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.  




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KBL is proud to present the very cream of young UK blues talent on the circuit today, all together, on the same bill, at the same venue, on the same day for the very first time anywhere.  …AND JUST LOOK AT THE TICKET PRICE!


2017 UK Blues Challenge Finalist.

2016 British Blues Awards Best Emerging Artist nominee.

Headline act, Blues Matters Stage, Great British Rock & Blues Festival.

Rainbreakers are without doubt one of the freshest new sounds in the UK blues rock and soul circuit. Employing a distinctive sound that embodies a fusion of dynamic musical elements bridging the gap between blues, rock, pop and soul, the Shrewsbury outfit launched themselves on the UK in 2016 with a string of live dates up and down the country supporting the likes of Corky Laing (Mountain) and The Devon Allman Band. Their performance at that year’s Great British Rock and Blues Festival in Skegness saw them win the crowd vote on the Introducing Stage and gain a place on the Main Stage for the 2017 festival. Their two EPs ‘Rise Up’ and ‘Blood Not Brass’ continue to be played extensively on radio stations across the UK.


2017 European Blues Awards Best Female Vocalist nominee.

2017 UK Blues Challenge Finalist.

2018 UK Blues Awards Female Vocalist of The Year nominee.

2018 UK Blues Awards Album of The Year nominee (for ‘Wildfire’).

2018 UK Blues Songwriter of The Year nominee.

2018 UK Blues Act Of The Year nominee (England).

Husky voiced Bristol-based Elles released her Nashville recorded debut album, ‘Wildfire’, in September, 2017.  Given 5/5 by Maverick magazine, the album debuted at no 2 in the iTunes Blues Charts.  Producer Brad Nowell assembled a host of Nashville’s finest, including Grammy Award winner and two-time CMA ‘Musician of the Year’ Brent Mason on guitar and three-time ‘Musician Hall Of Famer’ Bobby Wood on piano. Even legendary Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter Roger Cook came on board to help add some extra sparkle. As well as being on the Radio 2 play list, the single ‘Wildfire’ finally came off the Planet Rock playlist after a whopping 10 weeks.


Top 20 Independent Blues Broadcasters Association act.

2016 Voted Best Band, Introducing Stage Great British Rock & Blues Festival.

2018 UK Blues Awards Young Blues Artist of The Year nominee.

2018 UK Blues Challenge Finalist.

Still in his early 20s, following a seven year stretch as a three piece, 2018 sees Tom. C. Walker back on the road but this time with an expanded four piece outfit. Previously headlining the most prestigious venues in the UK including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Ealing Blues Club, Birmingham Town Hall, and Birmingham Symphony Hall plus a residency at Jools Holland’s The Jam House, Tom’s band also toured with Eric Gales and Devon Allman and still found time to release two EPs, the latter – ‘Into Space’ – debuted in the IBBA top 20 in April and sold in bucket loads worldwide.


(Special Guest: To be announced)




Thursday 5th May 1966 was a significant day in the life of record producer, magazine editor, record label owner and present day band leader Mike Vernon. This was the date that issue number 1242 of kids’ comic Beano hit the news-stands. Forever immortalised on the cover of the Vernon produced LP ‘Blues Breakers – John Mayall with Eric Clapton’ (otherwise known as ‘The Beano Album’, released on 22nd July that year), the recording which became known as the ultimate British blues album, made the 21 year old Vernon the ‘must have’ producer on the UK Blues Boom scene.
Mike Vernon originally slipped into the conscience of blues fans in 1964 when, together with Neil Slaven, he published R&B Monthly magazine and also occasionally fronted The Yardbirds during bouts of illness suffered by the emphysemic and asthmatic Keith Relf throughout Eric Clapton’s tenure as lead guitarist. Soon spotted by Decca where he became a production assistant, working on records by such artists as Kenneth McKellar, Manovani and Benny Hill, he at the same time launched the Purdah (later Blue Horizon) record label, issuing early recordings by John Mayall and Eric Clapton, and Savoy Brown. Vernon soon had the London R&B scene tied up, producing records for just about every top notch blues act from the 60s/70s including Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, TYA, Duster Bennett, T.S. McPhee, Champion Jack Dupree, B.B. King, Lightnin’ Slim, Otis Rush, Freddie king, Jimmy Witherspoon, etc, etc. Maybe not quite so well known, however, is that Vernon also continued with his ‘other’ job– that of vocalist. In the 1970s and early 1980s Mike was not only a member of The Olympic Runners but also the baritone singer (under the name of Eric Rondo) with Rocky Sharpe & The Replays, even releasing a solo album ‘Moment Of Madness’ in 1973, going on to form the Indigo and Code Blue record labels in the 1990s before stepping back from the scene. Coming out of retirement, he produced Oli Brown’s album ‘Heads I Win, Tails You Lose’ in 2010.
In 2013 Vernon received the Gold Badge Award from British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors (BASCA), one of the largest professional associations for music in Europe.
So, always in the music business, never a band leader – until now! MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO will have the audience dancing in the aisles and probably in the street! Full-on 100% good time music guaranteed to put smiles on faces! THE MIGHTY COMBO features Kid Carlos – an outstanding young guitar player from Spain (is this the new Peter Green?); Ian Jennings on upright bass; Matt Little on keyboards; Paul Tasker on saxophone and Mike Hellier on drums.


(Special Guest: To be announced)

Malone Sibun Band



The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone teams up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun!
The new band came about through a chance meeting at a show which uncovered a surprising amount of musical common ground. Both musicians had just enjoyed the busiest 12 months of their careers and it was time to appraise their respective situations.
Malone’s critically acclaimed album ‘A Better Man’ on Redline records has topped several ‘best of the year’ polls and he was also nominated as a finalist in the European Blues Awards. The former UA and Motown, Motorcity artist had a diverse hard rock and soul background, before he settled in a blues/rock direction and relocated to the UK. He played the Albert Hall with BB King and quickly established himself as a top flight blues rocker with a handful of excellent albums.
Innes Sibun was barely in his 20’s when he was produced by the legendary Mike Vernon, before joining Robert Plant’s ‘Fate of Nations’ world tour. He has subsequently built an international reputation by signing with the American label Viceroy, and then Provogue and Blues Boulevard in Europe. He subsequently became a pivotal member of Sari Schorr & The Engine Room, with whom he cut the acclaimed ‘A Force of Nature’ album. He’s an explosive, but feel player, versatile enough to be able to slip from rock and blues into jazz and funk.
Together the two stellar musicians promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, soul and funk, all underpinned by Malone’s soulful song driven quality and triggered by Sibun’s high levels of intensity and his inherent melodic feel.

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