Steve “Huddy” Hudson
Drums, Percussion, Vocals and Ukulele
Steve formed his first band at Kings high school in Dunedin during the 60s and has continued to play ever since.
He first came to public notice in early 70s Dunedin bands Hudson, Sundays Problem and Fairclough (with Oxo Cubans founder Craig Reeves) then Wellingtons' Kal Q Lated Risk and Christchurch’s Baby.
Steve and his bass playing brother Chris became a rhythm section for hire and relocated to Sydney, Australia in 1977.
He returned to Dunedin in 2005 to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree begun in 1969.
During his time in Australia Steve played with the Little River Band’s Glen Shorrock, Rose Tattoo’s Peter Wells, the legendary Easybeats front man Stevie Wright and Dave Steel from Weddings Parties Anything.
He has performed as the support act for BB King, the Pretenders, Ultravox, Black Sorrows, Midnight Oil, Little River Band, Cold Chisel, Icehouse, Hunters and Collectors and numerous others.
His knowledge of blues, swing and ‘'roots’' music saw him gig with leading country acts The Flying Emus, western swing cult band The Baylor Brothers and alternative country performer Red Rivers.
This brought him to the attention of Grammy Award winning Dale Watson from Texas, who asked Steve to drum for his Australian concerts.
He has drummed for the award winning theatrical productions Elvis the Musical, The Buddy Holly Story and its club version ' Buddy's back'.
From the mid 90s until 2005 he was a member of The Comets, the dynamic jump, swing, rock 'n' roll show band resident at Sydney’s legendary Marble Bar.
The Comets performed at the Australian Grand Prix, the Americas Cup Ball, media magnate Kerry Packers' birthday, many events leading up the 2000 Olympics, numerous corporate product launches, The Sydney Festival, headlined the Gold Coast Wintersun Rock n’ Roll Festival three times, toured the Hilton and Marriot South East Asian hotel chain and performed at the Christmas Island Casino.
Steve and his brother Chris established and managed Sydney’s Newtown Beach Recording Studio from 1990 – 98.
During this time, Steve was the live sound engineer for popular American jazz funk singer songwriter Steve Clisby and renowned African multi instrumentalist Epizo Bangoura.
On his return to New Zealand Steve began performing regularly with his old mates the Oxo Cubans and has kept the drum seat warm for many other Dunedin acts.
In addition to his live performances in 06' & 07', Steve was responsible for the Stage and Assistant Production Management for the City of Dunedin’s Octagon New Years Eve Concerts.
In 2008 he became the regular drummer for Dunedin "roots" group "The Whirling Eddies", jazz exponents "Dave Cooper's Dogtown Strutters" and lead & rhythm ukulele for Mrs Hudson's Non Electric Surf Orchestra.
He helped establish the Oxos regular Thursday "Jam & Open mic night" at the Isis Lounge and continues to make a major contribution with his willingness to tutor and assist many of the city's young musicians.