Jay Hoad
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Jay Hoad

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | INDIE

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia | INDIE
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"Jay Hoad Band - Leaving USA for Australian Tour"

Arena’s Deli and Bar in Rehoboth Beach filled to capacity with faithful fans as the Jay Hoad Band took the stage for its final performance Nov. 24, before Hoad left to perform in Australia and the Caribbean. The size of the crowd, including people turned away at the door for more than an hour, was very impressive for a band that made its first tour appearance at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in June.

“We will be back in March,” Hoad announced to overwhelming applause.

Appearing at the farewell performance at Arena’s were Mike McShane on djembe and conga drums, Dean Haemel on drums, Jim Miller on trumpet and Pete Boziak on guitar and synthesizer. Hoad played an electric bass, 12-string acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar, upright bass, didgeridoo and various percussion instruments.

The five members presented a unique combination of music reflecting Jamaican, rhythm and blues, rock, jazz, reggae and Australian tribal influences. The eclectic mix is not too surprising, coming from Hoad who earned his degree from the Conservatory of Music in South Australia and then mastered his craft on cruise line tours.

Similar to the short-lived 1960s group Cream, the music had a start and finish with the mid-section largely based on improvisation. People in the room swayed, danced and clapped in rhythm to alternating waves of percussion and horn.

“It’s high energy music. Our goal is to cover the full spectrum of world music,” Hoad said.

Three major influences have guided him on his current musical path as he writes an album and plans for the 2009 music festival circuit, Hoad said: the African music of Michael Franti and Spearhead, Xavier Rudd’s solo blues and folk, and the John Butler Trio headed by Butler – an Australian guitarist and vocalist.

The crowd was as eclectic as the music, including the glamorous, the exotic and boardwalk standards wearing T-shirts with sayings like “life is too short to drink sh****y beer.”

Among the exotic was Leah Greer-Pinzaru of Lewes who, having trained in the art of belly dancing for nine years, performed to a song Hoad created for her called “The Belly Dancer.”

In a matter of months his followers know not only the music but also the words to Hoad’s songs. The verses sound like free-form poetry reminiscent of the beat generation – words about the environment, war, love, spirit, politics, friendship and joy.

“Please remember what you used to make out of those clouds for me,” Hoad sang in a song called Silhouette about friends met during life’s journeys.

More information about Jay Hoad is available online at jayhoadband.com.

Contact Georgia Leonhart at g.l.leonhart@comcast.net. - News Journal

"2007 Entertainment Summary.."

"Worldbeat performer Jay Hoad from Australia toured the shore this summer and began setting attendance records at local hot spots faster than you could say 'lower case blues'. His up-tempo mix of styles such as jazz, reggae, worldbeat and funk proved that local barflies have been starved for the chance to spend their beer money at venues where they don't have to endure "Don't Stop Believin'" or "Blister in the Sun" for the umpteenth time. Mr. Hoad bet the Beachcomber that he could fill a local nightclub to capacity for one particular show in the off season ... and he won"

Reach Roger Hillis by e-mail at rhillis@gannett.com
- DE/MD Beachcomber

"Jay Hoad Band - Delaware Music Festival"

DE Music Festival: Day #2

The crowd for the second night of the Delaware Music Festival was quite larger than the night before.... and the night belonged to... the Jay Hoad Band, led by Mr. Hoad, who is touring from Australia. Backed by a five-piece band that included a saxophone and trumpet player, Hoad brought a brand of world music to the festival that was unlike any other we saw over the two nights. Their band has a funky reggae vibe going on, which is augmented by some sounds from Hoad's native land thanks to his didgeridoo. To top it all off, he brought out a bellydancer for his closing number, causing quite a scene up front in the crowd.

Hoad just arrived from Australia and will be touring the Mid-Atlantic for the next six months and has a slew of shows already scheduled... - Wilmington News Journal

"2009 Fringe Festival Reviews"

Jay Hoad has been working his craft nicely around the world and only rarely makes it to Adelaide on his tours. But I’m sure glad he and his band did! Their mix of super-tight funky grooves, jazzy interludes with plenty of trumpet and sax solos, brilliantly fat bass lines and excellent punchy drums and percussion won me over instantly. Add to that the occasional use of instrumentation like didgeridoo, lap-steel guitar, flute, and djembes, and you’re really on a winner. From rock to reggae, blues to funk and everything in between, this is raw talent at its best! --Luke Balzan - Rip It Up Magazine, Australia

"Jay Hoad Band - Creating waves in the USA"

Jay Hoad gets moving with music.

Hoad brings a new kind of sound to the Shore (Katie Wais, Staff Writer)

REHOBOTH BEACH --Combining strong business sense with a mission to have fun at all costs, Hoad has become the hot show to catch at nightclubs in Rehoboth Beach and surrounding areas -- and it's a reputation that has almost literally sprouted overnight.

Hoad, a native Australian by way of Fiji, has been visiting state-side for eight months and playing the beach music scene on his current tour for an even shorter amount of time. A July 21 Jay Hoad Band performance at Arena's Bar & Deli in downtown Rehoboth was enough to prove that the dreadlocked formally-trained bassist has officially landed. The locals joint was packed ("I mean it was packed, packed, man," as Hoad said) with a crop of fresh, young fans.

"Arena's told me it was the best crowd response they've ever had from a band -- ever," Hoad said. "They were just screaming and going crazy.

And Hoad is taking it as quite the compliment. He and his band had an almost identical experience last month at the nearby Dogfish Head Brewpub, which often thins out after 11 p.m. A crowd is sure to follow Hoad wherever he's playing -- whether solo or with his six-piece band -- and it's something that started with some of the most unassuming of beginnings.

For this tour Hoad has recruited a steady group of assorted local musicians, including Jim Miller on trumpet, Pete Bozick on guitar, Dean Haemel on drums, Michael Shockley on percussion and Zach Skudlark on saxophone.

Hoad's music lives in a place where jazz, jam, reggae, funk and Australian tribal music meet, creating an eclectic sound of global-proportions.

The large audiences are proof that local music fans are starved for something unique.

An all-music life is the way Hoad has always had it, first picking up the guitar at age four. He went on from there to enter the prestigious Brighton special school of music at 13 and three years later was offered a scholarship at the University of South Australia, eventually completing degrees in contemporary music on the electric bass and jazz on the acoustic bass. In between, he toured Europe as a vocalist, performing for Pope John Paul II in the Vatican among other stops.

It was while working three six-month contracts with the Australian Jazz Quartet on cruise ships that Hoad says he received most of his practical training, playing with the likes of Dionne Warwick, the Temptations, the Drifters and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

"It's definitely blown my mind," Hoad said of the response in Delaware to his current tour. "It's getting pretty big now. It's starting to snowball and I just try to put all my energy into it."

For the multi-instrumentalist Hoad -- who moves fluidly between bass, didjeridoo and percussion in his shows -- consistently high energy and a tight-knit band are the key to packed houses.

"No matter what the style, the groove has to be so groovy you can't help but shake your ass to it," he said. "No matter what you're playing there's always that possibility to get that groove."

To see what Hoad is all about, catch one of his upcoming performances. He'll be playing a show this weekend with the Jay Hoad Band at Zogg's nightclub in Rehoboth Beach on Friday. They'll also perform Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. - Cape Gazette


"Stories For The Soul" (January 2011)
"Warmth In The White" (June 2008)



Walkaboutfish Records presents Fiji-born didgeridoo artist and stringed instrument virtuoso Jay Hoad. Jay performs both as a solo artist and also fronts an extremely high energy band. He has two internationally-released albums to his credit, "Stories For The Soul" and "Warmth In The White".

Jay has spent the last six years touring the globe, following the sun and his inspiration for music throughout the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Fiji, and North America, keeping up a relentless performance schedule whilst passionately learning about third world culture and every style of music he can sink his teeth in to. Last year Jay was honoured to support Bob Marley’s ‘The Wailers’ on the East coast leg of their North America tour, amongst other international artists.

Now Jay is taking his unique show around Australia for the very first time with the huge “Stories for the Soul” tour covering all major cities as well as a large portion of regional Australia. The tour also includes performances in many surrounding countries including Fiji, New Zealand and Japan.

“Stories for the Soul” was released in 2011 through the MGM/Green label and fuses many genres including blues, roots, rock, funk, reggae, tribal, Latin and Celtic music. This album is a deeply personal reflection taking us with Jay as he relives the past few years spent on the road and across the seas. Drawing inspiration from the his stories and experiences around the world the tales reveal stories of love, learning, possibility and heartbreak; rich with history and central to the soul-building journey that is this release. The album features many of Australia’s premiere musicians including Adam Page, Chris Finnen and Ria Loof.

The live show is a very funky and high-energy performance that sees Jay sitting in a cockpit of instruments including didgeridoos, weissenborn lap steel, dulcimer, guitar, harmonica, ocarina, percussion, loops, djembe, voice and then some. Mouth, hands and feet work in harmony as Jay fuses many genres and unusual instruments to create a sound that's hard to believe comes from just one person.

Effortless incorporation of loop stations allows Jay to go from one instrument to the next, creating a dramatic visual for the listener portraying a sound that can be compared to a large band. Jay also often strips his music back to beautiful acoustic weissenborn, dulcimer and dulsitar instrumentals, mesmerizing audiences with his controlled beauty as he makes his instruments talk.

Jay’s shows are always unique from one night to the next; he has a vast range of repertoire and prides himself on his consistent high energy "play every night like it's your last" vibe, always giving his audiences complete respect and a deeply heart felt performance.

His other projects include the Jay Hoad Band, a seven-piece ensemble featuring Jim Miller (trumpet), Tim O’Brien (saxophone), Ria Loof (vocals), Mat Long (guitar), Henry Moncreiff (drums) and Miles Sly (percussion). Since the Jay Hoad Band was formed in 2007 they have done numerous tours throughout North America, Canada and Australia. The album "Warmth In The White" by the group enjoyed a successful North American release in 2008 and received critical acclaim in Australia. Much like Jay’s solo show, the band covers many genres of music and has a fiesta-type vibe that has shaken dance floors at festivals from North to South and East to West!

The “Stories for the Soul” tour kicked off in Alice Springs in late 2011 and continues throughout SA, WA, Fiji, QLD, NSW, VIC, New Zealand, with a big wrap up in Japan in mid-2013. The Tour sees Jay featured at many iconic venues and festivals so be sure to keep an eye on the website as you never know where he may pop up!