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The Blues Band: 38 Years and Counting!

What does a great, lively musical tradition demand? Discipline, devotion, passion and love. Whether it’s Beethoven or B. B. King, Howlin’ Wolf or Handel, it all sounds better with a huge helping of skill, virtuosity and feeling. So when it comes to the Blues, aficionados of the genre can relax, because with The Blues Band, their music’s in good hands.

Formed in 1979 by five seasoned musicians, The Blues Band are celebrating 38 glorious years as Britain and Europe’s leading exponents of one of the greatest musical traditions of all time. It began back then with a phone call by Paul Jones, actor, singer, musician and radio presenter, no stranger to the pop charts throughout the 1960s as front man for the hugely successful Manfred Mann. His fellow Manfred Tom McGuinness shared the same love of the music - he’d started out with Eric Clapton in the Roosters. And they knew the right people to make their idea for a band ‘just to play the blues’ work; they brought in legendary slide guitar man and singer Dave Kelly, who brought along a talented fellow musician, bassist Gary Fletcher. With the addition of Tom’s chart-topping partner from McGuinness Flint, drummer Hughie Flint, (ex-John Mayall’s Blues Breakers), that first line-up stormed the post-punk music scene, and contrary to their expectations, they soon left the pub scene behind for an international career playing the music they loved. After two and a half years, Hughie Flint left due to the pressures of touring. His place was admirably filled by another fine drummer, Rob Townsend, a member of one of Britain’s most eclectic, legendary outfits, Family.

The rest, as the saying goes, is history. But what history. TV, films, a stadium tour with Dire Straits, over 20 albums, within a few years the Blues Band’s deep, well-tended roots had brought them the status of lasting legends. From Greece to Finland, Poland to Portugal, Italy to Denmark, when the Blues Band arrive, the fans turn out in their thousands. What’s on offer is always the same; a stunning menu of original compositions and blues classics, all delivered with passion, knowledge, love of the genre and entertaining showmanship. Other blues groups come and go, but it takes something special to achieve the iconic prestige enjoyed by The Blues Band. If you want to know what 38 years of skill and devotion sound like, here’s your chance - if you love the blues, it doesn’t get any better than The Blues Band.

After more than 45 years of continuous service, The Pretty Things remain a significant, challenging force in rock and roll. Despite their veteran status, their contemporary relevance, undiminished energy & inspirational commitment inspire emerging generations of new artists and young fans, whilst retaining their devoted, fanatical, core fan base.

Their career is a tribute to righteous, unswerving convictions, always chosen over a quick buck. It is no surprise that guitarist Dick Taylor chose to leave The Rolling Stones, which he had formed with Mick & Keith, to pursue a more raw level of energy with The Pretty Things. And they still retain that energy, as befits one of this country’s most exciting live acts, whilst their recordings and song-writing maintain the same levels of inspiration and innovation that were set back in 1964, with the world’s first and best ever “Garage” anthem – “Rosalyn”.

Under-rated and often overlooked, The Pretty Things have had a seminal influence on rock music, which is more far-reaching than any casual observation would suggest, and their career is littered with many groundbreaking “firsts” - most of which are not universally known or recognised. Their diverse and unexpected history has spawned countless imitators, many of whom have seen greater commercial success than their heroes, but The Pretty Things remain the original and the best. Not content with being the first ever “garage” band, glowingly acknowledged by Iggy, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana, & The Libertines, as a primal influence and guiding light. They created a world of rock and roll attitude (the first ever rock & roll drugs bust and a lifetime ban from Australia and New Zealand provide credentials!) and still found time to create a cult world of incredible ground-breaking music - which is as influential now as their attitude was then...... Now read on:

The Pretty Things were responsible for the world’s 1st ever Rock Opera. Recorded in 1967 alongside The Beatles & The Pink Floyd at Abbey Road – “S. F. Sorrow” was the acknowledged template for The Who’s Tommy, and was, in 1998, another first, when it was recorded live at Abbey Road, with David Gilmour on guitar, for the world’s first ever Global Broadband Netcast. This template for the Classic Rock Opera was often copied, but never bettered. Their template for the live recording of a classic album was picked up a few years later, & the shelves are now filled with similar formats of great records - “Forever Changes”, “Oddessey & Oracle”, and many others...... Where The Pretty Things lead, it seems, the rest will follow.

Following “S.F. Sorrow” the band created another, incredibly significant first. They wrote and recorded the remarkable album - “Parachute”. Recorded again at Abbey Road, it was voted Rolling Stone magazine’s first Record of The Year of the 1970’s, outclassing Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, The Stones, and The Who. More importantly, “Parachute” was the only Rolling Stone Record of The Year, ever awarded to Berry Gordy & Tamla Motown, who had cannily signed The Pretty Things the year before, specifically to access the emerging and influential rock and roll album market. Few realise that it took The Pretty Things to grant Berry Gordy his most valued wish.... Album credibility. “Parachute” was recognised by The Pink Floyd” as the inspiration for “Dark Side of The Moon”...... and the rest is history (albeit not that well known!).

In 1974 The Pretty Things were chosen as the first band to sign to Led Zeppelin’s new label – Swansong. This association re-kindled a long-standing relationship with manager, Peter Grant, and the band’s old friends Jimmy Page (who played with them on record in 1965) & Robert Plant. It also spawned two great albums & gave the band their first ever US chart LP, with “Silk Torpedo”. A raft of tours and shows with Zeppelin, & a Hollywood Boulevard Billboard were a tribute to the band’s US status at that time.... and their new profile spawned a lifelong friendship with Aerosmith’s Stephen Tyler – who acknowledges Phil May, the band’s singer, as his primal influence....

Throughout the 1980’s the band undertook the huge task of attempting to get all their recorded copyrights back from their original record companies, who had universally failed to pay them or render any accounts. Undaunted by this massive task, they became the first of the 1960’s bands in history to gain control of all their work. And in 1995, after ten years of court battles, they released another first – a dedicated 2 CD long-box that set the standard for all catalogue releases for the next ten years. The reviews were ecstatic and the set highlighted their incredible career and work. Since the catalogue long-box issue, the band has had all its’ history lovingly re-mastered and re-issued, and their entire catalogue is easily the best presented of almost any of their peer group.

They have remained busy in the last ten years – two great studio albums – Rage Before Beauty & Balboa Island - have been received with 5 Star reviews by the press, and the sales have been parallel with contemporary Stones records. This year they were awarded the first ever Mojo Hero’s Award, presented by Seasick Steve and Kasabian. They played with Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park (at his request) & headlined the Childline Rocks show at the O2. They even found time to promote a sell-out tribute concert at The 100 Club for lifelong friend and inspiration – Bo Diddley – which was attended by Jimmy Page, and half of London’s press and chattering classes. They work constantly, and headline Festival shows throughout Europe, including The I.O.W. Bestival this year, easily the coolest and most influential of all the UK’s summer offerings.

Last year lifelong publisher and original manager, Bryan Morrison, sadly died, and Phil May was the music representative speaker at his funeral. Bryan built his music and publishing empire on The Pretty Things, and freely admitted he “bought me Polo Club” out of their original royalties. Bryan was the first to acknowledge that he would never have attracted Marc Bolan, The Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, or any of his major publishing artists, without the credibility that The Pretty Things provided as his initial publishing act. Managers, agents and publishers who cut their teeth on The Pretty Things include: Bryan, Steve O’ Rourke, Tony Howard, Neil Warnock & Peter Grant. And they all learned how it was done with these guys...

Through their entire career, The Pretty Things have written, performed, and created informed, intelligent, ground-breaking, and original music, enabled by powerful, melodic writing that has kept this incredible band alive for more than 45 years..... This should be a secret that everyone knows......



The British hard rock supergroup was originally founded in 2011 by former Whitesnake/David Coverdale members Micky Moody and Neil Murray along with the perfect mix of high calibre musicians including Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath live), and Chris Ousey (Heartland).

Snakecharmer played live shows regularly in support of their debut self-titled album’s release and built a solid fanbase in the UK and Europe. In 2016, Moody left the band and was replaced by the Irish-born Simon McBride on lead guitar.

After the release of Second Skin, the band found its own unique musical identity and in particular Laurie Wisefield and Chris Ousey have contributed some very powerful and melodic songs, which still have the Snakecharmer blues-rock distinctive trademarks.

The band can’t wait to get out on tour and play some of the new songs, together with the best of our established classics, both Snakecharmer and Whitesnake, and showcase our new virtuoso guitarist, the brilliant Simon McBride.


London-based Albany Down are a contemporary rock band with influences ranging from classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Thunder to modern bands such as The Black Keys and Clutch.  They combine a vintage rock-blues sensitivity with a contemporary aggressive energy.

Albany Down are Paul Muir on vocals, guitarist Paul Turley, drummer Donna Peters and bassistBilly Dedman and they have already recorded two albums with award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME, Super Furry Animals).

These guys are really going somewhere; make sure they take you with them!" – Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

The band is a hard-working, road-tested outfit, which has been well received at various UK festivals including the Maryport International Rock and Blues Festival; The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival (Colne); and The Great British Rock and Blues Festival (Skegness); as well as at venues like Barfly Camden and the legendary 100 Club.

In 2014, they toured the UK supporting New Jersey’s Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, which included the highlight of their year when they played at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.  This was followed by appearances at festivals in Belgium and the Netherlands before a very successful tour of Germany with The Brew.

Blues Rock Review offered a fair assessment of both the band and their 2011 debut album: “South of the City” is a solid debut album from Albany Down and they will be an interesting band to watch develop in the coming years”.  The album clearly showcased what the band are capable of – ranging from the superbly arranged “Mercy” to the low-down dirty, slide-led blues epic of the title track.

Their formidable second album, “Not Over Yet”, released in 2013, is full of their strongest songs, lingering melodies and great musicianship.  And where vocalist Paul Muir could previously have been compared to the likes of Paul Rodgers, he stamps his own personality on this album, while guitarist Paul Turley produces a virtuoso impassioned performance.  Traditionally a band’s second album is regarded as being problematical but Albany Down turned that notion on its head.

Their live show never disappoints.  The band run on pure adrenalin, unrelenting energy and raw emotion and soon have any crowd entranced.  The music is based on thunderous guitar riffs and pounding drums juxtaposed with soulful, soaring, emotionally-charged ballads.

Rock blogger Neil Mach probably got it right, when he recently described the band; “As hot as volcanic ash and yet as cool as snow slippers.”

Not Over Yet” is an aptly titled album and an accurate barometer of a band on the up-escalator currently tearing up venues around the UK and Europe.  Having already generated over 7,500 Facebook fans, the band are due to start work on their third studio album in 2015. 

Both Albany Down albums, “South of The City” (2011) and “Not Over Yet” (2013) are available for download on iTunes and Amazon.

Albany Down is the new voice of British rock music.  A blend of contemporary rock and blues – with added brilliance on top.  See for yourself.”



Mark Pontin is a genuine "triple threat". If he were solely a singer, the new album ’Textures’ from The Mark Pontin Group would stand head and shoulders above the pack on that strength alone. His effortless vocals can turn on a dime from gritty and raw to smooth and melodic, displaying enviable range without the strain and the kind of control and dynamics rarely seen in a blues/rock context. His abilities as a guitarist easily put him in the upper echelons of blues and rock players, in the UK or anywhere else for that matter. His beautifully nuanced playing, musicianly without over-indulgence, at times wrangles massive sounds from a Marshall amp, at others coaxes delicate harmonics from an acoustic guitar. As a songwriter, Mark displays the kind of versatility rarely seen within the often predictably rigid confines of the blues/rock scene and demonstrates how easily - when you know how - the genre can incorporate shades of jazz, funk, soul and pop music.

In the short period since the release of their 2013 debut Days Of Destiny, The Mark Pontin Group established themselves firmly on the UK Blues/Rock scene. Extensive UK tours, festival appearances and stages shared with the likes of Walter Trout and Royal Southern Brotherhood forged the band into a formidable live act.The Mark Pontin Group are never happier than when they are on the stage utilising not only their remarkable individual talents but also great interplay and improvisation, with no two shows ever being the same. Obvious comparisons could be made to Cream or Hendrix though it could be said that MPGs abilities range further still, incorporating a rich variety of flavours into their own secret formula. Now, with their new album Textures it is clear that the bar for contemporary blues/rock has been raised and The Mark Pontin Group is a force to be reckoned with.





Fast losing their reputation as the “best kept” blues secret in the UK, Backbone Blues Band are setting a pace to 2016 and ‘17 with a busy and varied schedule. Although still a British rarity; they are better known in the USA than in the Thames Valley, from where most of them hail, and with their 6th annual tour of the States under their belt in October 2015, the band are tipping their hat at the next twelve months here at home.

Their reputation is growing fast and has attracted the attention of visiting American artists Loomis Hamilton and Larry Garner for whom they’ve played support, as well as the UK’s young slinger, Laurence Jones who they’ve recently shared a stage with at Reading and Rebecca Downes. 

Their second album ‘Which Way To The Blues’ was released in late summer 2015, and received a glowing review in Blues in Britain magazine; they said ‘an album full of highly enjoyable goodies by five guys at the top of their blues’. Their first album in 2013 ‘Made in Britain’ enjoyed similar reviews and was promoted live on the famous Sonny Payne’s radio show in Helena Arkansas, ‘King Biscuit Time’. “More of a privilege than a promotional stunt, Sonny’s a genuine hero of the blues” commented Duncan Highet, the band’s bass player and singer.

They’ve played from ‘Beale to Bourbon’ on their USA tours, including Beale St in Memphis, King Biscuit Festival in Helena, the Balcony Music Club and Bamboulas in New Orleans and the world famous Ground Zero Blues Club, where they have an entire Sunday dedicated to them under the billing, “The Big British Blues Brunch”. They fold all that experience into their performances back in the UK. Influenced by the old blues men and inspired by the new, their music has blues at its heart, and is threaded with soul, rock and country and delivers a style that’s both eclectic in its construction, but unmistakably “Backbone” in its delivery.

“What we’ve learned most from our tours of the Delta, is that as well as the music, you have to put on a show. Just playing well isn’t enough” says Tony Seaman one of the band’s guitarists. “You can’t just shuffle on stage in old jeans and a scruffy T-shirt, you have to pay your dues and pay respect to the music and audience”. Frank McConnell the other guitarist in the band expands on the theme, “We play songs. Yes it’s plainly the blues, but not predictably so; well written, well-constructed and well-executed songs is what try to do, we’re also choosy about the covers we play and give them the full Backbone treatment too”.

Backbone are a band that have clearly worked hard at what they do. With a tight rhythm section, creative guitars and keys and soulful vocals, they deliver a sound that grooves when it swings and punches well above its weight when it rocks.



BAND BIOGRAPHY:  The first Blue Commotion gig in February 2012 was a culmination of a ten-year musical partnership between Zoë Schwarz and guitarist Rob Koral.  Through their intense musical journey and compatible desire, they developed a perfect collaboration and empathy, which, when analysed, comes from two completely different starting points.  Because of this melting pot of musical diversity, there is a depth and uniqueness to the band's music which is hard to pigeon-hole and categorise.

Into the mix comes the sheer virtuosity of each of the band members who are allowed the freedom to express their musical authority, and stamp their own personal magic to the song writing of Zoë and Rob.  A testament to this chemistry is the sheer volume of music coming out of the band, and 'I'll Be Yours Tonight' is Blue Commotion's fourth album in three years.

Zoë 's unique, yearning vocal style is blended with Rob's ability to come up with catchy vibrant riffs and musical arrangements, which stretch the term 'blues' and keep it moving forward so as to be relevant for our current times.  There is no ridged musical template for Blue Commotion, the only stipulation is that it feels good, tastes good and sounds good.  The band pride themselves on filling their 'live' and album sets with original music.

During this four-year period the band has covered an enormous amount of ground and received over-whelming critical acclaim, with a growing and steady stream of festivals and club dates through out 2016 and beyond.





“The Ambassador of British Blues” is back in the UK with a rave-reviewed power-trio blues-rock album show.
 
The accolades for Martin’s live and recorded work are legion:
“Superb” Paul Jones BBC Radio 2, “Blistering slide guitar” Guitarist Magazine “A live show not to be missed“ Blues Revue USA “Brilliant songwriting” Rootstime.
 
His “Black White and Blue” show will leave you awe-inspired at the power and freshness of Modern Blues in the hands of one its most remarkable practitioners.
 
Winner of the Blues Act of the South West Award and with Nominations for countless European and UK Blues awards, he is also one of the few UK Blues musicians to win continued acclaim in the USA where he had one man band residencies in Jook Joints in Clarksdale Mississippi and toured the “chitlin circuit” with a crack Texan band earlier in his career.
 
He is also the most prolific UK blues artist of his generation according to the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings who dubbed him a “a master of acoustic and electric blues”.
 
Blues with a pedigree second-to-none is what Eddie Martin represents on the UK circuit.  Or, to quote one reviewer “What a joy..rich with intelligent writing…Martin plays lead guitar like the greats, but his multi-instrumental virtuosity means he is also able to push boundaries and deliver the unexpected..fresh and alive with energy…An impressive display of blues-rock virtuosity”




Xander and the Peace Pirates are a testament to musical integrity and personal strength. Combining soul, blues and rock, their pervasive blend of inspired song writing and memorable performances has already seen them enrapture audiences from around the world.

Brothers Keith and Stu Xander were discovered on YouTube by Gibson Brands CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, and during their subsequent performances for the company at numerous international events, the band caught the attention of not just an ever-growing collective of fans but also industry legends such as Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Rolling Stones) and Rick Allen (Def Leppard).

Defying all expectations, lead singer and guitarist Keith Xander was born without a right arm below the elbow and plays guitar using a prosthesis and hook with a pick attached at the end. Although many who have seen Keith play believe him to be an extraordinary guitarist despite of his (falsely) perceived ‘disability’, he is a virtuoso musician in his own right and his playing rivals the best in the industry.

2014 saw the band establish themselves as a live-performance juggernaut after concluding their 5-year tenure as the resident band at Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club pub; supporting guitar royalty Joe Bonamassa and Joe Satriani at ‘Classic Rocknacht’ in Loreley, Germany; and finally culminating in being personally invited to support ex-Whitesnake and Blues-guitar hero Bernie Marsden on his UK tour.
In 2015 the band have gone on to share the stage with the likes of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Robben Ford and have since signed with V2 Records for whom they recorded their debut album titled ‘11:11’ which was released in November 2016.
 
With haunting riffs, ingenious melodies, and a uniquely infectious charisma, Xander and the Peace Pirates continue to share their musical passion to standing ovations, while spreading a universal message of peace, love and harmony.



Crow Black Chicken have earned a reputation as one of Ireland's top blues acts. Their sound combines elements of folk and hard rock with the blues rock of bands like Gov't Mule, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Led Zeppelin.  An extremely hard working band, they have built up a strong underground following throughout Ireland, the US, and Europe with multiple well received tours and one off gigs, including a slot at Glastonbury.


After back-pedalling on his solo career to start a family, Simon McBride “the man who everyone wants in their band” is back on the road with his own jet-fuelled outfit.

The turn of 2016 saw McBride touring with Ian Gillan, filling the shoes of Ritchie Blackmore in a programme of Deep Purple songs that played across Europe. The first half of 2017 has him touring with uber-keyboardist Don Airey (another member of Deep Purple), followed by an outing with Whitesnake offshoot, Snakecharmer.

With his band of fellow Irishmen Marty McCloskey (drums) and Dave Marks (bass) Simon delivers his own distinctive songs (“Hugely accomplished” MOJO) along with crowd-pleasers from the likes of Hendrix and Free plus of course, explosive guitar playing!

His guitar skills (“Among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world” GUITARIST) have made him a go-to guitarist on the British Blues-rock scene, admired among professionals, followed by enthusiasts, and endorsed by some of the biggest brands on the guitar scene.

Rewind to the early nineties and you didn’t have to squint to spot future greatness in the unassuming kid from Belfast, who picked up his first guitar at ten, eschewing formal lessons to bend his fingers around the music of Free, Jeff Beck and Hendrix. At 16 he turned pro, leaving education behind to wow the world as a hired gun in projects that ranged from filling Vivian Campbell’s shoes in Sweet Savage, to R&B and soul with ex-Commitments vocalist Andrew Strong. Touring in his own right he has supported Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa and played major festivals around Europe.



Saiichi Sugiyama Band is a group of musicians hailing from Surrey/London brought together in 2010 by the guitarist/composer Saiichi [pronounced: “sigh-eee-chee”], an authoritative live performer who has a career spanning 25+ years as a solo artist in the British blues scene.

With potent and melodic original music that harks back to the halcyon days of rock and soul, 1965-1974, when blues was in the pop charts and all you needed was love, the band is a stand out while their songs carry lyricist by the Cream wordsmith Pete Brown.
The band’s single, ‘Melting Away’ was described by Classic Rock Magazine as “reminiscent of Free at their most powerful … an emotional slice of blues-rock”. It was one of the last recordings by the legendary Free bassist, the late Andy Fraser.


"...Split Whiskers have their roots firmly planted in Chicago blues, crossing boundaries into rock, americana with more than a hint of the Delta. Fronted by Gilby ‘Fat Slim’ Fletcher on vocals and blues harp and Johnny ‘Magic Boy’ Wright on vocals, acoustic, resonator & electric guitars: They are joined on drums by the very talented Tony Hill. On bass, the ever vibrant Claudia 'Beads' McKenzie and completing the line up, Matt ‘Big Willie’ Willshaw on keys". The band’s fame is spreading and they are becoming one of the busiest bands at blues venues around the UK, in particular in great demand on the Festival circuit. Their superb musicianship, along with their infectious humour on stage, promises a great evening’s entertainment Having played over 1000 gigs together and now into their second decade of playing, they have a rich heritage in the Blues. Recently retired founder member Mick ‘Chippy Carpenter played with some true Blues greats including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Hubert Sumlin and Gilby’s Harmonica Hero, Little Walter Jacobs. Jump 50 years to the present and the current Whiskers line up and it’s easy to appreciate a multitude of influences from, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix & B.B.King to, Little Feat, Ray Charles & Dr.John. Influences, yes! Copies, No! Split Whiskers are making their own stamp on The British Blues Scene with their unique style and interpretation of the genre including a rapidly growing index of original material. With a wealth of experience between them, they’re a joy to watch and listen to. This energetic 5 piece from Cambridge and Leicester are currently assembling their 4th album. “Double Bind”. It’s a mix consisting of their favourite original material with a couple of cracking covers thrown in for good measure. Watch this Space!




Writing and playing their own Blues, Blues Rock, plus a little something in between, Southbound are heavily influenced by a heady mix of Blues, Southern Rock, Latin Rock and Motown and the music that they love listening to: Allman Brothers Band, Humble Pie, Santana, Ry Cooder, Peter Green, Rolling Stones, and a huge variety of other artists and bands.

These influences blend into the Southbound sound that they hope is entertaining to both listen to and watch live.

2016 has been an exciting year for the guys, having just released their self-titled 7 track EP which was recorded with the brilliant Aidan Connell at Goldmine and the hugely experienced genius Steve Honest at Hackney Road Studios- they are proud to showcase a selection of songs from the repertoire of material that they have been writing and arranging together as a band. 

They have tried to replicate their live sound without too much studio trickery- with most tracks recorded studio live, but they still manage to achieve a warm rich and at times punchy sound that they were looking for.

Southbound love to perform live and work hard at being entertaining, this year they have been so lucky to be invited to perform at some truly iconic London venues: Troubadour, Borderline, Half Moon Putney and the 100 Club Oxford Street, both on their own on their own and also as support to some fantastic artists and bands.

Further afield they are so proud to be performing at some exciting Blues Rhythm and Rock festivals in 2016, Wolverhampton, Doncaster, and shortly this summer, Durham, Cleethorpes and Harpenden on the same billing with KING KING, KYLA BROX, LAWRENCE JONES, CLIMAX BLUES BAND, TOM SEALS to name but a few- exciting times for the guys!.




21 year old Joe’s influences range from Blues, Rock, into Soul with a hint of Folk and Country. His own material takes up a good chunk, but everything else has the Joe Anderton style stamped all over. With a bunch of experienced guys in his band… it’s fresh; psychedelically serious!




Bristol based Elles Bailey hasn't been dubbed a 'Blues Princess' for no reason. This young Bristolian cuts right against the grain in so many ways, that’s probably why she’s such a rapidly rising star in the British music scene. Her husky toned, lived-in voice sounds like she drinks Jack Daniels neat from the bottle and has a 60-a-day habit, was caused by a serious illness when she was three causing her throat to almost close up! 

Nowadays Elles and her band (made up of some of Bristol’s brightest and finest) are currently tearing up the UK and European scene, scoring raves reviews at every place they play from Bristol to Berlin, with energy packed hi-octane performances. That trademark gravelly voice providing the lead. 

She is backed in the studio by well known producer Brian Banks (of Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie collaboration) and Elles is certainly headed for big things. And rightly so, this captivating, hard-working songstress mixes the soul of the blues & blends of country with a contemporary edge, featuring meaningful and personal lyrics, big anthemic choruses and smooth blends of pop sensibilities. Her songs showcase her amazing vocal talent and her band’s incredible musicianship. She has been featured numerous times in print and on radio, had one of her songs used on an iShares advert and has been steadily building a dedicated following from the sensational live performances.

Her last EP features Spencer Ludwig on the second track ‘Heart Go Oooh’. Ludwig, plays trumpet for the LA band Capital Cities, who had a top ten hit with their single ‘Safe and Sound’ and have just finished opening for Katy Perry on her Prismatic Tour. 

Elles had a busy 2015, releasing her ‘Who am I to me EP’ and touring the UK and Europe in January, February and March then playing the summer festival circuit, and doing a mini tour in October. 2016 is set to be even businer -  She has currently just finsihed an extensive tour of Europe taking the south of the UK, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Austria, finisging on home town soil with a slot at The Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival.

As well as writing and touring her own music Elles actively supports new talent in the music industry. She has just taken a post as Head of Production & Host of Positively Talented, the newest station brought to you by Noel Edmonds, part of his PositivityRadio.World. Positively Talented provides a global stage for singers, musicians, producers and writers who want to break into the tightly controlled music industry. Broadcasting 24/7 around the world Positively Talented aims to showcase and playlist the finest “unsigned’ & “undiscovered” performers alongside more world renowned artists. For more information, to hear the station or to submit music please head to Positively Talented.



Grizzly first gained wider recognition as front man for Grizzly and the Grasshoppers.  Based in Hants/Surrey, he has been touring all over the south of England for the past several years appearing with the band, and as a solo artist, at pubs, clubs, art centres and festivals incl   Weyfest, Labyrinth Roots & Blues, Rhythmtree, Boomtown,  Henry`s Little Big Gig, Chilled in a Field, Lowdefest, WonkyDonk, Guildford Beer Festival, Winchester Ale Festival, Eat Drink Bristol Festival, to name just a few.
 
Grizzly`s distinctive raw vocals and original music ranges from folk songs to foot-stomping roots & blues tunes that keep his loyal followers coming back for more.  Featured instruments include, Weissenborn lap slide and electric lap steel guitars, acoustic guitar, Dobro, stomp box, djembe and harmonica.


Rainbreakers express an undeniable influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, with contemporary artists also having a huge impact of the group's sound. When moulded together this creates a timeless spirit that weaves between the borders of rock, pop, blues and soul.

Since the release of their debut EP ‘Blood Not Brass’ in 2015, the four-piece from Shropshire have acquired critical acclaim. This has given the band the leverage and momentum to sustain a dominant presence among the circuit.

Coupled with their fervent live performance, Rainbreakers have acquired global and national press. The Blues Magazine have featured the band’s music on numerous occasions, while Blues Matters has given nothing but positive words towards the release, highlighting their adaptable musicality in combining the old with the new.

Passionate to deliver authenticity, the band have sustained an honest and ever growing following through a relentless desire to perform. This has seen them play stages such as London’s famous 100 Club to The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, which saw them win a spot on Centre Stage in 2017.

Rainbreakers have no intention of slowing down and 2016 is already shaping up to be a busy year for the band.



The Ryk Mead Band, are indeed a blues band but by definition a lot more. A Stunning Power Blues, Jazz, Rock Trio.
  
Through playing many different styles of music it has always been the case that the blues has had a deep influence on whatever type of material I’ve played. As time progressed, so did the inclination to select the more obscure and less trodden path of song and material I wanted to play.
It's hard to say whether this is my influence on the other members of the band or if the others have joined because they feel the same about the way music has influenced them. Whatever the case my band has developed a style of its own.

When i play live the set may change from night to night. We might suddenly change an arrangement or change direction at any moment within a song. The basis of the song stays the same but things change, imagination and feel for the moment take over; something new is created. Not even the guy’s in the band know when it's coming. This creates a tension and excitement that means things evolve and develop night by night.  With hard work it becomes possible. This makes every gig potentially electrifying and new.

Ryk Mead, singer/guitarist, songwriter, Musical Director; Heart and soul of the band. A confirmed guitar virtuoso, started a gigging career on stage in the late 60s, touring in Germany from October 1969, he has built a reputation on solid experience gained alongside some of the worlds famous names, such as: Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, The Pretty Things, Steve Waller (Manfred Man's Earth Band), Paul Fox and Dave Ruffy (The Ruts), Elmer Gantry (Stretch / Alan Parsons Project) Beverley Martyn (partner of former icon John Martyn) and a host supporting musicians from the professional arena. Working through many styles and genres, as professionals often do, Ryk has paid his dues and now has a world of experience to draw on. But if you listen you will hear in all these styles the heart of the blues.

Internationally, this native Londoner is performing all over the world, from China to the United States. Recently appeared in the USA as supporting act for Willy Nelson, and in Europe often touring France.

SOLID ENTERTAINMENTS Presents... ILFRACOMBE BLUES, RHYTHM & ROCK FESTIVAL