The Unknown Blues Profile

Andrew Schmidt
26 Feb 2014

For Dave Hogan, pure blood Irish, fourth generation Kiwi, raised on the banks of the Oreti River beneath a range called Spiritburn, rebel sounds were an integral part of his youth. Not just Irish rebel songs, but classical music and the raucous rock and roll of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Fats Domino.

Eventually, the Hogans would follow the flow of the Oreti to Invercargill, where young Dave, full of the swagger of rock and roll, and a small-town sense of awe about the city, would find kindred souls and happen upon the rebel sound of R&B.

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Antarctic Angels and the Unknown Blues Movie Trailer
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Dave Hogan
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Dave Hogan of Unknown Blues
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Unknown Blues live on stage in 1968, from left, "Wombie" Mason, Dave Hogan, front, Vaughan MacKay, Bari Fitzgerald and "Rocket" Hancock
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Vaughan MacKay at the Invercargill RSA in 1967
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Members:

Dave Hogan - Vocals, harmonica

Bari Fitzgerald - guitar

Vaughan MacKay - guitar

John Hancock - bass

Martin Wood - bass

Phil Sharman - drums, bass

Keith Mason - drums

Chris Smith - guitar, harmonica