& THE NORMAN BEAKER BAND
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.
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
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
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).
The Cinelli Brothers is
a project born out of a common passion for the electric Chicago
and Texas blues from the 60s and 70s, when Marco (guitarist,
singer and composer) and Alessandro (drummer, backing vocalist
and arranger) decided to form an explosive team showcasing
original repertoire in the style of Chess, Stax and Motown.
After a series of successful shows around Europe (France,
UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal), the band decided to
take things to another level. Babe Please Set Your Alarm was
recorded at the Soup Studio in London and the full live and
analog recording was released in May 2018 on vinyl and digital
This album comprises original compositions as
well as a few covers, such as ‘Chain of Fools’ or ‘Back Door
Man’ – which stays true to Willie Dixon’s number, as well as
Prince’s ‘Kiss’, in a remarkable shuffle rhythm.
Cinelli Brothers champion a new generation of passionate
musicians sharing in the love of Blues, Soul, R&B and the true
authentic sounds that have made the blues a cornerstone of music
The Southbound sound derives from classic influences
stemming from the Chicago and Delta blues as well as early
Southern rock, taking their inspiration from iconic bands such
as: Derek and the Dominoes, the Allman Brothers Band, Humble
Pie, Santana, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and Ry Cooder which
culminates into a unique blend of their own modern up tempo
British Blues Rock and Soulful Ballads. When performing live,
all these influences come together to create an unparalleled
live experience that’s both exciting and entertaining . The band
have been vigorously gigging around the U.K for the past few
years at festivals and venues, and trodden the boards of many of
the U.K's iconic music venues, both sharing the stage and
supporting some of Britain's best blues and rock acts around,
and at their own headline shows. Southbound in early 2019 have
released a brand new album called “Rocking Horse” showcasing 11
of their own original songs which blend blues, rock, and soul.
Their twin guitar sounds, a funky back line and powerful vocals
bring a fresh new approach on the genres with a young British
fire behind it, breaking the restrictions on Blues and Rock and
becoming a sound which is purely... Southbound.
by era or genre, The Putney Modern is a fresh yet traditional
sound for the musically astute. Drawing on a rich history of
British and US influences, The Putney Modern fuse these into a
lyrically rich and melodic guitar based groove, that’s
generating a rapidly growing interest and following among fans
of rock and blues.
The Mojo Preachers are a five-piece, female fronted,
boundary-pushing outfit, delivering hard-hitting original tunes;
conjuring up a melodiously intricate, authentic yet
unconventional sound. Think raw riffs, psychedelic waves, rooted
rhythms & thought-provoking lyrics, all with an occasional touch
of sweeping, soaring, musical emotion that only progressive
blues can bring.