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MGB - The Mike Garner Band with Neil Billington


Fri 23 Jan 2015, 8:00pm

Where: Nivara Lounge, 266 Victoria Street, Basement, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $16.00 ($15.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Hamilton Blues Society members (present card at door): $10.00
  • Gold Card holders (present card at door): $10.00
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Listed by: Sally Garner

The MGB, featuring Neil Billington on harmonica, presenting a show of classic Chicago blues.

Billington plays in the style of Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, Kim Wilson with an exciting stage presence.
The Mike Garner Band features Garner's strong blues vocals and slide guitar.

Mike Garner is a well known blues singer and songwriter with nearly 40 years experience. He has performed extensively in festivals in both Australia and here in New Zealand as well as touring the UK, Europe, Japan and the Pacific. The band featured at the Kathmandu Blues Festival in 2009.

Neil Billington, from Wellington, is NZ's finest exponent of the blues harmonica, able to cover the blues greats on acoustic or amplified harmonica as well as the more demanding chromatic harp.

Garner and Billington played a number of dates to enthusiastic blues audiences in Tokyo last year, and return for a full Japan tour in June 2015, backed by one of Tokyo's premier bands.

"Part of the fun of going to New Zealand for me is getting to hear Mike Garner. He's one of my favorites." (Doug MacLeod)

"Why A Woman Gets The Blues" shows that Mike Garner is a very talented musician. It is a collection of songs, all played with aplomb, regardless of whether delivered solo (guitar/harp) or with the band. The UK's loss has definitely been NZ's gain!" (Gordon Baxter, Blues in Britain)

"Mike Garner is a superb vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. This is a very well-rounded, warm and enjoyable romp from the get-go, with the pace not slowing one iota. Recommended for all blues enthusiasts around the country.” (Peter Dent, NZ Musician)

General Admission - $15.
$10 for Hamilton Blues Society members and Gold Card holders (must show current card at the door)

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