Bluesadelix was formed in May 2019 by Papa Robert Hill to fill a personal need for song and improvisationally-focused, psychedelic-tinged original and traditional blues music with a rock groove. He was fortunate to have the husband and wife team of Mark Ungar and Deirdre McCarthy available. During the pandemic, they were joined by Deirdre's brother Kevin, Scott Irwin and Kristoph Klover. With these additions, Bluesadelix has a full sound, ready to get you on your feet and dancing!
Papa Robert Hill:
Papa was introduced into the Los Angeles music scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s with such bands as The Old No. 7 Band (Southern Rock) and Blackjack Tailor (blues rock) as guitarist and vocalist. He wrote and produced Blackjack Tailor's album "Rockin' The Boat", and after the band broke up, joined Ventura County-based Tomorrow's Reign as their lyricist and lead vocalist. The band performed power pop rock throughout the Southern California area. In 1989 they released their 3 song EP "Killing Time," which included the song Commandment of Love. He also delved deeply into the Mississippi Delta blues of Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake, playing solo at venues around the Greater Los Angeles area under the handle of Buddy Boy Blackjack. Moving north to the San Francisco Bay Area, he explored European folk and dance music as well as Americana, performing with the Dogwatch Nautical Band and Pipe and Bowl Morris Men, playing the fiddle and mandolin. In 2006, he returned to blues and rock releasing his self-produced and marketed album "Paroxyms of Apathy", and briefly joined the Celtic rock band Avalon Rising. With Bluesadelix, Papa returns to the music he loves so much.
Bluesadelix is the latest chapter of a saga that began in 1965 with a nylon-string guitar and Folk Guitar Lessons with Laura Weber on public TV. Subequent years saw Mark expand from acoustic to electric instruments, as well as taking up bass, slide guitar, mandocello and mandolin, fiddle, lap steel and pedal steel guitars. Mark has logged time with a long list of local bands ranging from rock to folk, ballroom, Renaissance and Medieval music. He currently plys his trade as a luthier/guitar technician.
Realizing a life-long dream, Deirdre now plays drums with Bluesadelix after a long career playing traditional and folk percussion. Her passion for drumming started in 1980 when she was introduced to Irish folk music and the Irish frame drum (called the bodhrán), and continued through Middle-Eastern, Latin, Jazz, African and other European folk traditions. In addition to Bluesadelix, she plays with a Galician pipe band (As Meigas) and an Irish band (O'Loney Tunes). She has had the pleasure of recording and performing with a wide range of Bay Area artists, which as allowed her to explore many rhythms of the world.
Scott brings decades of experience and chops as a sought-after drummer, vocalist, and percussionist, serving as a permanent member of Celtic/Medieval fusion band Avalon Rising and rockers Axis of Four. When not supplying the all-essential backbeat, he keeps himself busy as a professional sci-fi prop builder, whose creations have been featured in fan-produced Star Trek productions and the exhibit of props from Star Trek: the Original Series, in Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.
When not tending to his world-class tomato crop or feeding the cats, Klover can be found behind the mixing desk at his Flowinglass Studio, presiding as chief engineer and producer for an ongoing string of award-winning sci-fi and fantasy-themed albums by various artists. A fine tenor vocalist, he is also a skilled electric and acoustic guitarist, as well as oboeist, octave mandolinist, and keyboard player. With his wife, harpist/flautist/vocalist Margaret Davis, for the last three decades he has led the eclectic Medieval/Celtic rock band Avalon Rising and acoustic trio Broceliande. His collection of Grateful Dead recordings is nearly complete…if such a feat is actually possible.
Kevin's musical journey began with a couple of years of piano lessons in grammar school. Determined to learn to play rock 'n' roll guitar, in 1971 his life was changed when he traded an old desktop stereo system to a high school friend for a well-used 1966 Fender Mustang. He has played in a succession of San Francisco Bay Area rock and blues bands since his college days. Bluesadelix represents the newest part of his voyage on the sea of music. He sings and plays guitar, blues harp and electric bass. He is also a classical choral singer, and has been performing in Bay Area choral groups since 2011.