“Harris is the authentic article; the real keeper of the Delta flame.” Jazz Times
Acclaimed performer undertakes first Australian Tour in 16 years
Corey Harris has earned substantial critical acclaim as one of the few contemporary bluesmen able to channel the raw, direct emotion of acoustic Delta blues without coming off as an authenticity-obsessed historian. Along with Keb’ Mo’ and Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, he raised the flag of acoustic guitar blues in the mid-1990s.
Fresh from a U.S co-headline tour with Aussie favourite Eric Bibb, the MacArthur Fellowship winner returns to our shoes for the first time in over 16 years for a series of solo shows along the East Coast.
With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Corey Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, traveling throughout the southern U.S. In his early 20s, he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many of the older songs while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music.
Corey Harris was prominently featured in the Martin Scorsese film ‘The Blues: A Musical Journey’ and has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as Billy Bragg & Wilco (on the acclaimed ‘Mermaid Avenue’ albums), BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, R.L. Burnside, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman and Olu Dara.
watch Corey Harris at North Sea Jazz April 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yErxawXBPGY
Friday 19 Caravan Music Club – Melbourne, VIC www.caravanmusic.com.au
Saturday 20 Harvester Moon Cafe – Bellarine, VIC www.harvestermoon.com.au
Sunday 21 Lizottes – Newcastle, NSW www.lizottes.com.au
Tuesday 23 Brass Monkey – Cronulla, NSW brassmonkey.com.au
Wednesday 24 Harmonie-German Club – Canberra, ACT www.harmonieclub.com.au
Thursday 25 The Basement – Sydney, NSW www.thebasement.com.au
Friday 26-Sunday 28 Gympie Muster – Blues & Roots Stage http://www.muster.com.au/
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