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Kniki & Mike Beale, Australia
It was just a chance email early in 2009 that introduced Perth based blues singer KNiKi with Gold Coast based guitarist/frontman of Men in Blues fame Mike Beale.
Initially just on board to help organise some east coast musicians for KNiKi’s appearance at the Blues on Broadbeach festival, the musical chemistry was instantaneous.
Both artists have had success and multiple Festival appearance to their credit but it’s this new project that has both of them so excited.
It’s exciting, vibrant and refreshingly different, and it’s rare that something works as well as this musically.
But it hasn’t been without it’s challenges, not least being the distance between them.
"I don’t think it’s possible for the two of us to live any further apart and still be living in Australia” laughs Mike.
After Broadbeach, a couple of guest appearances with Men in Blues fuelled the musical fire, and had both of them immediately planning future ventures.
The first, being Mike playing guitar for KNiKi at the legendary Toyota Music Muster in Gympie QLD.
A quick trip to play Perth in October and the next thing it was off the Katmandu Nepal for the Himalayan blues festival.
Both agreed it was an amazing, experience, the trip of a lifetime, and the response to the music was overwhelming.
And it really hasn’t slowed down since, a quick trip into the recording studio has produced some amazing results.
The combination of Mike’s shredding blues vocal and explosive guitar, with KNiKi’s powerful, soulful and yet expressive voice has left crowds desperate for more.
2010 will see them off to tour India, then Phuket before embarking on an Australian tour. And now they will be at the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival