Date- Friday 12th February
Time- 7.30- late
Tickets- $20 (PLUS BF)
$20 on the door
“A genre defying songstress of blues and country rock infused soul… Catherine ‘cat’ Tunks is redefining the boundaries…..with her bona fide band of brothers, they make one hell of a road trip………..with the boys in the backseat and mama firmly at the steering wheel ” – The Fringe
Tunk’s first performance in Nelson since her former band BlackSandDiva wowed audiences at Woolaston Jazz Festival she returns with the iconic sound of gun slinging guitarist and banjo blues of Gavin Dowling (The Dirty Sweets) by her side, along with a heavyweight rhythm section, and announcing special guest Krissy Jackson on fiddle – (The Eastern, Hot Diggity, Albi & The Wolves) – Catherine Tunks & her ‘Bona Fide Band’ hit the South Island this summer and celebrate the release of the blues/country soul single ‘Pay No Heed’.
Slected by BLuesfest Touring to support legendary UK BLuesman John Mayall – A prolific NZ songwriter and self-described musical gypsy, she has performed and recorded in Ireland, Germany, the South Pacific, and the US. Receiving two song-writing award nominations (ISC / Waiata Maori Music Awards), always ready with a guitar in hand and an ability to tell a travellers tale through her sultry and heartfelt vocals. Catherine has become NZ’s own queen of the American ‘Southern Soul’ – a crossover of the country/blues and gospel’ genre.
A true crossover artist – and vocally trained in Jazz, she has travelled the world as a performing and recording artist with Four acclaimed albums, an impressive list of festival appearances and collaborations with musicians from all over the globe. (Arli Liberman/Israel, Thomas Koenig/Germany, Stefan Nagler/Germany, Jon Sanders/Ireland) to name a few. Whether solo or with her stellar live band combining pedal and lap steel, hammond organ, hypnotising guitar accompaniment and vocals that soar through many moods, Tunks can give her live audience a seduction that comes only from a life well lived on and off the stage