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I want to tell you about my friend Harvey.

He’s a wonderful blues guitarist. He lives the life, and is a great guy. 

I met him three years ago at Music Express music school in Norton Street. The tutors had their own studios. As manager, I went through them each week to dust and clean.

In Harvey’s studio I saw a jar of Branston pickle on his desk, and a box of PG Tips. I brushed off the loose tobacco and straightened up the rolling papers.

A week later I met him. We chatted outside the building one night while he had a smoke.

Harvey came to Queensland a while back, and it took him about six years to change the UK plugs on his gear to Aussie ones. But he didn’t go back. He’s here and plays all over town. 

I’ve wanted to write about him, do a proper interview. But he’s busy, I’m busy, and the years go by.

So, my words aren’t important. Harvey’s making music, and it speaks for itself. This is Blues Arcadia. They sell out gigs.

Maybe one day we’ll have a cup of tea and I’ll make a longer post. In t...

January 19, 2016


Following critical success in 2015 (Best New Talent - Chain Awards; Queensland Music Awards finalist) and electrifying performances at national festivals such as Byron Bay Bluesfest and Blues On Broadbeach, the songwriting team of Alan Boyle and Chris Harvey along with bassist Jeremy Klysz from The Bella Reunion have reformed as Blues Arcadia. 
Marrying the raw passion and soul of the Stax and Motown legends with the true grit of Chicago and Memphis Blues, this exciting new Brisbane-based act are ready to set hearts on fire. 
Launching February 19th with a very special show at the Royal Mail Hotel in Goodna.

Check venue for further details.

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