out as the band behind Ian Dury, the Blockheads are a legendary
outfit that has grown in stature from the early days of the
Stiff tour in 1977, right up to the present day. Backing up Ian
Dury’s poetic lyrics, this is the band that brought you ‘Hit Me
with your Rhythm Stick’, ‘What A Waste’, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful
(Part 3)’, and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, among many others.
Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000,
but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are
still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with
a legion of fans of all ages.
Their new album, ‘Same
Horse Different Jockey’, was released on 23rd November 2013,
which was also the 35th anniversary of the release of ‘Hit Me
with your Rhythm Stick’, and continues to show both their
diversity and supreme quality, as well as showcasing their
Derek Hussey’s lyrics in the bands new songs
keep the combination of poetry, word play, earthy humour and
deadly-accurate observations of everyday, British working-class
life, that Ian Dury had perfected, but with an added bite for
the 21st century. Hussey is known to the bands followers as
Dury’s best friend and minder, memorably singing with Ian and
the band at a televised concert in the late 90’s.
album release campaign has been supported by a hugely successful
Kickstarter project, with the fans getting involved and enabling
the band to make music videos in association with Free Seed
Films (www.freeseedfilms.com). You can see the new video for the
first single from ‘Same Horse Different Jockey’, ‘Express
Yourself’ on the Blockheads YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/blockheadsofficial . In addition there
has also been a remake of the classic ‘Blockhead Watch’, but for
the modern generation, with a ‘Blockhead Clock’ available for
iPhones from the Apple app store.
As well as through
their own new material, interest in “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”,
the recent biopic of their erstwhile front man Ian Dury, the
performance of ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ at the 2012 Para-Olympic
Opening Ceremony, and the musical ‘Reasons To be Cheerful’, has
seen a resurgence in the bands popularity over the past couple
of years and they continue to go from strength to strength.
Along with some new material you can expect to hear “Hit Me
with your Rhythm Stick”, “Wake Up And Make Love With Me”,
“Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)”, “What A Waste”, “Clevor
Trever”, “Sweet Gene Vincent” and many more from the illustrious
The Blockheads are fronted by Derek ‘The
Draw’ Hussey, and Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull
and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band. The
current line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums and a
rolling line up of saxophonists that includes Gilad Atzmon,
Terry Edwards and Dave Lewis.
nternational touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are
making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe. In 2018
they won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England)
to add to their 2016 British Blues Award. This year they were
nominated for three UK Blues awards, winning two of them - Band
of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year (Matt Long).
In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK
blues festival and have established themselves as a real force
in the British blues scene. They now tour regularly in Europe
and, although their tours in March and April plus most of the
summer festivals have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19,
they still have a November tour of Europe in the diary.
Their first two albums 'So Many Roads' and ‘Broken Man’ both
reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts. The second of these,
‘Broken Man’, was also nominated for a UK Blues Award and was
named album of the year by the IBBA. Their current album
'Burning Bridges' was released in May 2019 and has received
excellent reviews from the UK and European music press. It was
the third most played album by the Independent Blues
Broadcasters Association in 2019 and has been nominated for a UK
blues award for 2020 as album of the year.
one of the finest live bands in Britain today. The quality of
musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of
the greatest young guitarists on the scene today...' Blues
James Oliver has
already rubbed shoulders with many of the greats of the guitar
firmament. Now, having recorded three vital, very contemporary
albums with his band Glas, he is preparing to write a new
chapter of not only his career but also Welsh music history.
His progress since forming Glas in early 2012 has been steady
rather than spectacular, playing every gig in the Valleys before
expanding horizons beyond. See him on stage, though, and
spectacular is very much the word. Little wonder the late, great
Deke Leonard of Man/Iceberg fame was moved to say that ‘Speaking
as a guitarist, James Oliver scares the hell out of me.’ Taff
Williams and Tweke Lewis, who have played with him, were
Oliver’s propulsive guitar won Glas an invitation to play the
prestigious Monaghan Blues Festival in Ireland – the first Welsh
act to do so – while other festivals at Tenby and Colne soon
followed. His rootsy, Fender-fuelled music has been heard
supporting the likes of Albert Lee . Bill Kirchen,and, only this
year, Played London’s legendary 100 Club. Former Love
Sculpture/Dave Edmunds bassist John David has worked
with Jamesin the studio, further enhancing a more than
As music business veterans will tell you, success is 10 per cent
inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration. As he enters the next
stage of his career, James Oliver has a track record that shows
he will not allow an ounce of his talents to be wasted. And with
new musicians to interact with, chances are the music in store
will exhibit hitherto unheard dimensions to delight his growing
army of fans. Blues, rock a billy, rock and country…it’s all
here in one explosive pickin’ package.
From wild wild west London
Borough of Los Angeles, an astonishing vocalist, Dregas From the
frozen north London Borough of Stockholm, a funky master of
rhythm and groove, tougher than an IKEA manual, Amanda Dal on
drums. From the sunny south London Borough of Santiago De
Compostella, a master of so many guitar styles he leaves
audiences dumbstruck, the amazing Iago Banet on guitar. From
inner London, the Royal London Borough of Hartlepool, he played
with Tenpole Tudor back in the day and is an established
songwriter, Graeme on bass.
Fronted by an unusual pairing of mother & daughter, this musical
powerhouse brings you original tracks with sounds firmly rooted
in blues history. The unique vocal pairing of Lee Ainley & Tori
Mai showcases tight harmonies wrought from close family bonds &
a solid musical pedigree.
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 .
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.
noted for their distinctively forlorn vocals and moodily
contagious songs that explore the complex struggles of
life. The U.K. based four-piece formed when Ben
Edwards [lead vocals & guitar] put together a band with his
brother Sam Edwards [on drums] and later finding friends Ash
Milburn [on bass] and the truly phenomenal musician Charlie
Richards [on lead guitar] to complete the vision the
brothers had for a unique sound.
The band seeks to
shape a musical marque for themselves as they continue to
explore their unique brand of Rock and Soul and aim to
cultivate the roots of their own introspective brand that's
a subtle variety of brooding, English, roots-rock. Bottling
the anger and frustration they witness in modern-day living
and they siphon off their feelings into suitable musical
containers that allow raw emotions to bleed out during
passionate live performances and on high-quality recordings.
Having toured across the UK and mainland Europe, this
tenacious four-piece from the West Midlands, have won over
crowds with their unmistakable sound, sharing stages with
artists such as The Temperance Movement, The Kris Barras
Band, Samantha Fish, Devon Allman and Wille and the Bandits.
Rainbreakers have been playing to capacity crowds at
iconic venues such as The 100 Club, The Borderline, The Sage
and Rock City. Performances at festivals like the Great
British Rock and Blues and Wilderness Festival have seen the
band receive accolades including nominations for the UK
Blues Challenge and Best Emerging Artist in The British
Blues Awards. Cementing Rainbreakers status as one of the
brightest acts to materialise in recent times.
These unstoppable ladies create
the feel of the music with their song writing artistry. On lead
guitar is the raw edgy Elliot Young, who also drops his song
writing prowess into the mix. The engine of the rhythm section
growls along with the skilful David Atkin on drums. Locking in
with David is patriarch Nat
Ainley on bass, making this a
family affair. The sum of two vibrant young talents and three
mellow experienced veterans make this band able to look to the
future as well as back in time.
Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm
are a touring band and will go where serious rock blues is
needed. Their recent successful UK tour under the Ladies of the
Blues banner took them to revered venues such as The Tunnels in
Bristol, The Komedia in Brighton and The Water Rats in London.
The band have paid their dues and are now supporting both
national as well as international acts including Marcus Malone,
The Brew, Eliana Cargnelutti, Erja Lyytinen and Troy Redfern.
Not only have they played the famous 100 Club in London, The
Electric Palace in Bridport and the Limelight Theatre in
Aylesbury, Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm are also becoming known on
the festival scene and have performed at several festivals
including one of the largest indoor blues festivals in Europe,
The Great British Rock & Blues Festival Skegness.
November they will once again be touring the UK with Eliana
Cargnelutti. This journey will take them back to the 100 Club
again and also to the Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival where
they will be performing alongside the likes of Sugaray Rayford,
Nine Below Zero, Stevie Nimmo & Kyla Brox to name but a few. Lee
Ainley’s Blues Storm will also be appearing at the Blues, Rhythm
& Rock Festival Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and at the Great
British Rhythm & Blues Festival Colne, Lancashire.
eagerly-awaited new album will be released in time for their
November tour. This album will join their growing catalogue of
recorded material. Their fist two EP’s, “Shoot me down” and
“Bankruptcy” have been well-received by the IBBA (Independent
Blues Broadcasting Association) with their debut EP “Shoot me
down” having made the IBBA most played artists top 40 for
February 2018 and in January 2019 their second EP “Bankruptcy”
came in at number 18. The media reponse has been phenomenal,
with tracks being played regularly on both national &
international radio stations in the USA, New Zealand, Australia,
Germany, France & Holland.