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Friday 11 May 2019 @6:30pm

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With his unique finger style and soulful earthy vocals, Dean Haitani draws inspiration from Blues & Roots music, and his love of funk and old school R&B rhythms. An accomplished guitarist/singer/songwriter, Dean has developed his own sound, his music is contemporary, forever pushing the musical envelope, his stories are from his heart & mind with compassion for humanity. Dean has honed the craft of both acoustic & electric guitar and his dynamic live performance comprises of fingerstyle guitar, foot percussion, vocals & harmonica. Over the course of more than 20 years, Dean has evolved, developed, and challenge himself as a musician. Stylistically, Dean’s music is Roots Music – a melting pot of funky rhythms, jazzy influenced progressions, folk subtleties, country flavours & blues grit.

Dean was born in a small town in Victoria, Australia where his earliest influence was his father, James, who played the piano, piano accordion, harmonica & was an articulate poet, & his mothers voice, “Having a voice of an angel” as Dean describes her. As a child, Dean was exposed to the music of the 1920’s through his father’s record & reel to reel collections, including country artists such as Hank William’s, Slim Whitlam, Willie Nelson, old-time Honky Tonk music & he could also not help being exposed to Japanese music that his mother would sing around the house. Even before Dean was a musician he had a solid grounding for all types of music.

It was Dean’s first guitar teacher, Steve Brown that introduced Dean to the Blues, giving him a copy of B.B.King’s “Live at Cook County” this introduction had Dean hooked, and led him to listen to Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Robert Cray and Jeff Healey. Dean’s other major influence was Mark Knopfler. Dean went on to discover other sorts of music, flamenco, reggae, soul, folk, rock, punk-anything that he could get his hands on, now as a broad-minded musician, Dean is not afraid to cross musical genres.

Dean has had many successes, including US radio play, playing in Europe, Australia and the US as well as supporting high profile acts such as James Morrison, Glenn Shorrock & The Black Sorrows. Dean’s originals have been covered by award winning blues musician Mark Riley in Seattle USA. Dean is currently touring promoting his 14th studio album “47 stones”.






Support Act –> LIBBY INGELS
Libby Ingels is a vivacious performer from Sydney, blending blues and soul to create
her unique and powerful sound

Libby has captivated audience both locally and nationally, in 2018 she was accepted into the Bluesfest busking semi finals in Byron, has opened for Simon Bakers debut of his film Breath and featured live ABC tv and Melbourne radio.

Libby continues to flourish both onstage and off, and is releasing her first song in early 2019.


Delicious home style cooked dinners and desserts are available for purchase. The Rhythm Hut is fully licensed with assorted beers, wines and ciders, including locally made Six String Brewing Company and Murray’s Craft Brewing Co beers and a range of non alcoholic drinks including locally made Kombucha Zest. Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


WHAT: Dean Haitan supported by Libby Ingles
WHEN: Friday 11 May 2019 – Door open 6:30
WHERE: The Rhythm Hut – 135 Faunce St Gosford
TICKETS: $18 + bf pre sale / $22 door (if available). Kids 12 & under FREE (must be booked)
MORE INFO: music@therhythmhut.com.au

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