Bridie King

Bridie King

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Bridie King first came to national prominence as a blues and boogie pianist with her recording of "Piano Frenzy" on The Hippos' album "Hippocracy" in 1988. Bridie studied classical piano for 16 years, including 6 years at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, and has a Bachelor of Education (Music). She teaches classical, blues and improvisation on piano at her busy home practice.

Bridie's early childhood was surrounded by black music of the 20's, 30's, 40's, and 50's through her family's involvement with the Sydney Jazz Club and her father's love of rhythm & blues, gospel and traditional New Orleans Jazz. In her early twenties she formed the band Mona and the Wail with her sister Sally King, on whose original soul and blues songs the band was centred.

Bridie's work in her next two bands, The Ratbags of Rhythm and The Hippos, saw her touring at major venues, including a support for Robert Cray at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, making many TV appearances and recording four albums. Piano Frenzy from Hippocracy received radio and TV airplay, including weekly playing for 18 months on Channel 9, and was used in the 1990 Commonwealth Games.

Bridie has attracted many overseas performers to play as her special guests. They include Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix Band), Jimmy Vaughan (Stevie Ray Vaughan and The Thunderbirds), Johnnie Johnson and members of Dire Straits and Soko Richardson (Tina Turner's Band). Bridie was also invited as special guest to play with Blues guitar legend Albert Collins at Selina's, Coogee.

Albert Collins said of Bridie - "You can play and you're cute too". Jimmy Vaughan made the comment - "you're really serious, man". Doug Anderson wrote in a review of of Basement gig in the Sydney Morning Herald - "The night cogged into overdrive with the arrival of Bridie King".

Bridie and the Boogie Kings have sustained a residency since 1997 at the Bridge Hotel, Rozelle, Sydney. They have also played Sydney's major venues: The Basement, The Harbourside Brasserie, The Empire Blues Club and The Unity Hall, Balmain. On Australia Day 2000, Bridie and the Boogie Kings played at the Concourse Restaurant at the Sydney Opera House and at the Coogee Jazz Festival.

Bridie and the Boogie Kings have also made live to air performances for 2MBS-FM and on Liz Heath's show on ABC radio. They have performed on Doug Mulray's Internet Show and most recently have performed with Eric Burdon.

In July 1999 Bridie recorded her first CD under her own name, titled "My Blues". It has been featured on Lucky Oceans' program, The Planet, on ABC Radio National and was 'Album of the Week' on ABC Radio in Darwin. The track, Share What You Got, from "My Blues" was nominated as Song of the Week nationally on the ABC. The album is receiving airplay on FM stations and is selling at good record stores in Sydney and Melbourne.

Bridie King continues to deliver first class music and entertainment as a pianist and bandleader through her recordings and live performances.

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