New Crawdaddy Club

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


SPLIT WHISKERS
May
26
8:00pm 8:00pm

SPLIT WHISKERS

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Split Whiskers return for a welcome return visit.

They have their roots firmly planted in Chicago Blues, crossing boundaries into rock, Americana and more than a hint of Delta.

The band’s fame is spreading, and rightly so, and they are becoming one of the busiest bands around at blues venues in the UK, in particular in great demand on the Festival circuit.

Their superb musicianship along with their infectious humour on stage has made them one of the Crawdaddy’s favourite acts and guarantee a great evening’s entertainment.

The band are fronted by Gilby J. Fletcher on vocals and harp, Johnny ‘Magic Boy’ Wright on guitars and vocals, Matt Willshaw on Keys, Tony Hills on drums and either Alex Machell or Dr.Jake Saint on bass.


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ROY METTE BAND
May
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

ROY METTE BAND

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The season would not be complete without a visit from Crawdaddy favourite Roy Mette.

Roy, guitarist, singer and songwriter, has been performing since the mid 70’s both as a solo artist and in his own bands. He stems from what became known as the Thames Delta Blues scene in the 70’s and is a songwriter of some standing, but live performance is where he really excels, as Crawdaddy regulars will confirm.

Last year he made a long overdue appearance on the main stage at the Cambridge Rock Festival where he launched and showcased his new CD “Vibralism”, his 15th full CD release to date.

Roy is deservedly gaining greater recognition with his regular appearances at Festivals throughout the UK along with numerous gigs in Europe.

Not to be missed !!!


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LARRY GARNER & NORMAN BEAKER BAND
May
12
8:00pm 8:00pm

LARRY GARNER & 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 musical and imminently listenable blues. In a decade when veterans and young bloods alike rely too heavily on overdone standards and cover material, Garner churns out clever, challenging, uncompromising and thoroughly contemporary songs.

Larry has a devoted following throughout the United States and across the Atlantic Ocean. He tours all the time playing gigs and Festivals in Europe and England a few times a year, where they love his original material. People have been known to say to him after his shows ‘Thank God, a real blues band.’
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, their performance last year was one of the highlights of the season.

This is going to be a night to remember so secure your tickets NOW!

Support this week from MISSISSIPPI McDONALD (solo)


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WILL WILDE BAND
May
5
8:00pm 8:00pm

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, Wilde 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.

He has shared the stage with various notable blues artists. He has appeared twice on the Legendary Blues Cruise playing with veterans such as Sherman Robertson, Michael Burks, Earl Thomas and Taj Mahal.

Will’s latest album release ‘Live in Hamburg’ was recorded at the Downtown Blues Club in Hamburg and released in 2015 to critical acclaim as was his new single, a fantastic cover of the late Gary Moore’s ‘Parisienne Walkways’ that you just have to hear.

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Support this week from Joel Fisk and Jon Amor Acoustic Duo


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GUY TORTORA BAND
Apr
28
8:00pm 8:00pm

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 new album ‘Bluesman In A Boneyard’. One of the gigs of the season last year.

Not to be missed !!

Support this week from THE HEATERS + guest vocalist Jim Hawken


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MALAYA BLUE
Apr
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

MALAYA BLUE

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Malaya burst onto the live circuit in 2015 following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, “Bourbon Street”, her powerful stage presence soon winning audiences at major venues and festivals everywhere, including the Great Rock & Blues Festival, Birmingham International and Colne.

Along the way, Malaya was nominated for awards in no less than four different categories by the British Blues Association, best female vocalist, best track, “Bitter Moon”, best album and best emerging artist, an unprecedented feat for an unknown.

2016 saw Malaya back in the studio recording a follow-up album along with some of the cream of British Blues musicians; Dudley Ross, guitar, (Kirk Fletcher, Lisa Mann), Paul Jobson, keys, (Blue Tones, Joss Stone), Stuart Uren, bass, (Stray, Blue Devils) & Andrew McGuiness, drums, (Temptations, Alexander 0’Neil).
The resultant album, “Heartsick” has received even higher praise than her debut album, with widespread national and international print and online media acclaim, regular radio play on Radio 2 and other UK based British blues broadcasters and on stations across the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, South America and most of Europe.

Her reputation was further enhanced by being selected to take part in the UK Blues Challenge to find a worthy ambassador to represent Great Britain in the European Blues Challenge.

The band made their storming debut appearance at the club in 2015 and we were chosen by the band as their venue of choice to launch their eagerly awaited new CD “Heartsick”.

Malaya will be performing her newly released, double-track single that will be on sale on the night.

No support act tonight. Malaya Blue will be performing 2 sets.


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RED BUTLER
Apr
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

RED BUTLER

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Alex Butler established the band in 2012 and for a long time the line-up comprised Alex (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jane Pearce (lead vocals), Charlie Simpson (drums) and Mike Topp (bass and backing vocals).

With the heavier sound of their album ‘Nothing To Lose’, Dan Spellman (guitar and backing vocals) joined the line-up.

The end of 2016 saw the biggest change to date when Jane opted to leave the band to pursue her own career. Dan has stepped into the role of lead vocalist having performed that role with other bands and is already exciting audiences with his voice and stage presence. The search is on for an-other vocalist, which could give Red Butler the exciting possibility of twin vocalists.

The band’s influences include SRV, Free, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Gary Clarke Jnr. and artists such as Royal Blood and Vintage Trouble.

Touring with the Laurence Jones Band, Billy Walton Band and Danny Bryant added enormously to the band experience. Their solo tours have helped them hone their craft and delight audiences across the country.

The coming year will provide the opportunity to develop the full potential of Red Butler.

Support this week from JEFF CHAPMAN'S ROOSTERS


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MARCUS MALONE BAND
Apr
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

MARCUS MALONE BAND

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Marcus Malone, a rock and Blues guitarist from Detroit, is an impressive musician and song-writer and has been delighting British audiences for many years with his magnificent, velvet-toned vocals and his magnetic stage presence.

Furthermore, he is a highly talented song-writer, who consistently surrounds himself with top class musicians, as his latest album ‘Stand Or Fall’ fully demonstrates.

His music is a perfect balance between blues, rock, soul and funk and he is, without question, one of the finest vocalists to be found in the blues, blues/rock genres.

He has a very Paul Rogers like quality to his voice which, when combined with the considerable guitar skills of Sean Nolan, Yohan Buys on bass and Chris Nugent on drums, is excellent for the multiple styles of music he plays.

He delivers hard-edged guitar solos, delicate ballads, easy shuffles as well as rolling gospels. Marcus and the band will be showcasing numbers from his eagerly awaited new album ‘A Better Man’.

A great night in store and not to be missed !!

Support this week from THE HEATERS + guest vocalist Jim Hawken


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TIM AVES & WOLFPACK
Mar
31
8:00pm 8:00pm

TIM AVES & WOLFPACK

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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 frontmen 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”.

Support this week from THE CONNOR SELBY BAND


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SAIICHI SUGIYAMA
Mar
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

SAIICHI SUGIYAMA

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We welcome Saiichi and his band for their debut at the club.

The group have been spend-ing the past months working on their new studio album for release in 2017 which will in-clude the single “Melting Away”, written by Saiichi and featuring bass hero Andy Fraser, ex-Free.
Sadly, Andy died on 16 March 2015, which meant that the single became one of his last recordings.

Saiichi’s Les Paul tone is endowed with the passion and flair of British Blues groups such as Blues Breakers, Cream and Free.

His songwriting is another class act that draws from a wider range of influences.

Saiichi is ably assisted by Rietta Austin (lead vocals), Ben Reed (bass guitar) and Mune Sugiyama (producer/arranger/drums).

Support this week from THE JOE ANDERTON BAND

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Sari Schorr & The Engineroom
Mar
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

Sari Schorr & The Engineroom

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We are pleased to have secured Sari Schorr & The Engine Room for a return visit after her storming debut last year.

Her new album ‘A Force Of Nature’ has taken the blues world by storm garnering rave 10/10 reviews. Legendary Producer, Mike Vernon, was so knocked out after witnessing a performance by Sari that he offered to come out of retirement and produce the album with her.
Already a consummate songwriter, with tracks on major labels, Sari has written or co-written most of the songs on the album.

Several years of touring the USA & Europe with Joe Louis Walker and Poppa Chubby has brought Sari greater prominence in the blues world culminating in Sari being inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

Sari has now put together her own band – THE ENGINE ROOM, featuring British guitarist Innes Sibun, formerly with Robert Plant.

The band visit us as part of an extensive European tour with dates in Spain, Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Norway.

Secure your tickets NOW for what promises to be one of the gigs of the season.

NOT TO BE MISSED !!!

Support this week from ROY METTE

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RAG MAMA RAG
Mar
10
8:00pm 8:00pm

RAG MAMA RAG

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One of the highlights of the season is the visit of Rag Mama Rag, an English duo from France who have built a reputation as one of Europe’s finest Country Blues acts.

By playing an interesting and wide range of instruments, Ashley and Deborah Dow create and exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound that soon has the audience feet tapping.

Their rep is 20’s & 30’s blues based but extremely varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, East Coast ragtime, early white country tunes and original compositions.

Not to be missed !!!

Support this week from MARTIN McNEILL

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GREG COULSON BAND
Mar
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

GREG COULSON BAND

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Just 23 years of age, Northamptonshire’s Greg Coulson is definitely one to watch.

Over the years Greg’s influences have evolved, however his absolute passion for R&B has remained unaltered. His big break came at 19 with the legendary two-tone band The Selecter.

Known as a Hammond player, not just a keyboard player, he has been with the current line-up for the past 5 years, having toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and America.

He is a very talented multi-instrumentalist and, as well as playing keys, is also a gifted guitarist. He has been writing his own material for the past 6 years and has recently recorded his debut album.

2015 saw him appear in the West end in the Bacharach musical but he is now concentrating on his superb blues outfit consisting of Roger Inniss on bass, Adam Gammage on drums, and Stuart Dixon on guitar.

I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS BAND ENOUGH — DEFINITELY NOT TO BE MISSED !!!

Support this week from THE HEATERS

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ROBIN BIBI BAND
Feb
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

ROBIN BIBI BAND

A top session player and scintillating slide guitarist, Robin Bibi is a charismatic and versatile performer who never fails to engage his audience.

This is clearly evident whether he is performing as a solo artist, as a duo or with his full band. Due to the band's growing reputation, and a highly entertaining stage presentation, The Robin Bibi Band have become one of Britain’s busiest bands and have successfully broken into the festival scene.

Robin is without a doubt one of the UK’s top guitarists who rightly appeared on the cover of ‘Blues In Britain’ magazine in September 2003. He is a talented vocalist who sings from the heart. He has worked with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and Ben E.King, among many others and has played at the Royal Albert Hall where he appeared as guest guitarist in B.B.King's support band.

His band, a well-lead, tried and tested trio format, is comprised of some of the best musicians on the circuit so you are guaranteed a great night’s entertainment.

Robin and the band will be showcasing numbers from his latest, critically acclaimed release ‘No More A Secret’ as well as numbers from his vast back catalogue of previously released albums.

Support this week from THE HEATERS

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JIM CRAWFORD
Feb
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

JIM CRAWFORD

What a superb night we experience when this man comes to town.

Jim Crawford, a shy and retiring man who readily admits that recording studios fill him with dread has, nonetheless, toured much of Europe and the USA captivating audiences with his intimate blues style.

Although softly spoken, he totally surprises his audience when he breaks into a number with a resonant, barrelhouse blues vocal and for years has been revered among his professional musicians as a consummate finger picker and slide guitarist.

Jim will be showcasing numbers from his album “Roots & Originals” as well as gems from his superb previous albums “Blues Boy” and “When The Rains Came”.

Unlike a lot of solo artists, Jim’s rep is extremely varied and mixes authentic original blues numbers with well written, and sometimes very humorous, songs. I really can’t recommend this gig enough.

NOT TO BE MISSED !!!

Support this week from THE HEATERS

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PAPA GEORGE BAND
Feb
10
8:30pm 8:30pm

PAPA GEORGE BAND

Internationally acclaimed bluesman, Papa George, is admired on the UK blues circuit as an extremely well-respected musician.

Since the mid-70’s, Papa George has forged a reputation for stunning performances on the blues circuits and Festivals and is highly regarded, both here and in the USA and Europe for the gritty passion of his voice and his finesse on the blues guitar.

Recognised as one of the UK’s top guitarists and vocalists, and described by THE TIMES as “a mean axeman”, he captivates audiences playing Fender Stratocaster, or bottleneck blues-style on Amistar and National Steel guitars, with a passionate vocal style delivered with absolute conviction.

The Papa George band has built up a solid reputation in it’s own right with Papa more than ably supported by a pair of the finest musicians in Pete Stroud (Ex Peter Green’s Splinter Group) on bass and the very highly rated Darby Todd ( last seen at the club with Buddy Whittington) on drums.

They have made guest appearances with the late Gary Moore and Freddie Mercury, Zoot Money, Paul Jones of the Blues Band, Roger Chapman and PP Arnold to name just a few.

George was recognised in the 2016 British Blues Awards in the “Blues Great” category, a richly deserved recognition of this great blues artist.

Support this week from DAVE PRESS (solo)

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MIGHTY BOSSCATS
Feb
3
8:30pm 8:30pm

MIGHTY BOSSCATS

Richard Townend is perhaps one of the most prolific songwriters on the British blues scene. Since 2011 he has released nine albums as a soloist and with The Mighty Bosscats.

The fact that he can, even at this pace, still write outstanding songs, is proven once again with his latest release "Gold Fever". Melancholic, relaxed and enthralling: Richard Townend is a fascinating songwriter in the world of Blues.

With The Mighty Bosscats he has a band on the side that make his songs prime examples of contemporary blues. The albums have received critical acclaim and have a contemporary eclectic feel to them, mixing his Blues, Jazz, Country and many other musical influences.

He has been nominated no less than 4 times for his songs in the British Blues Awards for original song in 2012,13,14 and 15. Has also had songs released by Blues Magazines on their cover mounts and has a fan base covering the 5 continents.

His vocal style is favourably compared to J.J. Cale, Chris Rea and Dire Straits.

Support tonight from BOOGA RED

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JO HARMAN FULL BAND (Album launch tour - Official Warm-up Show), plus special guest ELLES BAILEY
Jan
27
8:00pm 8:00pm

JO HARMAN FULL BAND (Album launch tour - Official Warm-up Show), plus special guest ELLES BAILEY

Note that this is a Ticket Only gig.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Paul Dean. (See CONTACTS page for details) or at the Club prior to the gig.

What a night we have in store for you.

Jo Harman releases a much anticipated new album on February 3rd (you can even pre-order it at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/joharman recorded in Nashville Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) amongst the cast of stellar musicians involved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9shxZjgUl6A&feature=youtu.be

To support this release, Jo is playing any number of prestigious  venues internationally, including the world famous Paradiso in  Amsterdam, Joe's pub in New York ( the venue where Amy Winehouse and Adele made their U.S. headlining concert debuts and declared one of Rolling Stone  Magazine's 10 Best Clubs in America), London's noted Jazz Cafe and more.....

Indeed, another noted venue where Jo will be appearing will be the New Crawdaddy Club on Friday 27th January where Jo and her extended band will be playing a tour 'warm up' show!!!!

As Jo herself reports,  “Whether with my own band or guesting with  Southern Soul Connection', I've always enjoyed playing the New  Crawdaddy club, run by lovely people and populated by a particularly  knowledgeable music loving crowd. I will also never forget and remain  eternally grateful that the club gave me a chance when I was  starting out as an unknown artist and, all in all, it'll be great to  bring the full 'new album launch' show to Essex in the new year for  it's 'debut' performance! I'm excited and looking forward to it!”

From the first time that I heard Jo, I knew that she was destined to be a world class artist so, to be able to say that you were there at the start of her journey, get your tickets NOW as it is bound to be a sell-out.

NOT TO BE MISSED !!

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LAURENCE JONES
Jan
20
8:00pm 8:00pm

LAURENCE JONES

Laurence Jones, at 23, is already making a big name for himself on the Blues circuit and is hailed as Britain’s hottest gunslinger.

The band has already played alongside some of the biggest names from the world of blues with Walter Trout inviting the band to support them on his 2013 UK tour. Walter says of Laurence “ Laurence is a cross between Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy - he is a genius, he sure has the feel”.

Laurence was voted “Young Artist of The Year” and “Guitarist of the year in the 2016 British Blues Awards and is nominated for “Best European Guitarist 2016” in the European Blues Awards having won the category in 2015.

He has just undertaken a heavy International touring schedule garnering rave reviews wherever he played. There are new plans in place to visit Spain, Poland, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, The Caribbean, Norway, Denmark and even America so we are very fortunate to have secured his services for you at the New Crawdaddy.

His latest critically acclaimed release “Take Me High”, produced by the legendary Mike Vernon, has been labelled as the best album of his career to date.

NOT TO BE MISSED !!

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PAUL LAMB and THE KINGSNAKES
Jan
13
8:00pm 8:00pm

PAUL LAMB and THE KINGSNAKES

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

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 is ably assisted by Chad Strentz on Lead vocals & guitar, Ryan Lamb on guitar, Dino Coccia on drums and Rod Demick on bass.

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JERIMIAH MARQUES AND THE BLUE ACES
Jan
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

JERIMIAH MARQUES AND THE BLUE ACES

START OF THE NEW CRAWDADDY CLUB 18th SEASON

I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 18th season than with a visit from Crawdaddy favourites Jerimiah Marques and The Blue Aces.

Jerimiah and his great band of musicians are truly unique, insofar as they present stunningly authentic performances of two of the world’s most exciting musical genres. The emphasis is on deep Chicago Blues, which transports the listener to the blues heyday of the 1950’s and the magic sounds of Howling Wolf & Muddy Waters.
The band then switch to another groove, that of Roots Reggae, as exemplified by Toots and the Maytals.

The key to this great combination is the charismatic Guyanan, Jerimiah Marques, a vocal master of both musical styles who has to be seen live in order to appreciate his electrifying talent.

Jerimiah, as always, will be accompanied by a team of musicians who represent the cream of European blues talent.

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