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Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen Album Launch at The Groove Garden

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Family friendly Off the Cuff music on a Sunday arvo
Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen Album Launch at The Groove Garden
Jay Hoad launching Off the Cuff.

Two of South Australia's finest and internationally known musicians, Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen will be launching their CD Off the Cuff at the Groove Garden Sunday, 24 January, 2016 from 2.00 pm.

Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen with Mick Wordley at Mixmaster Studio.

Off the Cuff was written and recorded with world renown guitarist, Chris Finnen. Chris was recently inducted into the American Guitarist Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy.

Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen Album Launch at The Groove Garden
Jay Hoad drumming up a storm. Photo courtesy of Jay Hoad.

During a recent interview Jay said, "Chris is one my best friends and it was an absolute honour and a pleasure to spend time in the studio creating and recording this album. Chris is one of the most amazing characters I've ever met. He is a living legend in my mind, a virtuoso musician, a wise wizard on the art of life, as well as being a mentor to all young musicians, constantly sharing all he can to teach and inspire."

Jay said, "We wanted to have a spontaneous and raw vibe to this album. We did not hear each other's compositions until we met in the studio to start recording these tracks, so there was a large element of surprise with plenty of room for improvisation and creativity. This album gave us an opportunity to create songs and soundscapes that we wouldn't necessarily put on one of our own CD'S. They say it takes two to tango, and tango we did! Enjoy."

Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen Album Launch at The Groove Garden
Jay and Chris at The Groove Garden. Photo. H. Radford

Only 2 songs Chris has recorded before. The song Feelings, which features a monumental guitar solo. Chris wrote the song in 1978. It has not been recorded on an album before. Back in 1972 Chris recorded it with Matt Taylor, who liked the tune, but wrote his own words to it."

During our interview Chris said, "This music would not have been possible without the insistance of our friend, the late Jhn Edwardson, who felt if we met each other something would happen. It did. This is the result, pure ancient and modern alchemy."

Chris said, " I regard Jay as a dear friend. This music is some of the most pleasurable I have ever experienced. I am so happy with this album."

Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen Album Launch at The Groove Garden
Chris and Jay at The Groove Garden. Photo: Samra Teague

Off the Cuff has 15 tracks recorded at Mixmasters Studio at Hawthorndene under the skilful direction of Recording Engineer and SA Hall of Fame Inductee, Mick Wordley, who has worked with recording many local, national and international artists over the last 20 years.

Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen Album Launch at The Groove Garden
Outdoors entertainment at The Groove Garden Café - Photographer Samra Teague.

If you are not familiar with The Groove Garden Café, it is located in the grounds of The Singing Gallery 133 Main Road, McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula. This former Congregational Church was transformed into a music centre, The Singing Gallery, where musical concerts are performed with local, interstate and overseas performers.

The Groove Garden provides a family friendly outdoor environment where you sit back, relax and listen to the music or get up and dance. If you love blues and folk music that fuses various genres and is played with lively and entertaining spontaneity, then come along to see and hear Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen perform.

Proprietor of the Groove garden, Samra Teague has created an ideal relaxed outdoor setting and alfresco café environment ideally located for these popular live music programs. Her light meals are tasty and good value at reasonable prices with licensed service along with cool drinks and coffee with a variety of cakes are available.

In the words of the Hostess of The Groove Garden, Samra Teague, "Phil Milte Hai" (See you soon).

Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen Album Launch at The Groove Garden
Chris & Jay: Heads Up. Photo: Samra Teague.

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Why? Unique opportunity to see and hear Jay Hoad and Chris Finnen launch their CD live in relaxed alfresco garden setting.
When: From 2.00 pm 24 January, 2016
Where: The Groove Garden, in The Grounds of the Singing Gallery, 133 Main Road, McLaren Vale.
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