Joel Havea is a man of many talents. A skilled songwriter, natural singer, unique guitarist and an overall engaging performer whose eclectic style reflects his roots as a true world citizen. Since 2012, the Tongan born, Melbourne raised and European-based musician has played more than 700 concerts in over 20 countries on 4 continents and has established himself (whether solo or with his trio) as a fixture on the European club and festival circuit. Highlights include performances at Bardentreffen World Music Festival (Nuremberg, DE), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, DE), London Folk Festival (UK), Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (Australia), Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (Denmark) and the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Since 2015, Joel has been playing with his Hamburg based trio, namely Leo Lazar (Drums) and Arnd Geise (Bass). Both are highly sought-after session musicians whose varied musical influences of rock, jazz and fusion, add another dimension to Joel’s soulful blues and roots songwriting. Having honed their live show over countless European tours, the band is a dynamic force whenever they take the stage.
In addition to his debut album “You Make Me Believe” (2012) and the follow up acoustic EP “Strings & Wood” (2014), he has also released “Setting Sail” (2017) with his trio and “One Hand Clapping” (2018), a soundtrack to the novel “Rowan & Eris” by Australian author Campbell Jefferys. All of these records have been released on his label, Tastic Records, and were all self-made, self-financed productions. Songs from all releases have racked up generous radio plays in Europe including NDR Hamburg, BBC2, Nordwestradio Bremen, FM4, FluxFM Berlin, Radioeins and Deutschlandradio Kultur.
The Joel Havea Trio has recently just released their second album “Ki ‘a Lavaka” on 24.4.2020. For the first time, this record contains musical influences from Joel’s Tongan roots, acknowledging the long line of well respected Havea songwriters from the tropical island Kingdom, going back over multiple generations.
“Fine blend of acoustic blues with tropical flavour”LAST DAY DEAF
“The best remedy for the corona blues”BADISCHE ZEITUNG
“World music for globetrotters”ELBVERTIEFUNG
“The Joel Havea Trio is currently one of the most promising bands in Germany “STADTKLANG DÜSSELDORF
“South sea soul at it’s best”HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT
“Close your eyes whilst listening and you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise”A1234