Since touching down in Hong Long last week, Rocky Dabscheck has wasted no time in finding his footing in this part of the world where massive audiences of millions will take to his inspirational version of Aussie-rooted blues.
As frontman for his group, Rocky and the Two-bob Millionaires, and travelling as single act at this stage in this new field, Hong Kong is his first stepping-off point before he enters China mainland where already Rocky and the Two-bob Millionaires have an impressive following.
Wasting not a moment of time or a chance to advertise his presence, Rocky has already been heavily engaged by the local media as well as fronting solo performances in some of Hong Kong’s premier night spots.
The evident warmth to Australian musicians and performers who chose to try their luck and expand their audiences in the Asian area, is evident in his interview on the top English language Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) morning radio programme, Morning Brew. It is a delight to listen to. The programme’s presenter, Phil Whelan, one of Hong Kong’s most loved English language radio personalities, spent an earlier period in Australia as a musician for the production of the ‘Hello Dolly’ musical many years ago. His fondness for the Australian vernacular gives a lot of sparkle to this interview.
|Link to RTHK Morning Brew programmes’s interview with Rocky Dabscheck and PhilWhelan
Rocky’s engagements in Hong Kong before entering the mainland include a session on Tuesday at the Wanch for their Acoustic Tuesday nights. In this spot Rocky brought a homely Australian witty charm to an adoring audience of people quite unfamiliar with his form of directness and his use of language. He was able to directly cut to the chase without messing around with obsfuscatory embellishments. ‘You’re here to hear original music, so let’s get on with it’ was his style and his patter between songs gave easy and suavely connected segways into his next song. This warmed the audience immeasurably to his warm inclusive style.
Blues from the heart is probably the best description of his solo music. He is raw and direct on the guitar to deliver his emotionally charged and well-understood lyrics. At the end of his set he had won everyone in the audience over, along with the bar staff to his genuine and unpretentious appeal.
His audiences in China are going to be thrilled to witness him in action. Check out his love song, one of many he performed at the Wanch…..
Checkout his Shtick interview to announce the publication of his book, “Stoney Broke & The Hi-Spenders”, about his adventures as a nice jewish boy playing guitar with an Aboriginal indigenous band.