‘Ragas, Jugs & Mojo Hands’ features collaboration from Gwyn Ashton and Chris Finnen, two of the finest musicians to come out of South Australia and both inductees of the South Australian Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Friends for 35 years, the two kindred-spirit musicians join together for the first time on record.
With special guest Peter Beulke on upright bass, they form a formidable roots and blues partnership bringing a unique Australian flavor to the blues, evoking a tapestry of varied cultural influences, weaving the sounds of Indian, Arabic and African traditions into the album. Recorded over two evenings this spontaneous session involved no rehearsal or pre-production. They recorded everything first or second take, both on acoustic guitars and National resonators, Ashton also on Weissenborn, with Finnen adding chumbush, dumbuka, cajon, clay pot and banjo into the mix.
Ashton has spent the past 30 years touring Australia and Europe, recording with some of the biggest names in blues and rock including musicians from Deep Purple, Robert Plant’s and Rory Gallagher’s bands. He has been special guest for Status Quo, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor, Johnny Winter, The Yardbirds, Canned Heat and countless other musicians from all over the world.
“Chris Finnen is one of Australia’s most innovative guitarists. He took us down to the crossroads and off into space, from Delta Blues to Chicago, from Adelaide to Northern Australia via India and Africa.” The Australian, February 2013. Finnen performed for the Dalai Lama in 2005, was a guest of the International Expo in Nagoya, Japan, and has shared the stage with some of the world’s best, including Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roy Buchanan, Eric Burdon, Keb Mo, and many more.
Chris Finnen – Acoustic guitar, National resonator, Chumbush w/bow, dumbuka, cajon, banjo, clay pot, vocals.
Peter Beulke – upright bass
*You are Invited to attend the Pre-Launch Party at the Boom Boom Room Colonel Light Hotel 8pm
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1: I Can Feel That Mojo Working On Me
2: Moravian Rhapsody
3: Raising Sand
5: Lonesome Road
6: Givin’ Up The Church
8: Keep Your Oven Warm
9: Who’s That Knockin’
10: Zing It Up and Down