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Preparing for a nonstop year, Walter Trout does not plan to rest on his laurels following the success of his 2017 release, ‘We’re All In This Together.’ Having survived a near-death bout with liver disease and a liver transplant in 2014, he is now full of energy and joie de vivre, and wants to make every note, every gig, and every day count.

‘We’re All In This Together’ features 14 of today’s most prominent musicians, including Joe Bonamassa, Warren Haynes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Mayall, Robben Ford, and Edgar Winter. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart and stayed in the Top Ten for over three months. It also debuted at #2 on the Billboard New Artist Chart, and continues on both charts over 20 weeks
out. In addition, the album spent two weeks on the Billboard Current Albums Chart, where it peaked at #43.

The album was added to Apple Music’s popular Blues A-list playlist and has been streamed more than one million times on Spotify. Not bad for a blues album! Walter has just received two Blues Music Awards nominations for Best Rock Blues Album and Best Rock Blues Artist.

Walter and his band will tour extensively in 2018 on three continents. High profile US dates include an Acura Main Stage appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. International appearances include the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia, Basel Bluesfest in Switzerland, and the International Blues Festival in Grolloo, the Netherlands. Walter has never felt more alive, thankful, and excited to perform. He is currently writing material for upcoming releases and finds himself at a creative peak.



Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising style of their performance resulted in the album Stupidity that immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts. Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors, She Does it Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator - which gave the group their first gold record. The last album to feature Lee Brilleaux  - Down at the Doctors, was recorded live at the Dr. Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey Island, (now the site of the Oysterfleet Hotel) just two months before he died. The current line up features the rhythm section Kevin Morris on drums and Phil Mitchell on bass, both 29 years in the band andSteve Walwyn on guitar who has been with the band for 23 years.  Vocalist Robert Kane (formerly of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in 1999. Recent releases include a DVD - Live in London and CD Repeat Prescription - a collection of some of the bands most enduring songs but with a fresh approach. Julien Temple’s film Oil City Confidential released on 2nd February 2010 tells the story of the bands formative years featuring the Wilko Johnson era. May 2011 saw the digitally re – mastered re release of Chessmasters originally released in 2000 on EMI Records … the band’s tribute to the Chess label, home to many of the finest blues artists of the 20th century and the first Dr Feelgood album to feature Robert on vocals. The band continues to tour extensively throughout the World.



It’s been a long road….. one thing for sure is that the Climax Blues Band of today carries the same standard of quality as it did when the band formed back in the late 60s and achieved such great success and recognition through the 70s and 80s, huge selling albums like FM / Live and Gold Plated, the 1976 hit single Couldn’t Get It Right (from Gold Plated) and I Love You in 1981, the reputation carrying right through until the tragic death of founder member Colin Cooper in 2008. Colin’s death could have meant the end of Climax Blues Band but his desire was for the band to continue creating the fine blues blend that the band has been associated with since its formation, and that desire has been accepted with relish by the remaining members of the band. George Glover has been at the keyboards in Climax since 1981, very much part of the nucleus of the band, Lester Hunt on guitar joined in 1986, drummer Roy Adams in 1987 and Neil Simpson on bass in the early 90s.This solid unit has flown the Climax flag with tremendous passion and style. Now there is a spring in their step, taking the band forward and already pleasing crowds throughout Europe, the ‘seamless’ transition in carrying on creating the unique Climax sound is the result of hard work, disguised by a band having a great time making music…. Graham Dee was recruited in 2012 to front the band. With his own distinctive style and a pedigree on the blues scene which included performing with The Blues Collective, The Red Lemons and joining ex-Feelgoods in The Lone Sharks as well as session vocals and voice coaching, at the same time Chris ‘Beebe’ Aldridge took on the saxophone duties with a fresh and exciting dynamic sound, both adding their own dimensions to the musicians that have carried the flag for Climax as a unit for over 15 years, in Les’s case over 25 years, and George for over 30 years. Security Alert - The Official Live Bootleg was recorded live at Leek Arts Festival and released in 2015 on ATA. Perfectly capturing the band’s new energy, this live album is a brilliant showcase for the band’s new members Graham Dee and ‘Beebe’ Aldridge and reassuring fans everywhere that the true Climax sound is very much intact and moving forwards. The album was mixed by Roy Wood (Wizzard, ELO, solo). A brand new album of original songs is being recorded and will be released in 2016.

Way back in the halcyon days of rock, there came a trio of 'superheroes' known as the Groundhogs, riding the blues boom into unchartered territory, they gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic live acts around, and are influential and inspirational to this day. The classic line-up of Tony McPhee, Ken Pustelnik and Pete Cruickshank toured the world for 6 years straight, including seminal shows with the Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall and Canned Heat, and at the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight festival along with Jimi Hendrix. In this time they produced 4 renowned albums: 'Blues Obituary', 'Thank Christ for the Bomb', 'Split' and 'Who Will Save the World'... Now Ken Pustelnik brings you a new and exciting line-up - Groundhogs, playing that classic material with verve and power, and giving performances of energy and excitement that are as fresh and relevant to the modern audience as the originals were back in the day...



Sporting a slam-bang rock ‘n’ roll band and a hard-core honky-tonk wail, Stacie Collins pushes the boundaries of rock, blues and country. A singer-songwriter and a bad-ass harmonica player in the style of Chicago Blues greats Little Walter and James Cotton, Collins has garnered a reputation for her high energy shows, diverse songwriting and unlike most chick-singers, they are not all about love and heartbreak. Based in Nashville, TN, Stacie is a road warrior having performed countless shows in the USA and Europe over the past few years and has even spawned a Japanese “Stacie Collins” tribute band. In addition to touring, Collins, along with her writing partner, husband, band mate Al Collins (Jason & The Scorchers) have written, recorded and released five records on her own label. Had her records been released twenty or thirty years ago, they would have sounded as natural on ’70s FM radio alongside ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones as they do next to contemporary rockers like the Drive-By Truckers or Blackberry Smoke.



“Truly astonishing” – Classic Rock Magazine
“F***ing amazing!” – Jeff Beck
“A REALLY good player” – Gary Moore
“So amazing!” – Beth Hart
“Killer!” – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
“Unbelievable!” – Richie Kotzen
“Exudes class & prowess” – Guitar Techniques Magazine
“Ben Poole is the full package” – Maverick Magazine
“Definitely one to watch” – Guitarist Magazine
“A really fresh sound and style” – Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2)
“This is a young man to look out for as he is no doubt a rising talent” – Blues Matters Magazine
When you hear comments such as the above from some of the greatest guitar players of the last century, some of the most respected blues/rock/soul artists in the world today, and some of the leading magazines and radio presenters in Europe, you just know that they have heard something very special. Twenty-eight year old Ben Poole is currently being described as one the most exciting young Rock, Blues & Soul artists to come out of the UK for a long, long time!


The award winning Blues Rock Guitarist, Luke Doherty, started playing Festivals when he was twelve years old, and 10 years later, he hasn’t looked back. After achieving a Rock School first, 2 grade 8’s by the age of 11, it lead to many Newspaper and Radio interviews. While Luke was Ploughing his was through his grades, he was encouraged to record his version of Parisian Walkways of which Gary Moore had a copy. Luke has gone on to play numerous Festivals, Blues Clubs and Music Venues up and down the Country, including the Legendary Cambridge Rock Festival, 100 club London and Upton Blues Festival, to name a few.  Luke is never happier than when he is playing Blues. It all started when he was 7 years old and he found an old music VHS in a cupboard featuring several Blues players. He was enthralled with the playing of Eric Clapton and B.B King, both of which he was extremely honoured to meet a few years later. Over time he also met the great Peter Green, Jeff Healey and Andy Fairweather-Low, and John Mayell which enlightened his passion for Blues even more. Luke has been truly blessed to share the stage with many fine Blues rock artists including, Ansley Lister, Danny Bryant, Virgil and the Accelerators, Connie Lush, Mike Estes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Skinny Molly, As well as the Legendary Buddy Whittington, who told the crowd when Luke was on stage with him “This is how the Blues should be played”.  2015 was an exciting time for Luke and his band with the release of their all originals album “Six Strings and a Stetson”. The album has been played all around the world and to rave reviews. With such enthusiasm from the public about the album it has propelled them to go back into the studio to start on another long awaited second all original album, which they hope will be available very soon. Luke is very fortunate to have the backing of such accomplished musicians in his band, such as:- The legendary Paul Morgan on vocals and harp, who has shared the stage with Dr Feelgood, Deep Purple, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown to name a few. Simon Parratt, who has recently obtained a BMus (hons) degree in jazz. His jazz and hard rock influence gives their songs an edge, which makes their songs stand out in the crowd and gives them a little twist. Throughout his musical career Simon has done lots of session work and recording for many Blues, Classic Rock and Jazz bands. Ant Biggs has been playing bass for many years and toured the world with Cajun Rockers Folk band The Butter Mountain Boys, who received international Musician and Recording Artist of the Year and Arts Council Musician in Residence, with one album charting at number 17, which lead to many Radio and TV appearances throughout the 80s and 90s retiring from music 1995, Ant came out of musical retirement to join the band and to playing Blues with Luke in May 2014.


Mark Pontin is a genuine "triple threat". If he were solely a singer, the new album ’Textures’ from The Mark Pontin Group would stand head and shoulders above the pack on that strength alone. His effortless vocals can turn on a dime from gritty and raw to smooth and melodic, displaying enviable range without the strain and the kind of control and dynamics rarely seen in a blues/rock context. His abilities as a guitarist easily put him in the upper echelons of blues and rock players, in the UK or anywhere else for that matter. His beautifully nuanced playing, musicianly without over-indulgence, at times wrangles massive sounds from a Marshall amp, at others coaxes delicate harmonics from an acoustic guitar. As a songwriter, Mark displays the kind of versatility rarely seen within the often predictably rigid confines of the blues/rock scene and demonstrates how easily - when you know how - the genre can incorporate shades of jazz, funk, soul and pop music. In the short period since the release of their 2013 debut Days Of Destiny, The Mark Pontin Group established themselves firmly on the UK Blues/Rock scene. Extensive UK tours, festival appearances and stages shared with the likes of Walter Trout and Royal Southern Brotherhood forged the band into a formidable live act.The Mark Pontin Group are never happier than when they are on the stage utilising not only their remarkable individual talents but also great interplay and improvisation, with no two shows ever being the same. Obvious comparisons could be made to Cream or Hendrix though it could be said that MPGs abilities range further still, incorporating a rich variety of flavours into their own secret formula. Now, with their new album Textures it is clear that the bar for contemporary blues/rock has been raised and The Mark Pontin Group is a force to be reckoned with.

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.”

Loyal to the spirit of 70’s and 80’s Blues, Rock and Soul, power vocalist Cheri Lyn evokes the legends of old while her sound is modern and cutting edge by mixing contemporary effects and beats into her songs. Cherilyn was born into a family of musicians and was destined to enter the world of music, and the age of 9 she had her first gig playing her own songs. Since then she has sung with Germany’s most successful bands and toured Europe and the Far East, including Hong Kong, China and  Japan. In 2016 she decided to pursue her own path and moved to London. She has been mentored by industry professionals such as Kieron Pepper (Prodigy) or Ace (Skunk Anansie). She soon was to become established in London’s Blues scene and can be seen regularly performing with her band around Londons cool venues including Blues Kitchen, Metropolis Studios, The Bedford and the Water Rats. Her drive and passion has led to her to meeting the cream of the blues scene such as Beth Hart or Walter Trout. Her first single “Sisters With Me” was produced by Alan Glass (producer of Aretha Franklin) and celebrated a radio launch on 107.5FM. Recently she produces her first EP at Metropolis Studios (Adele, Amy Winehouse and Queen), which will be released in April 2018. Her debut single "Caught in the Blues" has been released in December 2017 and is now  available on all major platforms. 
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