the sound of soulful blues
2018 Blues Performer Of The Year
McNaMarr Project combine the powerhouse voices of multi-award winning blues artists John McNamara and Andrea Marr.
With a mutual love of soulful blues they bring a sound evocative of old school soul, blues and gospel with their great original material. Formed in May 2018, the duo immediately went on the Australian Blues festival circuit and proceeded to WIN the Solo/Duo Blues Performer Of The Year Award in September 2018, which sends them to Memphis TN to represent Australian Blues at the International Blues Challenge; Andrea's third time representing Australian blues and John's second. John McNamara's 2017 release "Rolling With It" garnered 3 Australian Blues Award Nominations and won "Song Of The Year", hit #1 on the Contemporary Blues Singles Charts in the US and #1 on the Amrap Singles Chart earning rave reviews worldwide.
Andrea Marr's 2017 release "Natural" hit #1 on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts in October and November 2017, then went on to hit #1 on the US Roots Music Report Soul charts in January & February 2018 and #1 on the US Roots Music Report R&B Charts in January & February 2018. The album was nominated for 4 Australian Blues Music Awards and received rave reviews internationally.
McNaMarr Project is available as a DUO, 5 Piece Band, 6 Piece Band or 8 piece band with full horn section.
"This has all the heart and soul of classic soul, funky enough to make James Brown sit up and take notice ... in a world full of people trying to sound like their favourite star, Andrea Marr is a bona fide original - 100% The Real Deal" - Bill Wilson US review
"Melbourne's soul scene is surging, and Natural shows that Andrea Marr is at the forefront" - Stack Magazine Australia
"Given a time machine, this sassy front-woman would be claimed by Stax or Motown in a syncopated heartbeat" - Forte Magazine Australia
"11 classic soul songs that harken the glory days of Stax and Motown" - Rhythms Magazine Australia
"a blues voice that is driving and delicious by turns" - Blues Matters UK"Andrea is truly a first class singer with a dynamic, gospel fueled voice" - Blues Blast Magazine USA
"Marr has inherited a style that made Etta James a legend and Sharon Jones a cult phenomenon" - Leicester Bangs UK
Sassy, Soulful Blues!
Andrea Marr has been singing her brand of high energy blues, soul and funk since 1999 winning a swag of awards along the way including the 2005 & 2012 Blues Performer Of the Year Award, twice representing Australia in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, the 2009 Australian Blues Music Award for Female Blues Artist Of The Year and the 2002 and 2009 Vic/Tas Blues Award for Female Blues Artist of The Year.
Her latest album ‘Natural’ has garnered 4 nominations at the Australian Blues Music Awards, hit #1 on The Australian Blues Charts for Oct/Nov 2017, hit #1 on the US Roots Music Report Airplay Chart Soul charts AND R&B Charts in Jan 2018 and #19 on the US Living Blues Charts.
Surrounded always by some of the best musicians in the country, Andrea brings, high energy, joyful, soul and blues!
ANDREA MARR & THE FUNKY HITMEN
An Explosion of Funk & Soul
MULTI-AWARD WINNING MELBOURNE BLUES DIVA DECIDED TO EXPLORE HER SOUL SIDE BY CREATING THE FUNKY HITMEN - AN 8 PIECE EXPLOSION OF FUNK AND SOUL REMINISCENT OF THE BLUES BROTHERS, THE IKE AND TINA TURNER REVUE AND SHARON JONES AND THE DAP KINGS.
THE BAND RECORDED AN EP IN JULY 2012 APTLY TITLED "SASS AND BRASS" WHICH WAS PICKED UP BY CHICAGO RECORD LABEL BLUES SKUNK MUSIC AND STARTED PLAYING LIVE IN JANUARY 2013 AT THEIR EP LAUNCH AT MELBOURNE’ S ICONIC CHERRY BAR, SCORING SEVERAL PERFORMANCES AT CHERRY BAR’S SOUL NIGHT, BEING NOMINATED AS SOUL BAND OF THE YEAR AT THE CHERRY AWARDS AND BEING FEATURED IN MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK’S WOMEN OF SOUL SHOW.
THE BAND HAS MADE SEVERAL FESTIVAL APPEARANCES INCLUDING BROADBEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL, WAGARATTA JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL, MORDIALLOC FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL, THREDBO BLUES FESTIVAL, MOTOR CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL, ECHUCA WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL TO NAME A FEW. WITH GREAT HIGH ENERGY ORIGINAL MUSIC AND A SOUL AND FUNK GROOVE THAT FITS ANYWHERE FROM MEMPHIS TO NEW YORK THIS IS AN ACT NOT TO BE MISSED. "ANDREA MARR & THE FUNKY HITMEN WILL MAKE YOUR BOOTY SHAKE IN WAYS YOU NEVER KNEW POSSIBLE" - THE MARSHALLTOWN LIVE REVIEW "THE BEST SOUL ACT I’VE SEEN ALL YEAR" - VINCE PEACH PBS SOUL TIME DJ
- Andrea Marr - Vocals
- Dave Reynolds - Guitar
- Rob Little - Bass
- Roby Corelli - Drums
- Sean Rankin - Trumpet
- Stuart Byrne Baritone - Sax
- Jeff Mead Tenor - Sax
- Cameron Fallaw Hammond - Organ
Tel : 0403 184 887
NEW SINGLE: "FORCE OF NATURE" https://youtu.be/r-tuZMOU_E8 (lyric video)
"SNAKES" LIVE @ CHERRY BAR https://youtu.be/nswxzs1mLRA
"LET'S TAKE IT TO THE BEDROOM" LIVE AT CHERRY BAR https://youtu.be/RicTUbepZqc
ANDREA MARR BAND
Sassy, Soulful Blues
THE ANDREA MARR BAND HAS BEEN PLAYING THEIR BRAND OF SASSY, SOULFUL, ORIGINAL BLUES SINCE 1999 WINNING A STACK OF AWARDS AND ACCOLADES ALONG THE WAY INCLUDING TWICE REPRESENTING AUSTRALIA AT THE INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE IN MEMPHIS TN REACHING THE SEMI FINALS IN 2013. ANDREA HAS ALSO WON THE 2009 AUSTRALIAN FEMALE BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD, THE 2009 VIC/TAS FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD, THE 2009 BEST SELF PRODUCED ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND MANY MORE.
THE BAND'S LATEST ALBUM "LIVE AT THE MBAS HOUSE OF BLUES" RELEASED IN JULY 2015 HAS SPENT SEVERAL MONTHS IN THE TOP 10 OF THE AUSTRALIAN BLUES AND ROOTS CHARTS, RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL AIRPLAY WITH OVER 120 RADIO STATIONS IN THE US PLAYING IT AS WELL AS RECEIVING AIRPLAY IN THE UK AND GERMANY.
THE ALBUM WAS NOMINATED FOR "ARTIST OF THE YEAR" "ALBUM OF THE YEAR" "SONG OF THE YEAR" AND "BAND OF THE YEAR" IN THE VIC/TAS BLUES AWARDS AND ALSO NOMINATED FOR "SONG OF THE YEAR" IN THE AUSTRALIAN BLUES MUSIC AWARDS. WITH JOYFUL, HIGH ENERGY MUSIC, GREAT ORIGINAL MATERIAL AND A KILLER BAND THIS ACT IS NOT TO BE MISSED.
"MARR HAS INHERITED A STYLE THAT MADE ETTA JAMES A LEGEND AND SHARON JONES A CULT PHENOMENON" - LEICESTER BANGS UK "ANDREA MARR IS TRULY A WORLD CLASS SINGER WITH A SOULFUL, GOSPEL INFUSED VOICE" - BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE CHICAGO
- Andrea Marr - Vocals
- Greg Dodd - Guitar
- Clint Healy - Bass
- Dean Matters - Drums
- Jeff Mead - Saxophone
Tel : 0403 184 887
LIVE At BB King’s Memphis TN https://youtu.be/N8F-d1Jyv0Y
LIVE At Queenscliff Blues Festival https://youtu.be/3kjgn9DUuqk
Live at Wangaratta Jazz Festival https://youtu.be/XUihzhHNg-U