A true folk legacy living and playing among us, the Hudson Family, from nonagenarian Betty to her sons and their partners and prodigy have given us years of their musical talents as multi instrumentalists, singers and songwriters, session and solo musicians. This will be a night of nostalgia and new songs, great harmonies and fine picking!
Betty Hudson, the family matriarch, has been singing and performing since slightly after the dawn of time and her sons are looking to equal her feat . The boys had their own family band back in the early 70s then went their separate ways musically and individually.
Read has made a name for himself in the country and folk fields ,playing a variety of instruments, guitar,electric guitar, dobro, pedal steel,mandolin, ukulele and lap steel to name just a few, having spent time in Auckland and the West Coast , Read has played in many bands and currently performs with his singer/guitarist/songwriter wife Kay playing many of her original songs. Read is also a member of the Hill Billy Blues Band.
Stephen and Chris, drums and bass respectively , after serving as rhythm section for many local bands headed off to Australia in 1977 and served with distinction with in as many Oz ensembles over the ensuing decades , including Glen Shorrock , Stevie Wright .Rose Tattoo slide guitarist Peter Wells . Chris is currently in Melbourne but is winding up his tenure and hopes to be home by Christmas.
Stephen returned to Dunedin in '05 and completed a Fine Arts degree begun in 1969. He was snapped up by the Oxo Cubans and Sufficiently Breathless straight away and has become a member of John Dodd's Whirling Eddys as well as an associate member of Delgirl. Drummer of choice for the Northern Artery Cabaret group , Erin Morton's solo work and Bill Morris's Hinterland band .He has also done fill ins with Tahu and the Takahes and King Leo's Blues revues. He also teaches drums and ukulele ...
When the family get together they have a huge collection of shared musical experiences, folk,county, jazz, blues and the odd ( and i mean odd ) tune from the late I.G.Hudson. Unintentional comedy and a few surprises are are a hallmark of the Huddies personal appearances . They will be joined by Kay Hudson and young Josh Hudson, Read's grandson , on guitar , putting 4 generations ( well , three and a half ... generation three seems reticent )of these talented performers onstage .
$10 ($5 members)