Blue Reed

Swing and Fire are some of the emotions you will encounter while enjoying the songs from this gypsy swing quartet. This newly formed trio who, when the occasion arises will be joined by fiddle, percussion and vocals, consists of two guitars and double bass.

Holding down the low end on double bass is Dave Hart, a seasoned performer in the Cairns region for so many years we forgot to count them. Dave is also a member of iconic Cairns bands Snake Gully and Hot & Wet Swing Set. Steve Baker is on 1st guitar, all round good guy and a champion for the arts in all their forms. Not only does Steve perform in Blue Reed, he is also a core member of the Tablelands’ gypsy swing big band Django In The Djungle. Steve is also an accomplished singer songwriter.

David Breeze is on 2nd guitar, a guitarist for all seasons. David has played with some of Cairns’ most loved acts from Paris Texas Far Northern Soul Collective, Hot Rubber Glove, Hot & Wet Swing Set and Raconteurs. Kirtley Leigh-Payne is on the Violin. She needs no introduction to lovers of high end music, a mover and shaker in the Cairns classical world, Kirtley has organised and hosted numerous events and functions.

Blue Reed play gypsy swing in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Sometimes fast and furious like the Captain Cook Highway on a Friday afternoon or slow and seductive like the Barron River on a Sunday afternoon. In the repertoire you will also find some classics as well as well-known tunes given the gypsy swing touch.