Sky Won’t Fall Time Has Come for Nimmo and Poole

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Sky Won’t Fall
Time Has Come for
Nimmo and Poole

 

Nearly the last gig of the tour Bluesdoodles caught up at last with Ben Poole Band & Stevie Nimmo on their double headlining tour at The Flowerpot in Derby.  They better be on their A star game as the other Nimmo Alan and King King with special guest Dan Patlansky in Salisbury threw down the gauntlet last night , hard, fast and loud with a rocking blues attitude that ignited the venue.  There was no doubt by the end of the gig this double headliner was volcanic but more of that as we relish the evening’s guitar offerings. The coin has been tossed the running order Ben Poole followed by Stevie Nimmo. Let the dual begin.

 

The rhythm section, bassist Matt Beable and Craig  Bacon are in for a long hot night as they are providing the tone, and chewy textures for both guitarists tonight. Ben Poole joined them and Stevie Watts on keys on a hot stage greeted by resounding cheers to a packed Flowerpot. His latest album Time Has Come, has given Ben a spring to his step and fire in his guitar. Not surprising with the myriad of positive reviews. Now to hear the music live outside of the studio. Ben was firing on all six strings opening with a firm Poole favourite Lets Go Up Stairs. The blues temperature was hot as forged steel and The Flowerpot was united in the love of live music and the sound of a guitarist who owns the Blues in UK today. The groove aid down by Matt and Craig was augmented by the keys of Stevie Watts. The sound was rocking and the emotive connection and love Ben shares with Gary Moore shines through every time he plays Holding On To Love. The music united the crowded venue we were immersed in the glories of live music, it is irresistible. The band was connected to us and each other, interacting with pure energy and joy of playing the music that we want to hear. All too soon the set was over time to draw a breath and recollect and then get ready for the Stevie Nimmo storm blowing into the Flowerpot next.

 

Sky Won’t Fall Time Has Come for Nimmo and PooleThe cheers lifted the ceiling as the mighty Stevie Nimmo took the stage for the penultimate night of a long tour and road trip on his bike check out his blog for the highs, lows and the laughs he has had travelling from venue to venue. Tonight it is The Flowerpot’s turn, we love having him back in Derby.  With a new album that has been receiving the highest accolade and is definitely in the running for album of 2016 over at Bluesdoodles Tower! The Sky Won’t Fall when it is supported with the mighty Rocking Bluesy guitar from Stevie. What a performance the guitar work was fast, slow perfectly timed with vocals that add another instrument into the mix. This is not a power trio but a trio full of musical power. The set was mainly from the latest album which delighted many who already have had the album on continuous play and as with Ben’s the music has that added tension and nuances when played live. It is the heat, sweat and atmosphere being rolled into the mix, which can never be achieved in a studio. We have Roll The Dice the track on the album that couples into Stevie’s back catalogue so very neatly.

Ben Poole WM-1340Sky Won’t Fall Time Has Come for Nimmo and PooleMatt and Craig are back hotter than ever enjoying playing to the Big Scots tune.  The lyrics are strong the guitar full of scorching power as money becomes the center of attention with a passionate telling of life with No Money on Still Hungry. The live version of the Allman Brothers number Gamblers Roll was my favourite (if we ignore the encore more of that later) moment of the evening despite being a cover. What a song on the album it holds your attention, live it stops you breathing so that you can absorb every note played. This song alone proves the power of live music, the emotion cannot be replicated in any other medium. The emotive moment was when Stevie gave tribute to Big George, his fellow country man who influenced many, he was a wordsmith extraordinaire as The Storm shows. Another fabulous number the music tonight was stellar, the performances of everyone on the stage was top-notch.

Having heard King King and Alan his younger brother the night before I have had the perfect two days of live music the pair of Nimmos on different stages but bringing Scottish Blues magic to excite and please.

Then there was the encore Freddy King’s Going Down. The Flowerpot was not going down, dowSky Won’t Fall Time Has Come for Nimmo and Poolen, down we were on the up as not one, not two, no we had three guitarists on stage joining Ben & Stevie was Aynsley Lister we were in for an encore that will be remembered for many a year by all the lucky people in the Flowerpot tonight. Thank you Lisa & Alan, the powerhouse behind RAW Promo for continuing to put on gigs that delight and fill our memories with glorious music. Keep supporting venues Why? Keep Music Live it is simply the best.

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Robin Trower – On Tour and New Album

Robin Trower - On Tour and New Album

Special guest on all shows is Stevie Nimmo. Tickets for all concerts, priced £25, can be ordered from the 24 Hour Box Office: or booked online from The Gig Cartel.   Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 6th April.

Robin Trower tracks

The October UK tour follows last week’s news of Robin’s highly anticipated new studio album, “Where You Are Going To”, released in the UK by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th May 2016.

The Gig Cartel and Manhaton Records
presents
ROBIN TROWER
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2016 UK TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
STEVIE NIMMO

TICKETS ON SALE ON TUESDAY 29th MARCH 2016
All TICKETS: £25.00
24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 478 0898
BOOK ONLINE: HERE

FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER – NORWICH WATERFRONT
Tickets: £25 / Box Office: Box Office: 01603 508 050 Book Online: HERE

SATURDAY 1st OCTOBER – HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME
Tickets: £25 / Ticket Hotline: 0844 478 0898 or Venue Box Office: 01484 689759

THURSDAY 6th OCTOBER – MANCHESTER ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGEOF MUSIC CONCERT HALL
Tickets: £25 / Venue Box Office: 0161 907 5555
Book Online: HERE

FRIDAY 7th OCTOBER – KENDAL BREWERY ARTS
Tickets: £25 / Venue Box Office: 01539 725133
Book Online: HERE

SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER – CHESTER LIVE ROOMS
Tickets: £25 / Venue Box Office: 0871 220 0260
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MONDAY 10th OCTOBER – GATESHEAD SAGE
Tickets: £25 / Box Office: 0191 443 4661
Book Online: HERE

TUESDAY 11th OCTOBER – GLASGOW o2 ABC
Tickets: £25 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000, 0844 478 0898
Book Online HERE or HERE www.ticketweb.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 12th OCTOBER – STOCKTON ARC
Tickets: £25 / Venue Box Office: 01642 525 199
Book Online: HERE

FRIDAY 14th OCTOBER – FROME CHEESE AND GRAIN
Tickets: £25 / Venue Box Office: 01373 455420
Book Online: HERE

SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER – LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY
Tickets: £25 / Box Office: 0844 854 1358
Book Online: HERE
Spencer St, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 3NF

SUNDAY 16th OCTOBER – EXETER PHOENIX
Tickets: £25 / Venue Box Office: 01392 667080
Book Online: HERE www.thegigcartel.com

TUESDAY 18th OCTOBER – LONDON ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL
Tickets: £25 / Box Office: 0844 478 0898
Book Online: HERE www.thegigcartel.com

WEDNESDAY 19th OCTOBER – BRIGHTON CONCORDE 2
Tickets: £25 / Venue Box Office: 01273 673311
Book Online: HERE www.thegigcartel.com

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

BEN POOLE & STEVIE NIMMO UK TOUR 2016

BEN POOLE & STEVIE NIMMO

To celebrate the release of both Ben Poole’s Album Time Has Come &

Stevie Nimmo’s The Sky Won’t Fall

Stevie Nimmo embarking on a co-headline tour with The Ben Poole Band throughout March, April and May

UK TOUR 2016

THURSDAY 17th MARCH: SHOREHAM – ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01273 464440
FRIDAY 18th MARCH: BARTON ON HUMBER – ROPERY HALL
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01652 660380
SATURDAY 19th MARCH: MICKLETON – R-n-B CLUB
Tickets: £12 / Box Office:01833 640854
SUNDAY 20th MARCH: KINROSS SCOTLAND – THE GREEN HOTEL
Tickets: £12 / Box Office:01577 863467

MONDAY 21st MARCH: OXFORD – THE HAVEN CLUB
Tickets £10/12 / Box Office: HERE
FRIDAY 29th APRIL: SUTTON – BOOM BOOM CLUB
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0208 761 9078
SATURDAY 30th APRIL: SELBY – ARTS CENTRE
Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01757 708 449
WEDNESDAY 4th MAY: NEWCASTLE – THE CLUNY
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0191 230 4474
THURSDAY 5th MAY: STIRLING – THE TOLLBOOTH
Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01786 274400
FRIDAY 6th MAY: GLASGOW – ORAN MOR
Tickets; £12 / Box Office: 0141 357 6200
SATURDAY 7th MAY: ABERDEEN – CAFE DRUMMOND
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01244 619930
WEDNESDAY 11th MAY: CHELTENHAM – VONNIES
Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01452 862332
THURSDAY 12th MAY: CHISLEHURST – BEAVERWOOD CLUB
Tickets:  £12 / Box Office: 0208 761 9078
FRIDAY 13th MAY: SOUTHAMPTON – THE TALKING HEADS
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 02380 678 446
SATURDAY 14th MAY: HARTLEPOOL SUPPORTERS CLUB
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 075359 79658
THURSDAY 19th MAY: FARNHAM – THE MALTINGS
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01252 793 430
FRIDAY 20th MAY: NEWBURY – ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01635 244246
SATURDAY 21st MAY: DERBY – THE FLOWERPOT
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01332 204955
SUNDAY 22nd MAY: SHEFFIELD – GREYSTONES
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0114 266 5599

Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole

 

 

READ Why Bluesdoodles gave this a TENHERE

 

 

 

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

 

 

READ Why Bluesdoodles gave this a TENHERE

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

 

 

The combination of powerful lyrics, blues guitar of such purity it makes you weep and a Nimmo’s vocals we can be sure The Sky Won’t Fall when there is music of this magnitude being created.

Opening with sonic creaks and squeals, and actually with a flick of a switch and feedback it works – Why? Your attention is gained and then a mighty riff. The world is fine when Stevie Nimmo’s music is coursing through your veins. Chains Of Hope may be broken in the opening rock blues number but as he sings the Sky Won’t Ever Fall. Even Chicken Licken of the children’s tale would cease to worry about the sky falling down no need to dash off to a King he would just sit back and let the resplendent music cascade over him. This is music that connects and feels like an old friend from the first note; this is music fixed deep in your soul. There is nothing gentle about the vocals this is a voice that has travelled and overcome adversity and the experience shapes and forms the emotion of blues from the heart. There is no way of ignoring Roll The Dice Again in a review it is slick and slides out of the speakers seeping deep into the soundtrack that follows you around.

The power of the blues is always in the song. Without the song however good the musicianship there is nothing. Here we have everything ten strong songs and musicianship and timing that are the perfect sonic punctuation for the lyrics. Running Back To You is mellow, full of soulfulness and pathos, slower measured and addictive. There is a yearning in the chords as the guitar cries and the rhythm section keeps the beat driving on a song with shape and purpose. You just want to listen again.

Stevie Nimmo went to Superfly Studios and has created ten gorgeous songs with his band Craig Bacon on Drums & Matt Beable on Bass. His brother’s band King King’s drummer Wayne Procter was in charge of production. Wow what an album, production is precise with layers of warmth. The lyrics curl around your brain, Stevie’s voice growls, cajoles and touches your soul and then the guitar riffs that capture the tension of the six-strings creating a sound that is his and his alone. The Sky Won’t Fall is Blues that has the granite power of rock twisting around the back ground but never overpowering.

The album is a mix of tones, texture and tempos. Seven tracks in and you are Still Hungry for more music. This is power-driven rock-blues of the highest order. A track that would work well if stood out alone, surely this will get acres of radio play. It is full of smokey riffs, power and rocks your socks off!

All too soon the album is drawing to the end like a show you want to go on this is an album that has the same feeling. With lighter shading Lovin’ Might Do Us Good is a sunny song, upbeat and makes you smile. The guitar tone changes for the last track Love You Tonight an intimate number where Stevie does that magic trick you feel he is singing for you and you alone.

The album is a delicious helping of tone and energy, catch him on tour starting Thursday 4th February Co-headlining with Ben Poole you are in for a live music bonanza. Gamblers Roll is punctuated by Craig’s drumming against Stevie’s vocals and sharp guitar riffs. Stevie Nimmo’s The Sky Won’t Fall simply is British blues that sparkles and flows like a highland burn when the dark clouds are pierced by a ray of sunshine. The sunshine is all Stevie Nimmo’s, his lyrics, guitar and vocals sending ripples down the spine.

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

Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall  Release date 4th March 2016 on Manhaton Records

Track Listing

  1. Chains of Hope
  2. Roll The Dice Again
  3. Change
  4. Running On Back To You
  5. Walk The Thin Line
  6. I’ll Pray For You
  7. Still Hungry
  8. Gambler’s Roll
  9. Lovin’ Might Do Us Good
  10. Love You More Tonight

Stevie Nimmo Ben Poole

Stevie Nimmo @ The Flowerpot Derby

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The Flowerpot, Derby with RAWPromo
22nd November 2014

 

 

Ali Clinton Band - The Flowerpot - Nov 2014_0222lAli Clinton Band opened the evening of live music at The Flowerpot tonight, along with the excellent choice in real ale we’re in for a high-octane rock driven set delivered with confidence and raw talent from this young band. Upfront delivering red-hot full-throttle guitar is Ali Clinton. This is a young band in a hurry to be noticed and they should be as they deliver a high quality set full of rock that is gritty, melodic and at times a dirty guitar sound. This was a great time to promote their new EP and this was successfully achieved a real reflection to the quality of music we heard as they sold out of all their copies and leaving people signing up for when they get some more. They delivered a mix of self-penned numbers including Second Time Around and Leave Me Alone and a couple of covers Deep Purple’s, Black Knight and a wonderful medley of Led Zeppelin. This is a must-go-and-see band and you will not be disappointed as they just keep getting better delivering guitar driven rock.

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Stevie Nimmo Trio - The Flowerpot - Nov 2014_0048lThe ever popular Stevie Nimmo trio were given a rousing welcome back to The Flowerpot, we knew this was going to be a full-on electric no holds barred dynamic blues from the elder half of the Nimmo brothers. This new project is full of excitement, his natural way with the crowds, full of banter combined with guitar playing and his vocals with a grittier edge no wonder everyone was full of delight to be listening to a set full of music. This is a trio that really works with Stevie out front and then a rhythm section that understand each other and deliver every note on the musical journey of the songs delivered with Craig Bacon, Drums and Matt Beable, Bass. This is a trio who love playing together with some fantastic interplay between them creating a wall of sound deceptively simple to enjoy but made from layers of tones and textures. The stars of the show were the lead breaks from Stevie on guitar combined with his vocals, making this trio stand out from the crowded arena of electric blues. We had a glorious rendition of Big George’s, who as a huge influence on Stevie, The Storm. I loved Good Day for the Blues from Stevie’s latest album The Wynds of Life and the other tracks that were given electric treatment tonight.

Electric blues were really showcased with class tonight at The Flowerpot, Derby this is a trio that delights every time.

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