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UK BLUES CHALLENGE 2018 WINNER Kyla's voice remains a stunning example of the soul singer's art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. Whether fronting the mighty Kyla Brox Band, or harnessing undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and life partner Danny Blomeley, Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her…Find out more »
Kris Barras is the U.K's most exciting Blues-Rock Guitarist. His blend of soul-wrenching melodies with blistering technique has thrilled audiences worldwide for the past 13 years. The band's unique mix of foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes have made them the 'must-see' Blues/Rock band of 2018. Kris was voted in the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the world by the reader's of Music Radar/Total Guitar Magazine. In April 2018, it was announced that Kris would become the new frontman for USA…Find out more »
Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vain of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up. The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive…Find out more »
One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today.Find out more »
Marked for greatness from an early age by Blues behemoth Walter Trout, Mitch Laddie has been honing his virtuoso guitar playing on the big stage since being signed to Provogue Records at 17.
He has released five albums to critical acclaim, and is known throughout the european scene as a volcanic guitar genius with musical subtleties and a maturity far beyond his years, cemented when follow-up album 'Burning Bridges'” was voted 'Best Blues Album of 2012' by Blues & Soul Magazine.
The band had the pleasure of being invited to be a part of "BluesFest" at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 2014, having their set recorded by the BBC and tracks played on Paul Jones' BBC Radio 2 show, with Paul Jones describing Mitch as "the real deal."
Fundamental to this band’s success is their diverse sound. Do not expect regurgitated blues-rock across every track: this is a full-colour palette of blues, rock, jazz and funk, all delivered in a sparkling, different way. The band's skilful rhythm section make this a very powerful sound for just three guys. You’ll hear hints of Hendrix, SRV, Travers, Trower and Kossoff in the mix, but it is still all Mitch and pays homage to his influences without copying them.
The Mitch Laddie Band offer a heady mix of different styles and genres that still sits firmly in blues territory. Expertly played by all three members, all of whom can all move seamlessly from fast to slow, from subtle to heavy and still remain an unshakeable unit, their live show is not to be missed.
Dana Dixon Band
From simmering ballad to storming rocker, Dana Dixon is one of the finest female blues vocalists and harmonica players around. Her explosive band features outstanding blues/slide guitarist Dave Dixon and they play a feel-good mix of Texas, Chicago and west coast jump blues plus rockabilly and 50s r’n’b.Find out more »
As one half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’, Stevie Nimmo has been a well known and respected figure throughout the blues and roots world for over 2 decades. Now, having toured extensively with the critically acclaimed blues rock outfit over the last few years, as well as taking to the road in a stripped back, acoustic format to promote his debut solo project ‘The Wynds of Life’, Stevie is now in full stride with his full-on, electric, no-holds-barred trio…Find out more »
Hamilton Loomis A protégé of Bo Diddley, Loomis met the icon backstage at the age of 16 at Houston’s famed venue Rockefeller’s. Before the night was over, Loomis was onstage playing guitar with the legend. Diddley quickly became friend, mentor, collaborator and supporter, appearing on two of Loomis’ albums and presenting a cherished red guitar that he still plays. “That one night began my education and I spent a lot of time with Bo over the years listening to him…Find out more »
The Blues Caravan keeps on rolling. In a shifting music industry, you can rely on Ruf’s annual revue tour as the gold-standard for modern blues. This year – just like every year since the first trek back in 2005 – you can expect a night of house-rocking live music, as three unique artists hit the stage at clubs across the US and Europe. It’s your first glimpse of the scene’s hottest tips – before they become supernovas. With past alumni…Find out more »
Geoff Achison is an award winning blues-roots artist from Australia known for his live performances, song-writing, and unique guitar mastery. Geoff began his apprenticeship with legendary Australian bluesman 'Dutch' Tilders establishing himself as a fine lead guitarist before striking out with his own. He released his debut album in the early 90s and began touring throughout the USA, UK & Europe. Geoff's music has been compared favourably to major artists such as Eric Clapton, JJ Cale and the Allman Brothers…Find out more »
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14…Find out more »