Festival & Gig Reviews 2017

Festival & Gig Reviews 2017 – live music made 2017 full of friends and fun and the power of live music never disappoints. We travelled to Sheffield for an Easter weekend without chocolate but a fist full of blues. Visited Callow End for a favourite festival, travelled to Liverpool for the UKBlues Challenge. In 2018 the winner LaVendore Rogue will be off to Memphis, USA and Hell in Norway to represent the UK. On the gig front crossing the bridge into Bristol was the favourite Bluesdoodles city for gigs that were full of rock, blues and joy of music. Bluesdoodles is now looking forward to 2018 where there is some wonderful live music promised to make 2018 sparkle.

Check out the forthcoming gigs on 2018 UK Tour Page


UKBlues Challenge Fifth Contestant Announced


UKBlues Federation hosted – 4th UKBlues Challenge September 2017 





Old Bush Blues August 2017




Steelhouse 2017



Chocolate Free Music Fueled HRH Blues Easter



HRH Blues III Sheffield 15th – 16th April



Blues Joins The Jazz Party in Bristol Festival 2017


Sari Schorr – March 2017
Northsyde – March 2017
Robben Ford – March 2017
Kirk Fletcher – March 2017
Mud Morganfield – March 2017




The Great British Rock & Blues Festival – Jan 2017



Dan Reed Networking Bristol Tonight For Extreme


Dan Reed Network @ O2 Academy, Bristol – December 2017



Broken Witt Rebels Rocking Thekla Boat Tonight with their brand of rocking and rolling Music. Before the Rebels took to the stage the night opened with Sonia Leigh. Sonia’s band whilst she is over from Nashville Tennessee are The Healers with Katy Hurt on backing vocals. What an amazing voice is the first thing you notice about diminutive Sonia. Full of textured gravel swirling around melodic tones delivering songs full of emotional intent. Sonia is a rocked up Mary Gauthier. The set was shimmering with powerful intent as country rocked and rolled as her vocals were supported by the percussive rhythmic shaping and guitar playing from Steve, Ace & Gab who are the Healers. With her new album Mad Hatter we were treated to Jack Is Back, wow this is a band that wants you to have fun as the set included My Name is Mary, Rocking In The Moonlight and Shelter. Sonia and the band surrounding her tonight played music that warmed the venue and left a lasting impression. We all agreed the set was far too short as they closed with Alabama Band full of Southern Rock and energy. We were ready and waiting to shout Up The Rebels as the main band of the night set foot on a stage in Bristol for the second time. Short break and our wishes were granted, first time playing on a boat for the Rebels the third time this year Bluesdoodles were excited to once again be listening to Broken Witt Rebels. Tonight they hit the ground running with Low from their self-titled debut album. The crowd need no encouragement from Danny Core to join in they were soon singing along confirming this as a firm favourite when played live & loud. The set flowed warming the atmosphere, with Breathless one of the new numbers on the album, Bang Bang and Howlin. We were now deep in the zone that Broken Witt Rebels create when playing live, they have a special sound blending influences as this Midlands based band meld Southern Rock with country with the drive of Brit-Pop pulled together by the talented and ebullient energy of front man Danny Core whose vocals connect to the audience. His vocals, groan, cry, beseech and take you to a special place as the tonal depth sends shivers of pure delight down your spine. This is a quartet of musicians who understand the intricacies of the sound they create and love playing the music. Danny’s vocals will always gain your attention but without the soaring driving platform of the other musicians it would be a voice and nothing more. Tonight James Tranter’s backing vocals were smooth and his guitar playing clever with hooks that pulled Danny’s vocals in, and riffs that hit home with the audience that showed the clever use of his pedal board. Then the rhythm section never to be ignored when the Rebels play their brand of Rock as Luke Davis on bass and James Dudley’s drumming combine to give every number a percussive deeper growling force. With fabulous backing vocals from James and Luke the choruses build and connect the verses and how the audience loved to add their voice. With two new numbers inspired and reflecting on their recent US tour opening for Whiskey Myers. Fearless, this reflects the playing of a band that is fearless in their intention for the whole venue to have fun. We rocked long and hard and like the music the boat stayed steady in its delivery. Followed by Give It Up, from tonight’s performance, that is definitely not a consideration for a band on this form. The musicianship was top-notch. The current single now was played live, however good the music is on a radio, when played live it takes on a new deeper energy and that was the case tonight with Wait for You. Now let’s have some drama, as they continued putting a Spell on You a highlight that glimmered brightly in a set of seventeen songs that were glorious from the first note to the last note. An acoustic guitar was picked up by James, as he and Danny stepped off the stage as Danny explained ‘going to try something different’. Turn On me, performed pure acoustic in the heart of the crowd who were spellbound. For me once again the centre-piece of the night was Georgia Pine which they nailed tonight live and will always be that special song, the one that caught my attention when I heard the EP Georgia Pine for the first time. Every time you hear this young band play they just keep getting better, songs you know like the closing numbers Snake Eyes and Guns prove that. Always full of rebelling attitude now they have been shaped and honed into a pressure pack of controlled energy that bursts out of the blocks as the energy builds and grows to a thunderous climax. From the performance tonight and the length of the queue at the Merch desk Broken Witt Rebels are welcome to return to Bristol anytime and we say make that soon, your music rocked our boat tonight.



Broken Witt Rebels @ Thekla, Bristol – December 2017



Samantha Fish Raunchy Blues Excites Bristol


Samantha Fish @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017



Tonight Bad Touch Headline The Tunnels Majestically


Flowerpot Opens – Special Guest Mollie Marriott & Headliners Bad Touch @The Tunnels Bristol – November 2017




Crow Black Chicken @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017



Simon McBride Triumphantly Ends this Tour at The Tunnels


Simon McBride @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2017




Beth Hart Vocal Power Captivates The Forum Tonight


Beth Hart @ The Forum, Bath – November 2017



Kenny Wayne Shepherd plays a Halloween Treat at The Tramshed


Kenny Wayne Shepherd with support from Laurence Jones @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017



Gov’t Mule Triumphant First Live Show in Wales


Gov’t Mule @Tramshed, Cardiff – October 2017



The Lantern Bristol Shines on Dan Owen’s Vocals.


Dan Owen with support from Billy Lockett @ The Lantern, Colston Hall Bristol October 2017



Blues Flowed up the Taff with Walter Trout Tonight


Walter Trout with Special Guest Sari Schorr @ The Muni, Pontypridd October 2017



Live Music Came Outta The Swamp to Play The Louisiana, Bristol.


Big Boy Bloater with support from Ruzz Guitar (solo) @ The Louisiana, Bristol October 2017




Erja Lyytinen with support from Red Butler @ The Tunnels – September 2017



Kirk Fletcher and Friends turn The Tunnels Blue


Kirk Fletcher with support from Ruzz Guitar Blue’s Review @ The Tunnels – September 2017



Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To Perfection


Ash Wilson – The Tunnels – September 2017



July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch


King King & Bad Touch @ The Fleece Bristol



Bristol Trio of Bands, Women , Punk Revival and Politics


Husky Tones – Rita Lynch – Drunken Butterfly @ The Louisianna June 2017





Devon Allman  – The Tunnels – May 2017




Steve Hackett – St David’s Hall – April 2017



Led Zeppelin Classics Mastered by Violins and more


Led Zeppelin Masters (Zep Boys joined by Black Dog Orchestra) – Colston Hall April 2017



Hayseed Dixie, French Hard Rock Excites The Globe Cardiff Tonight


Hayseed Dixie with Dätcha Mandala – The Globe, Cardiff April 2017



Bristol Springs Alive With Blackberry Smoke


Blackberry Smoke with guests Biters – O2 Academy – Bristol – April




The Roadstars: Broken Witt Rebels and Bad Touch – The Globe – Cardiff – April



Inbound weather for Cardiff Thunder is in Town


Thunder with guests Cats In Space – Motorpoint – Cardiff – March 2017



Kaz Hawkins Kicking Up A Music Storm At The Tunnels


Kaz Hawkins – The Tunnels – Bristol – March 2017



St David’s Hall bringing Acoustic Delights Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro


Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro – St David’s Hall – Cardiff – March 2017





Monster Truck with Guests The Picturebooks – The Marble Factory – Bristol – March 2017



The Globe Became a Live Music Juke Box Tonight


Dan Reed Network with Special guests Vega – The Globe Cardiff – March 2017



Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff


Black Star Riders – with Amorettes & Gun – Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2017



Celebrating St David’s Day The Globe Finds The Answer


The Answer – The Globe, Cardiff – March 2017



Read Why Tonight Glenn Hughes was pure Gold as he Resonated across The Fleece


Glenn Hughes with Special Guests Stone Broken – The Fleece, Bristol February 2017





King King with special guests Broken Witt Rebels – The Globe, Cardiff – Jan 2017



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