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John Michaelz and the Black Brothers Band

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John Michaelz: Vocals / Rhythm Guitar

Nominated for a New Zealand Tui Award in 2010 for his Gospel album, Walk on Water, with ten albums to his credit and known for his high-octane stage performances, fronting rock bands Hard To Handle, The Stone Babies and Kosher, John Michaelz’ latest work combines his love of Reggae and his prowess for writing a great song.

John’s albums include fine contributions from the likes of Shona Laing, Rodger Fox, Ritchie Pickett, Gordon Joll (Herbs, Hello Sailor), Alan Norman (The Warratahs, The Rag Poets), Liam Ryan (The Narcs) to mention a few.

John has toured with Renee Geyer, American blues men Robert Penn and Junior Medlow.
Born in Motueka, Aotearoa and raised in Iceland for seventeen years, John returned to New
Zealand in 1987, furthering a lifetime career in music.

Mike Kirk : Guitars

Known for his versatility as a guitarist, stalwart of the Bay of Plenty NZ music scene, Mike Kirk has been a key member of many bands over the decades, as well as the 1970’s country-
rock band The Rodents during his two-year stint in Manchester, UK. More recently, Mike
has played with Human Instinct (Maurice Greer) and In Orbit (Corben Simpson} It has been said that once you’ve worked with Mike, there’s something missing, if he’s not in the band.

The Black Brothers

Gary Black : Bass guitar and BVs
Wayne Black : Drums and BVs

The Black Brothers have been in the music biz for over 50 years. They grew up listening to
the likes of Tex Morton and Rusty Greaves playing in their living room, before going on to work with countless Kiwi music artists, including Prince Tui Teka, Dalvanius Prime, Brendan Dugan, Eddie Low, Frankie Stevens, Ritchie Pickett, Corben Simpson, Human Instinct and The Bad News Band.

Band Members:
John Michaelz (vocals, rhythm guitar)
Mike Kirk (guitar)
Wayne Black (drums, backing vocals)
Gary Black (bass, backing vocals)
Dylan Israel (keyboards)
Nick Ririnui (percussion)
Jamie Davis (saxophone, percussion)
Karen Waldon (flute)

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