About

Kaliopi is a Greek-Australian Blues Artist, Guitarist, and Singer-Songwriter drawing from the great blues tradition and the powerful blues women who made it their own. Re-establishing a following for live shows both solo and with new blues releases with her band Kaliopi & The Blues Messengers.

“Kaliopi sings with passion as she howls and moans as she plays some sizzling guitar”  Blues Blast Magazine Senior writer Steve Jones, president of the Crossroads Blues Society USA 

"Years spent working with the best in AUS, USA, and her native Greece has stamped a mark on Kaliopi's powerful blues guitar and vocals you need to hear!." Salty Dawg Productions.

"It was clear even before she began the set that Kaliopi was a veteran performer who knew what she was doing and where she was heading in the Blues" - Kerrie Pacholli - Music, St Kilda Arts Community Review.

In between band shows, teaching and studying, Kaliopi is regularly jamming and headlining the Blues Jam Clubs and Association Circuit (including, Research Blues Club, Gippsland Blues Club, Rokewood Blues Club, Bendigo Blues Club, Melbourne Blues Collective, Blues Roulette, Eastern Blues Association, 90 Miles Blues, Hume Blues Club, Elwood Blues Club, Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society, and Stingos Blues Jams).

RELEASES

  • 1990  KALIOPI A/B (SINGLES) FORTISSIMO TREVOR COURTNEY MELB : AUS
  • 1991  KALIOPI EP COURAGE MANAGEMENT LA : USA
  • 1993  KALIOPI (EP) INDEPENDENT MELB : AUS
  • 1994  KALIOPI (EP) GERRY KEYS PRODUCTION MELB : AUS
  • 1995  UNPLUGGED AT THE CROOKED BAR  (ALBUM) KALIOPI & HOW LA : USA
  • 1996  KALIOPI A/B  (SINGLES) MICHAEL COSTA MELB : AUS
  • 1997  PROMISES  (ALBUM) BRIAN CANHAM & BRUCE GARRISON MELB : AUS
  • 2003  SWEETEST LOVE (ALBUM) INDEPENDENT MELB : AUS
  • 2018  LOVE LOSS MENTAL HEALTH (COMPILATION ALBUM + 2) INDEPENDENT MELB : AUS
  • 2022  WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS (SINGLE) THE BLUES MESSENGERS MELB : AUS
  • 2023  TROUBLIN' BLUES (SINGLE) THE BLUES MESSENGERS MELB : AUS
  • 2023  HIGHWAY #9 STUDIO SESSIONS (EP) THE BLUES MESSENGERS MELB : AUS
  • 2023  BLUES FOR MINNIE (ALBUM) THE BLUES MESSENGERS MELB : AUS

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When the Levee Breaks

Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers

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Written by Memphis Minnie almost 100 years ago in response to the Mississippi floods in 1927 then covered by Led Zeppelin in 1971 with numerous samples and re-releases since. This song continues to resonate particularly since the recent Lismore floods as we were preparing our band debut. Performed by Kaliopi Voice/Guitar, Lisette Payet Piano &

Written by Memphis Minnie almost 100 years ago in response to the Mississippi floods in 1927 then covered by Led Zeppelin in 1971 with numerous samples and re-releases since. This song continues to resonate particularly since the recent Lismore floods as we were preparing our band debut. Performed by Kaliopi Voice/Guitar, Lisette Payet Piano & BV's, Tony Wheelen Clarinet, Connor O'Neill Bass & Les Oldman Drums & BV's.

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Troublin' Blues

Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers

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Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers' second release Troublin' Blues shines a light on the rising cost of living and associated struggles maintaining a home, job, car, friends, and family. Performed by Kaliopi Voice/Guitar, Lisette Piano, Nick Clarinet, Connor Bass & Les Drums.

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Kissing In The Dark

Kaliopi & The Blues Messengers

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Written by Memphis Minnie shines a light on Forbidden Love, Shotgun Weddings, Unplanned Pregnancies and Unprotected Sex. Performed by Kaliopi Voice/Guitar, Lisette Payet Piano, Nick Pearce Clarinet, Connor O'Neill Bass & Les Oldman Drums.

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bLues for minnie

Our e-/store here has exclusive digital back catalogue selections for download not available on streaming services 

Blues For Minnie

Kaliopi & The Blues Messengers

Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers have honed in on seven selected works of Memphis Minnie as a foundation and included a homage to Koko Taylor having developed their unique texture of double-bass & brushes shufflin’ grooves, layered with dixie piano, weaving clarinet, and delta guitar, topped with Kaliopi's soulful vocals for these powerful

Kaliopi & the Blues Messengers have honed in on seven selected works of Memphis Minnie as a foundation and included a homage to Koko Taylor having developed their unique texture of double-bass & brushes shufflin’ grooves, layered with dixie piano, weaving clarinet, and delta guitar, topped with Kaliopi's soulful vocals for these powerful heroine herstory legends (summaries of tracks legend and interpretations included):

Black Cat Blues: A sexually liberating song celebrating ownership of one's own body within the sex industry as a working woman and madam in her house.

Kissin' In The Dark: A song shining a light on forbidden love, unplanned pregnancies, unprotected sex, morning sickness, and shotgun weddings.

Messin' With The Blues: A song exposing a groomer's use and abuse of love and trust selling favours for fame, and dangling carrots and crystals for control & ownership.

Hoodoo Lady: A song valuing imagination and boundless magic beyond intellectual reasoning limitations under subordination, cruelty, and displacement.

When the Levee Breaks: A song resonating with climate change that was particularly felt for our friends in Lismore and Northern Rivers during the 2022 floods.

Troublin' Blues: A song reflecting our current struggles with the cost of living, housing crisis, employment, power, fuel, and relationships.

Dirty Mother Fur Ya: A song protesting domestic violence, substance abuse, systemic corruption, and community nuisance to a woman's vengeful settlement.

I Hate To See The Sun Go Down: A song rejecting sundown syndrome and depression with suicidal tendencies prevalent after a long day or life of struggling with oppression.

Chauffeur Blues: An empowering song celebrating matriarchal leadership steering a driving car and controlling one's direction at all costs.

Voodoo Woman: A song celebrating women's power resilience black magic and relentless strength driven with sisterhood compassion and geddesses

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Latest News

Working behind the scenes preparing my first European Exploration Blues/Tour then back to USA after more than 30+ years, all the wiser - 5 Regions including the South, from New York to LA with some super special collaborations. Check out my e-store  for  merch. 

Also, in pre-production for our second blues album and have some exciting news coming soon with the addition and collaboration of a fundamental member. New blog soon check out this post with 13 topics that musicians can blog about.

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