Gareth Jay is a Sydney & Newcastle based emerging acoustic Blues and Indie musician. Originally from Bathurst, NSW, Gareth attributes his love for music to his family and growing up singing together.

Living in Sydney from 2009 he has been developing his original music through recording and performance. Finding himself most at home in Blues music, he takes influence and technique from Jazz, Classical, Pop, R&B and Indie music. In 2011 he moved into Looping, which has allowed Gareth to progressively layer guitar melodies, and vocal harmonies to create complex and inspired compositions in his live performances.

During his time in Sydney he has been found most nights of the week performing covers and originals in restaurants, pubs, and clubs. He’s held residencies at The Stoned Crow Crows Nest, UTS Loft Bar Ultimo & Abattoir Blues Cafe Sydney Olympic Park. Deriving his influences from some of the greats including Albert King, Elliott Smith, Donovan, Carol King, The Beatles, and Dr John. His original music falls in a spectrum of styles each with a true honesty ringing through the songs.

In November 2014 Gareth Jay was invited to perform for Balcony TV, which he sang a heart-felt track “It’s not me, it’s you.” 2015 has seen Gareth Jay take his music to another level; in February he independently released his self-titled EP. The EP provides a delicate taste of Blues for those who crave it, and an introduction to Gareth himself. 2016 will see him relocate to Cessnock NSW to return to regional lifestyle, community music making and choice performance opportunities at festivals and local venues. “Aussie blues is as strong as ever, thanks to emerging talents like Gareth Jay” Tone Deaf.

 

Sample Set List

Achy Breaky Heart (Billy Ray Cyrus)
All about that Bass (Meghan Trainor)
Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
Amen Omen (Ben Harper)
Annie’s Song (John Denver)
Another Lonely Day (Ben Harper)
Arms of a woman (Amos Lee)
Baby’s Request (Wings)
Better be home Soon (Crowded House)
Better Together (Jack Johnson)
Blackbird (The Beatles)
Black Magic Woman (Santana)
Blowers Daughter (Damien Rice)
Blowing in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
Bloom (The Paper Kites)
Blue Suede Shoes (Elvis Presley)
Bright Lights (Jimmy Reed)
Bubble Toes (Jack Johnson)
Burn One Down (Ben Harper)
Can I Stay (Ray Lamontagne)
Cannonball (Damien Rice)
Can’t help falling in love with you (Elvis)
Catch the Wind (Donovan)
Classical Gas
Cocaine (Jackson Browne)
Cocaine (John Martyn)
Close Your Eyes (James Taylor)
Connected (Eric Bibb)
Crash ( Dave Matthews)
Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
Crazy Mama (JJ Cale)
Crying in the Rain (Everly Brothers)
Days Like This (Van Morrison)
Desperado (The Eagles)
Diamonds on the inside (Ben Harper)
Don’t Let me Down (The Beatles)
Don’t Think Twice (Bob Dylan)
Don’t Worry Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
Dogs (Damien Rice)
Dream (Everly Brothers)
Dream a little Dream (Mamas and Papas)
Driftin Blues (Eric Clapton Version)
Drive (Incubus)
Easy (Lionel Richie)
El Camino (Amos Lee)
Everything Reminds Me of Her (Elliot Smith)
Fairytale Lullaby (John Martyn)
Faith (George Michael)
Fall At Your Feet (Crowded House)
Falsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
Fire and Ice (Ben Harper)
Fire and Rain (James Taylor)
Fishin Blues (Taj Mahal)
Flake (Jack Johnson)

Fly me to the Moon (Nat King Cole)
Follow The Sun (Xavier Rudd)
Follow Me (Uncle Cracker)
Forever (Ben Harper)
Gambler (Johnny Cash)
Guilty (Blues Brothers)
Hallelulia (Jeff Buckley)
Hearts on Fire (Passenger)
Here comes the sun (Beatles)
Hello Mary Lou (Ricky Nelson)
Hide Your Love Away (The Beatles)
Hit the Road Jack (Ray Charles)
Ho Hey (Lumineers)
Holy Grail (Hunters and Collectors)
Hot Tamales (Robert Johnson)
Hotel California (The Eagles)
Hound Dog (Elvis)
If it Don’t Matter (Donovan Frankenreiter)
I got a Woman (Ray Charles)
I Heard the angel singing (Eric Bibb)
I just called to say I love you
I’ll sing a sing for you (Donovan)
I’m Not The Only One (Sam Smith)
I need a Dollar (Aloe Blacc)
I need her love (ELO)
In my Life (Beatles)
I’m Gonna Be (The Proclaimers)
I only have eyes for you (Instrumental Version)
I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan)
I Think Of You (Rodriguez)
It Ain’t me Babe(Bob Dylan)
I Want You (Bob Dylan)
John The Revelator (Son House)
Killing Floor (Howlin Wolf)
Lean on me (Bill Withers)
Learned a lot (Amos Lee)
Let It Be (The Beatles)
Lost in My Mind (Head and Heart)
Love me tender (Elvis)
Lover (Sonia Dada)
Mercy Mercy (Don Covay)
Moondance (Van Morrison)
More than Words (Extreme)
Mustang Sally (Wilson Picket)
My Girl (The Temptations)
Needle and the Damage Done (Neil Young)
Nightmare (Steve Vai)
Northern Wind (City and Colour)
Not Fire, Not Ice (Ben Harper)
Old Love (Eric Clapton)
Out on the Weekend (Neil Young)
Pachelbels Canon in D
Painter’s Song (Norah Jones)
Real Love (The Beatles)

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