Originally from Glasgow, guitarist-singer Alex Burns has been a respected performer on the Melbourne jazz scene for many years now. He enjoyed a successful blues duo partnership with Nick Charles through the ‘90s ; since then, he has performed as a soloist or in various groups, exploring various styles, including Hawaiian steel guitar.
He recently formed a partnership with fellow guitarist Jen Hawley. A former student of Bruce Clarke, Jen has played with Christophe Genoux, Blue Drag and Great Chefs Of Europe. She shares Alex’s passion for early jazz and blues styles and repertoire. Joining Alex and Jen are Kain Borlase (bass) and Les Oldman (drums).
Alex says : “Imagine the crossroads where rural blues meets early jazz, the rhythmic dexterity resonating with elements of blues, jazz, gypsy swing, calypso and sega : the result is intelligent fun. As for influences, the whole gang is here, from Son House, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt to Fats Waller, everyone from New Orleans to Django and Oscar Aleman. Throw in original compositions, a disarming talent for humour and rapport with their audience, casually sharing historical facts…..we want to leave folks knowing more and wanting more.” . “(Alex) is one out of the box” – ‘Sunday Herald Sun’. “Jen has a background in both classical and jazz, but is one of those true troubadours, like Alex, who hear music for what it is, not by genre. The connecting point for both is blues and early jazz, a purists nightmare, a listener’s dream.” – ‘MBAS Bluesletter’.