Reggae /Roots/Ambient Band
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REGGAE BLISS QUARTET 2016 Deb Sisson, John Kanai and Mel Miller.
REGGAE BLISS TRIO - Lon, Deb and Nigel.
Performances at Tjapuki, Reggaetown 2012 and Cairns Esplanade the Reggae Bliss trio using digital drums bass FX and 3 keyboards. There's a dancey twist emerging from the repertoire of covers and some interesting electronic instrumentals.
If you require a large band up to an eight piece band is available formed in 2010, playing Originals from the album 'Part of Life' and a selection of popular Reggae, Roots, Rocksteady and RnB covers including, Marley,UB40 and Jah Cure. Currently working on the second album.
LONNIE PEDRO- Chief Songwriter, Vocal and guitar
From the rich culture of St Paul in the Torres Strait, Lonnie has large collection of songs to enrich the Tropical North Queensland music scene. UMI Reggae had its inception when the groups flights returning from Raggamuffin 2010 concert in Brisbane was delayed. It has become the theme song for the UMI markets held once a month on the Cairns Esplanade for local Indigenous artists to sell direct to the public.
DEB SISSON- Keyboards and Backing vocals
Presently a music teacher at Tropical North Queensland Tafe and an accomplished musician, she was instrumental in starting some memorable indigenous bands such as- Broken Inglish and One Drop Reggae Band, (Cairns), Talkin Story (Newcastle)and Forte(the original Shakaya). She has been a valuable member of various bands including Skank, I&I Reggae, Rita Mills and The Descendants, Fade to Black and Has Played On 10 CDs Including JJJ With The Naturals Mystics, Miles Bing Ilan Talk, The Last Kinection- Nutchus Zennith and Koahlition.
NIGEL PERERA- Bass Guitar
Melodious and innovative bass lines plus the well hewn skill of this musician, Nigel is Sri Lankan and has played in most reggae bands of North Queensland bringing that wealth of experience. He has also composed and performed music for major theatre productions and performs experimental music as well as producing artists such as Terry Cassel, D Kaz Man, who now heads Dubmarine.
FRASER HAGGER- Lead and acoustic guitar
Hailing from NZ Is and recently graduating from Tropical North Queensland Tafe Music, Fraser is admired for his passionate guitar solos, tasteful licks and technical expertise.
DARREN BLACKMAN- Percussion, didge and keys, Gubbi Gubbi man very creative in all the performing arts.
SIMONE STACEY - Ultimate vocal currently on ITV/Rage singing 'Are we There Yet' with The Last Kinection. Previously 'Shakaya' now with a wealth of professional experience and singer/songwriter expertise.
ZAC CAMPION- Drums
Awesome fresh young Cook island man brings the precision required that make u want to dance.
CONNIE PEDRO - Lonnie's twin Bro on Percussion direct from the Torres Strait Islands.
|Originals, Marley and Reggae Greats.
**PART OF LIFE CD's on SALE at GIGS**
|Performance history- Eclipse 2012, Naidoc performances in Cairns and Weipa, Munro Martin Park, UMI indigenous Markets on the Esplanade, Buddah Bar, Salthouse, Bella Vista, Roots parties @ The Squadron and Frogs Kuranda, Reggaetown World Festivals 2009-12, Future Moves Festival, Wallaby Creek Festival, Kuranda Roots Festival 2012, Sustainable Living Expos, and support for Katchafire.