Cat Tunks & The Beautiful Dreamers is a 5 piece fusion of what we like to call 'Southern Gothic Country & Voodoo Blues"
The band is West Auckland-based except for the pedal and lap steel player who is based in Thames, and they made their first Far North debut at the 2017 Hokianga Country Music Festival and were really well received.
Cat travelled to Nashville and Ireland to perform last year in September just a week before the Hokianga Fest - and had one of her songs nominated as finalist in the International Songwriting Competition.
The band is a lively and original act - with serious experienced musicians (having a telecaster guitar playing female lead vocalist is something different too ;-)
Facebook page with live videos; https://www.facebook.com/CatherineTunksSongstress/
Music is on itunes/Spotify etc : https://catherinetunks-songstress.bandcamp.com/releases
"a road trip through the rich sounds of the American South with gritty lap steel, seductive vocals and spell binding acoustic guitars, with songs that linger with
you long after" - (ISA)
Featuring the lead vocals & songwriting of Catherine Tunks (Black Sand Diva) - jump on a ‘70’s style road trip with the boys in the back seat and Mama firmly at the steering wheel’ with The Beautiful Dreamers – packing a punch with their unique blend of voodoo blues meets Southern Gothic Country.
With a killer line up featuring the legendary Gavin Dowling (guitars) the haunting sounds of the American south with Janek Buck Croydon on pedal and lap steel, the mighty engine of Rod Redgrave (bass) and NZ’s hardest working drummer Mike Beck – joined by the strong presence of their telecaster guitar playing female lead vocalist Catherine (cat) Tunks – the band is a truly unique New Zealand first – with a sound in the style of Tedeshci Trucks band, Samantha Fish, with splashes of Gary Clark Junior, Bonnie Raitt and more.
With 2 previous albums and a nomination for a Waiata Maori Music Award, a love of country music and blues of the American South led Cat to create 'The Beautiful Dreamers EP' - a journey through 'Southern Gothic country, lush meadows and voodoo blues' - which led her to Nashville, Ireland & East Germany in 2017, & becoming a semi finalist nomination in the International Songwriting Awards for her song 'Thursday Morning'.
Check us out on facebook – Catherine Tunks Songstress
Youtube – Catherine Tunks The Official Beautiful Dreamers