Graham Clark’s band Brilleaux takes both its name and inspiration from Lee Brilleaux, of the British Rhythm and Blues band Dr Feelgood. Lee Brilleaux founded Dr Feelgood with guitar player extraordinaire Wilko Johnson in 1971. They were a hard edged London pub-rock band. Almost proto-punk. Bringing all the grit of east London into their blues influenced music.

It is this influence and the persona of Lee Brilleaux which Clark adopts on stage; the same well dressed, animated, prowl all over the stage performance that connects immediately with an audience.

The music too is in the same style as Dr Feelgood, but Tauranga’s Brilleaux is not a tribute band. Although the music is played with the same menacing energy, blending blues and R&B like Dr Feelgood did, the songs and arrangements are all their own.

Brilleaux have released 8 albums to date, the latest being Brilleauvator - an unplugged Acoustic adventure, featuring a number of tracks from bands that influenced the formation of the band back in 1999.

All the songs are tightly arranged with Clark’s powerhouse harmonica playing complementing the guitar work of Bruce Rolands, and the impressively tight rhythm section of Ian (Beano) Gilpin and Brian Franks.

Brilleaux a must-see act at festivals throughout the country.

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