The Strait Shooters

Friday
6:00-6:45 DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH HOTEL RUSSELL
Saturday
12:00-12:45pm SCENIC HOTEL
11:00-11:45pm PAIHIA SPORTS BAR
Sunday
9:15-10:00pm PAIHIA EX-SERVICEMEN'S CLUB

Five musicians from across New Zealand united to do just one thing – deliver their brand of southern roots music. Blues, funk and soul influences are evident in their own original music, and guides their take on some well-known classics as well.

Formed in 2013 following the Fiji Jazz & Blues Festival, The Strait Shooters take their name from their geographical spread around New Zealand and the constant need to shoot back and forth across Cook Strait for various gigs.

Hailing from Dunedin, Wellington and New Plymouth, the band released their debut album ‘That’s all we have time for’ earlier this year. They were delighted to see the album chart into the NZ Top 20 in March, and are both proud and humbled to now see their own originals on blues radio station playlists around the world. The album is available via ITunes and Amazon, and CD’s and T-Shirts featuring the bands retro label will be available throughout the festival.

The original Strait Shooters line-up is Warwick ‘Electrolux’ Murray – guitar, vocal, harmonica; Ramblin’ Rick Stringer – keyboards, vocals, harmonica; ‘QT’ Lee – vocals, keyboards; Aaron ‘The Funky Chief’ Nonoa – bass, vocals; Mark ‘Tom Tom’ Thomas – drums. But joining the band as rhythm section for the Bay of Islands Festival this year are Bill Newn – bass, and Henry ‘The Funky Jandal’ Beatie – drums.

Make sure you catch The Strait Shooters delivering a show best described as ‘Hot Funk, Cool Blues, Bad Jokes, & Good Times’.