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, over the last 28 years Dean has toured the US, UK,NZ & Europe. His unique sound comes from his experimentation with the technical and his ability to cross many musical genres.
Dean’s has honed the craft of both acoustic & electric guitar and his dynamic live performance comprises of foot percussion, a variety of guitars (running octave, delay, distortion, phaser & wah effects) vocals & harmonica.
Dean is currently touring promoting his 15th studio album “Red Dust. Recorded and produced by Nicky Bomba and Robin Mai (Black Sorrows etc). It reached #1 on the ABARAC Charts.
She gotta lotta soul,” says Andrew Junior Boy Jones. Ali has opened for an impressive list of legends including Johnnie Johnson, Chris Cain, Lucinda Williams, Cephas and Wiggins, The Tailgaitors and Chris Wilson.
Ali has been performing, recording, and composing music in bands for over 25 years. These bands include The Hippos, Midnight Ramblers, Supro and Wayne Jury’s Dry Bones as well as international acts such as Andrew Junior Boy Jones (Freddy King’s guitarist), Kid Bangham (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Lloyd Jones and Todd Sharpville. She has recorded with Fiona Boyes, Dom Turner, the Cyril B Bunter Band and those west coast hipsters, The Vibrolators
Ali Penney & the Money Makers released its first album, "Temptation" in 2010, Her next album "Wait A Minute" in 2012 was in the top ten in the Australian Blues Music Charts for 7 months and with a new EP "And On It Goes" in June 2014, Ali scooped the 2014 Australian Blues Music 'Chain' Awards winning: Female Artist of the Year, and her band: Best Band, Best Album and Best Producer.The band won Sydney Performer of the Year in 2009 and represented Sydney in The International Blues Challenge in Memphis 2010. The band also received The Australian Blues Music “Chain” Award for Best Band 2010.
Ali plays her brand of Blues, Jazz, Soul and Boogie at festivals across Australia. She loves West Coast Jump, Swing and New Orleans music. Catch Ali playing festivals in Byron, Broadbeach, Thredbo and Mitchell Creek this year.