7:00 – 8:15pm, Sunday 4 November 2018, Blues stage
The most unique and sophisticated voice in contemporary retro soul today, Clayton Doley is a giant of the Australian Blues Scene, cutting his teeth with legendary Sydney band, The Mighty Reapers and going on to form his own bands The Hands and The Organ Donors.
Over the last twenty years Clayton has played with a who’s who of international artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, Steve Cropper & Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn (Booker T & the M.G.’s, Blues Brothers), David Garibaldi (Tower Of Power), Jimmy Barnes, The Divinyls, The Dead Daisies, Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, Louisiana Red, Guitar Shorty, Renee Geyer, Eugene Hideaway Bridges and Harry Manx.
A master musician, a killer boogie woogie piano player, a super funky Hammond player, and a remarkable singer/songwriter with a passion for creating new works that could have been recorded by the R&B greats from the 50’s and 60’s. His current project Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong captures the essence of the New Orleans Blues piano tradition while fusing contemporary Australiana and Americana with all the might and power of a 10 piece band. Featuring a powerful 4-piece horn section, the ‘Hi-Fi-Doley-T Horns’, and the ferociously sweet vocals of the fabulous ‘Clay-tones’.
Clayton has been invited to play some of the biggest festivals in the world such as Montreal International Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and Tremblant International Blues Festival to name a few.
“Clayton Doley understands the groove to a T – Booker T., that is”. Steve Leggett – All Music (USA)
“Doley matches his rock-solid chops with sophisticated songwriting and wraps a class-act production around it”. Duane Verth – Roots Music Report (USA)
“Clayton Doley digs into blues, jazz and groove and he does it with a great charm and good taste. A marvelous singer and an especially fine organ player, gifted with a huge talent”. Vincent P. Zumel – La Hora Del Blues (Spain)
“Clayton’s material is everything from amazing in a traditional sense to outright mind-blowing”. Bill Wilson – Reflections in Blue (USA)
“Songs that will brighten your mood and leave you wishing it were a double CD”. Greg Victor – Parcbench (USA)
“ If you’re a fan of the Hammond Organ, then you need to become a fan of Clayton Doley. He’s totally mastered the instrument”. Peter Lauro – Mary4Music (USA)
Tina Harrod vocals
Bek Jensen vocals
James Greening trombone
Adam Simmons tenor saxophone
Dave Symes bass
Evan Mannell drums
Franco Raggatt guitar
Paul Williamson saxophone
Nick Garbett trumpet
Clayton Doley vocals and keyboard