New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

 

 

SAMANTHA FISH RELEASES NEW ALBUM “BELLE OF THE WEST” ON FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
UK TOUR STARTS ON MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

 

Multi-Award winning American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, Samantha Fish, will release her new studio album Belle of the West on Ruf Records on Friday 17th November 2017.  The new album will be supported by a nationwide 8-date UK tour that kicks off at The Stables in Milton Keynes on Monday 20th November.

“You should always get outside of the box,” Samantha Fish says while discussing her boundary-breaking new album Belle of the West. “Challenging yourself is how you grow.”

After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.

The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club” and observed that the young artist “displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.”

Having already made it clear that she’s more interested in following her heart than she is in repeating past triumphs, Samantha Fish delivers some of her most compelling music to date with Belle of the West, her fifth studio album. The deeply soulful, personally charged 11-song set showcases Fish’s sublime acoustic guitar skills as well as her roots, emotionally resonant songwriting

Fish recorded Belle of the West in the relaxed, rural creative atmosphere of the legendary Zebra Ranch Studios in the North Hills of Mississippi with producer Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi All-stars fame), with whom she worked previously on her 2015 album Wild Heart.

The studio team included some of the region’s most iconoclastic musicians, including Dickinson, solo artist and Jack White associate Lillie Mae (whose distinctive vocals are featured on Nearing Home), much-travelled juke-joint blues artist Lightnin‘ Malcolm (whose featured on Poor Black Mattie), Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jumbo Mathus, upright bassist and beloved solo artist Amy LaVereTikyra JacksonTrina Raimey and ShardéThomas, granddaughter of the legendary Southern bluesman Otha Turner.

“I wanted to do this acoustic-electric record, and tap into the style and swagger of Mississippi,” Fish states, adding, “Any time you dive into another place, another vibe and a new group of people, you’re challenging yourself to grow musically. I felt very at home a Zebra Ranch, and I’ve known Luther and Malcolm for years, so it was a very comfortable situation. When you’re making a record like this, it has to feel natural if you want people to respond to it”.

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

 

Bluesdoodles has always loved Samantha Fish Live Her shows are full of energy and guitar wizardry. Bluesdoodles review when she played in Swansea with Mike Zito – HERE

Her recorded albums:- Wild Heart review HERE &  Chills & Fever review HERE

 

 

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour
SAMANTHA FISH

SAMANTHA FISH – NOVEMBER 2017 UK TOUR DATES

 

Milton Keynes, The Stables        Monday 20 November                  Tickets
Bristol, The Tunnels                    Tuesday 21 November                  Tickets
Bilston, Robin 2                          Wednesday 22 November             Tickets
Southampton, The Brook          Thursday 23 November                 Tickets
London, Borderline                    Friday 24 November                      Tickets
Derby, The Flowerpot                Saturday 25 November                 Tickets
Keighley Blues Live                    Sunday 26 November                    Tickets
Edinburgh, Stramash                 Monday 27 November                  Tickets

 

New Album From Samantha Fish Plus UK Tour

Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous” In London

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In London

Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous” In London

Brian Downey’s “Alive And Dangerous”
Original founding member of Thin Lizzy to
perform the 40th anniversary concert of
Thin Lizzy’s seminal live album

“Live and Dangerous”

Live at Nells Jazz & Blues, London
Friday 24th November 2017

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Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In LondonBrian Downey, known to millions of rock fans as the original drummer of Thin Lizzy, will perform a rare concert at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Friday 24th November with his new band Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS, who will perform a 40th anniversary concert of one of the greatest live rock and roll albums of all time – Thin Lizzy’s “Live and Dangerous”.

To mark this rare, one-off London show, Downey’s band will feature Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for the Commitments’ Andrew Strong), and former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar).

 

“In January 2017, we jammed together at the Vibe For Philo, and it went so well, that we decided to form Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS and make it a full-time proposition.”

2018 will mark the 40th Anniversary of Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous album.  The album recorded live in 1977 at London’s Hammersmith Apollo and Toronto’s Seneca College, it wasn’t officially released until a year later in 1978.

The band Orphanage included Brian Downey (drums), Joe Staunton (guitar), Pat Quigley and a guest member Terry Woods.  Orphanage didn’t last too long, and towards the end of 1969 the guys were approached by Eric Bell, and formed Thin Lizzy.  Brian Downey and Phil Lynott were the only full-time members of Thin Lizzy until they disbanded in 1983.

After Lynott’s death in 1986, Downey played in the tribute Thin Lizzy line-up with John Sykes, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton and Marco Mendoza, but had been absent from subsequent Thin Lizzy touring bands. After John Sykes departure in 2009, guitarist Scott Gorham created another line-up of Thin Lizzy. Downey, Mendoza and Wharton re-joined, along with two new members, guitarist Vivian Campbell and former vocalist from The Almighty, Ricky Warwick. This version of Thin Lizzy started an extensive world tour in January 2010 and continued to tour until early 2013.

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In London

 

Meet the Musicians:-

Brian Downey’s "Alive And Dangerous" In London

Brian Grace – Lead guitar, backing vocals

Brian is a well-known musician in Ireland and has a career spanning almost 30 years. He first played with the legendary Brush Shiels (Skid Row) in the ’80’s, and then played and recorded worldwide with Rob Strong, Andrew Strong (The Commitments) and Juliet Turner. Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists and would give any players out there, past and present, a serious run for their money.

Phil Edgar – Lead guitar, backing vocals

Phil hails from Lisburn near Belfast in Northern Ireland and was born to play rock ‘n’ roll.  His early career saw him play with local bands and was heavily influenced by the music of Thin Lizzy, The Eagles and Peter Green. More recently Phil has had major exposure with Matt Wilson in The Sensational Northern Irish band, El Dude Brothers. Phil’s reputation as a young tear-away guitarist gives ALIVE AND DANGEROUS a sparkling injection of passion, style and flair.

Matt Wilson – Bass guitar, lead vocals

Matt is a Belfast based musician and vocalist with a fervent love of blues, rock and soul. Starting off at an early age as a boy soprano, his teenage years saw him flirting with various bands, playing standards from Jimi Hendrix, Bill Withers and Funkadelic, leading him to become one of Northern Ireland’s most sought after radio jingle and corporate vocalists. The influence of Thin Lizzy’s music and in particular, Phil Lynott’s vocal/writing style, makes him the perfect frontman for ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.

Brian Downey – Drums

Dublin-born, Brian first tasted success in Ireland with the top 20 hit ‘Morning Dew’ before forming Orphanage with Phil Lynott. The two went on to form the legendary Thin Lizzy with Eric Bell and Brian remained a constant member until the band split in 1983. Brian worked on Phil Lynott’s solo albums and the subsequent Grand Slam project. He moved back to Dublin around the time of Phil’s untimely death on January 4th 1986. Brian remained in constant demand as both a touring and session drummer and regularly played concerts and recorded with guitarist Gary Moore. Often cited as being an influence by many of the world’s top drummers, Brian feels invigorated to be playing the songs he co-wrote in Thin Lizzy, with his new band ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.

Joe Satriani U.K. Tour ~ The Shockwave

Joe SLegendary artist and performer and the hardest working guitarist in the business, Joe Satriani, is proud to announce “The Shockwave UK Tour” which will take in NINE dates from 1st November 2015.
The highly anticipated tour promotes Joe’s upcoming new studio album (released in July), and will also be the first time since he last toured the UK with his critically acclaimed “Unstoppable Momentum” album in 2013. Bluesdoodles though this was one of the gig’s of the decade – read our review

A 48-hour ticket pre-sale will launch on Planet Rock radio on Wednesday 4th February. Tickets will go on sale to the general public from Friday 6th February from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 888 991 and TICKET LINE. All tickets are priced £38 and £34.50. Joe’s touring band will include Bryan Beller (bass), Mike Keneally (keyboards, guitars) and Marco Minnemann (drums).

November 2015 UK Tour

Manchester: O2 Apollo – Sunday November 1
Birmingham: Symphony Hall – Monday November 2
Glasgow: Royal Concert Hall – Tuesday November 3
Sheffield: City Hall – Wednesday November 4
Cardiff: St. David’s Hall – Thursday November 5
Southend: Cliffs Pavilion – Saturday November 7
Bristol: Colston Hall – Sunday November 8
Portsmouth: Guildhall – Monday November 9
London: Eventim Hammersmith Apollo – Tuesday November 10

For two decades, Joe Satriani has travelled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. His studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date. Of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them.

Satriani has been spreading such musical waters for a quarter century now. In addition to Surfing With The Alien and Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards, he has released such classics as The Extremist (1992), Crystal Planet (1998) and Super Colossal (2006), and having moved 10 million albums and counting, he’s now the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist of all time. (Satch’s popularity isn’t limited to rock alone: In 2010, hip-hop artist and American Idol judge Nicki Minaj used a sample of Satriani’s much-loved ballad “Always With Me, Always With You” as the basis for her Gold single, “Right Thru Me.”

In 2011, Satriani recreated his National Anthem performance for the Opening Day of the Oakland A’s historic 2002 season in the Brad Pitt movie Moneyball.

In addition to being a consistent sell-out solo performer, Satriani has also, since 1996, filled venues with his G3 concert tour – three hours-plus of music featuring Satch and a rotating cast of fellow guitar gods like Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson and Steve Morse, among others.

And if that weren’t enough, there’s even a supergroup – Chickenfoot , Satriani’s all-star assemblage that includes singer Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), already has two smash albums, with more, no doubt, on the way.

In 2013, Satriani released his 14th studio album Unstoppable Momentum to critical acclaim. Preceding his November 2015 UK tour, Joe will release a brand new studio album in July.

Ian Siegal – New Album Out 9th March & Tour Dates

IanSiegal_OneNightInAmsterdamAward-winning British songwriter, Ian Siegal, is set to release “One Night In Amsterdam”, his first full-band live album on CD and vinyl on March 9th. Released by Nugene Records, the new album dovetails Siegal’s nationwide March UK tour which kicks off at the Chester Live Rooms on March 17th. Fans can pre-order the limited edition vinyl version of the album here.

While Siegal’s 2014 album Man & Guitar showcased the award-winning British songwriter as a solo acoustic troubadour, One Night In Amsterdam flicks the power switch, marking Siegal’s first live album with a full-throttle electric band. Chalk up another first for the man who Mojo called, “One of the most innovative, gifted and engaging blues performers on the planet today.”

Siegal is able to draw on an astonishing eight-album catalogue that has scored him seven British Blues Awards in five categories (he’s also the only Brit ever to receive two nominations at the U.S. Blues Music Awards). The bar for Siegal’s live albums has been set sky-high by Man & Guitar – recently crowned Blues Album of the Year by Mojo– but from the opening notes of One Night In Amsterdam, it’s clear he’s up for the challenge. The new album includes a free bonus track Hard Pressed – unlocked via a download key available on release day, March 9th.

This is exciting second live album from Ian Siegal who in one night will deliver favourites from his repertoire including Gallo Del Ciello Brandy Balloon, I am The Train and Kingdom Come plus many more no wonder why Ian Siegal is leading the musical pack in the post-millennium.
Have listen to a sample It tells you so much more that words…..

IAN SIEGAL – MARCH 2015 TOUR DATES

De Kroepoekfabriek, VLAARDINGEN, NL 5 Mar
Gigant, APELDOORN, NL 6 Mar
Bibelot, DORDRECHT, NL 7 Mar
De Bosuil, WEERT, NL 8 Mar
De Studio, ANTWERP, BE 9 Mar
Tivoli de Helling, UTRECHT, NL 11 Mar
Metropool, HENGELO, NL 12 Mar
P3 PURMEREND, NL 15 Mar

UK TOUR DATES
Chester Live Rooms Tuesday 17 March
Glasgow Stereo Wednesday 18 March
Aberdeen Jazz Festival Thursday 19 March
Harrogate Ripley Blues Friday 20 March
Derby Flowerpot Saturday 21 March
Scarborough Top Secret Blues Festival Sunday 22 March
Newcastle Cluny Tuesday 24 March
Bolton Railway Wednesday 25 March
Bristol Tunnels Thursday 26 March
Norwich Arts Centre Friday 27 March
London Jazz Cafe Saturday 28 March
Southampton Talking Heads Sunday 29 March

JJ Grey & Mofro opening for Phil Lesh & Th e Terrapin Family Band ~ Brooklyn Bowl

JJ Grey & Mofro opening for
Phil Lesh’s – Terrapin Family Band
Brooklyn Bowl, London – 30 July 2015

The venue adjacent to the entrance of the O2 arena and under the structure of the Millennium Dome, Brooklyn Bowl is becoming the favoured venue for American bands playing London gigs. This is a venue where you can eat, drink, play bowls and listen to live music in the same space. The bowling continues as the musicians play so occasionally you have an out of beat staccato of a bowling ball hitting the pins. Though tonight all the strikes were definitely from the stage as both sets were delivered up tempo and full of energetic live music. JJ Grey accompanied by his latest Mofro tonight ripped up the stage with his unique blending of sounds to bring together a harmonic cocktail that is shaken into a smooth blend with an edge as soul, roots, jazz and blues pour across the stage and weaves its magic throughout the Brooklyn Bowl. JJ Grey leads from the front with his vocals full of passion and a love of life, creating freedom that the band builds on that despite his efforts he never catches them out as they are beat perfect. The trumpet playing from Dennis Marion is stunning adding a layer of sound of a horn section augmented by stylish saxophone playing by Art Edmaiston. Into the mix is Andrew Trube a Stetson toting guitar player who stayed cool throughout the show, with Anthony Farrell on Hammond and keys providing a perfect foil to JJ Grey’s voice that soars above the band and ensuring that there is a structure and anarchy does not take over is a snazzy rhythm section of Todd Smallie on bass and the percussive drumming from Anthony ‘AC’ Farrell.

JJ Grey & The Mofro -  Brooklyn Bowl -  July 2014_0086lThis is a band that wants to entertain you, and that they do from the off the quality is high and unbelievably as the set moves on with changes in tempo the music keeps getting better, you just have to love this foot stomping sound. JJ Grey played the music people had come to hear in a set that was a warm up for Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family, was only and hour too short but great to hear him back in U.K. The set included The Sweetest Thing; This River; Orange Blossoms and Slow Hot Sweaty, we heard JJ on guitar, tambourine and keys but tonight the harmonica remained silent, so we say come back soon and tour outside of London so more people get the opportunity to hear this formidable live sound.

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Phil Lesh and Terrapin Family -  Brooklyn Bowl -  July 2014_0100LAfter a break, time for a quick game of bowls and refresh your drink the main act stepped on to the stage to be greeted by a roar from the fans now crushed in front of the stage, with many wearing brightly coloured Grateful Dead T-shirts, Phil Lesh was greeted as the conquering bass player before a note was struck. The Deadheads were in seventh heaven as they stood in front of one of their hero’s and the set list included many of the tracks they wanted to hear, and could compare with previous live renditions from the night before and back through the Grateful Dead’s considerable number of live performances. Tonight at the Brooklyn Bowl the music was played with authenticity and close your eyes and you could imagine yourself back at a Grateful Dead gig.

Phil Lesh and Terrapin Family -  Brooklyn Bowl -  July 2014_0011lPhil Lesh was master of the event leading with his sublime bass playing on a mean black six string; he has now been playing for sixteen years with friends who change but his playing is the constant that keeps the music alive. The Terrapin Family is not a tribute band to Grateful Dead as into the mix of classics are unusual covers, and original music into the set; keeping the sound fresh and exciting for today’s audience. The interplay between the musicians for me created a wall of sound that was full of a nuanced beat that made you feel good as the two guitarists licks and riffs played off each other this was not a competition of who could play louder faster add in more notes, it was two different styles and approaches enhancing each other creating a whole sound, Ross James and Grahame Lesh both took turns as lead and rhythm guitar and moving in and out throughout a track. The Terrapin Family is a band that plays like life is one great fun-time jam; as they deliver track after track of what is best about live music the excitement being you are never sure what is coming next. The band deliver a complex mix of musical tone, texture and shapes that refuses to be trapped into a time warp of any particular style or genre. Emily Sunderland adds her fantastic vocals into this mix tonight on two tracks, alongside Ross James one of the guitars tonight on West LA Fade Away from the Grateful Dead’s In The Dark album and solo on the wonderful cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Gold Dust Woman. One of the drummers Alex Koford who played exceptionally well throughout the night also had a fantastic voice and the version of Band On the Run’s McCartney number Let It Be was something special; also beefing up the rhythm section was Jordan Levine on the second drum kit. To this mix Scott Padden added the sound of keyboards and Hammond organ so that the tapestry of sound was complete. We also heard originals with the lyrics written and sung by Ross James, demonstrating this is a band that is full of surprises and is creating music that moves the music on keeping it fresh and relevant.

Phil Lesh and Terrapin Family -  Brooklyn Bowl -  July 2014_0133lTonight five of the bands added their voices above the instruments to bring the songs to life with meaning and emotion with Phil Lesh combining intricate bass guitar with his voice on tracks such as Viola Lee Blues and his son Grahame on Turnaround. The encore was an impressive five tracks four of which were from Blues For Allah and left the audience wanting more but sadly the lights came up and the show was over till another time. Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family, multi-task and deliver quality, they are fun to watch a delight to listen to, the band definitely came, played and conquered The Brooklyn Bowl in London tonight.

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Robert Cray – St David’s Hall, Cardiff –

Robert Cray – 6th March 2013 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

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A packed audience filled the tiers that surround the stage at St David’s Hall, with its beautiful acoustics that swirls the sound around and around. The evening opened with Jon Allen, an acoustic act that played mainly self-penned numbers, this young man opened with an impressive set contrasting with the act to follow, it is no wonder he has had airplay on Radio 2 and Jools Holland has said “One of the most amazing voices I’ve heard this year”, with his wonderful finger picking style and voice that did captivate the audience that was waiting for Robert Cray. Robert started the evening off by interacting with the large audience with a reference to Cardiff and he held the majority of the audience in his hand from the first note in his familiar ‘picking strat’ style. The Hammond B provided the bedrock accompaniment and the rapport between them was excellent with Jim Pugh affectionately known on stage as Pastel Motif; the other band members providing the rhythm section were bare-footed Richard Cousins (Bass) and Les Falconer (drums). Robert played the favourites from his thirty-five year Grammy award-winning career, including ‘Strong Persuader’, ‘I Guess I Showed Her’ and ‘Smoking Gun’; with some great solo’s from Mr Pugh what a great sound he produces on the Hammond B. The one thing you can be certain with Mr Cray he always produces a consistent sound, with the songs delivered professionally and with a style that demonstrates why Robert Cray is so popular and loved throughout the world, where the vocals and guitar work using the minimum of effects is spot on. He is smooth and seductive and the audience listened with pure pleasure as he delivers his mix of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, traditional blues and a twist of rock, his music will never be boring. This was certainly demonstrated in ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ with its times squealing high notes and an emotional guitar solo demonstrating how he shakes various styles, in a cocktail shaker of sound producing his own instantly recognisable style, this will certainly have pleased the Robert Cray fans in the audience.

Overall, I was to be fair in the minority, though I did notice people leaving early but felt rather underwhelmed by the concert which felt a little flat and old-fashioned blues, since I have been spoilt by all the modern exciting acts I have seen throughout the U.K. Robert Cray did receive a standing ovation from the audience at the end of his set and again after the encore so the majority went home delighted to be entertained by a master of the fender whether using the Telecaster or Stratocaster.

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All photographs – copy right Liz Aiken 2013

Catch him at these venues in the U.K.

Tonight – 13 March – Cadogan Hall – London
14 March – The Anvil – Basingstoke
15 March – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Last night UK Tour – 16 March – Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield