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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
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
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
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”.
& The Hot Rods have
been seen out and about with Status
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
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
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 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 News.de 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
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.
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