Clayton Doley is Australia’s finest Hammond organist and is quickly gaining international recognition as one of the top new players on the world stage. His fiery bluesy virtuosity has earned him spots on on some of the worlds biggest festivals including Montreal International Jazz Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival and Tremblant International Blues Festival to name a few.
Drawn to the Hammond B3 organ from a very early age, he is a master of the instrument. He has dedicated his life to exploring the full potential of the B3 and utilising it’s dynamics, depth of tone and it’s bass pedals. Not just an organist, Clayton has a deep and rich and soulful singing voice and his bluesy songwriting combines modern structure and harmony with thoughtful and sensitive lyrics.
His new album “Desperate Times” has been embraced by the international blues community and has received worldwide critical acclaim. It made an impressive debut in the month of it’s release by charting at number 2 in the Australian Blues and Roots charts and coming in at number 9 in the US Roots Music Report Blues Chart.
As well as fronting his own bands, Doley is a very experienced and versatile session musician and has either played on, produced or written songs for hundreds of Australian albums including many ARIA award winning releases.
He is constantly in demand for touring projects, even with his own busy touring commitments he manages to tour with artists such as Harry Manx (Canada) and Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges (USA), and has in the past toured with Steve Cropper and Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn (USA), David Garibaldi (USA), Nigel Kennedy (UK), A Camp (Sweden), Silverchair (Australia), The Divinyls (Australia), and Jimmy Barnes (Australia).
Clayton has also had a long history as a television musical director, for many years he worked for the now legendary shows ‘Good News Week’ and ‘The Sideshow’ and now regularly works on Televised events such as Comedy Gala’s and Award ceremonies, etc.