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Hi Friends,

My 2015 September tour in the UK was an incredible experience. I had an eight show tour and managed to sit in and jam other music along the way.
Lancaster guitarist / vocalist Mary Emelio ventured over the “pond” and shared the stage as a guest artist with The Octavia Blues Band for the short week she was there. We had a blast!
Hands down the most amazing experience I’ve had audience wise was in a little central London Pub called “Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues.” The venue was tiny.  It reminded me of a venue i used to perform at on South Street, Philadelphia called J. C. Dobbs. The stage was so shallow that the band performed in a single line. I have zero clue how the drummer fit on that stage! When Mary joined us the bass player had to squeeze back and sit on his bass rig. The packed house was comprised of local London blues lovers and an international crowd. I was astonished at the warmth and love eluding from that audience! It was so packed that you couldn’t fit a piece of paper between them! We could simply do no wrong! These people exhibited the most responsive unforgettable audience reaction I’ve ever experienced…  and that’s saying volumes considering over sixty years on stage….. I turned to the bass player Derek White proclaiming “I can’t believe this!” Wow what a night… Heaven…. pure Heaven! That moment will stay with this soul as long as it is. Thanks to all who were there for an indelible gift!

Post returning from the UK and in addition to The Octavia Blues Band, Octavia recently teamed up with some of Lancaster’s finest female musicians forming the off-shoot band “Free Reign” which taps into the musical spectrum in their unique style. Free Reign features Octavia noted for vocals harp guitar and writing skills with Mary Emelio at the helm on lead guitar and vocals, Vicki Poole on upright bass and vocals, and Jody Echterling on drums and vocals. This talent packed band is a musical experience of hot multi-genre upbeat cover and original dance music.

Beyond this I am nearly ready to print my second classic vocal standards album “Hand In Glove.” This duo performance was at the Lititz Library with gifted pianist Marty Mellinger.

“Hand In Glove” will be followed by my next blues album of originals which is nearing the studio.

Keep posted for shows with Free Reign and CD release dates both at my schedule and at Octavia Blues Harp Face book page.
Above all thank each of you for supporting live music! You rock!

Exciting news!

Octavia Blues Ranks # 1 on ReverbNation!

Hi Friends,

Octavia is very excited and proud to have been endorsed by Suzuki Music USA and Godin Guitars. Octavia has been playing Suzuki Pro Master Valved Harmonicas for many years.  The Manji is also a part of Octavia’s harmonica collection. Both harmonicas have a clear bright tone with great action. They are well constructed, reliable and durable to an aggressive work and practice schedule.  New to Octavia is the Suzuki Chromatix harmonica.
Should you need anything Suzuki, please do not hesitate to call Daron Stinton at Suzuki Music USA, 1-800-854-1594. Daron is great to work with. Tell him Octavia sent you!

Octavia has been performing on Godin Guitars for several years. The A6 Ultra and the Acousticaster 40th Anniversary edditions are part of her collection. They are chambered solid body electric guitars providing both a rich clear acoustic sound from the acoustic bridge as well as slick electric sounds that the Humbucker pick up provides. Both guitars sound feel and look great. No one could ever take Octavia from her Guild guitars until Godin. There is “something” in the buttery feel of the Godin Guitar necks.

Octavia recently found out that Sophie Tucker was her great aunt!… Nice!

Interview with “Vinny on the Couch” including Octavia’s “Naughty Girl” song and story!