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Danilo Blazer
Ged Bird
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Hal Eaton
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OCTOBER 2004 - Ged Bird


Ged performing at the KLMC with partenr Helen in May 2003


I have moved around a fair bit. I have mostly lived down south but absolutely happy to be a coaster now! I've always enjoyed music and from an early age had the benefit of experience with jazz and popular folk music in and around the house. Its always been a part of my life.
Description of music

I have a tenancy to stick to blues and jazzy styles. I enjoy and appreciate other styles but it seems that my main ability is in the blues and jazz. My music is always better after half a bottle of whiskey - and worse after a whole one! The guitar is my first instrument and I did a year at Hagley JazzSchool on bass and that helped my musical understanding.

Who/What have been your main musical influences ?

Early on in the piece i loved the grooves of Kenny Ball and his jazz men. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee are also an influential style. Done a few of my own originals and need to give them an airing - they tend to be a mix of those influences and myself - not entirely blues. My brother Terry inspired my first guitar and i have always looked up to his musicianship. He was so creative and artist.
Your greatest musical moment?
Playing solo in front of the whole adult school at Hagley Jazz at he end of term. Playing in the band was cool. The pub gigs were great .. if you are on early enough!
Your musical dream?

I would like to be a part of a group of older musicians doing it for a heap of fun. We'd be playing cafe style - and the crowds would smile - it would be cool fun. We'd be swapping instruments. Just once i'd like to be dedicated to vocals for a change and swap things around.

Your best recent listen?

The Keb Mo concert - a little while ago. He was really inspiring and i haven't heard anybody better. I liked his all around ability on older blues styles and his performance manner... he really did it easy.

Your thoughts about the Kapiti Live Music Club?

Absolutely astounding. Its going great. I love it and its an asset to this area. It's a great thing to see so many talented musicians in an environment where they can shine and entertain.

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