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Giles infuse blues, jazz, soul and funk and overstep the safe rock-pop boundaries, daring to do something different. The trio, based in the North West of England, are already well known but are currently growing their fan base as they spread their unique sound across Britain and beyond in a variety of blues festivals and pub gigs.
Founder and front man Mark Koehorst is the driving force behind Giles. He is originally from Holland and writes all the original material for the band. In England, he has fronted a number of bands and been signed to various labels; he has released a total of 7 albums. His songs are original and sensitive. His search for simplicity and truth finally brought him back to the blues, his first love. His charismatic stage presence and effortless yet powerful vocal and guitar style leave a lasting impression with live audiences.
Giles’ current line up includes Mark’s 18-year-old son Piet on bass and Terry Shaughnessy on drums. Piet Koehorst is an extremely talented all-round musician in his own right. Terry is a very powerful drummer, having toured extensively with Feel and The Space Alligators all around Europe. His energetic style has given GILES a whole new dimension, further enhancing their dynamic range. Terry is also a major talent as singer/songwriter.
Giles now have three albums under their belts, and the band has a wealth of original material to choose from. Giles are a band with an impressive amount of stamina that enjoys what they do. With a heavy blues bass, steady rock drums, smooth yet powerful vocals and a funky sounding guitar the blues community of the UK is fast becoming acquainted with and appreciative of this impressively talented band. The secret is now well and truly out…
Make Sure you catch this talented 3 piece band. Classy, cool, funky R&B to open the festival.
Sweet Home Chicago : Blues Brothers
Pete and Ed are back, and with the help of The Bullet Blues Band, they intend to rock the joint again with the hit show ‘SWEET HOME CHICAGO’. The two renowned soul singers will once again recapture the lunacy, music and the essence that is, The Blues Brothers.
Twenty five years of rock solid rhythm and blues have been the foundation of this theatre production. Having started life some 25 years ago as the Bullet Blues Band, Sweet Home Chicago now celebrates the rocking musical years and atmosphere that was, and still is, The Blues Brothers.
Backed by the house band at Stax Records, featuring the likes of Booker T, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Steve `Mr. Midnight Hour` Cropper and Matt Murphy, Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi danced and sang their way through one of the most musically impressionable films of all time.
Such has been their popularity, that the last 2 decades have seen a growing number of Jake and Elwood tribute acts performing at venues world wide, spreading the word of RnB & Soul. The musical pedigree of the film was underwritten by the inclusion of cameo roles by none other than JAMES BROWN, ARETHA FRANKLIN, RAY CHARLES, CHAKA KHAN and the incomparable CAB CALLOWAY.
Did John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd realise they would spurn an abundance of pork pie-hatted folk wearing dark glasses professing to be on a mission from God? Possibly, however, what they did become were the ultimate ambassadors of the music they loved. Their efforts are truly rewarded in the number of people that now cannot disassociate the songs with the characters – songs like…EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY, GIMME SOME LOVIN, SWEET HOME CHICAGO, and even the unconventional RAWHIDE.
Pete, Eddy and the ‘Bullets’ are also joined on stage by Adam Tobit – as Buster Blues – for a truly unbelievable and unforgettable, party. Featuring over 45 unforgettable classics of the era, including all the major songs from both films, this production definitely does not disappoint. So don’t forget to dress for the occasion and be prepared to get down and boogie as you listen, sing and dance with …………….
….Sweet Home Chicago..
Trafficker, a powerhouse blues / rock trio with one of the rising stars of the lead guitar – Tommy Allen, backed by the amazing bass guitar of Big Barry Pethers and the tight drums of Craig Bacon. Playing all over Europe, Trafficker is an experience not to be missed playing a mixture of British blues, retro rock with hints of jazz and folk!.
Regarded a one of the finest British Blues guitarists around, Tommy has played with many esteemed musicians from each side of the Atlantic. He has been influenced by a wide variety of styles and artists, including T-bone Walker, Charlie Christian and Delbert McClinton amongst many others.
mOOn Dogs are a contemporary modern blues band with a reputation for astounding festival performances.
Formed in London in 1999, mOOn Dogs are fast gaining cult status on the live circuit for their relentless, heady brew of blues rock & unique original songs.
Essentially a trio, the group’s mainstay is Derik Timms, who plays note-bending guitar with a subtlety that Eric Clapton appears to have lost. Moreover, this distinguished London session player has breathed the conditioned studio air round Dave Edmunds, Kiki Dee and George Harrison.
The mOOn Dogs rhythm section comprises Eddie Masters (bass) and Graham Walker (drums) who have played with Albert Collins, BB King & Gary Moore.
Given the mOOn Dogs pedigree (sorry) you would expect something a little bit special. You will not be disappointed……… The mOOn Dogs serve up wall-to-wall British R&B that will get your feet tapping and head nodding!.
Among the premier UK blues acts, mOOn Dogs have gained glowing reviews in the music press.
Marcus Malone Band
If your idea of a good night out is Museum Grade blues, faithfully executed reconstructions of songs by Lucile Bogen or Scrapper Blackwell, then The Marcus Malone Band is not for you. If on the other hand you want an hour and a half of good-time-double-barrelled-sawed-off-twelve-bar, then get yourself along to a Marcus Malone gig. This is not to suggest that these gentlemen do not know their musical heritage. They do, intimately; they just wear the mantle lightly. Listen carefully and at moments you can hear spirits from Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix come shining through.
Malone’s extraordinary voice defaults to a sound not unlike Paul Rogers in the best of his Free days, but then moves effortlessly into areas more usually occupied by Bobby Womack or even, on occasion, James Brown. His guitar-shredding technique perfectly compliments the pure lyrical sweetness, and the Stevie Ray Vaughn-like lightning fills of stupidly talented lead guitarist Stuart Dixon. While the rhythm section of Chris Luton (drums) and the bass of Jonathan Banks (looking and sounding like a young Donald (Duck) Dunn), provide a fluid yet brick-house-solid base.
Their stage presence is great, that of competent, confident musicians having a great time doing what they do best, which is playing music. They really are a party in a box, and if there was any justice in the world, these guys would be the very definition of popular music.
Marcus has worked the European blues circuit, festivals and concert halls for the last 3 years and has appeared at most of the major blues festivals in the UK : Colne, Maryport, Stanley, Warrington, Warners, and Darlington Festivals. Marcus has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall, along with his regular appearances at various UK Art Centres and Blues Clubs.
Marcus wrote, produced and recorded his first album “One More Time”, which was released in January 2000 on the Redline Music label distributed by RMG/Universal. The title song “One More Time” is featured on ‘Blueprint 1999 -The Best of The British Blues’ album.
Marcus’ second album -‘Walkin’ Shoes’- was released in August 2002 on the Redline Music label, and features some of the UK’s finest blues musicians. The track ‘Take It To Heart’ is featured on ‘Blues In Britain’ 2002 – ‘The Best of British Blues’ album.
The latest album ‘Blue Radio’ was released in January 2004 and is now available on the Redline Music Label.
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970’s Dr Feelgood has become one of the most popular live rhythm and blues acts in the world The raw and uncompromising style that made them so popular resulted in the band achieving a number one chart position with the album “Stupidity” – a testament to their dynamic stage show.
Dr Feelgood have enjoyed a string of hit singles in many countries including “Milk & Alcohol”, “Down at the Doctors”, “Roxette”, “She’s a wind up” and “See you later Alligator”. The last album to feature Lee Brilleaux, “Down at the Doctors”, was recorded live on Canvey Island at the band’s own music bar just two months before he died.
Lee’s final wish was for the band to carry on and so it was decided to continue. The current line-up of the band is led by their drummer Kevin Morris, and features Steve Walwyn on lead guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and charismatic vocalist, Robert Kane.
May 2000 saw the UK release on EMI Records of “Chess Masters”, the band’s own tribute to the Chess brothers and the influential record label which was the home of the finest blues artists. Grand Records recent releases include “Finely Tuned”, a collection featuring the guitarists of Dr Feelgood, “Speeding Thru Europe”, an exciting live set recorded at various shows between September 2002 and January 2003, and “Wolfman Calling”, an album celebrating some of Lee’s finest blues recordings.
The band still undertake a full touring schedule and has completed tours of most European and Scandinavian countries, a full summer of festivals and a triumphant return to Japan. 2005 sees Dr Feelgood maintaining their hectic touring schedule across the globe, still thrilling the crowds with the vitality of their explosive live show.
The band is fronted by vocalist Stuart ‘Son’ Maxwell (a voice just right for the blues), who also plays great blues harp. The guitarist is Bob “Mad Dog” Moore, (Fender Stratocaster and a very nice shiny black acoustic guitar), Ian Salisbury on keyboards, Derek White on bass and Roger Willis on drums.
The band describes their music as funky blues and rock with a little jazz. Intrigued? Well, this loosely translates into great renditions of good songs by the likes of Lucky Peterson, Delbert McClinton, and J.B. Lenoir, amongst others such as John Mayall and Peter Green.
With great mix of slow and fast blues, outstanding musicianship, the band clearly enjoying what they are doing and playing the material with feeling – this is a must see band.
Having impressed at Upton, then releasing their critically acclaimed debut album, we felt it was time to extend an invite to Linton.
A British band that can cut the mustard! The Cadillac Kings are a London-based six-piece positively brimming with talent playing Blues, Boogie, Jump-Jive & Rock ‘n’ Roll with the look, sound & intentions of the 1950’s – music to put a smile on your face and your feet on the dance floor. They’ve been plying their trade in this country for the past three years during which time they’ve graduated from being hometown heroes to blues festival favourites.
In a particularly strong line-up, they feature not only one of the UK’s & Europe’s best harp players, Gary Potts (2002 Blues in Britain nominee for best UK harp player), but also the superb guitarist, Paul ‘T-Bone’ Morgan. Journalist and photographer Steve Cooke wrote in Blueprint “Paul Morgan stands alongside any of his American counterparts in capturing that fat bodied guitar sound”.
The band are fronted by Mike Thomas, ex-Poorboys front man, a singer & slide guitarist with over twenty years experience of playing R&B, Blues, R & R, Cajun and Zydeco in clubs and at festivals all over Europe. Mike & The Poorboys recorded two highly rated CDs for the Italian/ American label Appaloosa, and appeared on tour alongside such acts as Los Lobos, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar & The Howlers, and Little Charlie & The Nightcats.
The top notch rhythm section comprises ‘Uncle’ Roy Webber on drums & Orlando Shearer on double bass. Roy’s pedigree includes stints with two of the UK’s best blues bands, Big Joe Louis’ Blues Kings and Wes Weston’s Bluesonics. Orly’s bass playing has been seen & heard with Big Joe Louis, Errol Linton, James Hunter, & for the last couple of years he has been touring with Otis Grand’s band.
The Cadillac Kings’ line-up is completed by the hugely experienced pianist Mike Adcock, a virtuoso New Orleans stylist, who just also happens to be one of the best UK Cajun & Zydeco accordionists, and whose CV includes The Poorboys, Flaco Jiminez’ Band & Accordions Go Crazy.
Jimmy Carl Black Band (featuring Mick Pini)
Jimmy cut his first single in 1962 with a band called “The Keys” in Wichita, Kansas. He formed his first band “The Soul Giants” in 1964; this rockin’ combo was to transform itself into “The Mothers” with the arrival of a new guitarist – Frank Zappa. The band made a lot of albums throughout the sixties, but in late ’69 the band disbanded – the end of one of best bands ever.
Throughout the 60’s Jimmy had the great pleasure to play with some of the greatest musicians of that era; Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, Cream, The Doors, Joe Cocker, Arthur Brown, Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Albert King, Otis Rush, John Mayhal, The Turtles, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, The Howlin’ Wolf, Capt. Beefheart, Ten Years Later, The Moody Blues, etc. He is proud to have met and jammed with those people. The real legends of rock ‘n roll.
During the 1970‘s Jimmy founded bands Geronimo Black (named after his youngest son) and the Valley Loboys (later to become Big Sonny and the Loboys). He also worked on various projects with Frank Zappa, Flo and Eddy (The Turtles), Keith Moon and Ringo Starr. In 1980 Jimmy moved to Albq. New Mexico where he formed The Grandmothers, and later a blues band called Jimmy Carl Black and The Mannish Boys. In 1991 Jimmy went to Europe to play with Eugene Chadbourne (the Jack & Jim show) and tour with the Grandmothers.
The new century saw Jimmy doing more touring than he had ever done in his career. He did over 150 dates in Europe and the United States. In the USA the Grandmothers played 58 shows in 66 days and travelled 17,200 miles and were in 42 states promoting a new CD. He also did two tours with The Muffin Men and two tours with The Farrell/Black Band. He continues to tour with Muffin men today.
As well as touring Europe with B.B. King and supporting such blues greats as Buddy Guy, Freddie King and Jimmy Rogers: Mick Pini has earned himself a strong following, particularly in Europe. Eric Clapton described him in 1996 as ‘The legitimate successor to Peter Green’.
However, Mick is unquestionably a unique living legend in his own right … the genuine article. His authentic voice and outstanding guitar work personifies the blues in an inimitable way. Mick has toured the world for 30 years and has never had a day job. He lives, breathes, plays and sings the blues with genuine passion even his 1954 Fender Stratocaster smokes!
Mick’s following across Europe has been earned for playing the dynamic mix of British blues and Chicago RnB that were so influential during the British blues scene in the mid sixties. To be still able to continue to perform at the high standard that the sets himself – when every other band seem to be doing this stuff – is testament to his passion and love of this music. You feel he was born with this passion; surely no one can be taught how to play his guitar so affectionately. Clearly he is the genuine article – a living, breathing, British blues guitar hero that everyone should see perform live.
Mick has recently recorded an album with Jimmy Carl Black and Roy Estrada (ex Little Feat and Mothers of Invention and Captain Beefheart).