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Thijs Van Leer explains, “Producing 'Golden Oldies' is tricky. Both the die hard Fans and the 2014 Focus-members were having doubts about this enterprise, because we didn't know if the recent recordings would match the original material, notwithstanding the fact that we had so much fun in doing the session, quick, romantic, virtuoso, full of funny moments & profoundness; But... the final mix turns out to be fantastic and we all are proud to release this album at our earliest convenience!! Halleluya!!!”

With their unique brand of progressive rock, Focus manifested themselves at the start of the '70s as the most successful and appreciated of all the Dutch pop-rock exports. Fronted by founding member Thijs Van Leer, and best known for their hits “Hocus Pocus”, “House of The King” and “Sylvia”, the iconic Dutch music masters are back with their new album, which is guaranteed to please their legions of fans!

After a comeback in the early 2000's, the band has gone from strength to strength, with their last studio album 'Focus X' still receiving considerable support from music fans across multiple genres. Along with Thijs van Leer on vocals, flute and keyboards, back on the drums is beloved Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden, who joined the group on their second album 'Moving Waves' in 1972.

Internationally renowned for his rhythmic skills, Pierre remains a defining factor in the Focus sound. Bassist Bobby Jacobs, who comes from a well-acclaimed Dutch musical family and guitarist Menno Gootjes, who participated in Focus at an earlier stage, completes the band's current line-up.

Most recently, the group's 1972 worldwide hit “Hocus Pocus” was featured in the major motion picture 'Robocop' starring Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton.

http://www.focustheband.com/index2.htm

 

When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fueled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows, one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music. Aynsley’s latest release, Home, is out now on Straight Talkin’ Records!

http://www.aynsleylister.co.uk/


 

Little Devils were formed in 2010. They have produced three CDs, were voted Best Live Band in 2011 & were finalists in the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues 2012. Their sound has been described as an eclectic mix of R&B, Dylanesque Americana, Rock & Blues. 2013 saw them sign to Proper Records, plus their song Deep Inside was selected as 1st track on Kross Border Rekords compilation 'The Best of British Blues' which was voted No. 1 album by the IAAB in January 2014. Alan Pearce of Blues Matters commented “hell it has everything - great vocals, emotion, smooth, wild, everything simply comes together so well on this song!” In February 2014, Little Devils’ track WALKING DISASTER was featured on the Paul Jones Radio 2 Blues Show who said "it’s really good, I promise you..!" The band recently signed to Robmont Music Promotions & Bullfrog Booking Agency. In December 2014, Little Devils were named as “Ones To Watch in 2015” in the Wrinkly Rockers Annual Awards. Having performed in both the UK and Europe, their fan base has greatly increased and live performances continue to receive rave reviews.

http://www.littledevilmusic.com/


mark pontin  

The Mark Pontin Group, or MPG for short are a three piece blues / rock outfit based in Swansea, South Wales, formed in April 2010. The band follows the format of traditional `power-trio`; a format that is not so common these days. Incorporating a wide range of influences through blues, rock, funk, jazz, soul and country the band create flowing, musical tapestry of both power and grace. After paying their dues in the pubs and clubs, the band have now recorded an explosive and contemporary new blues / rock album `Days Of Destiny`. They combine accomplished songwriting with soaring lead guitar and great interplay between the musicians.

www.markpontingroup.com


 

"Avit Blues Band" are one of the most exciting new Blues acts to appear in a hell of a long time! their musical credentials are too numerous to list, save to say they include Drummer Clive Johns soundtrack Credits for the Pete Postlethwaite film "Among Giants", Bassist Nathan Ferguson's recent chart at no. 15 in the BBC Indie charts last year, he also starred with his Brother Matt Ferguson (Guitar) in the critically acclaimed Jimi Hendrix tribute "Jimi Thing", Dave (Blind Dog) Bronson is a vocalist of the highest order recently starring in the Super showband "Superfly" All the musicians have seriously paid their dues touring constantly in different bands, "Avit Blues Band" was a decision made by all the members (who have all performed together at some time or another) to make a blistering Blues/Rock band with only one aim, to make the audience Avit!!!! 

http://avitbluesband.com/


 

The Luke Doherty Band - Luke was born on 29th March 1994, in Newport, Gwent. He had an interest in music at a very young age.

Although no one in his family play an instrument, he was determined to learn to play something, and at the age of 5 he started playing piano, but didn’t like it. He then asked to play the drums but was told by a drum teacher he was way too young and to wait a couple of years. He then settled on a 1/2 size acoustic guitar which he had to give up after 3 months due to medical reasons. At 71/2 he was nagging his parents again to learn guitar, so they bought him a second hand 1/2 size electric guitar and a second hand amp and he has never looked back. He instantly became hooked on blues, intently watching any blues musicians he could find on TV or DVD.

Although being faced with a few serious medical problems Luke has been determined to pursue his passion. He visited Cheethams School of Music in Manchester and Guitar X in London for some advice, but to be told that he was way too young to proceed with his exams in electric guitar, and they said that they had never come across this situation before.
His parents took him to jam sessions in local pubs so that he could play Blues with other people and at the age of 12 he was asked to open a 3 day Music Festival, on the main stage, with some adults form local bands. In 2009 he supported Buddy Whittington in the Globe in Cardiff and has since supported Buddy on a few occasions. In 2012 he was very fortunate to meet the ultimate man of Blues BB King.

Luke has now played at many Festivals and Blues Clubs, and many more are planned in 2015

http://www.lukedoherty.com/newsite/

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