Review: MaKuini – The Royal British Legion, Warrington: 31.07.13

Posted on: Friday, Aug 2, 2013

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I was delighted to be invited to this EP launch for MaKuini and charity gig. Born Makuini Menehira she has a chequered history. Hailing from New Zealand and the Maori community, she moved to England in the late 1970’s and finally married and settled in Warrington in the 1980’s.

She has always loved the blues and jazz and this showed in her performance. Backed by seasoned musicians Pete ‘Sarge’ Frampton’s ‘Hoo Doo Men’, MaKuini kicked off her set with BB Kings ‘Rock Me Baby’. She has a voice which is a cross between Janis Joplin and Tina Turner … with a bit of Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James thrown in!

MaKuini then gave us the four self penned tracks from her new EP, ‘ Roll of The Dice’, due for release on 5th August. This lady certainly can sing! They are a refreshing mix of slow, slinky blues and up tempo numbers and I will look forward to see how the EP will be received in the blues fraternity.

The rest of the set were blues based covers, which were done to perfection. Pete and the boys provided excellent backing with some class slide and lap steel from Pete Frampton, great piano and keyboard from George Glover and superb guitar work from Steve Perry. Paul Burgess on drums and Wayne Morgan on bass gave the solid thread in the rhythm section.

MaKuini finished the set with a Maori rendition of ‘I Am The River’ … what a great way to end a special evening. I hope we see more of this lady in the coming months, I shall certainly be looking out for her at the blues festivals next year. Here’s to the ‘Women of Blues’!!!!!

ROSY GREERLancashire Blues Archive

The money raised from this gig goes towards Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund. @

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