Josh blows in
Josh Rawiri (pictured) is from Portland. That's a little town on the west Victorian coast where the d(r)ying sheeplands meet the southern ocean. It's simultaneously bleak, blustering and beautiful - and it has obviously affected his music. (Except he doesn't do bluster… much.)
His energy blows from the stage like a southern gale as he uses blues, roots and dub/reggae to tell his story.
Josh plays guitar - all types of guitar; slide, electric, dobro - adding percussive beats, harmonica and spontaneous, original loops. (Loops are big these days - they add a lot of beef to a solo performance.)
In 2006 Josh released a self-funded, eight-track EP which he hawked at his live gigs around Victoria, NSW, Tassie and New Zealand.
Now Josh has a new 12-tracker, If You Need Love, which reflects his continuing development.
“My music is now about reaching out on a collective level with a personal and global message,” Josh said. “This is so important in the world right now. It brings about a shared awareness and joy, dissolving separation.” Awww.
Josh Rawiri will play the Great Northern Hotel in Byron next Wednesday, October 7, from 9pm; and The Rails in Byron on Friday, October 9, from 6.30pm.