Those women sing the blues

Poverty Bay Blues Club holds its annual Gisborne Women Sing the Blues night.

Poverty Bay Blues Club holds its annual Gisborne Women Sing the Blues night.

MEET MARTHA: Poverty Bay Blues Club musician Martha Kelly will perform at the annual Gisborne Women Play the Blues showcase on Tuesday. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell.

THE blues will have a distinct feminine note next week as the Poverty Bay Blues Club holds its annual Gisborne Women Sing the Blues night.

“It’s fun. It brings all of these woman performers out of the woodwork,” said club member Martha Kelly.

Kelly has been a part of the club for about six years, but she has been playing the blues for most of her lifetime.

“I’m an old bird, I love the blues. We have a really strong club here. I love the way we have all these people who are accountants and lawyers by day and then blues musicians by night,” she said.

Kelly works at a conflict resolution company by day, a job that affords her an encyclopedia of material for her music.

“I mostly play my own music. I write about all sorts of things. I just conjure up stories, but it’s the blues so they’re never very happy,” she said.

“Sometimes I write about conflict resolution, someone cheats on someone else and all that stuff.”

But Kelly doesn’t need drama to get behind her guitar.

“Blues has a wonderful energy. It’s very expressive and there are so many different genres. I looked up on Wikipedia last night and there were something like 32 different types of blues,” she said.

“I just love the way it goes right through from the African blues, all that Malian stuff like Ma Rainey, through to jazz blues from the 1900s, Bessie Smith, Mephis Minnie.”

You can catch Kelly on stage with an all-female line-up of blues talent during the Gisborne Women Sing the Blues night at the Dome Room (Poverty Bay Club) this Tuesday, December 6 (7.30pm).

The programme will include Maori blues artists Leslie Nia Nia, Susan Ngawati Osborne, Toni Rangi and Jasmine Taare.

All female blues musicians (non-club members included) are welcome to perform on the night.

Arrive before 7.30pm to book a spot on the set list.

THE blues will have a distinct feminine note next week as the Poverty Bay Blues Club holds its annual Gisborne Women Sing the Blues night.

“It’s fun. It brings all of these woman performers out of the woodwork,” said club member Martha Kelly.

Kelly has been a part of the club for about six years, but she has been playing the blues for most of her lifetime.

“I’m an old bird, I love the blues. We have a really strong club here. I love the way we have all these people who are accountants and lawyers by day and then blues musicians by night,” she said.

Kelly works at a conflict resolution company by day, a job that affords her an encyclopedia of material for her music.

“I mostly play my own music. I write about all sorts of things. I just conjure up stories, but it’s the blues so they’re never very happy,” she said.

“Sometimes I write about conflict resolution, someone cheats on someone else and all that stuff.”

But Kelly doesn’t need drama to get behind her guitar.

“Blues has a wonderful energy. It’s very expressive and there are so many different genres. I looked up on Wikipedia last night and there were something like 32 different types of blues,” she said.

“I just love the way it goes right through from the African blues, all that Malian stuff like Ma Rainey, through to jazz blues from the 1900s, Bessie Smith, Mephis Minnie.”

You can catch Kelly on stage with an all-female line-up of blues talent during the Gisborne Women Sing the Blues night at the Dome Room (Poverty Bay Club) this Tuesday, December 6 (7.30pm).

The programme will include Maori blues artists Leslie Nia Nia, Susan Ngawati Osborne, Toni Rangi and Jasmine Taare.

All female blues musicians (non-club members included) are welcome to perform on the night.

Arrive before 7.30pm to book a spot on the set list.

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