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.  


DOUBLE HEADLINE ACT GIG – It’s a mini-festival!

FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2018 – CATFISH & BABAJACK

(Special Guest: David Broad)

Catfish Babajack

David Broad

ADVANCE TICKETS: £13, BLUES BUDDIES £10. BOTH PRICES + £2 ON THE DOOR

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For other ways of purchasing tickets please see the ‘Buy Tickets’ section. Doors 6.45pm, concert starts 7.15pm. NOTE EARLIER START TIME.

CATFISH www.catfishbluesband.co.uk

Since crashing onto the blues scene in January 2015 with the release of their debut album ‘So Many Roads’, British Blues Award winners Catfish have been busy carving a reputation for themselves as a superb live band, showcasing the talents of phenomenal front man,  guitarist and vocalist Matt Long.

‘So Many Roads’ debuted at No. 1 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association airplay chart and their follow-up EP, a tribute to BB King called ‘When BB Sings the Blues’, charted at No. 5 in February 2016

January 2017 saw the release of their much-anticipated second album ‘Broken Man’ which is almost entirely original material.  Flying straight to No.1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts, the album delivers blues at its best – from epic prog anthems to stripped back piano ballads. As Blues In Britain magazine put it at the time “Catfish’s new Broken Man album…is a turning point for the band showing that not only is Catfish one of the best live bands on the blues circuit at the moment, but that the calibre of their songwriting matches that.” 

As compelling as their recorded work is, though, the best way to gain a true appreciation of the band’s talents is by witnessing a live performance – awesome!

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BABAJACK www.babajack.com

Following the abrupt departure of founder member Trevor Steger last year, multi-award winning Babajack called on the services of renowned guitarist Troy Redfern, initially to enable the band to fulfil their 2017 summer tour of Germany before returning to headline the field stage at Upton Blues Festival in late July. During this period, the chemistry and energy between Troy and the rest of the band was undeniable and so it came to pass that Troy joined the band full time. Babajack have already started working together on new material, a new show, and Troy is very much part of the creative process. With an album due for release later in 2018, the band’s live appearances are being kept to a minimum. However, being long-time friends of the band (their first appearance in Keighley was almost 6 years ago, shortly after their inception), it took only a brief phone call to entice Becky and the boys to join the line-up for this gig. They will be giving us a preview of new material, some old classics done the new way and an insight into how, following the addition of Troy, the band has been revitalised with renewed energy and passion.
Although both Catfish and Babajack are bona fide headliners in their own right, ticket prices will remain the same as already published – it is enough for us to be able to bring you this superb and unique line-up that KBL will soak up the expected loss. This gig is the very essence, the core nature of why KBL exists so please, PLEASE find time to support us with your presence.

DAVID BROAD www.davidbroad.co.uk

Delta blues and country finger pickin’ from Leeds done good and proper by one of KBL’s best friends, David plays mean vintage uptown blues with authenticity and passion, breathing new life into well-worn songs with accomplished style.


FRIDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2018 – JOHN VERITY

(Special Guest: To Be Announced)

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Verity

This gig is brought to you by BAC2Live for whom KBL is providing an on-line ticket selling facility. 

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for future KBL gigs will not be on sale at this event, but may be purchased in the outer bar.

ADVANCE TICKETS: £14, BLUES BUDDIES £12.50.                                                             ON THE DOOR: £16, BLUES BUDDIES £15


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Tickets also available in person from The Octagon during normal opening hours.

Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

JOHN VERITY johnverity.com

One of the most frequent criticisms levelled against blues-rock is that it is mired in the past, static and not evolving.  Next time someone says that to you tell them to go to a JV gig.  Not that this ex-Argent singer and axeman has come up with something fresh; quite the opposite in fact.

His gigs are a lovingly crafted, immaculately executed homage to the sounds of the late 60s and 70s  blues rockers – though at the time Bradford born John was actually based in the USA.  

So, back to those critics…Nicely unpretentious, with some great playing and singing on material that may be familiar but only got that way because it’s classic stuff – definitely not stale. Now who’d want to change that?


FRIDAY 16TH MARCH 2018 – THORBJØRN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO (Denmark)

(Special Guest: Owen Houlston)

TR&TBTOwen Houlston

ADVANCE TICKETS: £15, BLUES BUDDIES £12. BOTH PRICES + £2 ON THE DOOR


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For other ways of purchasing tickets please see the ‘Buy Tickets’ section. Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

THORBJØRN RISAGER risager.info

Sometimes a singer’s voice just stands out and forces you to listen. Take one part Ray Charles, one part Bob Seger, and one part Joe Cocker and you may have the vocal instrument of Denmark’s Thorbjørn Risager. So it was in 2003 that Risager asked six of his favourite musicians to join him in a brand new band (5 are still with him to this day). A year later they recorded their first album, ‘Live 2004’.
In 2014, with 10 years of perseverance and constant touring behind them coupled with more than a little talent they finally secured a record deal with German based Ruf Records, the top blues label in Europe. The release of the multi-award winning album ‘Too Many Roads’ quickly followed and as a result they went global!
Tours of Europe, India and the US quickly followed with the band building a sizeable following in the UK following several festival appearances. Risager and his mates had taken their exhilarating mix of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll to the next level. A live CD/DVD ‘Songs From The Road’ (recorded in Germany) cemented their success.
As this band enters its fourteenth year, they are on the verge of greatness. And with all the hard work they put into this project, they surely deserve it. This gig is one of just three in the UK – don’t miss it!

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  • Medley (live at Atlas, Aarhus, Denmark)

OWEN HOULSTON

London based bluesman, playing his signature style of solo resonator slide blues with a set of foot stomping blues and boogie. Check out this sample video.


THURSDAY 29TH MARCH 2018 – LADIES OF THE BLUES

   CONNIE LUSH       ERJA LYYTINEN          KYLA BROX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This gig is brought to you by BAC2Live for whom KBL is providing an on-line ticket selling facility. 

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for future KBL gigs will not be on sale at this event, but may be purchased in the outer bar.

ADVANCE TICKETS: £18, BLUES BUDDIES £16.50.                                                             ON THE DOOR: ALL TICKETS £20.

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Tickets also available in person from The Octagon during normal opening hours.

Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

CONNIE LUSH

Connie Lush is regarded as one of the finest blues singers in the UK, five-time winner of best UK vocalist, twice European Blues vocalist of the year, she has performed at some of Europe’s most prestigious festivals, wowed audiences from Moscow to LA and toured the UK with the late, great BB King culminating in an unforgettable night at the Royal Albert Hall.

ERJA LYYTINEN

Take one part blues traditionalist, blend it with a forward-thinking music academy graduate, serve with a side order of skill and a garnish of Nordic beauty. What have you got? Singer/guitarist Erja Lyytinen, a.k.a. “the Finnish slide goddess” (The Blues Magazine).

Erja Lyytinen - Hand In Hand

KYLA BROX

Kyla’s voice remains a stunning example of the soul singer’s art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old, Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation.


SATURDAY 7TH APRIL 2018 – MARTIN BARRE

(Special Guest: Felka)

Martin BarreFelka

This gig is brought to you by Marcus Murray for whom KBL is providing an on-line ticket selling facility.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for future KBL gigs will not be on sale at this event, but may be purchased in the outer bar.

ADVANCE TICKETS: £20, BLUES BUDDIES £15. BOTH PRICES + £2 ON THE DOOR

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Tickets also available in person from The Octagon during normal opening hours.

MARTIN BARRE www.martinbarre.com

Martin Barre was the guitarist of Jethro Tull from 1969 until Ian Anderson ‘retired’ the band in 2012, and played a huge role in their success with more than 60 million albums sold worldwide.
Martin’s guitar playing has earned him respect and recognition across the world; his solo from the iconic Tull song ‘Aqualung’ was voted 25th greatest of all time in the USA, and 20th greatest of all time in UK. He also received a Grammy Award in 1988 for his playing on the Tull album ‘Crest Of A Knave’.
Outside Jethro Tull, Martin has worked with artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Jo Bonamassa and Chris Thompson to name few. He has also shared the stage with such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
As Jethro Tull are taking a long break from touring, Martin has put together his own band to play “classic” music from the Tull catalogue as well as material from his solo projects. Vocalist/guitarist and Joe Bo look-alike Dan Crisp supplies stunning vocal interpretations of the Tull back catalogue but it is his harmony guitar that particularly impresses, allowing Martin space and a sound that replicate the album versions albeit in some instances reimagined by the originator. Honourable mention too for Alan Thomson (who spent many years in John Martyn’s band) on bass and occasional mandolin.

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Sweet harmonies, brazen lyrics, meloncholy magic.  The mixture of folk, soul and pop that comprises dazzling duo Rose and Tanisha sets the evening’s rhythm before the main event.


FRIDAY, 11TH MAY 2018 – LAVENDORE ROGUE WINNERS, UK BLUES CHALLENGE 2017

(Special Guest: To Be Announced)

Lavendore Rogue

ADVANCE TICKETS: £13, BLUES BUDDIES £10. BOTH PRICES + £2 ON THE DOOR

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For other ways of purchasing tickets please see the ‘Buy Tickets’ section. Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

LAVENDORE ROGUE www.lavendorerogue.com

Obviously, as winners of the UK Blues Challenge 2017, Lavendore Rogue is quite clearly one of the hottest bands in the country. Featuring 3 former members of hit European alt-blues act Hokie Joint, (Jo-Jo Burgess, Joel Fisk and Stephen Cutmore) the band was formed in 2013 with the addition of Rob Barry (bass) and Warren Lynn (keys).  Ready to hit you with their fiery blend of bourbon-soaked, cross-genre rock/blues, their sound is straight out of the American deep South. However, LaVendore Rogue is no traditional Delta blues band. Their blues has a 21st-century edge, fusing a funky groove with lashings of rock ’n’ roll and a dash of voodoo – all delivered with Jojo Burgess’s spine-chilling vocals and Joel Fisk’s tantalising ‘Keef-esq’ riffs. The band’s aim is not to forget their roots, however, but to garner a wider audience whilst developing their own distinctive style and sound. With a combination of talent and experience LaVendore Rogue is one of the hottest crossover “roots” acts the UK has to offer.

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SUPERB TREBLE HEADLINE ACT GIG!

FRIDAY, 22ND JUNE 2018 – RAINBREAKERS; ELLES BAILEY; TOM C. WALKER

ADVANCE TICKETS: £15, BLUES BUDDIES £12. BOTH PRICES + £2 ON THE DOOR

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For other ways of purchasing tickets please see the ‘Buy Tickets’ section. Doors 6.45pm, concert starts 7.15pm.

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!