& THE NORMAN BEAKER BAND
Chris Farlowe was born in Islington,
North London. His musical career began with a skiffle group,
the John Henry Skiffle Group, in 1957, before he joined the
Johnny Burns Rhythm and Blues Quartet, in 1958. He met
guitarist Bob Taylor in 1959 and, through Taylor, joined the
Thunderbirds, who went on to record five singles for the
Columbia label. On Island's Sue label, he released a version
of "Stormy Monday Blues" under the pseudonym Little Joe
Cook, which perpetuated the myth that he was a black singer.
Farlowe moved to Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label
and recorded eleven singles, five of which were cover
versions of Rolling Stones songs including "Paint It,
Black", "Think", "Ride On, Baby", "(I Can't Get No)
Satisfaction", and "Out of Time", which reached no. 1 (1966)
in the UK Singles Chart. He recorded four more singles, the
best known of which is Mike d'Abo's "Handbags and Gladrags".
and "My Way Of Giving", a cover of a Small Faces album track
written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane.
an association with the jazz rock group Colosseum in
September 1970, recording a live album and two studio albums
including, Daughter of Time (1970). In February 1972 he
joined Atomic Rooster, and is featured on the albums Made in
England (1972) and Nice 'n' Greasy (1973). Later from
Colosseum reunion in 1994 he appeared on all Colosseum
He sang vocals for the theme music
written by Greenslade for the BBC Television series
Gangsters. In 1978 he had a part in a play produced by BBC
Birmingham, Curriculee Curricula, first shown on BBC Two and
shot in its entirety on video at the University of
Birmingham campus, with Magnus Magnusson as the narrator.
Farlowe and Greenslade provided the music. He also sang on
two tracks from Jimmy Page's Death Wish II soundtrack
(1982), as well as the tracks "Hummingbird", "Prison Blues"
and "Blues Anthem" on Page's album Outrider (1988).
Farlowe toured for a long time with Hamburg Blues Band,
mainly in Germany and since 1999 has appeared on stage a
number of times alongside Van Morrison.
Farlowe toured as a featured artist with Maggie Bell and
Bobby Tench as part of the "Maximum Rhythm and Blues" tour
of 32 UK theatres.
On 30 July 2016, Farlowe appeared
at Wembley Arena, performing his 1966 hit "Out of Time" as
part of a show marking the 50th anniversary of the England
football team's victory in the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final
Norman Beaker has been at the forefront of the British Blues
scene for over 4 decades playing with: Alexis Korner, Graham
Bond, Jack Bruce, Tony Ashton, Paul Jones, Eric Burdon and
BB King commented, “Norman is like a white
Freddy King”, a compliment indeed, and not one wasted on the
many artistes Norman has subsequently worked with including:
BB King, Jimmy Rogers, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, Fenton
Robinson, Chuck Berry, Carey Bell James Booker, Jon Lord,
Larry Garner and Ruby Turner to name just a few.
of 2017 Norman was inducted into the Blues Hall of fame®, a
prestigious recognition indeed and only a handful of UK
artists can claim the same, those being Eric Clapton and
Jack Bruce to name just two!..
been a long road….. one thing for sure is that the Climax Blues
Band of today carries the same standard of quality as it did
when the band formed back in the late 60s and achieved such
great success and recognition through the 70s and 80s, huge
selling albums like FM / Live and Gold Plated, the 1976 hit
single Couldn’t Get It Right (from Gold Plated) and I Love You
in 1981, the reputation carrying right through until the tragic
death of founder member Colin Cooper in 2008.
death could have meant the end of Climax Blues Band but his
desire was for the band to continue creating the fine blues
blend that the band has been associated with since its
formation, and that desire has been accepted with relish by the
remaining members of the band.
George Glover has been at
the keyboards in Climax since 1981, very much part of the
nucleus of the band, Lester Hunt on guitar joined in 1986,
drummer Roy Adams in 1987 and Neil Simpson on bass in the early
This solid unit has flown the Climax flag with
tremendous passion and style.
Now there is a spring in
their step, taking the band forward and already pleasing crowds
throughout Europe, the ‘seamless’ transition in carrying on
creating the unique Climax sound is the result of hard work,
disguised by a band having a great time making music….
Graham Dee was recruited in 2012 to front the band. With his own
distinctive style and a pedigree on the blues scene which
included performing with The Blues Collective, The Red Lemons
and joining ex-Feelgoods in The Lone Sharks as well as session
vocals and voice coaching, at the same time Chris ‘Beebe’
Aldridge took on the saxophone duties with a fresh and exciting
dynamic sound, both adding their own dimensions to the musicians
that have carried the flag for Climax as a unit for over 15
years, in Les’s case over 25 years, and George for over 30
Security Alert - The Official Live Bootleg was
recorded live at Leek Arts Festival and released in 2015 on ATA.
Perfectly capturing the band’s new energy, this live album
is a brilliant showcase for the band’s new members Graham Dee
and ‘Beebe’ Aldridge and reassuring fans everywhere that the
true Climax sound is very much intact and moving forwards. The
album was mixed by Roy Wood (Wizzard, ELO, solo).
The Cinelli Brothers is
a project born out of a common passion for the electric Chicago
and Texas blues from the 60s and 70s, when Marco (guitarist,
singer and composer) and Alessandro (drummer, backing vocalist
and arranger) decided to form an explosive team showcasing
original repertoire in the style of Chess, Stax and Motown.
After a series of successful shows around Europe (France,
UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal), the band decided to
take things to another level. Babe Please Set Your Alarm was
recorded at the Soup Studio in London and the full live and
analog recording was released in May 2018 on vinyl and digital
This album comprises original compositions as
well as a few covers, such as ‘Chain of Fools’ or ‘Back Door
Man’ – which stays true to Willie Dixon’s number, as well as
Prince’s ‘Kiss’, in a remarkable shuffle rhythm.
Cinelli Brothers champion a new generation of passionate
musicians sharing in the love of Blues, Soul, R&B and the true
authentic sounds that have made the blues a cornerstone of music
The Southbound sound derives from classic influences
stemming from the Chicago and Delta blues as well as early
Southern rock, taking their inspiration from iconic bands such
as: Derek and the Dominoes, the Allman Brothers Band, Humble
Pie, Santana, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and Ry Cooder which
culminates into a unique blend of their own modern up tempo
British Blues Rock and Soulful Ballads. When performing live,
all these influences come together to create an unparalleled
live experience that’s both exciting and entertaining . The band
have been vigorously gigging around the U.K for the past few
years at festivals and venues, and trodden the boards of many of
the U.K's iconic music venues, both sharing the stage and
supporting some of Britain's best blues and rock acts around,
and at their own headline shows. Southbound in early 2019 have
released a brand new album called “Rocking Horse” showcasing 11
of their own original songs which blend blues, rock, and soul.
Their twin guitar sounds, a funky back line and powerful vocals
bring a fresh new approach on the genres with a young British
fire behind it, breaking the restrictions on Blues and Rock and
becoming a sound which is purely... Southbound.
by era or genre, The Putney Modern is a fresh yet traditional
sound for the musically astute. Drawing on a rich history of
British and US influences, The Putney Modern fuse these into a
lyrically rich and melodic guitar based groove, that’s
generating a rapidly growing interest and following among fans
of rock and blues.
The Mojo Preachers are a five-piece, female fronted,
boundary-pushing outfit, delivering hard-hitting original tunes;
conjuring up a melodiously intricate, authentic yet
unconventional sound. Think raw riffs, psychedelic waves, rooted
rhythms & thought-provoking lyrics, all with an occasional touch
of sweeping, soaring, musical emotion that only progressive
blues can bring.