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Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, but
now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are
still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with
a legion of fans of all ages.
Their new album, ‘Same
Horse Different Jockey’, was released on 23rd November 2013,
which was also the 35th anniversary of the release of ‘Hit Me
with your Rhythm Stick’, and continues to show both their
diversity and supreme quality, as well as showcasing their
Derek Hussey’s lyrics in the bands new songs
keep the combination of poetry, word play, earthy humour and
deadly-accurate observations of everyday, British working-class
life, that Ian Dury had perfected, but with an added bite for
the 21st century. Hussey is known to the bands followers as
Dury’s best friend and minder, memorably singing with Ian and
the band at a televised concert in the late 90’s.
album release campaign has been supported by a hugely successful
Kickstarter project, with the fans getting involved and enabling
the band to make music videos in association with Free Seed
Films (www.freeseedfilms.com). You can see the new video for the
first single from ‘Same Horse Different Jockey’, ‘Express
Yourself’ on the Blockheads YouTube channel:
ttp://www.youtube.com/blockheadsofficial . In addition there has
also been a remake of the classic ‘Blockhead Watch’, but for the
modern generation, with a ‘Blockhead Clock’ available for
iPhones from the Apple app store.
As well as through
their own new material, interest in “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”,
the recent biopic of their erstwhile front man Ian Dury, the
performance of ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ at the 2012 Para-Olympic
Opening Ceremony, and the musical ‘Reasons To be Cheerful’, has
seen a resurgence in the bands popularity over the past couple
of years and they continue to go from strength to strength.
Along with some new material you can expect to hear “Hit Me
with your Rhythm Stick”, “Wake Up And Make Love With Me”,
“Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3)”, “What A Waste”, “Clevor
Trever”, “Sweet Gene Vincent” and many more from the illustrious
The Blockheads are fronted by Derek ‘The
Draw’ Hussey, and Chaz Jankel, Norman Watt-Roy, John Turnbull
and Mick Gallagher still remain from the original band. The
current line-up is augmented by John Roberts on drums and a
rolling line up of saxophonists that includes Gilad Atzmon,
Terry Edwards and Dave Lewis.
As one half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’,
Stevie Nimmo has been a well known and respected figure
throughout the blues and roots world for over 2 decades.
Now, having toured extensively with the critically acclaimed
blues rock outfit over the last few years, as well as taking to
the road in a stripped back, acoustic format to promote his
debut solo project ‘The Wynds of Life’, Stevie is now in full
stride with his full-on, electric, no-holds-barred trio format.
Stevie says that, although the acoustic project is extremely
satisfying and allows him to showcase his voice and song writing
talents in the perfect environment, sometimes “…you just want to
break out the Les Paul or strat, crank up the old orange amp and
make some noise!”
Which is exactly what he plans to do.
Stevie’s new cd ‘Sky Won’t Fall’ was released worldwide in 2016
on the Manhaton Records label and it has already been voted
album of the year by many in the media and by his fans.
He is enjoying making music now as much as at any point
throughout his 20 years in the business and is fully relishing
touring and performing the new songs to his ever growing army of
Don’t miss this chance to catch an artist at the top of his game
doing what he does best – standing on stage playing his own
music in his own passionate, inimitable fashion.
You will not be disappointed!
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...
Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy
blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge.
What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that
perfectly fits her music, after a stint in hospital as a child
changed her voice forever.
Her debut album Wildfire (Sept
1st 2017) which debuted at no.2 in the iTunes blues Charts was
tracked in Blackbird studios Tennessee. Produced by Brad Nowell
‘Wildfire’ assembled a host of Nashville’s finest, including
Grammy Award winning guitarist Brent Mason and three-time
‘Musician Hall Of Famer’ Bobby Wood. Blended together back in
the UK with the likes of Jonny Henderson (Robyn Ford, Matt
Schofield) on Hammond organ and Joe Wilkins on blistering
guitar, the result is a unique trans-Atlantic coming together of
Reviewers have been wowed by Elles and her debut
album with Maverick Magazine gave ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5)
calling every song ‘Fresh & Original’ And Blues In Britain
reminding us that ‘It’s a fact that very few make it to the big
stage but Elles Bailey has the necessary talent, the drive, and
now the product.’
“These guys are the rock fans favourite blues band and the blues
fans favourite rock band”. So read a 2016 review of the band’s
debut album “30 Day Hop” and the guys in Thr3e could not have
put it any better themselves. Powerhouse blues rock songs,
written by the band and performed with energy, feeling and
passion. That is Thr3e. A style firmly rooted in 60s/70s British
blues but with influences ranging widely from the old blues
originals to more recent US and British rock and blues, Thr3e do
not try to fit in to any “genre”. They just write great songs
about what happens in their world and play them from the heart.
Twin guitarists bouncing licks off each other and with tight
vocal harmonies to boot. Originally formed as a trio of
guitarist/singer/songwriter Steve Woodward, bassist Rob
Butterfield and drummer Pete Castle, Thr3e released their debut
album “30 Day Hop” at the end of 2015. They added
guitarist/singer/songwriter Carlos Linnet in 2016, doubling the
band’s vocal and guitar power. Rik King now completes the
line-up on bass and vocals for the foreseeable future. A few
live shows are booked for 2017/18 with more to be confirmed, and
the band is already writing songs for a second album planned for
2018. If you like it bluesy, hard edged yet still musical, then
you’ll love this!
Snake Oil provides the elixir to cure sadness, madness and
badness and guaranteed to eradicate all hallucinations,
confabulations and expectorations! Snake Oil is a high-energy
band based in north London playing the best of blues and soul in
clubs and festivals in the UK. Powerful vocals by Ayesha ‘Voce
di un Angelo’ and the one eyed Hornsey harp blower, Hugh Evans
lead the band on a journey through the blues and soul masters
backed by Rusty Strings on guitar, ‘Flaming’ Bo Tomliks on bass
and ‘Two Barrels’ Purdy on drums. Snake Oil - the fast-acting
remedy for the BLUES!