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Ben Waters - Lifting the Blues


Sat 10 Feb 2018, 7:30pm–10:30pm

Where: Black Barn Vineyards, Black Barn Rd, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $75.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Jools Holland described Ben as being one of the best pianists of all time. Ben is proud to count many of the legends of boogie-woogie and rock 'n roll his colleagues and friends, having played alongside Jerry lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones to name but a few!

Providing support is Cousin Leonard from Australia, an alt-folk, soul, pop band who have performed with Bob Dylan and The Beach Boys.

Melbourne brothers Marty & Tom Williams are contemporary alt-folk/soul-pop duo Cousin Leonard. Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters who bring their many instruments, powerful vocal harmony and positive energy to captivate and uplift audiences the world 'round!

“Cousin leonard’s mix of rootsy sounds, close vocal harmony and social comment, is at once heart-warming, ear tuning and thought provoking.” - Wally De Backer (aka Gotye)

“...with awesome harmony and sophisticated lyrics, this is some of the best music I’ve heard come out of Australia for a while…” - Stephanie Howell - San Diego Reader

They regularly tour Europe & the UK, and have shared the stage with such revered artists as Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, Bonnie Raitt, as well as Paul Kelly, Tommy Emmanuel, Archie Roach & Xavier Rudd.

Their latest record "Light Pass" was recorded live in the Gibson Wines cellar door in the Barossa Valley, South Australia with the help of a few close family and friends (The Reunited). It traces the amazing story of a relative of the Williams brothers' escape from persecution in 19th century Europe, and her eventual settling down to start a new life, in a small cottage nestled in the little northern Barossa town of Light Pass... the very home of Gibson's Wines!

Light Pass is a homecoming record, a celebration of the resilient spirit of our ancestors, and their strength, sacrifice and human conviction that has allowed us the privilege of new life and freedom.

“We had no idea what we were in for, but nothing could have prepared us for the show we were about to see. Ben and his band absolutely tore the roof off the MTG Century Theatre with a barnstorming performance of powerhouse blues and dazzling boogie piano playing. What a show! Ben worked the crowd into a frenzy and left a packed house breathlessly screaming for more.” - (Mac from Havelock North)

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