Roger Chapman  

Roger Chapman, known as 'Chappo' by his legion of fans was born and brought up in Leicester.

The early days of Roger's musical career started when he joined The Farinas in 1966, a band started at Leicester Art College in 1962. The original line up of the band consisted of John 'Charlie' Whitney, Tim Kirchin, Harry Ovenall and Jim King. Ric Grech replaced Kirchin on bass in 1965 and Roger Chapman joined the following year on vocals. They briefly changed their name to The Roaring Sixties and when seeing the band live American record producer Kim Fowley suggested that because of their love of wearing double-breasted suits when on stage had given them a Mafia style appearance, they ought to be called The Family. After this comment the band soon decided to abandon this look in favour of a more casual appearance and to shorten the band name to Family and so the legend was born. With Roger`s characteristic vibrato and dynamic on-stage presence Family could do no wrong. The bands heady mix of soul and funk mixed with a healthy dose of rock soon won them fans world wide including legendary BBC radio presenter the late John Peel who had championed their cause from the very start. The band recorded their last album IT`S ONLY A MOVIE in 1973, but as various band members wanted to take different musical paths they decided to call it a day after their autumn farewell tour.

Not being one to sit on his laurels Roger Chapman decided to carry on song writing with ex Family band mate Charlie Whitney and their productive partnership grew into the rock driven collective known as Streetwalkers. Despite a hugely successful tour of the United States Streetwalkers never received the transatlantic acclaim that they deserved, management difficulties ensued and Chapman and Whitney decided that the end of their creative partnership was in sight and made the decision to go their separate ways.

In 2007 Roger returned to the studio with old pals and associates such as Steve Simpson, Micky Moody, Bobby Tench and Max Middleton to record ONE MORE TIME FOR PEACE. This was a truly outstanding release, an album that would introduce the name of Roger Chapman to a whole new generation of fans yet the same time keeping the old guard happy.

Earlier this year Roger decided that after a 40 year break the legendary FAMILY would play live once more. Two amazing sold out shows were performed in February at London’s 02 Empire Shepherds Bush as Roger was joined on stage by Poli Palmer, Rob Townsend and Jim Cregan augmented by members of Roger’s solo band “The Short List”.

Expect great rock and soul music drawn from Roger’s extensive catalogue with maybe one or two Family favorites for good measure!


Probably one of the most recognisable names from the English Pub Rock scene, Eddie & The Hot Rods have enjoyed a career that has now spanned 37 years.

Although often categorised as one of the founding fathers of the punk era, they were simply interested in playing loud, fast, in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll rather than bad mouthing the Queen or fermenting anarchy. 
The energy and attitude certainly endeared them to the punks, but the hard and fast style that made Eddie & The Hot Rodsone of the most exciting bands of the era has never really dated or gone out of style.

Eddie & The Hot Rods were included in the Mojo Top 100 of most influential bands and they are often cited as an inspiration for some of the high profile new bands – young Irish rockers, The Strypes being one example. Thanks to this enduring appeal, the band still tour all over the world as well as find time to write and record new material that now joins their classic back catalogue.

Lead as ever by Barrie Masters, the line up of Simon Bowley (drums) Dipster (bass) Richard Holgarth (guitar) and Chris Taylor (guitar) has been on the road almost continuously for the last 10 years, serving up a high energy mix of those classicEddie & The Hot Rods songs including “Teenage Depression”, “Quit This Town”, “Life On The Line”, “Gloria” and the Top Ten UK “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, alongside newer songs taken from their last two studio albums, including “Better Without You”, “Bad Time Again” and “Why Should I Care”.

Recently, Eddie & The Hot Rods have been seen out and about with Status Quo on their 2012 arena tour and often with old friends like Nine Below Zero, Dr Feelgood and From The Jam and as well as regular trips to Europe, will embark on their 5thheadline USA tour in Oct 2013.

Whether it’s in an Arena, Theatre, Club or Festival, Eddie & The Hot Rods always deliver a blisteringly energetic blast of good old Rock ‘n’ Roll.


BABAJACK is fast becoming one of the most sought after bands on the festival circuits in the UK and Europe. Their brand of roots is contemporary, powerful: ‘an intoxicating brew of blues, folk and roots music’ (Classic Rock Magazine). They combine great musicianship, passion, energy and charismatic performance to create a unique sound and a great stage show.

Becky Tate and Trevor Steger are the song writing core of BabaJack. They have already released 4 albums since 2009, each one getting greater attention from the media and the music loving public. 

Their latest Album RUNNING MAN is set to put them at the top of their field. Released on 7th October 2013, this album has been completely funded by their fans, and pre-sales and is listed in TOP ALBUMS OF 2013 in Classic Rock, Classic Rock Blues and Guitar and Bass magazines

What sets BABAJACK apart is their approach to their music: it is recognisably infused in part by early blues, but by no means bound by it. Becky brings roots/ funk/African rhythms and her beautiful lyrical voice, and Trevor brings his own flavour of punk meets Ry Cooder! to his slide style and harmonica. Tosh Murase, comes from a powerful rock background and Adam Bertenshaw infjects his love of jazz and folk. The whole creates a powerful and unique sound.

In the tradition of the early blues, they make their own instruments: Trevor’s homemade growling ‘WineBox’ guitars and Becky’s cajon (box drum) and stomp give a signature to the BabaJack sound. And for the Running Man album they were joined by Julia Palmer Price (cellist for Nigel Kennedy) on cello.

Award winners! BABAJACK have scooped numbers of awards in the blues and acoustic fields, including ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ for Becky Tate at the British Blues Awards for two years running. And she was one of the 3 finalists at the FATEA Folk Roots Awards.

Del Bromham  

Del Bromham was and still is the singer/songwriter and mainstay behind the band STRAY. Making his first public performance at the age of thirteen, he has seen and been through many musical changes. Hear Del recounting stories from his long career and playing a selection of songs, not only his own compositions, but also others by artistes he feels have been an influence on him. Del has been very busy with STRAY recently, so this is a rare opportunity to catch him in a solo acoustic performance.


Matt Woosey’s refreshing musical song writing and playing style combines acoustic blues, folk and rock conveyed with an accomplished vocal delivery which has been defined as The WooseyBlues. His ability to combine originality with a broad musical knowledge has gained him praise from sources as varied as Paul Jones (BBC2), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and blues who quote Matt as being “The Best British bluesman since Rory Gallagher”.


Doug MacLeod is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a travelling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb song writing, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.

 As a youth he overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After he picked up a guitar, and tried to sing - he found his voice.

While he developed his rich, soulful singing style MacLeod also worked out a unique, unorthodox and powerfully rhythmic acoustic guitar style. The rage of his turbulent youth was eventually channeled through his guitar, using his relentless right hand to pound out an insistent, churning beat to complement his intricate bottleneck and finger-style technique. MacLeod's playing landed him sideman gigs with George 'Harmonica' Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton. Under their tutelage, he learned how to thrill and enrapture a crowd.

Over 29 years, 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves. His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. He has co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya.

MacLeod's songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. Two of his songs are on Grammy nominated albums by Albert King and Albert Collins.

Winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Acoustic Album Of The Year (There's A Time), the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year, and perennial Blues Music Award nominee.

Like the old masters who taught him, MacLeod's music expresses life and times via an intangible, elusive quality that may simply be a keen sense of what matters most. There is a philosophic and healing side to MacLeod's music and his stories that has helped others overcome the hardships of their lives.  As Pee Wee Crayton's widow Esther once told Doug, "You have a message and you'll send that message mainly to the people who don't go to church." Amen.

Solid Entertainments Presents... DONCASTER Blues Festival 4, SUNDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2014