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A triple threat at The Galley in Port Chalmers

18 June 2019 - 0 Comments

Three Dunedin acts have teamed up to provide a high quality, high caliber, evening of musical entertainment at The Galley in Port Chalmers on Friday June 21st, from 7pm.

The Pottley Blues Collective, Baser and Allen, The Pop Tops are sharing a stage at The Galley for the first time on the same bill. Three two piece acts slugging it out for stage domination? Or just playing a bunch of songs for your entertainment, come along and judge for yourself.

The Pottley Blues Collective (formerly the Pottley Blues) is made up of Pottley Mostly (guitar/vocalist/songwriter) and drummer/backing vocalist Red (aka Alan Metcalfe). This will be their third time playing at The Galley, reverting back to an old school era created with old time instruments and a stripped back sound - utilizing a customized suitcase bass drum, and a classic piece of NZ music history - a Contina guitar amp built in the 50’s and revived several times.  Originally a solo act, Pottley Mostly has been writing songs and playing guitar and drums most of his life, switching to guitar when he was twelve years old. His mournful heart rendering songs of loss and loneliness pay tribute to his idols Robert Johnson, R. L Burnside, Muddy Waters, and other American greats.

The Pottley Blues was first launched in 2011 in a mini tour of the East coast of the South Island, along with Christchurch band picking at The Remnants, playing at The Crown, The Penguin Club and various house parties. 

Baser and Allen are Darryl Baser and Paul Allen playing as a two piece, giving them a combined age of about 100 years. They’ll be trading songs which they’ve written along with some covers, which many people won’t expect, or played in a way that makes the song hard to recognize.  Also expect the odd witty comment, and a bit of banter. The pair are more like ‘wrecks on tour’ than raconteurs.

Both Baser and Allen are songwriters, and performers in their own right but have recently begun playing as a duo. Allen plays bass or lead guitar on Baser’s songs, while Baser plays drums on Allen’s songs. They’ve got four hours of material between them but have skimmed the cream off the top for an all killer no filler 45 minute set.

Port Chalmers duo The Poptops is Chris Prendergast (aka Shakes) and Monique Lammers playing their versions of Lee and Nancy, Nick Cave and other slightly left field covers and originals.

Speaking of his bandmate, Shakes says she's the real deal.

"Monique has a great voice, kind of sultry and Nico like.  "[It's] Early days but we got a good thing going."  Shakes would know as he's a veteran of local surf, and music scene with 40 years under his belt riding waves and playing music, but not at the same time.

The pair have future gigs lined up at gallery on blueskin and Starfish July. 

The show begins at 7pm

Additional background info on Pottley Blues:

When Pottley and Red aren’t playing as a duo, they lead a three piece, Ajax and the Washin’ Up, who have been around since 2016. Ajax is heavily influenced by the Young brothers (AC/DC), Chuck Berry, and a dash of Motorhead.  Ajax and the Washin’ Up received some notoriety in the winning of the 2018 Otago Battle of the Bands, crowd funding a trip to Auckland to compete in the National finals.  Their progress with recording an EP has been hampered with their unfortunate loss of bass players. However, with new addition Simon McILeavy (Mac), things are looking brighter.

Alongside Ajax, Pottley and Red also feature as the Trouble Makers in Shakes in the Trouble Makers with Chris Prendergast Shakes playing guitar, Pottley on bass and Red on the drums.

Following The Galley gig, The Pottley Blues Collective will be playing at The Penguin Club in Oamaru Saturday 22 June and Starfish Cafe Jul 5th, along with Shakes and The Troublemakers. Ajax will be playing at Dees cafe Jul 6th along with the Tommy Gunners, and can also be seen at The Dunedin Musicians Club.


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