Paul Daly & The Heavy Hitters
Ali Penney is a piano player, vocalist and writer - based in Sydney, Australia.
Her journey in The Blues - covers the last fifteen years, playing with renowned bands such as The Hippos, Lil Fi, Midnight Ramblers and Supro.
Ali has performed in the Australian touring bands of Andrew 'Junior Boy' Jones, Lloyd Jones, and Fiona Boyes. Most recently, Ali has put her own band together, The Money Makers, and has recorded her debut album: Temptation.
Ali won the Australian Blues Music Award for Best Band 2010. She also won Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year Competition in 2009, and represented NSW in Memphis 2010 and 2011. She spent a month in New Orleans and sat in with Walter Wolfman Washington and The Palm Court Orchestra.
She has hit the road bringing her own brand of good-time boogie and blues to appreciative audiences across the land down under. On this, her third trip to the West Coast, she is part of the Vibrolators energetic roadshow promoting the release of her latest collaboration with those Wild West Coast Hipsters of the Blues.. "Frangipani".
You can visit Ali on:- www.myspace.com/alisonpenney
& see her performance at the Sydney Blues Festival 2009 Windsor NSW:- www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0_mUP4PT2U
"Home Brew is without doubt one best kept secret as far as blues are concerned, in WA"
(Mike Hall President of South West Blues Club)
Home Brew has a huge following in the south west and in particular at the blues club where they have been the house band for over five years. On the back of their successful eastern states appearances and launch of their original CD "Cynical Swing" at the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival in 2008 the band has developed a unique and distinctive blues style, characterised by driving rhythm and soaring guitar punctuated by unison playing of the sax and harmonica that gives an almost brass section quality to the sound. Their range of blues styles has been called "eclectic" and the band draws on the many influences of its members to give a top quality show.
Home Brew appear regularly at Bridgetown Blues Festival and performed at the Australian Blues Music Festival in 2009 and are off to Blues on Broadbeach festival on the Gold Coast in May for their 2nd appearance. The recent edition of Peter Chorltons on guitar and Jayden Williamson on drums (recently named in the top ten young drummers in the country) have given the band an extra dimension and versatility to its sure-fire crowd pleasing approach to the blues. Throw in 'occasional' sixth member Al Rogers and his Texan style hot guitar playing and you have a great combination of players and approaches.
The Band is:
Chris Gibbs - Lead Vocals & Harmonica
Peter Chorlton - Guitar
Mal Toft - Sax
Carl Holroyd - Bass
Jayden Williamson - Drums
The 'occasional' Al Rogers - Guitar
check us out at: www.homebrewbluesband.net
Playing songs from S.R.V, Robert Johnson, Hendrix, Albert King, etc..
Performs solo acoustic sets, as well as playing guitar and vocals for the band "Smokehouse Blues".
Spent 10 years full-time, playing blues lead guitar. Jammed with the likes of Matt Taylor, Ivan Zar and many other great musicians.
Had the opportunity to play with my band Smokehouse Blues at the 2011 Bridgetown Blues Festival.
While I have had some time away from the music industry - I have always had my guitars close, and it is really good to be back - performing the music that I love.
This has been made possible with the support of my partner and all the people around me. My aim is to play, so that you can feel the Blues, not just listen to it.
Kerry Ryan - Electric & acoustic guitars and vocals.
The boys are back in town!
After a 7 year hiatus and two phone calls, Loaded Denim has reformed with the addition of rhythm guitarist (and school teacher) Derek Cumpsty.
With their first rehearsal after almost a decade, the boys all agreed that it was like they had never separated. It was clear that the spark that made them such a tight unit was still there. Originally a 3-piece outfit, the sound of this seasoned band has gone from strength to strength with the addition of Derek's solid rhythm guitar.
Lead vocalist, bass player, Phil Arena teaches at a Perth University and has been playing in bands for most of his life since the age of 11. Always in demand as a session bass player, Phil became an original member of the Universal Blues Band, whose CD, 'Get on the blues train' was released in 2000 to international acclaim. The Universal Blues Band were featured at the Bridgetown Blues festival the same year and were given a 5-star rating by reviewer Lorry Cole who labelled them as 'show stoppers' and observing how the audience were, "blown away by the whole band's sheer talent".
Drummer, Dave Harris is a trade assistant who first drummed with bands in the UK when he was 15. Coming to Australia in 1981, Dave has played in various rock and blues bands in Perth and surrounding areas. In the 1990s Dave performed at most of Perth's jam nights including regular spots at the Perth Blues Club. Dave retired from playing around the year 2000 and took up skydiving. He is now an instructor and camera flyer, having completed over 3000 jumps. Dave quickly 'jumped' at the opportunity to reform Loaded Denim.
Lead guitarist John Cumpsty (another teacher) also has been playing guitar for many years and was a member of one of the first 'big' bands to play around Perth. His influences are far and wide and he never fails to please the crowd with his wonderful guitar performances.
In the 1990s, Loaded Denim was a familiar entity in the Mandurah, Rockingham area, playing gigs throughout the southwest. Their selection of classic blues and rock includes crowd-pleasing tunes from bands such as Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, The Beatles and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Following their reunion, they have played at the revived West Coast Blues Club Jam nights at the Safety Bay Yacht Club, and private functions including a tribute performance at the annual 'Mumbles Meet' at Hillman Farm, Darkan.
Loaded Denim now reside as the West Coast Blues Club "house band", supporting jammers who attend the monthly jam sessions at the Pace Road Tavern - located at 23 Pace Road, MEDINA.
Guitar - Derek Cumpsty
Lead Vocals & Bass - Phil Arena
Drums - Dave Harris
Guitar - John Cumpsty
With his blistering guitar playing, soulful, gut-wrenching vocals and innovative songwriting, twenty-eight year old Mike Elrington is quickly showing promise as one of the most exciting young performers in Australia today.
Whether working with his three-piece electric band or as an acoustic solo act, Mike's original mix of driving Blues/ Rock /Pop and Acoustic Folk/Rock delivers with raw passion and dynamite in every performance.
In March 2003, Mike completed his first interstate tour in Tasmania where he performed state-wide on ABC radio and was received exceptionally well by a crowd of over 1000 people at The Forth Valley Blues Festival.
In March 2004, Mike was asked back again to headline The Forth Valley Blues Festival in front of a crowd of over 1500 people.
Mike's first solo release - "Too Good to be True" (Produced by Peter "Reggie" Bowman) is an exceptionally well-crafted mix of Blues/ Rock/ Pop with a modern contemporary edge. It also features the outstanding vocal talents of rising star Mia Dyson on the title track. Since its release, "Too Good to be True" has received rave reviews, extensive amounts of airplay on Blues/Roots radio shows all over Australia and last year the track "Better Days" made the top ten finalists in the blues category of the national MusicOz Awards.
In March 2005, Mike completed his first tour of the United States where he headlined a sold-out show at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco and was also fortunate enough to perform at a wide range of venues all over the country, including The 930 Blues Cafe in Jackson, Mississippi and Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago.
With his creative efforts now fully focused on a solo career, Mike is now based in Melbourne to further pursue his vision of taking his own blend of Blues/ Rock/ Roots based music into the new Millennium.
With interstate tours constantly booked, album no.2 on the way and plans to travel to the USA again in 2010, expect big things to come from this exceptionally passionate and gifted young artist.
Paul Daly &
The Heavy Hitters
With a combined 200+ years experience of live performance credentials Paul Daly and the Heavy Hitters can rightfully lay claim to being Australia’s premium power Rhythm and Blues band.
Internationally acclaimed front man, Paul Daly, steers the Heavy Hitters - Ace Follington on drums, Roy Daniel on bass guitar, Russell Smith on guitar - through an exceptional range of Chicago Blues standards from Howling Wolf to Butterfield, interspersed with a cluster of R&B originals.
Daly’s passionate and powerful rendition of R&B standards and originals is widely respected by his musical peers, R&B aficionados and audiences, with his scorching harp playing capturing the essence of Chicago Blues power. Daly consistently delivers a V8 performance every time he performs and he is continually building the reality that power R&B is alive and well.
Russell Smith is a true veteran of the Australian rock industry as he has continuously performed from the late 1960’s with some of the most innovative bands that Australia has produced. When you consider his involvement with bands such as Company Cain, Mighty Kong, Billy T, Jeff St John and Goanna Band, his contribution to Australian music can be considered legendary. Russell is regarded as one of the greatest guitar exponents of R&B, reggae and rock styles working today.
Roy Daniel would have to be considered a true veteran of Perth’s blues and rock scene as he has played live continuously since the late 1960’s with legendary bands such as Fatty Lumpkin, Matt Taylor and Chain and with Dave Hole. Together with Ace Follington, Roy has established one of the most respected rhythm sections on the West Coast. They have not only backed many international R&B performers, but also continue to back and support some of the most innovative musicians that the West Coast has produced.
Check them out at their current regular spot - at the South Street Alehouse, 277 South Street, Hilton. Saturday Nights, 9pm until late. Free Entry.
Also, have a look at their myspace page and listen to some of their latest original songs... Go to
For further information:-
Contact Lynne Cronin at "Jump Music", on 0428 326 560.
Pumping out the coolest blues and spine tingling Celtic magic are "The Shinkickers", who - in 2010, celebrated their 15th anniversary. An amazing feat for a Perth band, who started out as an acoustic 4-piece outfit that simply came together to play some blues at The Rosemount Hotel.
Over the years the band has grown, as has the fan base of this perennial favourite. The guys could play in a shed in the... Gibson Desert and they'd still get their dedicated family of fans and followers, such is the musical calibre of the band.
With the likes of:-
Pete Romano, up front, with his powerhouse vocals and harmonica and guitars
Gerry Quigley and his eclectic collection of guitars, amongst which are his no.1 (as he likes to call it) a 1968 Les Paul gold-top, a Fender Stratocaster, a mandolin,
Dobro and a double-neck - one-of-a-kind mandola/ bouzouki
Terry Pugh, the man with the mountain of keyboards - who plays the Hammond organ, piano, synthesizer and piano accordion
Leroy Cleaver on drums, with his solid backbone style and rocking beats
and last, but by no means least, bass player Greg Thomson with his melodic rhythmic sounds
The Shinkickers will take you on a musical journey - a magical mystery tour for sure.
One that will make you want to go back for more... Time and time, and time again.
You can visit The Shinkickers on:-
Or, email them at:-
There is something truly spectacular about singer-songwriter Mia Joy. Whether it is her amazing voice or her original musical phrasing and style, this lady can belt out the tunes. Mia's ability and vocal range is unique, from a strong lower-register to high sweet haunting tones, just breathtaking. Mia's soulful bluesy vocal style has been honed through many years of performing at home in Australia and internationally. Mia has supported some of our best acts at concerts and festivals. Mia along with Rob Garnett owns Blue Earth Studios. She has successfully written, recorded and produced 3 albums of her own music and while sharing her knowledge in teaching she has produced and recorded albums for many other talented musicians.
Annemieke has been performing live and recording for more than 20 years. She is a highly accomplished guitarist who is held in very high regard by her peers and fans alike. Annemieke has been recognised with an endorsement deal from Mesa Boogie Amplifiers. Annemieke is best known for her work within several Perth bands including Blush and the very first all female original WA band Siren. With a huge following in Australia and the USA Siren released a four-track E.P, video and contributed material to Channel 7 television and Triple J radio. She has also recorded an instrumental solo album. Annemieke brings with her a wealth of knowledge, style and expertise.
Izzy has a genuine passion for blues that shines through in her drum playing. Using her two best attributes "big ears and great feel" which are something to be admired. She aims to create an authentic blues experience that touches the soul of the listener. Describing her personal style as "Spicy Charlie Watts". Izzy has been performing in Perth and rural WA for over 12 years with many bands. She feels privileged to have played with some truly great talents and extends her gratitude to Ron Smeeton - legend! the late Jack MacNamara (vocalist), Graeme "Whitey" White (bass) and Rik Shnick (drummer) for their contribution to her musical journey.
Kelly loves all facets of music. She dabbles with lots of instruments, but she always comes back home to the bass, she is addicted to the injection of feel. She spends most of her spare time either performing live or writing music. The natural rawness of her compositions and performances gives honesty the appeals to the real. Recently you would have seen Kelly with the all-female line-up VAMP - performing awesome shows all over WA, including support shows for some of Australia's best bands. Blues has been a naturally driven extension of Kelly's playing, concentrating on her love for the blues since joining Sister Mojo.
You can visit the girls on:-
www.myspace.com/sistermojoblues & www.facebook.com/SISTERMOJO
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries
or visit her website at: www.wizardentertainment.com.au.
are a local versatile, high-energy five piece rock cover band.
The band consists of Richard Taylor guitar/vocal, Mike Hodge bass/vocal, Mark Nelson drums/vocal, Cliff Kinneen keys/vocal, Steve Cotterill guitar/vocal.
Mick and Steve first met at Rockingham High school, struck up a friendship and it wasn't long before they had their first band up and playing local, many years and many band's on Sonic is the latest venture these local lads find themselves in.
All of Sonic's members have many years experience playing in live band situations in and around Perth and also abroad.
Mark, Rich and Mick have all played in bands in the UK separate and together, while Cliff has shared the stage locally with artists such as Dragon, INXS, and Cold Chisel.
Jaded by the regular Perth live scene, where most bands are expected by booking agents to conform to fairly standard set list of time honoured songs and pop.
This five piece incarnation of Sonic was put together as a project to fill a musical void! and get the guys back to their roots playing some real classic rock, with passion and energy, just like it was meant to be played with real drums, guitars and keys!
No-holds-barred, live, loud and rocking !
'Sonic' perform covers from AC/DC to ZZ Top and everything in between. Their repertoire spans across five decades, including the best songs from the 60's to the current top 40.
Remember, it sounds better when it's 'Sonic'.
first played together 30 years ago, under the name "Spinifex". They reformed early in 2006 for Johnnie Smoker's 50th birthday party, and shortly after that decided to re-launch themselves as "The Hip Replacements" - later shortening the name to "The Hips".
Their name not only reflects their humour, but the fact that they also recognize the inevitable effects of the aging process - no mid-life crises here.
In terms of their musical direction, their preference is to play rhythm and blues music, particularly Chicago Blues. From their understanding, Chicago Blues was the first electric/ amplified music and predates rock 'n' roll by 10-15 years. As an example, one of the songs they play, The T-Bone Shuffle, is reputedly the first song recorded with an electric guitar (1939).
The majority of their current repertoire is made up of classic songs by Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin' Wolf, Lazy Lester, and Robert Johnson - all artists that recorded in the 1930s and '40s, mostly in Chicago.
At this stage they are a cover band, albeit that many young people wouldn't be aware of it. They have talked about writing their own songs and this is something they hope to explore in the future.
Generally they love the songs they play and honour the history behind them - hopefully that is also reflected in their performance. Essentially they are a dance band that likes to infuse their audience with the same good feeling that comes from playing this great music.
Band members are:
* Howie Smallman: Harp/ Vocals
* John Smoker: Guitar/ Mandolin/ Vocals
* Dave Milroy: Guitar/ Dobro/ Vocals
* Phil Riseborough: Drums/ Vocals
* Mark Lynch: Bass
Perth Blues Club
Past Gigs 2010
Check out The Hips' website:
Those Wild West Coast Hipsters of the Blues are back.
You're bound to have seen them pop up in some context at some point during the past 15 years.
The band has since the very beginning immersed itself in the Blues, following the journey wherever it takes them. From longstanding local residencies at pubs and clubs to major festivals & tours nationwide.
After a well-deserved recharge, the boys are yet again strapping on the archtop guitars, tensioning the catgut & buffing up the brass, this time combining forces with Miss Peta Lee and the wonderful Alison Penney (NSW) to launch their steaming fresh CD "Frangipani".
The Vibrolators pack a formidable edge - and combined with two of Australia's top female blues performers, they are returning with a repertoire full of Swingin', Rockin', Surfin', Jumpin' & Jivin'... on record... and on stage.
So take a trip to the Edge, with The Vibrolators and Friends...
At a time when their peers were listening to The Clash, Talking Heads and Dire Straits, school-mates John Loss and Bill Lawrie found themselves tuned into the scratchy sounds of Buddy Guy, Sonny Terry and Lightning Hopkins. Back then, ten dollars could buy you a bag full of old blues vinyls in reasonable condition.
They were haunted by the raw, intense, early recordings of Muddy Waters and Hank Williams, the hypnotic riffs of Howling Wolf and the quirky interpretations of Ry Cooder. They found themselves absorbed by lonesome, hazy recordings made as far back as the 1930's and 40's.
It is from this journey in and around the fringes of the blues that emerged the hybrid sounds of Tin Dog.
Starting out as a trio with a tea-chest bass in 1993, the band performed at the inaugural Bridgetown Blues Festival and returned regularly with bassist Bob Thomson.
When Paul Gioia (keyboards) joined the line up in 1999, the repertoire broadened to include some Chicago Blues and Spirituals.
Andrew Winton added more depth to the sound with his Stratocaster and slide playing and in 2002, Tin Dog recorded 'She's Gone' at the ABC studios with stand-up drummer Reuben Cooperman.
In 2004, the band went into hibernation and after a break of 3 years, reformed to play once more at Bridgetown, with the help of drummer, Paul Novosel. Paul generated some new energy for the Dogs and in March 2008, they put down their second album.
'Nothing But Trouble' was officially launched on Friday August 15th 2008, at the Fly by Night Club in Fremantle.
This six piece line up is much more than just a blues act. Their larrikin stage presence, irreverent interpretations and their musical expertise make for a unique and entertaining band.
Tin Dog CD Launch 2008