on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood
remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and
blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of
their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that
immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts.
Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string
of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and
Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home
and See You Later Alligator - which gave the group their first
The last album to feature Lee Brilleaux -
Down at the Doctors, was recorded live at the Dr. Feelgood Music
Bar on Canvey Island, (now the site of the Oysterfleet Hotel)
just two months before he died.
The current line up
features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil
Mitchell on bass (both 36 years), Steve Walwyn on guitar (30
years), and Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) the most
recent addition – joining in 1999.
Julien Temple’s film
Oil City Confidential released on 2nd February 2010 tells the
story of the bands formative years featuring the Wilko Johnson
May 2011 saw the digitally re – mastered re release
of Chessmasters originally released in 2000 on EMI Records … the
band’s tribute to the Chess label, home to many of the finest
blues artists of the 20th century and the first Dr Feelgood
album to feature Robert on vocals.
The band continues to
tour extensively throughout the World.
Guitarist Kris Barras has a genre-defying sound: a
high-energy hybrid of no-nonsense Rock, Blues and Country.
Winners of ‘Best New Band’ in the 2018 Planet Rock awards,
the Kris Barras Band have become one of the UK’s fastest
rising acts. Recently voted one of the 'Top Blues Guitarists
in the World' (Music Radar) and winning the ‘Best Album’
accolade in the European Blues Awards, perhaps best
demonstrates the band’s fluidity and appeal to fans of
Inspired by his father at the early
age of only five years-old, Kris was already making an
appearance on stage before turning Ten. He has since gone on
to spend more than twenty years thrilling audiences
throughout the globe playing live in a variety of acts.
after forming the kris barras band in 2015, the band have
enjoyed a rapid rise to success in just a few years. After a
self-released debut album in 2016 (Lucky 13), The release of
the much anticipated second album, 'The Divine and Dirty' is
when Kris really started to turn heads. Released in March
2018, ‘the divine and dirty’ headed straight to Number 1 in
both the Amazon Bestseller's and the iTunes Blues Charts.
The album also reached number 3 in the Official UK Blues
The band have appeared at major festivals
throughout the UK and Europe. These include Ramblin' Man
Fair (UK), Rawa Blues Festival (Poland) and Bliuzo Naktys
(Lithuania) as well as tours alongside Beth hart, Joanne
shaw Taylor and an upcoming tour with black stone cherry.
In April 2018, it was announced that Kris would become
the new frontman for USA super-group, Supersonic Blues
Machine. The band feature's legendary artists such as ZZ
Top's Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather (Toto), Eric Gales,
Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule) and Walter Trout. kris has toured
throughout Europe with the band and will feature on all
Kris was nominated for 'Blues
Guitarist of the Year 2017' by Total Guitar magazine and
voted into the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the World by Music
The band have enjoyed a lot of radio airplay,
with three ‘a’ list singles on planet rock as well as
numerous bbc plays and live performances. in June 2018, the
kbb appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Richard Madeley, with an
interview as well as performing two acoustic tracks live on
air to over 3 million listeners.
used to have an unusual side-job alongside his music career.
Although recently retired, Kris had a successful 10 year
professional mixed martial arts career, which saw him
compete and train in Las Vegas, Thailand and Singapore. With
a total fight record of 14 wins 2 losses and 1 draw.
“People used to think I was crazy to be fighting in cages,
risking damage to my hands. Truth is though, I always
enjoyed it and found that the fighting world offered me more
opportunities than the Music industry. I got to fight in
front of 8000 people in Asia.....I would’ve much rather had
played to them instead of getting punched in the face!”
Félix Rabin is a singer-songwriter and gifted guitarist. The
French 23 year was inspired by musicians like Jimi Hendrix,
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pink Floyd.....his style embodies these
influences and blends contemporary Rock, with inventive riffs
and moody melodies.
Loving music as long as he can
recall, the desire to play came suddenly and when Félix picked
up his first guitar at 15.......this is when the story began.
After touring around France, playing several times at the
prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland where he was
born and lived since childhood, Félix is now ready to take his
music and open doors in new territories. Fortunately, one of
these is the UK!
Given the amazing response he has
received after only a handful of appearances in this country, he
says; "As a French guy, I really can feel that music is much
more into the culture of English people - I mean you can feel
that Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and all the other great ones come
from here !"
RYK MEAD BAND
Ryk Mead, singer/guitarist, songwriter, Musical Director;
Heart and soul of the band. A confirmed guitar virtuoso, started
a gigging career on stage in the late 60s, touring in Germany
from October 1969, he has built a reputation on solid experience
gained alongside some of the worlds famous names, such as: Dave
Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, The Pretty
Things, Steve Waller (Manfred Man's Earth Band), Paul Fox and
Dave Ruffy (The Ruts), Elmer Gantry (Stretch / Alan Parsons
Project) Beverley Martyn (partner of former icon John Martyn)
and a host supporting musicians from the professional arena.
Working through many styles and genres, as professionals often
do, Ryk has paid his dues and now has a world of experience to
draw on. But if you listen you will hear in all these styles the
heart of the blues.
howlin’ blues three piece - harmonica, guitar, drums – modelled
after acts on the Fat Possum label such as RL Burnside and T
Model Ford and in the tradition of Hound Dog Taylor and the
like. But we also throw in a good heap of Little Walter and New
Orleans music, including Professor Longhair and James Booker,
making for a unique mix. We’ve been featured in Blues in Britain
and our debut CD, a mix of originals and covers, has been
getting radio airplay on blues programmes around the country and
the US. Our motto: “Work all day for money, fight all night for
Schwarz Blue Commotion
Schwarz Blue Commotion refresh the blues genre with eclectic
arrangements, virtuosic playing and vocal prowess. With an
exciting live set based around rootsy original songs, strong
catchy riffs and exciting grooves, they mix old school tradition
with contemporary flare and sophistication.
Zoe’s dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is
complimented by the unmistakable touch and flow of Rob
Koral-guitar, and the highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete
Whittaker-Hammond organ and Paul Robinson.
The band have made a considerable impact these last
several years and have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to
the UK Blues scene. Amongst many awards and nominations, they
were finalists in the last UK Blues Awards with Female Vocalist
and Album of the year; and have enjoyed multiple BBC Radio 2 and