Michelle Van der Meers Midnight Ramblers
The Sydney Blues Society’s 2010 Performers of the year have been longtime favourites of the Sydney blues scene, consistently leaving audiences of all ages yelling for more. Their constantly changing repertoire of original tunes and selected covers showcase the multitude of styles which make up the blues genre.
The band represented Sydney in 2011 at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Whilst not winning a place the band scores were mostly 9’s and 10s!
Vocalist Michelle Van der Meer has been described as “among the most stunning blues singers active in Australia’s scene today”.
Michelle possesses a vocal style well steeped in tradition, singing very much in the vein that made Big Mama Thornton, Etta James and Bessie Smith popular. Michelle was the Australian Blues Music Awards’ Best Female Artist, 1998
Vocals: Michelle Van der Meer
Keyboard Alison Penney (Hippos, Money Makers, Vibrolators)
Guitarist George Rigatos (George Rigatos Quintet, Big Mamma & The Hanged Men)
In the engine room the rhythm section of:
Tony Boyd (Simon Kinny-Lewis, Kate Lush,Wards Express)
Mike Rix (Bridie King, Jason Walker & Swamphouse to name a few)
Festivals: The Great Southern Blues Festival, Sydney Blues Festival, Goulburn Blues Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival & Thredbo Blues Festival
International supports: Canned Heat, Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Chris Cain
Discography – Breakfree – 2001 Closet Sessions – 2009 Road to Memphis – 2011