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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Inaugural FORMUKBlues Awards 2018 Celebrating Blues

Bluesdoodles’ Liz Aiken is delighted to be actively involved with UKBlues Federation.  From being on the board, a judge at the first UKBlues Challenge and now part of the inaugural FORMUKBlues Awards. Blues fans, musicians, PR and media were all on the May blues migration to Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion where the awards were going … Read more…

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Joe Bonamassa Playing Live Celebrating British Blues Explosion

This is a recording of Joe Bonamassa paying homage to the British Blues Explosion. The music was recorded at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London on July 7, 2016. This is a collection of tracks that were for many the guitar soundtracks of our youth, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, … 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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Foreigner Captured Playing Live at Manchester Apollo

As I took my place on the right-hand side of the stage, very excited,  camera in hand…. Down went the lights and in came keyboard player Michael Bluestein to get the crowd started, shortly followed by the band and the main man himself Kelly Hansen. The crowd were on their feet straight away as the … 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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Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs help the medicine go down

In case you haven’t heard of Big Boy Bloater (the moniker is derived from a nickname at school), he was born in Farnham, Surrey in 1971 and took up the guitar aged 11. He was heavily influenced by his father’s great love of music. “Our house was always filled with rock & roll, 60’s hits … Read more…

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Dougie Poynter puts INK on Cardiffs Music Map

Dougie Poynter puts INK on Cardiffs Music Map With all four numbers from Heaven their debut EP INK with its rock vibe combined with deep rhythms, guitar riffs and the distinctive gorgeous vocals has definitely earned a place in Bluesdoodles blue book of bands to watch

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News Desk – 11th May 2018

Album reviews Released 11th May 2018 Loreena McKennitt – Lost Souls  Brent Cobb – Providence Canyon SEVENDUST – All I See Is War   Acclaimed Scottish singer Elle Exxe New single ‘Queen’ Video. The video pulls together homemade footage from her female fans, which includes famous athletes, gold medal winning paralympians, Olympians and TV personalities … Read more…

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