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They say that good things come to those who wait. A little over
a year after their launch, you could say that Cardinal Black are
testament to the power of patience, thought and persistence. A
debut #1 single and E.P.; a first gig to a hometown capacity
crowd at Cardiff Castle; back-to-back sold out Academy tours
with Myles Kennedy, then The Struts; a highly-anticipated debut
album, heralded by a live set recording in the Beatles’
legendary Studio Two at Abbey Road in London. An eventful 12
months for any band. It takes years, so the saying goes, to
become an overnight success… Rewind to 2010 and the Welsh-born
trio of Tom Hollister, Chris Buck and Adam Roberts were riding a
wave of hype, hotly-tipped by some of the biggest names in rock
- most notably Steve Winwood who invited the band to record at
his storied Wincraft Studios. A triumphant live set at
Sonisphere was followed by a flight across the Atlantic to begin
work on their first record, with veteran manager Alan Niven
(Guns N’ Roses) at the helm. The lure of the U.S. proved
irresistible to the nascent trio but, as is often the case,
expectation rarely mirrors reality and the band struggled to
adapt to the new country, culminating in singer Tom Hollister
unexpectedly calling time on the band before returning to the
U.K. “We tried to do the acrimonious split; creative
differences and all that. We then quickly realised we were
fairly reliant on one another,” says Buck. In the decade that
followed, the lifelong friends cut their own individual paths
whilst remaining close. Most notable has been the well-earned
rise of guitarist Chris Buck, named in 2019 as ‘Best New
Guitarist in the World’, who has forged a reputation as one of
the most inventive and recognisable guitar players in music;
winning plaudits from peers and the industry’s most iconic
players alike. Drummer Adam Roberts found work as a first-call
session player, whilst vocalist Tom Hollister moved into tour
management - the three maintaining their musical connection by
sporadically meeting up to perform together. It was just a
matter of time then, before they were ready to make new music
again. The writing and recording of new material began in 2020,
under the name Cardinal Black, bolstered by the arrival of
bassist Sam Williams. After announcing themselves with debut
single ‘Tell Me How It Feels’ in May 2021, it was less than 24
hours before the track toppled Noel Gallagher’s High Flying
Birds to take the #1 spot in the iTunes Rock Single Chart. Their
4-track eponymous E.P. quickly followed, also claiming the #1
spot on both the iTunes Rock Album Chart and Amazon Rock Best
Sellers Chart. The debut album ‘January Came Close’ was released
on October 28th 2022 and within 24 hours had also reached #1,
this time on UK’s Amazon Album Chart - besting Taylor Swift’s
new album in the process. In November, the band were tapped by
guitar icon Peter Frampton, joining him on his Farewell UK tour
and playing to capacity crowds including London’s prized Royal
Albert Hall. In 2023, the band will once again embark on a
nationwide tour including European dates and festival
appearances. They may have taken the scenic route but Cardinal
Black are finally here, and they've got plenty of stories to
Alongside - FREE, Bad Co., Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy, “Frankie
Miller's Fullhouse“ remain one of the greatest of British
‘Classic Blues-Rock‘ Bands of the 1970’s! One who along with the
other bands named here, dominated the stages of Arena’s
Worldwide. Frankie Miller’s great song writing gift, is now
legendary with over 150 Song Covers by the Worlds Greatest
Artistes including: Ray Charles, Sir Elton John, The Eagles &
Rod Stewart, Johnny Cash, and The Travelling Willbury’s. His
incredible Soulful voice - arguably the Greatest of the
Blues-Rock voices ever to come out of Britain. His Band
‘Fullhouse’, Toured, and Recorded with him, inc. his Greatest
Chart Single Success - Be Good To Yourself’, they Performed all
over the World with Frankie, & now, once again, are rated as one
of the Greatest “Classic Rock n’ Roll Bands” on the Touring
circuit today. This year sees Fullhouse out on the Road again
promoting their new album “FULL HOUSE PLAY FRANKIE”on MIG
Records, don’t miss them.
In previous years, Chantel stepped
out in the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances
demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the
new age, played by a musician born with an effortless
virtuosity. Since then, she has built a loyal and growing fan
base who follow her every move.
measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then
Chantel has been moving in the right direction. Early in her
career, Chantel was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa, on
two of his UK tours.
last few years, Chantel has received great reviews of her 5
albums, the last 2 being released during the 2021 Covid
lockdown. The ‘Shed Sessions Volumes 1 & 2’ were recorded at
home and mixed by Wayne Proctor of Superfly Studios due to the
pandemic. They were born out of a weekly livestream which
Chantel performed throughout lockdown.
lockdown, as well as the 2 albums, Chantel released a rock cover
of ‘Stupid Love’ by Lady Gaga and had a track on ‘Gumbo Blues, a
tribute to Dr John’, both through Cleopatra Records in the USA.
She also released the single ‘I Will See’, which she co-wrote
and recorded with David ‘Nova’ Nowakowski (Scars on 45).
writing for her next studio album, and is debuting some of the
new tracks on her tour which, is taking place throughout the UK.
These are one off shows not to be missed. Chantel stated, ‘I’m
over the moon to be back out on tour again, the last couple of
years have been incredibly tough for everyone in the music
industry and it’s just so wonderful to be able to play live
music in front of great crowds once again’.
2020 UK Blues Challenge. UK Blues awards nomination best blues
band for the years 2020, 2021 and 2022. The Cinelli Brothers
have a passion for the music of the 1960’s, an amalgam of blues,
rock and soul, and add a twist of contemporary style, making
them a rising force on the music scene. Their appeal crosses all
manner of boundaries, attracting a significantly younger crowd
to their shows as well as pleasing the ears of older fans.
Brothers Marco (guitar, keys, vocals) and Alessandro (drums,
B/V’s) are joined by Tom Julian-Jones (guitar, harmonica,
vocals) and Stephen Giry (bass, guitar, B/V’s). The band has
released three albums to date: Babe Please Set Your Alarm (2018)
Villa Juke Joint (2021) No Country For Bluesmen (2022),
featuring guests on every track, including Dana Gillespie, Ian
Siegal, Big Joe Louis and many up and coming stars of the
British blues scene. The Cinelli Brothers tour widely in the UK
and across Europe, playing clubs and festivals, delivering live
shows of predominantly original material with high energy,
musicianship and showmanship. They have been nominated for UK
Blues Awards and are establishing themselves as one of the
leading lights of the UK blues scene. Definitely a band not to
back in the halcyon days of rock, there came a trio of
'superheroes' known as the Groundhogs, riding the blues boom
into unchartered territory, they gained a reputation as one of
the most dynamic live acts around, and are influential and
inspirational to this day. The classic line-up of Tony McPhee,
Ken Pustelnik and Pete Cruickshank toured the world for 6 years
straight, including seminal shows with the Rolling Stones, John
Lee Hooker, John Mayall and Canned Heat, and at the legendary
1970 Isle of Wight festival along with Jimi Hendrix. In this
time they produced 4 renowned albums: 'Blues Obituary', 'Thank
Christ for the Bomb', 'Split' and 'Who Will Save the World'...
Now Ken Pustelnik brings you a new and exciting line-up -
Groundhogs, playing that classic material with verve and power,
and giving performances of energy and excitement that are as
fresh and relevant to the modern audience as the originals were
back in the day...
Ken Pustelnik (drums)
Original member of
the classic line-up, officially joined in 1967, leaving at the
height of their success in 1972 and features on all of the first
5 Groundhogs albums.
Chris D'Avoine (Vocals/Lead Guitar)
Incendiary guitarist of Mean Blue Monsters, Snatch it Back
(w/ Ken Pustelnik) and formerly with numerous outfits such as
Latch Manghat (Bass)
Heavy and hard-driving
bassist of cult British stoner-metal band Gonga,
Guitarist/Vocalist of the Rollbars, and producer of numerous
artists such as the Heads.
Sol Latif (Lead Guitar)
Long-standing member of the Rollbars, formerly lead
guitarist of Lastwind (w/ Ken and Latch), his ability to
traverse the intricate and unorthodox sections are unmatched.
Black Chicken have earned a reputation as one of Ireland's top
blues acts. Their sound combines elements of folk and hard rock
with the blues rock of bands like Gov't Mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd,
and Led Zeppelin. An extremely hard working band, they
have built up a strong underground following throughout Ireland,
the US, and Europe with multiple well received tours and one off
gigs, including a slot at Glastonbury.
Edwards is one Cornwall’s most successful exports an eclectic
songwriter, and frontman of internationally acclaimed band Wille
and the Bandits.
He has toured with the
likes of Deep Purple, Status Quo, Joe Bonamassa, the John Butler
Trio and Warren Haynes. In 2014 his band was voted in the Top
Ten bands to see at Glastonbury. The band were picked to play
the London Olympics, by being voted one of UK’s best Live acts.
Wille’s song writing prowess has also seen him perform from
Broadway to Belgrade and everywhere in-between.
Wille is known for
writing deeply moving, anthemic songs that transport his
audience into another life, often writing from the perspectives
of people he has met on his travels and has been described as
one of the country’s best songwriters.
Rival are the South East’s brand-new rip-roaring rock and blues
Machine. Hailing from Portsmouth, the UK Blues Award Nominated
band features the powerful and beautiful twin vocals of Chloe
Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick. On lead guitar, providing
dramatic guitar solos and crunching rock riffs is Ed “The Shred”
Clarke. And holding it all together is the rhythmic backbone,
the self-proclaimed engine room of Billy Dedman (bass) and Donna
Drawing influence from the likes of John Mayer, Aretha Franklin,
Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Tedeschi Trucks, Brave
Rival offer a style and sound that you’ve always known, and yet
never heard before.
Since their inception in the summer of 2019, Brave Rival have
gone from strength to strength, featuring in Raw Ramp
Magazine as one of the 'Top 20 Bands To Watch In 2020' and
nominated for 'Breakthrough Act 2019' by Get Ready To Rock
At the turn of the decade, hot off the heels from supporting
blues rock giants such as Stevie Nimmo and The Billy Walton
Band, Brave Rival captured their raw energy live by recording
their headline set to a gracious sold-out audience at Hook’s
famous Echo Hotel Music Club. This fabulous set of early
material was quickly released to critical acclaim as their first
Live Album ‘Brave Rival Live at the Echo Hotel Music
Club’. Keeping the momentum going, a Kickstarter was launched
for their first studio album with the target easily reached by
their loyal fanbase with time to spare. It was then time to
repay that loyalty with a studio album. Little did they know
however, that the world was about to change forever.
With the pandemic putting the brakes on recording plans, Brave
Rival spent much of the UK Lockdowns writing new material via
the power of Zoom calls and Google drive. The abundance of
material produced served them well for the eventual recording of
their debut album in the summer of 2021. Recorded at The Mayfair
Studio in the picturesque Surrey countryside with
producer/seducer Tarrant Shepherd at their side, Brave Rival’s
highly anticipated debut album “Life’s Machine” arrived on May
6th 2022 to critical acclaim. Emerging Rocks Bands Magazine said
it best when they described the album as “Boss blues energy from
start to finish”. Similarly, Powerplay Magazine finished their
ten out of ten review by saying that “Brave Rival have unleashed
one lean, mean and well oiled machine!”
Tipped as one of Joe Bonamassa’s “favourite discoveries this
year” the future is looking incredibly bright for this young up
and coming band. A successful set on the introducing stage at
the 2022 Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Skegness saw
them win the competition, securing a deserved place on the main
stage in 2023. The relentless gigging and hard work in 2021 has
also paid off for the band with a UK Blues Award
Nomination for Best Emerging Blues Band.
Brave Rival are a band on a meteoric rise, firing
on all cylinders and are about to take the world by storm. Their
unique combination of beautifully harmonic, soulful vocals, epic
guitar solos, pounding drums and powerful bass serves up an
infectious sound that is not to be missed.
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.
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.
'Catfish are 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 Matters Magazine.
a decade ago Backbone Blues Band’s story began in a field. Two
bandmates having a beer and talking music at the Blues on the
Farm festival. ‘My sister’s been going to the King Biscuit
Festival for years’ says one. ‘We should go!’
Later that year the fledgling band
made its first trip to the Mississippi Delta, cementing a love
for the music and firing a desire to make Backbone a band that
plays the blues in its own style - faithful to the genre but
distinctive and entertaining in its delivery. More than ten
years on, and with as many trips to the Biscuit in that time,
the band has earned friends and plaudits both sides of the
Their fourth album,
‘old new borrowed blues’, enjoyed extensive radio coverage on
blues shows and was extremely well received. Something of a
watershed recording, it represents an homage to much missed lead
singer Duncan Highet, whose passing left the band mourning the
loss of a great friend. It also signposted the band’s way
forward, with guitarist Tony Seaman stepping in to the lead
vocal role, and new members Luke (Duncan’s son) on bass, and
guitarist Martin Spellman bringing their own talents to the
Backbone sound. Steve Pearce on keys and Martin Jezzard on drums
complete the band personnel.
This year’s trip to the Delta sees
the band making their second main stage appearance at the
Biscuit - we believe the only non-US band to have played the
festival more than once - and includes a return to Morgan
Freeman’s iconic Ground Zero blues club in Clarksdale, where the
band’s performances have enjoyed an enthusiastic following.
In the U.K. the band
have built a reputation for delivering their blues in an
entertaining and engaging style, with performances at a number
of festivals and blues clubs, including the award-winning
Tuesday Blues at the 100 Club. They’re already booked for the
Looe festival on their return from the States, and for
Blackpool’s inaugural blues festival in early ‘24. Catch them if
you can, live or on record - you’ll like what you hear!
Atlas is a British guitarist, singer and songwriter. His early
career saw him touring the UK and USA with Soul and Blues
outfits before pursuing his own musical endeavours.
A new line up saw a difference in direction with players from
“The Brand New Heavy’s” and “The Brothers Groove” coming on
The first Glimpse into what Atlas had in store came from a
series of successful Youtube videos released in 2018 under the
title “Garage Funk”, resulting in a sensational response from
fans and industry alike.
Atlas found himself venturing out of the garage to play some of
the most prestigious venues in the UK such as Ronnie Scott’s,
100 Club, The Borderline, Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham
Symphony hall and a residency at Jools Holland’s Jam House.
In 2019 Atlas was touring Europe, Electrifying audiences with
his unique style of guitar playing. Fusing roaring Blues solos
over his Funk-laden arrangements.
Milk Men is a band made up from the cream of British R’n’B
talent and pedigree.
Bringing together young veterans of the UK’s live music scene.
The Milk Men have been tearing up venues and festivals all over
the UK with their dynamic live show.
With former Pirate Mike Roberts on drums, Lloyd Green (son of
guitar legend Mick Green) on bass guitar, husky blues singer
Jamie Smy on vocals, the band is rounded off on guitar by Adam
Norsworthy, also know as the singer and guitarist in blues scene
The band draws its influences from a wide range of classic bands
from Dr Feelgood to Fleetwood Mac. Their original music is
classic blues rock, but always played with attack, energy,
melody and a sense of fun.
The band has released four hugely-acclaimed albums of original
material, and their latest and finest album Spin The Bottle saw
the band cement their reputation as one of the UK’s premier
keepers of the British Blues Rock flame.
The band has headlined major blues festivals all over the UK
including Swanage and The Great British Rock & Blues Festival in
Skegness. 2023 sees them take their unique brand of catchy blues
rock all over the country playing at festivals everywhere from
Cornwall to Carlisle.
Unforgettable Lyrics, Unmissable Solos, Unrivalled Rhythm.
Ramblin’ Preachers was formed by Ross Connor and James Ives.
Fuelled by a passion for Blues Rock, the aim was to create
original Stomping Blues with Big Riffs, Powerful Vocals, and
Backed by the tight rhythm section of Bassist, Craig Howe and
Drummer, Richard Baker. The band has created a Mouth-Watering
sound that is sure to get you off your seat.
The band’s eclectic sound sees them take influence from the
likes of: Free, Led Zeppelin, Chris Stapleton, Rival Sons, and
Philip Sayce to name a few. Their sound has seen them play shows
across the UK and have shared the bill with artists such as:
Jared James Nichols, Danielle Nicole, King King, and many
Ramblin’ Preachers are kicking up a storm...
regular performer on the sands of Cornwall at festivals and
shows, is blues busker and festival funkster C Bone. C Bone has
been a blues singer/guitarist on the South West Coast music
scene for the past decade, initially as part of legendary
Cornish band The Big Sets and now with his own Trio. On bass is
Dr Funk, the pair of them having known each other since kids
together back home in Sunderland. Today based in Newquay they
have posted many clips of their blues and funk jams on line
resulting in a massive social media following. The debut album
‘North Sea Breeze’, is hybrid blues with stabs of jazz, swing
R&B, blues rock, Hendrix all garnered from C Bone’s adventures
of living and busking in Europe during the 00s.
Vintage blues duo based in Plymouth in
the UK. Vince has been playing and singing the blues in all its
forms since the mid 80s and has influenced many likeminded
musicians with his guitar playing. Sophie Lord was one of those
people. Recently returning to Plymouth after 10 years working as
a bass player in London, Sophie joined forces with Vince in
early 2022. Together they have gained a huge following on social
media platforms for their blues music videos which have reached
millions of people around the world. Their style touches on jump
blues, calypso, swing & ragtime.
primarily from Bristol, Phoenix River Band’s crowd-pleasing,
distinctive 'West Coast' sound is a potent mix of original songs
with driving beats and soulful melodies, merging elements of
Classic Rock, R&B, Blues, Country Rock and Americana.
Centred around song
writer Chris Melhuish, who sings most lead vocals and plays some
pretty mean blues-infused guitar, the band comprises the rhythm
section of Dave Dunster on drums and Mike Pitt on bass,
keyboardist Andy Allpass on organ and piano, and vocalists Jo
Melhuish and Shelley Dunster, who blend nicely in harmony, with
Jo also singing lead with a very soulful voice. All of them
integral to the bands overall sound.
Inspired by, and taking
influence from the likes of
Fleetwood Mac, Creedence
Clearwater Revival, Dire Straits, Tom Petty, The Allman
Brothers, The Eagles, Chris Rea and Jackson Browne,
Phoenix River Band's music is rooted in the song writing ethos
of the '60s and '70s, delivered by a band that you might think
sounds like one from that period but, in truth, sound like no
one but themselves, in a style best described as ‘Atlanticana’.
Comfortable in any
setting Phoenix River Band have delighted music-lovers from
small club venues to Concert Halls & Festivals, playing fully
electric or 'unplugged' sets and performing with many classic
artists including Wishbone Ash, Love Revisited, 10cc, The
Blockheads, The Yardbirds, Focus and Walter Trout.