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Tony Painting and The Power have become firm favourites with the music loving public and musicians alike. Fronted by UK born guitarist and vocalist Tony Painting, their special brand of blistering guitar based boogie blues/rock is a real show stopper. But don’t make the mistake in thinking this band only plays it fast and loud. There is a liberal sprinkling of soft melodic blues, jazz fusion overtones that can’t help but impress the hardest rockers.
Notably known for their blues/rock styling's, Tony and The Power can and do cover a wide range of musical genres and styles. The key to this is a line up of seasoned musicians with diverse musical back grounds.
Tony Painting: Lead Guitarist and Vocalist
Born in Birmingham, England. Tony started playing in local pubs & clubs in the early seventies.
Formed rock band New England (Deep Purple style) with some success supporting Ozzy Osborne's Blizzard of Oz tour. Changed style and joined punk band The Sussed, got signed to the same record label as UB40 and had a number of singles played on UK national radio.
Late 80s formed The Band of Gypsys playing Boogie Blues guitar Rock, recorded The Band of Gypsys CD which got solid UK air play and secured many festivals, notably The Bulldog Bash Biker concert playing to 80,000 people.
Tony has an impressive resume having played with and or supported the likes of Ozzy Osborne, Jools Holland’s Big Band, The Groundhogs , Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Steve Gibbons, Budgie, Ruby Turner and UB40 to name a few. Tony moved to New Zealand with his family 2001.
Mark Dunasemant; Bassist and Backing Vocals
Mark first picked up a guitar aged 12, then drums and finally onto playing Bass Guitar aged 15. Mark has been in and out of the New Zealand music scene for more than 30 years. His first paying gig was working as a full time (six nights a week) professional musician aged 16 as part of the resident band for Auckland’s then and probably to this day, largest and most popular night club, Charlie's Place then renamed Mainstreet. Mark has backed some of New Zealand’s best known artist. Larry Morris, Bunny Walters, The Yandel Sisters; Max Merit; Richard (Wilkins) Wild; Tina Cross and more recently noted guitarist Dave Ball of Procol Harum and Long John Baldry fame and New Zealand guitarist Kara Gordon.
Mike Beck: Drums
Studied under NZ’s most respected drummer Frank Gibson, Mike has over 20 years of professional experience in performance, recording, and teaching. Mike has studio credits or has played with the likes of Don McGlashan, Ed Cake (Neil Finn, Anika Moa), Geoff Maddock (Goldenhorse) and Roy Venkataraman (The Wailers) and more recently Billy TK Junior. Mike joined Tony Painting 2010 and currently shares the drumming duties with Neil Williamson.
Neil Williamson: Drums
Neil studied drums with New Zealand drumming pioneer Frank Gibson Jnr and studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, receiving tutelage from David Jones, one of Australia's highest calibre drummers. Neil has backed many local artists including Tom Sharplin, Kiri Eriwata, Ray Woolf, Larry Morris, Kevin Greaves, the Mike Walker Trio, Red House Rockers, Edwina Thorne, Jerome Hendrix, Marian Burns, Peter Woods, Steve Small, Steve Sherriff, Allan Brown and many more.
One thing is for sure. If you get the chance to hear them, or are considering hiring them, you will not be disappointed. These guys really know how to put together a show. If the sheer musicianship doesn’t blow you away then I would start checking for a pulse.