Musician set to mesmerise crowds

Francesca MannMidwest Times

Fijian-born multi-instrumentalist Jay Hoad will return to the Mid West and Gascoyne this weekend, bringing with him a whopping 17 instruments for his Off the Cuff Tour.

Playing at Kalbarri, Shark Bay and Carnarvon, Hoad will mesmerise the crowds with his incredible talent to play up to five instruments at once.

With an interest in almost every musical genre under the sun, Hoad’s sound is a unique fusion of reggae, roots, funk and rock, and everything in between.

The 37-year-old has a penchant for the weird and wacky. He has a shovel guitar, a cricket bat guitar and a wine box bass among his arsenal of instruments.

“I randomly picked them up along my adventures,” Hoad said.

“Most of them have been given to me or purchased from professional guitar makers who have dabbled into some weird and wonderful kinds of instruments.

“I have a passion for touring in Third World countries and I get exposed to a lot of unusual styles of music, and I bring some of those influences back with me.

“Definitely my passion is for the odd stringed instruments.”

Hoad’s passion for music was ignited at a young age; the discovery of Nirvana and Pearl Jam when he was 10 years old introduced him to a musical world outside of classical.

But he continued to study classical music, and later started a degree in jazz music, joining the Australian Jazz Quartet on a tour of America.

By the time Hoad turned 23 he was working as a musician full time and began touring around the world.

Hoad’s fifth studio album Off the Cuff was released last year and scored him the prestigious ARBA Blues and Roots Album of the Year award.

While touring off the back of the album, Hoad has been busily working on his next album, hoping to release it in the next few months.

“About three months ago we finished a recording studio in the van so I’m able to record on the road this year, which is really exciting,” he said.

“The next album has been recorded, mixed and mastered, we’re just finalising artwork; it’ll be out around July or August.

“I’m really excited that we’re finally back in WA and coming through town; (the show) is definitely something that people have never seen before.

“I feel honoured and privileged to tour around the world playing original music, it’s really special and I don’t take it lightly.”

Hoad will play at the Kalbarri Hotel on May 19, the Shark Bay Hotel on May 20 and the Gascoyne Hotel on May 26.

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