Mitch Preston

From his hometown of Grafton, Mitch moved on to Newcastle and hooked up with several local bands, amongst them the Blues Roosters, which served as a platform for getting deeper into the blues. Eventually Newcastle gave way to Sydney, where Mitch really ‘hit his straps’ as a blues/R&B drummer. Two bands figure prominently in that period: Foreign Lee and the Legionnaires, a hardcore Chicago blues combo, and the Layabouts, a Sydney R&B institution that allowed him to play four or five nights a week while getting a first-class education in blues and R&B from the twentieth century post-Second World War period.

Eventually arriving in Canberra in 2000, Mitch has been in more blues and R&B bands, such as the Groove Kings and Mama’s Blooz House and he has also with Canberra roots outfits such as the Blues Cowgirls, Fiona Boyes Band, Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys, the Chris Harland Band and the Jukes. He has also toured with Eugene Hideaway Bridges, the blues guitarist/singer from Texas in the US.

Mitch has played at a lot of festivals including Tamworth Country Music Festival, the Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival, the Thredbo Blues Festival, the Australian Blues Music Festival (Goulburn), the Broadbeach Blues Festival, the National Folk Festival, the Sydney Blues Festival, the Cobargo Folk Festival, the Forth Valley Blues Festival and the Mordialloc Food and Wine Festival.

Mitch is a vital part of the both Key Grip and the Nightless Lovers and he enjoys that each gig is a celebration of live blues and R&B.