New Crawdaddy Club

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

May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Storm Warning

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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.

Support this evening from Connor Selby (solo)


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Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Greg Coulson

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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!


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Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Ash Wilson

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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.


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Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

The Feelgood Band

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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.


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Jun
29
8:00 PM20:00

Ron Sayer Jr. and Charlotte Joyce

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

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

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

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


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Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Guy Tortora Band

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

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

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

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


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Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Bad Influence

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

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

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

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

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

Club favourites and not to be missed!


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Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Aynsley Lister

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOT TO BE MISSED!


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Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Spikedrivers

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

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

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

NOT TO BE MISSED !!


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May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Rainbreakers

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Rainbreakers, a four piece outfit from Shrewsbury, have been hailed as one of the freshest new sounds on the UK Blues Rock and Soul circuit.

The band have developed a distinctive sound that embodies a fusion of dynamic musical elements that bridges the gap be-tween Blues, Rock, Pop and Soul.

In 2016, Rainbreakers reached new heights with a string of live dates up and down the country supporting the likes of The Devon Allman Band, Laurence Jones & Ryan McGarvey. Their performance at last year’s Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness saw them win the crowd vote on the Introducing stage and gain a place on the Main Stage at this year’s festival.

The band’s efforts gained the attention of the British Blues Awards, who nominated the band for the Barry Middleton Award for ‘Best Emerging Artist’ in 2016.

With the release of their album ‘Rise Up’ in April 2017, Rainbreakers showcase their fascination with the sounds of the past, ranging from soul melodies and psychedelic sounds, to garage-rock riffs and R&B grooves.

A new band to the club and one not to be missed!

Support this evening from Richard Townend


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May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Chris King Robinson

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In 2012, Chris was given the ultimate accolade of being one of the top undiscovered gui-tarists worldwide by the acclaimed international music photographer Robert Knight, who in partnership with guitar manufacturer Fender was searching the globe to find the next great guitarist.

Footage of the youngster playing in John Henry’s rehearsal studios in London was posted online and his online popularity started to soar gaining millions of hits on YouTube. He then became Twitter’s most followed blues guitarist worldwide.

Chris’s first single ‘Lipstick On Her Cigar’ hit No.1 on the iTunes & Amazon Blues charts after just one day of sales and, in 2014, Chris formed his own 4-piece group which quickly gained recognition as one of the most exciting live bands in the country.

The band consists of Tom Relihan, drums, and Nigel Turner on bass.

2015 was the defining year for Chris and his band, fresh from a 2 week USA tour, Chris's debut EP 'Tell Me Why You're Scared' set the world alight by flying to No.1 spot on both the Amazon and the iTunes Blues Album charts.

At the age of just 24, this is only the beginning for a guitarist who many think will become the standard bearer for ‘The Blues’ for years to come.


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May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Tom C. Walker

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I can’t think of a better opener for our new venue than The Tom C. Walker Band who make a welcome return visit fresh from their storming gig at the British Rock & Blues Festival.

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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