Our Blues on the Water cruises are all about having fun, listening to some great music and hanging out with seriously cool people who know how to enjoy themselves.
Our next cruise is on Saturday, 15 February 2020 (boarding 11.45am) and is guaranteed to tick all boxes with Aussie trailblazer of modern blues and one of the country’s most recognised guitarists LLOYD SPIEGEL performing on the Rocks Rhythm Boat.
Lloyd is coming to Sydney for this “one-off” gig so book your ticket(s) early to avoid disappointment. This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with Lloyd and learn more about this amazing performer. There are only 150 tickets available on this cruise and guaranteed to sell out.
Lloyd’s contributions to music have earned him myriad accolades, such as Best Artist and Best Album at the Australian Blues Awards and being named as one of Australian Guitar Magazine’s Top 50 Australian guitarists of all time. He has also supported the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Etta James, and sat in with masters of the blues genre such as Brownie McGhee and Luther Allison.
Celebrating his 30th year on tour in 2019, Lloyd can’t recall a time before playing guitar. Picking up the instrument at age four, Lloyd played his first professional show at age ten and was touring the east coast of Australia at 12.
By 16 he was on tour in the United States, cutting his teeth as a true travelling blues man. Lloyd’s travels not only honed his craft, earned him a swag of awards and brought him to take counsel with the founding fathers of modern blues – it taught him the most important part of being a blues musician: connecting with everyday people.
Lloyd has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, viewing himself as a social worker more than anything else – someone to help people forget about their worries for a few hours and put a smile on their face.
In 2019, Lloyd released his tenth album ‘Cut And Run’, the final part of an unexpected trilogy about personal redemption Lloyd didn’t even realise he was writing until it was finished. Where previous albums ‘Backroads’ and ‘This Time Tomorrow’ had Lloyd asking questions and begging forgiveness for the sins of his past, on ‘Cut And Run’ he has found the tenacity to face the next chapter of his life.
Lloyd’s unique experience, command of his instrument, storytelling, and powerful stage persona has put him at the forefront of acoustic blues, re-inventing the style while maintaining a close relationship with its foundations and traditions. [If you were at last year’s boat cruise, you will know what we are talking about – we all felt very honoured to hear his stories and witness his extraordinary guitar playing.]
Contact Tony Cini on 0414 854 749 / 4294 9861 if you have any queries.
Check out some video of Lloyd performing below:
What you need to know!
This is what you get:
- 4-hours on beautiful Sydney Harbour
- Performances by award-winning musicians!!!
- There is a bar onboard selling reasonably priced drinks
- Cost is $60 per person
- Meals can be purchased on board the boat.
As one of our supporters wrote on Facebook (and big thanks – Shayne Hogan from Queensland – love to have you onboard again sometime!):
“Loved the Blues Cruise and can’t believe it has taken me so long to do one. …
Everyone should check out Blues on the Water and support it!!!”
Lloyd Spiegel performing with Tim Burnham – I killed you when I met you
Here’s what people are saying about Lloyd:
“A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.“ – Rolling Stone Australia
“A guitarist almost without peer, Spiegel deconstructs how the blues guitar is supposed to operate, makes sweet love to it, then kicks it out the back door” – Australian Guitar Player Magazine
Spiegel is ALL presence, authority, rhythm and drive. He epitomizes control, soul and passion with white hot ferocity and blazing instrumental mastery dangerous enough to spark a destructive inferno.” – The Age, Melbourne
Lloyd performing at the National Folk Festival in 2019 – Lloyd Spiegel “Dirt Road To Paradise”