GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS - Blues and funk may have originated in the USA thousands of miles from County Victoria in Australia where Geoff began his electrifying journey. Geoff learned his craft from local blues musicians before forming his own band The Souldiggers in 1994. As continents change so do the Souldiggers, two factors remain constant, Geoff's remarkable playing and ablity as a frontman, and the superb backing musicians who make up the Souldiggers, be it in USA (Portland based Souldiggers), Australia or in the UK, when Dave Lennox who has played keyboards with wonderful Hammond overtones for Van Morrison and John Mayall's touring bands, bassist Dave Clarke and Britian's top blues drummer Sam Kelly combine their indivual talents to back guitarist Geoff. This line-up is featured on the band's superb latest CD 'Souldiggin' In The UK'. Opening with some electro-acoustic songs, Geoff's ability is immediately apparent, especially on his version of 'Whippin' Post' made famous by The Allman Brothers. This is followed by the full electric sets featuring the funky Souldiggers, sets include both original songs such as 'Begging Bowl' and classic numbers such as '24 Hours' and Freddie King's 'The Same Thing'. The band's recent appearance at the Spalding Blues Club attracted a capacity audience, and one that knows what they like to hear, here the band received a standing ovation after playing 3 encores, an amazing show that lasted 2 and a half hours, if the band are playing anywhere near you make sure you're in the audience! ~ for further info or to obtain the band's CD's visit The Bottleneck Blues Website.

AFTER MIDNIGHT - Band were formed in 1985, taking their name from one of EC's songs. Their ability to re-create Clapton's electrifying stage performances, really caught the audiences imagination. Guitarist / vocalist Mike Hall not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too! In Classic Clapton guise the band reproduce authentic versions of Slowhand's hits, including 'Wonderful Tonight', 'Crossroads', 'Sunshine Of Your Love' and of course 'Layla' - for more info visit the After Midnight website.

AMOR - (Updated Apr 2003). The band formed by lead guitarist vocalist Jon Amor formerly of The Hoax who disbanded a few years back after achieving great acclaim as the freshest band on the blues scene for many years, it did not take them long to establish a massive following throughout the UK and Europe, and after their sad demise there was a very large gap in the blues scene, until now! Jon has written loads of new numbers, hand picked his fellow band members, from three of the best bands around namely, including, on drums and sampler Wayne Procter (ex Ainsley Lister Band) and Matt Beable Bass Guitar and vocals (ex CBN). The band's music has pushed out the boundaries, as they develop and diversify from traditional 12 bar style blues with sounds that have a more modern feel, there is for instance electronic sampling, but don't let that put you off, there's lots of great guitar work to enjoy and whilst Amor's sound leans towards the rock spectrum, their music remains rooted in the blues, though blues traditionalists may find their 21st century sound challenging! The band released their debut CD in 2001. Their latest album has received many accolades including "With an album as good as this up their sleeves, AMOR can look forward to the year ahead with more than cautious optimism" THE TIMES (4 STARS). For more info visit the Amor website. (old Amor website.)

BEN ANDREWS - Ben has been recognised worldwide for many a year as one of the most important American blues artists. He performs in is usual aggressive style on a multitude of guitars in a variety of styles, but all firmly rooted in that early Delta style of Robert Johnson, Son House and Howlin' Wolf. In an eerie green light Ben Andrews performed one of the most memorable and compelling solo sets seen at Spalding Blues Club in Spring 2000, including his awesome version of 'Gallows Pole'.

ANNIE'S BLUES - Classic acoustic style blues from Chicago to New Orleans, including songs originated by Bessie Smith, Leroy Carr, Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters. Featuring Annie on vocals backed by strong boogie woogie / Rhythm & Blues piano from Geoff. As well as the pre war songs, the duo include some more recent jazzy blues numbers.

GWYN ASHTON BAND - Hailing from Australia, Gwyn with his flowing dark hair & well worn Fender Strat, brings memories of Rory Gallagher flooding back. Rock with a blues edge, Blues with the bite of a Dingo - "Fantastic slide technique had everyone gasping. Gut-bucket dirty lowdown blues!" (Blueprint). 'Feel The Heat' when this trio comes to town! Gwyn has recently had a track of this album featured on a 'Classic Rock' magazine CD. October 2000 sees the release of the band's new CD 'Fang It!' which features former Rory Gallagher sidemen Gerry McAvoy (bass) & Brendan O'Neill (drums). The offical launch party takes place at The Borderline on 11 Sept 2000, followed by general release on 23 Oct 2000 on Riverside Records (distribution Apex / BMG). Gwyn & his regular band made a great impact at this year's Colne Festival on Blues Rock night. As well as gigs with his band Gwyn also performs acoustic solo gigs.

Don't forget to check out the Gwyn Ashton Website too! (email: Gwyn Ashton Band)

ATCHA ACOUSTIC - Trio who have toured Europe during the past 3 years. Their eclectic mix of styles means their music is not for the purists! Their live performances include Cajun style 2 steps, balmy atmospheric ballads & swinging boogie woogie & blues, & they place the emphasis on entertainment & everyone having a good time! The driving forces behind the music are Chris Jagger (brother of Mick) on vocals & guitar, Charlie Hart who for many years was the mainstay of Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance on fiddle & accordion & completing the line up is Ben Waters, an outstanding young British boogie woogie & blues pianist.

LONG JOHN BALDRY - Began his musical career in the late 50's playing folk & jazz, before moving into R'n'B. He worked with Blues Incorporated & Cyril Davies's R&B Allstars, before fronting the Hoochie Coochie Men, which included Rod Stewart in its line up. They teamed up again in Steampacket, before John joined Blueslogy, who boasted Elton John on keyboards, then moved on to become a solo artist, performing pop ballads including the number one hit 'Let The Heart Aches Begin' (1967). Long John dropped out of the limelight at the end of the 60's, but has continued to work around the theatres & clubs of Britain & more especially Europe. John has moved back towards his earlier influences of the blues, his last appearance in the county was at the Ritz Theatre in Lincoln a few years back, supporting the Spencer Davis Group, when John performed a well received acoustic solo set.

BABY ISAAC - Scottish blues band - for more info visit the Baby Isaac website.

THE BARCODES - London based trio, sounds of Mose Allison & Jimmy Smith spring to mind - a mellow jazz-blues that really swings! Featuring Alan Glen, harmonica player with The Yardbirds & Sonny Black & The Dukes, Bob Haddrell (vocals, organ & piano) & drummer Dino Coccia, three exceptional musicians. Bob is much in demand as a session musician, he has also worked with Billy Swan, Dino has worked with Sonny Black & The Dukes as well as Larry Garner, Katy Webster, Tutu Jones & Otis Grand. They combine to produce a sound that is laid-back, jazzy & mellow. Their unique fusion of Blues, Rhythm'n'Blues, jazz with hints of soul, stands out on the horizon like a volcanic melting pot of genres, spitting out red-hot rocks of groovy goodness! Recently kicked off the Monday afternoon session on the International Stage at the Great British R&B Festival at Colne, rejuvenating the gathering audience with a massage of the coolest blues grooves, hot Hammond harmonies & pulsating drum rhythms, that put them back in the blues mood ready for another 13 hours of music! By the end of the festival the name of The Barcodes still remained indelibly stamped on the blues loving audience. Visit The Barcodes website for further info.

BEGGARS FARM - Blues based trio playing original & late 60's / early 70's material, including early Fleetwood Mac. Raw blues played with power & passion, Mikes vocals have been described as a cross between Joe Cocker & Peter Green, Steve, a young guitarist, plays with a real feeling for the blues - Carl's performances on drums drive the band to 'power trio' status.

ERIC BELL BAND (added Jun 2003) - Ex Thin Lizzy guitarist whose famed guitar solo in the hit single 'Whisky In The Jar' brought him to the attention of the rock world in the early 70's. Since leaving Thin Lizzy soon after that momentus time, Eric has continued to play fronting his own rock / blues band, who have appeared in Lincolnshire on a number of occasions over the years. For more info visit the Eric Bell Band website.

STEVE BENNETT - Steve formerly fronted The Bluesbusters. He has moved away from the pure blues sound of the Bluesbusters days, dropping the Bluesbusters name, & moving towards the brassy sounds of Rhythm & blues. The touring line up now includes drummer Sam M. Kelly (son of Dave Kelly), Dick Hanson (ex Graham Parker & The Rumour as well as playing horns & trumpet on albums by Dave Edmunds, Wreckless Eric & Shakin' Stevens to name but three!), the band also features Andy Pyle who has played bass in Juicy Lucy, Savoy Brown, Blodwyn Pig, The Kinks & with Rod Stewart & Alvin Lee! Steve has just released a new CD entitled 'Sociology' look out for a review shortly!

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BIG BOSS BLUES - Guitar orientated blues trio formed 2 years ago, following the demise of the Frank James Blues Band. They play a mixture of cover & self penned material, taking influences from both sides of the Atlantic. Fronted by guitarist / vocalist Steve Frankish who cites his main influences as Johnny Winter & Stevie Ray Vaughan.

SONNY BLACK & THE DUKES - This southern based band first appeared in Lincolnshire at Spalding Blues Club nearly 2 years ago, more recently they have played to sell-out audiences in Stamford. Sonny is widely regarded as one of the finest blues guitar players in Britain, he dislikes playing his guitar at ear-ringing volume, his delicate touch & the emotional intesity of his playing stand out! Sonny has a relaxed approach to his music, spontanous jazzy instrumental jams interlink with classic blues songs from the likes of BB King, & with every instrument having an important part to play Sonny is surrounded by a superb band, featuring George Pearson on bass, Dino Coccia (drums) & the latest recruit Bob Haddrell on Hammond sound keyboards, he has replaced original keyboard player Daniel Smith (who left to form his own band, late in 1999). On special occasions they are joined by the Yardbirds harmoncia player Alan Glen. The band released their debut CD 'Free Spirit'in & won many new fans when they appeared on the International Stage at the Colne Festival in 1998. True fans of the blues are in for a real treat when Sonny & The Dukes are in town. Visit Sonny Black & The Dukes website / Visit Daniel Smith website. (New Links 16 Dec 99)

RORY BLOCK - Female American blues guitarist, who was born in Greenwich Village, New York in time she became involved in the music scene there, being moved to play the blues as a teenager, she played alongside The Reverend Gary Davis & Mississippi John Hurt. She recorded her first album back in 1975, following a gap of 10 years away from the music business, during which she brought up her family. Rory performs both traditional & original acoustic blues, including slide guitar numbers. In the early 90's appeared on several occasions in Lincolnshire, but since then has only performed once in our area, at a sellout gig at Stamford Arts Centre. This year the closest she gets to our area is Nottingham, as far as we know. Visit Rory's website for more information about her tour & see her dogs!

Rory's Homepages

BLODWYN PIG - Mick Abrahams (ex Jethro Tull) originally formed Blodwyn Pig in late 68. The band played progressive blues in the early 70's, before Mick disappeared from the music scene. Enthusiastic fans encouraged Mick to reform the band in the early 90's, & they have developed their blues rock for the new generation, recording many new songs that are fast becoming new favourites of the 90's audiences. A selection of Blodwyn Pig's CD's are available from The Woodman, Louth, including 'Mick's Back' (£10), 'Modern Alchemist' (£10), 'Pig In The Middle' (£12.99) & 'Live In Madrid' (£10).

THE BLUE BISHOPS - Front man vocalist and harmonica player Geoff Grange is a long term collaborator with ex Rolling Stone Bill Wyman whilst bass player Martin Turner is known the world over for his work as founder member and long time player with rock band Wishbone Ash. Despite the harder rocky edge to their music the Blue Bishops were one of the few British bands to appear on a Bishopstock bill in 1999. The 5 piece band are better known in Europe, they regularly appear in Holland and Belgium headline spots at major festivals. Their music appeals to both young rock audiences and the more purist blues fans. The band are due to release a new album 'Hooks'n'Crooks', their second CD soon.

THE BLUE DOTS - Popular Grimsby based 4 piece band who specialise in playing authentic Rockabilly & Rock'n' Roll. They relaesed their debut Cd 'Tired Of Travelling' a little while back, & have been featured in the Grimsby Evening Telegraph. Their new line up features Tim Wheelhouse (Ex Baltimores) on drums, Tony Watson on lead & steel guitars, Paul Chambers (Double bass) & Danny McCourt (rhythm guitar). The band have recently released a new CD 'Up... and Running'.

BLUES OF CAIN - London based blues band featuring Ian Siegal (guitar / vocals), Dave Clarke (bass), Winston Delandro (lead & rhythm guitar), Nikolaj Bjerre (drums), Jason Silver (keyboards) & Tim Herniman (sax). BOC made a storming first appearance at the Running Horse in Mar 2002. The musicians have worked with a Who's Who of artists, Ian, almost as famous in Nottingham as Robin Hood has played with Jimmy Vaughan, Otis Redding junior, Eddie Kirkland and Larry Garner, USA born Dave's crdits include Sam Kelly's Station House, Geoff Achison, Stan Webb and Bonnie Raitt!, Winston has played with Bob Marley, Joan Armatrading, Jimmy Ruffin, Osibisa and Snowy White, Nikolaj with Mica Paris and Peter Gabriel!, Jason and Tim with Taka Boom. Their background alone says this is a band not to be missed, couple this with the ability to combine their multiple talents in a breathtaking live show, witnessed by a capacity crowd at the Runner first time round, their return in June is absolutely 'ticket only', book now to guarantee your place!

BLUESMOVE - BluesMove draw on their vast combined experience to give you cutting edge blues, grooves with an intensity to make you move, and a night you won't forget.

BluesMove was born in September 1999 from a collaboration between Howard Smith and what was then the Mick Pini Band. Howard Smith plays and sings from the heart with a charismatic passion you may remember from his years fronting the now defunct Razors. By joining forces with Julian Grudgings (keyboards), Graham Lacey (bass) and Mike Hellier (drums) to form BluesMove - a totally new and exciting blues experience was created.

Howards' vocals , guitar and songwriting continue to scale new heights and the band as a tight unit continues to develop its own very special chemistry.

BluesMove are set to release their first full length CD on the 18th May 2001 with more UK and European dates to follow. The album entitled it "Beat' n' Trak" contains 10 tracks - 5 originals and 5 covers. The band are currently in negotiation with regards international distribution for this album. Tracks include Howard Smith's great 'Slow Train', some other original songs written by Howard and Julian Grudgings as well as some well chosen covers. (see Blues News page for more info)

Bluesmove released their debut 5 track CD 'First Cut' in 1999 (featuring 2 Howard Smith original songs - Diplomat & Slow Train + 3 classic blues numbers) available from gigs, or by post priced £6 including p&p (cheques payable to HW Smith) - For Cd mail order or to join mailing list send to BluesMove, 50 London Road, Leicester. LE2 0QD.

Links for BluesMove info:

Boston Blues Club, Nov 99 - Gig Review

(as published in Blueprint Magazine - Jan 2000)


Visit The Blues Move website.


THE BLUES BAND - A band who have brought the blues to a new audience, fronted by former Manfred Mann vocalist Paul Jones, who also plays great harmonica, he is joined by Tom McGuinness (guitar / vocals) also ex M.Mann & McGuinness Flint, Dave Kelly renowned for his guitar & bottleneck slide playing alongside many of the blues legends, Gary Fletcher was bassist in Country singer Bryan Chalker's band in the 70's, while drummer Rob Townsend set out on his musical career with Leicester based band Family. The band teamed up in 1979 to play just one or two gigs... the rest as they say is history! The band released a live album 'Brassed Up' in 1999, which featured a brass section.

BLUE THE FUSE - Sheffield based blues band, who deliver old & new American & British blues songs with an identity that is uniquely theirs. Their music contains elements of jazz, adding to the air of sophistication, yet Blue The Fuse can rock with the best. Now a 4 piece, featuring Jon (bass / vocals), Theo & Graham (guitars) & Louis (drums), the band have a fine set list, & the Blue The Fuse website was the first blues website we found!

THE BLUES THIEVES - Formed towards the end of 2000, from the remnants of electric Folk Rockers Hoolie. Unable to find a replacement for an emigrating multi-instrumentalist, a change of direction was considered. All three remaining members found they had a long time love of Blues and old-style R&B in common, and a new course was plotted. Singer Tom Winsborough worked for many years on the south coast of England as a Singer/Guitarist in some of the toughest venues in the country. He is known mainly as a folk singer, but his musical taste is much wider than that, covering many genres. He is also becoming known for his taste in shirts, which whilst leaving him looking like an extra in 80's cop show Miami Vice, have given him a definite on-stage image! Since the late 1960s Kip Hodginson's Drum kit has taken him all over the world, and with many styles of music, from Bluegrass to Blues (with Old School and The Blues Devils) and from Rock to 60s music both live and in the studio. Get him on his favourite subject, The Grateful Dead and he's a mine of information. His drumming is never boring, and with a great singing voice too, Kip would be an asset to any band. Bassist Richard Hudson has played in many bands, with many styles, ranging from the Jazz/Pop of Lounge Lizards to frenzied folkies The Blackwater Band, but it had been a dream harboured since his long gone teenage years to play in a blues band. Whilst the band were still talking about their new found direction, impatiently he advertised in the local press for a Blues Guitarist to complete the new line up. No less than seven players answered in the first week, and the first to come along to see us was.... Derbyshire Guitar slinger Graham Jakes is a very unassuming and modest man. He makes no boasts about his playing, letting it do its own talking. Having played with Rock and covers bands in his younger days, he worked on his Blues/Rock style and, crucially, his tone. Some guitarists seem to think it's enough to watch a few videos, have some guitar lessons and splash out on an expensive instrument. But of course, they won't have the feel and tone which Graham has for our music, wringing riffs aplenty from his hot-rodded Strat and custom made Tele.

The band was complete, and galvanised by an eagerness to get out and gig, started to put a set together. Ideas flowed thick and fast, and some rehearsals hardly saw an instrument played as we swapped ideas, flinging CDs and tapes around and generally frothing with enthusiasm!

Several months down the line and we are playing venues in Notts and Derbys. Hopefully we will soon be branching out. Look out for us a venue near you and experience Blues Thieves live, and witness four men running headlong into middle age, playing the music they love. To contact Blues Thieves tel 07761 272843

BLUES TUBES - East Anglian based band Blues Tubes make their Lincolnshire debut at Boston Blues Club in March 2001. The trio play a mix of blues and rhythm and blues songs & a review suggests their music has a similar feel to that of Chicken Shack. The band augment their line-up with brass players for bigger gigs.

ROY BOOK BINDER - ( American performer Roy will be touring the UK Late May-June 2001, celebrating his 30th anniv. of first tour in 1971. Back in '71 The
Book, did gigs with Joanne Kelly, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Homesick James and Larry Johnson. He received rave reviews at that time in JAZZ JOURNAL, Sounds magazine, & Melody Maker. His first recordings on Blue Goose and Adelphi were issued around that time as well. British Tour dates include: May 26...Glenrothes Hall, Glenrothes, Scotland: May 27...WOW Fest, Jump'Hot Club Tent: Jun.. 1...Jersry Arts Center, Jersey: Jun...8-10...Stamford Guitar Weekend, Stamford ~ for further information about Roy & his music visit Roy's website at

BOTTLE ROAD BLUES - Leicester based duo featuring singer & slide guitarist Gary Lewis & Alan Shotter on harp, bass, washboard, footstomp & vocals, performing classic blues from Muddy Waters, etc & original songs.

PHIL BRODIE BAND -Sheffield based this outfit consists of the very respected bass guitarist Gerry Scanlan, Neil Wathey on drums, plus guitar virtuoso Philip Brodie. It is exciting that these 3 talented professional musicians have come together again forming this "power trio" to pay tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Peter Green and other rock/blues and swing/blues artists. All 3 are former members of the legendary "Bitter Suite" band, which from the late 60s and through the 70s and 80s was Sheffield's most successful and versatile bands, touring all Britain and all of Europe. They released an album and a few singles including "Goodbye America", making a publicity film "Goodbye America" for continental T.V. to promote the record. It was a huge hit in Europe from Portugal to Turkey reaching No.2 in some of the countries. They did masses of work for radio, being very regular guests on Radio Luxembourg, Radio 1, and always on someone's show or doing a disco for Radio 1 Live when of course at the start of the band's career air space for music was very precious. Gerry Scanlan bass/vocals, a very respected musician in the business, was a founder member of Bitter Suite and stayed with them till the end. He then joined the successful band TNT touring Europe and Britain after which he joined The Blues Brother's Band and toured all over the world with them till a few months ago. Neil Wathey on drums started with the Frank White Band before joining Bitter Suite very early 80s he then also joined TNT and from the mid 90s has done session work with successful bands from heavy rock to soul, including The Drifters and Edwin Starr. Phil Brodie, lead guitar/vocals, well Phil was winning talent comps at the age of 15 with his guitar playing and pioneered the heavier music of Cream and Hendrix in Sheffield, he formed the band Love Confusion that toured Britain. He joined Bitter Suite in 1974 and played with the band throughout its brilliant history. He has also toured and played with Dave Berry, Alan Bown to mention a few. Phil is noted as being one of the top guitarists of his style. The 3 masters have sessioned with many famous bands in their long careers, playing very tightly together, giving a powerful sound with tremendous depth which is not often heard with a 3-piece band, and are looking forward to entertaining you soon. For more info visit the Phil Brodie Band website. (running from Jan 2003)

BILL BOURNE - A unique creator of music, who has been described by critics as 'an ageless blues man', 'a national treasure', 'an iconclast', and 'a master folk musician'. An award winning Canadian singer-songwriter, whose songs are anthemic, thought-provoking and inspiring. He grew up in Alberta, his first recognition came in the 80's when he worked with Scotland's Tannahill Weavers, though their confinement to traditional music prompted him to move on to his own material, hence the formation of Bourne & MacLeod and the release of the ground breaking LP 'Dance & Celebrate'. Always a fiercely independent artist and a seemingly tireless touring performer, Bill continues to carve his own distinctive musical niche. With 6 albums of original material Bill has built a repertoire that leaves audiences spellbound. On acoustic guitar, he improvises at will, moving from intensly solid rhythmic grooves to inspiring and imaginative solos, a diverse range of influences emerge from his playing, from African Highlife to Blues, Swing, Gospel, Cajun, Celtic, Aboriginal & Flamenco. He holds his audience with his soulful voice and free form scat singing, and a relentless heartbeat rhythm from his left foot underpins the magical experience. For more info visit the Bill Bourne website.

BROOKER T. & THE BUNGALOW BAND - Trio, Tom Brooker (Dobro guitar), Steve Bateman (Martin guitar) & Roly Elliott (bass). Formed in 1998 in Louth, brought about by a chance meeting between Tom & Steve at the Louth Folk Club. Roly joined soon at a session in a local pub. Tom a native of Louth, & a landscape artist ran the Louth Folk Club for many years, Steve & Roly though not originally from the town have lived there for quite a while. Both have a wide experience of playing folk & blues, Roly has also played in rock bands. The trio play a very varied mix of country & rural blues, folk songs, skiffle, jazz orientated & American ballads & much more. The band takes its name from its birthplace, Tom's bungalow, where they continue to rehease, they also hold sessions in their local Newmarket Pub. The trio are always available for gigs, to book the band contact Tom tel 01507 605766 / Steve 01507 609764 / Roly 01507 601828

BOB BROZMAN - An artist of exceptionally rare talent, his wit, energy and musicial technique combine powerfully to create an unforgettable live performance. A master of slide, fingerstyle, & percussive guitar, Bob's exhilarating show spans the global & musical spectrum & keeps audiences enthralled. Bob discovered National guitars at the age of 14, he'd been playing since he was aged 6, and went on to study music & human races at Washington University with the emphasis on the earliest roots of Delta blues, he has since become a respected authority on historical Hawaiian music. In 1988, Bob rediscovered the legendary Hawaiian recording artists , the Tau Moe family, together they recorded a landmark album, an historic re-creation of the Hawaiian music of the 20's. Bob's rhythmic dexterity resonates with elements of blues, jazz, Gypsy, swing, calypso, sega and modern hip hop & ska beats, his collection of guitar playing hand tricks have audiences looking for electronic effects that don't in fact exist, his show is the clean product of music genius.

ADRIAN BYRON BURNS - Congratulations to the Adrian who has been voted Top British Acoustic Artist of The Year by the British Blues Connection / readers of Blueprint Magazine - Well deserved recognition for the funky troubadour who mixes modern blues songs with highly individual versions of popular covers, including The Beatles & Bill Withers numbers. Few African-American blues singers have 'such a natural & rich voice as this charismatic performer.' Released his latest CD, the excellent 'Back To The Wood' towards the end of 1998 to critical acclaim, including Henry Ayrton's (Northern Blues) 'album of the year'. Adrian is joined by famous jazz guitarist Jim Mullen, who has played with the Average White Band, Kokomo, Morrisey-Mullen, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, etc) for a series of concerts, including an appearance at the Leicester Jazz Festival in March. Adrian is also touring with Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings in June, & he appears on their album which is released in May. Check Adrian's website for details at: You can also E-mail Adrian at:

TREVOR BURTON BAND - Trevor Burton, the Great British Blues Man, is still around, and now has a web site showing gigs and some MP3 samples of The Blues Moons CD. Trevor formerly guitarist with pop band The Move now fronts his own blues rock band, they recently headlined at the Skegness Rock and Blues Festival, the band's rocking set including a number of original songs from the Blues Moons CD. Check the Trevor Burton website out for all the latest news and find gig updates on their gig guide.

THE BUZZ - 3 piece blues band who play a great mixture of cool blues, red hot Rhythm & Blues & goodtime rock'n'roll - they play both classic covers & original numbers such as 'Steppin' Out'. Featuring founder member Rod Brattel on guitar & harmonica, Ian Tait (drums) who joined the then Buzz duo following a gig at Spalding Blues & Jazz Club in 1994, where Ian enhanced the Buzz's sound with his authentic blues style percussion work, & Andy Dance on bass & vocals. The trio released their debut CD EP 'Smokin' Blues' featuring 5 tracks, including the original number 'How Come?', earlier in the year just in time for their gig at the South Holland Centre in Spalding supporting Geno Washington & The Purple Aces. Most of the band's gigs currently take place in the south of the county, Cambridgeshire & Northant's. For more info on the band tel 10406 373173 or 01832 732509 (please mention Fizgig site as your source).

PAUL BYRD BAND - (added Apr 2003) Byrd's style is his own - reminiscent of BB King and the Memphis/ Chicago sound of the '60s. A unique entertainer, Byrd seems to draw in the crowd and play his Blues for them in such a way that everyone feels he was singing just for them. He captivates the audience from the first note to the last with smoothe vocals and clean guitar lines. For further info visit Paul Byrd website.

CADILLAC KINGS - Profile to follow ~ Visit the Cadillac Kings website for further info on this band who are appearing in Lincolnshire in November.

CATFISH KEITH - American based acoustic blues guitarist & singer, returns for a short tour of the UK. His new CD 'Pony Run' is due for release in early October & features Catfish playing solo, & with the great pianist Radoslav Lorkovic on 3 cuts. Born in East Chicago (real name Keith Kozacik), Keith first heard blues music on the radio whilst fishing with his father, it was after a fishing trip that Catfish was given his nickname by a friend. Using both acoustic & National Reso-Phonic guitars, he plays delightful original & classic blues songs, which are featured on a number of albums, the first 'Catfish Blues' released as long ago as 1985. Visit Catfish Keith's Website

CBN - (Cookin' By Numbers) "Brash, boisterious & breathtaking blues" (Blueprint), this young Surrey based band return to our area for 3 gigs, including a high profile support slot with The Hoax. Indeed Jesse Davey (of The Hoax) mastered their recently released CD 'The Gumbo EP'. The band, fronted by the exciting guitar spearhead of Chris Eaton (slide), whose playing was described as "jawdropping" by The Guitarist Magazine, & Adam Wheatley (lead) look set for a big future, & will surely catch the eye of the area's many Hoax fans when they bring their original music to Lincoln. They have appeared at many big blues festivals, including Colne 98 & 99, Rochdale, London & Dublin.

ROSCOE CHENIER - Louisiana bluesman Roscoe Chenier comes from a musically rich background & counts legendary Zydeco artist Clifton Chenier & bluesman Morris 'Big' Chenier as branches of his family tree. Louisiana blues is broody, dark & downright murky, & Roscoe is one of it's finest contemporary exponents. From the start of his career playing with C.D. & The Blues Runners in 1958 to his many successes in European Blues Festivals, Roscoe has left live audiences rapt. (ticket info - Nottingham gig - tel City Information Centre 0115 915 5326 / Royal Centre Box Office 0115 989 5555)

ROD CLEMENTS - The run of north-eastern music at Baileys continues in October with the visit of his Lindisfarne colleague Rod Clements. Probably best known as the writer of "Meet Me On The Corner" (Lindisfarne's debut chart single), Rod has worked with some of the great names in rock, folk and blues music over the last thirty years. A truly talented player of the acoustic guitar and slide dobro, his CV reads like a "Who's Who" of the best players, singers and songwriters from the UK - Alan Hull, Bert Jansch, Prelude, Michael Chapman, Rab Noakes, Ralph McTell, Thea Gilmore and Catherine Tickell are just some of the distinguished names with whom Rod has recorded and appeared.
Following a successful tour of the USA this summer as one-third of a stripped down acoustic version of Lindisfarne, we are happy to welcome Rod and his slide guitar to Grimsby in between tour dates with Nigel Stonier, with whom Rod has written the majority of the songs from the last two Lindisfarne albums. Rod will be playing some of these for us tonight, along with more bluesey and rootsy material from his own critically acclaimed solo albums "One Track Mind" and "Stamping Ground". And, who knows, maybe a chance to hear the aforementioned "Meet Me On The Corner" in an acoustic style, very different from the version recorded by the band in 1972. You can find out more from Rod's website:
Supporting Rod this evening will be talented young local guitarist Paul Norman. Since the age of 9, Paul has played over 300 gigs, and so has a lot of experience despite his relatively young age. He will be playing a selection of widely selected covers and self-penned numbers. Please give your support to this emerging local talent.

MIKE COOPER - A long time stalwart of the British blues scene, starting his career in the mid 60's as a solo blues / slide player and one of a handful of acoustic players who pioneered the British Blues boom, playing alongside such blues legends as Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bukka White, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed. His 1969 album 'Oh Really!?' was widely acclaimed as one of the best acoustic blues albums of the period. In the early 70's Mike's music took a new direction, switching from pure blues to free jazz, collaborating with jazz, improvising and avant-garde musicians such as Dudu Pakwana (South Africa), Zimbabwean composer Mike Gibbs and British sax player Mike Osbourne. By the late 70's Mike was an established musician on the free-improvised music scene working with the London Musicians Collective. A musician who plays both Western experimental and Roots music including Hawaiian lap-steel guitar playing, which led to his collaboration with French slide guitarist Cyril Lefebvre in the Uptown Hawaiians. Now resident in Italy, Mike tours UK venues less often than he used to, he will be performing at a number of venues in the Spring of 2001, some of which will include performing live music for classic black and white silent films, which has proven not only a rich and rewarding way of combining different styles but also a way of seducing people into listening to unfamiliar genres. His current programme has taken him to festivals around the world. For more info visit website.

COOTIE & THE HARPMAN! - Lincolnshire based blues duo featuring Old Cootie (alias Dick Appleton) on acoustic steel and wooden bodied guitars plus some vocals & The Harpman (alias Ken Mayle) blues harp & vocals. "Strong harp & fine slide guitar ... Harpman does most of the vocals and has a good lived-in bluesy voice. .... Acoustic fans will find this duo worth watching out for" (Blueprint). They perform material from the early days including Slim Harpo, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Rev.Gary Davis .... their 1999 CD "An Hour From The .... Crossroads Diner' is homage to those hard travellin', hard drinkin', hard workin' days in the dustbowls, cottonfields and gin joints of a bygone era, except that the blues are as relevent today as they ever were" (Indie-pendant Blues). Dick is well known in folk circles, whilst Ken is frontman with the Walter Harpman Band, together they take the blues right back to the Delta, back to the Crossroads where the story began, go there with them and taste the blues at the Crossroads Diner!

DAVE COPSON'S DRIVING SOUTH - Formed in summer 1999, guitarist Dave is a devotee of Hendix, though his repertoire is wider. His blues / rock guitar playing described by Hilary in 'Runner Reviews' as 'hugely expressive'. Driving South's line up also features on of the best rhythm sections in the Midlands, Mick Wheat (bass) & Steve Otter (drums) have previously played with Ian Siegal & The Score.

COUNTERFEIT STONES - The band who have been described as 'probably the second greatest rock & roll band in the world' return to the town. This unique tribute act, fronted by Nick Dagger concentrate on The Stones' earlier works, delivering a stunning show which actually fooled some members of the press invited to witness a special gig by 'The Stones' at a London venue!


MARTIN TRIMBLE & THE CROSSFIRE - Remarkable young band (most are still at school!) based around Sleaford / Grantham area. Fronted by Martin Trimble, whose vocals ooze the blues, despite his age, & whose guitar work, including slide, would stand out on far bigger stages than the band are currently playing. They play a choice set of classic blues, including songs by Buddy Guy (a favourite of the band), Muddy Waters, Elmore James & Stevie Ray Vaughan. Since Christmas the band have been working hard on new material & are hoping to showcase 12 new songs, including occasional original song, in a revamped live set at O'Rourkes in Lincoln on 14th Jan. As well as band activities Crossfire also go out as a duo playing songs by legendary Delta bluesmen such as Skip James, Robert Johnson & Muddy Waters. The band hope to release a demo tape & website soon, look out for more gigs around the area in our listings soon. Email the band at

now called Martin Trimble & Outside Help


DANGEROUS AGE - Four piece band Dangerous Age play Rockin' blues. Their line-up features lead singer and guitarist Rick Knight, Nathan T. James on bass, Colin Smith on harmonica and his son Grant Smith on drums. Their live sets include popular Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan's, as well as an excellent rendition of 'Black Magic Woman' (with Colin on bongos) and 'Talk To Me Baby' which often features in The Blues Band's live performances, Alex Harvey's 'Framed' and some Doobie Brothers songs. The band will have a special guest saxophonist for gigs during winter / spring of 2003, and will also be playing a number of gigs in Rotterdam, Holland in May 2003.

DARYL DAVIS - Thurs. August 23rd. - Tickets £8 ~ One of the great keyboard players . Daryl earned a Batchelor of Music at Howard University where he was a member of their famed Howard University Choir and renowned Jazz Vocal Ensemble . In addition to being a keyboard player extraordinaire , vocalist , guitarist , Daryl is a professional actor and author . In 1985 , 72 year-old Pinetop Perkins , one of the founding fathers of Boogie Woogie and considered to be one of the greatest Blues and boogie pianists, selected the 27 year-old Daryl to succeed him in the piano and vocal slot of the Muddy Waters Legendary Blues Band. Johnnie Johnson , Chuck Berry's orginal pianist , praised Daryl's ability to master with authenticity, a style that was popular 30 years before he was born . As a performer Daryl has worked with countless greats, was the featured pianist on the 1992 Grammy Award winning album "Flip Flop and Fly" , and he has become the long-standing regular player in Chuck Berry's Band. A great entertainer. We understand that Eddie Tatton and Kev Thorpe are playing in Daryl's British band at the Colne Blues Festival.

THE DETONATORS - Named after their explosive live performances, their music a refreshing melting pot of R & B, Funk, Swing & Blues. Led by the talented guitarist & vocalist James O'Hara this unique 5 piece band have built their reputation as one of the best young live bands on the circuit playing alongside Jools Holland, Paul Jones & Peter Green, & appearing at many festivals. Lining up with James are Mike Jackson on boogie piano, Richard Ormrod (sax), Carl Nevitt (bass) & Gideon Marcus (drums), the band's debut album 'Sneakin' Around' is available on Indigo Records, & they have just released a demo CD 'Covers'. For more info regarding the band visit movinmusic website

DANA DIXON BAND - Scottish based band made their first visit to Lincolnshire at the end of Feb 2000, making the long trip south for a one-off special at Spalding Blues Club. Fronted by the powerful vocalist Dana Dixon who also plays harmonica, 'her gravelly voice recalls Big Mama Thorton & Janis Joplin' (Blues Revue ~ USA). Her husband Dave Dixon's impressive slide guitar work features on many of the numbers. The band play authentic Chicago-style blues, tough RnB & some fine original numbers including 'Mule To Ride' & 'Good Stroke Of Love'. Some of you may have have seen the band's keyboard player Lou Martin performing at The Mail Coach in Newark, 2 or 3 years ago (with Mick Clarke). They released their debut CD 'Boogie Woman', which features 6 original blues songs, plus classic songs 'Walkin' Blues', 'Killing Floor' & the classic Otis Rush song 'As The Years Go Passing By'. Hopefully it will not be long before the band return to the area!

DR BOB'S ACOUSTIC ROOTS & BLUES - Leicestershire based band formed late 1995, their unusual music is best described as roots music with a Deep Southern feel, drifting into country blues & Latin as well as hints of Jazz & Country. Their debut CD 'Southern Tonic' includes such gems as J.J. Cale's 'Sensitive Kind' & the traditional 'John The Revelator' as well as some fine original songs, such as 'Give It To Me Baby'. This will be followed by the band's new live CD 'By Invitation Only' recorded in Oct 1999 at Ashby Folville Village Hall, which the band hope to release in Jan. 2000. The band are currently working on a third CD which is being lined up for release May / June 2000, featuring all new original songs.

DR FEELGOOD - Started out from Canvey Island in mid 70's, playing hard edged gritty r'n'b, on the London Pub rock circuit. From these humble beginnings, the band went on to have not only a number of hit singles, but a No. 1 album 'Stupidity', which captured some of the atmosphere of a Feelgood's gig. They also helped pave the way for the punk revolution & to this day keep the spirit of pub-rock alive & kickin' . Following the death of lead singer Lee Brilleaux, the band initially recruited Pete Gage as vocalist, but the band now feature Robert Kane, a remarkable vocalist who many will have seen fronting The Animals II. Visit Dr Feelgood's website. Write to Grand Records, 107a High Street, Canvey Island, Essex. SS8 7RF.

DR MOJO - Lincoln based Rhythm'n'blues band. For more info visit the Dr Mojo website.

EMILY DRUCE - Released her highly acclaimed debut CD 'The Guilt Trip' in 1999, an offering that stands alongside any re-issued albums from the 60's folk-blues boom. A fine mixture of county blues classics and originals, good funky acoustic guitar playing & strong vocals - her off stage quiet & self-effacing manner is a complete contrast to her blues belting style on stage. Influences include Big Bill Broozy, Memphis Minnie, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder, also Sleepy John Estes and Bob Dylan. Her profile was heightened recently following an appearance at the Sidmouth Festival & the inclusion of her version of the Skip James song 'I'm So Glad' on the FRoots magazine sampler CD, as well as appearances at the Burnley Blues Festival. This exciting young performer looks set to become a big attraction on the national blues circuit soon. Emily releases her second CD 'New Day' in May 2002, with a tour to promote its release. For more information visit the Emily Druce website.

KENT DUCHAINE - With Spilsby apparently not on his latest tour itinerary Kent's Lincolnshire fans will still able to see this remarkable live performer, who lives the blues he plays, at Spalding Blues Club. Inspired by the British Invasion, to play guitar, it was Eric Clapton's versions of Robert Johnson songs that led him (& many other people!) to the blues. He later met & played with the old bluesman Johnny Shines (who had actually played with Robert Johnson). Kent is joined onstage tonight by the ever faithful 'Leadbessie' (his National Steel Guitar). Catch up with Kent's News & Tour dates at his new website.

ARTHUR EBELING - Some friends introduced us to the unique music of Dutch musician Arthur a while back, via a tape of his 1995 album 'Piggy Dog', after they were 'knocked out' by a live performance at one of the fringe gigs at the Colne Blues Festival in 1998. Arthur well known in Holland for his awesome guitar playing & great guitar sound describes his original style as "rhythm & blues in a jazzy sauce". Arthur had a hit single in Holland with 'Maria' a song from his album 'Simple Man' in 1994, which brought him recognition for his work in various countries in Europe. ( ... though we don't recall the UK being amongst them, sadly!). Great original songs, masterful guitar work, wry lyrics & charismatic delivery have made him a fine ambassador of the Dutch music scene ~ that perhaps we don't hear a great deal of in the UK! He has toured the UK, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Russia & USA, in his homeland he has opened for artists such as Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Ann Peebles & Joan Armatrading. Described by 'The New Revue' as one of the most remarkable musicians in Holland, Arthur starting writing his own songs at the age of 10, though he had been playing guitar since he was 8 and formed his own band at 9! He played with various Dutch bands including The Capsones, Big Shot and Rocking Guns. Following an accident he started with Jump Dicky! Jump! playing rock'n'roll, laced with jazz, this sound developed naturally towards the swinging rhythm'n'blues sound of New Orleans, a city that he now visits regularly. His guitar playing has been influenced by players such as Chet Atkins, Cliff Gallup, Eddie Cochran and later also Brian Setzer, whilst another big influence is Ray Charles, his favourite musician. Arthur will be writing some more new songs during August & Sept 2000, how do we know this, well he writes many of his songs whilst on the road, especially whilst he's touring in Britain! For more information & tour dates visit the Arthur Ebeling website.

THE ELECTRIC EXPERIENCE - Powerhouse blues rock band. Pete Orr's axemanship is second to none (he's worked with Jack Bruce in the past). Other band members have worked with Curtis Mayfield & Robert Plant - together they play Hendrix, Cream, as well as some fine original blues rock songs from their debut CD 'Share The Blues'. The band have headlined at the Burnley Blues Festival, & appeared on the main stage at the Colne Festival in 1998.

DAVE ELLIS BLUES BAND - Formed in 1988, the band led by guitarist Dave Ellis, who has appeared on the same bill as American bluesman Percy Strother, earning the acclaim of the renowned blues performer. The band also feature former Kinks drummer Bobby Graham in their line-up. Visit the Dave Ellis Blues Band website for more info.

EGYPT - East Anglian blues rock trio formed in 1987 by Alan Fish (bass / vocals) & Eric Chipulina (guitar / vocals), current drummer Peter Correa joined the band in 1991. Egypt play heavy album style blues, including Groundhogs songs & original material. All three are current or ex-members of the Groundhogs, 2 still play alongside Tony McPhee, in that band. Egypt though are more bluesy than the cult rock band. They have released 2 albums, 'Egypt' (1988) & 'Preserving The Dead' (1994). ~ bookings 01692 580718 / mailing lists, CD's & info 01638 750774.

TOMMY EMMANUAL - 'Without doubt, one of the greatest guitar players on the planet' (Chet Atkins). A legend in his native homeland of Australia, guitarist Tommy combines jaw dropping speed & accuracy with amazing skill & beauty. A regular at blues & jazz festivals the world over, he has also performed at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville & the Sydney Opera House. He has worked with many top artists including Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner & Joan Armatrading & was seen worldwide performing at the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. For us and possibly others, the first time we came across this great live performer, was at the Stamford Folk & Blues Guitar Festival in 2000.

FAMILY STYLE - Italian blues band who first toured UK in Autumn 2002. For more info visit the Family Style website.

FAT ALI'S BAND - Stomping blues rock band from Norfolk, UK - fetauring female lead singer Ali, further info to follow shortly: visit Fat Ali's Band website.

MARK FLANAGAN - Mark has been a member of Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 1989, playing over 1000 gigs and many live TV shows. In addition he has accompanied many top musicians including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Van Morrison, Robert Palmer and Paul Weller. Mark is currently working on his own thing, original songs mostly rooted in the blues, he will be performing an eclectic mix of acoustic country blues with influences ranging from New Orleans to Senegal in the intimate atmosphere at the Heart Of Lincolnshire Club as part of his solo 2002 tour. This is a rare opportunity to see an artist of Mark's calibre performing in such a venue.

PERRY FOSTER - One of Britain's top British acoustic bluesmen. Perry developed a fascination for the blues back in the 50's after hearing Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy and Terry and McGee on the radio at the tender age of 12. An immediate thirst for Delta Blues followed, with Foster joining the London blues clique in the 1960's. He played with the likes of Howling Wolf, Rev. Gary Davis and Sleepy John Estes, and even acted as minder (and clothes buyer) for the legendary blues musician Sonny Boy Williamson who gave him a 12-hole Hohner harmonica which Perry still uses in uses in his live shows today. Perry Foster's place in the annals of blues history is without precedence. As well as playing with the greats, Perry has encouraged young musicians and singers over the years, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant recalls "I was turned onto the blues by a guy named Perry Foster", Plant was a member of Foster's Delta Blues Band, as was keyboard player Chris Wood who went on to play in another great band Traffic. More recently he encouraged Connie Lush to sing the blues, she went on to be voted British Female Blues Singer of the Year on 5 occasions! Foster and Robert Plant recently teamed up again, Perry supporting Plant's modern day band on a national tour. Universally recognised as one of the finest home-grown, authentic blues merchants England has ever produced, Foster's sound today is as true to its Louisiana, Texan and Mississippi roots as it was when he was mixing it with the legendary elders of the genre. A regular at numerous blues festivals, including Burnley where Perry starred in a TV documentary about the Lancashire Festival, and the Great British Rhythm'n'Blues Festival at Colne where he has for many years organised events on the acoustic stage. One of the true characters of the British music scene, Foster's appetite for the blues has been undiminished by time, with his gritty, bluesy voice and driving slide work on 12-string and resonator guitar memories of the good and great bluesmen of a bygone era will be conjured up at Perry's shows.

FREED (added Jun 2003) - Free tribute band, for more info / gig dates etc visit the Freed website

TY GARNER BAND - Trio, Tyrone (guitar), Colin Towns (bass) & Adam Thompson (drums) are joined ocassionally by keyboard player. Led by Ty who 'toured' Europe as a busking musician, before forming the band in 1996, The band are influenced by the USA west coast style, a fusion of jazz, blues & rock, including songs by Mike Bloomfield, Frank Zappa & Santana, as well as blues (Peter Green / B.B. King etc). The band made appearances at The Great British R & B Festival at Colne, & at the Guinness Festival in Eire during 1998.

AMOS GARRETT - Tues. August 21st. - Tickets £8 - A real live American guitar hero . JUNO Award winner . Even from the early days his playing has drawn attention . From the Snowbird sessions with Anne Murray and Midnight At The Oasis with Maria Muldaur who he recorded and toured with for years . He has in fact recorded with more that 150 artists including Stevie Wonder , Emmylou Harris , Jesse Winchester , Bonnie Raitt , Todd Rundgren and Paul Butterfields Better Days. AMOS also has a tremendous rich vocal . Amos is also appearing on this tour at Croperdy , The Nottingham Riverside Festival , New Brighton R"n"B Festival and Edinburgh Festival .

ANDY GUNN'S GLASS HAMMER - Andy first sprung to fame when he was only 17 and his band "Jumpin' The Gunn" were the only British act to be signed to Virgin's blues label Pointbank , alongside acts such as Pops Staples , Albert Collins and John Hammond . They travelled to Memphis recording an album with Al Green's rhythm section - shooting a video in B.B. King's club - playing the clubs in Beale Street - TV and radio shows .
Then it all went pear shaped for the youngsters and the band split . Andy went on to tour alongside the likes of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Texas and whilst in London he played in Gary Moore's "Midnight Blues Band". He later formed Glass Hammer, that band releasing a 4 track EP CD 'Changling' in 2001, and they followed this with 'Funky Dave's Supersonic Coffee' an eight track mini-album bootleg which they released for their 2002 tours. Visit
Andy Gunn & The Glass Hammer website. By 2004 Glass Hammer had split.

PETER GREEN'S SPLINTER GROUP - Peter has made a remarkable comeback, much of the credit for his return to playing in front of live audiences & even playing the guitar again rests with Nigel Watson, who was the guitarist with the 70's band Stretch who had a hit with the funky pop hit 'Why Did You Do It?'. As Peter says he wants the band to ultimately be just The Splinter Group, he has some great musicians apart from Nigel working alongside him, Larry Tolfree on drums, Peter Stroud on bass & Roger Cotton on keyboards & Hammond Organ. The band have recorded 4 albums, releasing their latest 'Hot Foot Powder'a collection of Robert Johnson songs, which features appearances by the likes of Buddy Guy, Dr John, Otis Rush & Honeyboy Edwards (who actually knew & played alongside Robert Johnson) in Spring 2000. Some fine orginal songs from the Destiny Road CD feature in the bands live performance, as well as classic Mac numbers & a few acoustic songs. Visit the Peter Green Splinter Group website for more info about the band, & Snappermusic website for info about recordings.

PAUL GIBBARD BAND - Blues rock band, led by vocalist, guitarist / slide & harmonica player Paul Gibbard & Russ Carline on bass. The band's line-up changed early in 2001, & the band are now back on the road, promoting their new CD, 'Today' which features 12 original songs written by Paul, the follow up to their debut CD 'Get Ready For The Blues' released in 1998.

THE CORRINA GREYSON BAND with MATT SCHOFIELD - Corrina formerly fronted the band Lowerdown who twice appeared in Lincolnshire, at the Spalding Blues Club. Corrina now has an exciting new band representing a new generation of British blues, the band features some of the country's hottest young talents! Entering the blues arena in 1997, Corrina has been nominated for Best Female UK Blues Vocalist of The Year ~ a singer who has poise, power and panache whilst being both soulful & sensitive. Alongside Corrina another shining young star, guitarist Matt Schofield who is just in his early 20's yet has already established himself as one of the most exciting and in-demand guitarists on the blues scene. Rockin' it up or taking it right down low, Matt's remarkable touch and ability makes a lasting impression. Young keyboard player Jonny Henderson who is equally at home on piano or smoking B-3 Organ has already proved himself in the international blues arena playing with Otis Grand. With a rhythm section featuring Evan Jenkins widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary blues drummers in London (he has toured with Ronnie Scott & Mornington Lockett) and bass player Jeff Walker who has worked with Lee Sankey & many other bands. Harmonica player Lee accompanied the band for a special one off gig at Spalding Blues Club in Feb 2001. For news of the band's forthcoming CD, due for release in Mar 2001 ('Why Get Up' was featured on the Blueprint 2000 CD) & further info about the band visit Corrina's website.

THE BOB HALL SHOW - Boogie woogie & good time blues. Bob Hall & Hilary Blythe share enthusiasm for the irrepessible boogie woogie music of the 20's & 30's, blending traditional & original material in a unique evening's entertainment. Their good humoured & polished show ranges from up-tempo numbers featuring Bob's keyboard wizardary to poignant beautifully sung blues from Hilary. Bob is Britian's leading exponent of piano blues & boogie woogie, now presents his own show, the culmination of years of working with the world's R & B masters, including Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry & John Lee Hooker, Bob was also a member of 60's Blues/Boogie band Savoy Brown, who later became a top flight act in USA (ex-members of Savoy Brown went on to form Foghat). In the late 70's he formed Rocket 88 whose star studded line-up included the late Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce & Charlie Watts. Latterly Bob's keyboard work has been a feature of The Blues Bands sound on dates in the North, including appearances at Lincoln Castle & at the band's 20th Anniversary convention gig at Grimsby in 1999. Bob's endearing presence, & his many anecdotes from his 35 years playing with the blues legends, builds a rapport with the audience, who are encouraged to take part in singing, dancing & generally adding to the rhythm section! Hilary Blythe, whose rock steady bass guitar complements Bob's left hand riffs, adds her quality solo & harmony vocals on Gospel & classic blues songs. A talented singer & intrumentalist in her own right, she has been performing from the home counties to Hong Kong for over 30 years, predominantly on the folk scene, including folk festivals. Bob has recently released a new CD 'Don't Play Boogie' on Indigo Records, which features guest appearances by Paul Lamb, Dave Kelly & Top Topham, + Frank White on backing vocals. Stuart Carr one of Britain's finest slide guitar players completes the Bob Hall Trio's line-up.

KEN HAMM - Ken is one of Canada's finest bluesmen, 3 times nominated as North America's Best Acoustic Blues Guitarist by 'Guitar Player' magazine & this year nominated in the Best Acoustic Act Category. He also picked up a 'JUNO' for Best Roots & Traditional CD with his 'Saturday Night Blues' CD. His latest CD, 'Galvanised' is apparently excellent too!

THE HAMSTERS - From the hinterlands of the Thames River Delta come those Rockin' Rodents The Hamsters. The Hamsters are a great blues rock band equally at home with both ends of the spectrum. They play their own material & they are widely regarded as leading interpreters of Jimi Hendrix songs. More recently they have added a full ZZ Top set to their already powerful armoury. The band have recently released a new 2 & a half hour 2 CD compilation at budget price, entitled 'Pet Sounds - 10 Years of Rodent Rock' featuring material from CD's & videos, plus a selection of rarities! CD priced £13 available from The Hamsters, PO Box 835, Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex. SS0 0SQ or telephone orders 0161-230-6369. You can also visit the band's website at: http:// or email:

HARD TO SWALLOW - Peterborough based Blues band fronted by vocalist Val Harrison, whose live performances ensure that HTS stand out in the pub blues enivirionment. They play a selection of 50's / 60's style blues as well as some rockier blues, including songs by Gary Moore, & have recently recorded a demo tape to showcase their music.

THE HARPBREAKERS - Hailing from Manchester, the band have been nominated for the Best British Blues Band award a number of times. One of the best live bands around, they are fronted by energetic harmonica player Nigel Dunne, whose exploits on the harmonica are just one of the highlights of their great live performances, forward rolls whilst playing (Stamford) climbing across bars (Boston) and perhaps most daring of all walking along the wall of a high level circle in new leather shoes! (Colne 2001). Look at your local venue to see where Nigel might play his harp next! Apart from the gymnastics the band are also fine musicians, their original music, which retains those important elements of 50's blues, is delivered with great style & has a modern feel. Look out for some fine guitar solos & sensitive harp work.

SIMON 'HONEYBOY' HICKLING BAND - (updated May 2003). Featuring Honeyboy Hickling-Vocals, Harmonica (Steve Marriott and the DT's, Nine Below Zero) and Big Al Taylor-Guitar, vocals (Steve Marriott and the DT's). Craig Rind - Bass, Vocals (Dr. Feelgood, Steve Marriott and the DT's) and Mike Hellier-Drums (The Waterboys, Wamma Jamma, Mick Pini Band) have also played in Honeyboy's band. Their CD releases include 'Straight From The Harp' and 'Blue It' ~ the band have a new CD due out shortly, visit the Simon 'Honeyboy' Hickling website for more details.

PHIL HILBOURNE BAND - The band originally formed in 1986, led by master guitarist Phil who writes for 'Guitar Techniques' magazine, the band play high energy rock & blues, including Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen, Black Sabbath, Van Halen etc as well as original guitar inspired rock from a set list of over 200 songs! They released CD 'Bout Time' in 1994 & a new live CD should be available now!

THE HOAX - Sadly this is this remarkable band's final tour! Formed when members were still at school, Robin, Jesse, Hugh & Jon worked on their blues obsession, taking notes of how other bands performed songs that they felt would suit their live set, at gigs. They rapidly became stars in their own right, winning new fans wherever they played! Their debut CD 'Sound Like This' was followed by an appearance on the Jools Holland show. For a time it looked like the band could go all the way to the top, their self produced third album was brilliant, but it wasn't to be. Their final album 'The Hoax Live Forever' a blistering live performance recorded earlier in the year is released on 13th Sept in limited edition digipak. If you're a Hoax fan you'll be in the audience, if you haven't seen the band yet, this is your last chance!!!! Visit The Hoax Website.

HOWARD SMITH & THE HORNETS - Blues trio are fronted by Howard Smith, formerly of The Razors. The band have recently released their debut CD 'Any Colour You Like' which features some of the bands favourite songs as well as some original songs, including the impressive 'Slow Train'. Joining Howard, Steve Ashton (bass) & Steve Hill (drums) have brought fresh inputs, allowing Howard the freedom to unleash his memorably charismatic sound & style upon audiences.

ROBIN CHANDLER & THE HOWLING TOMCATS - Playing authentic & hard driving Chicago blues with some stunning slide guitar work from Robin, The Howling Tomcats include numbers from the likes of Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, & Billy Boy Arnold played with an absolute commitment that will appeal both those who love the blues & those who just love good music played with conviction!

JAMES HUNTER BAND - James Hunter first exploded on the London scene in the 80's, under the alias Howlin' Wilf. With his band The Vee-Jays he quickly established himself as a major new force on the club & festival circuit right across Europe & Scandinavia, playing authentic 50's style R & B. After 4 years the band split, & James started writing material with a more soulful bias & began to develop a new, larger line-up. Following a fortuitous encounter at a gig in South Wales in 1991, James Hunter has performed dozens of shows alongside Van Morrison as part of Morrison's Rhythm & Blues Revue. Many have seen James playing guitar & duetting with 'Van The Man' alongside such luminaries as John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells & Jimmy Witherspoon. When working with his own line-up the sets feature highly soulful original songs interwoven with sizzling interpretations of classic rhythm & blues cuts - all of which make for an exhilrating show - particularly coupled with James' formidable prowess as a singer guitarist & frontman. The band's sound is formed around guitar, double bass, drums, tenor & baritone sax, his latest release 'Kick It Around' is a gifted mixture of uptempo songs with lots of pumping funky rhythms & graceful dreamy ballads. An amazing act that Dave at the Woodman brings back to the area, with the help of sponsors Spire Taxis of Louth.

JOHN HUTCHINSON - Ex David Bowie guitarist / singer songwriter Spider John Hutchinson is back on the road in 2002, performing his very individual brand of jazz-blues. Even before his spell with Bowie, John had already played with bands, supporting some of the early rock and roll artists, including Little Richard and Gene Vincent. His first major success came when he had a solo hit single in Sweden, with the Dylan song 'It Ain't Me Babe' - the Swedes regarded him as 'Sweden's Donovan'. He returned to England in 1966, meeting the then unknown Bowie who asked him to join 'David Bowie & The Buzz' who had a residency at The Marquee. The band when on to make TV and live appearances across the UK. Then followed a spell in Canada, before John returned to play with Bowie's new band, the acoustic act Feathers. Shortly after David & John recorded the original version of 'Space Oddity' then went their seperate ways. David once again called on Hutch to join his 'Spiders From Mars' as 12 string guitarist for his Aladdin Sane tours of the USA, Japan and UK. After this Hutch formed his own band 'Hutch and It's Easy' which attracted some record company interest, but it was his next band 'American Echoes' which had more success, including Dave Lee Travis's BBC Radio One Record of The Week in 1979, with their debut single 'Ooh Las Vegas'. The 80's & 90's found John 'working for a living' but he continued to write songs and performed regularly, including successful tours of Holland & Germany in 2001. He has recently released a solo EP 'Solo You Can Hear Me' and he appears in our area in Feb 2002.

THE IDLE HANDS - Formerly the Idle Hands Blues Band, based in Derbyshire. For more info, E-mail: or visit The Idle Hands website. Letters & CD Orders: The Idle Hands. PO Box 359. Chesterfield LDO. S40 3XG.

JOHN JACKSON - Born in Virginia in 1924, John was undoubtedly the finest traditional Piedmont guitarist active in recent years. He exemplified the songster tradition at its best. His confident finger-picking, his infectious smile & contagious good humour marked his live performances as something special. His eclectic repertoire embraced the music of his guitar heroes Willie Walker, Blind Boy Fuller & most notably Blind Blake. Besides the blues, rags & dance tunes associated with these masters, Jackson played ballads, country songs & what he terms "old folk songs". He died on Sun 20 Jan 2002.

FREDDY JAMES BAND (added Jun 2003) - For more info about this South Yorks based band visit the Freddy James Band website.

JOHN JAMES - Britain's premier ragtime guitarist, John has an ability to entertain with a combination of humour & musicianship that has contributed to his enormous public appeal, which has brought an otherwise esoteric guitar style to a wider audience. John has recorded more than 15 albums & guested on TV & radio shows, & he has performed solo concerts around the world. He also performed at The First Stamford Folk & Blues Guitar Festival in 1998.

"THE REVEREND" RICHARD JOHN - Described as "the best one-man blues band this country has created since the late Duster Bennett" - BBC Radio Suffolk, (me thinks, has Ray Stubbs been to Suffolk yet!) Still Richard, who plays guitar, harp on a neckrack & stomp box sounds to be a fine act in his own right, & his album 'Love In The Blues' is available from Indie-pendent Blues priced £10 + p&p.

PAUL JONES & DAVE KELLY - Harmonica supremo Paul Jones & slide guitarist Dave Kelly, renowned by many as the best slide guitarist the UK has ever produced, join forces as a duo, playing a mildly electric, but mostly acoustic set of blues standards, Blues Band hits & own compositions. Paul was the lead singer with 60's group Manfred Mann, whilst Dave has played & recorded with blues greats such as Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker & Son House. This intimate show features the duo telling some of the stories behind the blues as well as playing the music they both love so much.

WIZZ JONES with DOUG B. SMITH - Wizz has been a major force on the European acoustic music scene for over 30 years. He was among the first wave of young guitar heroeswho emerged, perhaps as a result of the skiffle boom & the folk revival in Britain during the late 50's. Having learned much from Long John Baldry and Davy Graham whilst playing in the coffee bars of London's Soho, Wizz followed the time honoured trail of the itinerant busker, travelling extensively throughout Europe. He returned with a unique guitar style, an eclectic repertoire & "a right hand worthy of Big Bill Broonzy"! ~ Wizz is joined by Doug B. Smith for dates early in 2001, Doug is described by John Crosby of 'Time Out' as being a "superb acoustic folk & blues guitarist & singer, his brilliant support at Roy Rogers' recent London gig (Borderline Oct 2000) signals the genesis of a major new acoustic talent".

THE J.T. BAND - Powerful blues rock trio, who include Rory Gallagher numbers, Texas style blues by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter & The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as some bluesy versions of pop songs by the likes of Squeeze. They have supported Nine Below Zero, & Wilko Johnson at The Walkern Blues Club. Band members have worked with musicians from Climax Blues Band, & Quiver (of Sutherland Brothers fame). Look out for some great slide guitar from Chris.

EDDIE JUKE BAND - During the 80's and early 90's Eddie Juke was the lead singer with The Accelerators, later he fronted the Fabulous T-Bones who regularly played at the club in the late 90's. More recently the band have performed with American blues musician Blind Mississippi Morris (whom Eddie met by chance in 1995) at larger venues and festivals including the Great British R'n'B Festival at Colne. Eddie has a terrific stage presence, an engaging personality, a voice as black as asphalt and is a mean Harp player. Such a combination of talents, custom made for singing the Blues, is rare in the UK and very often people at his gigs at times find it hard to believe he is not an American on tour in the UK. Their album featuring original songs written by Eddie, 'Sure Enuff' includes a whole range of styles loosely categorised as the blues with several tracks recorded in Memphis with guest musicians, the remainder were recorded back in the UK with regular band members, though the American feel runs throughout the album. For more info visit the Eddie Juke website where you can find all the latest information regarding up and coming gigs and tours, both in the UK, and the USA. Eddie Juke will once again be touring the UK with Blind Mississippi Morris in July.

JONATHAN KALB BAND - ''...his guitar playing reveals an unassuming rhythmic fluency that supports the intensity of his solo lines beautifully. Raw and graceful by turns, his solo lines do not so much fill the space as use it with economy and intelligence. At their best the results are transcendent.'' -Proctor Lippincott, New York Times . Jonathan Kalb is an expressive multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter whose career has already spanned 25 years taking him from the streets of San Francisco through the gospel churches of Harlem to some of the biggest clubs, halls and major coliseums in the U.S.A.

The list of artists he has worked with is both indicative of the quality of Jonathan as a performer and of the respect he commands amongst these great names: -One year playing and touring the U.S.A. with the Steve Miller Band. -USA tour with Evelyn Champagne King as the band leader, leading to appearances on national TV shows, ''Midnight Special'' and ''Rock Concert''. -Backing up blues and rock artists including Lightning Hopkins, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley & Mike Bloomfield. -Credited by Jimi Hendrix for having inspired his initial experiments with fuzztones. In concert with the O'Jays, Isley Brothers and Johnny Copeland among others. His music, although fundamentally blues based, draws from many elements of funk, rock and jazz all crafted together to form a rich R n' B sound that has a universal appeal. Jonathan has been on tour in Europe for the last 10 years playing in England, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Scandinavia. His work in Europe includes recording projects and appearances in many major festivals and clubs. In the last two years he has worked primarily in San Francisco and the bay area-playing many well-known venues such as ''Biscuits and Blues'', ''Lou's'', ''The Saloon''... he has just released his new album ''Shadow of a Man'' on ''The Saloon'' label, distributed by Bayside in the USA. Jonathan will be flying to the UK for 5 gigs between 3-7th May 2000.

His Autumn 2001 tour band featured Steve Dunning on bass and Mike Hellier on drums, for his May 2001 tour Jonathan will be joined by Tony Stewart (bass), Mike Hellier (drums) and Julian Grudgings (keyboards)

BRUCE KATZ BAND - Featuring Bruce Katz (piano, Hammond B3), Julien Jasper (guitar), Ralph Rosen (drums), Blake Newman (bass) ~ Bruce was working with Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters up until 1997, attracting the acclaim that many big names strive for. Bruce formed his own band in 1992, where blues, jazz, soul & gospel influences - with blues at the core - merge to become one of the most satisfying sounds around. The Bruce Katz Band have the right balance & dynamics to take you from slow & deep, soulful blues to a rocking boogie, from wrenching & squeezing the B3 (remember Booker T & The MG's?) to pounding the piano keyboard with relentless enthusiasm. With instruments the primary focus, the band are well-versed in finding the 'groove' & Bruce plays with an intensity that simply leaves the B3 bleeding on the floor! ~ Expect to rock! Visit the Bruce Katz Band website for up to the minute gig info / news / CD releases etc.

DAVE KELLY - Dave sat at the feet of Blues masters in the 60's, entranced - 30 years later another generation of blues musicians sit and watch in awe as one of Britain's top slide guitarists takes the stage to perform a set of acoustic blues. Voted best acoustic blues artist of the year in 1992 & 1994, Dave is also well known for his performances in The Blues Band. He has also played alongside the likes of Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Son House & many more.

KENO KINGS - Norfolk based R & B band, who are currently on their 'Never Ending Tour' which finds them appearing at venues across East Anglia, & as far afield as Birmingham. The band released their latest CD 'A Little On The Side' in July, the follow up to their 1999 CD 'Careless'. Their new CD features 14 original songs. This is the band's 4th CD release, earlier offerings 'Another Fine Mess' & 'A Little Live Refreshment' have completely sold out! For further info visit the Keno Kings website, or join the Keno Kings email list

KING EARL BOOGIE BAND - UK's No. 1 good time blues band playing an irresistible mix of boogie woogie, skiffle blues and rock'n'roll. Line up includes former members of Mungo Jerry and Manfred Mann and UK acoustic blues artist of the year 2001, Dave Peabody.

KING ROLLO - Rollo was a frequent and popular performer in many London clubs during the nineties (12-Bar Club, Ain't Nothing But.., 100 Club, Acoustic Café). Since his appearance on the Paul Jones Show (BBC Radio) he has found a niche that crosses the barriers of Blues & Roots music boundaries

Since 1998 he has founded an enviable reputation in concert and festival performances around Britain (Colne, Burnley), France (Romily Fest) and Spain (Madrid Raices Ritmo) - Including regular appearances at The International Guitar Festival at Bath, and concert performances with Eric Bibb and Michael Roach.

His blending of traditional atmospheres with contemporary self-penned material has a unique and distinctive sound that rarely fails to intrigue an audience.His CD 'Autumn Blue' was recorded live at solo gigs during Autumn 1999 and captures the style and atmosphere of King Rollo's 'one man and his guitar against the rest of world' approach to his music. He teaches blues and fingerstyle techniques to novice and advanced guitar students wishing to increase their range, and has presented popularly received workshops during many of his sell-out concert visits, including the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.

In November 2000 he mounted a spectacular stage show 'John Doe - A Story of the Blues' which, as a feature finale of the Hull Literature Festival, was a sell-out performance at Hull Truck Theatre. It included music, drama, dance and poetry within the critically acclaimed show and he appeared on Yorkshire TV with some extracts. It was adapted from his video guide for guitarists 'Blues In The Can' documenting the origins and development of the blues using many vintage film clips of legendary blues guitarists.

During 2001 he has a busy concert and club schedule around the UK and Europe, and is a regular performer on Henry Ayrton's BBC 'Northern Blues' radio show (Sundays 9pm). Rollo is currently developing a concert and workshop series on the history and music of the blues for schools and other youth oriented cultural/arts organisations.

For further info visit the King Rollo website.

KING ROLLO - An Acoustic blues performer, spanning traditional ragtime & country styles, Rollo is an enjoyable performer" (Time Out). "One of Britain's finest acoustic blues performers" (Paul Jones). Acoustic bluesman influenced by the likes of Big Bill Broonzy. King Rollo began playing in the 60's, moving on to the 70's, he was a member of IPOH (In Pursuit Of Happiness), later he worked with his own band The Stickiband, who often included a brass section, & Take Two (a duo ~ non blues!), had an 8 year music break, before teaming up with Doug Eaton to form The Elderly Brothers (a rock'n'roll act). Then he discovered The Blues, in a small London club, (Ain't Nothin' But...), the music he heard reflected his life, & gave him fresh imputus - 'it was the music I'd been looking for since I started 30 years before' ~ From busking at Covent Garden, in the freezing cold to being featured on the Paul Jones show, when you have a feel for the music you are playing, when its part of your life, nothing is impossible, King Rollo is living proof! His 1997 CD 'Body Hair' features songs from people as diverse as Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson & Taj Mahal, to Gwyn Ashton, as well as an original song 'Easy Street Blues', live performances feature more original songs, as well as classic old blues songs performed in a respective style, & the stunning Eric Bibb song 'Shingle By Shingle', Eric being a great influence on Rollo's blues career. Look Out for his return to our area, & make a date with the blues!

BOB KIRKPATRICK & SHORT FUSE - Dallas based bluesman Bob Kirkpatrick was born in 1934, worked in the mid 50's with Ivory Joe Hunter, but in 1958 had a meeting with BB King that would set him on the Blues road for the rest of his musical career. "He played so well & put so much into it, I thought, 'this is how I want to be'" says Kirkpatrick. And this, over 40 years after our meeting, is how he is - a seasoned performer & fine musician whose repertoire runs a creative gamut from misty ballads through jazzy instrumentals to hardball blues.

PAUL LAMB & THE KINGSNAKES - Led by the superb harmonica player Paul Lamb, The Kingsnakes have established themselves as Britain's top blues band, after a succession of awards, including top band, best album, top guitarist (Johnny Whitehill) etc, band entering the British Blues Connection's Hall Of Fame. They rarely appear in the county now, & since the band's last appearance (at the Spalding Blues Club) popular lead singer Chad, & bass player Jim Mercer have left, their places being taken by vocalist Earl Green & Rod Demick (of Strawbs fame). They now rarely perform at venues in Lincolnshire, though they performed in our area at the 1997 Lincoln Castle gig, but made a welcome return to the area when they appeared at Spalding Blues Club in Sept. 1999. The new line up appears in the county for the first time at Spilsby Theatre. Visit Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes webpage for more info.

PENNY LANG - Dubbed 'Silverwolf' by the Canadian media, this small fiftysomething commands attention. She has a voice that caresses, strong & true. Her songs are emotionally powerful observations of the human conditions, sometimes poignant, always memorable. Penny's interpretations of folk, blues, country & gospel standards have gained her a large & devoted following. A reputation as 'first lady of Canadian folk' 'blues legend' & 'country mama' are well deserved tributes to a woman who has paid her dues. From her own well crafted songs like 'I've Been Living With The Blues' & 'Frankie & Johnny', Penny provides a rollicking good night!

LIGHTNIN' WILLIE & THE POORBOYS - Blues with flair and imagination and a capacity to surprise! An American act, whose sound has been described as 'rumbling freight train blues'. Lightnin' Willie (Hermes) has a voice which can display a range of emotions and a neat clipped guitar style which can leap into fluid overdrive when required. He also has a unique talent to engage and keep a wonderful raport with an audience. For his European gigs Lightnin' Willie is joined by Suffolk based harp player Giles King, whose first band was Swagger (like many Suffolk based musicians Giles has also played with the now defunct band Built For Comfort), Italian bassist Sylvio Gallaso (who has played with Rudy Rotta), & French drummer Frank Rouleau . The band will appear 'live' on the Johnny Walker show on BBC Radio 2 on Wed 20th June between 5 & 7pm, early booking is essential for the one concert in the area, which takes place at Spalding Blues Club, so if you are intending to go don't wait until after the 10 million Radio 2 listeners have heard band as it will be too late! This band perform on the latest Lightnin' Willie CD (the third), 'Lucky As The Devil' released in 2001. For more info about Lightnin' Willie & The Poorboys visit the Lightnin' Willie & The Poorboys website.

AYNSLEY LISTER BAND - Featuring the amazing young guitarist Aynsley Lister who hails from the Midlands. The trio fronted by Aynsley features Matt Kay (bass) - whom he played alongside with in Leicester based band Soulvation a few years ago, & Alex Thomas (drums) who joined the band late in 2000, replacing Wayne Proctor (who has since joined Amor) The band released their third CD 'Aynsley Lister' earlier in '99, featuring 9 original songs & 3 covers, including 'All Along The Watchtower' & a stunning duet with Walter Trout. The band are now one of Britain's top blues acts, following some great live performances, they supported Walter Trout on a British tour a couple of years back, which won them many new fans, & the reaction of the Colne crowd at both the 1998 & 1999 festivals indicates just how far the band have progressed. As well as working with the band, Aynsley performs a few solo gigs, he includes both classic blues & more modern rock acoustic songs in his solo performances. The band toured Europe in late 2000, travelling over 6000 miles, across 6 countries, playing to packed audiences. They released their new CD 'Everything I Need' to coincide with the tour, though it is officially released in Jan 2001 - it is not a brand new album, it is a remake of the previous CD for the US market, 5 tracks are recordings & 5 are brand new tracks. 2001 has already been a busy year for Aynsley, with the release of the CD, getting married to Anne-Marie in Feb (congratulations & good wishes to both in the future), a session on the Paul Jones show & features in guitar mags! For more info Visit the Aynsley Lister Band website. (email

LIZARDLIKEME - Lizardlikeme, one of the most exciting and dynamic bands on the blues-funk scene for some time, will be appearing at the Old Vic, Nottingham on Thursday 24th January 2002 at 8pm. They are led by London born bluesman Ol MacD, and feature a powerhouse rhythm section of drummer Rich Harris, and bassman EJB, with Dan B on rhythm guitar. The band will be playing their unique brand of red-hot funk, low-down blues, and super smooth soul tunes. Influenced by the classic guitar driven sounds of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and the sensational Al Green, lizardlikeme have been playing to packed venues in the Nottingham area, and will be previewing material for their next album, due for release in the summer of 2002. Entry is £3 on the door, and the first 25 people will receive a free signed lizardlikeme CD. For more details, check out the band online at Visit the Lizardlikeme website for more info or email or Telephone 07796 542383. Venue information The Old Vic,22 Fletcher Gate,Nottingham,NG1 2FZ.Telephone 0115 958 2139.

BIG JOE LOUIS & THE BLUES KINGS - Born in Jamaica, guitarist & vocalist Big Joe Louis moved to the UK in the 70's ~ He formed The Blues Kings in the mid 80's, the band now features double bass player Matt Radford and Mike 'Chilly' Watts on drums who have both appeared in the county with the Little George Sueruf Band at Spalding Blues Club. They play classic and authentic Chicago style blues and are rated by many to be one of the top exponents of blues music in the UK today. Big Joe has been voted top male blues vocalist twice and played at venues across Europe and even in USA and Russia.

LUCAS WHEELER - Acoustic duo featuring Egly Lucas (ex Walter Harpman) and Andy Wheeler. Their material is a mixture of original instrumental pieces in a bluesy vein, together with some old blues songs by the likes of Muddy Waters and Elmore James.

JIMI MAMOU & THE MIGHTY BLUES MACHINE - American blues guitarist from San Francisco makes 3 appearances in the area, with top Lincolnshire blues musicians Ken Mayle (vocals / harmonica), Eddie Tatton (guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass) & Mark Barrett (drums) combining forces as The Mighty Blues Machine. Jimi has toured with many top stars including Chuck Berry & Fats Domino, performed with the late Willie Mac, 'Big Mama' Thornton (in the early 60's) & fronted his own bands in the Bay area in the 60's & 70's. More than a musician, Jimi is an entertainer, playing throughout the world on the hotel circuit, playing in Hawaii, Japan, Jamacia, England & USA. He was born a Lousiana sharecroppers son in 1938 & developed a love of music as a boy listening to Creole & the Bourbon Street sounds of New Orleans. Influenced by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed & Fats Domino, he has played in soul & R'n'B bands with the likes of T Bone Walker. More info to follow!

THE MANFREDS - The Manfreds tour regularly playing the music that gave Manfred Mann many pop hits during the 60's, however in the Autumn of 2000 the group added Cliff Bennett & Chris Farlowe to their line-up for the Maximum Rhythm'n' Blues Tour. For more information about this line-up, and tour visit the Flying Music website.

WOODY MANN - Woody had his first musical schooling in the living room of the now legendary Rev.Gary Davis. Their friendship lasted until Davis' death in 1972, the older man's influence on his young student would be indelible. Mann has performed with many blues performers both old school & contemporary, including the late John Fahey, & Jo Ann Kelly, Bukka White & Son House. As well as learning from Davis in an informal setting, Woody also undertook formal training at The Juilliard School in New York as well as studying with noted Chicago-born pianist Lennie Tristano, who led him into the world of jazz. His music is a combination of traditional country blues and his own jazzy improvised style, a masterful guitar player and songwriter, as well as a guitar teacher who has released a series of instructional videos that focus on the early master guitar styles. For more info visit the Woody Mann website.

MEN PERFORMING BADLY - A blues/r'n b band from the Kings Lynn Wisbech area, who describe themselves as a Smokey Chicago Bar Room meets Crazed South London Pub sort of thing.For more info visit the Men Performing Badly website

JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS - The father of British Blues tours with his latest incarnation of the legendary Bluebreakers, & they do not disappoint! The legendary bluesman has brought on the likes of Eric Clapton & Peter Green & more latterly Walter Trout, now another guitar maestro steps into the limelight of Mayall's Bluebreakers, the American guitarist from Fort Worth in Texas, Buddy Whittington. His band The Sidemen supported The Bluebreakers in 1991, & his skills impressed John so much that when he needed a new guitarist for the Bluebreakers in 1993, it was Buddy who got the call! Buddy has brought a powerful new dimension to the Bluebreakers sound, to date his searing guitar & unique talents have ingnited 3 of John Mayall's Bluebreakers albums, the latest being the superb 'Padlock On The Blues', which is showcased in the band's Spring 2000 tour. He also is a fine song writer in his own right. Fronted by the ageless Mayall on keyboards, harmonica & vocals, the Bluebreakers lineup is completed by American's Greg Rzab (bass), the newest recruit to the band, he has worked with the likes of Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana & John Lee Hooker, whilst drummer Joe Yuele has been playing with the Bluebreakers since 1985, prior to that he toured the USA with Dobie Gray & backed many top blues artists including Albert Collins & Lowell Folson. Interestingly the Father of British Blues has been based in Los Angeles since 1969! Despite his fame, John can be seen setting up his own keyboards before his red-hot live shows, & after he takes the time to patiently sign autographs for his many fans, whilst selling some of his own CD's from the steps of his tour bus! For more information regarding the band & their CD's etc (some unobtainable in shops!) visit John Mayall's Bluesbreakers website. (tour details etc visit Flying Music website)

THE MELT - Young bands rarely play the blues! Skegness based blues rock band The Melt who formed in October 99 have played at a number of venues across our region. This young band are dedicated to playing the music they love, inspired by old bluesmen such as Muddy Waters & BB King. The band can rock the blues, and they do it in style. Vocalist Damien Towers left the band early in 2002, the band returning to a 4 piece, with Trev once again taking the majority of vocal work, though recently Ashley has taken lead vocals on some numbers. The band features Trev on vocals, harmonica & slide guitar, the band perform classic blues covers, including songs by BB King, Muddy Waters & Canned Heat, as well as original numbers. Alongside Trev, on lead guitar is music student Ashley whose fine guitar work is notable, he is able to perform blues at the rock end of the blues spectrum, as well as jazzy style with deft touch, as in the instrumental 'Riviera'. The band's line up is completed by Gav on drums, and Tom Latham (ex Plastic Fuzz) on bass who replaced John Davey in summer 2002, combined they provide a tight rhythm section - listen out especially for this on the band's funky version of 'Stop Breaking Down' & original songs 'Whiskey Blues' and 'Green Eyed Blues'. After a great gig at the Skegness Rock & Blues Festival in 2001 where the band opened the weekend's music to great acclaim, the band returned in 2002, following The Animals on stage on Sunday afternoon. Once again the band pulled out all the stops, their acclaimed set featured many of their original songs, some written just 2 weeks before the gig, as well as great versions of 'Stop Breaking Down' and 'All Along The Watchtower'. The band continuE to develop their original material, following the release of their debut album 'The Melt' recorded in a snowy week in Jan - Feb 2003 in Ascot. The album features all original songs apart from 'Stop Breaking Down'. Later in 2003 they made their debut at Boston's Party In The Park. For more information about this exciting young band visit The Melt website. The Melt seem destined to make a derserved impact on the national blues scene before too long!

MICHAEL MESSER & ED GENIS - Michael was voted Acoustic Blues Guitarist of the Year in 1991, Eric Clapton won the same award in 1992! - His unique interpretation of the blues includes music from The Delta to Hawaii, plus exceptional slide work make this duos performances very memorable. Michael is also an authority on the history, build & the playing of National Steel guitars. He is joined by Ed who accompanies Michael, on the acoustic guitar. Visit Michael's site at - it has lots of info regarding Michael & friends, as well as some very interesting links to check out.

LES WILSON & THE MIGHTY HOUSEROCKERS - After nearly 20 years on the road, a number of things are conspired to put the future of the Houserockers in doubt. However after a lay off to give Les an opportunity to recover from an operation to remove nodules from his throat in 1999, the band are back in action. For those who haven't seen the band before Les is widely regarded as being one of the premier blues guitarists in the UK. He fronts the trio, who play houserockin' boogie & blues rock & released a live CD 'On The Road' in 1998. If you're a Hendrix fan don't go before you've heard Les cover 'Star Spangled Banner'! ~ 2001 has seen successful tours of Holland and Belgium, and the band have a new 'Best Of ...' CD in the pipeline which will include tracks from the band's last 4 albums, plus some unreleased stuff (17 tracks - 78 mins!). The CD will be released of the Red Lightning label and marks a significant milestone in the labels exisitance as its their 100th album! - The band will be touring the Midlands during Oct 2001, and the new CD should be available at these gigs.

MOONSHARK - A special one-off reunion gig by this popular Peterborough based band takes place at The Axe on Nov 8th. The band appear at The Blues club on 7th where they will be playing both popular blues & blues rock covers, including some numbers by The Hoax, Cream, SRV, Hendrix, Free, & possibly some less well known songs by The Red Devils, and .... Moonshark! The band released a tape entitled '6.30' prior to spilting in 1999.

STU MOSELEY BAND - Crowd pleasers wherever they play, the trio led by Stu on keyboards have a uniquely different sound, playing stylish arrangements of classic jazz blues including Ray Charles songs, hints of soul (Bill Withers), 60's funk (Ramsey Lewis) & popular hits. One of the busiest bands around, each of their many appearances enhances their reputation as a great live band!

GEOFF MULDAUR - One of the great musical forces to emerge on the American folk & blues scenes during the 60's, Geoff played with seminal groups, including Jim Kweskin's Jug Band & Paul Butterfield's Better Days Band & recorded with Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia & John Cale. With the release of 'The Secret Handshake' album in 1999, Geoff launched a one man American Roots revival, reminding everyone what a talented singer, musician & songwriter he is.

NEARLY FAMOUS! - 5 piece rock & blues band based in the Grantham area, with a distinctly 60's feel to their music. Their line up includes Peter on harmonia, Gary (lead guitar & vocals), Ian (Lead & Rhythm guitar), Tony (bass) & Brian (drums). Their recent demo tape features 5 fine blues songs.

THE NIGHTPORTERS - Hailing from the West Country, The Nightporters have risen fast in the past few years & are now considered to be one of the finest R & B acts on the British circuit. Sharp suits, valve rattling guitars & a great sense of showmanship make this outfit a tough act to follow. Their unique sound & repertoire is inspired by 1950's style R & B. The band have just released a brand new album 'Rollacoaster' on Indigo Records (20th Sept) which contains 13 great songs including 6 original compositions.

Visit The Nightporters website.

Visit Trojan / Indigo website


NIMMO BROTHERS - Blues rock band fronted by guitarists & vocalists Steve & Alan Nimmo from Scotland. The band's line up is completed by Dick (The Doctor) Drake (drums) & Sam (Fingers) Firth (bass). The band have been winning many new fans with their style of rockin' blues. The band released their CD 'Moving On' in 1998 (an album which features mostly original songs), & appeared on the International Stage at the Colne Blues Festival in 2000. The band make their Lincolnshire debut at the Black Horse in Nettleham in Jan 2001.

NINE BELOW ZERO - Top blues rock band NBZ originally formed in 1979, reformed in 1990, with original guitarist / vocalist Dennis Greaves, being joined by Gerry McAvoy (bass) & Brendan O'Neill (drums) formerly of the Rory Gallagher Band. The band's line up is completed by Billy Boy Miskimmin on harmonica, who was actually inspired to take up the instrument after hearing Nine Below Zero's 'Live At The Marquee' album from the band's first sojourns in 80's. The band play high energy R&B, with all the aggression & energy of the Britpop & punk eras, but with their roots steeped in 50's Chicago blues. The band, one of the hardest working blues rock bands around, have headlined the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, played before 22,000 people at a festival in France & sold out a gig at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon venue in London. NBZ are one of the top acts in their field, always evolving & innovative in their approach, playing original songs as well as a host of blues classics, this band are bringing rhythm & blues kickin' & screaming into the 21st century. The band have recently released a new album 'Refrigerator', & the album 'Third Degree' originally released on vinyl (A & M) is now available on CD for the first time, in a repackaged / remastered format. (Zed Records). Visit the Nine Below Zero website for more info.

KRISTINA OLSEN & PETER GRAYLING - Kristina is one of the most entertaining and compelling performers on the international folk circuit. A fine instrumentalist (acoustic guitar / steel bodied slide guitar / sax / concertina and piano) as well as a powerful songwriter with a big bluesy voice. Her mix of string songs in the troubadour tradition, some jazz inspired sounds and powerful bottleneck blues was well as her hilarious storytelling - makes for a great gig. Kristina was one of the performers who appeared at the White Hart in Ufford in the early - mid 90's, when that venue was putting on regular gigs! This we think is her first return to the area since those days. On this occasion she will be accompanied by Peter Grayling, a fine classical player who has turned out to be a great improviser with a solid grounding in folk styles, blues and rock'n'roll. The cellist bends that classical technique to his own ends, plucking and bowing a solid bottom line and taking soaring solos in unexpected places. Peter enhances Kristina's style and there is a real empathy between the two performers that makes their shows special.

KEVIN THORPE'S OUT OF THE BLUE - A rare appearance in our area by a band who are widely regarded as one of the best on the British Blues scene. Fronted by Kevin Thorpe, Out Of The Blue feature Lincolnshire based musicians Eddie Tatton (guitar) and Nigel Lobley (drums) plus new keyboard player Jason Ashworth who replaced the band's original keyboard player Johnny Dyke in 2001, and most recently Hungarian bass player Zoltan Dekary, who replaced Gary Rudd in 2001. Zoltan who plays both electric and double bass in Out Of The Blue came to the UK via Los Angeles, and his wizardary on 6 string and the upright bass adds a new dimension to the band's live shows. "This bottle this blues comes in must be marked 'West Coast Malt' ... smooth & mature but with a deadly kick" (Henry Ayrton, BBC Northern Blues). The band's debut album 'Blues On A Bottle' has reached 20 countries world wide, 2001 saw the release of the band's long awaited follow up to that remarkable CD, 'Shadowplay' that features original 10 tracks, many of which feature in the band's live shows.

TREVOR BURTON BAND - Led by Trevor, formerly guitarist with The Move, this dynamic 5 piece band fuse blues and rock. One of the top acts appearing at the Skegness Rock & Blues Festival in 2001 and 2002, the band released their debut CD 'Blue Moons' in 1999. There was a blue moon when Trevor was born, this rare occurance happens when there are two full moons in a calender month, even rarer is when this occurs twice in a year, which has happened just 6 times in the last 200 years, this occured in January and March 1999, hence the CD title. Its once in a blue moon you see a band this good, don't miss them!

MARTIN TRIMBLE & OUTSIDE HELP - Latest! - We understand from Martin that that Outside Help have offically split up as of November 2001 - Band history ~ Formerly Crossfire, this rising young blues band from Lincolnshire have recently parted company with their former drummer, & have featured former Hoax drummer Mark Barrett & Rob Flanagan on sticks whilst seeking a replacement. The band completely overhauled their set earlier in the year, with many new songs, including 5 original numbers as well as blues classics by the likes of Freddie King, BB King, Buddy Guy & a fiery rendition of the Ray Charles' 'What I'd Say'. The band recently appeared at a Roadhouse session at the Colne Festival, & we understand they will be will be playing some support slots for the Blues Band in the Autumn. (details not currently available). The band hope to announce the name of their new regular drummer shortly .... look out for details of exciting new developments in the Autumn of 2000. Young Lincolnshire drummer Sam Saunders featured in their line up in Oct - Nov 2001 for the band's final few gigs.

MARTIN TRIMBLE - After the split of 'Martin Trimble and Outside Help', Martin is now working on original material with a new 3-piece line up including Gary Rudd on bass and Natasha Allan(17) on drums. The new material will probably end up sounding like a mixture of The White Stripes/Zeppelin/Zappa/Hendrix and Buddy Guy, so come and check us out in the New Year. For further info email the following address for anything related to the band or music -

PARKERS ALIBI - Formerly the Monty Turnbull band, this four piece band recently supported Jeff Beck at Shepherd's Bush Empire. Though not exclusively an out & out blues act, their songs being influenced by the American West Coast Country Rock sound & Allman Brothers, as Monty Turnbull the band released a CD entitled 'Misfits & Fools'. Described in 'Blueprint' as "the new icons of the British Blues scene" - the band fronted by guitarist & vocalist Ian Parker - who caught the eye of Sherman Robertson following the band's appearance on the bill at the first Hastings Blues Festival ~ "you ain't great yet boy, but you got what it takes & you'll get there" .... "I only ever said that about one other white guy & that was Stevie Ray Vaughan - listen up boy - I'm serious" & perhaps we all ought to take note of the American masters words, because you never know where the next star's coming from! Their music is fresh with inventive interpretations of soulful material as well as original songs with a 21st century feel, drawing heavily on the band's blues/roots influences. After seeing the band in action at the Spalding Blues Club we can see just why Sherman was so impressed. Great guitar, coupled with powerful & emotive vocals from Ian (reminiscent of Ian Siegal), backed by a highly impressive band, they took the club by storm! They have recently released a 5 track CD 'Beer Goggles' available at gigs or by mail order (priced £6.89 incl. p&p) from Nightmare Management - Box 911, Stourbridge. DY9 0WP / tel 01384 825797 for details.

IAN PARKER BAND - Formed following the demise of Parkers Alibi in Feb 2002, includes former members of PA, Ian Parker (guitar) and Morg Morgan (keyboards) who also tour as a duo, appearing at Spalding Blues Club in Jan. 2003. The full band make their club debut in Feb 2003.

RICK PAYNE - Top West Country guitarist Rick is described as a master of slide guitar, & plays as eclectic mix of contemporary & traditional blues coupled with raw & gritty vocals. A master craftsman at interpreting the classic styles of the old blues masters such as Robert Johnson & Sleepy John Estes. His live concerts have been likened to sitting in with Ry Cooder or John Hammond, he recorded the CD 'Live at the Folk House' in Bristol, his hometown in late 1998. For further info visit Rick Paynes website & Rick's on-line tuition for finger picking blues & slide.

DAVE PEABODY & GYPSY DAVE SMITH - Blues duo who have recently returned from one of the major events on the international guitar scene, The Dobrofest in Trnava, Slovakia. Combining their vocal & instrumental skills, they play authentic downhome blues, from an extensive repertoire, as well as some original pieces performed in traditional style, with great fingerpicking from Dave & superb slide work from Gypsy Dave. Add to this, Dave's characteristic bon homie & story telling ability, based on his great knowledge of the history of the blues & Gypsy Dave's rich deep vocals, & you have all the ingredients for a great night of blues.

DAVE PEABODY & BRENDAN POWER - New Zealander Brendan Power & British blues stalwart Dave Peabody have taken the classic blues format & repackaged it for the 21st century. Both great performers in their own right, together they are electrifying, reflecting influences from blues, country, jazz & Celtic music. Dave has recorded with many artists, including some of America's blues legends, including Honey Boy Edwards & Charlie Musselwhite & was voted UK acoustic blues artist of the year in 1995. Brendon is one of the top session harmonica players, working with artists such as Sting, Mary Black, John Williams & James Galway. He has released a number of instrumental albums which have virtually redefined the role of harmonica playing in traditional music. He has always retained his love & affinity for playing straight ahead, no nonsense blues & with Dave he finds the perfect outlet for that expression.

KELLY JOE PHELPS - American Acoustic guitarist who lets his playing do the talking. He plays original songs in a roots / blues style, on acoustic lap slide guitar. His latest album 'Shine Eyed Mister Zen' was chosen by many top reviewers as one of 1999's top albums. You can find out more about the man & his guitars on the Kelly Joe Phelps website.

MICK PINI BAND - Mick has been described as "a natural successor to the likes of Peter Green & Eric Clapton"! (Speakout Magazine). Formed in Leicester in 1984, the band released their first album 'Mick Wildman Pini', which featured Paul Jones guesting on vocals, in 1989 on the Blue Horizon label, selling 20,000 copies. They released the long awaited follow-up 'Big Boss Man' in 1995, & the band have just released their new CD aptly titled 'Blues Gonna Be My Way' (see review!) produced by Mike Vernon who also guests on percussion! A little known fact is that Mick was one of the instigators behind the Fizgig gig guide, "just do it" was his suggestion, so we did & here we are still! Mick rarely plays in our area now, as he resides in Germany. The band regularly tour throughout Europe where the blues is still cool! Email - .

*Latest news from Mick (Aug 2002) is that he has just done an album with Ex original bass player from Little Feat Captain Beefheart and The Mothers of Invention, Roy Estrada.and with Jimmy Carl Black the Drummer from Mothers of Invention and Captain Beefheart.The album which features 4 of Mick's songs will be released Oct15.02. He has also recorded his own album featuring all original songs which will be ready at the end of 2002.

There is now an exclusive rough mix preview of a track from the new "all Pini originals" album due for release in January 2003. The song is "I Won't be Your Fool No More" and is available as a downloadable MP3 or a streaming real audio file:

Mick Pini - Knights Of The Blue Denim


THE PRODUCERS - The Producers, were voted 'Top British Blues Band' by readers of Blueprint magazine in 1999. The band will shortly release a new 'Live' CD, which will be the last to feature harmonica player Hugh Budden, who left the band in summer 2000. Hugh had been with the band 9 years. The band originally had a keyboard player, & much of Hugh's harp work reflected the old keyboard sections on their excellent songs. The band's talented line-up features Harry Skinner (guitar & vocals), Dave Saunders (bass) & Brian Wright on drums, & will feature guests & fellow musicians until a suitable replacement for Hugh is found. The band released 2 CD's towards the end of 1998, 'Somewhere Down The Line' & a new recording of their 1992 tape 'Escape From Muswell Hell' which features one of our favourite live Producers tracks, 'I Sing The Blues'. Tracks from 'Somewhere ...' have been played on Atlanta Radio, Georgia (USA), with audiences of WRFG 89.3FM phoning in wanting more, perhaps blues lovers over here should do the same with our local stations who seem to think that the blues is miserable music for sad lonely people, rather than a rhythm of life! Check out the bands website at:

REDEYEBAND - Hard giggin' blues rock trio from Cambridgeshire, featuring talented young guitarist Danny Bryant. Formed in 1999, in 2 years the band had played an amazing 300 gigs. Danny was inspired to take up playing the guitar after seeing Walter Trout, after the gig he wrote to Walter and to his amazement Walter phoned him back! Before long Danny was practising up to 10 hours a day, and has now in addition to playing at pubs around Cambridgeshire, has supported major artists, including .... Walter Trout! To find out more about the band and other gigs visit the Redeyeband website.

PAUL RISHELL & ANNIE RAINES with KEVIN THORPE & FRIENDS - Paul & Annie make a very welcome return to the UK, the duo won many friends on their last tour of the UK, sadly a follow up tour had to be cancelled for personal reasons, guitarist Paul, who also sings has won the admiration of artists such as Ronnie Earl (of The Broadcasters) & England's Kevin Thorpe, Ronnie who played alongside Paul on his 1993 CD 'Swear To Tell The Truth' says of his playing 'one of the few people on this earth to make people get in touch with soul, to feel' & so it is, joining Paul is the excellent harmonica player Annie Raines while backing comes from Kev Thorpe & friends, what more can blues lovers want, oh yes .... entry is FREE, thanks to Lottery funding! The venue also has its own website at:

MICHAEL ROACH - Acoustic bluesman who has a unique ability to turn his concerts into an informal gathering of friends new & old, with his relaxed yet informative approach, sensitive guitar playing & moving songs both traditional, & original material written about this generation. Though inspired by the likes of John Jackson, he has been greatly moved by the times when he played to the homeless people living in shelters, for free! Indeed his 2 CD's 'Ain't Got Me No Home' & 'The Blinds Of Life' reflect this.

(RICHARD EVERITT'S) ROCKET '88 - A new band is rising from the Ipswich music scene, including some names familiar to Lincolnshire audiences! Formed basically to fill the void left on the Suffolk blues circuit, with the demise of the 'Big' blues band Built For Comfort. Musicians from 3 bands, The Fretz, Built For Comfort & King Bizkit. The line features Mark Parker (double bass), Jason Scopes (guitar), Duane Bullet (drums) all from the Fretz, Adam Clarkson (guitar), Dave Wright (baritone sax), Kevin Wells (Tenor Sax) & Giles Wright (trumpet) from Built For Comfort, the band is fronted by Richard Everitt (vocals) the leader of King Bizkit. Rocket '88 will be a good-time band, playing a mixture of jump-jive & early rock'n'roll, with songs from artists such as Louis Jordan, Bill Halley, Big Joe Turner, Louis Prima & Brian Setzer, to name just a few, with the emphasis firmly on entertaining!!

ROLLO MARKEE & THE TAILSHAKERS (Apr 2003) - Truly authentic harp driven 4 piece blues band. They take their influences from the different styles of blues prominent in the 50's & 60's, blending Chicago blues withWest Coast swing. The band have a new album out, 'A Blues Record' features 15 tracks, including 12 original songs. Fronted by harmonica player & vocalist Rollo Markee who has been described by Jazz FM's Pete Johnson as "one of the most authentic blues harmonica players this country has produced for years", the band's line up is completed by guitarist Steve Fossey, bass player Martin Bentley and Andy Whiston on the skins. Rollo previously worked with Manchester band The Backscratchers. For further info visit Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers website.

RUDY ROTTA BAND - British debut tour by top Italian blues band. The reputation of this guitar killer reached the ears of American blues lovers, after storming tours across Europe, since then Rudy has regularly taken the blues back to the States. Subtly combining a modern style with blues roots with rocky funk-soul. Rudy & his band (which also features Hammond organ player Pippo Guarnera) have truly proved themselves to be the cream of Euro blues bands, now it is the turn of Britain to experience the Rudy phenomenon. Their debut tour has been set up by Terry from Connie Lush & Blues Shouter, who was particularly impressed after seeing the band playing in Europe. Rudy has performed with the likes of Luther Allison & John Mayall, & shared the bill with Etta James, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, & Taj Mahal (in front of 20,000 fans!). Don't miss his first appearance in our area.

SHADES OF BLUE - A 4 piece band performing a solid base of blues, with a little R & B & Rock & Roll thrown in! Inspired by blues originals like Elmore James, BB King, & Muddy Waters & the 60's / 70's blues boom.

LEE SANKEY & IAN SIEGAL - Ian Siegal and Lee Sankey, the first guests in 2001 at the Spalding Blues Club are part of a new generation of blues performers, both still relatively young, Ian's guitar playing and a vocal style, which "ranges from the soaring passions of James Brown & Otis Redding to the gravelly depths of Howlin' Wolf" (Blueprint) won him many fans in his hometown of Nottingham and further afield. Lee is regarded principally as a virtuoso harmonica player, his first musical love was Hip Hop but he discovered the blues after seeing a gig by James Hunter & decided there and then to play the blues harp, and how, Lee winning the National Blues Harmonica Championship in 1993! Another inspiration in Lee's career has been B.B. King, after a concert by this blues maestro Lee took up the guitar & his live shows nowadays feature both instruments. Together these two remarkable individuals combine their considerable musical talents in a show that is both unique and eclectic in style, beyond the blues there will be hints of jazz and even hip hop. Visit the Lee Sankey Website.

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR BAND - Fronted by the remarkable young guitarist Joanne, who began playing the blues in the late 90's when just 13 years old. Influenced early on by a video of Stevie Ray Vaughan playing live, and blues great Albert Collins, when hearing her play it's not difficult to imagine these late guitar heroes reaching down from Heaven to touch her soul! With her husky vocals, naturally suited to the blues, and her immense guitar sound, Joanne is immediately convincing by way of her 'no-nonsense' and genuinely gifted style. She has recently signed a recording deal with the Artist Network, the revolutionary record and media company set up by Dave Stewart (ex Eurythmics), and is scheduled to play high profile gigs with BB King and Jimmie Vaughan in 2002. "Last year I heard something I thought I would never hear ... a British white girl playing blues guitar so deep and passionately it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end" (Dave Stewart). Joanne is backed by a talented band featuring Roger Inniss on bass (Climax Blues Band / Elkie Brooks / Mick Taylor), Jamie Little on drums (Ruby Turner / Steve Gibbons / Dana Gillespie) and another talented newcomer Phil Kingston on piano and Hammond. While there are talented young musicians like Joanne who want to play the blues coming through the ranks, Robert J, Muddy, Howling Wolf, Alexis, Cyril, Albert, Stevie et all can rest in the knowledge that the blues still lives, and here in England! Visit the Joanne Shaw Taylor Band website.

BILL SHEFFIELD & HIS UK RINGTAIL ROUNDERS - Bill Sheffield hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and his first band 'Eastside Blues Band' performed with the likes of Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker (bless him), T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters who later became Godfather to Bills daughter!. They also opened shows for both B.B and Albert King. From there he became vocalist for Roy Buchanon and toured over most of the U.S with Roy also featuring on the Polydor Record release 'In theBeginning'. In the mid 80's Bill formed 'The XL's' and as guitarist/vocalist he and the band appeared with Bonnie Raitt, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughn and became Georgias hottest band. In the early 90's he disbanded the XL's and collaborated with singer Liane Webb on the 'Real Time' album which first bought him to the attention of U.K listeners having received much airplay both here and the rest of the world. He then turned his attention to the original delta blues that had influenced him from the start,Blind Willie McTell, Charley Patton, Blind Blake etc forming a band to play this material as well as his own self written and extremely popular songs.This band is the 'Ringtail Rounders' and brings us right up to date. The line up for Bills first ever U.K tour will be: DAVE SAUNDERS (bass) and SIMON KENEVAN (harmonica) both from The PRODUCERS (3x Blues band of the Year award winners), SAM KELLY (4x UK Drummer of the Year award) and obviously.... BILL SHEFFIELD (vocals + guitars). The band will be called 'Bill Sheffield and his UK Ringtail Rounders'and the music will have that Southern Country/Blues/Rock feel. (Imagine a more countrified Allman Brothers!). For more info visit the Bill Sheffield website.

BILL SHEFFIELD & THE WALKING WOUNDED - (added Jun 2003) 'Bill Sheffield and the Walking Wounded' appear at the Assembly Rooms on Thursday 12th June and Spalding Blues Club on Sunday 15th June. Bill Sheffield is "The Blues Man from Atlanta," Georgia, USA. The music has a Southern Country/Blues/Rock feel.

Bill Sheffield's first band - 'Eastside blues Band' - performed with the likes of Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters who became a good friend and later Godfather to Bill's daughter! They also opened shows for both B.B. and Albert King. From there, Bill became vocalist for the late, great guitarist Roy Buchanon and toured over most of the U.S. with Roy. Bill also featured on Buchanon's Polydor record release 'In the Beginning.'

In the mid 1980s Bill Sheffield formed 'The XL's' and as a guitarist/vocalist he and the band appeared with Bonnie Raitt, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Steve Ray Vaughn and became Georgia's hottest band, releasing a very successful self titled album. In the early 1990s, Bill disbanded the XL's and collaborated with singer Liane Webb on the 'Real Time' album which first brought him to the attention of U.K. listeners. He then turned his attention to the original delta blues that had influenced him from the start. He formed a band called the 'Ringtail Rounders' to play this material and also his own self written and extremely popular songs.

In February/March 2002 Bill Sheffield toured England and Scotland for the first time. He was accompanied by the best blues musicians Britain had to offer and most of the shows sold out completely. Bill was singled out in press reviews as an 'outstanding live performer and possibly one of the best natural players and forceful vocalists that has ever visited these shore from the US.'

The line up for the Assembly Rooms' show is: DAVE SAUNDERS on bass and SIMON KENEVAN on harmonica. Both are from THE PRODUCERS - three times Blues Band of the Year award winners - and well known in Tamworth. Special guest from the USA, ace drummer BART MASTIN and the big man himself ~ BILL SHEFFIELD (vocals and guitars).

Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £10.00 (£9.00 for concessions) and are available from the Tamworth Information Centre, Market Street, Tamworth. The box office number is 01827 709618. A superb night out for lovers of the Blues! For more info visit the Bill Sheffield website.

IAN SIEGAL BAND - 1998 was the most successful year so far in Ian's 10 year musical career, touring Europe, supporting the Otis Redding Jr. Band in USA, & playing at the prestigious Mustique Blues Festival. But probably the biggest gig of all was at London's Shepherds Bush Empire supporting Jimmie Vaughan, where his performance 'blew the audience away' as Jimmie said 'next time I come over I'll be supporting this fella'. Ian launched his new CD 'Yo edjumikashun' in his home town of Nottingham in 1999, before the very people who set him on the road to stardom!

KIM SIMMONDS & THE BOB HALL SHOW - For more than 30 years British Bluesman Kim Simmonds has travelled the world. The legendary guitar slinger has played with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page & Mick Fleetwood, & recently released the critically acclaimed solo album 'Solitaire'. Now he has joined forces with fellow Savoy Brown founder member & keyboard player Bob Hall, who is well known for his appearances with The Blues Band, as well as appearances as a duo with Hilary Blythe, who appears with The Bob Hall Show.

MARTIN SIMPSON - A guitar player of rare talent! Martin is equally at home playing folk orientated songs or acoustic blues, his 1995 CD 'Smoke & Mirrors' is an excellent tribute to his blues roots, the album also features Ronnie Earl on sympathetic electric guitar. Born in Lincolnshire, Martin is now resident in the USA, as well as solo performances, he has toured the USA as a member of the Steve Miller Band. Martin has recently released a new album, 'Bootleg USA' featuring a collection of live recordings from concerts across the USA between May 98 & May 99, of audiences requests, featuring such favourites as 'Boots Of Spanish Leather', 'Strange Affair', 'Icarus' & many more. The CD is only available at gigs or by mail order from Terry Oliver, Trentside, Amcotts, Scunthorpe, N. Lincs. DN17 4AX - priced £12.99 incl p&p. Visit Martin's websites at

Martin Simpson (under construction)

SIX FINGERED COUSIN - Intense & uncompromising urban blues / post-punk country rock. Visceral & challenging - music for the dispossessed. Not to be missed!

SKELETON CREW - Since their appearance at the 1997 Skegness Rock & Blues Festival The Crew have been making more excursions to our area. They play a rocky style of blues that has Texan influences. The trio released 'Wood, Wire & Skin' in 1995. The band have plenty of musical experience behind them, John featured on Titanic's hit 70's single 'Sultana' (an early influence on Ed T's musical development - which finds me typing up Fizgig webpages, over 20 years later!) - Simon Crumley's bass solo's are becoming legendary. 'Driven by the blues - Steered by the soul' - an exceptional band not to be missed!

CLIFF STOCKER & PAUL LUCKER - Cliff Stocker the amazing frontman and founder member of the Lancashire based blues band Slack Alice teams up with keyboard player Paul Lucker who is a current member of the band for a special night of acoustic orientated blues, jazzy and rootsy songs that have influenced Cliff throughout his long musical career during which he has played with John Lee Hooker and other top names, and some of the stories behind those songs. A singer whose gravel toned voice oozes the blues, Cliff also plays harmonica and acoustic guitar, alongside him talented keyboard player Paul Lucker provides superb backing. Both are excellent song writers in their own right, some of these songs will feature in this special set, as well as songs from Warren Zevon, Stevie Winwood, etc. Regularly touring nationally and internationally as Slack Alice, who are one of the favourite acts at the Great British R'n'B Festival at Colne, this will be a very rare opportunity to see another side of this fabulous band at a small venue, and who knows they may bring along some special guests!

SLACK ALICE - Originally formed in the 70's, the band reformed in 1995. The exceptional vocals of frontman Cliff Stocker, not one but 2 great guitar players & a fine rhythm section combine to make Slack Alice one of the finest blues rock outfits this side of the Atlantic. First on stage at the 1997 Colne Festival, the band's set was rarely in our opinion bettered during the weekend! The band currently have 2 CD albums out the most recent 'Just The Blues' is the follow up to 'Broken Dreams' which features a number of great songs originally written in the 70's but due to circumstances not released. Highly recommended by Fizgig! - The band release their third CD 'Somewhere Between ... Nashville & Chicago ..." produced by Jerry Donohue in summer of 2002, and have a extensive programme of gigs coming up over the coming months, including an appearance at the Embassy Centre in Skegness (Nov 30th). For up to the minute information visit our Slack Alice webpages or the current Slack Alice website (New site coming ~ summer 2002)

SLIPSTREAM - This versatile Stamford based 4 piece band known for their lively interpretations of rock & rhythm & blues covers have recently released their debut CD 'Haunted' featuring 8 original blues based songs (see review). Their live performances also include songs by The Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Clapton, Hendrix & Gary Moore. The band released their second CD 'No Apparent Reason' (featuring 10 original songs) in Feb. 2000. (look out for a review shortly!). Further info 01780 756615 or email the band at:

BYTHER SMITH - Byther Smith is a true 'Living Legend' of the Chicago blues scene and during his long lasting career he worked with the greatest of the Chicago blues artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Otis Rush. Born in Monticello, Mississippi on April 17, 1933 young Byther Smith got his first musical experiences with gospel music, a music that he returned to at various stages of his career. As a teenager Byther moved to Arizona, working on a cattle ranch and playing with a country & western band at weekends. In 1957 he moved to Chicago at the advice of his cousin, the legendary J.B. Lenoir. He began gigging and taking guitar lessons from Robert Lockwood and Hubert Sumlin presumably on the basis that if you're going to get a guitar teacher you might as well get the best. In the early 1960's Byther Smith was working the clubs on guitar and bass both as a leader and in various bands as sideman. A group of highly prized recordings were made resulting in 45's on labels such as Bea & Baby, Cruise and Apex. In 1965 it was back to gospel with the Gospel Travellers for a time. In the 1970's he spent five years in the house band at Theresa's Tavern, which often meant playing with Junior Wells. 1979 found Byther Smith determined to make it under his own name and a steady stream of coast to coast gigging and touring commenced. He made several recordings and his releases, "Addressing the nation with the blues" (JSP) and "Housefire" and "I'm a mad man" (both on Bullseye), were very successful. Recently Byther released two CD's ("Mississippi Kid" and "All Night Long") on Delmark Records. During the years Byther Smith has toured all over the world. In Europe several times, among others as a member of the Chicago Blues Festival. Byther Smith did several very successful European tours between Nov '94 and Sept '99. During these tours he performed in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden and the UK. During these tours in headlined the Moulin Blues Festival in Ospel (NL), the Handzame Blues Festival in Belgium and Le Nuit De Blues in Sarreguemines (F). In November 2000 Byther made recordings for a new CD (Smitty's Blues) that is released on Black and Tan Records in March 2001. His next european tour is scheduled for April 2002.

BYTHER SMITH - Chicago blues singer & guitarist, born in Mississippi in 1932, he moved to Chicago & made his mark on the city's club scene, working with many of the greats including Otis Rush, Muddy Waters & Junior Wells. Chicago Reader music critic David Whiteis describes 'Smitty' as having "an ominous, almost primal intensity to his sound that can be spellbinding". Byther's songs reflect the rough-&-tumble life he's led; his early career as a boxer, the grief of personal losses & his struggle to make ends meet. His gospel-drenched voice & stinging guitar have earned him cult status, so be prepared for a night that might just break your heart.

DANIEL SMITH BLUES BAND - Daniel first shot to prominence working with Sonny Black & The Dukes, his keyboard playing gaining rave reviews. He has since formed his own band whose sound is based around driving boogie woogie & an authentic downhome blues piano style, reflecting influences of Albert Ammons, Memphis Slim, Dr John & Otis Spann to Jools Holland. 'Awesome on keyboards ... the best boogie piano heard in a long time ... with his jazzy vocals, this guy is seriously talented' (Blueprint) - definitely! - The band released their first CD 'Southside Boogie' in 2000. For more info. visit the Daniel Smith Band website.

CHRIS SMITHER - Its a while since Chris has appeared in Lincolnshire, hailing from the USA, he first began performing in the coffee houses & clubs of New Orleans in the 60's, before moving to Boston (USA), playing alongside artists such as Bonnie Raitt (who described him "as my Eric Clapton"), John Hammond & Mississippi Fred MacDowell. His songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt & John Mayall ('Mail Order Mystics') & others. Chris has re-emerged in the 90's with a series of great albums including 'Up On The Lowdown' 'Happier Blue' & 'Small Revelations'. His smooth playing & lyrical style has elements of blues, folk & country. Get the Lowdown on Chris, by visiting his website

SPIKEDRIVERS - To hear the SPIKEdrivers in concert or on CD, you're immediately surrounded by the down home feel the trio generate. This Anglo-American band features songwriter Ben Tyzack on guitar (born in UK, but brought up in South Carolina), Maurice McElroy (born in Belfast, before coming to England at the age of 3) and Contance Redgrave (from Los Angeles). The trio combine a wealth of experience, Ben's guitar work includes Piedmont finger picking and slide guitar, Maurice played country music with Wes McGee and a big soul band as well as playing in the Otis Grand Band for three and a half years. Constance meanwhile came to Europe with the band Christian Death, settling here, playing Cajun and country music before joining the Otis Grand Band. The band have released an album 'Delta Roots' featuring 15 tracks. For more info visit The SPIKEdrivers website.

ROY STARK - (Bailey's Grimsby ~ Friday 29th November 8.00 pm) Anyone who caught Bangkok bluesman Roy Stark's ( ) floor spot at Baileys in August, will be pleased to hear that he is returning to do a longer set this month. Roy usually is to be found playing at the improbably (but true!) named Titty Twister in Bangkok He plays a powerful acoustic slide style of blues, mixing his own songs with covers of classic songs from such pioneers as Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt. Roy's blistering slide playing and ragtime picking is a treat, and we are pleased to be able to tempt him back to Baileys just before his return to his regular playing schedule in Thailand. A mix of Roy's own compositions and blues classics from Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters will make for an evening no true blues fan will want to miss. For further info visit the Roy Stark website. Supporting Roy (at Baileys ~ 29th Nov 2002) will be roots duo Anne and John Meek, well known to acoustic music fans on the north side of the Humber, making a rare foray to the south bank. Advance tickets are £6 on the door or £5 in advance from The Cobbler's Shop, Brereton Avenue, Cleethorpes, For further information, please e-mail or check out the website:

THE STOMP BROTHERS - Midlands based blues trio featuring Donnie Johnson (Slide Guitar / vocals), Sonnie Mayem (Bass guitar / Stomp Board /Washboard Board) & Tim Disney 'Dr Blow' (Harmonica / Vocals). This experienced trio play traditional delta blues. For further info / bookings etc email

PERCY STROTHER - Singer and guitarist Percy Strother belongs to the new generation of artists who are notable for producing their own good and original material within the bluestradtion. Percy Strother was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1946 and started singing at the age of nine. Already during the work in the fields his talents were recognised by the people around him; "just sing son, we'll pick the cotton". In the sixties he moved north and by the way of Wisconsin he eventually ended up in Minneapolis, where he became one of the leading figures in the blues scene of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Percy Strother has a tremendous "power" compared to e.g. Muddy Waters. His music is a mix-ture of blues, rhythm & blues and Memphis-soul. He was musically inspired by the likes of Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf and also Wilson Pickett. Percy Strother could be heard as guest on the CD "Ready to go" by RJ Mischo & Kid Morgan Blues Band. In 1992 Blue Loon released Percy's debut-CD "A good woman is hard to find". This CD features own material and has got very positive reactions and reviews by a number of renowned blues magazines (Juke Blues, Living Blues, Block, Blues & Rhythm). The titelsong of the CD was rewarded with a Living Blues Award for the best Bluessong of 1992 and the entire album was mentioned as "runner-up" in the category Best Blues album. In the same year he was featured by both Block Magazine (NL) and Blues & Rhythm (UK). In October '93 he did his first European tour in Holland and Belgium during which he did a live show for the national Dutch radio. In June '94 he did his second tour and he played in Hol- land, Germany, Belgium and France. During his third European tour in April 1995 did he at- tend the prestigious Burnley Blues Festival (UK). Percy Strother released his second CD "The Highway is my Home" in March 1995 on Black Magic Records. The CD got rave reviews in several international blues magazines like Soul Bag (France) and Living Blues (USA). In May 1996 Percy did a four week tour in Europe and he performed in Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Italy. In Belgium he played at the very prestigious Spring Blues Festival in Ecaussinnes. In October '96 Percy Strother played at the Lisieux Blues Festival in Lisieux (F) and did a few club shows in Holland and Belgium. In November 1997 Percy played the Lucerne Blues Festival (Luzern/CH) and the Bluesparade (Peer/B). On his last European tour ( April '98) Percy played among others in the 100 Club in London (UK) and in the New Morning in Paris (F). In April '98 Percy recorded a new CD (Home at Last) for Black and Tan Records. "L'excellence de son CD 'The Highway Is My Home' n'est pas un accident. Percy Strother l'a prouvé une heure durant, avec une économie de moyens qui force le respect. Totalement invisti dans sa musique, son set est intense et prenant. C'est le blues dans toute sa force et sa beauté intériorisée" Soul Bag Saturday

RAY STUBBS & HIS AMAZING ONE MAN BLUES BAND - Ray was inspired after seeing American One-Man blues performer Dr Isiah Ross back in the 70's. A one-man band conjures images of a musician with a big bass drum on his back and ropes from arms etc, however Ray sits behind a multitude of instruments, and other devices that usually wouldn't be instruments these being offered a far more exciting 'life' in showbiz as the scrap heap beckoned! As well as 6 & 12 string plus slide guitars Ray also plays harmonica, kazoosaphone, bass & snare drums, cymbals, washboard, jugs etc. A great live performer, Ray puts his all into every performance as he fires up Europe's largest one-man band into full swing, add to the marvellous instrumentation, a hypnotic rhymtic beat and a voice that could have come straight from the Mississippi, rather than the North East of England and you have one of the most unique acts currently working on the British music scene! Much of his material is taken from the 20's & 30's era. As well as being an outstanding musician, Ray has also had many acting parts for TV plays, to find out more about these and his music and a forthcoming TV programme about the man and his band, visit the Ray Stubbs website.

LITTLE GEORGE SUEREF & THE BLUES STARS - Little George's absolutely unique alto-falsetto voice and superlative harp playing, combined with a band that delivers early Chicago blues with true feel and great style. This makes for one hell of a night of pure 'down home blues', relive those early Chess recordings of Little Walter, Muddy Waters etc, Traditional blues of the very highest order - the 'real original' blues thing - the band recently performed at the Spalding Blues Club to a full house, their first appearance in Lincolnshire. Alongside Little George, the Blues Stars who cut a fine groove are Lewis Fielding (guitar), Matt Radford (double bass) & 'Chilly' Watts (drums) ~ they also play in other London based bands, most notably Dana Gillespie's Blues Band. Little George released the CD 'Little George Sueruf & The Blues Stars' in 2000, the CD features guests Lazy Lester & Jimmy Thomas. The album features a number of original songs, as well as the band's versions of Ike Turner, Johnny Ace & Howling Wolf numbers.

SUGAR BLUE - A major coup for the Black Horse, Sugar Blue has been described as the 'Charlie Parker' & 'Jimi Hendrix' of the harmonica, Paul Jones rates him as the best harp player in the world. Blue has played with many famous musicians, including Frank Zappa, Johnny Shines, Bob Dylan, & his is the harmonica solo on the Rolling Stones hit 'Miss You'! He has also performed live with the Stones & played on the 'Emotional Rescue' & 'Tattoo You' albums. The day before his Lincolnshire date, Blue headlines the Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival. His backing musicians for his tour are guitarist Jim Condie (no stranger to the Black Horse), Ted McKenna on drums (ex Sensational Alex Harvey Band) & Davie Paton on bass (who has played with Elton John, Kate Bush & Chris Rea). Sugar Blue also has great soulful vocals.

KARL SVARC - Lincoln based acoustic guitarist & singer, who writes original songs. Karl released debut CD 'Kickin'Up A Stone' in 1998, featuring all original acoustic folk & blues songs.

SWAGGER - 4 piece Suffolk based band, its a while since the funky blues rock band have played in Lincolnshire. Formerly fronted by barefoot American singer Matt White, since his departure the band have regrouped and emerged from their cocoon early in 2002.The band feature talented young guitarist Tim Ainslie, Swagger have adapted well to modern musical trends, developing a funkier style, suitable for both listening & dancing. The band released their debut album 'Must Use My Head' in 1998. A live album recorded at a special Meningitis Trust Charity gig at The Manor Ballroom in the summer of 1999. For latest news about the band or to join their email mailing list (the band have discontinued their postal mail shots due to expense) visit the Swagger website.

HANS THEESSINK - Dutch Acoustic Bluesman noted for his dazzling guitar work, he's been described by no lesser person than Bo Diddley, as 'one helluva guitar player!' Hans has played at prestigious festivals across the world, including the Chicago Blues Festival, The New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival & the Kerrville Folk Festival in the USA, as well as many top festivals throughout Europe. 'Armed with a smokin' repertoire, he breathes new life into acoustic blues' (Guitar Player Magazine USA). Releasing more than 15 albums, His latest CD 'Lifeline' features appearances by The Holmes Brothers, Pee Wee Ellis, etc. Visit Hans Theessink's website.

BILL THOMAS BAND - A peachers son from Texas, Bill now resides in Paris. A luminary in a new wave of Blues greats, guitarist Bill favours the power trio format - combining accomplished tradition with memorable original work. His last CD, aptly titled 'Preacher's Son' is described as a blast of fresh air and features ex Stevie Ray Vaughan rhythm section (alias Double Trouble). Bill toured the UK three times during 2000, building up a reputation as a live performer, and recording a session for the Paul Jones show. 2001 finds him on the road again, playing the blues at many of the venues he visited in 2000, Lincolnshire audiences have had to wait a little longer to see Bill and his band in action, but he makes his debut in the county in Oct 2001, as guest of the Spalding Blues Club. Audiences though will not just be treated to some scintillating guitar work, as Bill's UK touring band features top British blues drummer Sam Kelly (4 times winner of the UK Blues drummer of the year) and Marion Dolton, together they make up one of the most exciting and tight rhythm sections in Britain! If you're not a regular at Spalding Blues Club, please note most concerts sell out well in advance ~ tel 01775 640535 for details of ticket availability. For more information visit the Bill Thomas Band website.

JUNIOR THOMPSON - Blues singer/songwriter Junior Thompson is currently gaining a reputation as a very individual recording artist, he has been honing his writing and performing skills for the last 30 years. Taking delta blues as a starting point and visiting jug-band, R&B, soul and even blue beat on the way, he has arrived at his own unique sound. In short it's dangerous music of the heart. In the words of one of his songs " Give me one minute and I'll explain / How I got here the route I came / Sometimes I walk/ Sometimes I crawl/ Sometimes I run/ Sometimes I fall/ But mainly I ride on the late night blues train".
Hot Press, Ireland's main music paper, praised this combination of the refreshing and the familiar in its review of his debut album "Welcome Mister Blues". Several tracks recently appeared on "New Horizons" a compilation double CD of Ireland's finest current musicians, recorded direct to stereo at Galway Bay FM. This album received a 10/10 review in Hot press. Junior will also be featured on a soon-to-be-released album of new Irish blues along with Don Baker and The Mary Stokes Blues Band.
At the moment Junior's dividing his time between gigs in England and Ireland. This summer these included the blues festival at Castlebar, Ireland in early June and The Great British R&B Festival at Colne in late August. At Colne his performances on the fringe circuit were so well received that he has been asked to appear on the main stage next year. If you need more information you can visit the
Junior Thompson web-site. The site includes Real Audio and MP3 clips from "Welcome Mister Blues" and "New Horizons".

THREE WHEEL DRIVE - Midlands based band who play a wide selection of material including blues, R'n'B, jazz & rock and roll songs carefully blended to appeal to a wide audience, the band include some more unusual covers in their set, blues fans will enjoy their great version of 'As The Years Go Passing By' with some great guitar work from Geoff Nadine, or the Texas style of Jimmy Vaughan's 'Boom Boppa Boom', for those who enjoy jazz perhaps their rendition of 'Summertime' will be the highlight of their show.

MARTIN TRIMBLE - Acoustic blues guitarist Martin Trimble performs on occasional solo gigs at pubs in the Lincolnshire area, playing classic blues and original songs accompanied by electric and slide guitars. Martin formerly with the band Crossfire, and later Outside Help, he now fronts a trio formed late 2001.

Reports indicate that the duo capture the authentic sound of the oldtime American Bluesmen, their recent demo CD includes versions of 'What I'd Say', 'Crossroads' & 'I Can't Be Satisfied'. Colin recent guest appearance with Annie's Blues at the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club won him new fans.

22-20's - (added May 2003) Martin Trimble's latest band, debut 7" vinyl single 'Such A Fool' released Apr 2003 was voted single of the week by NME, selling out rapidly. At the end of Apr 2003 the band appeared at a California Festival, headlined by the White Stripes. To keep an eye out for further exciting developments visit the 22-20's website.

TWO TIMERS - Acclaimed across Europe, The Two Timers are Sarah James & Gordon Russell are virtually unseen here, but the French based duo make their debut in the county at the Spalding Blues Club early in 2000. They released their 2nd Album 'Aubrey Rex & Other Stories' (which incidentally takes its name from an uncle of Sarah's who was killed in action in WW2.) Gordon was formerly the guitarist with Dr Feelgood in the 80's, joining the band in 1983. As a duo they have supported acts such as The Corrs in their adopted country, performing before 2000 people, getting an encore (rare for a supporting act at a big gig!). As well as guitar & harmonica the duo's lively shows include a variety of percussion instruments, including a large suitcase! Sarah & Gordon's sets include old songs going right back to the roots, including Leadbelly, as well as original songs, their sound encompasses both roots & blues, & more modern sounds including Dr Feelgood influenced songs. For more info on this exciting sounding duo visit The Two Timers website.

BIG JOE TURNER & HIS MEMPHIS BLUES CARAVAN - A night of exciting soulful funky blues is guaranteed as Big Joe Turner and His Memphis Blues Caravan bring their exciting show to Woodhall Spa, an unexpected but highly welcomed diversion from big city venues such as Newcastle Opera House and Nottingham's Old Vic.

Big Joe was born in Jackson, USA but regards Memphis as his adopted home. Working his way up through Southern Juke Joints to play alongside blues legends such as BB King and Albert King. Indeed Big Joe Turner features on many of the recordings now regarded as the foundations of blues history.... and is one of the few remaining exponents of the 'true Memphis sound'.

With accolades such as Best Bass Player (British Blues Awards), Big Joe has played at the World's Top venues, including Caesar's Palace, Royal Albert Hall, Madison Square Gardens and festivals throughout UK, Europe and USA. Big Joe was also BB King's Musical director and with his experience, his 6 piece band featuring American and French artists is a blend of the finest young talent and musicians with vast experience including the sax player from the Late Luther Allison's band, all have top flight experience! Led by the amazing Memphis vocalist Kevin Brown who is one of the finest of a new generation of blues singers, an artist whose memorable performances are full of soul and emotion.

The Memphis Blues Caravan have taken Europe by storm, their 2001 tour was a complete sell out!

For a venture as big as this the Heart Of Lincolnshire Folk, Roots & Blues Club has support from Mark Jackson of The Eagle Lodge Hotel, this has enabled us to bring this tremendous act to Lincolnshire for the first time!

For more information visit Big Joe Turner's website!

VALERIE VAUGHAN - American singer & musician who comes highly recommended by Bram Taylor, she sings mainly blues & contemporary material from US, including original songs about the folklore of her native state of New Jersey.

CARL VERHEYEN BAND - A Supergroup at Millers? Oh yes! Carl Verheyen, Supertramp's guitarist since 1985 & master session player from L.A. on his first UK tour in his own right. Carl brings his special talents & a band to die for. With Supertramp's bass player, Cliff Hugo (formerly with Ray Charles) and David Crosby & Joe Walsh's drummer 51; Steve Di Stanislao - this is one amazing band. Find out for yourself why Carl Verheyen has been voted world's No. 5 best guitar player (Eric Clapton only made No.6!)

Press Release - Master guitarist and first-call L.A. session player, Carl Verheyen - voted world's No. 5 best guitar player - is touring the UK in late January & early February 2002, prior to a world tour with Supertramp. With bass player - Cliff Hugo (Supertramp, Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer, Melissa Manchester & ) plus Steve di Stanislao (first-call drummer for David Crosby & Joe Walsh) this trio have completed 6 sell-out tours of continental Europe. This will be the band's first UK tour and a rare chance for British Supertramp fans to get up close and personal with Carl Verheyen. Carl & Cliff Hugo's 's next UK date will be at Hyde Park in the summer with Supertramp at HOW much? Full details & photos at

EDDIE WALKER - A regular performer at Folk clubs & festivals across UK, Europe & the Far East, Eddie is known for his dynamic style of acoustic guitar picking. He covers a wide range of material, including old country blues in the style of Mississippi John Hurt, ragtime guitar a la Rev. Gary Davis, Hillbilly country & bluegrass from Jimmie Rodgers & Doc. Watson & great contemporary folk songs from the likes of John Prine & Steve Goodman, his all time favourite player. His latest CD 'Mind To Ramble' is available at gigs, or by post (£13.99), Email Eddie for details & his latest gig list. He also has a back catalogue of recordings made during his 20 year career, including 'Everyday Man', 'Castle Cafe', 'Picking My Way' & the definitive 'Red Shoes On My Feet' which are currently available on tape (£7.99 incl. p&p). He also has a track featured on 'A Full Head Of Steam', a CD celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the Stockton to Darlington Railway in 2000. This CD features tracks by many of the leading performers on the North East Folk scene. A concert by Eddie is available on a video, 'Live At The Albert Hole!' (£12.99 incl. p&p).

WALTER HARPMAN BAND - Original members Ken (vocals & harmonica), Egly (guitar) & Paul (drums) are joined by Gary Rudd (bass) & Pete Wallis whose piano gives a new dimension to the bands sound. Pete toured Britain with blues legends Jimmy Reed & John Lee Hooker in the 60's. The band's new repertoire retains the Chicago harp led sound, & includes a great version of Commander Cody's 'Going To Tennessee'! The band will be joined by former members for a special Christmas concert on Dec 21, which will be recorded for the band's long awaited debut CD.

BEN WATERS - A talented young blues / boogie woogie keyboard player, who at 26 has toured the world, playing stadium concerts to audiences of over 50,000 people, appeared on one of America's biggest TV Shows ('Late Night Live NBC) and at home been guest on Andy Kershaw's BBC Radio 1 programme. Playing an accessible blend of rock'n'roll and Boogie woogie, his concerts feature both classic and original music, mixed with Ben's infectious sense of fun, his shows are very entertaining. He is one of the world's top session musicians playing with many top acts, both live and in the studio. For more information visit the Ben Waters website.

LLOYD WATSON BAND - Blues rock guitarist strongly influenced by Robert Johnson & Jimi Hendrix. Playing Fender guitar, his electrifying 'back to roots' style with the emphasis on slide work is at times 'downright frightening'. A CV which includes winning a Melody Maker solo folk / rock contest from an entry of over 4000, Lloyd has also supported many top performers & as a member of 801 worked alongside Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera & Francis Monkman in the mid 70's. For more info about the band visit the Lloyd Watson Website.

WENTUS BLUES BAND (Finland) - One of the most hardworking and respected acts on the thriving Scandinavian blues and roots scene, The Wentus Blues Band from Finland have enjoyed success all over Europe. The bands' energetic live show has gained them enthusiastic crowds from Finland down to Switzerland. Over the past 15 years The Wentus Blues Band have released 4 albums, starred in 10 TV shows, played 1000 club and festival dates and appeared and toured with: Duke Robillard, Canned Heat, Dave Edmunds, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, The Holmes Brothers, Dr. Feelgood and TheYardbirds to name but a few! They are:

Anders Sjöberg
The charismatic focus of attention is taken by the singer "Big Antti" who is a package of 300 pounds of dynamite. His voice is as big as himself and he can be counted as one of the best rhythm&blues/soulsingers of Scandinavia today.

Kim "Hiding" Wikman
Mr "Hiding" Wikman is a quiet bluesman who only speaks through his guitar "Flying Finn",but when he speaks the walls even listen. Many people are amazed about the strangeness of Hiding, coming from the backwoods of Nedervetil and working in a hole with concrete and steel when he is not touring.

Niko Riippa
"Shaking" Niko uses also a "Flying Finn"-guitar and being the filosopher of the band he reads a lot. He is the adopted son of Louisiana Red and is the only member living in Helsinki. One day LA Red will get him a bungalow in Ghana.

Mikael Axelqvist
Axeli uses old drums and is a heavy gambler that plays the pokermachines. He dresses in black and drives the tourbus. When he´s not on the road you´ll find him always fishing. You can also order handmade wobblers from him.

Robban Hagnäs
Being a bassplayer-manager in the true tradition, Robban organizes a lot of the Wentus-adventures. He uses a Precision bass that he got for cheap money at a pawnshop in Chicago.

WEST WESTON'S BLUESONICS - Harp led, authentic Chicago style blues band, who play with a genuine authority that only comes with years of dedication. The awesome partnership of West & guitarist Richard Studholme are backed by the solid rhythm section of Geoff Shaw (double bass) & 'Uncle' Roy Webber (drums). Dynamic vocals, swinging harmonica, boogie woogie piano, guitar shuffles, jump jive & slow blues this band has it all! (4 Piece blues band from Essex, who play pure, honest electric blues from the early 60's. Featuring Steve 'West' Weston on blues harmonica, one of the UK's leading exponents.

FRANK WHITE BAND - For many, Sheffield's top blues act, Frank has been playing since the mid 60's, (we understand he played on a Cruisers record, 'It Ain't Me Babe') lacing his blues with hints of rock'n'roll. He was voted Male Blues Vocalist Of the Year in 1991, his soulful, 'smoky' vocals can be compared to another famous Sheffield singer , Joe Cocker at times. His young band, which includes son Joel on keyboards provide excellent support for Frank's great guitar work & songs. Released CD 'Dogit' a few years back, the follow up to a live cassette album released in 1991.

(Gig preview - View From The Southbank - "Jan 2000 at The Spiders"


TAM WHITE - Gravel voiced Scottish bluesman, who notched up the highest ever score on TV prog. 'New Faces' (probably not playing the blues!), returned to playing the blues in the early 80's after playing club/ cabaret music for 20 years. Teamed up with Jim Condie (who appeared at Spilsby with Mose Scarlett) in top Scottish blues band The Dexters. People may have enjoyed his singing without realising the source, Tam sung Big Jazza's (Robbie Coltrane) parts in the TV series 'Tutti Fruiti'. He also played a major part in the film epic 'Braveheart'. A rare visitor to the East Midlands, even as an acoustic performer, Tam returns to the area in May 2000 for a gig, this time with his Shoestring Band. Tam fronted his big band, for an even rarer appearance by Tam White's Celtic Connection, at the 1999 Colne Festival.

WITHAM DELTA BOYS - Boston based country blues style band, featuring original band members John (guitar / slide guitar) & Barry Forbes (keyboards), who were joined by Ian Tait (drums) and female vocalist Sam. John plays some traditional slide guitar numbers, whilst Barry's boogie woogie keyboard work has won many admirers. The original trio, who featured a second guitarist Bob, released debut cassette album 'Gone For A Peccadillo' back in 1994. Much of their material is steeped in the roots of the blues, from the 20's & 30's. The third incarnation of the band, featuring Keith Carter (harmonica) released their debut CD entitled 'Crossing The Tracks' in 2000, it features 10 tracks, a mix of traditional & old country blues songs by artists such as Big Bill Broonzy & Robert Johnson, & 4 original songs that retain the same feel. The Witham Delta Boys starred on the acoustic stage at the 2000 Burnley Blues Festival & later appeared at Jim's Cafe in Colne at the Great British R&B Festival. For more info visit the Witham Delta Boys webpages on the IUMA website.

WIZARDS OF BORDEAUX - The Wizards of Bordeaux formed in October 2001 by bassist Mike Mager and keyboard wizard Nick Skorecki.

They both felt that the time was right to stretch their musical muscles and indulge their long established love of Rhythm & Blues. Realising that there was a dearth of local R & B bands, they decided to form one of their own. The initial idea was to perform on Sundays only & build up their own following (giving credibility to the fact that Sunday afternoon gigs are fast becoming the first choice for very many local music fans and venues).

Recruiting a drummer was easy - as Mike knew Paul (Chip) Hanley from his Fahrenheit and Goose days and was also a former Rumble Band colleague. From the outset, Chip expressed a very keen desire to join the fledgling wizards.

Filling the guitarist slot was more problematic - as nearly all of the local guitar players that Mike & Nick knew - were already playing in bands - and very few of those had a real love of the Blues! It was Chip who suggested they contact Duncan (Dunc) Peddie - and old school friend and former Native Tongue guitarist. They auditioned Dunc - and haven't looked back since.

The Wizards took their show onto the road in December 2001, and play an eclectic mix of jazz-tinged R & B, including tunes from Jimmy Smith, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Jonny Lang and Jools Holland amongst more main stream blues offerings such as favourites from BB and Albert King.

The Wizards are currently spreading the blues word around Lincolnshire and are looking to venture further afield in the future, perhaps to include a festival or two.

RUTH WYAND - Guitarist, singer/songwriter Ruth Wyand draws on American roots music to frame her lyrical gift and demonstrate her strengths as an accomplished guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. As an Americana artist she weaves traditional and contemporary folk, blues, swing and traditional country into a colourfully rhythmic musical quilt. Ruth plays all over the world on a variety of stages from book stores to festival stages with acts such as Little Feat, Dr. John, Ellis Paul, Les Sampou and John Hammond to coffeehouses and folk festivals to the streets of Paris. She was selected as a People's Choice Award winner 1998 by The Philadelphia Folk Factory, she is the president of The Garden State Songwriter's Association and has written, produced and played on several folk, country and blues artist's CD's in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Nashville. The first thing that strikes the listener is her powerful guitar playing. Her finger style technique with a variety of tunings alone is a whole show but then she switches gears and moves into a smokin' swing or a low down slide. Her vocal accompaniment is at once languid and athletic and the songs she writes reflect her humorous personality and compassionate nature. Ruth Wyand's musical integrity stands out. She is a true original. The variety she offers in her shows will fascinate American roots music lovers world-wide. In 2001 Ruth releases her new CD, "Distant Drums" ~ she says 'I sing on it, play on it (acoustic, electric guitar & dobro), tried to dance on it but it broke! The album features special guests on percusions,drums, bass and back up vocals. We understand the CD can be purchased from or or via her web site at has song samples on it for your listening pleasure.

STEVIE ZEE BAND - Described as 'one of the most sensational blues/rock bands on the international scene! ~ In the world of breathtaking, melted-down, mindbending blues there is no finer exponent than guitarist Stevie Zee - this man is a master!' A favourite festival act both in the UK & Europe as well as USA, drawing comments such as 'this is a band that literally smokes in its delivery'