Blues & Boomer

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Mike Pickering and Eric Collier

Here’s a treat for lovers of great acoustic guitar and vocals!

Combining the smooth blues renditions of Eric Collier with “baby boomer” Mike Pickering’s easy listening sounds of the 60's & 70's.


NAMES/AGES OF MEMBERS: Eric Collier (25) & Mike Pickering (39) both also appear as solo artists and could appear solo if required

STYLE/ GENRE: Acoustic, originals ( see demo CD) and covers : Light blues, neo folk, 60’s&70’s easy listening material eg Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Simon&Garfunkel, Bee Gees, America


Eric Collier and Mike Pickering appear locally in Hunter pubs as both solo and duo acts. Mike, the “elder” member returned to playing music in recent years after years pursuing a corporate career and away from Newcastle. He became a popular regular ‘on the deck’ at Pippis and other such venues playing his favourite music of the 60’s and 70’s. Mike is known for his easy listening and strong sweet voice and now plays regularly at suburban pubs such as the Mattara, Station Hotel, The Bank, The Clyde, Marquis O’Lorne, Crown & Anchor etc.

Eric is the blues man , a virtuoso guitarist who has also returned to music after earlier days in ‘bands’ and has refined a style reminiscent of ‘slow hand’ Clapton. Eric is also becoming well known and enjoyed on the local pub scene and was a big hit at the Blues Fest 2003. Both Eric and Mike write original material and enjoy each other’s music and playing together.

The duo was formed earlier this year after the two started playing together at Muso jams and blends the blues and baby boomer music styles, guitar skills and singing voices of the two artists. It provides a great show with material to appeal across a wide range of tastes and age groups. As a duo they have performed and been well received at venues as diverse as the George & Dragon, Station Hotel, Kotara Bowling Club, Pippis and were a popular act at the Newcastle Muso Fest in May 2003. Blues & Boomer played a live broadcast on 1233 ABC in May ( CD recording available).Blues & Boomer were also a hit at the Wine Society’s SWIG festival at Honeysuckle in September. They intend to play further together during the year and have both submitted original material to the 1233 ABC Newcastle Music Awards – some of these tracks are available on a demo CD.

Blues and Boomer Live

Mike Pickering is the ‘baby boomer’ with the voice to carry you back through the magical sounds of the 60’s &70’s era, playing timeless material like Simon & Garfunkel, the Bee Gees,Beatles, America, James Taylor… Perfect for venues seeking a lighter ‘easy listening’ retro sound.

Both play acoustic 6 &12 string guitar and have their own distinctive vocals and guitar styles. Individually or collectively, don’t miss these guys!

CONTACT NAME: Mike Pickering

ADDRESS: 7 Lindale Way, Lakelands 2283

PHONE NUMBERS: Home 02 49 567752 Mobile 0425 294 002

EMAIL:, bluesandboomer@hotmail

Available for current bookings, including midweek, lunchtime and private functions

Last Updated 14th September 2003