Please excuse the WRC for some self indulgence today, because around five years ago, certain WRC members started a greyhound racing syndicate and we politely asked JB connections whether it was OK to use his name - hence the name of our very first dog Bonamassa Buddy! Now after a very succesful racing career - Joe (which is his kennel name) has now put his paws up and retired - now living with Wrinkly (Colin) no less! Anyway our 'Video Of The Day' is therefore 'Joe's Story' - set of course to the classic Joe Bonamassa tracks of India and Mountain Time. Go Joe!
100 Club Photo Gallery Now Available 31 Jan 2015
We think it was worth waiting for so go here to see our Photo Gallery of the Aynsley Lister/Little Devils/Stark gig at the 100 Club on Tuesday night. It might not be up to John Bull or Jon Cook's standards but hopefully this WRC collage will give you a feel as to what a great night it was. Thanks also to Kelly Davis who contacted us to say "Thanks so much for giving Stark such a great review. They've had a pretty amazing time this week - Skegness on Sunday, Haven Club in Oxford on Monday and the 100 Club on Tuesday! Paul Stiles will be also running a feature on them in the March issue of 'Blues in Britain'!" You're welcome Kelly and by the way, given the last minute switch of 'Joe's Story' as 'Video Of The Day' - the new Little Devils 100 Club vid has now been carried over till tomorrow :-(
Just Two Weeks To Go To Fiddler's Gig! 31 Jan 2015
Yes we're counting down now to the Blacktop Deluxe and Loose Moorings gig on Saturday 14th February and accordingly feature Loose Moorings as our 'Track Of The Day'. Tickets can be purchased here but don't forget our latest membership offer of £3 tickets if you go to the trouble of joining our FREE membership scheme! No brainer!
Rainbreakers Complete BluesRockfest Line-Up! 30 Jan 2015
Our BluesRockfest jigsaw is now complete as The Rainbreakers have filled the sixth and final berth on the 4th July at The Red Lion in Gravesend. Renown for crafting a stripped down approach - smearing the lines between rock, pop, blues and soul - they are another valuable addition to an already awesome line-up. Go here for ticket information plus a video low-down on this year's bands.
The Devil Is In The Detail 2! 30 Jan 2015
As we always say at the WRC - feedback is the lifeblood of our website. So we were delighted to hear from Graeme from Little Devils following their classy set at the 100 Club on Tuesday night! "Hi guys - great to see you at the 100 Club - hope you enjoyed the gig - a great turn out for a cold January Tuesday night! Yoka mentioned to me that you wanted the set list? Here you go: Little Devil, Wounded, The Ghost of your Kiss, Love Me Like A Man, A Long Time Ago, Deep Inside, Chinese Whispers, My Perfect You, Rock & Roll Shoes, No Love Lost (encore). Hope to see you again before BluesRockfest!" Thanks Graeme - go the review here and watch out for a Little Devils vid tomorrow from the gig which is our 'Video Of The Day'!
Magnum Touring UK Next Week! 30 Jan 2015
Wrinkly The Silver (left) & Wrinkly The Biker's (right) old mate Bob Catley is on the road with Magnum next week with gigs in Liverpool (6th) and Minehead( 7th) before the guys starting working on a new album. They will be supported by Vega, a five-piece band from the Midlands who released a new album last year entitled 'Stereo Messiah'. Anyway check-out our 'Video Of The Day' and remember that - other than a few festival appearances in the Summer - this will be your last chance to see Magnum in the flesh this year!
Aynsley's Back! 29Jan 2015
Aynsley Lister literally played through the pain barrier at The 100 Club on Tuesday night. Suffering from a trapped nerve in his back (which necessitated the cancellation of his Robin 2 gig last Thursday no less) and consequently drugged up to the eyeballs on painkillers, Aynsley put in a killer performance which belied the agony he's been in. Drawing mainly on tracks from his last album 'Home' - for which Lister deservedly won both 'Best Blues Song ' and 'Best Songwriter' at the 2014 British Blues Awards - his undoubted quality as a guitarist and vocalist is not only complemented by the strength of his back-catalogue e.g. 'Equilibrium' but also his band - despite another change in his line-up since we last saw them at last year's Bluesfest. A great set to end a great evening of live Blues - but no pat on the back Aynsley! See our review here.
The Devil Is In The Detail! 29 Jan 2015
Having already heard lots of good things about Little Devils and given that our Promotions arm had already nabbed them for this year's BluesRockfest - it's fair to say that having seen Aynsley and Stark previously - my expectation of Little Devils was a tasty bit of meat in a Blues sandwich ... and I was not wrong. The powerful voice and stage presence of Yoka Qureshi would float most Blues fanatics boats but the engine room of bass guitarist Graeme Wheatley and drummer Sara Shaw plus the dexterity of lead guitarist Ray Qureshi equates to the Devils being a formidable Blues unit. As Yoka pointed out to me after the set, they write all their own stuff and are curently recording a new album, which includes the track 'My Perfect Year ' which was included in their storming set. Independence Day looks even more appetising now given this performance although before then Yoka and Litle Devils are supporting her Dutch compatriot and fellow flautist Thijs Van Leer and Focus at the end of February at the Norwich and Doncaster Festival.
Stark Contrast! 29 Jan 2015
The first time the WRC came across Brighton based band Stark was when we were sent their EP 'Where The Grey Slates Meet' (we have to get some perks) with the single 'Circle Roads' jumping right out at you. Needless to say we had a moan at lead singer/guitarist Jamie Francis for leaving it out of their set - in fact we only recognised Ball and Chain from their second EP. To be fair though, the critical acclaim that Stark have recently received for their unique take on the Blues was clearly evident - their tightness and harmonies on new material such as Crash On The Levee, Sail The Jordan ('Video Of The Day') and Death Letter. Watch out for another perk as Stark release their new single as a free download on March 2nd from http://www.starkband.com
100 Club Gig Kicks Off 2015! 28 Jan 2015
Our first official WRC outing of 2015 took in Aynsley Lister ('Video Of The Day') plus a the very impressive undercard of WRC Award winners Little Devils and Stark last night. Watch out shortly for a review, some more pics and some more vids. Suffice to say that the 100 Club punters were not disappointed :-)
Oscar Winning Ryan Bingham Up Next! 28 Jan 2015
Well the WRC gig rollercoaster is now well and truly on the move and next up is Academy Award winner Ryan Bingham at a sold out Borderline next Monday. The WRC originally saw Ryan with his band The Dead Horses at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park in June 2011 and were blown away. Needless to say we didn't hesitate to purchase tickets once the gig was announced. If you are going as well then please let us know :-)
Greece Is The Word! 28 Jan 2015
While the recent Greek elections were making the news headlines, Wrinkly Towers was delighted to receive our latest membership application from Crete! Although our latest membership offer of £3 tickets to see Blacktop Deluxe at The Fiddler's Elbow on Saturday 14th February, might still be financially prohibitive for Chris to fly over - but hey, £3 to see two great bands must be worth the effort of joining our FREE membership scheme - just for that alone! Welcome aboard Chris!
100 Club Here We Come! 27 Jan 2015
She might be a 66 year-old Wrinkly Rocker from Ontario, but we're pretty sure that the Mom of one the Grindcore Band 'Corrupt Leaders' - featured in our 'Video Of The Day' - is not on the bill at the 100 Club tonight! Yep - the WRC are off to see 2014 WRC award winners Little Devils and Stark plus Bluesfest 2014 Headliner Aynsley Lister in a tasty triple-header. Watch out for a review, some vids and some pics to be posted on our website over the next few days. Hope to see you tonight - but no offence - not you Mom!
Robin Bob Bob Bobbin' Along! 27 Jan 2015
Talking of 2014 WRC awards, we were delighted to hear from Robin Bibi who deservedly won our 'Best Guitar Solo' accolade! "Hey guys !!!! Huge thanks for the award !! Just found out! I'm all made up today !! Woooo !! Thanks so much ! Robin :-) :-)" .... and if you have not yet seen the reason why Robin literally walked off with this award for his performance at Bluesfest 2014 - then please go here!
Blues On The Marsh Podcast 27 Jan 2015
It's well overdue - so it's about time we featured our mate Kevin Beale's excellent Blues On The Marsh podcast as our 'Track Of The Day'. This show was originally aired last Friday and includes Albany Down (who are appearing at this year's BluesRockfest) and Robin Bibi. The WRC understand that you can now listen to Kevin on 5 different radio stations around the globe. Better get that passport sorted out then Kev!
Moose Is Still On The Loose! 26 Jan 2015
It was good to hear from our Canadian WRC correspondent Jim Harris aka 'Moose On The Loose' and his recent tweet spreading the word about our revamped website. On the subject of website's - if you want to keep up-to-date with the Canadian music scene then vist Moose's website 'Danger !!! Canadian Content' as it's a must! DCC's current spotlight is on 'The Autumn Stones' and consequently they are our 'Video Of The Day'!
What Are You Waiting For - It's Independent Venue Week! 26 Jan 2015
As you are no doubt aware we campaign to 'Keep Music Live' and indeed the WRC are off to see Aynsley Lister tomorrow night. But did you know it's Independent Venue Week - a 7 day celebration of small music venues around the UK and a nod to the people that run them, week in, week out. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Independent Venue Week brings together these venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs from Monday 26th January – Sunday 1st February! See you at the 100 Club tomorrow evening then!
The Replicants & Stone Blind March On! 26 Jan 2015
With all the news coming out of Wrinkly Towers it's easy to forget that WRC Promotions have two bands - The Replicants and Stone Blind who are gearing up for a busy 2015 and gigs are already being booked. To find out when and where go here for The Replicants and here for Stone Blind. We've also added the links to our Promotions menu above.
Virgil And The Accelerators Ticket Discount! 25 Jan 2015
Even more news on discounted ticket prices as WRC members can now get 20% off the £10 admission price to see the amazing Virgil and The Accelerators ('Track Of The Day') on Friday May 1st at The Red Lion, Gravesend. If you want to become a member go here or send us a message below if you are already a member and want to buy £8 tickets. For more information on the gig go here.
BluesRockfest Headliner Chantel Scoops Final Award! Jan 25 2015
It sure was close, but Chantel McGregor saw off the mighty challenges of both Aynsley Lister and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to win the WRC's Best Blues Performance for 2014. We'd also like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone who the took the time to vote. And if you want to find out what all the fuss is about then why not book your tickets here to see Chantel in concert on 4th July!
Yossi's Butterfly Effect! Jan 25 2015
Are you one of our 300 followers on Twitter and if not why not? Seriously we're delighted to say Rock Guitarist Yossi Sassi is one of our followers who has recently released his album 'Desert Butterflies' which deservedly has the honour of being our 'Video Of The Day'. If you also would lke to share any YouTube music video's or any Soundcloud tracks then please send us a message below.
Andy's 'Here For A Good Time' 24 Jan 2015
Go to our CD Review's page to read WRC correspondent Andy Towell's considered thoughts on Skinny Molly's latest CD 'Here For A Good Time'. Andy will also be catching Skinny Molly live( (see our 'Video Of The Day') in Swansea tonight - so give us a shout if you're going as well? Next gig stop for Andy is Saxon in February!
Penultimate 2014 Award Goes To Stark! 24 Jan 2015
Yes with just one award to go, we're pleased to announce that 'Best Support' in our 2014 WRC Awards goes to Brighton trio Stark ('Track Of The Day') following their gig supporting Grainne Duffy and Laurence Jones at the 100 Club in June last year. Stark return to the 100 Club next Tuesday with WRC 'One's To Watch' winners Little Devils. Question is will headliner Aynsley Lister make it a clean sweep when our Best Blues Performance award is released tomorrow?
BluesRockfest 2015 Line-up Now Complete! 24 Jan 2015
Just three weeks into the New Year and the line up for Bluesrockfest 2015 is now complete with The Rainmakers being named as our final act - we are so lucky to have these guys - the line up this year takes the festival to a new level. Don't miss out and get your tickets here!
Get Down To The Venue! 23 Jan 2015
We promised you more gig ticket discounts and we are pleased to announce that The Venue in Coulsdon, Surrey, is offering WRC members 10% off admission on production of their membership card on any of their gigs listed here. Watch out for more membership offers over the coming weeks.
Southwest Get It On With The Blues 23 Jan 2015
Good to hear from Blues Matters and WRC correspondent Darren Weale. Read his "North, South and Southwest get it on with the Blues" article here which includes an excellent preview of our Blacktop Deluxe/Loose Moorings ('Track Of The Day') gig at The Fiddler's Elbow on Valentine's Day. For further ticket info go here.
We Are The Champions! 23 Jan 2015
Do we hear cries of "fix" from the back? Well our 'Video Of the Day' confirms that Wrinklystock III pipped Bluesfest and The Calling Festival to our WRC Best Festival award for 2014. And if you want a DVD of the whole extravaganza - then just simply go here. Roll on T.Rextasy on 21st November!
Aussie's Have a G'Day Mate! 22 Jan 2015
Wow it was close - but Australian Pink Floyd beat off the challenge of both Guns vs Roses and The Bohemians in the battle for our WRC 2014 Award for Best Tribute. Consequently our 'Video Of The Day' features a recording of APF's amazing performance at the O2 Arena, London in March.
Members Save £2 at Eel Pie Tonight! 22 Jan 2015
Don't miss our mate Larry Miller tonight who is playing The Eel Pie Club at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. And if you show your WRC Membership card you can get in for just £10. Doors open at 8.30pm with music from 9pm. Don't forget to get your FREE WRC Membership as we will be announcing more WRC ticket discounts shortly!
NuMuBu Live From NAMM 22 Jan 2015
One of the jewels in our WRC crown is our membership of Numubu - THE music industry's social and business network! We're hoping to share this network with our members as we go forward and we're hoping to hang out with them at NAMM 2015 from Anaheim, California, with live streaming of performances and product demos over the next four days. Watch this space.
Keith Signs Up! 21 Jan 2015
Blacktop Deluxe guitarist and vocalist Keith Howe is one of the latest to join our FREE WRC membership scheme! Don't forget to go to our Other WRC Promotions page to buy tickets for their Fiddler's Elbow gig on Saturday 14th February. In the meantime, If you want to take advantage of offers such as discounted tickets to our forthcoming Aynsley Lister gig then simply go to our FREE Membership page.
BluesRockfest 2015 Aperitif! 21 Jan 2015
Go to our Gigs Reviews page for Nigel Foster's excellent review (not forgetting Rockrpix for their awesome pics) of the recent Albany Down and Troy Redfern gig at the Boom Boom Club. Don't forget you can see both bands at this year's BluesRockfest on July 4th. For ticket details go to our Promotions page above.
Passed With Flying Colors! 21 Jan 2015
Beating both Blackfield and The Pineapple Thief to our 2014 Best Prog Performance award were American supergroup Flying Colors - thanks to their performance at The Islington Assembly Halls in October. With just 4 more awards to be announced - keep watching this space!
Join Rory On Route 66! 20 Jan 2015
Just one of the many people that the WRC has had the pleasure of bumping into over the years was Rory Auskerry of Pure Radio 107.8 FM. We actually met Rory at the Calling Festival in Clapham Common last year and, as they say, the rest is history. Anyway, enjoy our Track Of The Day - Rory's latest superb weekly offering!
Discounted 100 Club Ticket Deadline 20 Jan 2015
If you're aiming to go to Aynsley Lister's 100 Club gig on Tuesday 27th January - and you want discounted £11 WRC tickets - then please e-mail us at email@example.com by this Friday at the latest. With great support from WRC award winners Little Devils plus Stark - it's bound to be a cracking start to 2015!
Blackberry Smoke Take The Cigar! 20 Jan 2015
We're now half way through announcing the winners of our 2014 WRC Awards and beating both Wolfmother and the Hives to 'Best International Artist' are Blackberry Smoke from Atlanta, Georgia. Anyway take a gander at our 'Video Of The Day' - filmed at the O2 Academy, Islington, earlier last year.
More Tea Vicar? 19 Jan 2015
Other than 'Keeping Music Live' one of the main aims of this Website is to share music. Therefore our thanks to Edith Idle for getting in touch - hence our Video Of The Day of The Blue Bishops who have recently featured on Paul Jones' Radio 2 show no less!
More Than A Slim Chance! 19 Jan 2015
Their name belies the fact that the odds were actually stacked in their favour. Yes - Slim Chance are the worthy winners of our Best Acoustic performance in our 2014 WRC Awards. Well done guys!
Take A Bow! 19 Jan 2015
Julian Thornington has been in touch to thank all WRC members who voted for the Celebrations Theatrical Group in the 2014 Lloyds Bank Community Fund bid. As a result, the unfunded group for adults with learning disabilities received a cheque for a whopping £2,000 at a presentation on Saturday of which the WRC attended!
Robin Grabs Best Guitar Solo! 18 Jan 2015
Despite being in the exalted company of both Joe Bonamassa and Richie Sambora - Robin Bibi has deservedly won the WRC's 'Best Guitar Solo' award for 2014! And today's 'Video Of The Day' is testament to why Robin has won this accolade thanks to this performance at our WRC Bluesfest in July 2014! Well done Robin!
Bluesfest 2014 DVD/CD Still Available! 18 Jan 2015
If you want to grab your own copy of not only Robin Bibi's Bluesfest performance but also the other eight superb bands that completed a memorable day - just head towards our merchandise page! Don't forget you can get 10% off if you join our FREE membership scheme!
Blues On The Radio Podcast 18 Jan 2015
Our Track Of The Day features Richard Dunning's latest Croydon Radio Show and is dedicated to the 'Ladies Of The Blues' - from Sister Rosetta Tharpe through to a sneak peak exclusive track from Laura Holland's new album. Listen live to Richard's next show at 17.00UK on Tuesday 27th January. Enjoy!
Welcome Aboard The WRC Chris! 17 Jan 2015
Within an hour of the launch of our new site, Chris Rogers of Powys, was the first person to take up FREE WRC membership! If you want to join Chris and all the others and take advantage of offers such as discounted tickets to our forthcoming Aynsley Lister gig then simply go to our FREE Membership page.
Little Devils Win Our 'One's To Watch'! 17 Jan 2015
Yes the WRC are pleased to announce that LITTLE DEVILS pipped Laurence Jones and The Brew in our 'One's To Watch' award for 2014! And not only are they supporting Aynsley on the 27th January but they are also appearing at our BluesRockfest later this year! Ticket details can be found on our BluesRockfest 2015 page.
WRC Promotions Website 17 Jan 2015
Further to the introduction of our new WRC Promotions menu above - if you want more in depth analysis of what's happening on our Promotions side then go to our newly dedicated sister site www.wrcpromotions.com By the way, if you didn't realise it already - our old web address wrinklyrockersclub.co.uk now automatically takes you to wrinklyrockersclub.com Phew!
AC/DC's 'Rock or Bust' Reviewed 16 Jan 2015
Now we all know what Wrinkly The Silver got from Father Christmas! If you were'nt as lucky as him to get AC/DC's latest offering in your stocking then head towards our CD Review page to find out whether WTS thought it was naughty or nice!
1st 2014 WRC Award Winner Announced! 16 Jan 2015
Our 'Video Of The Day' says it all - yes the WRC are pleased to announce that AEROSMITH have won our Best Rock Performance award for 2014 following their memorable set at the Calling Festival, Clapham Common, in June. Watch out for further news on other award winners over the coming days.
Welcome To Our Newly Updated Website! 16 Jan 2015
We hope you like it and find it easier to navigate around. In the meantime if you have anything you would like us to feature in the future on the site, whether it's a live or cd review, your band, video or mp3 or anything else you think others would find of interest then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org