Craig Bracken

Photo: Alan Kilgour

Lead vocals, harmonica, chromatic harmonica, tenor saxophone, songwriter.

Craig began singing and playing the harmonica in the late 80’s after hearing Chicago and West Coast Blues greats like Little Walter, William Clarke and Junior Parker also with influences from Soul and Rhythm and Blues.Prior to becoming a Mudcat in 2008, Craig played in several local, Auckland bands, all the while developing his now highly regarded distinctive harmonica and vocal style. You’ll often hear him blow horn lines and melodies to enrich a song and compliment the band’s sound. According to Craig, “It’s all about the groove.” Craig writes a lot of the band’s material and he can also be heard on several television and radio adverts and guest musician on other artists’ albums.