13/01/2019 - The Quarterdeck, Narooma
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Here is a unique sort of soulful and sassy package of blues and roots: Open it at the Quarterdeck for an epic Sunday!
Bonnie Kay, a contemporary American singer/songwriter from Philly who landed in Australia via Tokyo, uses acoustic, finger-picking, slide -guitar techniques, plus a voice reminiscent of blues icon Bonnie Raitt’s, to deliver her own red-hot, sexy sound.
Bonnie’s voice and guitar speak evocatively to the archetypal medley of emotions springing from the trauma of love relationships between humans: yearning, angst, passion, lust and yes .. everyone ‘s favourite – depression. With two failed marriages (and all the bits before, after and in between) behind her, she conjures up situations for her audience to experience right along with her: the good, the bad and the ugly, with slightly less emphasis on the good, or it just wouldn’t be the blues . To formulate her traditional yet modern approach to the blues, she draws on not just her own past experiences , but those of countless sisters and friends in life and literature.
Her Bona fide companions began with one: Matt Russell. Bonnie and Matt formed a duo with 2 acoustic guitars creating a sound so vibrant and full, the perfect complement to each other. Matt brought both support to Bonnie ‘s sound and a sound so uniquely his own- It was a dance of blue s and roots with no lead dancer or set steps . One could simply get lost in it.
Wayne Rigby made the duo a trio with his saxophone and flute . Wayne added an indescribable element of texture and colour to their sound- some times smooth and jazzy, some time s gritty and raw- taking the dance to a sobbing heap on the floor and then lifting it up into a foot-stomping, hollering hootenanny . Add Jed Wesley -Smith on double bass, Peregrin Chiara on drums and Tanya Bethune on trumpet and you’ve got additional elements of jazz, soul and funk- a Bonafide Band with a capital B.
DOORS OPEN 6:30
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