Friday 14 September 2018
Doors: 7pm | Live music: 7.30pm-11pm | Bar until midnight
Nine Below Zero
Since their formation in 1977, Nine Below Zero have developed a reputation as one of the best blues bands in the country. Their high energy live act was forever captured on their classic live 1980’s album ‘Live At The Marquee’. Legendary producer Glyn Johns subsequently worked with the band on 1981’s ‘Don’t Point Your Finger’ and they became a familiar sight on seminal TV shows like The Old Grey Whistle Test and The South Bank Show. Memorably they performed ‘11+11’ on the very first episode of anarchic comedy hit The Young Ones and high profile tours with The Who and The Kinks followed.
The band split after their Top 40 album ‘Third Degree’ but reformed in 1990, touring with Sting, Ray Davies, Brian May and playing an incredible 12 nights at the Royal Albert Hall with Eric Clapton. Like many bands, Nine Below Zero has had line-up changes over the years. The current band still features the ever present vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Dennis Greaves and the band’s original virtuoso harmonica player Mark Feltham plus drummer Mickey Burkey from the 80’s classic Nine Below Zero line-up.
The Sharpeez blend classic rock with west coast jangle and rootsy blues played with attitude – the very best of British Rhythm and Blues. Their high energy performance of original songs are influenced by Rory Gallagher, Dr Feelgood, Tom Petty, The Stones, George Thorogood and Free. Featuring, the irrepressible Bill Mead on vocals and guitar and ex Sniff 'n' The Tears guitarist Loz Netto.
Saturday 15 September 2018
Doors: midday | Live music: 12.30pm-11pm | Bar until midnight
Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack
Stan Webb was at the heart of the British Blues Boom playing the blues club circuit in the late 60s with his band Chicken Shack featuring Stan on guitar and Christine Perfect (later McVie) on piano.
In 1968, they released their album ’40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve’, and opened a big tour for label mates Fleetwood Mac. Their most popular number was a version of ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, the Etta James standard, sung by Christine Perfect. Stan himself had a true blues sensibility, and an excellent guitar technique, closely modelled on Freddie King. Five years of constant touring and recording followed, and the pressures of this crazy lifestyle led to many changes in personnel, including Christine Perfect switching to Fleetwood Mac.
In 1974, Stan dissolved Chicken Shack and joined another British Blues band, Savoy Brown, but returned a year later with ‘Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack’. This band, with an ever changing roster of side-men, has continued to support Stan up to the present, playing regularly in the UK and touring Europe. After almost 50 years on the road, Stan still carries the torch for British Blues.
When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fuelled with heart and soul. With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.
From an early age, Aynsley Lister was influenced by such guitar greats as Peter Green, Albert King, Clapton and Kossoff and although his music is rooted in blues, he transcends the genre with a fiery modern sound.
In 2007 Aynsley was the only British artist to be named in Classic Rock magazine's "Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists", alongside John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa. and the following year released 'Equilibrium' on Manhaton Records which stormed into Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. Aynsley continues to make great albums and tours relentlessly in the UK and Europe with his band which are made up of the some of the best musicians on the circuit.
"Superb" – The Times
“His guitar playing is a fire hazard” – Mojo magazine
Eliza Neals & The Narcotics (USA)
Eliza Neals is a dynamic front woman, multi-talented musician, prolific songwriter and a powerhouse outstanding live performer. Eliza sings with unearthly passion and velvety grit, with a voice that has been called both sexy and menacing. In addition to Eliza’s incredible singing, she masterfully plays piano and keys, performing at stages across the United States - one of Detroit's “hidden gems”. Eliza Neals & The Narcotics combine modern electric blues, psychedelic rock, with a twist of jam band and southern soul. Eliza brings to Bucks Blues & Rock Fest her US band which includes Howard Glazer, a lead guitarist with one hell-of-a-feel. “There is only one Eliza Neals,” all the way from Detroit - the city that drives your soul!
Malone Sibun Band
Two forces of nature join together for a musical experience not to be missed. The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone and explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun, are going to be Rockin’ the Blues with their new band!
Marcus Malone is a supreme vocal stylist who is equally at home singing blues/rock as he is soulfully phrasing heartfelt lyrics. Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Marcus initially was coveted by Motown records before being moved to LA by Ike Turner’s management team and signing with United Artists Records. It was his passion for rocking blues that led him to Europe. He quickly made an impact by opening for BB King at the Albert Hall and he hit the Euro festival circuit and has been a mainstay of the British blues scene ever since.
"Innes Sibun is the best sort of musician: overflowing with ideas and energy sure, but drawing on a deep wellspring of feeling that's undeniable and immediately infectious" - Classic Rock The Blues magazine
Krissy Matthews Band
Krissy Matthews goes from strength to strength with his live performances, amazing guitar playing, song writing and reputation as being one of the most promising, individual and unique guitarists. In 2015 Krissy also became the guitarist in Maggie Bell's Hamburg Blues Band replacing previous guitarists Miller Anderson and Clem Clempson. He constantly tours with either his own band or The Hamburg Blues band and has gigged in 21 European countries and more recently played in China.
“A gifted and uber-creative guitarist …one of the best guitar players on the UK blues scene ….with the right to say they put the power into power trio” - Music Republic
Guy Tortora Band
Born and raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is currently based in London. Over the last few years he has laid claim to a unique niche on the Blues & Roots scene in the UK and Europe, playing clubs, theatres and festivals. Guy is a guitar player of some accomplishment and a distinctive songwriter. On both acoustic and electric guitars, he plays finger style and is also a fine bottleneck and slide player. His band consists of some of the best roots musicians around.
Storm Warning return to the festival having recently won the vote for best band on the ‘Introducing Stage’ at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness. Storm Warning are: Ex Mick Ralphs Band vocalist Son Maxwell, guitarist Bob Moore, Ian Salisbury keys, Derek White (Larry Miller band) bass and ex Mick Clarke band drummer Russ Chaney.
“Storm Warning are a welcome change from the norm. They play the blues with real feel, but rock hard enough when required. Above all, they strike a balance that tests the full possibilities of a song without overstaying their welcome…… It’s also a timely reminder that for all their splendid ability to refresh blues covers, Storm Warning can rock out in their own right” - Get Ready To Rock website
Maxwell & Moore
Blues duo Maxwell & Moore are Storm Warning’s Son Maxwell on vocals/blues harp and guitarist Bob Moore. Drawing on the blues originators, they add their own twist to the blues.
DJ Clive Rawlings
Ten years DJ at The Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness, presenter of radio show on abbey104.com and contributor to Blues Rock Review. Clive will be playing blues tunes from midday to midnight – basically whenever there’s not a band playing.