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ARTIST BIO - PETER HEALY AND THE HURRICANES
PETER HEALY: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
DAVID UNDERWOOD: Keyboards
MICHAEL WILLIAMS: Drums
DAYLE HUTCHIN: Guitar
DAVE WARD: Saxophone
Cowboy Reggae and Funkin' Blues
| THE BIO
Peter Healy & THE HURRICANES :
"Blowin' up a storm!"
FUNKY BLUES and SOUL
5 part vocal harmonies featuring the amazing Colene Crawford.
2 great guitarists (Healy and Dayle Hutchin). A stunning drummer (Michael Williams). David ‘Krusty Underwood (ex Button Mushrooms) on Keys and Bass and the brilliance of David ward on tenor and alto saxophone.
Raw, incisive folk with voice and acoustic guitar, to delicious electric blues and soul grooves. Evokes a myriad of feelings and emotion. And that Colene can bloody sing!!
This music is deserving of your attention. .
The band slides effortlessly through exotic melodies that move gently like a warm tropical breeze. A breeze that, when rhythmically stirred, can produce a howling force well befitting the name Peter Healy and the Hurricanes.
The Entrance: New Years Eve - Crowd estimate: 32,000 people
Bateau Bay Hotel: 4 – 500 people (repeat booking)
Railway Blues Festival: Newcastle.
Sirens Nightclub: 6 week residency
Woodport Inn (repeat booking)
The songs speak well for themselves. Several have won awards, some have been covered by other artists (London and Europe) and others have received radio airplay.
He has interest from India, Germany and the US and is currently planning his second international tour.
Peter Healy and the Hurricanes - Very live!
New PETER HEALY EP - out now.
RAW - Nude Songs - Acoustic Songwriter’s Collection – out now
SPOKEN – Poetry and short stories – out now.
AWARDS, ACCOLADES AND ACCREDITATIONS:
“Great songs. Well constructed and performed”-
(Australian Society of Songwriters)
“Support Peter Healy. He rocks!!!”
(‘DL Primal Entertainment)
Finalist x 3 songs Aust Society of Songwriters 07 Comp.
11th Annual Unisong International Songwriting Contest - Honourable Mentions x 2
‘Black Car’ and ‘Burn Down the Wind’ recently accepted for a US TV show on motor racing.
Blues on Broadbeach Festival. Gold Coast – 02, 03, 04, 05 (04 featuring Phil Emmanuel and Phil Manning)
Supports: Tim Freedman, Rick Price & Daryl Braithwaite
Finalist x 4 songs: Australian Society of Songwriters 05
(Including ‘Cold Heart’ in the top ten blues songs).
Current radio airplay: 9 Internet radio stations world-wide, free to air in Paris, Triple J, plus ABC NSW & Qld.
Tamworth Country Music Festival - 2002 and 2003
Goulburn Blues Festival - 2003 (with Matt Corcoran)
2003 Australian Tour (with Matt Corcoran)
'Air to Breathe' chosen as theme for the year 2000
Melbourne Short Film Festival.
Winner 'Australiana Poetry Competition’ - Free verse category. S/E Queensland / Northern NSW
Victor Harbour Folk Festival. SA (Poetry Award and Performance)
World Environment Day Festival x 2 - Currumbin, Qld
Central Coast Jazz Festival NSW X 2 (‘Big Things On Toast’)
“Highly Commended” - (SCALA Festival of Original Music)
"Michael Williams is one of the best drummers in Australia" - (Dave Russell former producer Skylab Studios)
| THE GIG REVIEW
| Peter Healy & THE HURRICANES; Live and Original, April 4 2008:
The excitement, the anticipation, the buzz- it was all there - nothing was going to stop this show being the phenomenal success it was.
You just know you have done a superb job when even the board and management of the club are pleased with the overall entertainment value of the nights gig.
And what a night it was - all lights, camera, well cameras and action.
A few sound glitches did not perturb these professional seasoned and extremely talented musicians from giving the audience just what audiences expect - brilliant original live music.
For days I was receiving incredibly positive feedback from those lucky enough to have caught this gig.
The added bonus of these Live and Original nights? There's no obligatory token cover songs just so you can get a gig - it was original, brilliant, funny, poignant, controversial and entertaining Peter Healy all the way.
The Hurricanes are a tight and talented group of musicians on their own but throw in a few on stage visits from the legendary Dan Granero and you have a dance floor that just never stops pumping.
If it has been a while since you have seen Peter Healy play and you are a fan, come along to another gig. Some of the songs have been changed a little - Oh No! I hear you say - I thought the same until I heard them.
Cold Heart (one of my favourites) had a very moody. airy and perfectly placed keyboard piece inserted and it added more to the song than I would have imagined.
The usual suspects of Millionaire, Hurricane, Sally and the ever popular Blood and Wine, Mango and all the other Healy favourites were supported by some relatively new material with Mambo, a brilliant revamp of Athalee (think Pink Floyd) and the interesting Inside Out.
If you do nothing else this year, catch a Peter Healy gig.
If news travels too fast and the big wig A&R folks catch wind of this act they'll be leaving the Coast quicker than a feather in a hurricane.
CHECK THE YOUTUBE VID OF INADEQUATE MANGO
| THE GIG - SOUL SESSIONS - REVIEW
| SUNDAY NIGHT SOUL:
When the Sirens call - listen well...
With life's responsibilities keeping me away from some great entertainment of late, the Sirens and the cosmos where in perfect accordance tonight.
The very first installment of the Soul Sessions was a brilliant success.
With a full 'new and improved' big band, Peter Healy and the Hurricanes not only entertained but painted the whole venue with an inspired and friendly atmosphere where happiness was abound.
The signature Healy tunes were much fuller with four part harmonies and the exciting and most welcome return of some wonderful sax from Mr. Dave Ward.
The night was spilt in half by an acoustic set in which the harmonies and the voice of Colene Crawford were utilised to perfection. What a magnificent songstress Colene is. It was a stirring and different addition to the gig and I for one had a tear in my eye and a tingle with some of the renditions.
This is a first rate show, not just a performance. Few, if any venues these days that stick to solo/duo performers with magic boxes would house such a band. This is not an act you will see tucked in the dark corner of a tiny pub, yet it was still only $7 to get in.
If this wasn't enough see the future gig guides for the Special Guest list to be performing with Pete and the band at Soul Sessions.. On the way is Max Hay, Lianna Rose, Dai Pritchard (Rose Tattoo), Phil Emmanuel and recently returned from a successful European tour Mr Dan Granero.
For those of us who work the week-ends and those that want to round off the week end with some brilliant, local, original music, the Soul Sessions could become your new favourite show.
This review sent to Whats On by a recent punter to the Soul Sessions -
"'Soul Sessions" Sirens Nightclub Terrigal 26/10/08'
Peter Healy and the Hurricanes just raised the bar for live music on the Central Coast this evening an ideal setting and a very attentive audience made for a fine showcase of local artists.
I was greeted at the door by a dear friend who greeted everyone warmly and directed me to a comfortable couch with which to enjoy the entertainment. The bands lineup of Peter Healy:- guitar, vocals and harmonica, Dave Underwood:- keyboards, bass, vocals and percussion, Dayle Hutchin:- guitar and vocals, Dave Ward:- tenor saxaphone, Mike Williams: - drums and percussion and a brilliant vocalist named Colene Crawford who I failed to meet on the night and was blown away by her vocal dexterity.
Also on the night a fab guitarist, vocalist from the US Max Hay. You could hear a pin drop throughout his performance, he made many friends on the night and it was sad to see him head back home.
Peter Healy's songs were given a new life from a fine band of musicans. I'm sure those folk who have his albums would enjoy their live interpretations.
The way was open for each soloist to display their talents and let us all know that the Hurricanes are in the house and prepared to send you home waiting eagerly for the next show.
As Molly Meldrum says "do yourselves a favour" catch these shows while they are in town".
Jim Heywood coming back for more!!!
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PETER HEALY and THE HURRICANES with Special Guest DAN GRANERO
MICHAEL "Arnie" WILLIAMS
DAVID "Krusty" UNDERWOOD