- Barry Hills is the latest
addition to the Joe Galea Band since December 2004.
BARRY HILLS BASS
Bass player with legendary Blues singer Dutch Tilders for 13
years, also produced award winning Albums "Real Australian Blues"
volumes one to four. Has supported such international acts as -
Lonnie Brooks, Lonnie Mack, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, to name a
few. Has played at most of the top Festivals around Australia.
- Joe Galea Band
Following a career spanning four decades, beginning in "sixties
Kings Cross clubs" and taking him across south east Asia and
Europe, Joe Galea has finally done what he should have done in the
first place, got his own band together. The band has become the
perfect compliment for the soul, funk and blues style that Joe has
made his signature.
- Peter Denahy
A regular on the touring scene, Pete' has toured extensively with
Slim Dusty and is now working with Slim Dusty's Travelling Country
Band. Pete is also in demand from some of Australia's top country
stars, joining Sara Storer for her first round of appearances
since Sara scooped the pool, winning 7 Golden Guitars at this
years CMAA Awards.
- Proudly introducing our
local talent in the form of – George MacFloyd band, The Bryan
Chics,Mixed Grill and
Kelly Hope – Tamworth Finalist
- Joe Galea band! support act
for Willie Nelson
Date is Saturday
February 26th at Mulwalla Football Oval, large number of tickets
have been sold already.
- Upcoming dates for the band:
Update and confirmation of
some of the bands bookings.
Friday 25th February - St.Andrews Hotel 9.30pm-12.30pm
Saturday 26th February - Lonsdale Reserve, Mulwala (for tickets
call 03 5744 1989)
Sunday 20th March - Mordialloc on the Bay - Main Street Stage -
12.00 - 12.45om
Sunday 20th March - Davey’s Frankston (special Rockabilly arvo)
2.00pm - 4.00pm.
Saturday 23rd April - Nighthawk (Armadillo) 9.00pm
Friday 20th May - Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival 6.30. -
7.30pm Main Stage
We all remember the cartoon - the three little pigs dancing to
rock n roll music in their house with the house and windows
jumping up and down.
- Well, that was the scene at the Mornington Swing’n’Blues Affair on
the Queen’s birthday weekend at Barry’s Bar and Beaches Restaurant
when the Joe Galea Band played their stuff!
On arrival at Barry’s Bar the boys were a wee bit perturbed that
there were “not many people” - but hey, a few notes in to the
first song and the dedicated followers plus more streamed in to do
their stuff to the upbeat sounds they love to dance and listen to
of the Joe Galea Band.
When the boys moved from Barry’s Bar next door to Beaches, the
place was already jumping to the exciting sounds of Kelly Auty who
had the crowd at her fingertips calling for more. It wasn’t hard
for Joe and the boys to keep the momentum going with their Rock’n
Blues and included the likes of Ken Maling on Tenor Sax and the
guest appearance of Keith Nudd with his Chicago blues style
From the first song the crowd were on their feet and did not sit
down until after Joe had done his encore that the crowd were
A good time was had by all and the festival introduced a lot of
people to a lot of very talented Australian musicians, who have
now adopted quite a lot of new followers, joining the ever growing
number of dedicated followers of the Joe Galea Band.
- WELL IT’S
Joe Galea is currently recording his latest album at ex
“Little River Band” David Briggs Recording Studio in North
Joe’s past recordings relied on the heavy rocking blues guitar
licks and solos, but on this album he opts for a much different
I’m told Joe is working on some original songs, plus covers – and
one old stand tune.
No matter what he may choose to sing on this album, I’m sure he’ll
inject the old Joe Galea trademark excitement and balls.
Joe is very excited having Peter Harper – Australia’s finest harp
player, play on some of the tracks along with the brass sound of
Ken Maling on Tenor Sax.
Also included in this memorable album are the Joe Galea Band
Peter “Bomba” Davey - Slide and Lead Guitar
Robbie “Chuggs”- Bass
Ivan Frost - Drums
We look forward to hearing what I’m sure will be another
- It's the perfect setting
for a great singer and his band a warm, calm evening and over 400
friendly people on the grassy slope of the university outdoor amphitheatre.
Joes Band starts proceedings without Joe to get the peoples
attention. It's soon realized that these are not your average
muso's. The night starts with a real tight and dynamic
Joe was introduced and
despite his years he seems determined to live up to his reputation,
kicking into 'Hey Bar Tender' Joe is completely in control, and the
crowd is more than happy. He takes us along the blues
road, a couple of true blues songs and a couple of progressive
blues that the crowd loved. Then through a
soul set, then the big kick ass boogies. If anyone
was sitting by this stage they must have been wheelchair
bound. He plays up his age. Where am
I? I'm where? In Melbourne? - but you know that this
is stagecraft learned during a professional career of over 35
years. He sings with impeccable timing and drive,
and his backing band was made for him. The chemistry
works! His band provides nicely judged support, the
grooves punched along by a two-piece horn section (Joe said that the
horns come at a price and not every show has them) and Joe makes sure
they have their moment in the spotlight, quiet literally.
"Horns Lights" he reprimands the technicians
periodically. "How about a light on the
guitarist?" What comes across is the versatility of
the blues soul and a dash of rock. Joe delivers songs with a
real sense of drama and dynamics. These people
love their work, and it's infectious. By the time Joe
finishes Claptans 'After Midnight' he only has to take a drink and the
crowd cheer. The boy is in town and it's quite
Joe Galea: In
'65 the 'Midnighters' headed by Joe Galea paved the way with well
known acts like, Doug Parkinson, Digger Revel, the Atlantics, Max
Merrit and others (the list too long to mention) to provide the sounds
that proved, good talent did not just arrive from
overseas. At King's Cross venues like Surf
City and the 'Down Under Club' where visiting American
servicemen called their hangout, provided the platform to which
sustainability for Australian artists could begin.
During the period '65 - '69 Joe with the Midnighters
recorded at RCA and this set the scene for overseas
travel. Whilst most acts remained in Australia a
handful bit the bullet to expose themselves overseas. In
1969 Joe was grabbed from the 'Down Under Club' by the Yanks to
entertain the troops in Vietnam and other places such as, Thailand,
Singapore, the Philippines and Guam. This tour lasted a
mere five years (a few tours of duty one might say). In
'74 Joe returned to Oz and found the music scene here had
changed or was in the throws of changing from it's original
infancy through to adolescence. Pub rock had
arrived. Time to settle down and raise a family from '75 through
to '85. Joe assisted younger talent during this break and
it didn't stop him from the occasional studio session where his
ability was in high demand.
In 1965 Joe was asked to
form a band and travel Europe, primarily Germany to again entertain
the Americans servicemen. Strutting his Blues-soul- rock outfit
he completed three years of touring again. In
1988 with his brother Winston Galea (drums), and guitarist Dave Bell
ex (Procal Harrem) they formed 'Melbourne to Memphis' a soul band that
kicked ass for three years around the Australian circuit.
1990 saw the formation of 'Cross the Border' a blues rock outfit that
proved Joe can put a show together like no other.
For twelve years 'Cross the Border' carried a strong following with
Joe being the mainstay by virtue of his vocal and front man
status. The 'Joe Galea Band' is here and all dues have
been paid. Seeing is
Print out and have the memories