Gig Guide

 

A Message To Gig Talkers

By gig-talkers, let’s be clear, we don’t mean anybody who talks at gigs. We mean people who talk loudly, continually and without regard to either the performers or the wishes of their fellow gig-goers. At KBL the music is central, not simply a scented candle to an evening out with friends. Please give consideration of what others have come for. When the lights go down shouldn’t be the moment when we learn all about what the man behind us thinks of the people at work, while he prevents the people at work in front of us from doing their job.  


FRIDAY 16TH JUNE 2017 – CONCERT FOR MANCHESTER

Any profit made at this gig and all raffle ticket sales will be donated to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, an appeal in partnership with the British Red Cross to support those affected by the recent bomb attack at the Manchester Arena and their families.

DAVE KELLY & BROOKS WILLIAMS (DOUBLE HEADLINE GIG!)

Dave KellyBrooks Williams

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For the very first time anywhere in the world, two of the most celebrated acoustic guitarists of all time share top billing at Keighley Blues Live.

DAVE KELLY

If there is such a thing as a British ‘blues pedigree’, then Dave Kelly’s sets the standard. Kelly is a blues craftsman who has served his time with the best. In New York he jammed with Muddy Waters. He became a friend to Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker, who both felt the benefit of Dave’s playing in their touring bands.  When The Blues Band was formed in 1979, the post of slide guitarist and joint vocalist was a foregone conclusion with Dave becoming the bottle neck guitar playing lynch-pin from then on. His roots lie in Mississippi Country Blues and his first professional work was as a solo artist in this genre in the 1960s. His style and feel for the music led to him regularly being asked to perform with the American Blues greats when they toured in Europe, Son House, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker and Howlin Wolf amongst others.

BROOKS WILLIAMS

From the USA, Georgia born Brooks is a man at the top of his game vocally, instrumentally and as a lyricist. Walking the line between blues and Americana, having worked stages worldwide for over 25 years, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales and with nearly 20 CDs to his name – and more on the way – he is, according to Americana UK, “impossible not to like.” Williams’ most recent album ‘Brooks’ Blues’, features a number of his favourite songs including Robert Johnson’s ‘From Four Until Late’, Memphis Slim’s ‘Mother Earth’, Bessie Smith’s ‘Backwater Blues’ and Willie McTell’s ‘Statesboro Blues’ (coincidentally, Brooks Williams’ birth place).

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FRIDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017 – MAAS MOODY BAND

(Special Guest: Andy Broad)

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Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

MAAS MOODY www.mickymoody.com

With a hint of husky Dusty, a dash of earthy Etta together with the heartfelt gospel message of Mavis, Ali Maas stage persona conveys the very epitome of the resolution and resistance lived by female blues singers down the ages. The lyrical guitar work from Whitesnake’s Micky Moody lifts the whole thing to a different level. Zapata mustachioed, trilby topped Moody went to school with Paul Rodgers (forming a band with him before his voice had broken!), learned his chops in Juicy Lucy before becoming a founding member of the rock titanoboa, Whitesnake. From Duane Eddy to Eric Clapton, Micky has shared a spotlight with too many guitar legends to list here and continues to be one of the most hard working guitarists on the planet – he knows his way up and down a fret board too! Explains Micky, for the bands new album ‘Black And Chrome’ “we have gone back to the kind of stuff I used to do in the 1970s. A lot of slide stuff. Down-home, swampy, bluesy rock”. And, of course, all decorated with sweet care by Ali’s vocals.

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From Portsmouth, Andy takes inspiration from the great delta players such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Son House and Mississippi John Hurt, combining their raw syncopation with the sounds of Chicago (e.g. Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf) and the modern song writing approach of the likes of Robert Cray welding the whole into a powerful music for the modern day.


FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2017 – KARA GRAINGER (Aus/USA)

(Special Guest: Reece Hillis)

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Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

KARA GRAINGER www.karagrainger.com

Classic song-writing skills, smooth sultry vocals with more than a hint of Bonnie Raitt, and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar – very few can boast this set of trump cards, but it just happens to be the hand dealt to Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger. Based in Los Angeles since 2008 at the behest of her record company, she continued to split her time between LA and Australia. Her debut album, 2008’s ‘Grand And Green River’ stayed in the top 40 Americana charts for an astonishing 34 weeks.  Her latest release, ‘Shiver & Sigh’, featuring members of Bonnie Raitt’s touring band, includes 5 Kara Grainger originals, as well as soulful re-imaginings of Robert Johnson’s C’mon In My Kitchen and Al Jackson Jr./Timothy Matthews’ Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.

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REECE HILLIS www.reecehillis.com

Young Edinburgh based soul/blues guitarist and vocalist Reece lists his influences as Brownie McGhee, Son House and Robert Johnson. He released his debut album ‘Eclectic Soul’ in March 2016. In 2014 he was nominated in the British Blues Awards ‘Young Artist’ category, just losing out to Laurence Jones.


SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017 – CHANTEL McGREGOR

(Special Guest: To Be Announced)

Chantel McGregor

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Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

CHANTEL McGREGOR www.chantelmcgregor.com

The Blues came calling first, but rock was always waiting around the corner. Well it would be, wouldn’t it? Coming from the deep south, it was inevitable, but living in the deep south of a major Yorkshire city, there’s a gritty hard edge to life!
A female guitar prodigy, Chantel left Leeds College Of Music with a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music and a coveted prize, the college’s musician of the year award. Her debut album, 2011’s ‘Like No Other’ was followed by years of touring and festival appearances. Finally releasing her sophomore album ‘Lose Control’ in October 2015 her gradual transition from conventional blues to a harder, bigger and bolder rock sound with progressive influences was complete.

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SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2017 – SAMANTHA FISH (USA)

(Special Guest: To Be Announced)

Samantha Fish

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Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

SAMANTHA FISH www.samanthafish.com

The crayon sketched sign that hangs on the door of the blues venue that reads “Boys Only” has been set ablaze by a new breed of girl guitarists. One of the most talented of these arsonists is a young singer/guitar player from Kansas City, Missouri. Signing a contract with Ruf Records in 2010, Fish has since forged a stellar career in the music business, releasing her fourth album, ‘Chills & Fever’ in March that hearkens back to the R&B/garage rock/Motown/early rock n’ roll sound of Detroit where it was recorded. With a voice God chose to inspire the soul and a golden touch on the guitar a Samantha Fish concert is truly an escape from the realities of modern life. Lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Luther Dickinson, with an international reputation as a powerhouse blues-rock musician, she also combines the artful sensitivity of Bonnie Raitt and the effortless swagger of the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards.

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FRIDAY 19TH JANUARY 2018 – BILLY WALTON BAND (USA)

(Special Guest: To Be Announced)

Billy Walton

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Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

BILLY WALTON www.newjerseyrockband.com

Hailing from New Jersey, The Billy Walton Band is a real slice of Americana. 15 UK tours since 2007 has seen Billy build a substantial following throughout the UK with many fans knowing Billy from his tours playing guitar for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes. The BWB proudly display their ‘Jersey Shore’ influences, lathered up with lashings of blues guitar, hot horns and smooth vocals courtesy of Billy himself. Walton has a body of experience that makes him infinitely qualified to front a globe-trotting blues rock band. A guitar hero fronting an old-school rock ‘n’ soul band, his band has become firm favourites on the festival circuit and it’s not hard to see why – great fun from start to finish from a superb band.

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