There are some bands which self destruct because of the tensions existing between sibling members… Then there is roots group 'Blue Shaddy'.
Blue Shaddy's infectious amalgam of country, roots and blues could only be described as 'loud, feral and unpretentious', performed with physical presence and power. Throw in a good dash of outright country charm and you have 'Blue Shaddy'. This is blues with a twist!
An outfit comprising of singer songwriter, Jim (Neil McClelland), his wife Sandra (bass), his brother Belly (harmonica) and newest Shaddy member Callum Kramer (drums). This group dispel any such thought of family rivalry; their performances manifest an affinity which can only exist between musical kin.
With frontman Jim sitting centre stage sporting his signature smile, he soon whips his gang into a musical frenzy of country blues and roots.
Over to the side off the stage, Blue Shaddy are currently hard at work in the sweat house recording demos and working on the finer touches to the tunes to be released on their 5th studio album, due for completion in October.
This album will offer the listener a look into the Shaddy head space of this past year, with a heartfelt song written by Jim dedicated to Sandy's mum who passed away earlier this year. Though old Shaddy fans won't be disappointed, there will still be the blues cum country thrashings of old but with a twist.