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

(Special Guest: Reece Hillis)

Kara GraingerReece Hillis

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

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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

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.

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.

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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 SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2017 – DOUG MACLEOD

(Special Guest: Benjamin William Pike)

Doug MacLeod Ben Pike

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.

DOUG MACLEOD doug-macleod.com

Winner of the Memphis-based Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist of the Year 2017 – the BMAs (formerly W.C. Handy Awards) are recognised as the highest honour given to blues musicians worldwide. Doug is now a three times winner of this Award.

Doug MacLeod is an American storytelling bluesman. Although now associated with his home in Los Angeles, he has lived and worked in North Carolina, St. Louis, Port Washington, New York, and Norfolk, Virginia, where he was stationed in the United States Navy. A perennial blues music award- winner & nominee, Doug is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition of the travelling artist that writes and sings original songs based on his own life and experiences. Learning from the old masters, living the music, surviving the life and carrying forward a valuable tradition, he is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances.

BENJAMIN WILLIAM PIKE

Ben is a critically acclaimed acoustic roots musician from Leeds. A virtuoso guitarist, adept at playing acoustic, lap slide and pedal steel, Benjamin explores folk, alt. country, blues and beyond. His debut album , ‘Being & Nothingness’ became one of Folk Radio’s albums of the year in 2013. Benjamin has played across the UK, Europe, U.S. and Canada and has opened for The Felice Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kelly Joe Phelps and ‘Cactus’ Jim Soldi (Johnny Cash’s guitarist).
The 2017 album,  ‘A Burdensome Year’ was an album of the month on Folk Radio and has been featured in The Independent as well as receiving superb reviews from national folk and roots publications including R2 magazine and fRoots magazine. Recently Benjamin recorded a live session for BBC Radio London which is available through BBC iPlayer.


SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2017 – SAMANTHA FISH (USA)

(Special Guest: Felka)

Samantha FishFelka

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.

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 harks 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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FELKA  facebook

From Keighley (not Leeds, so ignore facebook!), as local as you like. Humming harmonies; melancholy magic. The mixture of folk, soul and pop that comprises dazzling duo Rose and Tanisha sets the evening’s rhythm before the main event.

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FRIDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2017 – J.W. JONES BAND (Canada)

(Special Guest: Henry Parker)

JW JonesHenry Parker

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.

J.W. JONES www.jw-jones.com

International Blues Challenge winner (2017), JUNO Award Nominee (for the 2014 album ‘Belmont Boulevard’ which was also nominated for a Maple Blues Award and held the #1 position on the Canadian Roots radio stations for 13 weeks) and Billboard Top 10 Blues artist JW-Jones has released nine albums, performed in twenty-three countries and four continents. In 2015/2016 JW played over 100 shows, including being invited five times to perform alongside Buddy Guy and twice with Woodstock legends, Canned Heat.
In 2016, George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ management specifically requested Jones to open several of their tour dates including standing ovations at Massey Hall and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.
JW’s latest release ‘High Temperature’ was named the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Top 10 and will be released in Europe and the UK on Friday 8th September 2017.
In May 2017, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers made a guest appearance with JW and the band in Edmonton. The future looks exciting for this rising star and we are thrilled to welcome him and his band to KBL.

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HENRY PARKER www.henryparkermusic.co.uk

With a sound rooted in the haze of the now long-distant folk revival, Henry Parker takes up a style crafted by players such as Bert Jansch and Nick Drake in the 1960’s and early 70’s. His open tuned acoustic creates a sound that would perhaps fit the ‘Folk-Baroque’ label, a term used to denote those musicians who followed the path laid down by the late Davy Graham. His songs and tunes are either worked from his own hand, or borrowed and developed from the traditional British folk cannon.Those that have seen him perform on a hollow-body electric guitar understand the influence and impression that modern jazz has made on his music.


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

(Special Guest: Benjamin Bassford)

Billy Walton

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.

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 Jukes. 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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BENJAMIN BASSFORD benjaminbassford.com

 


FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2018 – CATFISH

(Special Guest: To Be Announced)

Catfish

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.

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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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.

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

 
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Tickets On Sale Monday 2nd October 2017

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: To Be Announced)

TR&TBT

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

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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)

SATURDAY 7TH APRIL 2018 – MARTIN BARRE

(Special Guest: This Winter Machine)

Martin BarreThis Winter Machine

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

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

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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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THIS WINTER MACHINE www.thiswintermachine.com

A progressive rock band from Yorkshire. Taking their cues and influences from the pioneers of the genre in the 70s and 80s they bring the sound right up to date combining soaring and emotive vocals, thought provoking lyrics, consummate and evocative musicianship and melodies that linger long after the music stops.