Blue Rock are a 2 piece band that plays their own brand of blues with a rock edge in Sydney, Australia. The band features Caelan aged 17 who sings, plays guitar and the drums with his feet (via 6 foot pedals) all at the same time. The use of complex beats on the foot drums in conjunction with blazing guitar, bass grooves and vocal harmonies give the band a rich sound despite being a 2 piece band.
The band has been playing Sydney venues for 2 years including The Chatswood Club, Paddington RSL, Kelly’s On King, Sydney Metro Theatre and Factory Theatre. They have closed out the Spring Sounds On The Platform Festival for North Sydney in both 2018 and 2019.
Blue Rock have been nominated by the Sydney Blues Society to perform as part of the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase in Memphis Tennessee in January 2020.
Caelan Irrgang: Guitar, vocals, foot drums
Aidan Irrgang: Bass, vocals
“Incredible guitar skills and to be able to play drum pedals at the same time is really impressive. Caelan has the guitar skill of a seasoned musician.”
“Really fantastic songs, and phenomenal musicianship. Caelan in particular is exceptionally talented. Singing, playing guitar and drum pedals is not easy and you pulled it off. Good arrangements and interesting lyrics…. solid sound and pedals fused well with the bluesy gritty songs.”
“Each song was quite different from the other, and had really interesting lyrics. They were very dynamic with interesting transitions mid song. Was great to see both acoustic and guitar based songs as well, and both really worked. Really represented the blues genre fantastically.”
Rebecca Ware, Youthrock band competition 2018 judge
I found the music catchy, energetic, melodic and diverse with a vintage soulful classic rock bluesy vibe, lots of character and spirit within the song structures, the musicianship is thrilling throughout the album, I think the band sound great and you have made a fun diverse record …
I can’t fault the album at all, lots of swagger.
Nicky Baldrian, Fireworks Magazine
Blue Rock have recently released their debut album Rolling Backwards, on 5th April 2019. Now on streaming platforms, Spotify, Itunes etc. and available as a CD. The recording made use of real recorded drums rather than the electric foot drums used live. Almost every instrument part is played by Caelan who also produced and mixed the album himself.
Pre-release versions of 2 tracks from the upcoming ‘Rolling Backwards’ album reached the final 10 for the 2017 Songsalive Australian Song Writing Competition in both the Rock and Youth categories.
2017 Emergenza Semi Finalist
2018 Youth Rock Semi Finalist
2018 Homeground Heroes
2018 Girrakool Band Challenge Semi Finalist
2019 Sydney Blues Society – Sydney Blues Challenge
2019 Youth Rock Semi Finalist
2018 and 2019 Sydney Blues Society – Youth in Blues Program