This is our 4th Annual BluesRockFest and the event is quickly gaining recognition for the quality of the acts and the outstanding sound at the venue. Added to that the fact that the headline acts really "are" worthy of that tag and you have a must see event. This year is no different and we are delighted to welcome The Stevie Nimmo Trio to headline the event with a quality "undercard".
Tickets on sale here for £20.
With a burning desire to entertain and pursue a serious music career, at the age of eighteen Alex Butler decided to form a band. The Blues/Rock outfit Red Butler emerged in April 2012, and the established line up consists of Alex (guitar), Charlie Simpson (drums), Jane Pearce (vocals) and Mike Topp (bass).
Drawing upon influences from SRV, Etta James, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Free, King King, Santana and Derek Trucks - the band have developed their own style of writing and have begun producing thoughtful, light hearted and melodic compositions. The band have been mentioned a number of times by the Blues media culminating in the award for ‘Best New UK Act’ 2014 via the Writers Poll for Blues Matters!
Following the successful launch of their debut album ‘Freedom Bound’ in the Summer of 2014, the band have been working hard on new material for a follow up album. Working with acclaimed producer Wayne Proctor, recording began in January 2016. The album will be released later in the year.
Heightened exposure has brought many rewards and Red Butler are now receiving invitations to perform throughout the country at forthcoming festivals and high profile support slots. In September 2015, Red Butler came runners up in the Emerging Artist category of the British Blues Awards, with Alex Butler also runner up for Young Artist. In October 2015, the band won the second UK Blues Challenge, and represented the UK at the European Blues Challenge hosted in Italy in 2016.
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As one half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’ who won 'Best Band' in the 2015 British Blues Awards, Stevie Nimmo has been a well known and respected figure throughout the Blues and Roots world for over 20 years. Born and raised in Glasgow, there was always music around as Stevie grew up. Stevie never had any guitar or singing lessons but throughout the family there were plenty of people who sang or played some kind of instrument to learn from. After a diagnosis of cancer in 2009 and subsequent surgery resulting in the loss of his voice for over two months, Stevie, now living in France, was forced to ease back on his touring schedule with The Nimmo Brothers spending some months in recovery following this major operation. The Nimmo Brothers are now taking an indefinite hiatus while Stevie and Alan pursue their solo projects. Consequently, Stevie is now enjoying a new adventure in a full-on, electric, no-holds-barred trio format. Their brilliant new album 'Sky Won't Fall' (produced by King King Drummer/Producer Wayne Proctor) was released in early 2016. Don’t miss this chance to catch an artist at the top of his game doing what he does best – standing on stage playing his own music in his own passionate, inimitable fashion. You will not be disappointed!
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May saw the official launch of the new Blacktop Deluxe line up after some teasing, pre-launch and shots - mostly taken during their studio time in April. The signature brand of guitar-driven Blues Rock remains - with singer/guitarist Keith Howe at the forefront of the action but now flanked by another six-stringer, GB Bartlett, adding nitrous to the fuel line. So expect an added... dose of lead guitar when it comes to this year's BluesRockFest and the Blacktop solos! But this machine is four-wheel drive, and powering from the back is the new rhythm section of Jamie Fyffe on drums and Dean Kennedy on bass. Indeed, the new line up have not only already recorded a new single to be put out soon as a free download via the band website, but they have also been nominated in the 'Emerging Artists' category of this years 'British Blues Awards' - How cool is that?
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Robin Bibi is one of the UK’s top Blues/Rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben .E. King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, launched the Robin Bibi Band in the late 90s... Robin has been nominated in the British Blues awards for Guitar plus both Robin and Tony were nominated for Best Acoustic act. Bibi also won the 2014 WRC Award for Best Guitar Solo above solos by Joe Bonamassa and Richie Sambora!! An Acoustic Live Album 'Fast Dreams Come Alive' recorded at the Bulls Head in Barnes, London, was released in 2010 plus 'Live At The Oval', a limited edition album featuring Robin and Alan Glen, one of the UK's very finest harmomica players (Ex-Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero).
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Helen Turner (vocals), Iain Black (guitar) and Andy Jones (drums) of the now defunct Bare Bones Boogie Band (who had been making quite a name for themselves on the UK Blues scene in the last few years) were joined by bass guitarist Marek Funkas to form London Blues Rock band – Born Healer! Founded in January 2015, they recently brought out their very first album 'Til The Dawn'.
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With three albums under their belt, tours and supports with Wishbone Ash, Focus, Walter Trout among others and their new studio album 'Reflections' earning rave reviews, The Mentulls have been winning over audiences in the UK and Europe with their own unique brand of ‘Prog Blues Rock’. The album which is produced by award winning producer Wayne Proctor and mastered by the legendary Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Stones, Rush), was declared “The best album I’ve heard all year by a country mile” by Classic Rock Society Magazine, also made it to #28 on Amazon UK’s best sellers rock chart and has been a favourite on radio shows worldwide including airplay on BBC Radio 2.
Catfish's debut album 'So Many Roads' went straight to No. 1 in the IBBA Blues airplay charts on its release in January 2015. The new EP, 'When BB Sings the Blues', a tribute to BB King, was No. 5 in the IBBA Blues airplay chart for February and March 2016. Within their first year, they were nominated twice as finalists in the British Blues Awards 2015, the band in the Emerging Artist category and Paul Long for keyboards. They have followed this with three more nominations in 2016 - Band of the Year, Young Artist for Matt Long and keyboards again for Paul Long. They played several major blues festivals during 2015 including the Great British R&B Festival in Colne (one of the largest blues festivals in the country) and Bluesfest at the 02 (one of the biggest in Europe), the latter on guitarist/vocalist Matt's 21st birthday! As well as several well known Blues clubs, they have played at iconic music venues including the 100 Club in Oxford Street and the Eel Pie Club in Twickenham following in the footsteps of The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and The Who!
SPONSORED BY: STUART BRODERICK
SPONSORED BY: STUART BRODERICK
JACK J HUTCHINSON
It’s been a busy first half of 2016 for British Blues Awards nominated guitarist and songwriter Jack J Hutchinson. Over the last six months he’s played to audiences across the UK, with highlights including supporting Paul Lamb at his album launch in Camden, returning to the 100 Club, being invited to play at a jam packed Blues on the Farm Festival, his tracks 'Locomotive Blues' and 'Loving Man' being playlisted on BBC Radio 2, as well as numerous press including a feature in Classic Rock Blues Magazine. Oh and to top things off – sharing a few beers backstage with Blackberry Smoke on their recent tour. London based Hutchinson has been nominated in the Acoustic Act category - having also been nominated in 2015 for the Emerging Artist award -facing stiff competition from Ian Siegal, Marcus Bonfanti, Half Deaf Clatch, duo Joel Fisk and Jon Amor, Mark Harrison and Matt Woosey.
Born Healer 15:00 – 15:40
Blacktop Deluxe 15:55 – 16:35
Catfish 16:50 – 17:40
End of 1st Half
Robin Bibi (Acoustic Stage) 17:40 – 18:20
Red Butler 18:25 – 19:10
Jack J Hutchinson 19:25 – 20:10
The Mentulls 20:25 – 21:15
Stevie Nimmo Trio 21:30 – 23:00