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Doc Span

Doc Span is renowned for his unique smokey voice, expressive tone, inspiring dynamics and exciting stage presence. His blues style is drawn from a personal pilgrimage through the blues with years of jamming with many of Chicago’s Blues greats while a paramedic at the notorious Cook County Jail – hence the “Doc“. There, he met Eddie Newell who invited him to play with Willie Kent and the Bee hives, at Ma Bea’s, a club on the windy city’s west side. Doc was hooked!

Home in Australia since 1987, except for a few sojourns back to the States and the UK, Span has been up with the leading edge of Oz blues performers.

The charismatic, American born Span has been thrilling Australian audiences for over a decade with a uniquely expressive harmonica tone, a magnificent, warm, grainy voice. He lays out a truly exciting stage show that‘s direct from Chicago! He and his harp are one, as is evident by his interaction with the instrument. Doc‘s harmonica playing is passionate, soulful and obviously from the heart of blues culture.

A ten year partnership with Ross Williams led to several albums and awards, including Entertainer of the Year, winners of the Noosa Song Contest (Lazy Noosa Sunday) and a Sunnie Award for their collaboration, “ The Last Train”.

Recently, Doc has worked and toured with the extraordinary singer and keyboard player, Andy Cowan, the Memphis Blues Challenge winner, Fiona Boyes and, of course the brilliant James T and Dirk Dubois. Doc is also still doing some gigs with Ross Williams. Their cd/book, ‘Blues Grooves For Harmonica’, is published internationally by, Mel Bay Publications.

These days Doc performs with a great new six piece band, Doc Span Blues, features Glen Muirhead at the keyboards, Tim Gaze Guitar, Gus Fenwick bass, and Kerry Jacobson with Doc on vocals and harp.They perform new material from the latest album release, Spantronics / Something For the Pain and Chicago Blues. In 2007, Doc toured New Zealand backed by the Darcy Perry Band.


Doc Span (AUS)

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