George Shovlin and The Radars have Nothing To Lose

What is it about the North East of England that keeps throwing out blues biased talent? I mean, we have Eric Burdon and Mark Knopfler from the Tyne end, and Paul Rodgers and Micky Moody from the Tees end, to name but few. (I purposely left out the Brylcreemed passenger ship and the honey-making insect!). … Read more…

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The BluesBones Chasing Shadows Come Out On Top

Formed in 2011, The BluesBones are a 5-piece band from Belgium. Noted for their solid blues-rock foundations, they have had success over the intervening years with 2 studio and two live albums. They have just released the next chapter of all original compositions, entitled Chasing Shadows. I must admit to a shiver of apprehension when … Read more…

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Colne Rhythm and Blues is back again in 2018

Colne Rhythm & Blues is back again in 2018   About The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival Takes place in Colne, Lancashire, over the bank holiday weekend of 24th – 26th August 2018. The festival takes place in numerous town centre venues (from 750 to 50 capacity), Colne & Nelson Rugby Club (which also doubles-up … Read more…

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Future Juke: London Festival Of 21st Century Blues

Future Juke Festival, Five Headline Acts, Dates and Venues across London As John Lennon once said “The blues is a chair, not the design for a chair, or a better chair… It is the first chair.” Hip-hop guru Chuck D agreed – “Rap is the furniture, blues is the damn house…” Elvis opined – “If you … Read more…

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Real rhythm and blues from The Achievers

The Achievers’ Steve Ferbrache began his musical journey by busking around New York, Boston and Philadelphia and then spent time immersed in the London Blues & Roots scene (where he opened for James Hunter, Seasick Steve and others). In 2013, chance meetings, in an open mic night in a pub, with drummer Aron Attwood and Harmonica player Rufus Fry led to the … Read more…

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Trevor Steger puts teeth in the blues with Sawdust Man

Perhaps best known as a founder member of Babajack, Trevor Steger has released a new solo album called Sawdust Man.  The album title reflects his music and his other prodigious talent turning wood into beautiful objects including his bespoke Winebox guitars.  We can all cheer up now though, as Trevor Babajack Steger with only his … Read more…

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Will Wilde Harmonica Album Launch Delight Worthing

This was the official launch night for Will Wilde’s new album ‘Bring It On Home’. 14th March and  Will Wilde Harmonica album launch delight Worthing; on his home turf with local band members playing Southern Pavilion. The band hit the stage with a few of his earlier numbers in order to ‘warm up’, but from … Read more…

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Gumption by the Fistful from Randy McAllister and the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland

Raised in the small Texas town of Novice, Randy McAllister developed his love of the drums from his firefighter father, who played the drums in local bands and allowed McAllister to join in. McAllister enrolled in the Air Force in his early 20’s and it was through contacts here that he also began playing and … Read more…

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HRH Blues 2018 Raising the Roof in Sheffield

HRH Blues 2018 Raising the Roof in Sheffield Turning the musical rainbow every shade of blue at The O2 Academy. King King headlined the festival the blue cherry on top of a rich rocking and blues cake. Only thing left to do is book HRH 2019 for another 48 hours of Blues mayhem and fun.

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Teresa James finds her soul Here In Babylon

Pianist and vocalist Teresa James is back with her band, the Rhythm Tramps, for her tenth album, Here in Babylon. Teresa is often compared to Bonnie Raitt but she has a sound which is very much her own: a silkier, more soulful timbre. Her output is usually based across the roots, blues, gospel and soul landscape, … Read more…

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