New Crawdaddy Club

For the best in local, national and international blues - in Essex

Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Storm Warning

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Storm Warning are lauded by the UK blues press as one of the classiest, contemporary blues bands in the UK, playing superbly crafted original blues rock songs and breathing new life into blues standards.

The band were voted ‘Best Band’ on the Introducing Stage at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival in 2018. Ex Mick Ralphs Band vocalist Son Maxwell and guitarist Bob Moore, lead the band backed by Ian Salisbury on keys, Derek White (Larry Miller band) on bass and ex Mick Clarke band drummer Russ Chaney.

Storm Warning have recorded four CDs, all receiving critical acclaim and tracks have been played on radio stations across the world including BBC Radio 2, for whom they also recorded a live session, which was broadcast on the Paul Jones blues programme.

Blues workout par excellence ,Oozes class, Love to see them play live. Uplifting stuff.” Sunday Express ‘Strategy’ by Storm Warning is every bit as classy and sophisticated as you might expect from a project involving guitarist Bob Moore. For Bob is one of the great underrated players in the UK whose touch, tone and feel put him above many of his contemporaries” Get Ready To Rock


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Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes

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A very welcome return visit from this band who blew us all away on their last visit.

Paul Lamb is known by aficionados and music press around the world as a foremost blues harmonica exponent, forging himself a place in the history books as one of the greatest players of our time.

Countless awards have been won by him and his great band. He has sold record-breaking quantities of albums and performed around the world.

Having been inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Peter Green, John Mayall and Alexis Korner, Paul continues to bring his infectious brand of blues to his fans around the globe.

Paul has worked with the BBC to score and perform various TV soundtracks, and his harmonica playing can be heard on many a TV advertisement as well as his music featured in several motion pictures


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Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Connor Selby Band

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Connor Selby has played the Crawdaddy on many occasions as a support act, but he is now rightly getting the recognition he deserves as a main act, having honed his guitar and vocals skills to perfection with his own band.

Connor has been a guitar and music fanatic for as long as he can remember, first picking up the instrument at around age 8. Since that day Connor has been honing and developing his craft for almost the entire duration of his life. Musically Connor takes inspiration from most of the British players that emerged in the 1960s, citing Eric Clapton as his first and current major influence, putting particular emphasis on his output with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and Cream. Connor has also studied the guitar playing of other players such as Paul Kossoff, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and of course, BB King, Albert King and Freddie King .

Although blues based guitar music has been the most prominent style in terms of Connor's listening throughout the years his musical taste extends much further and deeper than just the blues. Connor's listening also includes a variety of Folk, Soul, R and B, Gospel and Country and Western including the music of Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Nick Drake and many others. Connor describes these artists as having a huge impact on the way he listens to and thinks about music.

Connor signed with 3MS Music in 2017 and released his debut album "Made up My Mind" to critical acclaim in September 2018


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Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Sari Schorr

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Sari Schorr has been described by many music pundits as a modern-day hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner - a red-hot rock singer.

A review of her latest album ‘Never Say Never’ said “You could very easily run out of superlatives to describe what must be one of the best female voices about right now.”

From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to a performance at Carnegie Hall, this operatically trained tornado stood her ground as a phenomenal Blues-Rock singer who would not be denied. Her live performances make audience go home happy & fulfilled.

All critics agree that Sari is one of the best vocalists around and Sari has put together one of the most potent bands from possibly the best group of musicians available in the UK.. This new line up is something special. Ash Wilson, on guitar, has had a successful solo career, but must have seen the potential in this band to make the decision to step out of the spotlight for a while. The lush Hammond skills from Bob Fridzema were a key part in the King King sound, bassist Mat Beable is an ever present with the Nimmo Brothers and has a wealth of experience and Roy Martin, regular drummer with Connie Lush, has been a highly respected session musician for decades now. Together, the five have gelled into a world-class outfit.

Sari Schorr perfoming “THE NEW REVOLUTION”


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Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

Larry Garner & The Norman Beaker Band

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Larry Garner is perhaps the most talented blues songwriter alive today, one of the top five bluesmen on the planet.

Garner's mellifluous lead guitar chops are akin to B.B. King's and are relatively free from rock influences, playing extremely listenable blues. He churns out clever, challenging, uncompromising, contemporary songs.

Larry has a devoted following throughout the United States and across the Atlantic Ocean. He is on tour all the time playing gigs and Festivals in Europe and England. The English fans have really taken Larry to their hearts and are the most appreciative of audiences. He is also on the road continuously in the US where he is in great demand.

Larry Garner and The Boogaloo Blues Band won the 5th Annual International Blues Challenge back in 1988, and has toured extensively since. Larry is a five-time Blues Music Award nominee, once for Most Promising Artist, and four times for Contemporary Male Blues Artist. He was inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 2002 and the BBC honoured him as its Bluesman of the Year, as well as being honoured as Blues Songwriter of the Year three times. Larry was twice awarded the Bluesman of the Year Award by Real Blues Magazine.

With backing from The Norman Beaker Band, this is going to be a great night.

Larry Garner & Norman Beaker Band performing “SAINTS OF NEW ORLEANS”


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Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Cadillac Kings

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Firm favourites of the Crawdaddy, The Cadillac Kings feature five of the UK's top roots musicians. Mike Thomas: vocals, harmonica, slide guitar, Mal Barclay: lead guitar, vocals, Tim Penn: piano, accordion, vocals, Roy Webber: drums, vocals, and Paul Cuff: double bass, Fender bass.

Inspired by early rhythm & blues styles with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise, this is a band that has earned a reputation for wowing audiences from night clubs to festivals, from theatres to dance halls, the length & breadth of the UK & Europe, from the Canary Islands to the Arctic circle.

Since their formation in 2000 the band has opened shows for & shared stages with blues, rock & roots acts such as John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Lazy Lester, Magic Slim, Lil' Ed & His Blues Imperials, RJ Mischo, Louisiana Red, Larry Garner, Sherman Robertson, Victor Wainwright, Reba Russell, Little Feat & Delbert McLinton to name but a few!

A great night in store.


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May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Dave Ferra Allstars

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This guy needs little introduction to our regular Crawdaddy Club attendees, as he has played for us on numerous occasions, playing solo, acoustic support to some of the biggest acts on the circuit that have played the club including Chantel McGregor, Jo Harman, Aynsley Lister and Larry Garner to name just a few.

It is with great pleasure, and long overdue, that we have him appear as the main act in his own right with his band Dave Ferra’s Allstars. Ably assisting will be Alan Clark on harp, Dr. Bob on bass and Gary Smith Lyons on drums.

Dave is an absolute master guitarist, with a great voice, and the perfect 'front man’ who is fully aware that people come out, not just to listen, but to have a good time. His accomplished rack harp, fingerpicking and slide guitar skills, interspersed with a gentle, self-deprecating commentary, never fails to fully entertain.

He was a 2018 finalist in The ‘Acoustic Act of the Year’ Category of the UK Blues Awards and will be showcasing numbers from his latest, highly acclaimed CD ’Don’t Ever Say Goodbye’. His earlier release ’Lies & Gin’, an excellently conceived and delivered album, was a Number 1 album in IBBA playlist chart.

2019 will see Dave perform in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany as well as major Blues Festivals in the UK.

Not to be missed!


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May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Paul Cox & The Proof 40th Anniversary Tour

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We welcome Paul Cox and his band, The Proof, for a return visit to the Crawdaddy to celebrate Paul’s 40th year in the business.

Respected for his soulful approach to his brand of rocking blues, Paul has built up a reputation as one of Britain's finest Blues/Soul Singers. With accolades from many of his peers and critics alike with his enthusiastic approach to performing, he has built up a reputation as one of the most enjoyable nights out around.

In a career spanning 40 years, Paul Cox has recorded, or appears on, over 20 albums. He has recorded six sessions on Paul Jones Blues show for the BBC, who cites Paul as one of his favourite voices, and has appeared with Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Paul Rodgers, Snowy White, Bonny Tyler to name just a few.

Paul has fronted Frankie Miller's Full house 30th anniversary band, The John Slaughter Blues band, and has toured extensively all over the world performing at the Montreux Jazz festival, as well as festivals in Italy, France, Holland and Lon-don’s Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott's. Added to this, Paul has sung in films as well as appearing on T.V. all across Europe and on ITV.

He has been described as the "heir apparent to Chris Farlowe" and "The Pavarotti of British Blues".

With a top band of first class musicians, whose members have toured the world with legends in their own right, a great night of classy, soulful, rocking blues is promised to celebrate a successful 40 year music career.

A night not to be missed!


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May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Rufus Black Band

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Rufus Black are a raw cocktail of British Blues, Funk, Soul and Rock. Formed in Dorset in December 2015, the five professional musicians became friends over their love of blues & soul and decided to create a band. After a few packed out gigs in the pubs of Dorset they realised that the sound they created was instantly desired and appreciated.

The band consists of: Gavin Conder - Vocals (Whitesnake, Manfred Mann), Scott Mckeon - Guitar (Tom Jones, Lana Del Rey), Ben Jones - Guitar (Mary J. Blige, The Voice House Band), Leighton Allen - Bass (Kelvin Jones, The Hoosiers) and Russell Parker - Drums (Robbie McIntosh, P.P. Arnold).

The band draws influences from: Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Al Green, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Donny Hathaway, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Freddie King and everything in between!

In the beginning of 2016 they hired The Village Hall Studios in Dorset and hit the record button. The results were raw and old school. They loved this sound so much that they recorded their debut album ‘Rise Up’ which will be on sale on the night.

As professional musicians they have played some of UK’s most established venues and festivals, including: The O2 Arena, The Albert Hall, Shepherd's Bush Empire, Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, V Festival, T In The Park, Bluesfest, Ronnie Scott's, and many, many more.

Catch them while you can!! – Not to be Missed!


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Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Mike Ross Band

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Making their debut at the Crawdaddy is the Mike Ross Band.

The band’s calendar for 2018 was jam packed with fantastic shows, headline tours in the UK & Europe with the band appearing at many of the most prestigious UK blues & roots music festivals.

In addition, 2018 was a year of extensive studio work, producing no less than three new original albums - a new solo record recorded in Nashville (The Clovis Limit) plus a “Mike Ross Band’ album recorded at home in the UK. At the same sessions Mike’s new collaboration, RHR (Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross), recorded their debut album ‘Mahogany Drift’. Released in November, it has been an unqualified success, - garnering high praise in review (including an 8/10 score in Classic Rock Magazine).

The RHR tour of the UK in October was a triumph too, with many sell-out shows. Plans for 2019 include further touring of the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and the USA. New solo album ‘The Clovis Limit’ is scheduled for release in April and there are additional plans for an RHR tour in May plus several European festival shows throughout the summer.

Mike is in great demand so we are very fortunate to have secured his services for you tonight


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Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Jim Crawford

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The one gig that I look forward to every year is the visit of Jim Crawford.

Jim is something of an enigma. Originally from Lancashire, he now resides on the North Devon coast. A shy and retiring man who readily admits that recording studios fill him with dread and that he’d rather go fishing with his dog for company, has, none the less, toured much of Europe and the U.S.A captivating audiences with his intimate folk/blues style.

Softly spoken, Jim totally surprises his audience when he breaks into song with, as one reviewer put it "A richness of voice you can only be born with." and for years has been revered among professional musicians as a consummate finger picker and slide guitarist.

He first came to the attention of a wider audience when invited to record a session for the BBC’s Paul Jones Show. When quizzed by Mr. Jones about recent concert work we glimpsed the sense of humour that lights up Jim’s live shows when he wryly replied, “I've just played at the Appledore school fete where I was second in the popularity stakes to a bouncy castle !”

Jim has recorded three superb albums, “ Roots & Originals”, “Blues Boy” and “When The Rains Came” which will be on sale on the night.

Definitely a gig not to be missed!!


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Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

The Feelgood Band

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A welcome return visit from this band after their storming debut last season.

These guys have been causing a real stir on the circuit with their raw energy and very authentic take on the early Dr. Feelgood years. They are becoming one of the most sort after acts on the circuit, in particular in the South East where Dr. Feelgood honed their raunchy brand of R&B, and have glowing endorsements from some of the original Feelgood line up as a sign of their approval of how well they recreate the numbers and the feel that made the band famous.

“They bought a tear to my eye. 100% spot on stage presence and performance”

“Man, it was great, it’s just what it would have been like to see Dr. Feelgood in the club days”—Wilko Johnson.

“The closest thing I have seen to the originals “ - John Sparks (Sparko).

“Go and judge for yourself, it’s worth it. Well done boys” - John Martin (Big Figure).

The focus is on entertaining, with all the wonderful songs and signature moves. The band clearly enjoy themselves; their enthusiasm and passion for Dr. Feelgood oozes out of every chop, chord and riff.

They do it right!! If anybody should know, Wilko, Sparko and Figure should know!

Be there to witness another great night in store.


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Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Mojo Preachers

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The Mojo Preachers make their debut at the club with a brand new album released tonight; a follow up to their first, highly acclaimed release ‘Confessions’.

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.

‘The band are in great demand on the festival circuit with dates already confirmed this year for Rotherhithe Festival, Upton Blues Festival and Bude Festival.

‘Brimming with quality tunes... holding the attention from start to finish.’ Get Ready To Rock

‘They plough a unique furrow, one that not many occupy.’ Blues in Britain


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Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Lucky Peterson

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This year sees Lucky celebrate 50 years as a bluesman.  

 Legendary American Bluesman Lucky Peterson, master of the blues guitar and the Hammond B3 , in 2019 will be celebrating his 50th Anniversary of performing professionally. Born in Buffalo, NY in 1964, the son of James Peterson, a renowned blues guitarist and owner of “The Governor’s Inn”, a popular roadhouse club in the city and regular stop for some of the most famous bluesmen of the day. With all of the incredible talent and music going through the club, Little Lucky Peterson, as they called him at the time, learned very early in his life that his true calling was music, and in particular the Blues! 

Already, at the age of 3 Little Lucky Peterson gave his first concert and, instead of going out and playing with the other children, he was hanging around the club learning from and starting to play with the numerous artists that passed through. One of the top artists of the day – Willie Dixon, who recognized his talent and produced Little Lucky Peterson’s first album when he was only 5 years old – “Our Future” released on the label “Today/Perception Records”. 

Invitations immediately started to pour in for him to perform live on national TV from such major television programs such as the; “Ed Sullivan show”, the “Tonight show” and “What’s my line” and many others….. With this first album Little Lucky managed to reach out and grab the attention of the whole country with a hit song written for him by his father “1-2-3-4” a cover version of James Browne’s big hit “Please, Please, Please”. And the rest is history! 

In his teenage years Lucky Peterson, played guitar and keyboards and he toured and recorded with such notable artists as: Etta James, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Little Milton, Otis Rush, Kenny Neil and others. You can find him on many of their albums and he was also a favorite with the public wherever in the world these artists toured their live shows! 

In the early 90’s, he started to record his own albums on such prestigious labels as; Alligator Records, Verve, Gitane, Universal, Dreyfus, JSP Records, and others and has since spent his years touring extensively – worldwide – with his group – The Organization – playing his own original style of contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. In March 2018 Lucky Peterson was nominated alongside, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo and Robert Cray, by JAZZ FM in the UK for the year’s “Best Blues Act” award. 

In 2018 Lucky Peterson toured extensively on his “The Blues are back!” tour which, in the summer, included shows at many major festivals in; France, Germany, Bosnia Herzegovina, the UK and other European countries. In late October into November he toured in North America.

The show at the New Crawdaddy Club will also feature a talented singer from Texas, who is also Lucky Peterson’s wife, Tamara Tramell, who performs a fascinating mix of southern soul and modern R&B which manages to also combine both tough bluesy edges and a pop sassiness - a truly unique artist!

Lucky Peterson performing “FUNKY BROADWAY”


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Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Josh Smith

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Josh Smith returns to the UK after his successful 2018 UK tour. Chrome Note are proud to be bringing over one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic guitarists to the UK.

LA based guitarist Josh Smith has worked with some of the industries biggest names, from Mick Jagger, Ricky Fante, Raphael Saadiq & Joe Bonamassa. He continues to carve a successful solo career and with his latest album “Over Your Head”, with special guests Joe Bonamassa, Charlie Musselwhite and Kirk Fletcher receiving rave reviews, has spiralled Josh into the forefront of the blues world.

Held in high regard by his peers, Josh is often coined as being one of the best guitarists in the world. "Josh is one of my favourite musicians on the planet. His musical depth and guitar playing transcend the boundaries of the blues genre into a genre of his own. I am proud to always share a stage with him and even prouder to call him my friend" Joe Bonamassa. “Josh Smith is one of the baddest guitar players that I know.” Eric Gales “Josh Smith is one of my favourite contemporary guitarists.

A deep respect and under-standing for the tradition of the blues, combined with a complete command of the instrument, make for one of the strongest voices in modern blues guitar today. Don’t miss him” Matt Schofield "Josh is like my brother and just happens to be one of the greatest guitar players in the world, he will stand tall in any situation" Kirk Fletcher.

NOT TO BE MISSED!

Josh Smith Band performing “WHERE’S MY BABY”


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Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Rag Mama Rag

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We are so pleased to have secured the services of Rag Mama Rag as part of their 2019 UK tour. Their gigs at the Crawdaddy are always one of the highlights of our season.

Their superb musicianship and different slant on the blues has made them one of the best acts to have graced our stage. Formed in 1991, the English duo Rag Mama Rag, have slowly and consistently built up their reputation as one of Europe’s finest Country Blues acts and are in great demand on the Festival circuit.

With an interesting and wide range of instruments, (Ashley Dow plays Henderson Acoustic Guitar, National & Dobro Resonator Bottleneck Guitars, Weissenborn Acoustic Lap Steel, Ukulele and Vocals, with Deborah Dow on Harmonica, Washboard, Percussion and Backing Vocals), RAG MAMA RAG create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon has the audience’s feet tapping.

Their repertoire is 20s and 30s Blues based, but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast Ragtime sounds, early White Country tunes, Original Compositions, and many other regional styles of the 20s and 30s period.


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Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Chad Strentz & the Chadillacs

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Chad has been at the top of the Blues scene for over two decades, billed as one of the best Blues singers in Europe.

He's known to most as the singer with Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, but he’s also put the miles in with The Big Town Playboys, Shout Sister Shout, Cat Talk and Breakout Blues. As part of the King Snakes, Chad has won numerous British Blues Awards including the UK’s Best Blues Band.

In addition to singing and playing guitar, Chad is also a highly regarded songwriter whose passion for music extends to Rock ’n’ Roll, Rockabilly, Soul (see his output with Shout Sister Shout), Country, Jazz and Funk.

Currently touring with the King Snakes, Chad is also taking his own band on the road, in support of his debut solo album, Shake-Down. Chad is ably assisted by some of the best musicians on the circuit in the form of Chadillacs members Pete Farugia on guitar, Orlando Shearer on double bass and Mike Thorne on drums who have performed throughout Europe, the USA, Russia and Africa and have toured, and or, recorded with some of the biggest acts on the blues circuit


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Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

Ben Poole Band

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International Blues/Rock/Soul guitarist, singer and songwriter Ben Poole released his brand new studio album “Anytime You Need Me” in September last year via Manhaton Records followed by an extensive 54 date European tour playing venues in Hungary, Austria, Czechia, Switzerland, Spain, Nederlands, Germany and finishing in the UK .

Such was the success, and demand, for the tour Ben has extended the tour into 2019 and we are very fortunate to have secured his services for you at the New Crawdaddy club.

The new album follows Ben’s critically acclaimed al-bums “Time Has Come” (2016) and “Live At The Royal Albert Hall” (Recorded by the BBC in 2014). The new studio album marks a point in Ben’s career where he feels he’s really found himself as an all-round guitarist, singer and song-writer. The best representation on a studio record so far, of the attitude, energy and excitement that he brings to his live shows.

The album is a melting pot of rock, blues and soul but with a pop sensibility in the songwriting allowing it to feel accessible through-out. The overall sound showcases a lot of grit and a swagger, with special emphasis on guitar tones and instrumental performances from everyone who played on the album. On Anytime You Need Me, Ben was ready to do something harder hitting and more guitar based than his previous album, Time Has Come.

The main focus was still on writing great songs but with far more focus on Ben as an artist. He kept the team small and avoided having too much outside influence on the direction of the music. Ben co-wrote the album with his two writing partners, Wayne Proctor and Steve Wright and will be showcasing numbers from the album tonight.


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Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

Nigel Bagge Band

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The Nigel Bagge Band make a welcome, and overdue, return visit to the club.

Nigel began his professional career in the 1970s with Geordie folk-rockers Lamplight (later Cold Comfort). Much slogging around the college and London pub scene followed. The Punk explosion fairly quickly put an end to the band’s fortunes, and they pursued different careers through the 1980s. However, music was in his soul, and he continued playing and doing the odd gig with some of his old buddies.

Eventually Highway 61 was formed, a good time Rhythm and Blues band. Redundancy from his other career led to music becoming a full-time occupation again. Duck Soup was his next band in 1991, and is still on the menu at various venues today!

He was with Juice On The Loose around that time, and then in 1993 Nigel teamed up with Nicky Moore and formed the Blues Corporation. In 1997 he was offered the job of front-man with The Mighty 45s. That’s when he started singing for a living as well as playing the guitar. The 45s stopped working in their own right when backing Chicago blues diva Angela Brown became full-time, playing at Festivals and clubs throughout Western Europe & Scandinavia until 2007.

Since then Nigel has worked with Peter Green, Chris Farlowe and Miller Anderson as well as fronting his own bands & duo, and playing with the Desperate Dan Band, Duck Soup, Goody-Bags Band, The House Band, Tailspin to name just a few!

Nigel’s early career was heavily influenced by the John Mayall Bluesbreaker’s album with Eric Clapton along with Fleetwood Mac, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Free, Rory Gallagher. Later years saw BB King, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan, Albert King & Albert Collins exerting their influence, and then Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, Eric Bibb and Keb’ Mo’.

Nigel always has the very best musicians in his many line ups and you can be guaranteed a
SUPERB NIGHT’S ENTERTAINMENT


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Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Rob Tognoni

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Making his Crawdaddy debut is Australian, Rob Tognoni.

Rob and his guitar have been treading the stages worldwide for the past 35 years. He has opened for the greats - Roy Buchanan, Stevie Ray Vaughan's mentor Lonnie Mack, Joe Walsh from the Eagles, shared stages with Peter Green, Sting, ZZ Top, Bo Diddley.

He has represented Australia at the Royal Wedding celebrations of Prince Frederik & Princess Mary of Denmark, performed for FIFA World Cup Football in Kaiserslautern, played from maximum security prisons in Australia to Mozart's House in Vienna plus countless other experiences that have honed his skills.

Rob is originally from Tasmania, Australia and goes under the pseudonym of "The Tasmanian Devil". His style is fiery, energetic, inventive and explosive. His roots are from blues, blues rock & classic rock but also adding many other colours to the palate to give him his sound & uniqueness. Rob is also energetic & physical on stage, a performer & not just a musician. Echoes of Cream, Hendrix, BB King, AC/DC can be heard woven through his musical fabric.

Rob has released 20 albums over the past 22 years through labels such as Provogue, Dixie-frog, Blues Boulevard coupled with countless, tireless tours.

His shows are a true experience not to be missed. Blues in Britain write: “You have to admire Rob Tognoni's stamina. He is able to sustain a ferocious pace, few could manage it...Perhaps his stamina is the consequence of 30 years conditioning. Perhaps it's natural selection..."

NOT TO BE MISSED!


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Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

JO HARMAN

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Widely regarded as one of Europe's finest ever soul/blues fuelled voices, JO HARMAN is an international touring and recording artist who remains a genre-defying, independently minded artist of rare credibility.

An artist who makes sincere and heartfelt music, The Mirror proclaimed her 'UK's finest female soul blues voice' who, according to Country Magazine, writes 'lip-biting beautiful songs'.

Jo recently released her second studio album 'People We Become' to much critical acclaim and no little commercial success. Indeed the 'lead single', 'When We Were Young' (featuring Michael McDonald – Doobie Brothers) achieved BBC Radio 2 play-listing, as well as play listing on other mainstream national stations across Ireland (RTE1) and Europe. The album has also made various 'best of' lists for 2017. This summer Jo duetted on 'Reach Out (I'll Be There)' with Motown song-writing legend Lamont Dozier, the lead single from his 'Reimagination' album which also features Gregory Porter, Graham Nash, Todd Rundgren, Rumer and other notable international names. A multi award winning/nominated performer,

Jo has achieved considerable success at home and abroad, headlining prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe and beyond, including playing as one of eleven artists to 300k people at Parkpop , in the Hague. Amongst many other highlights, Jo was asked to perform for, and alongside, Joan Baez at Amnesty International's prestigious 'Ambassador of Conscience' awards. This Autumn Jo was asked by Festival Director Leo Green to open London's Blues Fest performing a set at the 20k capacity O2 Arena.

Rag 'N Bone recently took to social media to proclaim her 'one of this country's finest talents' and soul super star Michael McDonald advised 'hearing her cover one of my songs was a spiritual experience'.

Jo's very personal take on Average White Band’s classic 'Cloudy', written by an artist she very much admires, James Stuart, is the next 'single' release ahead of her 'Found A Place' album release. 'Cloudy' is released on the day she and the band - Emily Francis (keys), Nat Martin (guitar), Sönny B Winsloew (bass) and Martin Johnson (drums) - play their traditional 'warm up' show, amongst friends, here at The New Crawdaddy Blues Club .

If last year’s show was anything to go by, it's normally one of the best gigs they do...they haven't played together for a couple of months so you get that nice mix of 'on the edge' enthusiasm to make music, a freshness without too much over familiarity - a trick Jo learned from Hamish indeed, to make every show different and special from the last. No two performances - or even song arrangements - entirely the same. Let's hope they do 'Cloudy' and in full band mode too...either way it will be a great night and start to 2019.

SECURE YOUR TICKETS NOW!


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Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Tom C. Walker Band

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Last gig of the season at our new home at the Holiday Inn, Basildon and what better way to finish than as we started back in May with The Tom C. Walker Band..

Tom Walker has been honing his guitar playing from a very young age, earning respect and admiration from music lovers and musicians across the globe. Now at the age of 23 he is driving British blues to new levels from the heart of the UK with his new 4-piece Band.

They Have headlined the most prestigious venues in the UK including Ronnie Scott’s, 100 Club, The Borderline, Ealing Blues Club and a residency at Jools Holland’s The Jam House. They have toured with the likes of The Move, Paul Jones (Blues Band, Manfred Man), Devon Allman and John Lodge (The Moody Blues) to name a few.

The band released their debut EP ’The Stranger’s Face’ in 2016 to outstanding reviews and in 2017 the ’Into Space’ EP with the single ‘Sweet Angel’ racing straight into the top 20 in the IBBA Blues charts while selling thousands of copies worldwide in the first few months of release.

NOT TO BE MISSED !!


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Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

Eddie Martin Band

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Singer song-writer, multi-instrumentalist, One-Man-Band, Big Band, Band leader, composer, producer and arranger, Eddie Martin is amongst the most versatile, creative and just plain hard-working musicians around.

He has brought his music to 34 countries over 30 years touring. With 17 acclaimed original albums and a string of National and International Awards and Nominations he has become known as “The Ambassador of British Blues”.

He has pushed and explored the blues more than any other UK artist over his long professional career.

The accolades he has amassed are plenty – including the 2016 Nomination as Best Acoustic Solo Artist in the European Blues Awards. Nominated Best UK Blues Guitarist, Best Harmonica Player, Best Band, Best Acoustic Artist and Best Blues Album release many times, his songs have made it onto TV and film soundtracks, and his live performances continue to be awe-inspiring.

He is frequently broadcast on international radio, has performed many times on TV and recorded 3 sessions for BBC Radio 2, including at the famous Maida Vale Studios.

In 2016 he exploded back into Blues Rock with his trio on “Black White and Blue” which has received accolades for its originality and musicianship.


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Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Kyla Brox Band

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There is no more authentic Blues and Soul singer in the UK than Kyla Brox. Her raw talent and purity is a shocking thing in an age of conveyor-belt pop idols.

Kyla makes an eagerly awaited return visit to the club with her superb band.

Over the past 15 years, the Kyla Brox Band has shot to prominence, wowing audiences with their passionate performances. As the daughter of 70’s British blues legend Victor Brox (Aynsley Dunbar’s Retaliation) Kyla was born to sing the blues and her stunning voice is matched by a band of uniquely talented musicians.

Kyla was voted Favourite Female Vocalist in the 2008 Digital Blues Awards and is, without question, the finest, young female blues singer in the UK today.

Earlier this year, Kyla won the 5th UK Blues Challenge and now goes on to represent the UK in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2019 and the European Blues Challenge in Ponta Delgada, The Azores in April 2019.

With a repertoire drawn from classic R&B songs and their own compositions, they are in great demand and have played countless concerts and festivals in the UK and abroad. Promoter Paul Dean says “ Her voice is magnificent, combining effortless power with exquisite control.

Those who caught Kyla on one of her previous rare visits to the club, will not want to miss this very special night. Those of you who missed her last time, please don’t make the same mistake again.

This is certainly not a gig to be missed”. Kyla and the band, Danny Blomeley on bass, Paul Farr on guitar, Mark Orbiton on drums, will be showcasing numbers from the critically acclaimed new album “Throw Away Your Blues” which has been described by critics as ‘a serious quality blues album’,

‘one of the best Blues & Soul albums of the year’, and ‘ a beautiful, beautiful piece of work’.

DO NOT MISS THIS GIG !!


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Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Big Wolf Band

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Big Wolf is a powerful and dynamic guitarist and singer / songwriter who is fast becoming one of the must-see artists on the scene.

Spontaneous, improvised breaks, dynamic highs and lows, bringing a song down to a whisper before exploding with energy and power. His music created an old school feel, something which the industry has lost along the way.

Original songs from blues through to rock, all with that unique Big Wolf feel, backed by an outstanding band, Big Wolf delivers every time.

If you want a band that can capture the imagination, then look no further.

The band consists of Jonatan Earp, guitar |& vocals, Mick Jeynes, bass, Paul Brambani, keys, and Tim Jones on drums.

NOT TO BE MISSED!.


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Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Tim Aves and Wolfpack

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[ NOTE: On guitar duties for Wolfpack this evening is BEN TYZACK (Spikedrivers) ]

One of the Crawdaddy’s favourite acts makes a welcome return visit to the club.

Tim Aves and Wolfpack have garnered rave reviews wherever they play and are fast becoming one of the most sought after bands on the Festival circuit. They are led by one of the best front-men in the business, singer, guitarist, and harmonica player Tim Aves.

The band’s rep pays homage to the great Howlin' Wolf as well as a range of artistes including Hound Dog, Muddy Waters and ZZ Top but all given a 21st Century twist.

Tim is ably assisted by the rhythm section of ex-Armadillo’s Rob Barry on bass and Paul Lester on drums and one of the hottest young guitar talents on the British Blues scene, Joel Fisk,

The band will be showcasing numbers from their latest highly acclaimed CD “Never Saw Chester”.


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Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Will Wilde Band

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Will Wilde picked up his first harmonica at the age of 16 and played it until his lips bled.

Weaned on the likes of Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Buddy Guy, he grew up steeped in traditional Chicago Blues, yet his focus as an artist remains on the future.

Wilde fuses his passion for blues with his love of rock. He takes what's authentic and powerful about the music he grew up loving and introduces the raw energy of bands such as Led Zeppelin, Free and Deep Purple without losing the heart and conviction of the blues.

With knowledge and respect for the original masters, Wilde takes the harmonica to a whole new level. His live shows have been described as ‘A masterclass of blues harp playing, bar none.’

He has been seven times nominated in the British Blues Awards for best Harmonica player and was voted best Harmonica player 2015 in the Blues Matters Writers Poll.


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Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Trev Turley and Friends

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A welcome return tonight for this group of seasoned musicians, formed in 2015. Once in a while these busy musicians have a free night; tonight, is one of them.

Their no frills, no fuss ‘play to entertain’ ethos proceeds. Expect familiar songs played with a twist and a unique palette. A love and respect for the blues spawns a musically entwined journey, all born from their unique personal bond.

Two years ago, their last appearance at the club was eponymously recorded and released as the limited edition ‘Emotion and No Commotion—Live at the NCBC’ CD. The last few remaining copies will be on sale tonight.

Expect the odd guest to supplement singer Yve Mary B, Keyboard player Andy Cooper, drummer Simon Dring, Saxophonist Phil Marshall, guitarist Andrew Walker and of course bassist Trev Turley.

“Pure Class” - Blues at Barleylands.

Not to be missed !


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Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Del Bromham's Blues Devils

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The band that Del formed at school, when he was fifteen years old, was called Stray and that has virtually been his life's work ever since.

Stray released their first album back in 1970 when the average age of the band members was about 17. Over the years Del has recorded eleven studio albums and three live albums with Stray, and has been on countless tours and one night stands rubbing shoulders with too many artistes to list!

In recent years, the earlier albums have been re-released and have continued to sell well, continually finding new audiences. In September 2012, Del received a 'Lifetime Achievement In Music' award at The Newark Blues Festival, along with Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs) and Andy Fraser (Free).

Del's latest project consists of Del on guitar and vocals with Stuart Uren on bass, Karl Randall on drums and Simon Rinaldo on keys, otherwise known as. Del Bromham’s Blues Devils

DON’T MISS WHAT PROMISES TO BE A GREAT NIGHT!


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Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Northsyde

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Northsyde is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill, who is also the main lyricist and songwriter. With a dynamic and powerful vocal style, she has been described as "Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis Joplin".

Playing guitar is her husband, Jules Fothergill who met as band members of Roadhouse, adding Ian Mauricio and Hayden Doyle to form Northsyde. Ian's unusual bass style and Hayden's forceful grooves combine to give the band a sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries on the Blues and Rock circuit.

The band’s style is eclectic, but identifiable, a heady mix of soulful Blues, shaking Funk, and Zep-style riffing,

Northsyde have grown into a well oiled music machine, capable of entertaining even the most discerning audiences, whether headlining UK Music festivals, or playing smaller support slots, supporting Joe Bonamassa, to playing many festivals in Europe.


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Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

Catfish

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British Blues Award winners Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 22 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues.

The band crashed onto the blues scene in January 2015, with their debut album ‘So Many Roads’ going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts. Their EP, a tribute to BB King called ‘When BB Sings the Blues’, charted at no 5 in February 2016. They received two nominations in the British Blues Awards 2015, taking third in Emerging Artist, and followed this with three in 2016, taking first in key-boards and third in Young Artist. In January 2017 they released their much-anticipated second album ‘Broken Man’ which is almost entirely original material. Broken Man also reached no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts in March 2017.

This is blues with a very broad brush - from epic prog anthems to stripped back piano ballads.

Their busy tour schedule has included a number of major festivals including Bluesfest at the 02, Cambridge Rock Festival, The Great British Rock and Blue Festivals in Colne and Skegness as well as major blues clubs all over the country.

In 2018, they have three European tours already booked, and have been asked to play in the USA in July 2018.

NOT TO BE MISSED!


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Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Matt Edwards Band

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Matt Edwards is a songwriter/vocalist/guitarist that stands out in the UK Blues scene.

A self-taught multi-instrumentalist he is inspired by a huge wealth of musical genres. From blues to rock, jazz and funk to folk, his style of writing showcases subtle flavours from all styles and gels them into a strong Alternative Blues Rock offering.

His debut album 'Follow The Plan' featured Matt writing and playing all the instruments on the album and has a gritty raw blues feel. After the release of his debut album Matt put together a live band 'Matt Edwards Band' which grew in reputation and experience over the next two years.

In 2015 Matt hit the studio to record his second album, featuring Andy Norris on Drums, Roger Inniss on bass guitar and produced by Stuart Dixon. May 2015 saw the much anticipated second studio release in the form of the monster 12 track album ‘Four Berry Jam’, available to purchase on iTunes, Amazon and other online stockists. ‘Four Berry Jam’ is Alternative Blues Rock, with heavy groove. It’s a mix of riff-based big blues rock, tight funk and mellow blues with focus on strong songs delivered with feel


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