Gren Bartley is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. He is constantly touring and forever writing. The critically acclaimed new album “Winter Fires” (out Spring 2013) is yet another giant leap forward and is building further upon the success of 2012’s critically acclaimed “Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown”. Gren is touring relentlessly either solo, as a duo or with the full band. “One to really look out for...” - BBC Radio 2
“As an acoustic finger-picking guitar and banjo player he has few if any equals in his age group; as an acoustic rooted-in-folk writer he's developing an alarmingly good canon of work" - R2 Magazine
"From the first note, Spikedrivers demand to be looked at and listened to." Blues in Britain
One of the most original, innovative and exciting bands around, their combination of gutsy slide guitar, rock-solid bass, infectious grooves and highly distinctive vocals, creates a sound that is uniquely their own. They take you on a journey, from southern juke-joints and lazy front porches to the huge open spaces of dust bowls and railroad tracks disappearing into the distance.
A special event is happening in the blues, the Proof are coming - featuring Paul Cox and Roger Cotton
THE PROOF came about after backing both Paul Cox and Charlie Fabert on several tours and decided after last tour that they should record together as a fully formed band in their own right. Their forthcoming CD is produced by Roger Cotton, who is the bands keyboard. See bio for full details.
Featuring Paul Cox on vocals, described by many as having one of the best voices in the blues in Europe, legendary keyboard player and producer, Roger Cotton, (Peter Green's Splinter Group/Buddy Whittington band), guitarist Mike Sunderland (Georgie Fame), Nigel Hardy on Bass, a stalwart of many a Blues tour across Europe (Robert Palmer) and Peter Stroud on drums (Sassafras, Robbie McinTosh Band and Bjorn Again) for who he performed at Glastonbury, Wembley stadium and Hampden Park. With a wealth of experience and a live show that is designed to move both the feet and the heart, THE PROOF will be touring regularly from here on in.
With a wealth of experience between them and more names that can be dropped than V2′S were on London, Thw Proof plan, with their new CD, to storm the Blues world that they all have made an impression on already in their various guises.The CD will feature guest appearences by MICKY MOODY of WHITESNAKE fame and SNOWY WHITE of THIN LIZZY and PINK FLOYD/ROGER WATERS.
This project promises to be a special event in the Blues world, so get in early and check out THE PROOF!!!, It’s 100% and it’s in the pudding too!!
"What a powerhouse of soul and inspiration mixed with desire and passion, Grainne Duffy takes you to the most inner depths of your soul that others artists wish they could do with their music..... Grainne Duffy sets the standards for modern blues and country female vocals. An artist that is true to her music and not afraid of the hard work and commitment it all involves. Grainne Duffy is the real deal".
- All Access Magazine www.allaccessmagazine.com
Grainne Duffy is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. Growing up in Co. Monaghan, Ireland she gained exposure at an early age to such defining influential artists as The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders. "Grainne, truly is the nightingale of the blues circuit at the moment with a clarity and superb articulation no mumbling of words when she is on stage, her band provide her with more than just a solid platform they provide form, shape and texture that her voice can weave around creating a soulful sound that is magical!" Blues in Britain Magazine August 2013
With so much more still on the horizon for Grainne and her band, this, her second release will only be another stepping stone in an already blossoming career. Her wonderful mix of blues rock and soul in her original material and her treatment of a few carefully selected standards charged with true emotion and feeling can win over any audience and leave you begging for more. With her passion, which no one can deny when they hear her sing, with her emotion,which no one can ignore when they hear her play and with her unique presence, which is hard to express in words when you see her perform, it is difficult to imagine what 2012 and beyond will have in store for Grainne Duffy. It is not often a rare, honest talent like this comes along but when it does it is instantly recognisable and must be appreciated.
Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician mmersing himself in Tin PanAlley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner. His attitude is, “When you love what you do, you can work all the time,” He has shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
"A voice lush and hushed that occasionally sinks into a whisper... imagery made all the more haunting by guitarist/co-writer David Goodrich, whose sundry string bending ranges from loose ramblings around the neck... to freeform explorations that recall John Scofield... surrealistic beauty.” ROLLING STONE.com
Terrific Blues, not for the faint hearted. R2. Mesmerising Rock. Classic Rock Magazine
BabaJack is an outstanding blues, folk [and more] fusion band [...] When they are on stage everyone sits up and takes notice, they have great presence and energy and it is hard to contain the fire and passion emanating from them' Live Review BluesMatters Magazine. An acoustic blues/ folk band from Malvern that is fast becoming an established band on the Folk and Blues Festival circuits in the UK and into Europe: in the last year, they have played or are playing Warwick, Bromyard, Bromsgrove and Shrewsbury Folk Festivals on main stages, Wychwood Festival (Big Top Stage), Blues in Wonderland, Upton, Skegness, Gloucester, Tenby, Buxton and Leamington Spa Blues Festivals on main stages.
Growing up in Essex, Gary Porter listened to his parent’s record collection that included Sam Cook, Otis Redding etc. and was then sent to the Jerry Mayes School of Music in Southend where he learnt to play piano/accordion. Porter then became heavily influenced by bands like Dr. Feelgood, Eddie & the Hot Rods who were from the Essex area and ended up following them and going to their gigs in his early teens. In 1997 he began writing and performing material with the band Crisis Days. Their album ‘Common Denominator’ was produced by Debbie Bonham (sister of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham) and the band went on to have much success playing throughout Europe and the UK.
These are a few thoughts on 'Speed of Love'; Another great offering from one of Britain's hardest working blues bands. Blues purists may be a little unhappy about The Mustangs being labelled as a blues band. The rest of us, however, are able to, simply, enjoy the great music and after all, even the old Southern blues musicians argue over the defintion of blues
A breath of fresh air on the British blues scene combining the power and punch of traditional R’n’B with great original songs and a show-stopping stage set. They have established a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most charismatic bands in British blues. In 2010 The band was nominated for Best Band at the prestigious British Blues Awards.The Mustangs are led by the stunning voice and slashing guitar of livewire frontman Adam Norsworthy. The razor-sharp rhythm section of Jon Bartley (drums) and Ben McKeown (bass) is one of the tightest on the circuit. The line-up is completed by R’n’B veteran Derek Kingaby on vintage blues harp.
Erin Harpe has been hailed as “an authentic blues chanteuse”, earning a reputation for her raw delta blues style and “total, selfless and compelling immersion in the music.”
Erin is an accomplished finger-picking acoustic guitarist, performing originals as well as classic 1930’s songs by everyone from Tommy Johnson to Memphis Minnie with her husband Jim Countryman on Ukelele bass. She is recognized along with Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Shemekia Copeland, Rory Block and Ana Popovic in 2013’s “30 Women Burning Up the Blues” in The Alternate Root Magazine. Erin's soulful vocal style and accomplished finger-picking guitar playing has earned her many fans, including guitar great Ronnie Earl, and she is quickly becoming recognized on the international blues scene. In fact her first European tour is coming up this April and May!
Delta blues like you never heard it before. Buick 6 instinctively link traditional with modern, stroll along blues paths and streak through the folk domain, quoting honestly from both traditions, yet managing to avoid ungainly copies - Roger Hubbard (guitar/vocals), Colin Gibson (bass) and Liam Genockey ROLLING STONE GERMANY.
A stripped-down, no nonsense blues band, closest in sound and attitude to the classic British blues boom of the 60s and 70s, when bands like Free, Fleetwood Mac and the Stones were inspired by BB King and Robert Johnson, and in America when Janis Joplin was reinventing Etta James. Live, the BBBB give it their all, with no apologies for their rawness, nor for their tenderness â€“ heavy, soulful blues! The BBBB unites a wealth of experience with past releases on Locomoto, Bad Moon and Mad Dash Records and several hundred live performances from the 100 Club to the Great British R&B Festival.
Oh yes, - they're back with a little one in tow.! Welcome back Alison, Jeremy and their new little warrior - Ida Maeve Robertson Lindsay.
Nero and Russell are most at home on the road - pick almost any night in the next two years and you can bet they will be in some festival, theater, pub, VFW hall, roller rink (they wish) or living room, dovetailing their voices, singing their songs of hope, despair, love.... and electric seahorses. And honey bee apocalypses. And ice cream. It's familiar and strange stuff - the everyday and the magical. Come see ‘em, they won't be hard to find.