The Bronze Wailers are a Sydney-based blues trio that are keeping alive the music of the Mississippi delta, the juke joints of the south, and the clubs of Chicago during the Chess era.
Eric Betts discovered the blues as a teenager listening to college radio in the Canadian Tundra. He was sidetracked by a career as an editor, translator, advertising copywriter in Tokyo, and investment analyst for an international stockbroker in Sydney. After winning a blues competition in 2010, he decided to take the plunge and has since appeared on TV and radio with his blues harp, and can be seen preaching blues to the denizens of Martin Place, Newtown and Redfern on a regular basis. Channel 10 called him 'Sydney's Best Dressed Busker.' You be the judge.
Daragh Henchy grew up on the mean streets of Limerick, Ireland. A rough town where one could easily get in a knifefight after hockey practice. At 13, he heard Robert Johnson playing the blues and was hooked.He bought a guitar but soon was being ejected from the church band for playing one-too-many blues riffs He tortured his family until thrown out of home…and sent to University in the UK. After this, he decided to make the most of the devil’s influence and has since travelled the world and became a management consultant. He has never won a musical competition in his life, and is never likely to.
Laetitia Mahika grew up on the exotic French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, steeped in a blend of African, Indian, Chinese and European cultures. She started singing in local choirs at the age of 12 and won a radio contest at 13. Her key musical influences include Amy Winehouse, Adele and Tracy Chapman.
The band play some Saturday evenings at the Ampersand Cafe, in Surry Hills.