UKBlues Federation hosts 2019 Challenge at Bluefunk Club, Rhythm & Blues Poynton
UKBlues Federation is proud to be hosting the Sixth UKBlues Challenge. The challenge will be taking place at Bluefunk Rhythm & Blues Club, Poynton on 14th September 2019 Tickets on Sale now – keep the date for your diary
Bluesdoodles is delighted to have once again the opportunity to have a conversation with the invited participants for the Sixth UKBlues Challenge. The judges are going to have a real challenge in deciding which of the five bands (Ash Wilson, Connor Selby Band, Crossfire, The Achievers and Little Triggers announced after performing on the Jessica Foxley stage at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival. The band that catches the ears of the judges will be going to be heading off to represent the UK at the 36th International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2019 & 10th European Blues Challenge in Zaandam in the Netherlands in April 2020.
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In the last conversation in the run-up to the 2019 challenge with Liz over at Bluesdoodles is with Little Triggers.
BD: Firstly, Congratulations on your success and being the fifth band in the 2019 challenge. Thank you for taking the time out to chat about participating in the 6th UK Blues Challenge, Blues, your music and more.
LT: It’s a pleasure to talk to you. We are a young, four piece band from Liverpool but have toured extensively in France and even been to China to play a couple of festivals.
BD: 2019 sees the sixth UK British Blues Challenge. Tell us what it means to Little Triggers to be participating in the challenge with the chance of representing the UK in International Blues Challenge in Memphis and European Blues Challenge in Zaandam in the Netherlands in April 2020.
LT: Of course it’s an honour, and we weren’t really expecting it to be honest. But now that we have the chance we will be giving our all on 14th September. Tom, our lead singer/guitarist/harmonica player went to Memphis when he was fifteen and spent three days walking up and down Beale Street just breathing in the Blues. A trip to B.B King’s club was a highlight. He then went on to spend a week on a former cotton plantation at a Blues Harp school. He led a scratch band through some great blues numbers at Ground Zero, the club in Clarksdale owned by Morgan Freeman. On his return to England, his local paper carried a feature on his exploits titled “Boy Blues King”. Tom wants to take his band to some the places he visited seven years ago just to soak up the vibe and also play some gigs while out there.
BD: What are the Blues to Little Triggers? Do you feel British Blues has a different feel to what is being currently produced in Europe, United States and elsewhere in the world?
LT: The Blues are the fertile soil out of which has grown a range of inter-linked musical genres over the past century. From acoustic Blues to Chicago electric Blues through to original, real R&B, Soul, RocknRoll, then the British R & B and Blues revivals that spawned all those great British bands of the Sixties and early Seventies. That is our musical heritage. There is so much great music being created all over the world in this big tent called the Blues.
BD: Who has influenced your playing, songwriting and performances?
LT: The British Blues revival bands such as The Yardbirds, The Stones and a special mention to Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. We then move forward a little to Led Zeppelin and Humble Pie. These bands have had a huge influence on the way we put together a song, how we play our instruments and our live performances. Punk also plays a part in the energy we generate live, as does the sheer presence of performers like Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters. It would be great to have a back-story like Robert Johnson’s. We need to get ourselves down to a crossroads in Liverpool at midnight!
BD: Your debut album Loaded Gun is now released and you have been played on Planet Rock. Describe your music that you have captured on your album?
LT: Our debut album was really our set list at the time we recorded it in September 2018. Sonically, our music has been moving on a spectrum away from an indie-rock sound to a much fuller Blues Rock vibe. So, it feels to us that the album is a slice of Little Triggers history. Don’t get us wrong, we are very proud of the album and we still play five or six of the tracks live. But the newer songs on the album like ‘So Fine’ and ‘Loaded Gun’ and stuff we have written since has a much gutsier, bluesier feel.
BD: What do you feel The UKBlues Federation can bring to the UK Blues what would you like the Federation to be doing for Blues artists on the circuit in Britain today?
LT: It’s actually doing a pretty good job right now. Giving us the chance to play for a gig in Memphis is really cool. It does seem to recognise that the Blues isn’t a single genre but a breeding ground for all sorts of music. You can see that in the mix of bands who have reached the final.
BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing?
LT: Let’s start with the rhythm section. It has to be John Bonham on drums, just a human powerhouse. On bass John Entwistle would add a fluidity and play around the no nonsense drumming of John. On guitar and vocal the one and only Steve Marriott whom Mick Jagger vetoed from joining the Stones as he was worried he would upstage him with his incredible voice. On lead guitar we would have Jimi Hendrix. To top off this fantastic band we would have Howlin Wolf on lead vocals and harmonica. Lee Brilleaux of Dr Feelgood would be a fantastic stand-in for the great Chester Arthur Burnett.