17 August, 2019
It is with great sadness we share that Paul Gioia has passed away. Paul died of lymphoma after battling it for many years.
The piano is silent but the music lives on.
Stop press: I've been out of action healthwise over the last couple of months, so no gigs :-(. But now the best news: Barrelhouse are playing at the fabulous Duke of George on May 16th. See the gigs page for details.
And a huge thanks to everyone who came to see the Fringe show The Piano Has Been Drinking. It just got better every night and came to an end too quickly. You were the best audiences! Such a joy to play with Bill Lawrie, Jessie James Gordon and Lucky Oceans. We had some lovely reviews:Barrelhouse Juke Joint Blues so you can keep up to date with what's happening.
Praise for Dead Cat Blues
"...a fantastic album" Paul Gough, Inside Sleeve, Radio National
Praise for Blue Sky
"Lithe, scintillating piano, a stellar band, exquisite vocals" - Rhythms Magazine
"...superb" - John Carver, PBSFM
"...as good as I’ve heard Australian originals in a long time." - Brian Elliott, 94.1FM
Stuff people have said
"Gioia’s music is as expansive as the sky..." (Rhythms Magazine, May 2013)
"...a piano style that could be straight out of a steamy, whitewashed church in Alabama." (West Australian, 31/01/06)
"...rich, big band arrangements and thrilling vocal harmonies. ... a voice that is tough and deep, perfectly complemented by the sweet, supple harmonies of Kris Arnott and the skills of seasoned blues players Paul Novosel and Bob Thomson on drums and string bass." (West Australian, 09/05/08)