Apr 27 2021
Presenting Uzblokes from Kapiti/Otaki – Jon Callwood (Jon Ken and Ivan/ Morgan Magan/ Sasana) Phillip (Bagpipeboy) Cowan ( Queensland Police pipes and drums / Sasana ) and Pete Hancock (Morgan Magan/ Sasana) all have their roots in Celtic music but now push the boundaries into today’s ‘Indie Folk’. Originally getting together about 10 years ago, the band moved away from playing very traditional and structured celtic folk music into playing their own original folk music with ‘folk like tendencies’ but also incorporating a bit of other music flavours inspired by jam sessions.
So what happens when 2 grumpy old men meet a young didgeridoo/ bagpipe player? UZBLOKES. When they get together all that matters is ‘Let’s make music!’. Anything goes – ‘Bouzouki, banjitar and bagpipes on this?” or “a Maori waiata over Scottish mouth music from the 1700s. Why not?”.
The band focus on recording their original music and are lucky enough to collaborate with some of NZ’s top musicians. Their latest CDs “It’s the way the cookie crumbles” and “Tainted Honey” are available on their website www.uzblokes.com, along with free downloads from their entire repertoire.
Open mic begins the evening (one song please) with UZBLOKES after the supper break. A fascinating musical journey from three locals.