Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend

Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend

 

Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun
For May Bank Holiday Weekend

 

Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend. Re-branding from Stafford Blues Festival  and change of direction now in 2017 the festival a celebration of music from Rock, Reggae, Soul and the Blues.

This is a family friendly festival with superb sound within an amazing setting Lower Drayton Farm between Stafford and Penkridge with a campsite. Find out all the information you need HERE

Who is Playing? Across The Weekend 

 The Shine – Chelsea Coleman – The Bad Rats – Used Blues – Ged Wilson – Vivian Sugarlove Jones – The Rock Dogs – Bobby KP Woods – Judy Emeline – Gabbidon Band – Iconic Eye- Voodoo Stone – Barrelhouse Jukes – Black Rose Cadillac – Slyder – Zoe Green – Bloke – Stuart Woolfenden and more to be announced

Check here for information about the bands playing for you over the weekend – HERE

What To Expect?

From Friday through to Sunday night a melting pot of live music. Free Camping and children under 16 are free making the music affordable for the whole family. Great food available at a reasonable cost that can be enjoyed with fair priced drinks from the beer tent.

 

Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend

Buy Tickets HERE

 

Staffs Festival The Family Festival Music Fun For May Bank Holiday Weekend

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014Fish @ The Globe, Cardiff – December 2014
Brit Floyd @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – December 2014
Banned From Utopia @ The Scene, Swansea – December 2014
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus @ The Flowerpot, Derby – November 2014
Bellowhead @ St David’s Hall Cardiff – November 2014
Stevie Nimmo Trio & Ali Clinton Band @ The Flowerpot, Derby – November 2014
Show Of Hands @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – November 2014
Rich Robinson Band & Federal Charm @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2014
Joanne Shaw Taylor @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2014
Mike Zito & The Wheel and Samantha Fish @ The Scene Swansea – November 2014Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014
Sandi Thom @ Pontardawe Arts Centre – November 2014
Katie Bradley & Kirk Fletcher @The Convent – Stroud ~ October 2014
Laurence Jones @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale – Oct 2014
King King supporting John Mayall @St David’s Hall – October 2014
Larry Miller @ The Globe, Cardiff – October 2014
Guy Tortora & Ben Tyzack @Southhill Park, Bracknell – October 2014
Carl Verheyen @ The Globe, Cardiff – September 2014
ELO Again @ St David’s Hall – September 2014
Grainne Duffy @Beaufort Theatre, Beaufort September 2014
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014Cut The Funk – Riffs Bar, Swindon – Aug 2014
Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson – The Moon Club, Cardiff – Aug 2014
Layla Zoe & Ali Clinton Band – Robin 2, Bilston – July 2014
Paul Weller @ Cardiff Castle – July 2014
JJ Grey & Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band – Brooklyn Bowl, London – July 2014
Lisa Mills & Ian Jennings @ West End Club, Barry – July 2014
The Heritage Blues Orchestra @ The Moon Club, Cardiff – July 2014
Larry Miller @ The Scene, Swansea – June 2014
Blind Boys Of Alabama @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – June 2014
Royal Southern Brotherhood @ The Globe, Cardiff – June 2014
Ryan McGarvey @ The Met, Abertillery June 2014
Hamilton Loomis with Mark Pontin Band supporting @ The Garage, Swansea June 2014
Robert Cray Band @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff May 2014
Ian Siegal & Quimby @ La Scala, London – May 2014
Ian Anderson @ Colston Hall, Bristol – May 2014
Jeff Beck @ Colston Hall, Bristol – May 2014
Gwyn Ashton Solo @ The Garage, Swansea May 2014
Jo Harman & Company @ Beaufort Theatre, Beaufort – April 2014
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2014The Hoax Supported by Well Hung Heart & Federal Charm @ The Globe Cardiff – April 2014
Ian Siegal Solo @ The Garage, Swansea – April 2014
Paul Carrack @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – April 2014
Wooden Horse @ West End Club, Barry – March 2014
Simon McBride @ The Garage, Swansea – March 2014
Giles Robson @ The Garage, Swansea – Feb 2014
Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – Feb 2014
Babajack with support from Rita Payne @ The Flowerpot, Derby – Feb 2014

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Northsyde @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Stark @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Chantel McGregor @ The Tunnels Bristol – December 2015
Waterboys @ Colston Hall, Bristol – December 2015
Planet Rockstock 
Jamie Smith’s Mabon @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – November 2015
The Grahams @ The Convent, Stroud via Netgig November 2015
Spikedrivers ~ Pontardawre Arts Centre – Pontardawre November 2015
Joe Satriani with special guest Dan Patlansky ~ Live at St David’s Hall, Cardiff Nov 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Steve Hackett ~ Live at Colston Hall Bristol October 2015
Joe Bonamassa Live @ Motorpoint, Cardiff October 2015
Glenn Hughes & Special Guest Jared James Nichols @ Robin 2, Bilston – October 2015
Steve Earle @ Colston Hall Bristol – October 2015
Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons @ St Davids Hall Cardiff October 2015
Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite @ The Convent, Stroud – September 2015
Crosby Stills & Nash @ The Motorpoint, Cardiff – September 2015
Kirk Fletcher @ The Convent Club, Stroud – September 2015
Aynsley Lister @ The Tunnels, Bristol – August 2015
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Babajack & Marcus Bonfanti @ The Cube, Malvern – July 2015
Cara Dillon @ The Convent Club, Stroud
James Hunter Six @ The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
Brother Strut @ The Globe Cardiff, July 2015
Coolhand Album Launch @ The Globe, Cardiff July 2015
The Jar Family @ The Convent Club, Stroud, July 2015
Amy Wadge & Pete Riley @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Elvis Costello @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Suzanne Vega @ Colston Hall, July 2015
Dave Arcari @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale June 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Doug MacLeod @ The Convent Nr, Stroud, Glos June 2015
Blues on The Farm
Ben Poole supported by The Della Grants @ The Flowerpot, Derby May 2015
Larry Miller @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale May 2015
Dana Fuchs Live @ The Tunnels, Bristol May 2015
Gill Landry Guest of Laura Marling @ Colston Hall May 2015
Kara Grainger: Live @ The Convent Club May 2015
Beth Hart: Live @ Colston Hall May 2015
Dan Patlansky with Tristan MacKay Opening @ The Borderline, London April 2015<a
Mike and The Mechanics @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff April 2015
Band Of Friends @ The Globe, Cardiff April 2015
Duke Garwood @ The Louisiana, Bristol April 2015
Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Ben Poole @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Grand Opening @The Convent Club, Stroud, April 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Tunnels, Bristol March 2015
The Handsome Family @ The Globe, Cardiff March 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Flowerpot, Derby – March 2015
Oysterband @ The Garage, Swansea – March 2015
King King with support from Laurence Jones @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2015
Joan Armatrading @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
10cc @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
JAKS & Introducing Stage @ Great British Blues Festival ~ Skegness 2015 – January 2015
Thomas Ford @ West End Club Barry
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – February 2015
Marcus Bonfanti @ The Prince Of Wales, Ledbury – February 2015
Chantel McGregor @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale – Jan 2015
Paul Carrack @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Johnny Cash Roadshow @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

FESTIVALS

Rock & Blues Weekend – Friday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Saturday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Sunday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
HRH Blues – O2 Academy Sheffield – April 2016
Blues On The Farm Pump Bottom Farm – June 16th – 19th June
Steelhouse, Ebbw Vale July 2016
Old Bush Blues, Callow End August 2016
3rd UK Blues Challenge @ Robin 2 November 2016
Planet Rockstock 2016 @Trecco Bay – December 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016GIGS

Alter Bridge with support from Like A Storm – Gojira – Volbeat @ Motorpoint Cardiff – Nov 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2016
Black Stone Cherry @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff, November 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2016
Beth Hart @ Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
Ian Siegal – Twenty Five Years Touring @ The Convent, Stroud November 2016
Saxon, Fastway GirlsSchool @O2Bristol November 2016
UFO @Tramshed Cardiff November 2016
Walter Trout, Jared James Nichols @Tramshed Cardiff October 2016
The Tubes @The Globe Cardiff October 2016
Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia & Will Wilde @ The Scene, Swansea September 2016
Sari Schorr & The Engine Room@ The Tunnels, Bristol – September 2016
Mitch Malloy @ The Globe, Cardiff – September 2016
The Dead Daisies @DCU Centre Worcester, Massachusetts – September 2016
Devon Allman @ The Scene Swansea – August 2016
LaVendore Rogue @The Convent, Stroud – August 2016
Sisters Bring Blues and Friendship To The Convent – July 2016
Lisa Mann – The Convent via netgig, July 2016
Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion @ Colston Hall, Bristol – July 2016Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016
Kaz Hawkins Band @ The Convent, June 2016
Vintage Trouble – The Tramshed Cardiff June 2016
Joe Louis Walker -The Convent June 2016
Michael Messer’s Mitra – The Convent – June 2016
Tristan McKay opening for Dan Patlansky – The Globe, Cardiff June 2016
Bonnie Rait – Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
JJ Grey & Mofro – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Stevie Nimmo Trio & Ben Poole Band – the Flowerpot, Derby May 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016King King supported by Dan Patlansky – Civic Centre, Salisbury May 2016
King King, Dan Patlansky & Cake – Salisbury May 2016
Simon McBride – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Gov’t Mule – O2 Academy, Bristol May 2016
Magnum – Tramshed, Cardiff May 2016
Ryan McGarvey – The Scene Swansea May 2016
Yes – Colston Hall, Bristol May 2016
Fish – Robin 2, Bilston May 2016
Chris Cornell – Colston Hall, Bristol April 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Dr. John Cooper Clarke – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
Hawkwind – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
JW Jones – The Garage, Swansea April 2016
The Sheepdogs with support from The People The Poet – The Globe, Cardiff
Karnataka – The Globe, Cardiff – April 2016
Tracer, Federal Charm & Everyday Circus – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Reef & Tax The Heat – Tramshed, Cardiff March 2016
Ian Siegal – ‘The Lantern Colston Hall – Bristol Jazz Festival March 2016
King King with support Laurence Jones – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Mary Coughlan – @ Roots Unearthed – St David’s Hall, Cardiff, March 2016
Jack Savoretti – supported by Earl – @ Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Devon Allman – supported by Kev Andrews @ The Flowerpot Derby – February 2016
Inglorious – supported by Ali Clinton @ The Flowerpot, Derby – February 2016
Runrig @ Colston Hall – February 2016
King King, Terrorvision & Thunder @ Colston Hall – February 2016
Whiskey Myers opening For Cadillac Three @ Tramshed, Cardiff – February 2016
Inglorious Opening For The Winery Dogs @ O2 Academy, Bristol – February 2016
RavenEye @ Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff – January 2016
Oyster 3 @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff – January 2016

Skegness Solid Live Music More Blues than Rock in 2017

Skegness Solid Live Music More Blues than Rock in 2017Skegness Solid Live Music
More Blues than Rock in 2017

January drawing to a close, Christmas lights a fading memory. Then your calendar clicks around to Butlins, Skegness for the Great British Rock & Blues Festival, the next year of musical journeys begins. This year the emphasis is on Blues, Rock has fallen if not silent but reduced to a whisper this year, upsetting some and definitely changing the balance and feel of the weekend.

The Introducing Stage got the show underway from 4pm Friday until the early hours of Monday morning. The gaps were minimal the music quality, meeting of friends chatting about what stood out and having fun was the order of the day.  The grumble about the lack of rock was justified. The title of the weekend is Rock & Blues so you would expect a balanced mixture. Everyone who knows me knows that I love my Blues of every hue, but I love the energy of Rock, the power of Rock and energy of the stage shows and this year this injection of power was missed. Without the balance of Rock and Blues, we didn’t have the contrast of razor-sharp, sparkling blues guitar and the full-on power chords and stinging licks of granite fueled rock.

Bluesdoodles, Liz Aiken enjoyed the weekend visiting the stages catching acts, missing others. With four stages this was a hectic few days.  Starting off with the highlights across the days on Introducing Stage, run by Steve Stanley, of Solid Entertainments with the help from Paul Stiles and the Blues In Britain Team to hand out the voting disks.  The Skeggie road takes us to Centre Stage – designated as ‘The Rock Stage’ by the Butlins programming team. The journey continues with a visit to Jaks with its late night sessions jams and a distinctive atmosphere, organised by Blues Matters. Finally, our travels and weary feet take us to Reds, 2017 the Blues stage.  The programming was without argument patchy by the Butlins team what was good was very good, interspersed by mediocre and poor. The Road was definitely a Blue cobbled street rather than a rocky trail throughout the 2017 weekend. Let’s hope this is a transition year and next year the balance between Rock and Blues is restored. There are so many young exciting bands on the circuit that would be delighted to entertain the Skeggie crowds.

Now, for the music. GT’s Boos Band got the show under way and they were one of the thirteen excellent bands who delighted the crowded area at the heart of the Skyline Pavilion.  The bands played for the chance of performing on a stage at Butlins 2018, decided by public vote.  The three successful bands this year were Friday Night – Tom Walker Trio, Saturday, Southbound and the final finalist on Sunday was Greg Coulson Band.  The competition was tough every band bought an interpretation of blues and rock that shows the depth of live music in the UK today. Tom Walker Trio, played a set that sparked including originals and an interesting, entertaining interpretation of Joe Bonamassa’s John Henry. Hitting the authentic blues spot Backwater Roll certainly pleased the audience in a packed area. Saturday night showed that this stage is getting more popular every year as the place to find new festival gems that you will want to see live again. Southbound were great on the night with a live performance showcasing the power of the rhythm section as they delivered their distinctive Blues Rock with a bucket of soul sound thrown in for good measure.  Matt Edwards Band with Stuart Dixon on bass impressed as did their 2015 album Four Berry Jam. Matt has a voice that makes you listen and his guitar playing has an infectious tone. Amy Eftekhari’s performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbow got the crowds purring with delight. Then it was Sunday two performances really stood out and on another day Elles Bailey would have won. Her vocals have power and the addition of Nick Garner on harp added another dimension to this class act; for me the winner of Sunday night. But the popular vote went to Greg Coulson, who delivered by surrounding himself with excellent musicians and a confident stage presence on the day. His experience as keyboardist with The Selectors shone through combined with strong numbers from his forthcoming debut album. This was party music that lit up the Introducing Stage.

Centre Stage is where queues form every night long before the doors open. At least now they are entertained by the adjacent Introducing Stage. This year designated The Rock Stage for the first time had one certainty rock would be hard to find. Friday night opened with one of last year’s winners Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men. Wow, the transition to main stage fitted the band perfectly with a strong set. The music was hefty blues-rock, punctuated with authentic blues licks that curled around the rhythm section. Sugarman Sam, is growing as the new number She’s A Woman demonstrated. The following act was Eric Sardinas & Big Motor highly anticipated and deeply disappointing in the delivery.  Yes, a string did break, but why the length of time off stage, as so many said surely someone of this calibre should have a spare guitar tuned for slide, do a different number or have a guitar tech. It was left to the bass player, Paul Loranger who held the fort not once but twice as Sardinas left the stage and flounced off again. What the band played was good but the flow of the set was disjointed and definitely an off night for this colourful performer of Rock-blues.

Saturday with two sessions the afternoon opened by Texas Flood another winner from 2016. What a winning Rock n’ Roll set. Texas Flood definitely washed away any cobwebs with a rip-roaring high octane set that rocked. This is the rock we want to hear at Skeggie, but why the early timing? It was not as if the evening bands were that exciting. The energy was high, the timing sharp they certainly did Wales proud! The interplay between guitar and bass was sharp and entertaining.  Closing the afternoon the Helen Hardy Band entertained. A good R n’ B band the covers we know and flowed through the auditorium as Saturday afternoon drew to a close.  Saturday night. Kenney Jones & The Jones Gang, may not be classic rock but this was a band that delighted the crowds with songs from his vast back catalogue. Kenney Jones, the drummer who was the heart of three of the great bands The Small Faces, Faces and The Who. The crowd sung along with delight to Itchycoo Park and more.  Leafhound, a rock band were well received with Luke Rayner’s guitar sounding superb, the most underrated of the weekend. (Bluesdoodles spent most of the time in Reds and Jaks this just didn’t rock our boots)

Last day of the festival with a feeling of the night after the day before.  The last of 2016 Introducing Stage winners the Rainbreakers started things off. This is a band that never rains on your parade but brings a ray of sunshine Once again proving what a great launch pad the introducing stage is as they also stepped into Centre stage limelight delivering a storming set. The testimony to this was the queue for the merch as people wanted to get their hands on the latest E.P.  Rise Up. This was R n’ B with attitude, full of tasty riffs and delicious licks in the eclectic selection of numbers. A class act with loads of potential to be a name on everyone’s lips. Popa Chubby Band closed out the afternoon with his own brand of Blues and R n’ B with his trademarked lead breaks, held together by a solid rhythm section. The crowd really warmed to him many hearing him for the first time. Definitely class blues BUT definitely not Rock as Poppa described his music as Working Class Blues.  The night was not about rock but there were three acts that delighted the audiences. Kicking off the double celebration of the Rocking Blues was Laurence Jones with his new line-up. He built the energy, excited the packed house, the guitar was sweet. Laurence full of confidence gained from years of touring and playing live across Europe and the UK. The set was one-hundred percent Laurence with ribbons and bells as he showcased his latest album Take Me High. That is definitely what he did he took us high in to a dazzling blue encrusted music with the edge of rock  With Joanne Shaw Taylor up next we were going to be in for a Wild ride. Reflecting her current album, the set was full of deep blues riffs and licks that curled around the audience with a sensuous and stylish flow.  The interaction between Joanne and her bassist Luigi Casanova adds energy a visual focal point. Then she breaks away and soars into her renowned guitar solos that hit the spot where musical memories are made. Tonight, was the best I had heard her vocals the balance was perfect so voice and guitar were in balanced harmony. Closing out the festival on Centre Stage was Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel where many re-lived memories and reminded many of the sound track of their youth.

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The weekend selection at Jaks was vast, full of delights and festival gems plus the fun of Saturday afternoon Jam. Ranging from the gently harmonious blues from Fran McGillivray to the dynamic sounds of blues with a punk attitude and sassy energy from the Husky Tones as this duo caught your attention. With a new album out soon this is a band we will be hearing lots of as they ask  Who Will I Turn To Now? Closing the night as the other stages fell silent we danced into the early hours with The Revolutionaires led by the charismatic and energetic Ed Stephenson.  Saturday afternoon is all about the Jam which two young men, Mikey Maclennan and Steve Liddle ran with style as unfortunately Jam stalwart Gary Boner from Roadhouse was unwell following a recent operation. Everyone wishes Gary a speedy recovery and a hearty welcome back to Skegness 2018. Saturday evening was a night of magic live-music. With two of the acts for many the bands of the weekend. Firstly Catfish who played a blinding set. Deep emotional blues full of verve and style as Matthew Long with his voice and guitar dominated the stage capturing the audience so that no-one was tempted away. Catfish’s rendition of Make It Rain was stunning and the emotions were charged and there were tears of joy as the passions of the audience and the band connected. Their new album, out 28th January, Broken Man will be a hit of 2017 there is definitely nothing broken about this band.  How do you follow that with Dom Pipkin & The Ikos and some New Orleans infused music. Closing the night and welcoming in Sunday were LaVendore Rogue. A band that is like marmite with the supporters outweighing those who cannot connect to their interpretation of the blues. Mixing up the set with old Hokie Joint numbers and tracks from the debut album, Light Up With they definitely shone music into our soul tonight.  Sunday evening, without Roadhouse they pulled a blinder by filling the gap with Ash Wilson. The anticipation was high, many had seen him play dual guitar in the Sean Webster Band. On stage he was joined by Bob Fridzema and Roger Inniss who played on his debut album, Broken Machine. Joining him on drums tonight was Wayne Proctor sitting in for his brother Phil Wilson who was otherwise engaged playing drums with Laurence Jones on Centre Stage. The set was mature, accomplished a quality performance of R n’B from everyone on stage. We heard covers like My Babe done the Ash way.  Ash’s vocals are strong at times sounding like molasses with the bass drum the heartbeat like cotton popping in a sun-drenched field as he  Holding Hands was sung. The Revelator a Jesse Davey number picked up the tempo. There was a pure synergy between these top drawer blues musicians a delight to behold and listen to.   Be delighted to see him on the Blues main stage next year.  Following this Will Johns & Friends, with Mikey Maclennan once again coming to the rescue as stand-in drummer. He met Will and the band a few minutes before stepping on Jaks stage with them to play a festival set. What a brilliant job he did. Very entertaining with witty repartee, brilliant guitar with a fantastic tone. What a high quality set of blues. The festival had one more act as the clocked turned into Monday, Jaks was packed as everyone squeezed a few more musical memories out of The Great Rock & Blues Festival 2017. Kris Barras Band, who delivered blues rock with power and a force to be reckoned with. Another live act that delivers every time building on the studio sound heard in their current album Lucky 13.  Blues Matters once again delivered music that will hold many memories and hats off to the DJ Clive Rawlings who each year acts as the glue that held the sessions together.

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Reds this year was coloured with Blues of every hue and shade.  With Friday and Saturday dedicated to firstly to the harmonica and then to Alligator Records. Opening the festival for Reds was A Harmonica Explosion, a night where this German folk instrument was re-shaped in tone and playing by Southern States Blues musicians to be forever connected. Blues and harmonica are a perfect pairing. Opening the night was Giles Robson Band, a very entertaining set engaging the audience who were delighted to participate when asked. The music was an explosion of blues harp as we stepped on board the steam train and followed Giles on a ride full of tonal twists and turns of the blues-harp. Later on in the evening he was joined by three more renowned harp-players Magic Dick, who for some reason was not on top form, James Harman beset with frustrating technical issues so his harp was silent for far too long and the cream of the night a musician on fire Billy Branch. When they all played together at the end of the evening we were treated to a harp firework display.  The acoustic set from Martin Harley opening on Saturday afternoon was a melodic delight as he explored the tonal ranges of his lap Weissenborn guitar. The covers took us deep into the Delta full of acoustic twists and turns gently kick-starting a harmonious Saturday in Reds turned Blue.  The tempo then changed and Reds was packed as loyal fans of Nine Below Zero were once again caressed by the band that knows how to deliver. The only disappointment was this set was on in the afternoon many felt it suited an evening slot. The music drew you in the blues was delivered and everyone left with a deep sigh of contentment. The evening was a celebration of all things Alligator. With a first for Skeggie a Q&A session with Bruce Iglauer President and founder of Alligator records. Lots of interesting questions and we all gained an insight into how a blues label works. Three blinding sets unfurled showing the diversity of electric blues. Marcia Ball got the Alligator Party rocking turning Reds into a Roadhouse for this Blues Spectacular.  Proper Chicago blues played by a wonderful group of musicians who with a smile opened up the joy of the blues and entertained. Marcia Ball sung like an angel accompanying herself on the piano with the musicians that pulled together to showcase the sound they just love to share with everyone who listens. Blues is heavenly when played this well. The harmonious and interesting combination of drum shuffles, sax, keys and the power of vocal lyrics was infectious with the guitar pulling the show together. Wow! How do you follow that? Easy when you have the depth of Alligator artists to choose from. Next up blues with a difference a trio, Moreland and Arbuckle. All eyes are focused on Moreland with his cigar box guitar and Arbuckle’s, harp and vocals. A  high octane band playing Roots music that rocks you  to your core. Electrifying raw delta infused music that gets the adrenalin pumping feet tapping and you get a warm feel good glow as the music surges through your veins.  Closing tonight we headed deep into Southside Chicago for authentic urban blues with Toronzo Cannon. Having learnt his craft in the competitive and demanding Windy city club scene it takes a special blues magic to rise above the crowd. Toronzo has that with style and a flourish as he melds smooth vocals and stinging guitar chords. With a mix of his own numbers with strong lyrics and a couple of covers; what a dynamic end to an evening that enveloped you in Chicago Blues and so much more.

Sunday at Reds was a mixed package for me opening with Lil Jimmy Reed featuring Bob Hall on Keys this was the perfect blues smoothie for early Sunday afternoon. Followed by Paul Jones and Dave Kelly as a duet Sunday was a smooth affair. The evening was a mix David Knopfler on acoustic guitar, disappointed, The Blues Band as ever delivers British blues with style and aplomb. Closing the night is Jamie Williams and The Roots Collective; this is blues infused with English Folk and roots music. Closing the festival on Reds they delivered a stylish set that didn’t for me shout out the blues. Not a celebration but a party we all enjoyed.

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There were many highlights of every Blue hue the strongest stages over the whole festival weekend were Jaks and the Introducing Stage. The night celebrating Alligator Records was a combination of brilliant blues drenched music. The three young bands who won The Introducing Stage Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men, Texas Flood and The Rainbreakers, all added a shine to the festival.  Memories of 2017 will be many and all tinged in blue rather than rock. The acts that you should run to see again are Catfish, LaVendore Rogue, Ash Wilson, the winners of the Intro Stage and Elles Bailey. Joanne Shaw Taylor in this form is a force to be reckoned with, Marcia Ball , Moreland & Arbuckle, Toronzo Cannon and the harp supremacy that is Giles Robson.

 

 

Recorded Music Reviews Delights of 2016

Recorded Music Reviews Delights of 2016

What a fabulous year for music at Bluesdoodles HQ. I have enjoyed listening to all the recorded music sent. Liz makes a note (must do better in 2017 and review more! I have started a new hopefully more organised system!).

One Hundred and Forty-eight reviewed. What an array of music from Folk to Metal Rock to Blues. The genre to everyone at Bluesdoodles  HQ is unimportant, that is a marketing tool it is whether the music vibes hits our collective DNA. Liz, Kevin & Othello a very discerning Bandana wearing Labradoodle.

Recorded Music Reviews Delights of 2016

Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016  read why these albums HERE

pawprint half inchTen Doodle Paws of 2016 read why HERE

Below are the album covers of the recorded music we reviewed throughout 2016 – click on the cover to be taken to the review. Every recording has something special. remember the doodle paws rating is subjective. This is the view of the reviewer you may differ I am pretty sure that your album of the year will probably be different from Bluesdoodles. It is how we hear and enjoy music differently that makes listening to music something very special.

 

Love recorded music  – live music has that special edge – read the Pick of the Gigs we travelled to in 2016 HERE. Make sure you support live music throughout 2017.

Holding On being the companion to Heal My Soul

Heavy Chimes with Glenn Hughes Resonate

Here We Go says Simpson and Flemons Sing Favourites

Slim Butler Blues Has No Bad Intention

Larry Miller Delivers Larry Miller Blues That Rock

Starlite Campbell Band Baking Up Tasty Blueberry Pie

Federal Charm Crossed Wires into Acoustic

Live Trouble with Gerry Jablonski Electric Band

The World Moves On with The Hitman Blues Band

Definitely NOT The Wreck of The Blues Pontus Snibb

It Is not Broke as Mick Ralphs Blues Band Set Down the Blues

Lightnin’ Malcolm Foot Soldier Delivering Roots Delights

It’s Christmas Time with John Cee Stannard

Riddle & The Stars Exploring Music Coastline

The Brew Shake The Tree of Blues Rock

The Leopard says Be Live With Rebecca Downes

Blues Full of Grit Grease & Tears with Deb Ryder

Listen to Beoga Before We Change Our Minds

Buckle Up with JOANovARC for a Ride Of Your Life

Nothing To Lose Sings Red Butler

Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved

Robin Bibi Brilliance Is No More A Secret

On Safari with Rocking Rolling Kentucky Headhunters

Ian Siegal 2wnty5ive The Collection

nova

More Is More as DGB Adding to the Blues

ej-johnson

Michael Baker Making Dust & Bone Shimmer Musically

Rainmakin’ Guitar Driven Music By Steve Summers Band

Definitive Collection of Down Home Blues from Detroit

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Bad Touch Bringing Rock and Roll Truth Be Told

RECORDED MUSIC REVIEWS

Not A Wicked Day for Rock with Echotape AlbumMake Some Noise Shout Out The Dead Daisies

The Swamp Stompers New Single All My LovingWild Guitar with Joanne Shaw Taylor

Beth Hart Fire On The Floor

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Bluesdoodles Pick of the Bunch July-Sept 2016

Aynsley Makes YOU Listen with Eyes Wide Open

The Apocalypse Blues Revue Bringing Heavy Blues

Small Town Talk with Ma Polaine’s Great Decline

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Dan Owen Explores Emotions Open Hands and Enemies

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One Of A Kind as Grady Champion Brings His Blues

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A Force Of Nature Sari Drives the Blues

Bury Me In My Boots with Cadillac Three

Tempt Releases Debut Album Runaway

Gary Hoey Blues Putting Flesh On Dust & Bones

Sari Black Betty Single-

The Tel-Star Sessions Emerge Twenty-Two Years Later

Dan Bubien New Album Keeps Grinding These Gears

LAurence Jones-

Honey Island Swamp Band Demolition Day Review

Live In 1967 – Volume Two John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

Virginmarys Never Divides Rock That Grabs Attention Now

Villiers and The Villains Songs Of Love And Fate

Albert Castiglia Big Dog Has The Blues

Royal Southern Brotherhood presents The Royal Gospel

Hard Times, Bad Decisions Sings Lisa Mann

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Federal Charm reaching Across The Divide Album Review

Walter Trout Alive In Amsterdam playing Hot Blues

Hoka Epic Journey for Nahko and His Music

On Tour Harry Pane releases Changing

Rhythm Zoo Sold For Love Debut Album

Hellbound Where Else On Dave Arcari’s Train

Michael Schenker Enter the Temple of Rock Live In Madrid

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

For Those Who Need The Blues There Is Giles Robson

Enjoy The Ride, Debbie Bond instructs with blues and more

The Roots Collective Live and Kickin’ Up a Storm

Lucky 13 Kris Barras Band Ain’t Superstious

Rocking Time Will Come for Rod Scott

It is an Excellent Day sings Lizanne Knott

Livewire describing Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

Robin Trower Knows Where You Are Going To

Musics Emotion Breaking Free with Layla Zoe

Breaking and Entering The Blues with Eliza Neals

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed - 2016: April - June

Bygones will make you Smile thanks to Amy & Pete

Dan, solo acoustic from Dan Israel

Throw Away Your Blues, Listening To Kyla Brox You Will

Adam Norsworthy singer-songwriter Showcasing Soaring Rainbird

Guitar Blizzard Of Blues with Tommy Z

Red Sky July Exploring The Truth and The Lie

Blues is the Truth for Guy King

With One Eye Open – Swampgrass Will Get You Wide Awake

Get Close to Geoff Carne and the Hatz

There is a Magic Corner sings Pete Lashley

Solomon Hicks is definitely Carrying On The Torch of the Blues

A Bassist, Singer/songwriter and Drummer creation is Ghost Riding

Debut Album, Undone from The Black Circles

Blues are Alive with Johnny Rawls Tiger In A Cage

Monster Truck rolling into town Sittin’ Heavy

Behind The Wheel with Red Dirt Skinners

Sonic Gumbo spicing up music Mumbo Jumbo Way

Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole

Michael Messer’s Mitra Live at the Convent

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

Benjamin Bassford's Songs From The Blue Door

West of Eden follows the emigrant path – Look To the West

Wink At July sings Rachel Garlin

Wolfmother’s Heavy Rock reigning Victorious

Self-Titled Ina Forsman Presents her Blues

Tasha Taylor bringing Honey For Your Biscuit

Unconditionally Live with George Shovlin & The Radars

Broken Witt Rebels take to the Road

First Fix from The Della Grants

Broken Wings Heal sings Caroline Aiken

Wilde Blues-Harp in Hamburg

Believe has Rebecca Downes Singing the Blues

Big Boy Bloaters Journey to Luxury Hobo Blues

In Conversation with Guitarist JD Simo

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2016 Archive News Releases More


Blues Sister Convent

Going to be an awesome night of live music and a celebration.
Buy Tickets NOW! –The Convent, Stroud HERE
Buy Live Stream Tickets via Netgig HERE


JOE BONAMASSA “HOGHTON TOWER” CONCERT MOVED TO
PRESTON GUILD HALL DUE TO TORRENTIAL RAIN FORECAST

Bonamassa pays homage to the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page
Due to torrential rain this week, it has been decided that Joe’s concert at Hoghton Tower on Saturday 2nd July will be moved indoors to Preston Guild Hall. The venue will be a mixture of standing and unreserved seating and provides the best opportunity for Joe’s fans not to miss his planned visit to Preston.

JOE BONAMASSA
A SALUTE TO THE BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION
PRESTON GUILD HALL
LANCASTER ROAD, PRESTON, PR1 1HT
01772 804 440
www.prestonguildhall.com

Doors open at 6pm
Special guest ‘Joanne Shaw Taylor’ 6:45 pm
Joe Bonamassa 8:00 pm
Further info: www.symphonyatthetower.co.uk

Billed as JOE BONAMASSA IN CONCERT: A SALUTE TO THE BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION, the American blues rock guitarist will pay homage to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.uk and www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates. Joanne Shaw Taylor will open for him at three of his British Blues Explosion concerts in the UK in July – Preston Guild Hall, London Greenwich Music Time Festival and Newark Castle.


Multi-award winning Blues guitarist Laurence Jones, New Album on the way and to whet out music appetite
” Got No Place To Go” (Official Music Video) .

Laurence Jones -” Got No Place To Go” (Official Music Video)
Featuring – Phil Wilson Drums, Roger Inniss Bass
Produced by – Mike Vernon


Yes! ARW Anderson Rabin Wakeman 2017 UK Tour

READ more about this exciting 2017 ARW tour – HERE


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READ more about both bands King King & Broken Witt RebelsHERE


ROADSTARS Touring November Breaking Rules

Full details of tour and more check out information HERE


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Check out the dozen UK tour dates October 2016 HERE


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The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5k-£15k for artists/bands to break through to the next level of their careers in England.
Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing. CLICK HERE to read our guidance to see if you could be eligible to apply for the Momentum Music Fund.

Our next deadline is on Tuesday 9th August 2016.

The Momentum Music Fund was launched in 2013 and is a partnership between the PRS Foundation and Arts Council England, in association with Spotify.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY


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IAN SIEGAL ANNOUNCES 25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR AND RETROSPECTIVE COLLECTION

Ian Siegal is celebrating 25 years of touring with his band. In the Autumn the multi-award winner will tour a program of songs drawn from his 11-album catalogue. Dates so far announced cover Austria, Netherlands and The UK (England, Scotland & Wales). He will also release a deluxe package of his most popular songs together with a book of lyrics.

Checkout all the details on his shiny new website – www.iansiegal.com


DAN REED NETWORK ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Out Today Dan Reed Network Critically acclaimed album Fight Another Day read what Bluesdoodles said HERE

 

 

We also had a fascinating conversation with Dan Reed – catch what he said HERE

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Kelvin Jones – Debut Album Blues Peter appearance and single
Check out all of this and tour Dates HERE


Joanne Shaw Taylor Wild

The much anticipated Joanne Shaw Taylor follow-up album to her 2014 – Dirty Truth

Also available tp Pre-order are Limited edition Bundles

To Pre-order Click HERE

Wild Release Date 30th September 2016

 

JST Tour


Gov't Mule Releasing Archival album The Tel-Star Sessions’

Legendary rock torchbearers Gov’t Mule
Releasing a new archival album – The Tel-Star Sessions
August 5, 2016 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Read all about the release and a sneak preview video HERE

Pre-order The Tele-Star Sessions HERE out 5th August 2016


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Wonderful conversation with Wayne Proctor – Making records, Drummer nad his own three drummes! super-group

Read the answers to my questions – HERE


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FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, THE BLUES ROCK GUITARIST PREVIEWS MUSIC FROM HIS
BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION UK CONCERTS.

WATCH HIM, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, AS HE PAYS HOMAGE TO THE MUSIC OF JEFF BECK, ERIC CLAPTON AND JIMMY PAGE!

Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration; and, for the first time, on Monday June 27th, he will perform a FREE “invitation only” concert at the legendary Cavern Club venue in Liverpool, as a thank you to all the fans that have helped his career grow from playing small clubs to sold-out arena tours worldwide.

This intimate concert in front of 350 people will preview material that he will perform at five special concerts in the UK this July, where Joe will pay homage to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. This one-time only UK concert experience is billed as JOE BONAMASSA IN CONCERT: A SALUTE TO THE BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION.

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When Joe plays the Cavern Club on June 27th, he will also be inducted into the Cavern Club’s historic “Wall of Fame”, where he will be commemorated with a special brick in the wall with his name inscribed on the brick.

Previous artists to be inducted on the Wall of Fame include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, The Kinks, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and many more musical icons.


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The choice of lead single from a debut album to get is notice. Well Elle Exxe’s new single ‘Lately’ achieves the goal full of pop driven energy this will get feet tapping and ears turning. Love Fuelled Hate her debut is out on 9th September. Elle Exxe will be busy in the run up as demand grows.
With her international appeal constantly growing, she will be performing at the Canadian Music Week next week, before returning to the UK for The Great Escape Festival. She’ll also be playing at Liverpool Sound City, and Xpo North in Inverness this summer.
Listen to Lately here.



RUN – with Dan Patlansky – from New Album INTROVERTIGO

Exciting read what Bluesdoodles said about INTROVERTIGO and UK Tour HERE


‘Move It’ from Japanese guitar superstar Hotei, which features guest vocals from Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe

Just under three minutes of black and White intensity the visuals and music refect the driving demands of both artists. Guitar and vocals take teh lead then meldin a hard rock soup reflecting the pain of the lyrics.

Hotei comments on the video saying, “I wanted to make it simple, because Richard has a very strong character, and I think we have different characters. First, we wanted to try to do a story, but now it’s more like a focus on two characters on the same screen.”
The track is taken from his debut UK album Strangers which was released last year and features an array of high profile guests including Iggy Pop and Matt Tuck from Bullet For My Valentine and more. Hotei is best known for his song ‘Battle Without Honor Or Humanity’, instantly recognisable as the theme from Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill and has played alongside the The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and many more across his career.


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TO COINCIDE WITH UK TOUR

See the dates and how to get tickets HERE

 

 


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MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK~ "ON A MISSION: LIVE IN MADRID"

Read all about the exciting new album HERE


John Mayall

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers: Live in 1967 – Volume Two

Available Worldwide on Friday 6th May 20

Following the huge critical and commercial success of 2015’s John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers ‘Live in 1967’, Forty Below Records is pleased to announce the release of a second volume of live material from the legendary short-lived Bluesbreakers line-up of John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums)
 
Volume Two showcases three John Mayall self-penned tracks; the opening song, all-time blues classic ‘Tears in My Eyes’, ‘Chicago Line’,featuring a John McVie bass solo and ‘Please Don’t Tell’, which is a great example of the power-blues that The Bluesbreakerswere renowned for.
JOHN MAYALL ON THE ALBUM:
“I am so happy that the remaining usable tracks from these London club dates have been released as a follow-up to the well received Volume One.  Peter Green, as before, is on fire throughout and this set includes a great instrumental based on his composition ‘Greeny’.  There area  couple of Otis Rush tracks that were included on the first volume but they are from different venues and totally different. I couldn’t possibly let these slide. Also, there is another version of T-Bone Walker’s’Stormy Monday’ that is sung by American Serviceman Ronnie Jones, who was lead singer with a British soul band and, who would frequently sit in at our gigs.  John McVie gets in a great bass solo on ‘Chicago Line’ and Mick Fleetwood drives the whole set with his unique and powerful drumming.  With these new tracks added to the collection, it pretty much features all the material we had in our repertoire at that time and I’m very glad that you can now enjoy this great piece of rock/blues history”.

Read what Bluesdoodles said about – John Mayall Live in 1967 HERE


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DAN REED NETWORK ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM “FIGHT ANOTHER DAY”
AND JUNE 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Frontiers Music Srl will release DAN REED NETWORK’s brand new album Fight Another Day on Friday June 3rd, 2016. The new album marks the anticipated return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to come out in the melodic rock world in the second part of the 1980’s. Originally formed in Portland, Oregon, DRN packed out local clubs from late 1984 through 1986 with their infectious mixture of hard rock, funk and soul.

Click Here for the full announcement about the new album on Team Rock.

“It’s been 25 years since our last studio album The Heat was released, says Dan Reed, “and to be honest, I never envisioned making another DRN album despite countless people encouraging us to do so. With a mixture of fate and a collective of trusted friends and supporters in the business coming to the table, I’m excited to say we are poised to release a brand new record entitled Fight Another Day on Frontiers, home of many artists that we in fact admired back when we were first hitting the scene and before.”

Watch the “Fight Another Day” official album trailer

The new album is available for pre-sale from – iTunes and Amazon

Album Track Listing – 1. Divided, 2. The Brave, 3. Infected, 4. Champion, 5. Ignition, 6. Give It Love, 7. B There With U, 8. Save The World, 9. Eye Of The Story, 10. Reunite, 11. Heaven, 12. Sharp Turn, 13. Stand Tall

2016 EUROPEAN CD RELEASE TOUR

Saturday June 4 – Hard Rock Cafe – Oslo, Norway
Monday June 6 – Gröna Lund – Stockholm, Sweden
Tuesday June 7 – Liseberg – Goteborg, Sweden
Friday June 10 – Sweden Rock Festival
Monday June 13 – The Rock Café – Hamburg, Germany
Wednesday June 15 – 100 Club – London, England


Red Sky July

Single ‘Walking Country Song’ released April 22nd 2016, taken from upcoming new album
‘The Truth And The Lie’ (March 25th release)

Bluesdoodles reviewed The Truth And The Lie – see what we said HERE


Highly Suspect

 Two Grammy nominations celebrated by Highly suspect as they rock deep into the night.

Signed up to 300 Entertainment in May 2014 , Johnny Stevens (guitars/lead vocals) and a twin fueled rhythm section Rich and Ryan Myers on Bass and Drums.

From Mister Asylum is the debut album by American rock trio Highly Suspect, released on July 17, 2015. It features the singles “Lydia” and “Bloodfeather”.

Now a Tarantino inspired video, “Bloodfeather


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ED FORCE ONE ONWARDS AND UPWARDS AGAIN

MAIDEN PLANE SET TO REJOIN THE BOOK OF SOULS TOUR IN BRASILIA TOMORROW AFTER MASSIVE REPAIRS COMPLETED IN JUST 10 DAYS
 
TWO 5000kg, FOUR MILLION DOLLAR JET ENGINES FLOWN 12,000 KM TO REPLACE DAMAGED ENGINES

Following the major accident in Chile  http://ironmaiden.com/news/article/ed-force-one-damaged on the morning of Saturday March 12, we are delighted to announce that a fully repaired Ed Force One will take off tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday March 22, from Santiago Airport to rejoin the tour at Brasília Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport.

Comments Bruce Dickinson, Maiden vocalist and pilot of Ed Force One: “The speed and thoroughness of this incredibly complex operation was stunning and we are so very pleased to get our plane back! We would like to thank Air Atlanta and their terrific rescue team for a fantastic effort in achieving this in the time they did, and to Boeing, LAN Chile. ACS and Rock-It Cargo for all their invaluable support.  We are sorry though for our fans in Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Rio and Belo Horizonte who missed out seeing the plane, but we hope they enjoyed the concerts as much as we did.


 

 

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Blues in Britain Magazine – Discounted Annual Subscriptions

We have negotiated a discounted annual subscription rate with Blues in Britain magazine – exclusive for UKBlues members!

Check out the offer and join UKBlues TODAY! Here.


 

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa pays homage to the music of
Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page

With Special Guest

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 JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR OPENS FOR JOE BONAMASSA AT HOGTON TOWER,
LONDON GREENWICH MUSIC TIME FESTIVAL AND NEWARK CASTLE

Rest of the tour dates and link checkout – HERE

 


Bonamassa Guitars Blues and UK Tour Joe Bonamassa’s new album

“Blues of Desperation” is released on March 25th via Provogue.

Read Bluesdoodles review HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Blues of Desperation: The Making of the Album

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Joe Bonamassa Tour Dates in UK – Check out HERE

 

 


 

FOREIGNER - London PALLADIUM June 2016

The Cadillac Three new video – Grafitti

Read more HERE


 

 

 

Laurence Jones Tour


New Portals

 

NEW PORTALS – opening the way from Belfast, Mike and Ruth Aicken with their own brand of alt-pop. This is pop for the age of electronica with an ethereal feel echoes of Irish Folk in the rhythmic cadences of the lyrics.

Skyline with harmonies that ebb and flow, build and fade away this is the magic of lying on your back staring at clouds across the clear blue Skyline of summers day. A dreamy, enchanted state of heightened emotions.

Listen to Skyline and you will know why Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart have joined the millions who are supporting them on Spotify as the New Portals and previous folk project The Jepettos.


MARCH 2016

Monster Truck - Touring with Nickelback

Monster Truck Touring Europe & UK opening for Nickleback..

Read ALL about it HERE


 

Joe Bonamassa inspired to explore Blues of DesperationThere is a definite blues scent of originality within the latest album,

Blues of Desperation, from Joe Bonamassa.

The whole album takes on a journey through the geography of the blues as the album explores the physical landscape of rivers, mountains and valleys by train. Other tracks explore emotional blues of love lost, misery and desperation. The eleven original tracks have a depth and musical arrangements that augment and add a wisdom to the lyrics. Building on his last studio recording Different Shades of Blue. READ the review HERE


SPECIAL LONDON SHOW ANNOUNCED – APRIL 7th

THE HEART SPEAKS IN WHISPERS
NEW STUDIO ALBUM OUT MAY 13TH

Corinne Bailey Rae, who after 6 years away, is back with a brand new video and album…

Her new single ‘Been To The Moon’ marking the start of her big comeback. The two time Grammy winner will be releasing her new album ‘The Heart Speaks In Whispers’ on May 13th via Virgin EMI, was recorded at Capitol Records’ studios and features bass playing from legendary session player Pino Palladino (Marvin Gaye, The Who, David Gilmour).

FIRST TRACK: BEEN TO THE MOON

 

Having listen Corinne Rae Bailey is back with an ethereal pop driven melody with a dancing vibe combined by her velvety and soulful voice. The video has a mysterious beauty with the golden sands falling through her fingers to a tinkle of piano. The music adds the visual story the two together are a complete package of musical artistry.

It is definitely true Corrine Rae Bailey, the Leeds born songstress has emerged from her cocoon and is back a soulful butterfly to entertain once more.

 


 

FEBRUARY 2016

 bristol-jazz-blues-festival18th – 26th March 2016

Watch the film all about the festival..

The line-up is exciting with line-up that will delight listeners of live music from Jazz through to Blues Follow the link HERE For more information and purchase your tickets.

Buy your tickets for musical fun and enjoyment in March at Colston Hall TICKETS HERE


 

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tyf-home-singleHome is the new single from The Young Folk, exciting first single from their 2nd studio album First Sign of Morning . Traditional folk music is rooted deep within the music that has a modern edge boosting the appeal to a wider indie-pop appeal. This is reflected in the radio play and attention Home and The Young Folk are receiving.

Radio news: ‘Home’ has been played recently by Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music Recommends: Link HERE and is currently playlisted on RTE 2FM and receiving national airplay on Today FM in Ireland. The Young Folk are doing a headline tour in The Netherlands starting next week: Link HERE

Home is a bitter-sweet tale lyrics deep and soulful combined with a melody that curls wistful around and like a breath of air links the words in perfect harmony.  Home delivers The Young Folk’s signature rich lyrics and layered harmonies with pop punch. In fact, The Young Folk have songwriting deep in their veins. Paul Butler’s great, great uncle wrote the Irish national anthem while in prison in 1907. Irish Republican Peadar Kearney penned The Soldier’s Song which was later put to music and translated into Gaelic as Amhrán na bhFiann. By 1926 it replaced God Save Ireland as the country’s national anthem. With close to 1 million streams for The Young Folk’s former single Way Home and a spot at #2 in the iTunes album charts, all eyes are now on Home and the new material from The Young Folk – a band with world-class songs and international appeal.

THE YOUNG FOLK:
Anthony Furey: lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitar
Paul Butler: vocals, piano, melodica, xylophone
Anthony (Tony) McLoughlin: bass, mandolin, banjo, backing vocals (Writer of Home)
Alex Borwick: trombone, synths
Patrick Hopkins: drums, percussion

Date for Your Diaries – Album release date –  15th April, 2016


Bluesdoodles Special LinksThe UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) is a pan-UK Federation to promote and support blues in the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles. A ‘not for profit’ federation of musicians, organisations, associations, groups, venues, companies, individuals and other interested parties within the UK who already work to support, promote and encourage blues of all sorts within the UK, to work together to achieve UKBlues‘ aims. Further details about UKBlues, its mission, its aims and its projects are on UKBlues Federation website HERE


Thunder and more in the Valley’s

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Four UK DATES

 

 

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Four UK DATES have been confirmed in May and June. The River Tour, which is currently working its way across North American, will reach the UK on 25th May. The tour coincides with the recent release of ‘The Ties That Bind: The River Collection’, a comprehensive look at the era of the 1980 ‘The River’ album. Read More HERE

Tour Details HERE


 

CORTES – Going somewhere with debut video Going Nowhere

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Listen to the trio’s debut video Going Nowhere

Andy Cortes (vocals) Sam Davies (Bass) and Marijus Aleska (Drums) – Indie Rock gaining attention without no formal release, Facebook fans and no Twitter Cortes had themselves radio plays. Three shows in Camden during February are:
18th Feb – The Hawley Arms
26th Feb – Our Black Heart
28th Feb – The Hawley Arms


 

Tom Waits contributing to Blind Willie Johnson Tribute AlbumOut on Alligator Records 26th February

Tom Waits has lent his voice and soul to a stunning collection of performances celebrating legendary gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. ‘God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson’ is out through Alligator Records on 26th February and features two contributions by Tom, ‘The Soul of a Man’ and ‘John The Revelator,’ both originally recorded by Johnson in 1930.

A stunning collection of artists and performances celebrate the timeless music of legendary gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. From Derek Trucks’ and Susan Tedeschi’s reverent reading of ‘Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning’ to ‘Lucinda Williams’ slide guitar-fueled lament in ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine,’ from Luther Dickinson’s spirited take on ‘Bye And Bye I’m Going To See The King’ (with The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band) to Tom Waits’ virtual embodiment of Johnson himself on ‘The Soul Of A Man’ and ‘John The Revelator’, this record is packed with incomparable recordings that speak as much to the greatness of the performers as they do the enduring legacy of Blind Willie Johnson.


 

The Treatment tour



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SIDEMAN – LONG ROAD TO GLORY

The Grammy’s 2016
ABOUT THE FILM

In the summer of 2008, a group of legendary bluesmen, some of the last surviving members of the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters bands, were brought together by director Scott Rosenbaum for a cameo appearance in his feature film, The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Hubert Sumlin were cast for their authenticity and ability to underscore the film’s critical subplot, the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll through the blues. During breaks in production, these bluesmen thrilled Rosenbaum with their tales of a lifetime spent on the road. First hand accounts of experiences with the mythical Robert Johnson, the larger-than-life Howlin’ Wolf, the seminal Muddy Waters and disciples such as Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones got the director’s creative wheels spinning. Between takes, Sumlin called Rosenbaum over to the bandstand and prophetically told him of his feeling that they would be working together again. In an instant, an idea that had been germinating with the director for years took root. Read more HERE


 

Congratulations to all nominees and winners.

Amy Wadge 2015-Amy Wadge brings home Grammy for Wales – co-writer Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud read about it HERE
Amy is a brilliant song writer and her performances are stunning read Bluesdoodles thoughts :-

Live at St David’s Hall Cardiff HERE

Afterglow – Album with Pete Riley HERE

 

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Congratulations read why we loved the album HERE
Buddy Guy truly Born To Play Guitar – Best Blues Album 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

 

 


ARTHUR JEFFES (PENGUIN CAFÉ) AND MARSHMALLOW LASER FEAST (MLF)

WORKING WITH GRAVITATIONAL WAVES DISCOVERY ASTROPHYSICIST SAMAYA

NISSANKE AND PLANET-HUNTING ASTROPHYSICIST JEAN-MICHEL DESERT ON

AUDIO VISUAL EXPERIENCE

“When we look up, whether in fear or in hope, we look as one. This makes for a remarkable perspective artistically speaking.” Arthur Jeffes 2016

Arthur explains how the music was written, ”The waveforms are exponential curves and as they approach the peak they speed up and shoot up in pitch accordingly. I took these curves and mapped them into MIDI patterns to get the notes for the piano lines. All the other sounds except for the strings come directly from the waveforms – I chopped them up, stretched them out, squashed them in, EQ’d them and compressed them and built up a pallet of new sounds to play with. The result is, I hope, a set of textures that allow one to get a sense of how the waveforms behave and at the same time allow for a beautiful musical narrative.

Samaya reflects on the compositions, “Arthur has taken celestial chirps, sound signals of moving stars sent out billions of years ago, and incorporated them into music. It’s just amazing that we can actually listen for the first time to the most violent events in the Universe. We have opened up a new window or even sense to the Universe”.

Arthur and Samaya are working with creative team MLF to produce an audio visual experience to introduce, immerse and educate audiences in an awe-inspiring and magical show. For the second part of the project, Arthur and MLF are collaborating with planet-hunting astrophysicist Jean-Michel Desert to showcase and explore nine newly discovered Exoplanets (potentially life-supporting planets orbiting other suns discovered using the Hubble space telescope). The audience will be taken on a journey to visit Exoplanets and to immerse themselves in Gravitational Waves. The show ‘Gravitational Waves & Exoplanets’ (working title) will premiere later this year. Please click here for additional information on the project and to hear excerpts of the music – HERE

Bluesdoodles: MUSIC NEWS - 2016
About Arthur Jeffes, Samaya Nissanke and MLF:

Arthur Jeffes is a musician, composer and producer working out of London. He is the founder and frontman of the renowned band Penguin Cafe and is one half of the band Sundog (with Oli Langford) and Aparat (with Mark Springer). Other work includes composing film scores and most recently producing Sam Lee’s highly acclaimed album ‘The Fade in Time’, released in 2015. In 2012, Jeffes was commissioned by the artist Nelly Ben-Hayoun to write several pieces for the NASA Kepler Project to be played by the International Space Orchestra. The pieces ‘1420’ and ‘Aurora’ were beamed into Space in 2013. ‘1420’ was inspired by the WOW! Signal.

Samaya Nissanke’s research focuses on the astrophysics of compact object (black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs) binaries. She is particularly interested in modeling and now detecting their gravitational radiation and has spent most of her career working in General Relativity. She is now working with a suite of time-domain telescopes (space and ground) on detecting the electromagnetic counterparts and radiations emitted from these strong Gravitational Wave emitters.

Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) is a creative studio that uses experimental technology to make work which reinterprets the idea of human perception. Their expertise has earned a reputation for creating the seemingly impossible – for producing installations that push boundaries, redefine expectations and excite audiences worldwide. Their work is responsive and spans kinetic sculpture, film, live performance and virtual reality. MLF’s approach is one of collaboration, working alongside technologists, engineers and makers to create bespoke software and hardware systems to realise their visions. Directors Barnaby Steel and Robin McNicholas are the driving force behind all MLF projects.


 

Boyce Avenue’s new song ‘Family‘Taken from their much anticipated third album Road Less Traveled released on April 15th.

Boyce Avenue with their devoted fans will rise to more attention with this orginal number Family – a ballad, catchy melody and mix guitar, drums and clever instrumentation. Family a potential for a Pop HIT! Boyce Avenue achieved getting the  music heard by using the internet effectively. Consisting of brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano, the trio started making music together after Daniel returned to Florida from Massachusetts.

Social Media the way to be heard for Boyce Avenue the statistics prove it:_
2.3 BILLION views on YouTube
Guinness World Record for ‘Biggest Independent Band in the world on YouTube’
Spotify – Boyce Avenue also ended 2015 boasting Spotify domination, with over 200 MILLION streams and 500 MILLION in total
Boyce Avenue – “Be Somebody” World tour and are in the UK from 10-24 March with venues across the country.


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ALBUM: LET LOVE SHOW THE WAY

OUT NOW
PROVOGUE/MASCOT LABEL GROUP

Check out the video for Long May You Sail here:

“Old school to the max and playing vintage guitars!! JD is one of the best out there right now…one of the guys on the scene I’d love to jam with.” Joe Bonamassa

Ones to Watch 2016 – The Blues Magazine
“Raw and brimming with mojo” – Guitar & Bass 9/10
“White hot blues” Guitarist

This is definitely Southern Blues that excites and is full of modern twist and turns whilst the structure remains firmly rooted in the legacy of blues from the delta. This is a bluesdoodles band to watch out for in 2016 as they have lit the blues touch paper with Let Love show The Way. 9/10 Read what Bluesdoodles said HERE

Upcoming Shows

5th April – Basement, York
6th April – Greystones, Sheffield
7th April – Barfly, London


BLACK STONE CHERRY

New Album: Kentucky

Out: 1st April via Mascot Label Group

To coincide with last week’s packed out UK arena tour, BLACK STONE CHERRY unveiled their video for ‘In Our Dreams‘, the first single taken from their forthcoming fifth studio album, ‘Kentucky’, which is set for a 1st April release via the Mascot Label Group.

The video is set in a post-apocalyptic underwater world, ‘Hydros’, ruled by a nefarious leader. While the band play, the tale unfolds of two sisters separated in this society by a class structure. They’re eventually reunited when a revolt topples the system and they escape to a new life above water.
BLACK STONE CHERRY tell us, “We’re so proud of this video as visually it’s a direction we really haven’t taken before. We wanted a powerful performance with a very unique narrative and we believe we’ve achieved it! We hope y’all enjoy!”

You can pre-order your copy of ‘Kentucky’ now at iTunes HERE and get new album track, ‘The Way of The Future’ right away!
Pre-orders for physical CDs and special vinyl packages are available over HERE


THE STONE FOXES

Revealed the video for their upbeat indie brawler ‘Dying Star’,

 

 

Twelve Spells – Album Review HERE Out  March 18th 

Tour continues –
10/02 – Leeds, A Nation Of Shopkeepers
11/02 – Bournemouth, 60 Million Postcards
12/02 – London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
13/02 – Brighton, The Gladstone


IAN SIEGAL & JIMBO MATHUS – ROOTS TO THE CORE

For Full details Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus: Roots To The  CoreTour follow the link HERE

 

 


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PROVOGUE COMMEMORATES JEFF HEALEY’S 50TH BIRTHDAY WITH RELEASE OF 12 ORIGINAL SONGS ON ALBUM ‘HEAL MY SOUL’

Jeff Healey Heal My Soul
Listen to the first new Jeff Healey song in 15 years ‘Daze of the Night’ here:

Watch the Album trailer – Heal My Soul:

“He was like another one of my sons… Jeff Healey… (exhales hard)… oh my God.” BB King

“He was SUCH a great musician… a voice that is missed.” Steve Lukather

“Jeff was one of the sweetest, most humble and talented artists I’ve met…” Bonnie Raitt

2016 marks the release of Heal My Soul – the extraordinary lost album from Jeff Healey which has never been heard before by the public. March 25th of this year would have seen Jeff turn 50 years old and this album begins the celebration of a milestone year for a true musical icon.

In a joint statement, Jeff Healey Estate Co-Administrators Cristie Healey and Roger Costa said, “Heal My Soul is a project that we have wanted to tackle for years. A ‘lost’ album, it contains material recorded during one of the most creative periods in Jeff’s rock career. Until now, it has never seen the light of day. Jeff was very proud of this work and it features some of the most powerful and impassioned performances he ever committed to record. With complete creative control we’ve laboured hard, tracking down recordings, identifying the right performances, restoring them to their proper stature and mixing and mastering them from the ground up. This has been a true labour of love for us from beginning to end and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to finally share this significant release with the world.”

Healey died on March 2, 2008 at age 41 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.

Heal My Soul – Provogue Release Date March 25, 2016


 

Big Boy Bloater Tour


 

JANUARY 2016

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Joe Bonamassa will play Hoghton Tower, Lancashire (Saturday 2nd July), Glasgow Clyde Auditorium (Sunday 3rd July), Bristol Colston Hall (Tuesday 5th July), Greenwich London Music Time Festival (Thursday 7th July) and Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire (Friday 8th July).

Tickets for the UK concerts will be available as a special pre-sale from Tuesday 26th January 2016 from Planet Rock, 72 hours in advance to the general public – which go on sale Friday 29th January 2016

For more information Click HERE

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Blind Raccoon is delighted to announce the line-up for their showcases happening during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. On January 27, 28 and 29, from noon to 5pm, 12 acts from Arizona, Canada, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri (St. Louis & Kansas City), Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin will grace the stage. Seven of these acts are participating in the 2016 IBC.

Net proceeds from the showcases will benefit The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund, which provides assistance to blues musicians and their families in times of great financial need due to medical emergencies.


New 2016 services from – Bluesdoodles contact TODAY


Greg LakeGreg Lake Re-releases His Two Solo Albums “Greg Lake” & “Manoeuvres” on Double Disc Set.

Greg Lake is the co-founder of KING CRIMSON and EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER (ELP), and wrote the hit “LUCKY MAN” and co-wrote “I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS”.

This 2-CD set collects together both of Lake’s two solo albums, his first self-titled album (1981) and his second album “Manoeuvres” (1983). The set includes FOUR BONUS TRACKS which have never been included on any re-issue of the albums, only on separate rarities albums.

The first album and its three bonus tracks feature all of the members of TOTO with the exception of Bobby Kimball as Lake handles all lead vocals. Both albums also feature appearances GARY MOORE on guitar.

Both CDs have received a 2015 REMASTER which has the personal approval of GREG LAKE. The booklet includes extensive liner notes. This is a great and easy way to buy both of Greg Lake’s studio albums and all the rarities connected to these albums in one place.

To purchase “Greg Lake” & “Manoeuvres” on 2-CD Set: HERE


Alladin SaneSeven Stars have been registered in the shape of the Iconic David Bowie lightning bolt from his 1973 album Aladdin Sane by Studio Brussels and MIRA Public Observatory. Pitchfork has the full story HERE. The constellation is “in the vicinity of Mars.” Studio Brussels and MIRA have also created a website, “Stardust for Bowie”, where fans can upload their favorite Bowie songs to a Google Sky representation of the constellation. HERE

 

 


 

OUT TODAY 15th January 2016 – WHITE Bear – The Temperance Movement Earache Records

Check out why we gave the album White Bear a perfect 10… – HERE


 

MONSTER TRUCK
REVEAL VIDEO FOR ‘DON’T TELL ME HOW TO LIVE’
TAKEN FROM NEW ALBUM: SITTIN’ HEAVY – OUT 19 FEBRUARY 2016
MASCOT RECORDS

UK Show
Tues 5 Apr: UK – 100 Club, London – TICKETS

European Shows
Tues 29 Mar: Germany – Rockpalast, Bochum – TICKETS
Weds 30 Mar: Germany – Privatclub, Berlin –TICKETS
Thurs 31 Mar: Germany – Strom, Munich – TICKETS
Fri 1 Apr: Netherlands – Melkweg, Amsterdam – TICKETS
Sun 3 Apr: France – La Maroquinerie, Paris – TICKETS


 BLACK STONE CHERRY – Borderline –

Intimate Planet Rock Gig

for Teenage Cancer Trust
Details HERE

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 IN SORROW – RIP DAVID BOWIE

January 8, 1947-  January 10, 2016

The music we have forever 

Lazarus” off David Bowie’s album Blackstar available now

Tributes are written we play the music that for many was the soundscapes of their youth.

Read what the Press is saying –
BBC said – HERE
The Guardian – HERE

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RIP Otis Clay

Rolling Stone – Obit HERE

Tribute to Otis Clay – Soul singer and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee HERE

Otis Clay – The music lives on

 Memorial Service and Celebration of Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister

Scheduled for 9 Jan 2016 –  Motorhead want you ALL to be a part of this memorial service.

 

So wherever you are, PLEASE get together and watch with fellow Motörheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us.
Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm’s life at home. Whatever your venue, and however you can, let’s be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th January 2016 and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon.

If you’d like to make a charitable donation under Lemmy’s name, please go to:
Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund http://www.diocancerfund.org/“>HERE


Punk, girls in the news – The Ramona’s Read what the Guardian said HERE

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 One of the acts that will light the blue touch paper and fly during 2016 = Sari & The Engine Room

NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON MANHATON RECORDS – produced by Mike Vernon will be released on Manhaton Records with the exciting guitarist Innes Sibun and on several tracks Oli Brown with Rhythm Section basaist Nani Conde & Jose Mena on drums creating power-packed soulful blues. Sari and her Engine room will be touring throughout 2016 including Blues on The Farm Friday 17th June check out USA and UK Tour dates HERE

Sneak preview listen here


 The Stone Foxes Twelve SpellsFirst album review of 2016 – The Stone FoxesTwelve Spells
“The baker’s dozen of tracks that have the frisson of experimentation that runs over the rock backdrop; each song has a distinctive element that adds up to the Stone Foxes musical lexicon of sound clouds.”
The Stone Foxes First UK Tour starts in Bristol 3rd February See the dates and towns HERE


 

Checkout the music that delighted Bluesdoodles during 2015

Bluesdoodles – Pick Of The Bunch 2015 – Check out the albums we are still listening too HERE


Happy New Year from Bluesdoodles…

We are excited to announce Bluesdoodles Dozen albums of 2015 & More check out what we said HERE

King KIng AlbumAlbum of 2015 – King KingReaching For The Light

We said then in April …King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions

IanSiegal_OneNightInAmsterdamLive Album of 2015 – Ian SiegalOne Night In Amsterdam

We Said Like a quality Bourbon Siegal distils the words and the music into a potpourri of smoky, moody delights .. . This album gives you a taste of the live sound in your front-room

 

 


 

Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March

Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March

Bluesdoodles listens to music recorded and live from across the genres. Bluesdoodles reviews all albums received with an open-mind and will always look for the elements that make the music stand out from the crowd!. The albums we award 10 doodle paws too, for us have a special connection, and acknowledge like all reviewers our scoring is subjective. Between 1st January and 31st March 2016 Bluesdoodles reviewed 49 albums that reflect the depth and breadth of music being recorded in studios around the world. Remember albums not included on the lists are still excellent; definitely worth listening to and purchasing especially go see music live at venues near you support music and the artists who travel the roads so we can hear music full of passion and the special ingredient of a live performance..

This is the first list of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016..

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul
Kyla Brox – Throw Away Your Blues
Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

Monster Truck – Sittin Heavy
Red Dirt Skinners – Behind The Wheel
Mumbo Jumbo – Sonic Gumbo

Ben Poole – Time Has Come
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – Wayward Sons
Michael Messer’s Mitra – Call of the Blues

Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Luxury Hobo
The Temperance Movement – White Bear
Danny Bryant – Blood Money

Celebrating Twenty-five years Blues On The Farm June 2016

Blues on Farm 2016
BLUES ON THE FARM FESTIVAL:

16
th – 19th June 2016

 

 

 

 

One of the best-loved and friendly festivals anywhere, let alone on the ‘Blues Calendar’, the award-winning BLUES ON THE FARM FESTIVAL celebrates an incredible 25 years of music making where international acts of the highest quality converge on Pump Bottom Farm, south of Chichester in West Sussex from Thursday 16th June to Sunday 19th June 2016.

​​In keeping with the festivals finest traditions, a varied and eclectic line up of top quality acts loosely connected, but not limited to, the ‘Blues/Roots umbrella’ appear at this wonderful Sussex countryside setting.

This years festival sees the legendary Gary Brooker of Procol Harum fame headline proceedings on the Saturday night. Rather fittingly, since Gary Brooker’s presence at an impromptu garden gig gave rise to the idea of a festival in the very first place…
Here’s a video of Gary playing live in case anyone needs any reminding of his considerable talents

 

Other notable acts appearing over the four days include multi British Blues Award winners King King and Ian Siegal, plus the likes of Mike SanchezThe Blues Band featuring Paul Jones (of BBC Radio 2 fame) and many, many more. Apart from the myriad of homegrown talent, The Billy Walton BandSari Schorr and the Engine Room plus The Hitman Blues Band featuring the New York Horns are all flying in from the USA to join the party. And with Brilleaux jetting in from New Zealand, this promises to be a really international affair.

With more acts still to be announced, all the updated news can be found at Blues On The Farm HERE

Bluesdoodles delighted to be a media partner of one of our favourite festivals and the place to hear music in June..

Check out what we have written

2015: Blues on the Farm

Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE
In Conversation with Julian Moores – HERE

2014: Blues on the Farm

Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE
Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE
Read all about it and selection of photographs – HERE

Meat and Candy exciting Music from Old Dominion

Old Dominion

Meat and Candy exciting Music from Old Dominion

 

The album exudes enjoyment from the first note this is music Old Dominion want us all to enjoy and have fun at the Meat and Candy party. Debut albums need to stamp a mark on the music scene and Meat and Candy does this with its playful twist and turns. The Rock n Roll, country vibe is strong. I defy anyone who listens to Old Dominion will not be tapping their feet, feeling the urge to smile dance and sing along to the catchy choruses.

Snapback opening for Meat and Candy sets the tone and tempo but do not expect eleven tracks that simply reflect the first. Old Dominion have the depth of approach to vary the feel good factor that is the common link. The dance beat of Half Empty flows with a Latin rhythm. The vocals are strong. The guitar work from lead guitarist Brad Tursi pitches the tonal clarity for Matthew’s Ramsey’s vocals to curl the lyrics round. Is the glass half full or half empty – Old Dominion has created a Country rock album that overflows with music that is sweet as candy and tasty as meat well cooked.

With so much feet tapping and dancing we need a cool beer and a chance to catch our breath, Nowhere Fast is acoustic and slower, is just that half way through the album. This is an acoustic track with energy and verve showing the depth of tonal and artistic range of Old Dominion.

Having heard and reviewed the single Break Up With Him, I knew what to expect. Yet again the power of the rhythm section courtesy of drummer Whit Sellers & bassist Geoff Sprung, the lyrical interpretation by Matthew and the swelling guitar chords this is a stand out track. Break Up With Him was the first song they wrote collectively together and it shows how high a bar the band set themselves.

Closing with We Got It Right the intro is intriguingly haunting again the power of having Trevor Rosen multi-instrumentalist in the band and the collective song-writing circle approach to composition. Every track has a tale to tell underneath the warm feel good sound they create there are tears and fears.

Old Dominion are worth listening too with their contemporary twist on country/rock that just loves the whole rock n’ roll vibe.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

 

Old Dominion Meat and Candy – Buy HERE

Track Listing

1. Snapback (Matthew Ramsey/Trevor Rosen/Brad Tursi)
2. Half Empty (Matthew Ramsey/Trevor Rosen/Matt Jenkins)
3. Wrong Turns (Matthew Ramsey/Trevor Rosen/Matt Jenkins)
4. Said Nobody (Matthew Ramsey/Trevor Rosen/Brad Tursi)
5. Crazy Beautiful Sexy (Matthew Ramsey/Josh Osborne/Ross Copperman)
6. Nowhere Fast (Matthew Ramsey/Trevor Rosen/Matt Jenkins)
7. Beer Can in a Truck Bed (Matthew Ramsey/Trevor Rosen/Matt Jenkins)
8. Break Up with Him (Matthew Ramsey/Trevor Rosen/Brad Tursi/Geoff Sprung/Whit Sellers)
9. Song for Another Time (Matthew Ramsey/Trevor Rosen/Brad Tursi/Matt Jenkins)
10. Til It’s Over (Matthew Ramsey/Shane McAnally/Jimmy Robbins)
11. We Got It Right (Matthew Ramsey/Shane McAnally/Ross Copperman)

Listen and make your mind up with a back to the future video – Break Up with Him