“For over 20 years, Slaid Cleaves, out of Austin, TX, has spun stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart.
On his latest release “”Ghost on the Car Radio”” Cleaves crafts 12 stories with care and compassion; some might describe his characters as losers but he gives them dignity and voice and a bunch of great folk-rock tunes to boot.”
KIRK FLETCHER.Kirk Fletcher has a reputation as a bonafide can’t-miss performer. His soulful playing and singing never fails to elicit chills, and his unique approach to blues and roots music is both refreshingly modern and completely authentic.
Widely considered one of the best blues guitarists in the world, he has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers and fans across the globe. Born and based in Los Angeles, California, Kirk is a four-time Blues Music Award and a 2015 British Blues Award nominee and has played with a variety of popular artists, including Joe Bonamassa and a three-year role as lead guitarist of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He is also the frontman of his own Kirk Fletcher Band, having released three studio albums and a live album. A fourth studio album is currently in the works.
“Kirk is hands-down one of the best blues guitarists in the world.”
“Kirk fires off soulful, straight-from-the-heart solos that dazzle on big stages. ..Fletcher also blows people’s minds when he’s playing rhythm guitar.”
Guitar Player Magazine
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Chris Bevington & friends have had a great 2016 so far and their reputation has helped them to establish the band as a top Professional Blues Band.
The aim of 2016 was to promote the second album “Better Start Cookin” to a wider audience and hopefully attract more friends along the way.
The highlights have been the support of Paul Jones BBC Radio 2 and the great Airplay he has given us as well as that, we have loved playing at some of the best Festivals in the UK and appearing at The Upton , Cambridge and Colne Festivals has been a fantastic Experience
The planning for Album Number 3 has already started and we hope to start very soon and the involvement and Song writing abilities of Jim Kirkpatrick and Scott Ralph is sure to build upon the great feedback we have received for Album No 2, so for us all , it’s very exciting times.”
STARTS 7.30 PM £14.
LEEK BLUES AND AMERICANA PRESENTS……..
Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London.
Artists are often described as having “a unique talent”; few epitomise this more than multi instrumentalist Rodney Branigan. In fact, Texan-born Rodney’s talents as a musician are as plentiful as the many instruments he expertly plays side by side.
He masterfully combines extraordinary multi instrumentalist skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice;(often compared to Jeff Buckley)A passion for musical diversity has seen Rodney travel the world with his own, inimitable style of musicianship. Having toured his native America coast-to-coast, Rodney’s desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China, India, Africa and all across Europe; earning him love from new fans and respect from established musicians alike.
Rodney Branigan the songwriter is a truly gifted man. Rodney Branigan the performer has to be seen to be believed. Having opened for Billy Sheehan, Jack Johnson, Francis Cabrel, G-Love, Billy Bragg, Angeliqu Kidja, Show of Hands to name a few.
Rodney will be supported the Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek by the talented local singer/songwriter Rob Davies.