Two legends of NZ guitar, Father and Son, are going to perform together in November and December in what can be described as very rare and special intimate shows not to be missed kicking off at the Thirsty Dog Tavern, Auckland Sat 3rd & Sun 4th November.
The shows are titled, ‘A Tribute to a Hero of NZ Guitar celebrating the music of Billy TK featuring Billy TK Jnr & special guests’.
These shows will be special - we have not played together in years and every time we do it’s high action and awesome music - I can’t wait as who knows when we will have a chance to do this again? - Billy TK Jnr
Billy TK (Billy Te Kahika) is a living Kiwi cultural Icon, an intense and exciting guitarist who melded contemporary blues-rock with flowing progressive Pacific rhythms when many Maori musicians were still considered part of the show band heritage.
Technically gifted, the intense style of guitarist Billy TK Senior has been described as a blend of contemporary blues-rock and flowing progressive Pacific rhythms.
Billy began experimenting with feedback and developing his own electronic pedals in 1966 with his Palmerston North-based band The Sinners. As soon as the music of Jimi Hendrix hit the airwaves, he learned every track he could. In the late 1960s, he joined fellow Palmerston North musician, singer, stand-up drummer and creative giant Maurice Greer in Human Instinct. Billy stayed with Human Instinct through their 1972 tour of Australia when he began recruiting for his own band, Powerhouse, which supported major acts including UB40, Joe Satriani and the Neville Brothers.
In 1996, Billy performed a 'walk-on' with his hero Carlos Santana at an Auckland concert and now performs all over the world as a ‘Peace Activist’ on behalf of the Maori people of New Zealand.
Billy is the quintessential guitar hero and offers adorers of guitar music a potent experience.
Billy TK Jnr is the proverbial ‘chip off the ole block’ having earned himself a reputation on the international guitar playing stage as one of New Zealand’s greatest guitar players.
Over two decades, Billy has toured widely in the USA, Australia including highly acclaimed performances at the Sydney & Narooma Blues Festivals, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Supporting Jimmy Barnes during a New Zealand tour, Billy was invited to play lead guitar with Barnesy as special guest after performing his own sets. Between recording critically acclaimed albums, he’s toured with George Thorogood, the Neville Brothers, Ian Moss, Junior Wells, Mississippi Willie Foster and Joe Satriani.
Billy TK Jnr and the Groove Shakers have toured the world visiting Europe, Australia and New Zealand since the release of Blues Benediction which saw him reveal his own writing ability and perform covers by Jimi Hendrix, ‘Little Wing’ and Freddie King’s ‘Hideaway. Following his European tour, Billy TK Jnr and The Groove Shakers toured the USA, playing state theatres and festivals.
Billy TK Senior has the final comment:
I know that the people want mad guitar and I plan to give them that and a lot more.