The Flaming Mudcats
Meet The Band

“Blues sunny side up, easy-over, spicy or funky… it’s all on the menu with these guys”

Formed in 2008 in Auckland, the Flaming Mudcats are now regarded to be one of New Zealand’s premier blues acts. They have taken their show to festivals and clubs throughout NZ, Australia, USA and the Pacific Islands. Their energetic live blues sets blend original material and covers drawn from their eclectic influences, a raw life potion of killer grooves, blazing licks and harp wizardry. Butt-shakin belters to soulful grinders with everything in between … welcome to the Flaming Mudcats show.

The band is fronted on vocals and harmonica by Craig Bracken with Doug Bygrave providing the six string firepower. Anchoring these two, is drummer Ian Thomson and “newbie” bassman Johnny Yu.

With two highly-regarded albums of mostly original material, – 2011’s “Gave You What You Wanted” and 2013’s “Mistress”, these guys are just getting started.

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Doug Bygrave


Doug was turned on to blues after witnessing The Fabulous Thunderbird's live in the mid 1980’s. 'Jimmie Vaughan’s no-nonsense approach to the guitar was absolutely devastating. From that moment on, blues has been the only music there is'. Seasoned with a lifetime of guitar influences, Doug is a master of dynamics and tone, with an inventive guitar style all his own.

Johnny Yu
Johnny Yu


Musically educated on the streets of San Francisco. Started out playing acoustic folk rock and blues progressing through R&B, hard rock, fusion/jazz and ultimately came back to the blues. He has played and sung on more than eight ``original`` albums and toured with various Californian artists and bands.

Craig Bracken


In the late ’80s, Craig fronted the Auckland SKA, Soul and RnB band Guava Groove. He took up harmonica to complement the band’s sound after listening to the greats … Little Walter, William Clarke, Big Walter Horton and Junior Parker. Prior to becoming a Mudcat in 2008, Craig has recorded with The Darcy Perry Band as well as self-produced the Harmonica Masters of New Zealand compilation album.

Ian Thomson


'Blues is the only kind of music I really listened to and drums was all I ever wanted to play… plain and simple'. At fifteen, still at High School, Ian played regular gigs in South Auckland covers outfit, The Bandits. 'They were older, seasoned guys who kicked my butt … I learned real quick … I had to. Lots of Bill Black, Little Richard, Fats Domino et al.' Then I heard Paul Butterfield...