin Blues & Roots Club Inc held regular Sunday Arvo jam sessions at the Darwin Ski Club. Despite not being on the current events calendar, the Ski Club Sunday Jam Sessions will always be remembered fondly as the place where Darwin's Blues began in earnest.
Nirvana Restaurant (2007)
Review by Chris Canning
"Saturday Nights at Nirvana have been a source of great enjoyment for audiences and musicians alike. Sometimes it's hard to tell who are the listeners and who are the players, the place is so relaxed. The main musicians are Marcus Selen and Tony Joyce. They have worked out a smooth and sumptuous sound mixing Marc's acoustic and vocals blues style, (influenced by the likes of Keb Mo), and Tony's eclectic electric. It is not uncommon for Tony to mix styles as diverse as Bluegrass and Reggae in the same phrase and not only get away with it but make it sound like the song should always have been that way.
They are often joined by Yoris Wilson or Tony Bradford on bass, and sometimes Allen Murphy, or Bernie (yes Bernie the excellent sax player) on Drums. You never know who else might turn up and bring the house down. Lilla has been known to do just that, singing up a storm with her St Louis Blues and originals. Alan Beazley is a Nirvana favorite with a voice as smooth as milk, (but there's definitely some bourbon in that milk). Sometimes Alan will support Bonnie Galea as she sings some jazz, blues or her originals in her unique style.
Chris Canning also sings some jump blues or just blow some harp. Sometimes the unholy trinity of Damien Pearson, Lorina Trayte and Chris C on soprano, alto, and tenor saxes respectively will blow horn lines that scare people. Many others have also played but the memory blurs when you have too much of a good time."
Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival (2007)
Review by Chris Canning
Darwin Blues and Roots Club presented '50 Years of Blues' at the Seabreeze Festival 2007, available on DVD for just $10.
"This DVD documents the Darwin Blues and Roots Club's first ever showcase and will most likely become a collector's item. All the performances were solid and the sound is not bad at all. The theme was a brief history of the blues and included songs from the 1920's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's.
The styles are as diverse as Delta Blues, Jazz Blues, Jump, Chicago, Soul, Electric, and Aussie Pub Rock. Given the great performances, the sound quality, the editing, the historic significance for the DB&RC and finally the low price of AUD$10, you just gotta get one!!!"
The DVD features:
Walking Blues - Marcus Selen
St James Infirmary - Alan Beazley
T-bone shuffle - Chris Canning
Lenny - Lachlan Bell
Howl'n at the Moon - Tony Bradford
Dust my Broom - Lilla Washington
I wanna know - Andrew 'Legs' Arthur
Available to purchase at any club gathering, from club members - $10
The Blues Shack, Knuckey Lagoon, Berrimah
Review by Tracey Taylor
"The jam, last week, at Duncan's Blues Shed was, I thought, awesome (and even if I hadn't had a few lemonades, it couldn't have been better). The musos are so versatile and talented and the shed rocked & funked into the night.
The sound these musos produce is absolutely top shelf, the collective pool of talent astounding. Everyone mixed and matched and played things I didn't know they could play. It was grouse. Lachlan was on fire (as I hear he was the night before at Nirvana). This young man is going to go places, when he finishes school that is - not too long to go now - hang in there and give it all you've got.
Marcus Selen, David Wibrow, Sue May (you go girl), Tony Bradford, Duncan Bell (what a dab hand - it must run in the family), Chris Canning (what can't this bloke do?), five (5) stars ***** you mob. I know you wouldn't have made any money if gate takings were the measure of success (only 'cos there is no charge) however from your very appreciative audience - you just can't stop the music!!
Darwin Blues and Roots Club members and friends welcome
A great place to rehearse, jam, network or practice
Meet other club members
BYO chair, drinks, instruments and leads
If a BBQ is provided bring a plate or place an offering to the ice bucket
PA, bass amp and drum kit provided