Picture this, a cold, dark Friday night, with a SES warning of the gail force winds inbound. A night which most, would find themselves burrowed under a cosy quilt, with a hot choccy in hand and grandmas knitted beanie on head. But for those courageous enough to brave the tumultuous weather, for the comfort of the Wheatsheaf hotel (or Wheaty), we were treated to an intimate set by a true story teller and a big bombastic blues fest, both helping to warm the soul on a freezing Friday night.
Supporting the event was up and coming indigenous artist Nathan May, who recently moved to Adelaide (from Darwin) to pursue music. Nathan’s raw storytelling ability, accompanied by his melodic vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica made for a perfect fit under the fairy lights. Tales from the many aspects of his life, oozed out of his work leaving the audience invested his music. A musical talent on the rise.
As Nathan finished and sat sipping on my stout, I watched as Ben Catley took the stage, kicked his shoes and socks off and took a seat on his stool, what followed was a series of rambunctious blues tunes whose elixir infected the audience proven by the toe tapping, and head nodding. Ben Catley expertly controlled the tempo of the music, contorting his guitar every which way enabling him to create some extraordinary sounds (even being used as a microphone/filter), and admirably the guitar answered every challenge thrown it’s way. With plenty of his own music along with a few special nods to the likes of Jimmy Hendrix and even NWA, Ben Catley’s big bluesy style, coupled with his stage and playing intensity made for a great spectacle, and one to be seen live, raw and unfiltered.
Reviewer - Aseri Raikiwasa