Debbie Bond www.debbiebond.com
Singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years. Her singing has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Maria Muldaur, both of whom she cites as being influences on her music. The truth is that Debbie does it her way, playing a dynamic mix of soulful originals and covers. Her immersion in the blues has deeply flavored her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing, yet her sound is contemporary and original, incorporating soul, blues, rock, jazz and Americana influences.
The Milk Men www.themilkmenmusic.com
The Milk Men is a band made up from the cream of British R’n’B talent and pedigree. Bringing together members of the legendary Pirates, and British Blues Award-nominated the Mustangs, The Milk Men have been tearing up venues and festivals all over the UK with their dynamic, white hot versions of classic blues tunes, alongside unforgettable foot-stomping originals. The Milk Men’s sound has been called ‘ZZ/DC Feelgood” by some critics, who have lavished praise on the band’s dynamic live show and original songs. But the band draws its influences from all corners of the blues world, from early Rod Stewart, through classic Rolling Stones & Steely Dan, to the heavier blues leanings of ZZ Top and AC/DC.
Henry’s Funeral Shoe www.henrysfuneralshoe.com
Henry’s Funeral Shoe was formed by two brothers in 2008 from South Wales, inspired and influenced by many of the albums that singer/guitarist Aled Clifford had looted from his father’s vinyl collection when he was growing up. The Who, CCR, Peter Green, Robert Johnson and the Beatles were favourites, and Aled quickly became a gifted guitar player, aided and taught by Ned Edwards, a long time collaborator of Van Morrison. Aled soon played with various bands, eventually doing some recording sessions for producer Ian Grimble, and even recording at the legendary Abbey Road studios. His younger brother Brennig started playing drums at nine. At fifteen he joined a local band, learning his trade by performing covers of The Clash and Thin Lizzy before moving on to writing original material. The dexterous brothers have finally joined forces to create some of the loudest soulful rock’n’roll to come out of the UK in a long time.
The Pistol Slappers www.facebook.com/PistolSlappers/
Fans of Rory Gallagher will remember the early days of Taste and the many European tours that followed. The Pistol Slappers will take you on the same journey and back again featuring many of the classic Gallagher tracks and some of the more obscure. The band comprises four guys who have been part of the music scene in Bristol, Wales and Wiltshire for many years. Come, enjoy!
Josie and the Outlaw www.facebook.com/JosieandtheOutlaw/
Josie & The Outlaw are a four piece multi genre band that cross over into Rock & Roll, Rockabilly, Blues, Rhythm & Blues and a little bit of country. Straight ahead, Rock and Roll and Rockabilly that will leave you wanting more! A Top Debut!
Ged Wilson www.gedwilson.com
Hailed as, “A competent and classy 21st Century Bluesman” by Fatea Magazine and “brim-full of positive vibes, humour and innovation” by RnR Magazine, Ged Wilson is wowing audiences with his blend of acoustic blues roots / latin jazz fusion. Now based in Cheltenham, Ged grew up in Manchester, a city with a great musical heritage listening to artists such as, Lightnin Hopkins, Gil Scott-Heron, Davy Graham and Miles Davis to name but a few. These icons of the music world have influenced Ged to develop his very own distinctive songwriting and performance style.
The Fugitives www.facebook.com/thefugitivesbandcardiff/
Cardiff's premier R&B Combo. At first glance, an almost impossible hybrid of all that is good in direct British blues based music, Big Steve leads his marauding invaders into your eager ears ….. and then your hearts! Yes, we did say British … The Fugitives are the pride of Cardiff and Cardiff pride runs deep!
Keith & Julie Richards www.keithandjulierichards.com
Hailing from Blackwood in the Welsh valleys, this acoustic duo features earthy vocals and harmonica playing from Julie, driven by Keith’s solid blues picking, slide guitar and stomp box. Together, they deliver their own take on a range of Blues classics, along with a few self-penned numbers thrown in for good measure.
Talent who previously graced our stage ...
John Verity, Debbie Bond, The Bad Losers, Chris Jagger, Below The Salt,
Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue, Kris Dollimore, Steve Henderson
Robin Bibi Band, Delray Rockets, Lost Eleven, Mestizo Blues Collective,
Maharaja Blues, Helena, Jon Walsh, Bay Rum Hounds.
Jon Amor, Flash Harry Band, Deep Blue Sea, The First Raitt Band, Jon Walsh Trio,
Ruzz Guitar's Blues Revue, Ragged Union, Keith & Julie Richards.