NEXT BLUES CRUISES
Saturday, 8 April 2017, boarding at 11.45am
Our Blues on the Water cruises are all about having fun, listening to great music and hanging out with seriously cool people who know how to enjoy themselves. Our next cruise is on Saturday, 8 April and is guaranteed to tick all those boxes with performances by The PJ O’Brien Band, Michelle Van der Meer’s Midnight Ramblers & The Ginhouse Bluesband.
At $65 (adult), this cruise is going to go OFF featuring three of the country’s best Blues bands who are guaranteed to get you on your feet heading to the dance floor.
Having only recently returned from the International Blues Challenge (competition) in Memphis last month, The PJ O’Brien Band absolutely slayed their audiences and made it into the semi-finals of their category (band). No mean feat at all but this award-winning guitarist’s blistering fretwork has been turning heads from Memphis to Perth, Chicago, Austin, London, Singapore and back again for many years. Along the way, PJ has gathered a legion of new fans and a swag of awards: Blues Song of the Year, WA Music Awards (WAMIs); Music Oz Blues Artist of the Year; Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year; Best New Talent and Song of the Year, ‘Chain’ Australian Blues Awards
Driven by a hard-edged Chicago/ Texas style guitar, PJ’s Blues are given a contemporary twist with award-winning song-writing and soulful vocals.
Tom Hyslop of Blues Review USA has named PJ ‘a talent to watch’.
Also performing on this cruise is Michelle Van der Meer’s Midnight Ramblers. This band were also Australian representatives at the Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2015 and were the Sydney Blues Society’s 2010 Performers of the Year. This band have been longtime favourites of the Sydney Blues scene. The band showcases a multitude of styles and Michelle Van der Meer has been described as “among the most stunning Blues singers active in Australia’s scene today”. Michelle possesses a vocal style well steeped in tradition, singing very much in the vein that made Big Mama Thornton, Etta James and Bessie Smith popular. Michelle was the Australian Blues Music Awards’ Best Female Artist in 1998.
And the third band to perform on the bill [talk about value for money!] is none other than Sydney favourites, the Ginhouse Blues Band who have been performing their own full-throttle blues-rock for 24 years. With Tony Cini on vocals, the band will surely rise to the occasion.
You are guaranteed to have a great time on this Blues on the Water cruise. Seriously great value for money for three of Australia’s best Blues bands.