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Ten Years After will not stand still even in their 53rdyear of existence. Following their legendaryWoodstock performance in 1969, the pioneers of theBritish Blues Invasion went on to gain internationalfame, playing some the world’s largest venues(Madison Square Garden New York, Budokan Tokyo,The Royal Albert Hall London JahrunderhalleFrankfurt and many others) throughout the decades,and their last album, an all new studio album ("ASting in the Tale") was released in 2017. Now in theircurrent incarnation, they are promoting their latestlive recording, entitled "Naturally Live".

While the veterans keep celebrating more than half acentury on the road, classics such as "Love Like AMan", "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "The Hobbit","One Of These Days" and "Choo Choo Mama" gettheir live treatment just as long-standing fanfavorites like "Gonna Run", "Nowhere To Run", "I SayYeah”, "Hear Me Calling” or "I’d Love To Change TheWorld”, not to mention various surprises and tracksof recent date.


...drawing mainly on his glorious heyday with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and the band he founded - the original Fleetwood Mac.

 

“The Supernatural”conveys the poignancy of Peter’s playing and writing, from “The Stumble” to “Man Of The World”. It includes personal anecdotes from players who knew him, original songs inspired by him, and embraces the early Mac’s sense of fun.

 

Conceived by singer-songwriter-guitarist ‘Timeless Tim’ Hain, a lifetime Green lover, the line-up includes fellow devotees Alan Glen (Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero) on harmonica and vocals; the ever-Green, hugely entertaining Robin Bibi on guitar and vocals; Tansay Omar on drums, and Osibisa’s frontman Gregg Kofi Brown, who played with Peter in the early days of Kolors, on bass and vocals. 


Brave Rival are the South East’s brand-new rip-roaring rock and blues Machine. Hailing from Portsmouth, the UK Blues Award Nominated band features the powerful and beautiful twin vocals of Chloe Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick. On lead guitar, providing dramatic guitar solos and crunching rock riffs is Ed “The Shred” Clarke. And holding it all together is the rhythmic backbone, the self-proclaimed engine room of Billy Dedman (bass) and Donna Peters (drums).

Drawing influence from the likes of John Mayer, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Tedeschi Trucks, Brave Rival offer a style and sound that you’ve always known, and yet never heard before.

Since their inception in the summer of 2019, Brave Rival have gone from strength to strength, featuring in Raw Ramp Magazine as one of the 'Top 20 Bands To Watch In 2020' and nominated for 'Breakthrough Act 2019' by Get Ready To Rock Radio.

At the turn of the decade, hot off the heels from supporting blues rock giants such as Stevie Nimmo and The Billy Walton Band, Brave Rival captured their raw energy live by recording their headline set to a gracious sold-out audience at Hook’s famous Echo Hotel Music Club. This fabulous set of early material was quickly released to critical acclaim as their first Live Album ‘Brave Rival Live at the Echo Hotel Music Club’. Keeping the momentum going, a Kickstarter was launched for their first studio album with the target easily reached by their loyal fanbase with time to spare. It was then time to repay that loyalty with a studio album. Little did they know however, that the world was about to change forever.

With the pandemic putting the brakes on recording plans, Brave Rival spent much of the UK Lockdowns writing new material via the power of Zoom calls and Google drive. The abundance of material produced served them well for the eventual recording of their debut album in the summer of 2021. Recorded at The Mayfair Studio in the picturesque Surrey countryside with producer/seducer Tarrant Shepherd at their side, Brave Rival’s highly anticipated debut album “Life’s Machine” arrived on May 6th 2022 to critical acclaim. Emerging Rocks Bands Magazine said it best when they described the album as “Boss blues energy from start to finish”. Similarly, Powerplay Magazine finished their ten out of ten review by saying that “Brave Rival have unleashed one lean, mean and well oiled machine!”

Tipped as one of Joe Bonamassa’s “favourite discoveries this year” the future is looking incredibly bright for this young up and coming band. A successful set on the introducing stage at the 2022 Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Skegness saw them win the competition, securing a deserved place on the main stage in 2023. The relentless gigging and hard work in 2021 has also paid off for the band with a UK Blues Award Nomination for Best Emerging Blues Band.

Brave Rival are a band on a meteoric rise, firing on all cylinders and are about to take the world by storm. Their unique combination of beautifully harmonic, soulful vocals, epic guitar solos, pounding drums and powerful bass serves up an infectious sound that is not to be missed.

 


Mississippi MacDonald sounds like he should be on Stax or Hi. He has a strongly southern soul inflected vocal delivery, musical accompaniment that sounds just like Albert King turning up on the Malaco label, a tight, controlled band that is right on the top of its form, and songs that come straight out of the classic southern soul-blues songbook. He is a 3x British Blues Award nominee with a multi-album back catalogue. In 2021, he signed to APM Records, releasing his album "Do Right, Say Right" in November. In a short time, the record has reached number 1 on the IBBA British Blues Charts, and the top 10 of the Roots Music Report Blues / Contemporary Blues charts.  RocknloadMag.com said this :"The album is a joy to behold and to anyone who has even tried tackling the guitar you’ll know there is playing the blues and then there is “playing the blues” and Mississippi does the latter. We are very lucky in the UK to have such a rich pool of players of serious quality that we can call our own and Mississippi is another one to add to that list"

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.

 


Robert J. Hunter has taken the Blues and Americana scene by storm with his gruff and powerful voice.

 

Born on the depths of the island of Alderney, where he began honing his craft at a young age, Robert J. Hunter has come a long way from his three mile long island home.

 

With a sound that echoes the likes of Free, Glen Hansard, Drive By Truckers, Whiskeytown, Rory Gallagher, The Faces, Bruce Springsteen, and The Band, RJH is a performer capable of tearing off the roof, and putting it back together again with a reassuring pat on the shoulder with his mix of barnstorming overdriven foot-stomping guitar and delicate acoustic ballads so stirring that you could hear a pin drop.

 

Previous releases from the band, ‘Stir All Night’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Suitcase Blues’, ‘Easy Street’ and ‘Good People’ have received rave reviews worldwide, with tracks reaching number one in the iTunes Blues Chart and the IBBA Charts on several occasions. Robert and the band have also earned radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Introducing, Planet Rock and global independent radio stations.

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