That Luau-Starting, Hootin’ Country Quartet
Imagine you are in a dinghy furiously rowing away from vigilante cowboy pirates. You find sanctuary on the lee shores of Kauai and run for cover into the desolate wilderness with your trusty sextant, a pair of chaps, your 6-shooter, and a ukulele. As you encounter local hustlers, jungle woman, and salty sea dogs, the Doughboys create the perfect soundtrack…
The Doughboys organically formed in the late summer of 2013 at a regular jazz gig in
Westmere when they started to inject some old country classics into their repertoire. During this time the concept and direction of the group was joyfully discussed and developed while sampling the establishment’s fine food and cold beverages. Since then the ensemble has gone from strength to strength with punters tapping their toes in boutique breweries and venues around Auckland.
Them boys will be hootin’ and hollering up a storm on some ol' Hank Williams tunes, seas songs from the 17th century, pacific island standards and a selection of freshly penned originals, so bring ya ship mates down to the saloon for a good ol' fashioned luau or ye may have to walk the plank...
Along the way, The Doughboys made uproarious stops at The Golden Dawn, The Wine Cellar, Brothers Beer, Portland Public Ale House, Matakana Markets, Titirangi Festivals, and some Private Parties on the hush.
‘Lee Shawnuff’ aka Cam Allen
Born at sea off the lee shores of Whangarei heads to John Holmes Allen and Jennie Elizabeth Allen (née Ferguson). His shanty career started in 1998, retiring to dry land in 2013. Shantyman on the merchant vessel ‘The Doughboys’ (a “lime juice Cape Hornier”) he searches for storms to navigate through with his various instruments of reckoning. Lee Shawnuff is partial to pork, hand brewed ales and whiskey for warmth. He blows a gale on the horn anytime danger is imminent.
‘Geetar Scrim’ aka Neil Watson
Born to pilgrims staking claim on the Northern Shores, ‘Scrim’ picked up his grannies cigar box guitar one score and five years ago. Since that day his trusty six-string has never been far from his side. Over this time he has rode along side some of the best in the business, as well as leading a few expeditions of his own. There’s nothing he enjoys more than sharing a tale or a song from his adventures over a hipflask around the campfire. Although nowadays he’s settled down out West on his homestead to raise a family his need to explore unknown musical frontiers still drives him like a herd of wild buffalo. No matter what the situation, wheather it’s a ten paces show down at the Corral or wrangling the young whippersnappin guitar slingers in town, ‘Scrim’ knows how to tell it straight.
Rui “the Pork Baster” Inaba
Emerged from the whirlpools of Naruto Strait to seafaring parents and sort of has been in a spin ever since. A plucking habit that began with the three-stringed Shamisen eventually evolved to a four-stringed hollowed body with ample f-holes. Whilst on his meandering journeys, the Pork Baster earned his name by suspending morale with the simple pleasures of pork. A casual art of medium heat and taking a break from the permanent vacation.
Ol' Crabstix aka Alex Freer
Ol' Crabstix hails from the sleepy Eastern shores, the offspring of a fisherman and a Scottish lass fresh off the ship. Crabstix led a quiet life on land, stickin' out a beat or two at local hoedowns and rodeos, until he heeded the call of the wild seas. The story of his name is shrouded in mystery; some say he beats out his rhythms with the legs of a giant crustacean who took his faithful companion, while others say he dines on the sea's bounty for every meal. Late at night, his furious rhythms can be heard from the taverns and saloons of Auckland town, from the scritch-scratch of a crab claw, to the thunderous boom of a crashing wave.