Kate Meehan & Skip Landy

Kate Meehan & Skip Landy

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Victorian based award winning duo Kate Meehan & Skip Landy are a dynamic vocal & piano act that meld good rocking old school rhythm & blues with heartfelt original ballads. Come along & find out why Kate is Regarded as one of Australia’s top singers & Winner of MBAS Female Blues Artist of 2007

Biography

WINNER of The Victoria/Tasmania VicTas Blues Music Award Female Artist of the Year 2007

Kate Meehan was born in 1963 in Hobart, the daughter of jazz trumpeter and vocalist Clem Meehan. She was raised in a household infused with music, hearing Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald one day, and listening to Carole King, Cilla Black and Shirley Bassey the next. It was in this environment that Clem started giving Kate her first singing lessons. Kate’s formal music education commenced at the Sacred Heart College where she received piano lessons as well singing in the choir, and by the time she commenced High School, Kate had added guitar to her arsenal.
At sixteen Kate left High School and moved to the mainland where she busked with her guitar around Adelaide for a few years learning the art of performing as a soloist in public. By the time she was twenty Kate had returned to Hobart where she fronted various covers and originals bands, before returning to the mainland, this time Melbourne, for a brief sojourn in front of another covers band.
At twenty four Kate found herself back in Tasmania where she was approached by the Fabulous Blues Cats, a Chicago jump-blues styled band. This is where Kate found her groove. Koko Taylor was discovered, and there was no turning back. Kate learnt her craft as a raunchy blues belter in front of this band playing the midnight to four shift every Friday and Saturday night at the Round Midnight nightclub in Salamanca.
In 1998 she recorded her first album as the Kate Meehan Blues Band “Let the Good Times Roll”, a CD covering her favourite electric Chicago blues songs. This album opened doors back on the mainland on the blues festival circuit. It was also at this time that Kate heeded advice that she would have to write her own material to get anywhere as a blues singer, and over the next four years Kate released two more albums including her own songs as well as originals by her Austin, Texas pen friend, Kathy Murray.
Skip Landy first publicly played the blues in 1972 when he entered a piano led trio into the Australian National Eisteddfod in Canberra. Over the next thirty years he played in many local bands culminating in receiving the Canberra Blues Society’s inaugural Instrumentalist of the Year “Bluey” award in 2003. This was the same year that Skip and Kate Meehan first met, and after playing a couple of hurriedly rehearsed gigs with Kate, Skip knew that “it was going to be now or never, leave everything behind and go for broke with Kate.” Since then Skip and Kate have melded their talents into the stripped back duo format that has earned them acclaim from their peers and the public. Skip cites all of the rhythm and blues piano players from New Orleans as his biggest influence, and when he fires up behind Kate in a fast boogie you are sure to hear strains of Champion Jack Dupree or Eddie Bo, and occasionally James Booker.
2007 has been a busy year for Kate and Skip. They commenced working on their next album in Adelaide with renowned guitarist, composer, producer Peter Gelling. Stay tuned for a new album in 2008 full of new and original material.
Festivals so far for 2008:
THREDBO LEGENDS OF BLUES
AUSTRALIAN BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL
DEVONSHIRE BLUES
APOLLO BAT MUSIC FESTIVAL
BLUES ON BROADBEACH
MACKAY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

PREVIOUS FESTIVALS
Devonshire Blues October 2007
Newcastle Jazz Festival 2007
Bay of Islands Blues and Jazz Festival 2007
Beat the Winter Blues Event 2007
Devonshire Blues March 2007
Taste of Tasmania 2007
Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival 2006
Noosa Jazz Festival 2006
Toyota Gympie Muster 2006
Mount Beauty Music Muster 2006
Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival 2006
Australian Blues Music Festival 2006
Roomful O' Blues 2005
Blues on Broadbeach 2005
Forth Valley Blues Festival 2005
Australian Blues Music Festival 2005
Thredbo Blues Festival 2005
Blues At Bridgetown 2004
Blues without Boundaries 2004
Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival 2003
Canberra Blues n' Rock Festival 2003
Sydney's Blues Gals Cruise 2002
Broadbeach Blues Festival 2002
Thredbo Blues Festival 2002
Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival 2001
Australian Blues Music Festival 2001
Thredbo Blues Festival 2001
Great Southern International Blues &
Rockabilly Festival 2000
Bluestone Blues Festival 2000/01
Australian Blues Music Festival 2000
Forth Valley Blues Festival 1999
East coast Blues and Roots Festival 1994
Salamanca Blues Festival 1993
Salamanca Blues Festival 1992

AWARDS

2008 Nominated Female Artist of the year
Australian Blues Music "Chain " Awards

2008 Nominated Best Duo/Group of the Year
Australian Blues Music "Chain Awards" Awards

2007 Female Blues Artist of the Year
MBAS "VicTas" Awards

2002 & 2003 Consecutive Winner
Female Vocalist of the year
Australain Blues Music Awards

2003 Winner Song/Performer of the year
Australian Blues Music Awards

MusicOZ 2001 and 2002
Runner up - Blues Category

Music Oz - 2003
Top 5 Finalist - B

Lyrics

My Sister's Shoes

Written By: Kate Meehan Music by Kate Meehan and Peter Gelling

My Sister's Shoes

Written by: Kate Meehan / Music by Kate Meehan and Peter Gelling
Copyright 2007

Verse 1
She's a little older than me
She's had a harder life than me
Her bodies been abused, neglected
she's been socially rejected

Verse 2
Sunken cheeks and the scars on her face
Broken teeth, they can never be replaced
From some battle she could only lose
In this life she could not choose

Chorus
So if you think you've got the blues
Take a walk in my sisters shoes
So if you think you've got the Blu~~~ues

Verse 3
She can fight she's got nothing to loose
She's got her rights yeah, but they're gonna choose
Her bodies been bruised, rejected, she's been totally affected

Verse 4
Theres no limit to how much she can take
Her strength of will's 'bout all she has left
She's gonna make it she don't like to lose
She's lived a hard life she's got the blues

Chorus
So if you think you've got the blues
Take a walk in my sisters shoes
So if you think you've got the blu~~~ues

Middle 8
No-one cares about her or her name
Some carer's they've abused her
But they deny that they're to blame
You'd think that in a different world
She got a chance to be a pretty little girl
But she's held against her will
See her staring through the window still

Solo

Verse 5
She's a little older than me
She's had a harder life than me
Her bodies been abused, neglected
She's been socially rejected

Verse 6
Sunken cheeks and the scars on her face
Broken teeth, they can never be replaced
From some battle she could only lose
She's lived a hard life she's got the blues

Chorus

Chorus

Leave the Past Behind

Written By: Kate Meehan

V1
Well did you think that you're daddy
could'nt make it on his own
when your mother did a good job with the seeds that she had sewn
into your minds
she weaved a web so fine
V2
Well she could'nt even kiss her husband on their wedding day
and the photos tell a story of a love that would not stay
aint love unkind
she could'nt leave the past behind
Chorus
To take away their love from him was a scheme she had well planned
but she could have stayed and kept the love of a good and faithful man
now he's met the woman of his dreams to whom he can relate
but the childrens minds are poisoned with her spitefulness and hate
V3
You know it's true just what they say about a woman thats been scorned
so what's the point of Raiki when so many lives your've torn
your so unkind
better learn to leave your past behind
Solo
Chorus
V3
TAG
Better learn to leave your past
better learn to leave your past behind

Copyright Kate Meehan

As long as I've sung the blues

Written By: Kate Meehan

V1
Yeah I'm lost
Woah I'm Crying
I'm so blue~~~~ over you
well I Can't see through all these tears
yeah they're blinding me
woah I cant see
cause I've been loving you baby
for as long as I've sung the blues

V2
No I can eat
no I can't sleep
cause I'm so blue~~~~~ over you
you took my soul
had total control
I can't bare being alone
lord its taken it's toll
cause I've been loving you baby
for as long as I've sung the blues

SOLO

Middle 8
Why did you have to go and leave me this way
live without your love is the price
I have to pay
wish that I never had to choose
cause I've been loving you baby
For as long as I've sung the blues
Cause I've been loving you baby
for as long as I'~~~~~ve sung the blu~~~~~~~~es

Coda
yeah I can't bare bein alone
oh it's taking it's toll
these tears are blinding me
oh I can't see

Pocket Full of Blues

Written By: Kate Meehan

V1
Blues in my pocket
good times ahead
I'll be singing these blues babe
until I'm dead

Chorus
I got a pocket full of blues
and I'm spreading the news
about a hot little tune
and the weapon I use
dont even try to refuse
cause I know I can't lose

V2
Youv'e got to sing from your heart yeah
straight from your soul
sort out the rhythm
let the good times roll

Chorus

Solo 24 Bars

V3
Well I may be white
but to sing the blues
it's those life experiences
that led me to choose

My -Chorus

Solo 24 Bars

Repeat Verse 1

Chorus

Shout Chorus
I got a pocket full of blues baby
oh yeah
I got a pocket full of blues baby
oh yeah
Its all in my pocket full of blues baby
oh yeah
I got a pocket full of blues baby
oh yeah
I got a pocket full of blues baby
because I know I can't lose

It Aint like it is!

Written By: Kate Meehan

V1
They can tell their story
but it aint like it is
They can tell their story
'bout trying to make it big
They can tell their story
but all ya hear are lies
they can tell their story
'bout a million reasons why
they can tell their story
but it aint like it is!

V2
They can tell their Story
but it always sounds the same
they can tell their story
'bout who they wanna blame
they can tell their story
its all a crock of lies
they can tell their story
till the day that I die
they can tell their story
but it aint like it is!

Bridge
As I was walking down the street
the other day
I overheard my name mentioned
in a thousand different ways
my blood began to boil
my temperature did rise
you gotta hand it to 'em
their the masters of despise

V3
They can tell their Story
but they wont tell you their name
they can tell their story
it's the nature of the game
they can tell their story
but all ya hear are lies
they can tell their story
'bout a million reasons why
they can tell their story
but it aint like it is!

Solo x x 24 bars

Repeat Bridge

Repeat Verse 1

Shout Chorus
They can tell their Story
They can tell their Story
They can tell their Story
They can tell their Story
They can tell their Story
but it aint like it is!

Discography

1999 Let the Good Times Roll
2000 As Long As I've Sung the Blues
2002 Soulshaker
2004 Can I Play Too?
2006 Pocket Full of Blues

Set List

As Long as I've Sung the Blues - Kate Meehan
It Aint Like It Is! -Kate Meehan
Leave the Past Behind -Kate Meehan
Money Hungry Man- Kate Meehan
Pocket Full of Blues -Kate Meehan
Second Hand Man - Kate Meehan
Black Cat - Kate Meehan
Sign of the times - Kate Meehan - Gospel
Call Me Mrs Blues - Kathy Murray
Exception to the Rule - Kathy Murray
Final Verdict - Kathy Murray
Off the Clock - Kathy Murray
Out of Love -Kathy Murray
Room for More -Kathy Murray
Spell it Out - Kathy Murray
Your Barn Door's Open - Kathy Murray
One Lie Leads to Another - Kathy Murray
Best Old Friend
Finest Loving Man
I Cant Help You Now
I Will Not Be Broken
Love Me Like a Man
My Sister's Shoes - Kate Meehan & Peter Gelling
Every Blues Singer - Kate Meehan & Marisa Quigley
In the Middle of it all - Arthur Alexander
Hard Times -Eddie Bo
Let the Good Times Roll
Hey Bartender
Where Did I Go Wrong -Peter Gelling
Your Good Thing Has Come to an End
Spoonful
Damn Your Eyes - Etta James
Smackwa