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 !!
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.
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 !!
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!.
[ 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”.
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.
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 !
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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 !!
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!
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!
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 !!
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
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 a great night in store.
Drawn to the Blues music his parents introduced him to, artists such as Muddy Waters, Son House, Eric Clapton and Albert King, it became obvious to Ash that his ambition as a 14 year old was to become a great Artist like his heroes.
Early in his career he co-founded East Midlands based Blues band The Melt aged 16. During the three years of touring and opening for such acts as: Walter Trout, Mountain, Doctor Feelgood and The Animals, the band released there critically acclaimed “self titled” album. It was voted “debut album of the year by Blues In Britain magazine” showing that Ash, just 17, was already a gifted guitarist, vocalist and songwriter.
Since 2015, in the year following his daughter’s birth, Ash’s influences of life journeys and reflections, manifested themselves into the message and soul of his debut solo album ‘Broken Machine’. The album featured some of the best players on the circuit in Brother, Phil Wilson (Jesse Davy, Laurence Jones) drums, Roger Inniss (Chaka Khan, Laurence Jones) bass, and Bob Fridzema (King King, Dana Fuchs) on keys.
The album is a watershed achievement for Ash Wilson in terms of the many musical styles in the tracks, which begin, and end, with the blues at it’s core.
An accomplished Pianist and Hammond player, Greg is also a gifted guitarist and singer/songwriter specialising in Rhythm & Blues.
In 2010, at the age of 19, he joined the legendary two- tone band The Selecter. Known as a Hammond player, and not just a keyboard player, Greg toured with The Selecter and made over 400 appearances worldwide touring Europe, Scandinavia, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
After leaving The Selecter back in March 2015, Greg landed a leading role in the West End production of, “Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined” at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus. An amazing opportunity, that lead to playing and performing with Burt Bacharach himself for National TV appearances and the opening night at the Criterion.
Greg’s heart has always been true to Rhythm & Blues and his own song writing. He has managed to tour the UK with his own band, taking his own brand of high octane, fun and musically ingenious Blues to loyal audiences throughout the UK – Greg’s main aim to make Blues accessible for the next generation.
I CAN’T RECOMMENT THIS GIG ENOUGH!
Storm Warning are one of Britain's most talented and well respected Blues acts and have earned a reputation as one of the UK’s best and individual blues bands.
Influenced by Robben Ford and Robert Cray, they mix classy self-penned material, with well-chosen covers from artists such as Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Luther Allison, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Jeff Beck.
Their consummate polish and spark is derived from the Peter Green influenced guitarist Bob Moore. The rest of the band consist of some of the best musicians on the circuit in Stuart Son Maxwell (Mick Ralphs Band) vocals and harp, Russ Chaney (Larry Miller) on drums, Ian Salisbury (Larry Miller Band) on keyboards and Derek White (Larry Miller Band) on bass guitar.
In their 12 year history, the band has featured several times on BBC Radio 2 as well as other radio stations in the UK, Europe and USA. Those that have seen them before at the club, know what to expect. Those that haven’t, you are in for a real treat.
A great night in store.