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Who are The Bronze Wailers?

The Bronze Wailers are a Sydney-based blues trio that are keeping alive the music of the Mississippi delta, the juke joints of the south, and the clubs of Chicago during the Chess era.

Line Up

The Bronze Wailers are Eric Betts and Daragh Henchy.

Eric Betts discovered the blues as a teenager listening to college radio in the Canadian Tundra. He was sidetracked by a career as an editor, translator, advertising copywriter in Tokyo, and investment analyst for an international stockbroker in Sydney. After winning a blues competition in 2010, he decided to take the plunge and has since appeared on TV and radio with his blues harp, and can be seen preaching blues to the denizens of Martin Place, Newtown and Redfern on a regular basis. Channel 10 called him 'Sydney's Best Dressed Busker.' You be the judge.

Daragh Henchy grew up on the mean streets of Limerick, Ireland. A rough town where one could easily get in a knifefight after hockey practice. At 13, he heard Robert Johnson playing the blues and was hooked.He bought a guitar but soon was being ejected from the church band for playing one-too-many blues riffs He tortured his family until thrown out of home…and sent to University in the UK. After this, he decided to make the most of the devil’s influence and has since travelled the world and became a management consultant. He has never won a musical competition in his life, and is never likely to.

Laetitia Mahika grew up on the exotic French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, steeped in a blend of African, Indian, Chinese and European cultures. She started singing in local choirs at the age of 12 and won a radio contest at 13. Her key musical influences include Amy Winehouse, Adele and Tracy Chapman.

Weekly Gig

The band play some Saturday evenings at the Ampersand Cafe, in Surry Hills.

The Bronze Wailers at The CEO Institute

The Bronze Wailers played at The CEO Institute, where NSW Treasurer, Mike Baird was speaking, to an assortment of CEO's from around Sydney and NSW.

It was a great evening, where we played three sets. Here is one of the tunes captured on film.

The Bronze Wailers at Ampersand Cafe Bookstore

The Bronze Wailers will be playing at the very lovely Cafe & Bookstore, Ampersand (&) at 416 Crown Street in Surry Hills this weekend.This is a regular Saturday evening gig at the cafe. We will be there every Saturday for 6pm until 8.30pm

We hope to see you there, and don't forget to 'like' us at our Facebook page.

The Bronze Wailers on the streets

The Bronze Wailers are occasionally spotted at the Eveleigh Markets bringing their style of the blues to the people of Redfern, but can sometimes be found around Hyde Park.

If you are interested in having The Bronze Wailers play at your venue let us know.