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Lez Karski

Lez’s unique guitar and vocal delivery is a regular feature on the Australian Blues scene

Leszek (Lez) Karski was born in Worcester U.K. of Polish parents.
He attended U.S. army high school in Munich, Germany where Lez first heard and started to play, rhythm & blues music.

Returning to ‘swinging’ London in the mid 60’s, he continued a mixture of music & art, watching Peter Green,Clapton and Hendrix, studying at Ealing Art College and playing the blues at night.

Music eventually dominated, and he found himself touring Europe with a Liverpool funk outfit ‘Supercharge’ bringing him to Australia in the late 70’s with a  hit record ‘Get Up & Dance’.

Sydney in the 80’s found Lez as a musician/record producer, working with Flash & The Pan, Midnight Oil, Spy v Spy, The Triffids, Yothu Yindi, Jeff Lang and many others, whilst playing the blues with The Hippos, Bondi Cigars,and The Foreday Riders.
Lez moved to Adelaide in the 90’s to form ‘The Donkeys’ who appeared at The Goulburn Blues and Bridgetown Blues Festivals, and still feature at selected venues.

Moving once again to Western Australia, Lez played with ‘The Nervous Investors’ nationally for over a decade.

He’s performed  with the late great Johnny Johnson’s band, playing the Narooma and East Coast Blues festivals and appeared on Johnny’s ‘Live at the Basement’ TV special. He’s been in Chris Cain’s band at the Narooma festival three years running, and twice with Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne’s backing band.
In 2007 ‘the Nervous Investors’ toured through Germany, Holland & Poland, where Lez represented Australia at the Wroclaw ‘Thanks Jimi’ 1st of May guitar festival, helping to establish a new Guinness record for the number of guitarists (1881) playing a Hendrix classic.

Now based in the Byron Bay hinterland, Lez’s other projects include duos & trios with local and interstate musicians as well as solo acoustic performances.