New Crawdaddy Club

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

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

Support tonight is from TIM AVES (solo)

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Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

Aynsley Lister

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We are very fortunate to have secured one of the most sought after acts on the circuit, ahead of extensive UK Festival and European dates.

One of the finest acts to have graced the New Crawdaddy stage, we welcome back Aynsley Lister for his seventh 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 resum’e 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 contender for the gig of the season.


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Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Malone Sibun Band

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UK based Marcus Malone, from Detroit, has played the club before with his superb band but has now teamed up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun to form the Malone Sibun Band.

Innes was last seen at the club as a pivotal member of Sari Schorr & The engine Room.

The new band came about with a chance meeting at a show which uncovered a surprising amount of musical common ground. At that point, both musicians had just enjoyed the busiest 12 months of their careers and they appraised their respective situations before deciding to join forces.

When you listen to Marcus you hear echos of Paul Rogers, Otis Reading and David Coverdale. Marcus’s critically acclaimed album’A Better Man’ has topped several ‘best of the year’ polls and he was nominated as a finalist in the European Blues Awards.

Innes Sibun was barely in his 20’s when he was produced by the legendary Mike Vernon, before joining Robert Plant’s ‘Fate Of Nations’ world tour. He has subsequently built an international reputation by signing with the American label Viceroy, and then Provogue and Blues Boulevard in Europe.

Innes has shades of guitarists Jimmy Page, Hendrix and Paul Kossoff and is an explosive, but feel player, versatile enough to be able to slip from Rock and Blues into Jazz and funk. Together, the two stellar musicians promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, souls and funk, all underpinned by Malone's soulful, song driven quality and triggered by Sibun’s high levels of intensity.

It’s an exciting musical partnership that has seen them wowing audiences in the UK and Europe and is definitely a gig NOT TO BE MISSED!


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Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Bad Influence

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Always a great night in store when we have a visit from Crawdaddy favourites, Bad Influence.

Val Cowell is one of the best female vocalists on the circuit and is described as having ‘ a tidal wave of a voice that can take on the mantle of our greatest singers’. Backing Val is the great, road experienced band consisting of Richard Hayes on guitar, Wez Johnson on drums and Peter Stroud (Buddy Whittington Band and ex Peter Green’s Splinter Group), on bass duties.

The band have rightly earned the reputation ‘they always leave their audience handsomely entertained’. They lay down their grounded blues of original songs and covers from major artists such as Bonnie Raitt to Keb Mo, Tom Petty to Fleetwood Mac with hints of country rocking blues.

An added bonus tonight is the guest appearance of Jess Hayes on vocals.

A great night is guaranteed for all. NOT TO BE MISSED!


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Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Papa George Band

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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 Peter Stroud (Ex Peter Green’s Splinter Group) on bass and the very highly rated drummer, Peter Stroud (yes really, there are two of them in the band!) .

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


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Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

Paul Garner Band

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Paul grew up in New Zealand, where he has had plenty of time and opportunity to develop his impressive guitar skills and a unique take on the roots music he grew up with.

Since relocating to London, Paul has quickly become a 'first-call' guitarist for a growing number of blues acts in the capital, thanks to his exemplary skill, feel and tone.

The Paul Garner Band is an original, progressive, guitar/organ blues trio. They put out a gritty, funky sound to back Paul's intelligent and cliché-free original blues songs.

Individually and collectively the band exhibits the highest standards of musicianship, and are one of the few groups on the scene today with the talent and vision to push the blues into new territory while maintaining a strong connection with the roots.

The Band perform regularly at London venues, such as Ain't Nothin' But blues bar.

Ably assisting Paul is Claudio Corona on keys and Jason Ribeiro on drums.


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Aug
16
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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Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Lucky Peterson

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The Crawdaddy celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a ‘not to be missed’ gig with the appearance of American Blues Legend Lucky Peterson.

This is a double anniversary celebration as Lucky Peterson is also celebrating his 50th Anniversary of performing professionally.

Multi-instrumentalist Lucky Peterson, is one of the most riveting performers of the modern era. A searing lead guitarist, a rich and powerful organist, and a first-rate vocalist, Lucky’s musicianship effortlessly translates gospel, rock and jazz into 21st Century blues.

Many reminisce about the bygone days of the blues, but its flame still burns hot in the hand of Lucky Peterson.

2018 saw Lucky touring 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 before finishing the tour 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!

Secure your tickets NOW to help us celebrate 20 years of bringing you the very best live music and to make sure that you don’t miss out on what promises to be a memorable night.

(Purchase at the Club on regular Friday nights or from PAUL DEAN direct
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Lucky Peterson performing “FUNKY BROADWAY”


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Sep
6
8:00 PM20:00

The Spikedrivers

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Tonight sees the return of one of the club’s favourite acts, and 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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Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

Greg Coulson Big Band

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An accomplished Pianist and Hammond player, Greg Coulson is also a gifted guitarist and singer/songwriter specialising in Rhythm & Blues. He is bringing his hi-octane musical party to venues and festivals across the UK.

Greg is already an accomplished and highly respected musician with a track record including lengthy spells in the legendary Two Tone/Ska Band The Selecter and in the West End as a lead in Close to You:Bacharach Reimagined.

Greg has his own special, fiery, impassioned brand of Rhythm & Blues, putting his own stamp on the music of the greats who inspire him - Ray Charles, Booker T, Taj Mahal and more. Greg breathes new life into what is often con-sidered Vintage music, reminding people of all ages of why this music once dominated the world.

While Greg is well known for his livewire on stage performances, he could not make the impact he does without his stunning, hand-picked band of crack musicians who help him rock any house he appears in.

Greg will be showcasing numbers from his first album of original music ‘What’s New’ which was released last year. I really can’t recommend this gig enough.

A great musician and performer and a gig NOT TO BE MISSED!


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Sep
20
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.


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Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

Kyla Brox Band

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Blues and soul become inextricably entwined in award-winning singer songwriter, Kyla Brox, whose raw talent has seen her described as “the finest female blues singer of her generation”.

Winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge, Kyla had the honour of representing the UK in Memphis at the 2019 International Blues Challenge, as well as winning the 9th European Blues Challenge event in the Azores for the UK.

In a huge nod to her ongoing stature in British Blues, the UK Blues Federation made Kyla an official Ambassador of UK Blues in 2016 and she is one of only three British singers privileged to be included in the 50 Women of the Blues Spotify playlist.

Daughter of cult blues figure, Victor Brox, the Mancunian vocalist began her career as a teenager in her father’s band and has now honed her own sophisticated sound, as heard on her critically acclaimed 2016 album, 'Throw Away Your Blues’ and the scintillating, multi-faceted new 2019 album ‘Pain & Glory’.

Her voice; tender, urgent, gritty, blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain, mixed with the enchantingly fluent guitar work of Paul Farr, inspired bass playing of Danny Blomeley and in-the-pocket drumming of Mark Warburton, combine to make a unique and powerful, often joyous, always emotional experience.

Kyla also plays in duo form with her husband, virtuoso acoustic guitarist, Danny Blomeley, whose playing, by turns delicate and unrestrained, has earned him a following in his own right.

With many albums under her belt and many miles covered on the road, touring all over the world, Kyla Brox is widely regarded as one of the very best soul-blues singers the British Isles has ever produced.

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
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
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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May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Frankie Connolly Band

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The Frank Connolly Band are the replacement act for the previously advertised Rufus Black Band gig which, unfortunately, has been cancelled.

Here is a Youtube Video of the band performing “Too Nany Rivers To Cross” live at The Cavern,Raynes Park.28 Jan 2018.

Enjoy!


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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
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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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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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
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
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.

It has been confirmed that Connor and the band will be opening for THE WHO at their “Moving On” show at Wembley Stadium on 6th July 2019, sharing the stage with Kaiser Chiefs and Imelda May.

See Connor here at the club first!


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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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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
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.

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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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