The Rhythm Hut
Claude Hay + Akova Tickets
7:00pm, Fri 17 November, 2017
The Rhythm Hut, NSW
The cosiest and funkiest live music venue on the Central Coast is bringing back legendary guitarist Claude Hay, supported by Gold Coast musician Akova together in one big night.
Hailing from the Blue Mountains near Sydney, award winning Australian solo artist Claude Hay invokes the best of stomping traditional blues, hard rock and booty-shaking funk, all delivered with slide guitar chops to burn and a vocal range to match. Claude is perhaps the world's ultimate Do-It- Yourself musician - initially forging his live sound on the back of looping technology which allowed him to create a band vibe without the band. This approach has seen this fiercely independent artist build an audience for his music globally with the release of three award-winning home-made albums. His fourth album "Roller Coaster" released September 2016 saw him form a band, hence his song writing became unhindered from the constraints of looping which allowed him to finesse his rock-blues, come funk-hillbilly mojo to another level.
Hay's accolades include album charting at #9 on USA Billboard Blues charts following appearing on USA's National Public Radio Network (weekly listenership of 27 million ), ranking #5 on Amazon's Blues albums of the year, winner of Best Male Vocalist and Best Song at Australia Blues Music (Chain) Awards, Winner of Best Live Act at Australia's Independent Music Awards (MusicOz) and supporting the likes of Joe Bonammassa and Seasick Steve.
Hay tours Europe regularly, having landed the biggest blues festivals in Netherlands (Zwarte Cross, Moulin Blues and more) and Belgium (Blues Peer) as well as Poland, France, Germany and USA - where he started recording his 2012 album "I Love Hate You" at the legendary Sun Studios of Memphis.
Support Claude on the night is Gold Coast artist Akova.
Akova has been put in the league of John Lennon and Rodriguez. His music is a unique, heartfelt creation that heightens awareness like a gentle tap on the shoulder. Akova is a compelling storyteller, having the ability to channel his life experiences in thought provoking music, creating a sound you just cant help but admire.
This acoustic multi-instrumentalist inspires and uplifts audiences worldwide. Dubbed 'The Rhythm King' by music media Akova's raw beat driven music takes over your body willing you to dance! He enchants audiences with his proficiency in wielding his many instruments, combining vocals, guitars, ukulele, cajon, djembe and ankle bells (often all at once!) You can't help but feel Akova's energy lift a room.
He has supported Xavier Rudd and the United Nations, Ash Grunwald, won the GLObalvision Song Competition and toured his new album, This Is Me Now nationally playing festivals and venues around the country.
"AKoVA's welcoming vibe has a worthy place at 'Summery' festival gatherings universally. He's a natural showman. Any act to get people dancing like
no-one's watching is always welcome in this crazy world."
- Forte Magazine