Stomping, rockin’ blues

Shaun Kirk brings Howlin' at the Moon Tour to the Dome.

Shaun Kirk brings Howlin' at the Moon Tour to the Dome.

Heading for the Dome this month is multi award-winning blues/soul musician Shaun Kirk. He was described by Mixdown Magazine as “One of the most explosive solo acts this country has to offer”. Picture supplied

Deep south blues tropes like the steam train and howling at the moon feature in Shaun Kirk’s songs Steam Train, and Howling at The Moon. The Australian bluesman plays stomping, rockin’ blues, and brings full drama to his songs, but then he rolls out a tune like Stitches. Sung in falsetto, the soul song distantly recalls the 60s Motown sound.

Every Dog Will Have Its Day could be the bastard child of Tom Waits and Kiwi blues duo Swamp Thing. Rock is in Kirk’s song but not the gravel.

It’s unfortunate, but there are those of us who were subjected to so many guitar-driven blues jams during our formative afternoons in the 1970s the genre now sounds generic.

That all changes with Kirk’s sound. He plays rock-blues-soul no question but man he takes it to another level. Two Hands At The Wheel brings to the porch a cigar boxy and jug jitterbug sound but then it almost subtly changes tone with the lines “gonna pack my bags/ hit the road/ there’s so much to see” and then we’re cruisin’ the Pacific Highway, elbow out the window with, you know, two eyes on the road, two hands at the wheel.

The song is very likely to have influenced Kiwi musician Ciaran McMeeken’s hit-the-road song Which Way Shall We Go. Armed only with acoustic guitar and fine musicianship, McMeeken got the dance floor jumping with his solo show a few weeks ago at the Dome.

Multi-award-winning blues and soul man Shaun Kirk is guaransteed to do the same when he performs at the Dome early next month.

  • Shaun Kirk plays the Dome on his Howlin’ at the Moon Tour, April 6. Support by Gisborne act One and a Half Men. 8pm. Tickets $15+bf from www.shaunkirk.com/tour or $20 from Aviary.

Deep south blues tropes like the steam train and howling at the moon feature in Shaun Kirk’s songs Steam Train, and Howling at The Moon. The Australian bluesman plays stomping, rockin’ blues, and brings full drama to his songs, but then he rolls out a tune like Stitches. Sung in falsetto, the soul song distantly recalls the 60s Motown sound.

Every Dog Will Have Its Day could be the bastard child of Tom Waits and Kiwi blues duo Swamp Thing. Rock is in Kirk’s song but not the gravel.

It’s unfortunate, but there are those of us who were subjected to so many guitar-driven blues jams during our formative afternoons in the 1970s the genre now sounds generic.

That all changes with Kirk’s sound. He plays rock-blues-soul no question but man he takes it to another level. Two Hands At The Wheel brings to the porch a cigar boxy and jug jitterbug sound but then it almost subtly changes tone with the lines “gonna pack my bags/ hit the road/ there’s so much to see” and then we’re cruisin’ the Pacific Highway, elbow out the window with, you know, two eyes on the road, two hands at the wheel.

The song is very likely to have influenced Kiwi musician Ciaran McMeeken’s hit-the-road song Which Way Shall We Go. Armed only with acoustic guitar and fine musicianship, McMeeken got the dance floor jumping with his solo show a few weeks ago at the Dome.

Multi-award-winning blues and soul man Shaun Kirk is guaransteed to do the same when he performs at the Dome early next month.

  • Shaun Kirk plays the Dome on his Howlin’ at the Moon Tour, April 6. Support by Gisborne act One and a Half Men. 8pm. Tickets $15+bf from www.shaunkirk.com/tour or $20 from Aviary.
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