Matty T Wall’s Birthday Blues Bash is back on for 2023. Featuring 3 fretboard burners of the WA Music & Blues scene, The legend himself Lez Karski, Freo’s beloved strat swinger Dave Brewer and solo superstar Andrew Winton. All three are blues masters in their own right, and this evening will feature eight-time independent blues award nominee – Matty T Wall, plus all three together on stage jamming over their favourite blues standards.
Every time this event happens, it is a spectacle to behold for those blues fans out there, reminiscent of something that could happen in Buddy Guy’s Legends club in Chicago, but in none other than our favourite swanky New Orleans style Freo venue – the Duke of George. Tickets are limited to this, so you must get in fast, as this is a seated table show. A show like none other!
Matty T Wall:
From sweet blues to gritty, stomping, blues-rocking beats, and now having eight nominations in the prestigious Independent Blues Awards in the USA, a Western Australian Music Award win and three back-to-back Number One Australian Blues albums, this is a breakout Australian blues artist you do not want to miss out on seeing, as the Matty T Wall band returns to the stage more motivated and addictively electric than ever with two killer rhythm legends of the scene, Ric Whittle on drums and Leigh Miller on bass guitar.
2019 saw Wall duetting with USA blues guitar legends such as Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Kirk Fletcher, Kid Ramos and fellow West Australian, Dave Hole, and following that up with a scorching live album “Live Down Underground” for 2022 – this band is making waves at major Blues Festivals across Australia.
“I’ve been aware of Matty for a while now and have been a big fan”-Walter Trout
“I’ve watched as he’s gained in stature to become a major league blues-rocker” -Dave Hole
“I’m, sure everyone will love this. The guy is a picker”-Eric Gales
Lez Karski was 29 years old when he started working as a record producer and session musician in Sydney and Melbourne, and the list of artists he has worked with is impressive.
Flash and The Pan, The Models, Nick Cave, Delilah, Tommy Emanuel, The Elks, The Triffids, Angus Young, Yothu Yindi and many others.
Lez produced Midnight Oil’s ‘Head Injuries’ and ‘Bird Noises’, and produced four albums with v Spy v Spy including the breakthrough hit ‘AO Mod TV Version’.
Lez also performed in a number of Sydney rhythm & blues outfits, ‘The Bondi Cigars’, ‘The Willies’, ‘The Magnetics’, and ‘The Hippos’. The latter achieved cult status in Sydney released two albums, and achieving an ARIA nomination in 1988 for the song ‘Dark Age’.
Lez and his Perth band, ‘The Nervous Investors’ appear regularly at the Perth Blues Club and selected gigs. An EP recorded with Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst and Bondi Cigars bassist Al Britton as ‘The Powerful Owls’ has also been released.
For over three decades guitarist-singer Dave Brewer has been the backbone for many of Australia’s most seminal acts.
From musical beginnings with The Elks, Dynamic Hepnotics, Mighty Reapers & The catholics from the mid ’70’s till recent years and more recently with his own outfit, Dave has released three CD’s of original songs, “Life of Riley”, “Night Walkin” and now for 2021, the latest album, “Long Road Back Home”. With this new release, Dave offers 11 original songs that further develop his blend of blues, soul and funk.
Since returning from Sydney to his hometown of Perth, Dave has been regularly working with Natalie Gillespie, Lucky Oceans and the DooDaddies, as well as performing his original material with the Deluxe Combo.
Mostly credited as a guitarist and composer, but also plays dobro, piano, organ, percussion and provides backing vocals on Australian releases.
Andrew Winton, the younger brother of famed author Tim Winton, initially played drums before moving on to play electric guitar. He completing a degree in Jazz at the Conservatorium of Music in Perth.
Winton performed with Adam Brand before joining a Funk Rock band, 3Ph, which in 1997 won Western Australia’s Next Big Thing competition.
In 2002 he decided to embark on a solo career, switching to dobro and slide guitars. Winton released his debut album, Barrel of Monkeys, in 2003. In 2006 Winton released his second album, The Decompression Chamber and also won an Australian Songwriter’s Association Award in the Folk/Acoustic category. In 2007, Winton was nominated for a Western Australian Music Industry Awards for “Best Blues/Roots Artist”, he was nominated again in 2008 for “Best Guitarist”, and in 2009 received two nominations for “Best Guitarist” and “Best Blues & Roots Act”.
In 2010 he was placed third in the Folk/Acoustic category at the Australian Songwriter’s Association Awards and was nominated for the Rudy Brandsma award for outstanding achievement in songwriting.