Foxlowe Films Presents:
As part of Leek’s Blues and Americana festival featuring over 50 acts over 5 nights, we are delighted to screen Amazing Grace. Almost 50 years after technical issues scuppered its original release, Sydney Pollack’s concert film of Aretha Franklin’s legendary gospel album, Amazing Grace is finally on the big screen. Shot over two nights in January 1972, the film shows Franklin return to her gospel roots at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles before an ecstatic live audience. Amazing Grace went on to become one of the biggest and most beloved albums of Aretha’s career. “Amazing Grace is, without a doubt one of the finest music documentaries ever. For close to 90 minutes I sat with chills up and down my spine in a near-constant roll” The Guardian.
USA 2019 89 mins Dir: Alan Elliot & Sydney Pollack
Cinema located on first floor – regrettably no disabled access.
Licensed bar, hot drinks available from 7 pm.
Advance tickets available from Foxlowe Gallery or online.
Tickets normally also available on the door.
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation.
The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ was released in February 2017, it was produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro and recorded in Nashville. It follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.
The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack’s music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal, the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios. Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds.
Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast with ZZ Ward, Delta Rae and opened for Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby, Five for Fighting, World Party, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa amongst many others. His music has features on hit TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries, Banshee, America best Bars and VH1’s Morning Buzz. Last summer in Canada he and Daniel played Winnipeg, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk Music Festivals as well as shows in the Caribbean, the US and Europe.
Daniel has played the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Tennessee Theatre, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Hardly Strictly, Bluegrass, StordFest, The Kate Wolf Folk Festival, The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Chateau St. Michelle, Jammin at Hippie Jacks (Jack’s) and many more.
“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – *Guitarist Magazine***
“Martin is arguably the best Weissenborn player in the UK and has been for many years.” – *Weissenborn Exchange**
“No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” – *Roots Magazine***
“Awesome” – *Johnnie Walker, BBC Radio 2***
“Quite simply a great live act” – *Time Out London*
Music Magic (formerly Classical Babies) provides live music of all genres for babies & their grown-ups in a relaxed, informal setting where no-one is expected to sit still & be quiet! The music is carefully chosen to appeal to all ages and performed by some of the country’s most esteemed professional musicians. With soft flooring and toys for the babies, and coffee & cake for the adults, concerts don’t come more baby-friendly than this!
A voice that pours with emotion and fills a venue, Katie O’Malley and her hip-swaying country/blues band have played across the country at numerous shows and festivals, including Green Meadows, Dot2Dot and many more.
A familiar face on the Manchester acoustic scene, she has supported top ten album selling Beth Rowley, country star Kimmie Rhodes, played alongside Aziz Ibrahim (stone roses, simply red) and worked with award-winning producer Simon Dine (Paul Weller, Noonday Underground)
If you love music from the soul, delivered with passion and conviction, then Bluebyrd is the band for you. Our music is part folk/part rock, spiced with aspects of pop and country, resulting in Bluebyrd’s dark-folk-rock; a unique sound that is both warm and edgy, leaving your feet tapping, heart skipping, head buzzing and your eyes shedding an occasional tear.
Driven to songwriting as a result of listening to a diverse range of musicians, Phil Maddocks continues to create new music and inspire others.
In the early years, a chat with acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Isaac Guillory spurred Phil on to develop his songwriting and take his singing and playing to live audiences. This lead to appearances at local folk clubs in a pre-open mic era.
Phil continues to play solo and also links up with other musicians. He performs regularly as a duo with the exceptional bass player Nick Bayes.
Phil’s band ‘Phil & the Outdoor Angels’ consists of Phil (vocals and acoustic guitar), Tom Rhead (lead guitar), Nick Bayes (bass guitar) and Richard Wilson (drums).
Support slots for a diverse range of artists include Eleanor McEvoy, Big Country, The Christians, The Strawbs, Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets), Harvey Andrews, Martyn Joseph and John Bramwell (I Am Kloot).
Ashley Sherlock is a Manchester-based singer/songwriter citing his inspirations as Jeff Buckley, The Marcus King Band, The Cadillac Three, Gary Clark Jr and Chris Stapleton. Working alongside producer Kenneth Nixon (of Framing Hanley fame) Ashley’s material, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, presents a modern outlook on the sounds of the deep south; combined with his fantastic vocal range and songwriting style. After several years, and hundreds of gigs performing as a solo artist, Ashley Sherlock has now formed a blues rock trio and has been working on an album of new material. Their fantastic blend of gritty blues, falsetto vocal melodies and a jazz/funk-inspired rhythm section creates a unique sound
Barrelhouse Jukes is a 3-piece acoustic blues and roots band based in Staffordshire and Cheshire. We play our own interpretation of Blues, Jazz with a West Coast feel thrown in for good measure.
We play many of the local festivals including Nantwich, Newcastle, Middlewich, Leek, Stafford & Congleton and also various bikers rallys.
Expect to hear the likes of T Bone Walker, Roosevelt Sykes, Rev. Gary Davis, Muddy Waters, Dave Alvin, Hot Tuna & Steamhammer amongst others.
Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys were formed in 2008 and started
gigging in their stompin’ ground around ‘The Potteries’ Stoke-On-Trent in
So why ‘Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys?’, starting with The
Hoochie Coochie Boys, the band has been heavily influenced by the Chicago Blues sound, as well as a British influence from Nine Below Zero &
Dr. Feelgood, and Hoochie Coochie Boys is a nod to the great Muddy Waters. Rob Wilkinson under pins the band with old time harmonica playing
and a wailing tone, hence the Cry Baby.
On the drive home from yet another cracking Nine Below Zero gig, Rob and
Graham Sells (Mr.G) were inspired up to put together a band that could combine the 50’s Chicago R&B sound with high energy British Blues.
During the summer of 2008 the dust settled and The Hoochie Coochie Boys
line-up was completed. Rob Wilkinson (Harmonica & Vocals), Graham Sells
(Vocals & Guitar), Vince Cutcliffe (Lead Guitar), Trevor Pinson (Bass),
Johnny ‘Fingers’ Davies (Keyboards), Andy Carr (Drums).
Over the years the band, as most bands do, have changed the line-up. Several keyboard changes over the 5 years with the position now
ably filled by “The Reverend” Mark Hargreaves. In 2013 Graham moved to
Brazil and the band reduced to a 5-piece outfit. Shortly afterwards Trevor called time on his 6 years with the band. The bass position was filled by local bass legend Chris Bevington.
The band feeds off live gigs and whilst we’ve all been around the block a few times, we ensure that we deliver a highly energized performance by limiting gigs to one or two a month, in that way we hit the stage bursting. One venue recently described us as a ‘Dance Floor Rhythm and Blues Band’ yeh that pretty much say’s it all.
The band recorded their first EP ‘Salt Glazed Blues – EP’ at Tremolo Studios in Stoke-On-Trent, mainly to help promote the band and encourage pubs and clubs to book gigs. The EP includes two original numbers written by Graham Sells; ‘Don’t Lie To Me Baby’, a riff driven blues rocker, highlighting the harp and organ, followed by a slow burner, ‘Ain’t Nothing But The Blues’, which plays homage to the likes of BB King, Howlin Wolf. Elmore James and again Muddy Waters.
For all ages! A fabulous, family, festival feature for Leek Blues & Americana 2019. Vintage style jazz/blues. Songs about science, dinosaurs, seaweed, cheese and much, much more. Free biscuits on arrival!!!
Faster than a speeding puffin, more chocolatey than a chocolate labrador, descending from apes (if they are tall enough) Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers release your ears to play backgammon undisturbed. Tuba, piano, drums, ukulele, tickling and rubbing your senses into a fun stew. Enjoy yourselves, if you can; Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers are greater than you think!
“My favourite album of the year…every track on it is a gem. The lyrics are a thing of beauty”
Alan Raw, BBC Introducing
“Sometimes I love bands because their music is so exquisitely crafted and sometimes simply because it’s irresistibly daft. In the case of Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers it’s both!”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“Riotous fun, catchy melodies combined with bonkers lyrics and a winning stage charm. The perfect example of family music done really right. They have every child, adult and grandparent at Just So singing their songs weeks before they arrive; demands for their return the next year before their current set has even finished” Cathryn Peach, Just So Festival
“If surreal was a path, Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers are floating above the grass alongside it on a cabbage”
Michael Chenhangerangeran, Metro
“Classic English surreality, a delightful mix of Vic Reeves Big Night Out, Bonzos and Music Hall. I want to marry them all”
Bob Fischer, BBC Radio Tees
“It was epic! The Badgers played a stormer and had the crowd eating out of their hand”
Steve Haddrell, WOMAD
Richard was born and grew up in South Wales before travelling globally. He has dabbled in all sorts of styles but loves slide resonator guitar.
Satinder has played tabla since a young age and has recently transferred form traditional Indian music to blues and playing with Maharaja Blues.
Jonathan Browning, born and raised in the valleys of South Wales, breathes fire through his harmonica adding extra spice to the Maharaja Blues. He combines folk, rock and blues techniques to create his own distinctive style. Enamoured by the versatility of his instrument, he naturally feeds off the vibes of the other maharajas.
Rick’s tradition is that of the singer/songwriter and storyteller and his influences can be detected in his songs and his playing but his work possesses a startling sense of originality and his musical influences seem to mesh together with a timelessness that like the blues, folk and country music that he loves goes beyond fashion into that hard gut-bucket reality that forms the currency of our lives. His songs are steeped in the wild beauty of the hills, valleys and moorlands of his beloved Peak District countryside; at once simple, raw and earthy and yet at the same time filled with an indefinable sense of poignancy and yearning. Though some of Rick’s songs are heartbreaking in their unflinching honesty, the insight he brings into his portrayal of the human condition is riveting.
Sheffield singer-songwriter Banjo Jen is the “all-singin’, all-dancin’, badass banjo-pickin’ girl”! Using banjo as the lead instrument for her original songs, weaving clever lyrics with catchy melodies, and incorporating Appalachian step-dancing and no-nonsense Yorkshire charm and humour into her sets, she’s quickly gained a loyal local following which is now spreading far beyond the Yorkshire border! 2018 saw her release her distinctive debut EP ‘Lost & Found’, and be selected twice to represent the Americana Music Association UK at both Red Rooster and The Long Road festivals. There’s a lot more to come from this banjo-pickin’ girl, so grab yer cowboy boots and come along for the ride!
Over the last few years, Jaywalkers have cemented their place as one of the most exciting, virtuosic and entertaining young bands working on the British Acoustic Music scene. Effortlessly creating a unique sound based on their collective and individual musical backgrounds, the band takes influence from Folk, Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three part harmony and impressive slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your face…. The music Jaywalkers create is innovative, rooted deeply in tradition, and exhilarating.
“Astounding abilities and proficient talents… the chemistry between them is electrifying….
they show the world, being young holds no boundaries” Maverick Magazine
et again, Bill will have an awesome line up of fellow musicians, each of whom have a fine and highly regarded musical pedigree.
Bill himself will be performing main vocals and playing guitars exquisitely, with Pete Latham also on guitar, plus Al Bruce playing dynamic Bass Guitar, Ted Lewis solidly on Drums and Percussion, Phil Jackson on Blues Harp….and, the icing on this fat, juicy, 6 piece cake is the wonderful Rod Mayall, who will be joining them on Keyboards.
They will be performing a sublime night of music, set across the Americana spectrum, including Blues, Bluegrass and Roots tributes, performed with the style and authenticity that the original composers respectfully deserve. Expect awesome musicianship, including cool guitars with plenty of slide.
John Emil, an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and a master of slide guitar, has delivered showstopping performances at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Lake Occonee Music Fest, the Florida and South Florida Folk Fests, and the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival.
Equally adept with the acoustic Hawaiian lap steel guitar and dobro, Emil first appeared on the South Florida music scene in 2000. Fans hear haunting, subtle hints of Delta bluesmen Son House and Blind Willie Johnson, but Emil ultimately creates a unique style all his own by integrating country blues, folk, bluegrass and lush Hawaiian sounds into his repertoire.
Routinely taking the lost art of slide guitar in a new direction, Emil has composed a wealth of slide guitar tracks for media production libraries. His instrumental tracks have been published by LA Post Music in Los Angeles, Westar Music in Canada, and Strange Fruit in South Africa. Emil recently became the first American musician to be published by London’s KPM, one of the world’s largest production libraries. Among the many television and cable network shows Emil has supplied music for are “Dateline,” Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” CMT’s “Cribs,” and several international wildlife and nature documentaries.
Grace & Aaron Bond of When Rivers Meet are a Blues + Roots Rock duo from Essex.
Their soulful vocals lock into harmony with a natural chemistry: Aaron’s bold, driven guitar is grounded by his solid kick drum, and Grace’s unique slide mandolin and fiddle combine to create a wall of sound.
With a combination of well-crafted self-penned songs and reworked traditionals, performances are fearless.
Josh Wood is a singer song writer based in Manchester who has been away from the scene for quite some time. He is back now and sounding better then ever with new songs and new sounds, and they’re all original! Dreamscape vocals and crafted lyrics over seamless guitar…. He can NOT be missed!
Elle Kay-Coles began performing at the age of three when she stood up on the counter at Debenhams and sang ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ for the shoppers in the queue. The rest, as they say, is history. From then on she has spent every moment she can singing, from school plays to music festivals and venues such the Royal Festival Hall, around the UK and abroad.She has been writing songs since the age of ten. She released her first EP, Turning Point, in 2016. Today, Elle is working on her second EP, which is due to be released next year, and is performing in and around Manchester.
Little Victor has been called the King of Grit and the antithesis of meaningless virtuosity. His rich, quirky and inspired downhome blues became well-known to blues audiences through his work with the legendary Louisiana Red on the highly celebrated Back To The Black Bayou. This album introduced the world to the powerful musical chemistry between Louisiana Red and Little Victor as his producer/protégé/bandleader. The record featured guests including Kim Wilson, Bob Corritoreand David Maxwell and won prestigious prizes like the Grand Prix Du Disque (the French equivalent of the Grammy Award), the renowned Record Critics’ Award of Germany (the German equivalent of the Grand Prix Du Disque), numerous Best Album nods in different Countries and a pair of nominations at the 31st Blues Music Awards (the Grammy of the blues) in the USA. The album earned glowing reviews on 3 continents in important mainstream music magazines such as Rolling Stone and Down Beat. Little Victor has also produced and played on records by David Evans, Sophie Kay, Hubert Sumlin, RL Burnside, Robert Belfour and Tav Falco’s Panther Burns –his work on Tav’s long-awaited comeback album Conjurations was even noticed by MOJO Magazine.
Kerry Fearon is one of Northern Ireland’s most popular emerging country singers. Her eponymous EP was released in 2016 and is available from Jean’s Country Music Store in Omagh. Her debut album is due in autumn 2017. The first single from the album was ‘Storms Never Last’. Listen to the second single, ‘Red River Valley’, above. Kerry’s debut album is the culmination of several years gigging and recording around her native Northern Ireland. Listen to her music on iTunes.
Tearing it up with his own raucous interpretation of traditional blues, Pistol Pete Wearn is a renowned vocalist, slide guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. Equipped with acoustic guitar and stompbox he blends traditional material and originals with the odd slide-ifed cover.
Recent career highlights have included getting a song played on BBC Radio 6 Music; winning Moonshine Magazine’s ‘Solo Blues Artist of the Year’ award for 2015-16; a successful five day run at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe; & a tour of Ireland; as well as support slots for ragtime guitar legend Stefan Grossman, American folk superstars The Stray Birds & New Orleans songwriter Andrew Duhon.
One with the blues: a Westhoek hero with a voice and a lot of skills on guitar. Blues, sincerely brought with great respect for the great masters of the past!
After walking hard metal and solid hard rock paths, Miguel Verschaeve found the roots back at the age of sixteen: back to basics!
He renamed himself “One with the blues” and first took to the streets with electric, then with acoustic guitar. The result is pure sincerity, a lot of passion and a lot of groove.
Miguel quickly sought out the greats of the Delta blues and brought full coverage of covers from Rory Gallagher , Mississippi John Hurt , Blind Boy Fuller , Eric Sardinas , Jeff Healy and Townes Van Zandt . One with the Blues also writes his own songs, which deal thematically with the fight of survival and his own psychological vulnerability.
His style? Fingerpicking and country blues, recently supplemented with a slide guitar on a resonator. His dream? Creating brand awareness within the blues circuit to share his passion with the general public. Our goal? Help him get started by offering One with the blues a place on our pleasant stage.
Blues Train are based in Buxton in Derbyshire, they are one of the longest running bands in Buxton, being on the road for around 28 yrs, the present line-up only 18yrs ! They gig all over the U.K., including many top Blues Festivals and venue’s, always giving 100% on stage. The music they pump out is Red Hot n’ Raw, Bar Room, Rhythm n’ Blues. All of the Train have been on the road for many years in other bands, some have been at it for as many as 50 yrs and there’s no sign of the Train pulling into the engine shed for good, just yet. So plenty of time to climb aboard n’ boogie, COME RIDE THE TRAIN !!!!!
Appalachian dancing originates from traditional English, Irish and Scottish clogging and stepping styles as danced by the immigrants who settled in the Appalachian Mountains in North America. The dance evolved in remote mountain communities and incorporated steps from the dance style of native Indians and former slaves.
Mind the Step was formed in 1990 by a group of dancers wanting to “do something different “ and we have been performing our unique style of Appalachian dancing ever since! We choreograph all our own dances using traditional Appalachian clogging, stepping and flatfooting styles drawing inspiration from many sources ranging from the American flag in a dance called Liberty to the name of the local pub in Windmills. This energetic and exciting dance form will take your breath away, both dancers and spectators alike!
Emily is a singer/songwriter from Stoke-on-Trent. Emily first started learning to play the guitar at the age of about 5 and started writing songs from age 12.
Emily’s song “Reflection of Me” was highly commended in 2017 in the national Song Academy Young Songwriter competition (age 13 – 18 category) and “Nice Eyes” repeated this in the 2018 competition.
Emily’s first collection of self-penned songs, called “Reflections of Me”, was released in December 2016 and in December 2018 a second EP called “My Imagination” was released and was awarded 5 stars by Maverick Music Magazine (Jan/Feb 2019 issue).
Also in 2018 Emily won the “Artiste of Year 2018 – Peoples Vote” in awards run by British Country Airplay in conjunction with Country Road Radio and in 2019 Emily was voted Local Music Act of the Year by 6 Towns Radio.
As regards live performances, Emily has opened for international and touring artists and played in a variety of venues, from small clubs in Stoke on Trent & Manchester to bigger festivals like 110 Above Festival.
Frontman Lil Jim has been awarded the title of Best European Accordion Player by Cajun & Zydeco Europe. He has been playing the Accordion, along with an array of other instruments, for over 20 years. Cajun music is in his blood – his father is ‘Beeds’ from R. Cajun & The Zydeco Brothers.
Jim is the founder of “Down To Roots Music” and has made a name for himself in Derby and the surrounding area as well as performing at numerous festivals around Europe. He has even played several times on stage in Louisiana, the home of Cajun & Zydeco!
The Gator Dog Snappers met in The Spotted Cat, Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, while on US tour with various bands.
Featured at EFG London Jazz festival, regulars at The Magic Garden, Jamboree, Rumpus Party, the Blues Kitchens and the UK festival scene. The Snappers enjoy busking, street performance, and fill dance floors at London’s top swing dance events.
Snare Drummer Hannah spends half the year in New Orleans, studying with local musicians, and performing with local brass bands in countless second lines and Mardi Gras parades, in addition to regular shows on the notorious Frenchmen street. She is currently studying snare drum with David Henzie-Skogen of YoungBlood Brass band. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Alice is also a New Orleans regular, most notably performing with the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, and the late great Allen Toussaint.
Born under a Manchester star with a love of playing a mixed range of American Folk/Country favourites and off-the-beaten-track songs for boot-stompin audiences. Bursting with home-fried energy and deep south flavour fun we’ll make you sing, laugh and cry until the cows come home – think Old Crow Medicine Show, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and The Devil Makes Three. (
Chloe Jones is a singer-songwriter from Greater Manchester.
By accompanying herself on the acoustic guitar and with a voice that is both unique and captivating, Chloe’s style lends itself well to the folk music that she writes.
There is an essence of country and Americana present within the mix too, emphasised by the rich tones of her voice that contrast with the haunting falsetto in which she flicks between with subtlety and ease.
Jones finds influence in the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, First Aid Kit, Tracy Chapman, Lissie and Courtney-Marie Andrews.
Dana Immanuel is a banjo-toting, whiskey-drinking, poker-playing singer-songwriter currently operating from a north London hideout from which emerges a sound more usually associated with the bayou, triple filtered through bourbon, washboard, and a touch of alt-country eccentricity. With the five-piece, all-girl Stolen Band, Dana has been getting feet stomping across the UK folk, blues, Americana and rock scenes.
Born and raised in Oregon, USA, aerynn is a singer-songwriter who lives and performs around Manchester, United Kingdom. Having performed in theatres, clubs, pubs, festivals, forests, coffee shops, bars, boat yards, living rooms, streets, churches, meadows, market places and even a former bordello, she enjoys acoustic spaces and has thus launched her 2018 Acoustic Spaces Series. Spring brings a mini-tour, some dates including bass and fiddle to promote her upcoming single release and share new songs with her growing audience.
Music has been a part of aerynn’s life for as long as she can remember, having grown up in a musical family, and she began writing songs as a coping mechanism through life’s inevitable twists and turns. In 2015, her unreleased Light With You was awarded semi-Finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition, with her emotional ballad Returning (from Summer Leaves) receiving Commended Entry. Her music is an acoustic alternative corroded folk collection of stories from her life, lives that she’s witnessed, and a few she has yet to see.
Over the years George’s association with an ever-growing list of artistes as diverse as PIXIES MEATLOAF PAUL BRADY SAD CAFE THE WATER BOYS TEENAGE FANCLUB BONNIE RAITT RADIOHEAD the list goes on, has earned him the highest level of respect from those on the ‘inside’ whilst also being able to reach and appeal to those on the ‘outside’ with his rarefied combination of presence, performance and beautifully crafted words of art. Music with a message for all, delivered with a passion – George’s songwriting winds it’s way through pop, rock, country, blue suede tunes in true rock ‘n roll style, socially aware masterpieces with haunting lyrics and those lump-in-the-throat power ballads which carry that definitive GB stamp.
Son of Dave is a Bluesman. Not traditional, but has begun a new tradition perhaps. Playing harmonica, layering up beatbox grooves, stomping and playing percussion, then writing passionate growling infectious songs overtop, he defies category. A truly maverick Bluesman.
He comes originally from Winnipeg Canada (born Benjamin Darvill). He’s been based out of London U.K. for over twenty years. He’s toured all over Europe and North America as well as more off centre countries such as Uganda, South Africa, Lebanon, Russia and more. His one-man show is fun and unforgettable.
Many have come to find Son of Dave tunes through programs like Breaking Bad, Preacher, Bloodline and others where his unique songs have featured.
As a young harmonica player he worked in the Blues and biker bars of Manitoba. Being nurtured in the tradition of Midwest Blues and Canadian folk music, he joined Crash Test Dummies at it’s beginnings and rode that wave for four albums and ten years until returning to his more humble, rhythmic desires and the tunes he’d been working on through those dizzying years. The music business almost crumbled with the switch to digital, but Son found a path through the old fashioned way, playing clubs and building an audience from scratch. He’s recordings found their way to millions of fans without the backing of a big label or hit machine.
Embarking on a year of singles, EPs and an inevitable 9th album, at 52 years of age, there is no sign of slowing down. Well, the knees an back aren’t what they used to be……
Performing Jazz and Blues from a variety of sources- The Peak District Big Band combines the talents of some of the most talented young local musicians and features vocalist Molly Rider and the fabulous soloist Alex Clarke – a rising star on the jazz scene and currently a student at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Finalists in the 2018 National Festival of Music for Youth this 21 piece big band’s eclectic repertoire includes works from Cornell Dupree to Amy Winehouse.
Date: Saturday 12th October, 2019
Time: Doors 8 for 8.30pm start.