Bibb, born and raised in New York, with over forty albums and
more than fifty years on stage, is one of the biggest names in
the international blues world today, and the accolades as one of
the world's foremost acoustic blues guitarists are constantly
He has toured the world for more than
twenty-five years, has been nominated twice for a Grammy in the
USA and received numerous other international awards, such as
the award for acoustic blues album of the year from The Blues
Foundation in Memphis 2017 & 2022 and "Blues Act Of The Year" at
the Jazz FM Awards in London 2019. In 2022, Eric also received
the City of Stockholm's honorary award in music.
His father, the late Leon Bibb, was an
activist, actor, and folk singer who marched at Selma with Dr.
Martin Luther King. Eric’s youth was spent immersed in the
Village folk scene. Names like Dylan, Baez, and Seeger were
visitors to his home. He was deeply influenced by Odetta, Richie
Havens, and Taj Mahal. And he has synthesized all of that into
his very own style.
Eric has collaborated with greats such
as Mavis & Pops Staples, Taj Mahal, Odetta, Bonnie Raitt, The
Blind Boys of Alabama and The Dixie Hummingbirds. In 2019, he
played to sold-out houses for a week at the legendary Ronnie
Scott's in London, when Van Morrison was also Eric's guest on
one of the nights.
Eric Bibb has announced details of his
new album Ridin’ (on March 24, 2023) The follow-up to his
multiple award-winning, critically acclaimed 2021 album Dear
America, Ridin’ is a continuation of the vision that informs
Bibb’s artistry as a modern-day Blues troubadour. Grounded in
the folk and blues tradition with contemporary sensibilities,
Bibb’s music continues to reflect his thoughts on current world
events and his own lived experiences whilst remaining
entertaining, uplifting, inspirational and relevant.
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
“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
They may have taken the scenic
route but Cardinal Black are finally here, and they've got
plenty of stories to tell.
bursting on to the UK Blues scene with their debut record ‘The
Uprising EP’ in April 2019 followed by their second EP
‘Innocence Of Youth’ in May 2020, Grace and Aaron have been
going from strength to strength. The British husband and wife
duo have an ever-growing online fan base and have gained the
attention of Cerys Matthews’ The Blues Show on BBC Radio 2.
Their unique harmonic vocal-led approach to song writing, dirty
electric guitar, slide resonator mandolin and fiddle create a
unique distinctive and contemporary blues rock sound that echoes
1970s classic rock with hints of the 1930s blues that inspire
them. Before lockdown, the duo toured the UK in their
self-converted VW camper with an impressive tour schedule. Since
the lockdown, the duo live stream on Facebook every Saturday at
8pm BST for their ‘Rock The Lockdown’ series attracting hundreds
of thousands of views on a weekly basis. Fan engagement is
second to none, while WRM fans continue to organically multiply
on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
On November 20th, 2020, the duo released their long-awaited
debut album ‘We Fly Free’, to critical acclaim from the UK radio
and rock music magazine media. Chris Kimsey, the Rolling Stones
record producer praised the album saying that “The performances
are exemplary, the sound is magnificent, the songs are gorgeous.
I love the drama. I love everything.” In October, WRM’s first
single from the album, ‘Battleground’, was added to the main
playlist on the UK’s leading classic rock radio station Planet
Rock. In late November, the band followed up with a second
single, ‘Did I Break The Law’, that was played on BBC Radio 2’s
The Rock Show with Johnnie Walker. The single was also played on
Planet Rock throughout December 2020 and into January 2021.
The UK rock music press were unanimous by praising ‘We Fly Free’
as one of the most striking, refreshing, and impressive debut
blues rock albums of 2020. Classic Rock said of the band’s
debut, “Wheel-spinning out of Dodge like Bonnie and
Clyde on opener ‘Did I Break The Law’, Grace and Aaron Bond
prove capable getaway drivers on a debut album that unfolds like
a road movie,” while Blues in Britain described it as “A
stunning album of pure alchemy.” Vive Le Rock said that ‘We Fly
Free’ was “urban blues with the brakes off,” and gave the album
with a 9/10 rating, while Guitarist Magazine described at album
as “electrifying, it’s a great debut.” Fireworks Magazine
praised it as “One of the best blues
rock albums of the year.”
On October 26th , ‘Battleground’ won “Tracks of the Week” on
Classic Rock’s Louder Sound website, who described it as “Primal
old-school blues (more John Lee Hooker than Stevie Ray Vaughan)
– dressed up in biker leathers and wreathed in arthouse smoke.”
November 2020 saw two more accolades when WRM graced the
magazine covers of Blues Matters and Blues in Britain featuring
stylish and provocative photographs taken by one of the UK’s
leading rock photographers, Rob Blackham. Blues Rock Review
voted ‘We Fly Free’ #9 in their Top 20 Albums of 2020 poll. The
album was also made Rock and Blues Muse’s “Top 20 Blues, Rock
and Roots Albums of 2020,” alongside Joe Bonamassa, Larkin Poe,
Walter Trout, Shemekia Copeland, The Allman Betts Band, Marcus
King, Kirk Fletcher, Savoy Brown, Bernard Allison, and King
King. When Rivers Meet’s debut album cemented their name and
signified a bold move in their trajectory that singled them out
as innovative risk takers, willing to take their influences, and
putting their own stamp over it.
After two years of hard work, everything came together. The WRM
buzz was in full swing. Guitarist Magazine, was quick to catch
on to this when he reviewed the debut album by saying, “It’s a
tough job to make a new blues-based record that really arrests
the listener’s attention, however, WRM’s sound is built of
simple but powerful elements, handled with taste but delivered
from the gut.” The music magazine reviews continued to pour in.
HRH Magazine proclaimed, “For blues lovers, ‘We Fly Free’ is a
purist’s paradise,” while Powerplay Magazine said, “They may be
a duo, but they make a big noise.” Maverick Magazine said, “This
is the start of what should be a hugely successful career, while
RNR Magazine focussed on the album’s production standards by
saying, “The use of authentic techniques, including tube tape
echoes and reverbs, adds to the overall production, reproducing
a splendid live, vintage sound that reinforces the appeal.”
When Rivers Meet released their third single ‘Walking On The
Wire’ on 26 th February 2021. The single had an exclusive
24-hour premiere on PlanetRock.com on Thursday 25th February.
The music video was filmed in North Essex accompanied with
stunning aerial footage and cinematography courtesy of a drone.
When Rivers Meet were recently nominated in four categories at
the UK Blues Awardsincluding “Emerging Blues Artist of the
Year”, “Blues Band of the Year”, “Blues Album of the Year”, and
“Most Inspirational Online Performance of the Year”. Winners
will be announced in May 2021. In October 2021, When Rivers Meet
will be very special guests on King King’s 8-date October UK
tour. In April 2022, the band will embark on their first
nationwide headline UK tour.
an artist without the creative energy and laser-focused
determina1on of Elles Bailey, it could all have been very
diﬀerent. But when you're the hardest-working woman in blues,
rock and roots music, not even the tumultuous world events of
the past two years were going to stop you from wri1ng several
new chapters in a remarkable story.
Bristol-based singer, songwriter and bandleader, who has powered
her way to the forefront of the Bri1sh blues and roots scene in
recent years, is excited to unveil her eagerly-awaited third
album Shining in the Half Light. Crammed with vibrant originals
brought to life with her A-list band, it's yet another
signiﬁcant step forward in a career already feted with awards
and acclaim generated by her two previous studio sets, 2017's
Wildﬁre and 2019's Road I Call Home.
the Half Light arrives on the heels of Bailey's typically
extensive autumn tour of the UK and such preview tracks as
'Cheats and Liars' and 'Sunshine City.' For anyone who loves
their combina1on of thought-provoking bluesiness and sassy rock,
there is so much more where they come from. These are ten new
tracks by an ar1st who, as she sings in 'The Game,' always
dances to the beat of her own blues. She co-wrote the en1re
album with a variety of collaborators and recorded it in Devon,
with her band and producer Dan Weller. Tracking was completed
just weeks before Elles gave birth to her ﬁrst child and she sat
in the hospital wai1ng room listening to mixes on the big day!
of the pandemic also gave rise to her series of cover version
livestreams, Ain't Nothing But. The ensuing record was nominated
as Blues Album of the Year at the UKBlues Awards 2021, where
Elles was named UK Blues Ar1st of the Year for the 2nd year
running. Let's also remember that Road I Call Home, recorded in
Nashville, had been crowned Album of the Year at those awards,
and its song 'Li[le Piece of Heaven' (wri[en with American
greats Bobby Wood and Dan Auerbach) was UK Song of the Year at
the UK Americana Awards 2020.
For the new
listeners that Elles a[racts with every play, that voice was the
silver lining of a poten1ally grave illness, when at just three
years old, she contracted viral and bacterial
pneumonia, and had to breathe through
a tube for 17 days. “Only with the real heavy touring did I
start to really understand that it's such a big part of me,” she
reﬂects. “I know how fortunate I am that I walked away with a
husky voice. And my life.”
residencies on the Bristol scene, her ﬁrst EP Who I Am To Me
came out in 2015, followed two years later by that full Wildﬁre
debut. It was an exhilara1ng conﬁrma1on of a unique talent
already marking her card with passionate, visceral live shows.
Two more years of touring and wri1ng later, Road I Call Home
arrived as a remarkable companion with all the ﬁre of the ﬁrst
set, plus maturity, perspec1ve and downright soulfulness.
Now back to
the future, and the 1tle of the new album. “It's called Shining
in the Half Light because there we all were, in this 1me of
complete uncertainty, worry and isola1on, and yet ar1sts were
s1ll pueng themselves on a screen, warts and all, and that
brought people together,” says Elles. “I was so inspired by all
the musicians, poets, ar1sts and everyone who were like, 'I
don't quite know how to do me in this 1me, but I'm going to try
anyway.' That to me is what the album is about. It is a record
inspired by those who spread love in a 1me of heartbreak,
happiness in a 1me of fear & connec1on in a 1me of loneliness.
Bailey has never pulled punches, and this 1me she's delivering
knockout blows. Take 'Cheats and Liars.' “It's about the people
in their ivory towers who made us feel like the arts don't
really ma[er, and to go and retrain,” she says. “Thirty-eight
percent of musicians, including myself, didn't get any kind of
government funding, and some people lost everything. It's been
so hard watching how arts has been undervalued at a 1me when
that was what was bringing people together.”
For an ar1st
who lives for live performance, lockdown brought its share of
challenges, of course. Suddenly and unavoidably, aber gigging
her way to prominence over several years, the road she called
home was home. But as ever, she turned it into a posi1ve.
ﬁrst full album I've made here in the UK, I was 6 months
pregnant when I made it, and it was made right in the middle of
lockdown,” she exclaims. “It s1ll sounds like an Elles Bailey
record, but it does feel like it's expanded and been given a new
was made throughout December 2020, doing a week of pre-produc1on
followed by nine days in Middle Farm in Devon. “It was a very
diﬀerent, yet exceedingly fulﬁlling experience,” she admits.
“I've made records in Nashville and I was going to make this
album there in May 2020, but obviously that couldn't happen. But
I knew I had an amazing band here that could do an incredible
job on this record, I just needed to ﬁnd the right producer.
for a like-minded collaborator led her to rock producer Dan
Weller, best known for his long working rela1onship with Enter
Shikari. “He's not in my musical world at all, so that in itself
was a huge step into the unknown” she conﬁdes. “But we cha[ed on
the phone a lot through the summer, and just clicked. We both
seemed to be on the same page with what we wanted to achieve
from the album, and how best to go about it. I had about 40
songs, probably, and it was a case of really shaking the tree
un1l we got these ten tracks. Then we just got in a room, played
live and let the musicians do their thing, and built it that
The musicians that feature are Joe
Wilkins on guitar, Jonny Henderson on ivories, Ma[hew Waer on
bass du1es and Ma[hew Jones on drums. The ﬁnishing touches were
then added by ar1st Izo
Fitzroy who brought Andrusilla Mosely
and Jade Elliot on board to immerse the album in their stunning,
gospel-inspired backing vocals.
team of co-writers came on board, too, with three credits for
Ash Tucker & Will Edmunds, who also wrote with Elles for Road I
Call Home. She teamed with long1me guitarist Joe Wilkins to
write the slow-ﬂowing, philosophical 'Riding Out The Storm.'
Other kindred spirits include guitar maestro Mar1n Harley, for
the gentle and roman1c 'Diﬀerent Kind Of Love,' and Ma[ Owens,
co-founder of the hugely successful indie-folk oukit Noah and
the Whale, on the aforemen1oned 'Sunshine City'. Alex Maile,
Tamara Stewart and Bre[ Boye[ also have one each.
comes to a striking conclusion with its 1tle track, co-wri[en
with Nashvilles, Craig Lackey, over zoom in May 2020. Its
message, and its descrip1on of the 1me in which it was made, are
delivered with restrained power. “Feel like we’re living where
we can’t be seen,” sings Elles. “Here we are lost in the
in-between, reaching out to each other through a cold glass
screen, losing our grip on a dystopian dream.” As she says:
“That's probably the only 1me that I was as direct as that. It's
an album inspired and made in ‘lockdowns’, but I'm quite glad
that it doesn't give that away too much.”
The Half Light is an album of self-realisa1on, but one that lets
everyone share in its sense of realism and, ul1mately,
posi1vity. “It's a new perspec1ve for me,” says Elles. “I have
no idea what it would have taken to get me oﬀ the road. I think
I would have found it really tough, taking 1me oﬀ to have a baby
and watching everyone else s1ll doing their thing. So the fact
that there was this forced stop, gave me the 1me to shib my
perspec1ve, and that’s what this record is all about.
has been about geeng to know who I am without the show, the
stage and the splendour,” she concludes. “unraveling the layers
and being ok with them, and learning to love each and every
version of myself, and of course geeng to know this new version,
being a mum! This whole record has been about ﬁnding a new way
to do things, and seeing the blessings I have right in front of
me. That's been really weight-libing and refreshing.”
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, great
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
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.
debut album from Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse, Love &
Murder, spurned Top 10 hits in genre charts across Europe. The
album’s wide-reaching appeal earned it a #13 placement in the
“Top 50 Albums
of the year” by Classic Rock Magazine, describing it as “A
sensual, vibrant cocktail”. Multi-award-winning vocalist,
songwriter, & GROW VISION founder Greta Valenti is a
Louisiana-born-and-bred creative with generations of family as
artists and revolutionairies dating back before the Louisiana
purchase. Guitarist Robin Davey was the youngest ever inductee
into the British Blues Hall of Fame. He spent time as an artist
on Atlantic and Interscope Records, and has recorded with a wide
spectrum of artists from Mick Jagger to Katy Perry. Their rock
outfit Well Hung Heart (OCMA’s Best Live Band) toured the USA
opening for the likes of Fitz & The Tantrums, Twenty One Pilots,
Foreigner, and Offspring. Check out BGG’s album ‘Good Times End
Times’ on all digital platforms.
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.
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 Tasty Solos.
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
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 more...
Ramblin’ Preachers are kicking up a
roots firmly planted in the fertile ground of the South Wales
rock scene, **MAN** were formed in 1968 and, pausing for a brief
intake of breath in the late 1970's, continue as a recording and
gigging band to this day.
Man's latest album,
'Anachronism Tango', was released by Point in February 2019,
accompanied by a limited edition CD EP 'Mojo Train’.
2023 are Martin Ace, Malcolm Morley, Josh Ace, James Beck and
International touring band with a 10 year portfolio of festival,
theatre and club gigs throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.
Gerry Jablonski & the Electric Band are a standout act with
an energetic, no-holds-barred stageshow. They have a unique,
trademark Heavy Blues Rock sound and style producing gutsy music
with hooks, melodies and an intense presence that wins over any
audience, anywhere, anytime. Guaranteed.
THE MEL OUTSIDER
The 15 year old East
Lancs rock n roll runaway Mel Outsider absconded from school to
spin the waltzer cars on the fairgrounds and walked the ponies
for the travelling circus.
The Lancashire based
group The Mel Outsider Reformation retains the services of
musical director and bassist Matt Pawson and guitarist Liam
Dan Arnold joins on
guitar alongside Mr Smith on drums, Barney Williams from The
Milltown Brothers takes organ, piano & keyboard duties, Andy
Morell plays sax and leads the pocket central horns and
powerhouse vocalist Hayley Gaftarnick and the sublime Ellie
Coast (both Leeds) are on accompanying vocals.
BACKBONE BLUES BAND
Over 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 Atlantic.
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!
BRIAN RAWSON BAND
Brian was the guitar
player in Belfast band, The Tearjerkers (Good
Vibrations/Phonogram) who toured with Thin Lizzy, Dexy's
Midnight Runners, Doll by Doll and Rachel Sweet
Brian relocated to the
U.S. and played guitar on singer/songwriter Jon Lacabanne's
album "Amen", The Groove Monsters debut album and Gary Stipe &
Whiskey Hill’s E.P.
He formed the Brian
Rawson Band eight years ago and the current line-up consists of
bass player, Doug Heede, of the Scottish band, Sinister Flynn,
who have released three albums to date, vocalist, Darran
Anderson formerly of the bands, Davy Jones Quest and Black
Friday and drummer, Adrian Treacher who has toured the UK,
Europe and USA with many artists.
LONG ROAD HOME
LONG ROAD HOME has years
of collective touring and recording experience going back to the
They have their roots
firmly planted in the blues rock prog genre and have created
their own sound amalgamating various musical styles.
The unplugged version
of LONG ROAD HOME features Rien de Faire guitarist Steve Summers
and vocalist Mike Sebbage plus former Larry Miller band and
Storm Warning bassist Derek White.
The band will be
releasing their debut album this summer.
JIMMY REGAL & THE
A 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 they also throw in a
good heap of Little Walter and New Orleans music, including
Professor Longhair and James Booker, making for a unique mix.
They have been featured
in Blues in Britain and their 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 love.”
HALF MOON PANIC
Half Moon Panic are a
Kent based band formed in 2019.
The three piece have
achieved great results since the release of their debut album
“Welcome To The Small Time” in mid ‘21.
Press and radio coverage
for the debut album was fantastic on a global scale, helping
establish the band as one of the best newcomers to the blues
Already a firm favourite
on the Kent live scene the band have been lucky enough to
support some amazing talent.
John Montana is a
blues-rock guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter hailing from
Manchester, UK, known for his soulful and electrifying
performances that blur the lines between traditional blues,
blues-rock, funk, and soul with psychedelic elements, creating a
unique sound that sets him apart.
As the frontman of The
John Montana Trio, John has shared the stage with some of the
biggest names in the blues rock scene, including Robben Ford,
Eric Gales, Beth Heart, Larkin’ Poe and Samantha Fish, among
The John Montana Trio,
known for their energetic live performances, was also seen
playing iconic venues such as The Cavern Club in Liverpool and
the 100 Club in London and they are a frequent presence in the
UK's thriving blues-rock scene, playing festivals and venues
across the country and abroad.
Raw power country, blues,
southern rock and Americana delivered by four highly experienced
and dedicated musicians.
Since a young age, in his
native South Yorkshire, Tom has been hailed a guitar prodigy. A
decade of touring the UK and the EU, to celebrate the band's
10th year, they are looking to tour new and old venues
Described as an all round
performer, whose skills are beyond his years, with nods to rock,
blues, country and Americana, with southern soul infused in its
core. The live performances are delivered with passion,
heartfelt soul drenched musicianship and explosive drive, with
Since forming the band,
Tom has recorded three albums, two studio albums, a live album
and an EP. This on top of appearing on recordings with Dr. John,
Iggy Pop, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore.
Band – Tom Killner –
Guitar and Vocals, Wes Brook – Keys / Hammond, Callum Houghton –
Bass, Rich Hunter – Drums
Bison Hip were formed by
long - time friends during a lockdown Zoom call in 2020.
The band are all over 50,
with the exception of keyboard player and spring chicken,
Stephen, clocking in at a youthful 41.
By the time they finally
got together in early 2021, the blueprint was clear. "We wanted
to take our love of blues and rock, then mix it up with our
experiences in life" adds Paul. "Between us, we've been through
so many things in life, big ups and huge downs, some successes
and a whole load of failures, we wanted all of that in the
Lastly, we needed to wrap
it all up in the DNA of our hometown, Glasgow, and hopefully
that's what we've achieved".
"We've arrived at the
party fashionably late, so we're making up for it now!"
The Banquets performed at
Leeds’ renowned Brudenell Social Club to kick off 2023. With six
scheduled new single releases every six weeks in 2023, the year
will be busy. It will culminate in a 4-city tour in November
(Whitby, York, Leeds, and Doncaster) to promote a December EP
release. In 2019, The Banquets burst onto the music scene. Fans
adore their boisterous energy and distinctive fusion of rock,
indie, and country music. They are hailed by the media as “a
modern-day Fleetwood Mac.” Leon, on guitar, and Gem, on lead
vocals, are a songwriting powerhouse. Lyric masterworks portray
human experiences that everyone can identify with. Check out
“Mary Mary” (sexuality), “Red Sky Morning” (addiction), and “Two
Little Acorns” (death of a parent). The quasi-political songs
“What Ya Saying” and “Restless” convey significant messages to
A BBC Introducing segment
highlighted the band’s upcoming release ‘COLD WAR’,
demonstrating that this is a band that is on the rise!
JOHN ANGUS BAND
Are a band based in
Cheshire and Lancashire playing original blues rock material.
Described as "Rock Blues"
by fans with a strong seventies genre of blues influence by
artists including the amazing Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter and
John Angus is the
founding member and songwriter and the band has evolved to
become a tight, energetic outfit over the past 4 years.
In 2020 we our Heartbreak Hotel Blues was released on CD and was
recorded at Prism Studios Hanley and Sun Studios Memphis.
It includes our single, a very different version of Heartbreak
Hotel with publishing rights by Sony ATV.
In September 2022
they released a new EP "One More Time" and the band now
consists of John Angus on lead vocals and guitar, Bram
Duckworth, lead guitar, Adam Hutchins on piano and keyboards,
Andy Hurley on drums, Tim Hopkins on Bass and Stewart Speirs on