New Crawdaddy Club

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

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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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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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
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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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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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!


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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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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.

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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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Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

24 Pesos

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24Pesos have a unique and energetic take on the Blues that has put them at the forefront of the new Blues scene in the UK and have been touted as "The UK's most exciting and original Blues band." by Maverick Magazine.

The band burst on to the blues scene in 2008 with their raw and rootsy live shows and debut album The Boogie Worm. In 2010 they released their second album Busted Broken and Blue to great critical acclaim earning the band four nominations at the British blues awards including best band and best album.

Drawing from influences diverse as Sly Stone, Sean Costello, The Meters, James Brown, Freddie King, Howlin Wolf, Captain Beefheart, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and the Roots, the band’s upbeat, down-home sound brings an infectious energy to their electrifying live shows that has earned them a great reputation as a live act at festivals and venues throughout Europe and the UK.


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Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Paul Lamb and 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 sound-tracks, and his harmonica playing can be heard on many a TV advertisement. In addition to TV, Paul has also had his music featured in several motion pictures.

He stands beside a small number of American counterparts as an equal in every sense, and as a testimony to the standards that most young harmonica players can only allude to. Paul is ably assisted by Chad Strentz on Lead vocals & guitar, Ryan Lamb on guitar, Dino Coccia on drums and Rod Demick on bass.

NOT TO BE MISSED!


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Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Spikedrivers

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One of the most original, innovative and exciting bands around, The Spikedrivers combine gutsy slide guitar with rock-solid bass, infectious grooves and highly distinctive vocals to create a sound that is uniquely their own.

They take you on a journey from Southern juke joints and lazy front porches to the huge open spaces of dust bowls and railroad tracks.

The band are Ben Tyzack, born in London but raised in the deep South of the USA, whose guitar playing is a blend of Robert Johnson raw blues and the powerful soundscapes of Jimmy Page.
On vocals and bass guitar is Constance Redgrave, born in Los Angeles and now living in London.
Completing the line-up is drummer and vocalist Maurice McElroy, born in Belfast, who came to London during the 60’s Blues and Soul boom.

NOT TO BE MISSED !!


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Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Aynsley Lister

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We are very fortunate to have secured the services of one of he most sought after acts on the circuit, ahead of extensive European dates later in the year. One of the finest acts to have graced our stage, we welcome back Aynsley Lister for his sixth visit to the club.

When explosive, natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fuelled with the kind of heart and soul that is missing from so much modern music.

With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Aynsley’s resume speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.

In 2007, he was the only British artist to be named in Classic Rock magazine’s “Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists” alongside John Mayer, Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa.

In 2008 he signed to Manhaton Records with the resulting album ’Equilibrium’ receiving fantastic reviews and storming into Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw Aynsley playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd.

He went on to release the storming “Tower Sessions” album which was consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll.

He has been nominated twice in the 2016 British Blues Award's, both in the "Vocalist of the year” and the “Guitarist of the year” categories.

Completing the line up are some of the best musicians on the circuit in Steve Amadeo, on bass, Boneto Dryden, drums and Andy Price on keys.

Aynsley is one of the nicest guys in the business and this is likely to be a contend-er for the gig of the season.

NOT TO BE MISSED!


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Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Bad Influence

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Bad Influence bring their gutsy R&B style of blues back to the club for another very welcome return visit.

This is, without a doubt, one of the best blues bands on the circuit and it defies all logic that they have not had the recognition they so richly deserve and be rubbing shoulders with the elite of the blues world.

In Val Hayes, with her soulful and powerful vocals, they have one of the best vocalists to be heard in the style of Bonnie Rait and Janis Joplin and is supported by some of the finest musicians on the circuit.

Guitarist Richard Hayes is a master at squeezing every ounce of passion from his guitar and is one of the finest players to have graced our stage. They have the superb Peter Stroud on bass who also plays with Buddy Whittington and was bassist for Peter Green’s Splinter Group and on drums, Harry James, also from the rock bands Thunder and Mag-num.

Bad Influence have definitely paid their ‘dues’ and are now considered by many to be one of the top acts in their field, delivering their sound of powerful vocals alongside classic guitar driven, rock solid blues.

Club favourites and not to be missed!


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Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Guy Tortora Band

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Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is currently based in London. What he does as a songwriter and performer is what people like to call Americana these days. In Guy’s case, it means original songs, well constructed and well performed in some of the various musical idioms that originated in the USA-blues, jazz, folk and roots.

Over the last few years he has laid claim to a unique niche on the Blues & Roots scene in the UK and in Europe, from small clubs and theatres to festivals. Guy is a guitar player of some accomplishment and a distinctive songwriter. On both acoustic and electric guitars he plays finger style and is a fine bottleneck and slide player.

He will be showcasing numbers from his highly acclaimed album ‘Bluesman In A Boneyard’.

One of the gigs of the season last year. Not to be missed !!


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Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Ron Sayer Jr. and Charlotte Joyce

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Ron Sayer Jr. is the consummate ‘Guitarist’s guitarist’. As a trained music teacher, having influenced the learning curves of the likes of Oli Brown, Sol Philcox, The Sharps & Mark Howes of Dove & Boweevil, he’s now a mainstay on the UK blues circuit.

He was nominated for no less than four awards in the 2013 British Blues Awards for the album ‘Better Side’, band, song ‘Don’t Make Me Stay’ and guitarist categories, walking away with runner-up in band of the year. He also co-wrote Oli Brown’s third album ‘Here I Am’ and won another British Blues Award for co-writing the title track. He was voted Guitarist Of The Year by Guitarist Magazine, was voted 4th Best Bassist in Blues Matters Magazine and has a degree in music to boot.

He has worked with/supported Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Matt Schofield, Nine Below Zero, Ten Years After, Robin Trower among others.

Award winning Charlotte Joyce has been a professional singer for all her working life and is vocal coach to many other professional singers. She has won awards for her song writing & was inaugural winner of the Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year in Guitarist Magazine. Charlotte was also runner up in the keyboard category in the 2014 British Blues Awards


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