Guitars and Vocals
Rick Grothel, Ross Ward and Paul Brady
Elvis's Birth Place
Guitar and Vocals
Pete plays white-hot guitar and sings. He has played various tunings on guitars since he was a child, and is considered to be a great slide guitarist. He is the alchemist of the band and has played many festivals, and shows, including East Coast Blues at Byron, Tanawah Blues Festival, Maleny-Woodford Folk Festival, Jazz at Kingscliff Beach and more. He has played from Sydney to Cape York and across Australia, and most recently the southern states of the USA. He loves authentic roots styles of music and the chance to play to live audiences.
Legendary Chain bassist for more than 28 years, Dirk has seen just about all there is to see in Australia’s blues and rock history. He has rubbed shoulders with many national and international entertainers. He regularly gets called to Melbourne and Sydney for work and has played with Billy Thorpe, Ian Moss, Spectrum, Kevin Borich, Dave Hole, Mal Eastick and other Australian acts. He has also played with internationals including Johnny Johnson (Chuck Berry) and Buddy Guy. He was a personal friend of Gregg Allman and is well respected on the Melbourne music scene.
Matt has been the coordinator of music at the Woodford Folk Festival blues stage for 8 years as well as assisting in and directing many village music festivals in South East Qld and Northern Rivers. He is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, banjo and drums. He has played at the Great Southern Blues Festival at Narooma, Bendigo Blues Festival Victoria, Woodford Folk Festival and Cairns Blues Festival in Queensland, Darwin Blues Festival and Bridgetown Blues Festival in Western Australia. Matt is well known for playing guitar in the Hoochers, banjo in the blue Skillet Rovers and drums in Two Rivers.
Declan is a harmonica player from the Sunshine Coast. He spent most of his childhood split between busking at the Eumundi markets and hanging out backstage at Woodford Folk Festival's blues stage. Before Declan had reached his teens he had shared the stage with Australian legends such as Chain and the Waifs. Notable recent guest performances have been with Luke Dickens, Jeff Martin, and Two Rivers Blues.
Blind Willie Wagtail bring together four highly respected Australian blues musicians into a high energy take on authentic Retro-Blues and Rockabilly. We take inspiration from the styles of Blind Willie McTell & Blind Willie Johnson - the prewar blues slide guitarists of the 1920’s and 30’s. Combined with the electric edge of 1950’s blues stylists like Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf and with an added twist of magic from rock’n’roll legends Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. Between us ‘Scrubby' Pete Hurcombe, Dirk Dubois, Matt Elliott and special guest Declan Kenrick we have performances and recordings with a plethora of musicians including Chain, Spectrum, Billy Thorpe, Kevin Borich, Canned Heat, Mal Eastick, Lil’Fi, Sugar Ray Norcia, Johnny Johnson, James T, and Buddy Guy. Dubois has even jammed with Taj Mahal and Joss Stone.
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