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Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band in Paekakariki
29 May 2021
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at Rumpy
3 July 2021
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at Wanganui Jazz Club
4 July 2021
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at the Pavilion, Days Bay
5 December 2021
Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band in Paekakariki


Saturday, May 29, 2021

Let this Blues Train roll

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are heading to St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki to let this blues train roll on Saturday 29th May. Wellingtonian Laura Collins’ band is ‘jam-packed’ with Kapiti coast talent.

Laura, who is up front from the very start, with high energy, cheek and vocal strength leads and celebrates her band – and gives them licence to shine. And shine they do, with Paekakariki’s own Wayne Mason, of course also known for being one of our much-loved singer songwriters, here is the master of boogie ‘burning it up’ on the keys and adding his iconic voice to the vocal mix. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky tonk.

John O’Connor from Pukerua Bay will be ‘eating it up’ on lead guitar, never self-indulgent – just soulful and astonishing. He’s played with everyone along the way, from BB King to Kiri Te Kanawa.

The rhythm section brings a warm acoustic volume with George Barris on tasty upright bass and Peter Cogswell, a Plimmerton Lad, on the ‘back porch’ drums proving that you don’t need to be loud to groove.

The lads offer four part vocal harmony to Laura’s lead, combining often for a lush gospel blues sound.

Expect to hear a little Fats Domino, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, John Lee Hooker, some of Laura’s own and others she can put her stamp on, all with their roots in the blues. Laura says "Blues comes straight from the heart and that’s just how I like it, it’s accessible, joyful, heart full music and not only that it makes me want to move – what’s not to like?”

This band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment. A combination of ‘old hands’ who have been making music a long time, absolutely revelling in the playing. A night out with Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band is a joyful celebration of why we would ‘keep the music live’ and let this blues train roll.

Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band at St Peter’s Hall Saturday 29th May, $20 on the door, doors at 7.30pm, show starts 8.00pm.


St Peters Village Hall, Paekakariki. Look out for news of pre-sales, but door sales on night too. Doors 7.30pm, show from 8.00pm
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