Brothers bring the blues for Aussie Day

43-largeIn true Aussie spirit, South Hedland will be hosting blues, roots and country musicians The Blue Shaddy Duo at the town’s Australia Day celebrations next Sunday.

The full band will then grace Newman in February, bringing their rock and roll best to the Pilbara.

Blue Shaddy is described as energetic and powerful, and their musical harmony is sure to be strong considering founding members Jim McClelland, Graham (Belly) McClelland and Sandy McClelland are family.

Brothers Jim and Belly shared a small house on the family farm in Kelleberrin, and with television banned from the house, the two would sit at the kitchen table and trade Hound Dog Taylor and Sonnie and Brownie licks nightly.

The duo soon met Sandy Naughton, the next Blue Shaddy recruit, and eventually Jim and Sandy married.

With the trio a driving force behind Blue Shaddy, the band’s drummer Kramer is their “fourth wheel”, a long-time friend of the band who played his first gig with them at nine-years-old.

The band has played on impressive stages at festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival, West Coast Bleus and Roots Festival and Blues at Bridgetown.

Blue Shaddy recently released their fourth album Across the Road.

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