The Flaming Mudcats
Meet The Band

The Flaming Mudcats.

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

Now in their eleventh year, The Flaming Mudcats are regarded among the country’s premier Rhythm and Blues acts. They have performed in festivals and clubs around New Zealand as well as Australia, the Pacific Islands and the USA.

Their energetic show blends original and cover material drawn from their eclectic influences. You can dance your socks off to everything from butt shaking belters to soulful grinders with or without a partner.

The “Mudcats” have released three successful albums. “Cut Loose,” their latest, has been particularly well received both here and overseas.

The band is fronted by Craig Bracken on vocals and harmonica along with guitarist Doug Bygrave, while bassist Johnny Yu and drummer Ian Thomson make up the rhythm section.

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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...