Type: Blues Band
The Flaming Mudcats are a new Auckland-based rootsy blues band.
This four piece band swings, playing those great grooves along with burning harp and smoking guitar lines.
Formed in the latter part of 2009, and influenced by the likes of Little Walter, Johnny Guitar Watson, Magic Sam and Kim Wilson, The Flaming Mudcats have compiled an exciting set list.
Everyone can identify with the Mudcats’ brand of blues; it's just that not everyone knows it.
Ideal for: dance music for corporate function, private party, wedding, festival, concert
Cold Sweat - Boneshakers
Complainers Boogie Woogie - William Clarke
Don't Bite The Hand That Feeds You - Kim Wilson
Don't Go No Further Brother - Little Walter
Everything Gonna Be Alright - Little Walter
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Full-Time Lover - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Gangster of Love - Johnny Guitar Watson
Gave You What You Wanted - Ike Turner
Good Rockin' Tonight - Gary Clark Jnr
Good Time Charlie - Kim Wilson
Hard Knock - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
High & Lonesome - Kim Wilson
Honky Tonk - Unknown
Hot Lil Mama - Johnny Guitar Watson
Hush Hush - Omar Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan
I Ain't No Saint - Rory Gallagher
I Believe Im In Love - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
I Can Tell - Kim Wilson
I Know Its A Sin - Jimmy Reed
I'm A Lover Not A Fighter - Lazy Lester
Just A Little Bit - Joe Louis Walker
Just Your Fool - Little Walter
Kansas City Blues - Tom Principato
Last Night - Little Walter
Lollipop Mama - William Clarke
Look At That - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Lookin For Trouble - Kim Wilson
Low Down Dog - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers
Lowdown Woman - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Mohair Sam - Slim Harpo
Moving Up In Class - The Nighthawks
My Babe - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
My Babe - Little Walter
Off The Wall - Little Walter
Oh Baby - Kim Wilson
Oh Baby - Little Walter
One Last Chance with You - Little Walter
Postman - Kim Wilson
Pretty Baby - Kim Wilson
River Hip Mama - Charlie Musslewhite
River's Invitation - Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown
Rooster Blues - Lightning Slim
Scratch My Back - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
She's Hot - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Somebody - Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers
Spring - Andrew Brown
Stranger Blues - Elmore James
T Bone Boogie - Duke Robillard
Tell Me Why - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Tight Dress - George Smith
Too Late - Little Walter
Trust My Baby - Kim Wilson
Twenty Dollar Gig - Sax Gordon
Up Jumped the Devil - Ronnie Dawson
Up the Line - Little Walter
You Cant Judge A Book - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
The Flaming Mudcats include:
Craig Bracken - Vocals & Harmonica
Craig has a harmonica style and grace that is the envy of other harp players.
Whether blowing that penetrating single whole note, hanging out back or tearing the roof off... any which way, you can’t resist his feel and tone.
His musical career began as front man for Auckland ska band Guava Groove in the 1980s.
Spotting Darcy Perry perform at the Java Jive in 2002 prompted Craig to turn up at his next gig ready to play and has featured on all five Darcy Perry albums.
Craig has performed at many shows with the Darcy Perry Blues Band, including the 2008 inaugural Bluesfest NZ (Whitianga), the Pohutakawa Festival in Tairua, alongside Luke Thompson, Autozamm and Opshop.
The band has also shared the stage with Watermelon Slim and were the support act for Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers.
Another highlight was when Craig played rollicking harmonica with the Darcy Perry Blues Band at the recent Motown 50th anniversary concert at Mission Estate in Napier.
In 2006 Craig co-founded the record label Roots Music Aotearoa with Darcy.
The release of the Harmonica Masters of New Zealand (2007 RMA) CD marked Craigs first effort as a producer.
Doug Bygrave - Guitar
If you come along to a Mudcats gig hoping to hear screaming solos and hot licks processed through umpteen pedals, you’re gonna be disappointed.
Doug’s sound is all about space and tone.
Doug was a late starter on guitar, who was inspired to play by the coolness of Pete Townshend’s windmills, but switched to blues early on after witnessing Jimmie Vaughan’s no-nonsense approach to the guitar.
It was also about this time that he found himself hosting a weekly 3hr blues radio show, which forced him to delve deeper into blues history and all blues styles.
Following a number of pilgrimages to the States to experience blues in its natural environment, he played in a number of Bay of Plenty blues bands in the late 80’s through to the early 90’s, such as Austin Texas, Jigsaw Blues, Sensational Gutter Bothers and Gurus of Groove.
He quit playing altogether in 1993 (for reasons he cannot remember), until he joined the Flaming Mudcats in 2009.
Doug’s primary influences are Magic Sam, Johnny Guitar Watson, Jimmie Vaughan and the Louisiana swamp blues sound of the likes of Lazy Lester, Lightning Slim, Lonesome Sundown.
Ian Thomson - Drums
Ian says, “For me, musically, it’s only about two things...the groove and the Blues”.
Ian’s first gig as a 10 year old was playing tenor horn in a brass band in the Farmers Santa Parade. Not for long though….drums was what he really wanted to play.
Listening to those great grooves from Louis Jordan, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Paul Butterfield was inspirational to setting off down the road as a drummer.
At 14, Ian was playing in The Four Winds, all older seasoned musos playing every Friday night at the Otahuhu Community Centre. An amazing early apprenticeship.
Leaving high school, he joined the Dark Ages, then the Underdogs and the Brew, playing alongside the likes of Red McKelvie, Neil Edwards, Harvey Mann, Doug Jerebine and Bob Gillete. Later, he enjoyed playing in many great line-ups, including Al Hunter, Glen Moffatt, Gary Harvey and the late (and great) Sonny Day.
Recently he recorded on Donna Deans latest album produced by Bill Chambers.
Sean McCarthy - Bass Guitar
“I'm a Blues bass player. I'm not a Jazz player. I'm definitely not a Rock player who doesn't know better.
And I'm pretty sure there's a difference”, says Sean.
Sean still remembers the first time he heard the Blues.
He was at home with his Dad who was playing some of his old 45s; the first few bars of Tommy Tuckers High Heel Sneakers hit him like a ton of bricks and got him headed down the blues road forever.
He is talking blues the way it used to be played… Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed and Hound Dog Taylor to name but a few.
He fell in love with Hubert Sumlin and his guitar playing, he shuddered at the sound of Little Walters harp playing, but it was Willie Dixon, Calvin Jones, Dave Myers and Willie Kent that got him tapping his feet and made him think..."Yeah, that's what I wanna do!"
Sean was very fortunate to have begun playing with BlueHeat550, a blues band in England trying to cut its teeth in the very competitive London music scene.
On moving back to Auckland in 2006, Sean formed The Jukes.
The idea for this band was to continue playing the blues as it was in Chicago in the 50's and 60's and to bring something different to the New Zealand blues scene.
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