The Phuket Blues Festival has come and gone. We had a tremendous set this year – Myself & the Colin Hill Band – with special guests Pjae Stanley and Arvid “The Snakeman.” We rocked the house with our versions of “Feel So Bad,” “Room With A View,” “Eve Of Destruction,’ and “Every Day.” There will be video coming soon!
International seemed to be the operative word for this year’s festival, and no act reflects that better than the Colin Hill Band. On lead guitar Colin ‘Illy’ Hill has been fronting and supporting bands and artists in his native Australia since he was a teenager. Several world tours under his belt, he decided to stay in Phuket a few years back and the island has been a better place ever since. The incredibly gifted Pjae Stanley from Texas sang a riveting version of the late great Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind.” With Jeffery Sevilla from the Phillipines on keyboard, Tom Adolphi (South Africa) on bass, Mauro Gilli (Germany) pounding the drums and saxman Milo Reznikoff (New York,) the band was rocking, when blues shouter Jimmy Fame (USA) joined them. Accompanied by Arvid “Snakeman” Munthe (Norway) on harp, Jimmy belted out versions of “Feel So Bad,” “Room With A View,” and a rollicking cover of “Eve Of Destruction.” The band finished a high energy set with “Every Day I Got The Blues” that had the crowd rocking.
Throughout the two nights, Phuket FM Radio 91.5 employed its mobile unit to record the whole festival for airing during the week following and online. The last three hours of Saturday night were broadcast live. Television coverage from Phuket TV was extensive and with all that recording and filming, we lucky festival goers will be able to savor this wonderful weekend for many years to come.
See you in 2013!