Billy TK beats the blues

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Kiwi guitar hero Billy TK Jnr is so stoked at playing a quake relief fundraiser for Christchurch in Queenstown that he’s taking the show on the road. 

The Auckland-based axe-man and his band are hitting the stage at SkyCity Casino on Sunday as part of a new event dubbed Easter Blues. 

But already he wants to go one better – and raise more cash from a national tour. 

“Playing a fundraiser in Queenstown for Christchurch is the least I can do to show that we care and are wanting to help raise money for families suffering from this tragedy,” TK says. 

“But we can’t forget the people of Christchurch need our ongoing financial help. 

“It’s only natural that everyone starts to move on with their lives after a disaster, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that a helluva lot of dollars still need to be raised for the city. 

“I’m so excited about doing the Queenstown concert that I’m now setting up dates across New Zealand to raise more cash for Christchurch.” 

The guitar maestro is a hot name on both sides of the Tasman and has played alongside music greats such as Jimmy Barnes, George Thorogood, the Neville Brothers and Joe Satriani. 

TK was persuaded to come south by seasoned Queenstown muso Richard ‘Ramblin’ Rick’ Stringer. 

Stringer is shelving his regular covers group Groova for the evening to blast out the blues with his new outfit The Big Sky Band at the inaugural bash. 

“I’ve long wanted to bring a blues/roots music event to Queenstown at Easter,” Stringer explains. 

“I’m a fan of Billy TK Jnr and have seen him perform many times. If you haven’t had this privilege then you are in for a real treat.” 

Ticket money raised from the event will go towards the Red Cross earthquake appeal, with the casino vowing to match all funds raised on the night. 

Catch Billy TK Jnr and The Big Sky Band at SkyCity Casino on Sunday from 7pm. Tickets are $25