Kyla Brox www.kylabrox.com
Blues and soul become inextricably entwined in award-winning singer-songwriter, Kyla Brox, whose raw talent has seen her described as “the finest female blues singer of her generation”. Winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge, as well as the 2019 European Blues Challenge and newly crowned Best Female Vocalist in the 2019 European Blues Awards, Kyla’s star continues to shine brightly.
Her latest album, Pain & Glory, reached No. 1 in the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association) charts for April and was the most played album across the IBBA radio network for the whole of 2019. In a huge nod to her ongoing stature in British Blues, the UK Blues Federation made Kyla an official Ambassador of UK Blues in 2016.
Daughter of cult blues figure, Victor Brox, the Mancunian vocalist began her career as a teenager in her father’s band and has now honed her own sophisticated sound. Her voice; tender, urgent, gritty, blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain, mixed with the enchantingly fluent guitar work of Paul Farr, inspired bass playing of Danny Blomeley and in-the-pocket drumming of Mark Warburton, combine to make a unique and powerful, often joyous, always emotional experience.
With many albums under her belt and many miles covered on the road, touring all over the world, Kyla Brox is widely regarded as one of the very best soul-blues singers the British Isles has ever produced.
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!
The Terraplanes Blues Band www.theterraplanesbluesband.com
A fine blend of finger pickin' country blues and hi-energy, raw R'n'B. This 4 piece from Bristol UK have a unique, distinctive feel of the golden era of the blues.
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.