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Blues Night – the Flaming Mudcats

June 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Formed in 2009, The Flaming Mudcats are fronted by Craig Bracken on vocals and harmonica along with guitarist Doug Bygrave, while bassist Johnny Yu and drummer Ian Thomson form the tight rhythm section. Regarded among the country’s premier Blues outfits, they have released three albums, performed in festivals and clubs around New Zealand as well as Australia, the Pacific Islands and remarkably taken their Blues back to its source…. the USA.

Craig Bracken. Vocals / Harmonica / Saxophone
Craig began playing harmonica in the late 80’s after hearing some of the greats like Little Walter, William Clarke and Junior Parker.

Doug Bygrave. Guitar
Back in the 80’s, Doug headed off to Texas to meet his hero, Jimmie Vaughan (Stevie’s older brother), and some of the great blues guitar slingers around Austin at the time. These experiences forever shaped and forged Doug’s inventive playing style and tone.

Ian Thomson. Drums
Ian began his long drumming career back in High School “in the 60s” and played in several notable Auckland Blues and Roots bands over the years. Ian enjoys being in the “Engine Room” holding down those shuffle and swing grooves with Johnny, preferring to leave the fancy stuff to the guys out front.

Johnny Yu. Bass / Vocals
Born and raised in Hawaii, musically educated in San Francisco, Johnny joined the Flaming Mudcats in late 2017 after moving his family to Auckland. Johnny’s driving bass playing and vocal harmonies has provided a new dynamic to the band, as can be heard on the band’s latest album “Cut Loose.”



June 4
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Globe Theatre
312 Main Street
Palmerston North, Manawatu 4410 New Zealand
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