Clayton Doley

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The most unique and sophisticated voice in contemporary retro soul today. Doley is a giant of the Australian Blues Scene, cutting his teeth with legendary Sydney band, The Mighty Reapers and going on to form his own bands The Hands and The Organ Donors.
A master musician, a killer boogie woogie piano player, a super funky Hammond player, and a remarkable singer/songwriter with a passion for creating new works that could have been recorded by the R&B greats from the 50’s and 60’s. The album Bayou Billabong was recorded in both New Orleans, Louisiana and Sydney, Australia and features past and present members of Jon Cleary's band, The Absolute Monster Gents as the rhythm section.
It also features the amazing marching band brass of The Treme Funktet with members of Galactic and Trombone Shorty's Orleans Avenue.
The sensational vocal talents of Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae and Juanita Tippins feature heavily throughout and also appearing is virtuoso Didgeridoo player Ganga Giri and the amazing lap slide guitar mastery of Harry Manx.
All the songs are Clayton's original compositions inspired by the great New Orleans piano masters and feature not only Doley's amazing piano and Hammond skills but his quirky lyrics and song artistry captures the essence of the New Orleans tradition while fusing contemporary Australiana and Americana.

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