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, 28th SEPTEMBER 2018 – MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO

(Special Guest: Black Hill Barrow Boys)

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ADVANCE TICKETS:  £17, BLUES BUDDIES £14. 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.

MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO  movin’music/mikevernon&the mightycombo

Unbeknown to him at the time, Thursday 5th May 1966 was to be 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, Mantovani 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.

Listen to the new album (below) then grab your ticket, get along to the gig, buy a copy and the great man will sign it for you!

BLACK HILL BARROW BOYS  blackhillbarrowboys.com

Most notably former members of the Bronte Blues Club house band (BBC5), John, Martyn and Jon have featured in many local bands down the years.  Their electro-acoustic versions of folk, blues and jazz standards plus a couple of their own compositions is sure to start the evening in fine style.


FRIDAY, 19th OCTOBER 2018 – MALONE SIBUN BAND

(Special Guest: Big Town Boogie)

Malone Sibun Band 

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

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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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Upbeat blues & Rn’B with a shuffle and swing designed to get you tapping your feet or strutting your stuff on the dance floor.