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 23RD FEBRUARY 2018 – JOHN VERITY

(Special Guest: Matt Edwards Band)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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) 2017 EUROPEAN BLUES BAND OF THE YEAR

(Special Guest: Owen Houlston)

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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)

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).

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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)

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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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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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LAVENDORE ROGUE www.lavendorerogue.com

2018 UK BLUES AWARDS ‘BAND OF THE YEAR’ NOMINEE

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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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!

RAINBREAKERS www.therainbreakers.com

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.

ELLES BAILEY ellesbailey.com

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.

TOM C. WALKER tomcwalkerofficial.com

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.

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.