Chris O'Connor (NSW)
Chris O'Connor has had an enduring fascination with the blues of the 1920s and 30s masters, from players such as Son House, Willie McTell and Blind Blake. His expert blues renditions use 6 and 12 string guitars and a well-worn steel bodied National resonator for a full rich sound.
In performance, he ranges from string-snapping delta blues to hypnotic minor key laments, gospel shouts, slide guitar instrumentals and ragtime songs with sparkling finger picked accompaniment.
O'Connor has been well received at major East Coast blues and folk festivals. He was previously a member of the unique and entertaining jug band The Mudsteppers.
His first CD release Things are looking up received positive reviews from Australian and US publications. Soup's Gone Bad his current release shows a progression to include original songs alongside the vintage blues but all played with straightforward spirit and humour.
Having won the solo/duo section of the Sydney Blues Challenge Chris played at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee in January 2014.
"The blues legacy will remain subtle and fresh in the hands of dedicated artists like O'Connor, who play honestly, without frills or gimmicks, and with highly refined skills."
Soup's Gone Bad (2011)
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