Bio 1- Gavin Doniger is a singer/songwriter from South East Queensland.
He has performed in over 15 countries around the world and toured extensively up and down the East and West Coasts of Australia.  Gavin has recorded albums and played as a solo artist and with his main act Mescalito Blues.
His unique Raspy/Growl vocals and his Hypnotic Rhythm 'n' Stomp will get you moving.
"Swamp Stompin Blues" is what he plays. His tongue in cheek lyrics sometimes heart felt, other times short stories of his travels with fictional pictures bought to life through song. You won't forget this voice.

Bio 2- Mescalito Blues are a Duo by definition and definition only. All comparisons or preconcieved ideas on what you thought of a duo being will be quickly dispensed after seeing these guys live. Perhaps a more appropriate and fitting title for the way these boys play music in this format would be "Music without a saftey net" or "Power duo".

So if you're after great songs,great playing and a slightly different concept come and experience Mescalito Blues..... Swamp, Stompin Blues!!!! ( if you are in luck, you may even catch them performing as a Trio or even a 4 piece band)


Please take time to read my HISTORY-

Gavin Doniger has been on the east coast music scene since picking up a guitar and hitting the road back in 1998. Releasing his debut EP “Spav- Jean, Pool, Junkie’ that same year. With the 1st single “Emotions” featuring in the surf film “In the Meantime”. Since then he has toured continuously throughout Australia, and the world, collecting more foreign stamps in his passport than many bona fide diplomats.

It is Doniger’s love for the open road that inspires his music, and this is especially true for his main project, Mescalito Blues, which consists of Doniger and any number of talented musicians that Doniger discovers in his travels.

Fast building a reputation for blazing live shows that resonate with audiences from all walks of life.

In 2005 Mescalito Blues released its debut album “Dos Cerveza” and backed it up with extensive tours.

While most musicians take a break after injuring themselves, Doniger chose to draw a line under his current work and got creative–releasing “The Wounded Hand Recordings” in 2006; an extremely raw, swamp-stompin’-blues creation which has become a favourite amongst fans.

Doniger chose to take a sabbatical in early 2007 to play solo through the U.S., where he bounced around famous locales such as Hollywood and Seattle before soaking up the sights and sounds of Nashville for a further three months. The experience left him invigorated.

Extensive touring throughout Australia and Europe in 2008/09. Working on new material and subsequent tours marked a definite change in Doniger’s musical vocabulary: the swamp stompin’ blues was still there–but rawer and dirtier.

Finally, in late 2009, Mescalito Blues recorded some of the tracks they had been playing live now for nearly two years. The 6-track LP “Let the Sunshine Grow” subsequently received wide acclaim and encouraging radio play for its title track, and track “Love Love” featuring on “Root n All’ on Triple J. In mid-2010 Doniger took his Mescalito Blues across the UK, playing at Saltash Summer Music Festival performing with good friend and known luthier Tom Anfield. Other Doniger tour spots included Barbican Plymouth, Half-Moon London and solo shows at The Union in Saltash. More touring followed in New York City, playing at Arelene’s Grocery, followed by a small West Coast tour through Hollywood, San Francisco. and Portland Oregon

In March 2011 two of Doniger’s tracks, “Talkin’ About” and “Point Taken” were included in the soundtrack for  Professional Surfer Dean ‘Dingo’ Morrison’s DVD “A Dingo’s Tale”. Around this time Doniger begun recording new demo tracks in his Gold Coast studio for both Solo and Mescalito releases.

2012 through 2014 saw Gavin doing annual Summer Tour’s through Europe and Scandonavia, performing in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Spain and France. With a Solo Album release Tomorrow/Today in 2013.

In 2015, Mescalito Blues celebrated 10 years of performing with the release of “Love of Stompin” and live performance showcasing the backlog of Mescalito music.
Performing solo, Gavin toured in the USA with shows in Hollywood, San Francisco and Las Vegas – playing support shows with the LA based band Kansis City Bankroll. After these show Gavin was back in L.A to record some new material.  The composition of pysch, rock, blues and twang, Noah Engh style.  This almagamation became the “The Broken 3” (   – Recorded in Down Town Los Angeles @ Organic Audio with producer Jason Achillis Mezilis. Noah Engh on guitar, Tom French on bass and Josh Ziegler on drums/percussion.) Their debut long player “Women, Booze & Sin”.  “Live n Be” also appear in a short feature film by LA filmmaker David Keenan “Rotsie”.

2016/17 were big years for Gavin Doniger and his Mescalito Blues band. Shows and tours up and down the East Coast of Australia. The Airlie Beach Festival of Music and Blues on Broadbeach Festival were highlight festivals.

In 2018 Mescalito Blues released their  studio offering “Tall, Tail, True” to rave reviews. Performing the album in its entirety at 2018 Blues on Broadbeach with a Full Band-( Joe Macphail-Drums, Liam Bowditch- Lead Guitar, Carlton Wulf-Bass and Doniger on Vocals/Guitar.) “Tall, Tails, True” is some of Mescalito Blues best work to date. 10 powerful original blues songs. With 1st single “Show me the Devil” receiving airplay on National Radio. 
2019 has seen Doniger and the Mescalito Blues playing sold out shows up and down the East Coast of Australia. With the high lights performing at the world and Australian renowned Blues Club- The Royal Mail Hotel and again at the “Airlie Beach Festival of Music”.
With the travelling bug firmly planted in his DNA, Gavin Doniger and his Mescalito Blues are permanently on the lookout for potential tours further afield, and are lining up shows in distant lands as we speak. Check them out when they’re next in your town!

2020 will see Gavin Doniger and his Mescalito Blues out on the road as usual. Doing what they do best. Playing Live for you! Peace, Love, Music