Riverhead Slide

Riverhead Slide

About the Artist

Riverhead Slide...

Steve Wigglesworth (Wigz)

Founder member of Riverhead Slide, Steve is lead singer and a guitarist with a penchant for slide (bottleneck) styles.

Greatly influenced by British blues artists of the late 60s (Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, John Mayall etc.) along with black American bluesmen such as Robert Johnson, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker and Hambone Willie Newburn.

Steve uses up to 6 guitars on stage in various tunings - Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster in open G and E, miked-up resonator Dobros in open G and E for slide, Fender Strat and Takamine acoustic in standard tuning.


Murray FinerMurray Finer

Solid bassman Murray has been with Riverhead Slide since the very early days replacing original member John Downes on bass.

Living in Thames on the Coromandel, he regularly makes the trek north for rehearsals and gigs.

Murray has played in many Auckland or Coromandel based R&B, country and blues bands.

Gael LudlowGael Ludlow

Gael started performing as vocalist with Riverhead Slide in 2006, making her debut at the Mission Bay Streetfest.

Her addition to the lineup has transformed the sound and feel of the band as well as extending the repertoire. Her choice of edgy and sexy blues and R&B numbers suit her natural blues voice and fit the band style perfectly.

Experienced vocalist, Gael has played in a number of bands, and her voice is well known to late night radio listeners.

Nigel MajorNigel Major

UK born Nigel Major is a self-taught guitarist who learned his skills by watching working bands at local gigs. He formed his first rock and roll band at the age of 14, gigging at local pubs.

Later Nigel and his band toured the country for around two years playing clubs & Universities. Highlights include a gig at Covent Garden, a music video in Belfast, live radio shows, Battle of the Bands etc.

Nigel announced his arrival in Auckland at the Team NZ base opening party, performing his much requested "dying fly" guitar solo to the astonishment of guests.

These days he plays some astonishing blues guitar with Riverhead Slide.
Influences include Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, Van Halen and Gary Moore.

Mike Jensen

Mike started his musical career with classical piano lessons at age 6. His early training also included pipe organ, trumpet, guitar, violin and flute, and even for a time conducting a full orchestra.

Mike quickly settled on piano and keyboards, and after completing his classical training in his teens branched out into blues and rock music. Mike was particularly inspired by Deep Purple's Jon Lord, another classically trained pianist and organist.

Mike's musical interests have covered a range of genres from the Hawkes Bay gothic punk band Hanging Tree through a variety of rock, blues and country cover bands, to his current gig with Riverhead Slide.

Mike has played guest spots with the Tauranga based Rhythm & Blues band Brilleaux and is a regular member of the North Harbour Rockers Rock'n'Roll band, and country rock outfit Western Union. He enjoys the variety of styles but his first love is playing the blues.

Paul Dunningham

Paul Dunningham, drum teacher and professional musician, joined Riverhead Slide in May 2010, bringing new drive to the Slide backline.

Paul is hugely experienced having played with such bands as Misex, Coup D'etat, Farrelli Brothers, Blue Rhythm Hounds, John Swan (Australia), Mark Williams & Face, Larry Morris and John Rowles.

Paul's influences include Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Average White Band and Steve Gadd.


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