There’s a new live music venue officially opening in Newcastle this May and fittingly it’s one of the hottest new acts from the Hunter that will be kicking off the festivities.
The Seven Seas Hotel in Carrington has played host to a great many troubadours over the years but it’s latest incarnation as a destination for live bands is causing considerable excitement. The historic hotel’s current licensees have undertaken some dramatic renovations in recent times and the most recent work – building a raised stage in the hotel’s back bar – has been completed. Already host to the best Friday meat raffle in the inner city and some of the best Thai food in town in its Sticky Rice restaurant, The Seven Seas Hotel will now additionally host some of the spiciest tunes goin’ round. And getting it started will be Hank Green’s Blues.
Raised on a diet of ‘Down Home’ blues and boogie woogie in the Hunter Valley, Hank started on the ukulele when he was just 3 years old and got his first guitar shortly after. Now at only 13 Hank is an astonishing guitarist and emerging blues harmonica player. Hank’s style reflects his many influences, Hollywood Fats, Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Hound Dog Taylor, J.B. Hutto, T-bone Walker, Luther Tucker, Robert J.R. Lockwood and the list goes on. Expect some electrifying instrumentals, soulful harmonica and guitar playing of a standard not seen before in one so young. In fact, Hank Green’s Blues will grace the stage of the Seven Seas just weeks after their Byron Bay, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival debut. And it’s little surprise that Hank is attracting such attention given that his father is frontman for the legendary Blues Cowboys. Clearly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Joining Hank in the band is Aussie blues legend Johnny “Thunderbolt” Gray from “Junior and the Goldtops”, “The Hawaiian Housewreckers”, “The Bopcats” and “Rockinitis”. Also part of the team is ‘Grunter’ the ‘barefoot fisherman’ from The Blues Cowboys on his Gretcsh. Grunter loves a beer, the Blues, Rockabilly and a good time. And Hank’s father Johnny joins in on bass. Johnny Green and his band were featured in the A.B.C. documentary “The Lost Highway” and he is still singin’ up a storm and obviously enjoys playing bass for his son Hank.
Rockin Boogie-Woogie Blues is what you get with these guys and a load of fun to boot.
It is apt that a new generation performer, who performs his own take on an old style of music, christens a new incarnation of an historic hotel.
- What: Hank Green’s Blues
- Where: The Seven Seas Hotel, Carrington
- When: Saturday 7 May
Entry is free.
Posted on April 19th, 2011 in Events