ABOUT

DREAMBOOGIE - named with a hat-tip to vintage American jazz/ blues writer Langston Hughes’ famed poem “Dream Boogie”.

"It's Blues, Jim – but not as you know it."

 
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Sam Buckley

Rebecca Davey

Connor O'Neill

Robert Dillon

 

Vocalist Rebecca Davey brings elements of her musical idols to her performance – the great female Blues vocalists of the 1920s and 30s. Artists such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Victoria Spivey, Mamie Smith and similar bold women of their time, have influenced Rebecca, both in her vocal delivery and performance. Emotion, drama, wit and cheeky sass are woven into Rebecca’s uniquely interpreted Blues music storytelling, conveying the underlying truths upon which the Blues are based, with the expressive impact of the Blues lyric: “Blues is about the truth. The joys, and sorrows of life, the challenges and excitement, love and sex - Blues addresses them all”.

Sam Buckley on guitar plays in the classic style of his heroes, Albert King, Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. An intense player, he takes note bending and single string playing to an extreme.

Bassist Connor O’Neill, performs on fretless bass. His style brings a new, yet timeless sound to the music. Sliding between notes, whilst laying down a firm groove provides a solid foundation to the music.

Robert B Dillon on drums lays down rock-solid grooves, in the pocket. Hugely influenced by Gene Krupa's energetic, flamboyant style, Robert brings a similar flair to his performance.

 
 

 

Together as a 4-piece band, Dreamboogie re-imagine and re-interpret the songs of those great trailblazing Blues performers for today’s audience, using contemporary sounds and fresh arrangements, whilst retaining the essential spirit and attitude of the music. Old Blues with new ‘tude.

 

 
 
 

Since their formation in early 2010, Dreamboogie have toured Australia, appearing at Blues festivals and venues in major cities and regional areas, performed on Blues Trains and Blues Cruises, been part of live-to-air radio show transmissions, and built up up a solid, ever-growing fan base in the process. A tight music unit with a reputation for delivering entertaining, engaging, impassioned live performances with Bluesy style and flair, Dreamboogie remain in high demand as a feature act at all kinds of venues and events.

Festivals at which Dreamboogie have appeared include: Australian Blues Festival (Goulburn NSW), Winter Blues Festival (Echuca VIC), Broadbeach Blues Festival (Goldcoast QLD), Brunswick Music Festival (Melbourne VIC), Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC), Docklands Blues Music Festival (Melbourne VIC), Gympie Muster (QLD), Melbourne Fringe Festival (VIC), Sydney Blues & Roots Festival (NSW), WestOz Blues Festival (Bolgart WA), Mordialloc Food & Wine Festival (VIC), Yackandandah Folk Festival (VIC), Uranquinty Folk Festival (NSW), RAW Festival (VIC) and more.

In 2011 and 2015, Dreamboogie won the PBS106.7FM-sponsored MBAS Blues Performer of the Year Challenge, both times representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, USA.

 
 
 

Dreamboogie have released 3 albums, each of which has charted on the Australian Blues & Roots Chart with their debut album, I’m Ready, attaining the Number #1 position.

DISCOGRAPHY

I'M READY (BMM 363.2)
• Number #1 album – Australian Blues/Roots radio playlist chart
• Number #2 – AirIt radio airplay chart with a radio edit of the track “My Baby Caught The Train’”

AIN'T NOBODY'S BUSINESS (BMM 371.2)
• Top 20 – Australian Blues/Roots radio playlist chart

WEARIN' IT OUT (BMM 393.2)
• Top 20 – Australian Blues/Roots radio playlist chart

Dreamboogie albums distributed by   Black Market Music