CHRIS FINNEN AMBASSADOR of the PORT NOARLUNGA BLUES FESTIVAL

BAND IT ABOUT - Podcast Series

02-11-2023 • 13 mins

S4 E3 Chris Finnen joins Di Spillane to discuss this year's Port Noarlunga Blues Festival.

About Chris; Chris began to play the guitar when he was 10. Migrating with his parents from the UK to Australia in the late 60’s, it was in the state of Victoria that he started his 'musical apprenticeship' - learning how to play and getting gigs where he could. In 1970 he met long-time collaborator and friend Phil Manning, who he has played with numerous times over the years. He has performed in various bands or created his own, and when not performing, touring, and recording himself, he has dedicated his time to mentoring and tutoring many aspiring guitarists. Today, he is arguably one of Australia’s best known and most highly regarded master of the guitar.

With a career spanning well over 50 years, performing and studying the blues, Jazz, Rock, Folk, and Indian/World music genres. He has playing for the Dalai Lama and has shared the stage with some of the world's best, including Buddy Guy, Bo Didley, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roy Buchanan, Eric Burdon, John Mayall, and Mavis Staples to name just a few. In Australia he has worked with many of our best-known musicians including Matt Taylor, Phil Manning, Dutch Tilders, Jeff Lang, Kevin Borich, and many, many others.

His awards include Guitar, Vocal, Song writing, Production, and best Blues/World' Album. He has been inducted into both the New York Blues Hall of Fame and the Adelaide Music Collective Hall of Fame. Chris is patron of the Adelaide Roots and Blues Association, and has been the Ambassador of the Port Noarlunga Blues Festival since it started 6 years ago.

Chris will be performing a few times during the festival, on Saturday the 25th of November at the Arts Centre. The evening will open with Mick Kidd and David Blight at 7pm, followed by The Chris Finnen Band at 8:20, and then at 9:40 he will team up with Phil Manning. Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1117509

On Sunday at the Bowling Club on River Road performing with Phil Manning at 3:20, just after the Cal Williams Jnr trio who are opening at 2pm. Frank Lang’s Hoy-Hoy will be hitting the stage at 4:40. Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1116526

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