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The blues is music that travelled on trains and steamboats from the Mississippi Delta to the neon streets of Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis. For MattyTWall – a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader – it is the supernatural sound that crossed the ocean to Perth, Australia to ignite his imagination and give power to his art. A young man with an old soul: Matty is connected to music with a wealth of history as he distills a diversity of genres into his own blues-influenced soul, jazz and rock signature.

His points of references are wide; he has studied and played a spectrum of styles including flamenco, swing jazz and funk, and he attests to a love for “heavier things” in his youth, bands like Metallica and Sepultura among them. But he remembers how the musicians he admired would honor the blues masters who came before them. And following the trail of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan backwards, he was hooked. “I discovered Robert Johnson and he made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” he remembers. “I got into the blues and have never gotten out of it.”

As a guitarist, Matty wrings raw emotions from single notes, stretching and bending the strings of a Les Paul into sounds both persuasive and human. While he is capable of blazingly fast leads, he also drives the beat with percussive punctuation and solid assurance. With his vocals, he coils along the lines of the guitar. “I enjoy using my voice as another instrument,” he avows. He says that his songs are primarily riff-driven, and he compiles his musical notations into a catalog of 50-100 concepts that he can call up when lyrical inspiration strikes.

In performance, Matty fronts a band of seasoned pros to support his songs. His preferred configuration is a trio: where the guitar has plenty of air around it. “Sometimes playing with a bigger band is a strait jacket,” he observes. “With a trio I can go crazy.”

While the music that Matty plays has roots in the past, he is a very much an artist in the present. Through his reverence for historic musical forms, he is not emulating, but redefining these sounds, as he introduces classic genres to new listeners and invests them with his own trademark.

Matty is supported by Andrew Winton (7.30pm) and Empire Blues (9.45pm).

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members)

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Apollo’s Attic brings an energetic catalogue of original songs born from a diverse and eclectic mix of influences.

True blue Aussie, Luke Crabb (percussion) grew up in Esperance and, with a gospel influence, brings a heavy funk drive to the music. Thomas Grober (bass) is originally from Germany where he found musical inspiration in the local acid jazz, rhythm & blues and funk scenes. Matt Hennessy (lead guitar) provides a raw blues sound with searing guitar lines influenced by Clapton, SRV and his fellow countryman, Rory Gallagher. English born, Paul Wesson (vocals & guitar) adds a little darkness to the sound citing influences such as Peter Green, David Bowie and Australia’s own Nick Cave.

Apollo's Attic is supported by The Myles Mitchell Trio (7.30pm) and Swamp Riders (9.45pm).

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members)

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If you're into the harder edge of the blues, The Chess Set could be the band for you. Their "full strength blues" is the electrification of the good old Chess recordings.

Richard Roberts and Steve Garde have joined forces with the legendary rhythm section of Roy Daniel and Ace Follington to deliver songs from the pre-eminent Blues label of the '50s and '60s, Chess Records. Including tunes from Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon and Etta James.

The Chess Set will be supported by Midnight Sun (7.30pm) and Diamond Dave & The Doodaddies (9.30pm).

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $15.00 (Members)

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Michael is a four-piece band from Perth WA that is fronted by Reggie Michael (vocals) and Sam Michael (guitar), backed up by a rhythm section of bassist Giles Lowe and drummer Alex Megaw. Having crossed paths playing in a variety of local outfits over the last twenty years, this quartet has finally come together to deliver their own take on dirty blues. 

The band has garnered much local support with an eclectic repertoire featuring the music of such artists as Alain Toussaint, Etta James, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Howling Wolf, Buddy Miles and The James Gang.

This is a band not to be ignored, so check them out.

Michael will be supported by Kniki & Mike Beale (7.30pm) and The Whiskey Pocket (9.30pm).

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members)

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Men and Their Sheds present a show which is of the highest level both musically and visually. Featuring a song list which encompasses classics from The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Hoodoo Gurus, Van Morrison, Green Day, U2, and Matchbox 20....catering for just about any setting and demographic.

Men and Their Sheds are supported by Rebecca Moore (7.30pm) and BB&Co featuring Bill Blissett (9.45pm)

ENTRY: $20.00 (General Admission) | $10.00 (Members)