ACTS | TICKETS | CONTACT | VENUE | TERMS & CONDITIONS | HOME

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 fuelled 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. In hindsight, it's clear Aynsley was born to be a musician. As a child he was hypnotised by his dad's old guitar and at the age of eight was finally gifted his very own. The moment he held that first six-string the outcome was inevitable; he was going to be a guitarist. Blessed with the coolest dad in town, regularly spinning Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac and a whole host
of bewitching blues for his spellbound son, Aynsley taught himself to play with relentless dedication and a precociously attuned ear, spending hours copying his favourite records note for note. Peter Green, Albert King, Clapton and Kossoff weren't just his heroes; they became his teachers.

Blazing a trail in a bar band from the age of 13 honed his skills and in 1998 Thomas Ruf signed Aynsley to his label, hooking him up with Stevie Ray Vaughan's producer Jim Gaines
to record his self titled debut disc, kicking off a successful relationship with Ruf Records that saw him release 7 albums and 2 DVD's in ten years. Their influence, coupled with his dynamite live shows and intense touring schedule, earned high profile support slots with established artists like Walter Trout, John Mayall and Robert Cray, whilst rousing festival appearances alongside artists like the Fun Lovin' Criminals cemented his standing as an artist whose work, although rooted in blues, transcended the genre with a fiery modern sound. In 2007 Aynsley was the only British artist to be named in Classic Rock magazine's "Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists", alongside John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa.

In 2008 Aynsley's huge crossover potential saw him sign to Manhaton Records and the following year released 'Equilibrium', an album that exposed Lister in his best ever form and stormed into Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw Aynsley playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and with the tape
rolling, nailed a cracking rendition of their high-octane live set to produce the storming 'Tower Sessions' record, which was consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll.

Aynsley is currently touring his latest album, Home, which is out now on his own label, Straight Talkin’ Records. The album has featured in recent issues of Guitarist Magazine, Classic Rock, Blues Matters and HiFi Magazines among many others and has received some of his greatest reviews yet! He has a new release due out in summer 2016 on his own label.


International touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the music scene in the UK and Europe.  In 2018 they won the UK Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their 2016 British Blues Award. This year they were nominated for three UK Blues awards, winning two of them - Band of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year (Matt Long).
In the last few years, they have played at almost every major UK blues festival and have established themselves as a real force in the British blues scene.  They now tour regularly in Europe and, although their tours in March and April plus most of the summer festivals have been cancelled this year due to Covid-19, they still have a November tour of Europe in the diary.

Their first two albums 'So Many Roads' and ‘Broken Man’ both reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts.  The second of these, ‘Broken Man’, was also nominated for a UK Blues Award and was named album of the year by the IBBA.  Their current album 'Burning Bridges' was released in May 2019 and has received excellent reviews from the UK and European music press.  It was the third most played album by the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association in 2019 and has been nominated for a UK blues award for 2020 as album of the year.

'Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today.  The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today...' Blues Matters Magazine.


We are two brothers, Alessandro and Marco Cinelli, and we come from Latina, Italy. Musically we grew up together, on the trail of all the artists that our father Domenico, a true music lover, used to show us. He would spin records all day long, and just from a very early age we used to dance to Stevie Ray Vaughan not even knowing what his face looked like. Dad used to play guitar in church, and used to drum for fun. Marco picked up the guitar at the age of eleven, Ale started the drums when he was seven. We have a four year gap between us so let’s say we started together. We used to spin records and play along, sing and fool around swapping instruments all our youth. Marco left to live abroad and four years later so did Ale. We finally reunited in London in from 2015 to play every now and then, since Marco was still living in Paris, and steadily from 2017. We didn’t have a band then, nor an intention whatsoever to form one. Ale, who was the one who knew more the scene in the city, soon got well esteemed as a session player and became a steady house drummer in most of blues jams. Marco would come occasionally to play and got introduced to the bluesmen ring, so that soon we could host our own show under the name of the Cinelli Brothers. We met this fantastic bass player Enzo Strano, a Sicilian guy settled in UK since teenage. He impressed us right away for his massive stage presence, his magical touch on the bass as well for his simplicity. The kind of bass player you know how great he is when you play with someone else. Enzo joined the band immediately as he previously jammed with Ale and got to know him better. We started as a trio at the Ain’t Nothing but Blues bar, like most of the blues bands in London. We used to play songs from Muddy Waters, BB King, Bo Didley, Willie Dixon, Elmore James, but also Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, everything that made sense to us. We loved to shuffle jazz, blues and soul in the same night, feeding people with different sonorities. The sound was unique and the crowd truly went crazy each time we performed. Marco has got an Arline Tuxedo as “axe” that he bought second hand in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He plays with thick strings dropping the tuning in D, and he never plays plectrum, solely fingers. His voice is soulful, but he can phrases the right blues notes. Ale plays smooth, but groovy, and the pocket is there. Most of the time we are indisciplined and lousy as the show presses, but the machine works like a clockwork. People go nuts dancing on the table. One day Marco came up with this Muddy’s tune, “Forty Days and Forty Nights” and he said he was never going to play it anymore without an harmonica, because what makes the song special is just the messing-around chops of Little Walter over Muddy’s lead. We decided to call Rollo Markee on Harmonica for our next show. He is a wizard, he can bend notes like we’ve never heard before. He’s got this weird sound coming from his amp that sometimes can buzz like a fly or snort like a buffalo. He brought us to an higher level, and boy did we sounded bluesy! To expand the sound beyond we would call a guitar player or a keyboard player, among which our favourite was Alberto Manuzzi, an other fellow countryman. With this quintet formula we had a couple of successful shows as the crowd started really to be pissed that we didn’t have any record to sell, any website, nothing. We decided to write some songs and record an album. Marco had written already a bunch of blues songs so the writing task was rather easy. He’s got skill in producing and organising recording session, and with his brother decided to make an album the old fashion way, all analog and live-in-the-studio. We wanted to have something that sounded like the records that dad used to spin. A great blues record! We went with the quintet featuring Strano, Markee and Manuzzi at the Soup Studio, London. Everything was finalised, rehearsed, recorded and mixed on the spot, tape and plate reverb included. We recorded seventeen songs in three days, between covers and originals, but in the end we decided to release twelve tracks, due to the limited vinyl capacity. Ever since the record went out, we had the feeling that the response was quite good. People started to buying it at our shows and we would find our songs played at the radio as well as in album-reviewing blogs. Bar owners, festival programmers, bookers and music lovers from great part of Europe started contacting us to come play here and there. We toured in UK, France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Portugal and Germany not fully realising how powerful the impact of the band was. For us it’s all about having fun on stage, rock the necks and play some dirty gritty blues and rhythm ’n’ blues. The performance may sometimes start in a way and end in a completely different one. We might end up in some thirty minutes long medleys, as well as some psychedelic rock moments. We can also go funky sometimes. All that matters is that truth and honesty are there, without pretensions. We love to step on the footprints of our heroes, but we love to be ourselves doing it, without thinking we have to do this or that. Music is also freedom and above that we feel the connection of our brotherhood. The result is always unique, fresh, and true.

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion

Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion: “A serious band with unique songs, tight instrumentation, and a powerful woman up front… edgy vocals, and scorching guitar solos.” - Blues Blast Magazine, USA 2017 “A truly independent and original band". The whole band, in its entirety, creates a luxurious and irresistible sound, displaying great skills and artistic finesse. Zoë Schwarz’ dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is both eclectic and suave at the same time; just like a chameleon, one part Janis Joplin, one Billie Holiday, and one Nina Simone”. The band’s exciting live set is based around rootsy originals; featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements and exciting grooves featuring Rob's electrifying, and unmistakable touch and flow on guitar. The highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, The Proclaimers, Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive musical authority and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions. Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a considerable impact these last five years, and is one of the band’s that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK jazz & blues scene.


A howlin’ blues three piece - harmonica, guitar, drums – modelled after acts on the Fat Possum label such as RL Burnside and T Model Ford and in the tradition of Hound Dog Taylor and the like. But we also throw in a good heap of Little Walter and New Orleans music, including Professor Longhair and James Booker, making for a unique mix. We’ve been featured in Blues in Britain and our debut CD, a mix of originals and covers, has been getting radio airplay on blues programmes around the country and the US. Our motto: “Work all day for money, fight all night for love.”

 

 

 


SOLID ENTERTAINMENTS Presents... LEEDS BLUES FESTIVAL