"Day one of the High Voltage reincarnation after four long years now known as Ramblin’ Man Fair took the WRC to the Garden of England and Mote Park in the heart of Kent's administrative capital Maidstone to be exact. There is no doubt that High Voltage has been badly missed by us Wrinkly Rockers so there was a lot of fascination on how well this brand new event organised by The Rock Collective and TeamRock featuring Classic Rock, Progressive Rock and Country and Blues music would go.. Never missing a trick, the WRC (well AJ actually) had been in discussion with the organisers for some time and after some delicate negotiations the Club had been provided with some Press passes as well. So AJ, Wrinkly the Silver and photographer John Bull gobbled those up giving unlimited roaming capability. Very useful!! AJ was preoccupied with pre-birthday events so the Saturday posse consisted of Silver, Wrinkly the Biker and his mate Rob and of course John to take his usual superb photos."
Go here for the rest of Wrinkly The Silver's review, here for our Saturday photo gallery plus have a gander at Video Of The Day from Sunday!
Kevin Beale is back live tonight here at 7pm with his Blues On The Radio show with very special guest Toby Barelli aka King Size Slim talking about his brand new forthcoming album. Watch out for the podcast - our Track Of The Day on Sunday. And talking of Track's Of The Day - we're giving you another chance to listen to yesterday's Blues On The Radio podcast with the news that the star of the show - WRC Award winner Robin Bibi - will now be popping in to the TNMC's First Anniversary party at Hooley Village Club, St. Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB between midday and midnight this Saturday!
Ramblin' Man - Photo Galleries Finalised! 30 July 2015
All our fantastic Ramblin 'Man pics are now in and counted. In fact we have so many that we have had to create two galleries - one For Saturday here - and another for Sunday here! Look out tomorrow for our take on Saturday with Wrinkly The Silver's review on proceedings whilst in the meantime please have e a gander at our Danny Bryant Video Of The Day filmed at the Blues Magazine Stage on Sunday!
Just 3 Days To TNMC Anniversary Bash! 30 July 2015
As promised today's Track Of The Day is Tuesday night's Blues On The Radio podcast featuring WRC Award winner Robin Bibi ahead of his gig at the TNMC. And talking of the Tuesday Night Music Club - it's now just 3 days and counting till their first anniversary party celebrations at Hooley Village Club, St. Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB between midday and midnight on Saturday! There's not only a Charity raffle, the launch of the first Club CD, food and a bar with Club prices - but also twelve hours of non-stop live music including the Dave Jackson Band, Gary Grainger, Ged Wilson, Half Deaf Clatch, Katie Bradley Band, Laura Holland Band (pictured), Mark Harrison, Martin McNeill, Mississippi MacDonald & The Cottonmouth Kings, Poplar Jake & EDR, Ramon Goose, Rebecca Downes Band, Richard Townend, the Sharpees and Trevor Sewell Band! Phew!
Mississippi Mud Pie! 30 July 2015
Mud Morganfield, eldest son of the King of the Blues, Muddy Waters, will be celebrating his father's centenary at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ tonight. Mud delivers his charismatic Chicago Blues of the highest order to audiences around the world and has released a new album 'For Pops', where he is joined by Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman, Kim Wilson. The album was a winner at the 2015 Blues Music Awards, winning the Traditional Blues Album category. Morganfield looks and sounds strikingly like his father although he also has his very own Mojo working and is blessed not only with a big and powerful voice but also a natural sense of showmanship that ensures that audiences fall into the palm of his hand. His sets consist of Muddy Waters classics and his own original material and he has shared the stage and gained the respect of many of his Dad's ex-sidemen and Chicago Blues superstars, including Buddy Guy, Eddie Clearwater, Jimmie Johnson and Mojo Burford to name a few. Tickets (if still available) are £17 cash on the door with doors opening at 8.30pm and music from 9:15pm.
Ramblin' Man - The Story So Far! 29 July 2015
Well today we turn our attention to Ramblin Man Fair on Sunday with great new pics in our Photo Gallery here from not only Mr. Rockrpix John Bull but also from Wrinkly and WRC member 'Big' Ian Cawthron. Our Rival Sons 'Vid Of The Day is also courtesy of Ian but we also have more vids to come plus of course our take on the weekends events. Watch this space!
The Song Remains The Same - Part 2 29 July 2015
"To put my WRC cards well and truly on the table - the Zeppelin part of Purple Zeppelin was the bit I was looking forward to the most - but hey after the Purple set, PZ had set the bar extremely high. A change of garb set the scene with Alex’s headscarf now the mandatory Bonham bowler hat and Mark in the trademark Page combination of Rose Jacket/Dragon Pants plus double-neck guitar. But as well being keen followers of fashion the guys also followed their Purple set with a mean opening rendition of ‘Celebration Day’ of off LZ3 - given more prominence in recent years as the film title of their last gig in 2007 just up the road at the O2 Arena. John’s wail and Mark’s repeating staccato riff kept us again in LZ3 territory with ‘Immigrant Song’ whilst regressing back to LZ2, the iconic aggressive opening riff of 'Heartbreaker' was more than complemented by Mike’s bass playing power chords. Most possibly the best side of an LP ever made (showing my age here) - yes the second track of side two of ‘Physical Graffiti’ - ‘Trampled Underfoot’ - followed, and hit the mark despite the absence of JPJ’s keys, as did another PG track ‘The Wanton Song’ although not one of that holy trinity."
TNMC 1st Anniversary - 4 Days & Counting! 29 July 2015
With just four days to go till the Tuesday Night Music Club's first anniversary party - it was business as usual at the TNMC last night with a performance from WRC Award winner Robin Bibi. In fact Robin popped into Richard Dunning's Croydon Radio studio last night before the gig to chat about Robin's upcoming album and all manner of things which will be tomorrow's Track Of The Day. In the meantime listen to today's TOTD recorded when Robin played Bluesfest in 2014! Anyway, make sure you are at the TNMC, c/o Hooley Village Club, St Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB on Saturday from midday for twelve hours of non-stop live music, a charity raffle, the launch of the first Club CD, food and a bar with Club prices!
Ramblin' Man Saturday Photo Gallery Updated 28 July 2015
Our Ramblin' Man Fair photo gallery has been updated re: Saturday and now includes all of John Bull's great Rockrpix photos taken over all three stages. Watch out tomorrow for Sunday's update plus news of our RMF review. In the meantime our Vid Of The Day is the excellent Blues Pills who were first up on the Classic Rock Stage on Sunday!
Round Robin Tonight! 28 July 2015
Coming into Richard Dunning's Croydon Radio studio tonight here at 5pm, with guitar in hand, will be WRC Award Winner Robin Bibi ahead of his performance at The Tuesday Night Music Club, c/o Hooley Village Club, St Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB. They'll be chatting about that, his upcoming album and all manner of things. With a history like Robin's the conversation and live songs will be entertaining to say the least. As well as that they've got the usual mix of new music, news and exclusives with special reference to The Tuesday Night Music Club's First Anniversary Festival this Saturday!
ROTR BluesRockfest Special! 28 July 2015
Yesterday's Rock On The Ridge radio show tweet "Listen up your ears will love you for it" said it all. Yes Bob & Jules did the WRC proud with their latest broadcast on Saturday night featuring music and interviews from all the bands that appeared at BluesRockfest during that memorable day at the Red Lion in Gravesend on Saturday 4th July. Great stuff guys and thanks for everything - it really is an honour for the WRC to have your latest podcast as our Track Of The Day!
Don't Rain On Our Parade! 27 July 2015
Despite the anticipated rain - the final day of Ramblin' Man Fair was a blast as expected. In the meantime have a look at our Vid Of The Day and our updated Photo Gallery here and if you have anything you would like to contribute e.g. pics, vids or a review then please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org Watch out over the coming days for a considered review of all the weekends events!
Latest Blues Club Podcast Our TOTD 27 July 2015
Jim and Malcolm were back in action last Wednesday when they released their latest Blues Club podcast which is today's Track Of The Day. Among the bands on this weeks playlist are Buddy Guy, The Simon Kennedy Band (soon to be featured on our website) and Albert Cummings. Enjoy!
TNMC 1st Anniversary - 6 Days & Counting 27 July 2015
Dont forget the Tuesday Night Music Club's first anniversary party celebrations between midday and midnight this coming Saturday where they're raffling some incredible prizes amongst which is the star prize of The TNMC guitar! This beautiful item has been signed by every artist who has graced their stage including Dave Jackson who is today's Track Of The Day. Other prizes include a drumming lesson with Sam Kelly, a guitar lesson with WRC Award winner Robin Bibi and a harmonica lesson with Rossco Blues. There's also an annual membership of the club, CD's donated by artists who've played there, t-shirts and signed posters. Each £5 that you donate here will get you five tickets in this incredible raffle. The raffle will be drawn at midnight at The TNMC, c/o Hooley Village Club, St Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB - following twelve hours of non-stop live music, the launch of the first Club CD, food and a bar with Club prices! The whole event will be in aid of their chosen charities, the main one being Music For All.
Ramblin' Man - We Have Lift Off! 26 July 2015
Well the tweets and pics were flying about yesterday on the first day of Ramblin' Man. Have a look at our embryonic Photo Gallery here and if you have any you would like to add then please e-mail them to us at email@example.com With a review and more pics and vids to come - we finalise our Sunday countdown with two bands - Bernie Marsden (Blues Magazine Stage at 7.45pm - our Vid Of The Day) and Prog Stage headliners Marillion who are on at 9pm (see vid below).
Blues On The Marsh Nominated! 26 July 2015
The good news is that Kevin Beale's Blues On The Marsh radio show has deservedly been nominated for the second year running in the British Blues Awards Independent Blues Broadcaster category! Voting begins at the beginning of August. The bad news is that there was no show last Friday, however, Kevin returns next Friday. In the meantime you can find out why The Marshman has earnt this accolade by catching up on loads of back episodes of the show by going here which is also our 'Track Of The Day'.
London 60's Week Bash Today! 26 july 2015
From 2pm - 4pm today, The Eel Pie All-Stars will be performing at a fantastic FREE summer event organised by The Eel Pie Club in association with The Barmy Arms, Twickenham Embankment TW1 3DU, as part of the London '60's Week celebrations. The Eel Pie All-Stars are Don Craine and Keith Grant (The Downliners Sect), Alan Glen (ex-member of The Yardbirds and Nine Below Zero), Robin Bibi (former member of The Pretty Things) and Chris Hunt (The Bruvvers, Donegan Band who has played drums with Dana Gillespie and Van Morrison). Guests include Paul Cox (The Proof, Fire & Water, Paul Cox Band - who has opened or Ray Charles) and Peter Hammerton (The Others). This is a special 1960's event so watch out for the Mods with their scooters and Lambrettas and some great '60's costumes. The Barmy Arms will be providing a delicious barbecue all afternoon.
ROTR BluesRockfest Special Tonight! 25 July 2015
Whatever you are doing tonight - make sure you tune in to Rock On The Ridge here at 8pm as Bob & Jules are broadcasting a BluesRockfest special! We understand the guys will not only be featuring interviews with all the bands from that brilliant day but they will also be complementing it with music from those very same bands! And the good news for you guys down at Ramblin' Man is that the podcast will be our Track Of The Day later this week!
Ramblin' Man Countdown - Seasick Steve 25 July 2015
Well Ramblin' Man has finally arrived and after all the rain we had yesterday we hope that our WRC advance party do not get too muddy today! Anyway watch out for tweets from our intrepid WRC reporters Wrinkly The Silver and Mr. Rockrpix John Bull during the day which should hopefully nclude coverage of Blue Oyster Cult, Saxon, Dream Theater, Scorpions (still our Track Of The Day), Pendragon, Haken, Anathema and Camel! In the meantime we continue our Sunday countdown with the Classic Rock Stage at 6.55pm and Seasick Steve our Vid Of The Day!
The Colour Purple - Part 1 25 July 2015
"I wasn't sure to expect when AJ kindly bribed me with a free ticket to this gig at the Orchard. I am not a massive fan of tribute bands although we have had some very good ones at the last few Wrinklystock’s I must admit.. The Beatlez, Bon Giovi and of course the brilliant Bohemians from last year's gig spring to mind.. Then of course I suddenly remembered that Purple Zeppelin had run away with the WRC tribute band award in 2012. So I thought they would be pretty good..And I wasn't wrong in the slightest.."
Read the rest of Wrinkly The Silver's Purple review here and our Photo Gallery here
Ramblin' Man Countdown - Alcest 24 July 2015
Our Ramblin' Man countdown continues with Alcest (our Vid Of The Day) who are on the Prog Stage on Sunday at 6pm. Alcest is a French shoegazing band from Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France, founded and led by Neige (Stéphane Paut). It began in 2000 as a black metal solo project by Neige, soon a trio, but following the release of their first demo in 2001, band members Aegnor and Argoth left the band, leaving Neige as the sole member. This marked a change in style, as Alcest's subsequent releases have more often been described as shoegazing mixing numerous rock and metal influences, including black metal and post-metal. In 2009 drummer Winterhalter from Les Discrets (and formerly Peste Noire) joined Alcest's studio line-up, after eight years with Neige as the sole full-time member. Since its creation, Alcest has released four studio albums.
Ramblin' Man Warm Up Tonight! 24 July 2015
And talking of Ramblin' Man - a final reminder folks for those of you driving down today. Scopyons (the Scorpions Tribute Band) are at The Rafters, Maidstone, tonight but not on stage until 10.30pm to allow those coming from afar to all to get checked in to your hotels and get down for a good Ramblin' Man Fair warm up show! Anyway to let you know what you are in store for Friday and Saturday night - listen to our Track Of The Day!
Giants Of Rock! 24 July 2015
What a great evening of Classic Rock mixed with a tinge of humour from Purple Zeppelin at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Wednesday night. Two giants of Classic Rock for the price of one! With a review and a vid to come - please go here to see our photo gallery of the gig!.
Black Night or Whola Lotta Love? 23 July 2015
The promotional hype for tribute band Purple Zeppelin sets the benchmark "When Giants Finally Come Together". Although we knew we were on firm ground as we took to our seats at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, given these guys walked off with our WRC Tribute award in 2012! Anyway find out in our up and coming review (plus photos) if they were the ultimate Rock Tribute show!
Ramblin' Man Countdown - Danny Bryant 23 July 2015
With just four days to go in our Ramblin' Man countdown we turn to the Blues Magazine Stage for Danny Bryant (our Vid Of The Day) who is on stage on Sunday at 5.15pm. Danny (who is also celebrating his birthday on Sunday) is an English Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter who at the age of 15 began playing the guitar and became a professional guitar player at the age of 18. Since then he has appeared on bills alongside a number of notable artists such as Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana, Joe Cocker and Mick Taylor no less!
Dave Jackson Band Back On Track! 23 July 2015
Just under two years ago The Dave Jackson Band appeared at our very first Bluesfest (our Track Of The Day). Their set was so good that we invited them to support Larry Miller at our Xmas Party at The O2 Academy Islington. Therefore it's been far too long but we are delighted to announce that the band will once again be playing under the WRC banner at The Railway Tavern in Longfield on Saturday 15th August. Entry is FREE so do yourself a favour and get down there!!!
Hush - The Songs Remain The Same .... 22 July 2015
All roads lead to the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, tonight as the WRC are off to see WRC 2012 Best Tribute Act award winners Purple Zeppelin - two of the greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – together on the same bill for the very first time!!! Many years have passed since the last UK gigs from the classic line-ups of both bands. Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the originals live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians. And you can still buy tickets priced £19 here - do not miss out - hope to see you there!
Ramblin' Man Countdown - The Temperance Movement 22 July 2015
With just three bands to go in our Ramblin' Man Sunday countdown - our fourth band of the day is on the Classic Rock Stage at 4.20pm. The Temperance Movement (our Vid Of The Day) are a British Hard Rock, Blues and R&B band formed in 2011, consisting of Glasgow-born lead singer Phil Campbell, guitarists Luke Potashnick and Paul Sayer, bassist Nick Fyffe and Australia-born drummer Damon Wilson. The band released their 'Pride EP' in 2012, and their eponymous debut studio album was released in September 2013. In June 2014, the Temperance Movement was invited as the guest band before the Rolling Stones' concert given in Berlin (Waldbühne), as well as in Vienna (Ernst Happel Stadion)!
Rockrpix On The Ridge! 22 July 2015
Talking of Ramblin' Man - Mr. Rockrpix himself John Bull is part of the WRC website team covering the Festival this weekend down in Maidstone! As we all know, JB certainly gets around and last Saturday he was in the Rock On The Ridge studio with Jules & Bob reflecting on the photographs he has taken at gigs over the years. To complement John's playlist there were a number of his cracking photos being tweeted about during the show including Stone Electric, Troy Redfern (pictured), Chantel McGregor, Half Deaf Clatch, Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart. Anyway have a listen to our Track Of The Day - as Bob & Jules often say - "You're ears will love you for this!"
Ramblin' Man Countdown - The Pineapple Thief 21 July 2015
No surprises we guess as we continue our pick of the bands over the three Ramblin' Man stages this Sunday. Yes we gave a massive hint yesterday that we would be heading towards the Prog Stage to hopefully catch the end of Knifeworld's set - so the next band on our list has to be WRC favourites The Pineapple Thief (our Vid Of The Day) who are on stage at 3.35pm. The WRC actually saw TPT's very first gig at The Whitchurch Festival twelve years ago but they were actually formed in 1999 by founder and chief songwriter Bruce Soord as an experimental bedroom project! TPT have pursued a distinctive and idiosyncratic path over the years; always evolving, always progressing, but never forgetting that the most potent weapon in any artist’s arsenal is the lovingly crafted song itself. Widely hailed as one of the most powerful and invigorating live rock bands the UK has produced in a long time, TPT have refined and redefined their sound over and over again since those tentative early days. Recent albums like Someone Here Is Missing (2010) All The Wars (2012) and their latest Magnolia (2014) have contributed hugely to their reputation and renown, garnering frothing plaudits from the rock media and drawing in fans from across today’s vast alternative music spectrum.
Wrinklystock IV - Just 4 Months & Counting! 21 July 2015
For those poor unfortunate WRC members stuck on a train who missed T.Rextasy's Hampton Pool gig recently (you couldn't make it up) - well the good news it is now only 4 months to T.Rextasy headlining our Mick Jagger Centre Charity gig on Saturday 21st November. Don't forget that tickets are moving fast so go here to book your £21 tickets for Wrinklystock IV as we would hate it if you guys missed out again!
Storm Warning At The 100 Club Tonight! 21 July 2015
And if you can't wait that long till your next gig then get on down to the iconic 100 Club in Oxford Street tonight. Alabama Bluesman Lil' Jimmy Reed will be headlining, supported not only by Storm Warning (pictured) but also Ruby & The Revelators who are again featured on Today's Track Of The Day. Doors open at 7pm and Storm Warning are on around 8pm playing songs from their new album plus no doubt Junior Well’s 'Hoodoo Man Blues', Led Zeppelin’s 'Custard Pie', Otis Rush's 'Double Trouble', Blind Lemon Jefferson’s 'Jack O’ Diamonds', Bob Dylan’s 'Maggies Farm', Howlin Wolf’s 'Spoonful' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Stone Free'.
Ramblin' Man Countdown - Ian Siegal 20 July 2015
We continue our Ramblin' Man countdown with a tough call as to who to see after first band Blues Pills. The WRC nod goes to Ian Siegal (Vid Of The Day) who is on the Blues Stage at 2pm although this does mean we can catch the end of Knifeworld's set as we head over to the Prog Stage afterwards! Decisions! Decisions! Anyway, Siegal is a multiple British Blues Awards winner with consecutive nominations in 2012 and 2013 for Contemporary Album of The Year. From one gig to the next, he might be a solo acoustic performer or a blood-and-thunder bandleader. Siegal is known as a Bluesman, but it’s just one shade in the palette of an artist who slips between continents, eras and expectations!
TNMC 1st Anniversary Party - 13 Days To Go! 20 July 2015
Don't forget the Tuesday Night Music Club's first anniversary party celebrations at Hooley Village Club, St. Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB between midday and midnight on Saturday 1st August! There's not only a Charity raffle, the launch of the first Club CD, food and a bar with Club prices - but also twelve hours of non-stop live music! And today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day features Katie Bradley who will be playing with her band on the evening. Richard Dunning's latest show not only includes a chat with Ruby Tiger ahead of her show with Ruby & The Revelators at the TNMC last week, but also Richard exclusively reveals the six finalists in the 'Band Of The Year' category in this years British Blues Awards - which the TNMC is sponsoring!
When Giants Finally Come Together ..... 20 July 2015
They blew the bloody roof off the last time we promoted them, so the WRC are really looking forward to seeing their forthcoming gig at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, this Wednesday 22nd July! Voted WRC Best Tribute Act of 2012, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – together on the same bill for the very first time!!! Many years have passed since the last UK gigs from the classic line-ups of both bands. Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the originals live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians. And you can still buy tickets priced £19 here - do not miss out!
Ramblin' Man Countdown - Blues Pills 19 July 2015
Today we start looking forward to Ramblin' Man and in particular next Sunday when most of the WRC will be attending. As usual it is difficult to choose which one of the seven bands on each of the three stages to see during the day (see itinerary). So playing devil's advocate we are going to go for the Classic Rock Stage first up at 1pm. Blues Pills (our Vid Of The Day) are a Swedish rock band, formed in Örebro in 2011, although they released their first album three years later. In 2011, half-brothers Zack Anderson (bass) and Cory Berry (drums), formerly of Radio Moscow, were in Iowa and met singer Elin Larsson, who was staying in California. Together they recorded two demo tracks and published them on YouTube, after which label 'Crusher Records' offered them a deal. The band toured Spain and France, where they met 16-year-old guitarist Dorian Sorriaux, whom they invited to Örebro and made a member of the band. The name of the band came from their friend, Jens Heide, who had a music blog called BluesPillz with obscure 60's and 70's underground music!
Scopyons To Play From The Rafters! 19 July 2015
The WRC were not only delighted to receive a membership form recently from Nigel Roberts but were even more delighted to receive his following Facebook posting: "Hi guys if any of you lovely peeps are heading over to Ramblin' Man Fair next weekend then the UK's ONLY Scorpions tribute - the Scopyons - are playing at The Rafters, Maidstone, on Friday 24th July to get everyone all warmed up for the festival. Playing loads of stuff you won't hear done by the real deal as well. Hope to meet a few of you guys there!" Well there you have it - and if you also want to become a WRC member like Nigel then simply fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card!
Goodies On The Marsh! 19 July 2015
The Marshman was joined by local songstress Katie Bradley and Kamil live in the studio on Blues On The Marsh on Friday night! Today's Track Of The Day has a plethera of new goodies to tease you with from Buddy Guy, Eddie Cotton, Blues Corp, Benny Turner, Booga Red, Dove and Boweevil, Holly Benton, Ruby Tiger, Owen Campbell, Lloyd Spiegal, Karena K (pictured), J.Asling Roots, Lil Jimmy Reed, and the Mighty Mojos to name but a few!
JB Live On Rock On The Ridge Tonight! 18 July 2015
Yes you could say our WRC updates this week have been a bit Mickey Mouse given the wi-fi/laptop problems we experienced during our well-deserved break! Anyway rest assured normal WRC service returns tomorrow - but in the meantime make sure you tune in to Rock On The Ridge tonight here at 8pm as Bob & jules will be joined by JB - not that JB but certainly an equal in his particular field - yes it's John Bull of Rockrpix Photography! We understand the guys will be playing a selection of bands that John has photographed recently and tweeting photos from those gigs during the show!
Make A Date With The Marshman Tonite! 17 July 2015
Don't forget to tune into Kevin Beale's Blues On The Marsh show tonight here from 7pm! And if you miss it - then simply watch out for our Track Of The Day available tomorrow!
Latest Blues Club Podcast Now Available 16 July 2015
Just a reminder that Malcom & Jim's latest Blues Club podcast is now available here and will also be available shortly as our Track Of The Day!
Win A Signed BluesRockfest Poster! 15 July 2015
Yes we have a BluesRockfest poster signed by all the bands up for grabs in our WRC members competition. Simply contact us below telling us the names of all six bands that took part in BluesRockfest and correct answers received by Friday 24th July will go into a draw. Editor's decision is final and it's also not too late to become a WRC member - simply fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card.
Ruby Ruby Ruby! 14 July 2015
Ruby Tiger will be popping in to Croydon Radio tonight for a chat from 5pm here with Richard Dunning, ahead of her show with Ruby & The Revelators at The Tuesday Night Music Club, c/o Hooley Village Club, St Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB. Not only that but Richard will also be exclusively revealing the six finalists in the 'Band Of The Year' category in this years British Blues Awards which the TNMC is sponsoring this year! No doubt bands across Britain will be listening in with fingers crossed that they'll be amongst the chosen few! And you should be listening too as it'll be your vote that chooses who wins!
BluesRockfest Review - Chris Walker Band 13 July 2015
"It says a lot about Chris Walker that his band were the first band to be snapped up by one our BluesRockfest set sponsors. And Lemonrock were proved right as this larger than life character in his trademark hat kept the punters entertained on and off the stage despite The Rainbreakers throwing down the gauntlet challenging "follow that!" CWB's set opened with this year's single 'Junior's Blues' with Chris's signature guitar solo showing that the band intended to keep the BluesRockfest momentum pumping!"
Read the rest of AJ's BluesRockfest Chris Walker Band review here.
Classic Quadrophenia 13 July 2015
"Despite Townshend's brief to in-demand orchestrator Rachel Fuller of "no extra notes" - Fuller (Townshend's other half by the way) was quoted as saying the orchestration was "easy" - testament no doubt to an emotional rollercoaster of a score fitting hand in glove with a classical orchestra. And as soon as conductor Robert Ziegler raised his baton in front of the The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra with 'I Am The Sea' the musical waves drew the audience - Mod or Classical - in as one like an enchanting mermaid. Alfie Boe's voice on 'The Real Me' - although obviously different from Daltrey's - is as powerful as Roger's in his heyday with a physique to match. TRPO's mesmerising performance of the moving title track 'Quadrophenia' contrasted with the adolescent angst of 'Cut My Hair' not only saw the introduction of the snarling Billy Idol but Boe also delivered the stand-out line "My Old Man Is Really Alright".
See our Video Of The Week and read the rest of AJ's Classic Quadrophenia review here.
Jukin Jenn's Track Of The Week! 13 July 2015
Holidays beckon for Wrinkly Towers this week but despite our reduced service we will stiill be bringing you daily updates! Anyway until Saturday our Track of The Day becomes our Track Of The Week - and what better way to start the week than Jukin Jenn's latest Bucket Of Blues which includes a Malaya Blue track live from last month's Blues On The Farm!
BluesRockfest Review - Little Devils 12 July 2015
"On a hot summers day in the midst of a line-up featuring guitar driven Rock and Blues sat the name ‘Little Devils’. To some who had not previously seen them they may have appeared the odd one out, but then that’s what Little Devils' are all about. Refusing to be slotted into a genre, yet dragging the Blues kicking and shouting onward they actually appeared today to revel in their difference."
Yes - just two weeks today till a healthy WRC contingent head to the Ramblin' Man Fair, Maidstone on Sunday 26th July to see Greg Allman, Marillion, Ian Anderson and The Pineapple Thief (Track Of The Day). And it's still not too late to take advantage of our offer to save WRC members money on their tickets as the WRC are official ambassadors of the event! Just go here for ticket information and then simply contact us below with your ticket requirements and we will get back to you. And it's also not too late to become a WRC member - simply fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card.
End Of The Line ... 12 July 2015
So it's Friday evening - the sun is shining and four intrepid WRC Members are ready for a night of memories at Hampton Pool singing along to the ELO Experience and T.Rextasy. The day had been planned like a military operation - a 'healthy' fish and chip lunch - rail tickets bought in advance to ensure maximum drinking time in The Wellington before catching the 6.13pm train from Waterloo to Hampton - arriving at 6.45pm giving ample time to settle in and enjoy the barbecue before the ELO Experience took to the stage at 7.45pm - what could possibly go wrong? National Rail that is what can go wrong! Five minutes out of Waterloo and the train shudders to a halt - after several minutes it is announced that the points ahead have jammed presumably due to the hot weather and what follows would be comical if it wasn't ruining our evening! Seemingly unable to deal with the situation we are given a number of contradictory messages before the train driver walks past us and takes us back to Battersea and then eventually forward to Clapham Junction informing us that the train would be going to Fulwell. We decide to carry on and get a cab - however at Clapham Junction we are told we need to get off and go to another platform - we get off and a platform assistant announces we need to get back on but then announces a different itinery for the train followed by "can the guard tell me where this train is going?" That was enough! A hasty retreat back to Victoria for a few pints and a burger - nearest we got to a barbecue! Anyway - have a look at today's Vid Of The Day to see what we missed - sob - roll on Wrinklystock IV!
BluesRockfest Review - Chantel McGregor 11 July 2015
"The room is packed and the anticipation is high for Chantel’s set, which is inevitably delayed, due to longer changeovers and slight overruns, not uncommon in any festival, but with no curfew to worry about, no-one was watching the clock. When people think of Chantel McGregor (Vid Of The Day), they think ‘guitar prodigy’ but in addition she’s a talented songwriter, with a great voice, something so many guitar acts lack."
Read the rest of WRC member Steve Borkowski's BluesRockfest Chantel McGregor review here.
BluesRockfest Interviews On Their Way 11 July 2015
As well as Steve B. beavering away behind the BluesRockfest scenes last Saturday were the dynamic duo from the Rock On The Ridge Radio Show - Jules & Bob. In fact they actually sacrificed last week's show to be able to interview all the bands - hence their tweet yesterday "Also coming soon a full show report on the #BluesRockfestGravesend with interviews with the bands @WRINKLYCLUB ! So look out for that." So make sure you tune in here tonight from 8pm to see what gems they might have in store!
Something For The Weekend Sir? 11 July 2015
As promised yesterday, The Marshman certainly delivered on his Blues On The Radio show last night. So prepare to be lambasted with today's Track Of The Day with tunes from Celluloid, Charles Sayles and The Blue Disciples, Diane Durrett, Jared James Nichols(pictured), Jesse Davey and Friends, Kern Pratt, Michael Falzarano, Mick Pini, Mighty Sam McClain, Mike Vernon, Mississippi Fever, O'Donel Levy, Pinetop Perkins, Storm Warning, The Juke Hounds, Johnnie Johnson, Universal Blues Band, Wink Burcham, Zkye Blue and another brand new track from The Mighty Mojos!
BluesRockfest Review - Albany Down 10 July 2015
The latest in our six independent BluesRockfest reviews is now available here and this time it's The Blues Club Podcast's very own Malcolm Barker and his take on main support band Albany Down. Malcolm & Jim at The Blues Club also kindly sponsored WRC Award winnersLittle Devils' set at BluesRockfest and consequently they featured them in their latest podcast which is today's Track Of The Day!
Heading To The Pool! 10 July 2015
With the good weather looking like it's going to continue, all roads lead to Hampton Pool tonight as a healthy WRC contingent are off to see Wrinklystock headliners T.Rextasy (Vid Of The Day) and the ELO Experience. And with just 100 tickets left for our charity gig at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford on Saturday 21st November you 'd better get in quick to make sure you don't miss out! Details here on how you can book your £21 tickets.
It's A Wrap! 10 July 2015
The latest news from Marshman Towers is that tonight's Blues On The Marsh show is in the bag! So prepare to be lambasted here from 7pm with tunes from Celluloid, Charles Sayles and The Blue Disciples, Diane Durrett, Jared James Nichols, Jesse Davey and Friends, Kern Pratt, Michael Falzarano, Mick Pini, Mighty Sam McClain, Mike Vernon, Mississippi Fever, O'Donel Levy, Pinetop Perkins, Storm Warning, The Juke Hounds, Johnnie Johnson, Universal Blues Band, Wink Burcham, Zkye Blue and another brand new track from The Mighty Mojos!
BluesRockfest Review - The Troy Redfern Band 9 July 2015
"From the off with new song ‘Outta Time and Luck’ they told us just what to expect as the tight rhythm pounded out from the stage and they slid from that straight into ‘The Other Side’. Word has obviously spread about their live show and the room filled as they brought the tempo down to introduce a highlight of any set with ‘Salvation’. While the tempo dropped this allowed the audience to appreciate Troy’s assured vocals and a lengthy demonstration of just how to use a slide. Boogie this band do but as Troy’s trademark slide took centre stage the audience knew they were witnessing something a bit special To see the band then paying homage to their roots with ‘John The Revelator’ got everyone on their side and the call and response spread to the audience - not a baying crowd for sure but on a sultry sunny afternoon it was some achievement to get the crowd singing along."
The Eel Pie Club, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ, will be hosting an event tonight to benefit The Prostate Cancer Charity in memory of Art Wood (brother of Rolling Stone, Ronnie - our Vid Of The Day) who was a great musician and artist and a great supporter of The Club in its early days and his band, The Art Wood All-Stars often featured Ronnie as a special guest! Art died from Prostate Cancer in 2006 and his birthday would have been on 7th July. So in memory of Art, this will be a great night of Rockin' rhythm and Blues and nostalgia from The Eel Pie All-Stars: Don Craine and Keith Grant of The Downliners Sect, Robin Bibi (ex-Pretty Things), Rick Biddulph (Caravan), Alan Glen (Yardbirds & Nine Below Zero), Chris Hunt (Lonnie Donegan Band, The Bruvvers) and Dave Lennox (Blodwyn Pig). Special guests include Aurora Colson, Paul Cox, Mark Freeman (Downliners Sect, Rollin' Stoned), Pete French (Leaf Hound, ex-Atomic Rooster, Cactus), Derek Griffiths (Artwoods, Mike Cotton Sound), Peter Hammerton (The Others), Andrew Heart (ex-Billy Idol and Rockstock), Ali Mackenzie (The Birds), Kat Pearson (Kat & Co.) and Jack Pinder (Gods of Rock n Roll). Doors open at 8.15pm and the music starts at 8.45pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £10 admission.
Win A TNMC Signed Guitar! 9 July 2015
As part of the Tuesday Night Music Club's first anniversary party celebrations between midday and midnight on Saturday 1st August - they're raffling some incredible prizes amongst which is the star prize of The TNMC guitar! This beautiful item has been signed by every artist who has graced their stage including Dave Jackson who is today's Track Of The Day. Other prizes include a drumming lesson with Sam Kelly, a guitar lesson with WRC Award winner Robin Bibi and a harmonica lesson with Rossco Blues. There's also an annual membership of the club, CD's donated by artists who've played there, t-shirts and signed posters. Each £5 that you donate here will get you five tickets in this incredible raffle. The raffle will be drawn at midnight on 1st August 2015 at The TNMC, c/o Hooley Village Club, St Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB - following twelve hours of non-stop live music, the launch of the first Club CD, food and a bar with Club prices! The whole event will be in aid of their chosen charities, the main one being Music For All.
BluesRockfest Review - The Rainbreakers 8 July 2015
"A pre-release copy of the Rainbreakers latest four track EP 'Blood Not Brass' unexpectedly landed on my doormat several weeks ago. Always on the lookout for new music to play on the Rock On The Ridge radio show, it was only a matter of seconds before the headphones were on and the Rainbreakers hit my ears full on. Having been impressed by the music, I was really looking forward to seeing the band play live."
Read the whole of Jules' great BluesRockfest Rainbreakers review here.
Introducing .... The Paul Hegley Band 8 July 2015
'Introducing ....' is back! Our Vid Of The Day is Paul Hegley - a singer and songwriter from Bedfordshire. His Blues-influenced music seems to leap from the shadows of the greats, with a gritty edge, haunting tones coupled with a poetic lyrical flair. Musically he’s at home with his Gibson guitar and vintage amps, drawing influence from hallowed greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, and Robert Johnson, right through to modern day hero’s such as Jack White, Gary Clark Jnr. and The Black Keys. The Paul Hegley Band are an exciting new Blues band, notable for their incendiary Blues Rock style plus packing a huge punch with an electric live show and haunting tone!
Counting Down To Ramblin' Man! 8 July 2015
Yes - just 18 days to the Ramblin' Man Fair weekend. A healthy WRC contingent will be heading to Maidstone on Sunday 26th July to see Greg Allman, Marillion, Ian Anderson and Aaron Keylock (see our Vid Of The Day). And it's still not too late to take advantage of our offer to save WRC members the cost of their booking fee e.g. £5.50 on a £60 daily ticket. Go here for ticket information and then simply contact us below with your ticket requirements and we will get back to you. And it's also not too late to become a WRC member - simply fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card.
Classic Quadrophenia Photo Gallery 7 July 2015
Well did you watch Classic Quadrophenia on Sky Arts last night? If not don't worry as we have a review coming shortly plus today you can have a butchers at our Classic Quadrophenia Photo Gallery here! Sadly no vids as it was barred on the night but there's always Sky's Catch Up On Demand we suppose!
For Those Just Up The Road - We Salute You! 7 July 2015
OK - so the WRC accept there was another massive gig going on up the road at Wembley on Saturday! Yes both Route 66 presenter Rory Auskerry and his brother Hamish were at AC/DC and on today's Track Of The Day join them for a debrief! We also throw in an AC/DC vid from the gig for good measure plus the show includes tracks from Jared James Nichols (pic courtesy of John Bull) and Blues Engine.
BluesRockfest Photo Gallery Updated 7 July 2015
Talking of BluesRockfest - our thanks to John Bull at Rockrpix for a new batch of his usual excellent snaps taken on Saturday. Whilst we await our take on such a briilliant day plus some more video footage - have a gander at the new pics here of The Rainbreakers, the Chris Walker Band and 2014 WRC Award winners Little Devils.
Is This The Real Me? 6 July 2015
To be fair, the jury has been out as to whether such an iconic Rock concept album as The Who's 'Quadrophenia' should ever be orchestrated. An even bolder move was to have Alfie Boe stepping into Daltrey's 5.15's (see Vid Of The Day) plus Billy Idol being the nearest rebellious thing we have now to the much missed and loved Keith Moon (or wanker as Pete Townshend lovingly put it at Hyde Park last week). But hey on the plus side we did have Townshend and the film's very own Jimmy (Phil Daniels) to even the .. ahem ... score. Anyway watch out shortly for our review but in the meantime the pic is from last night's Royal Albert Hall performance with more pics to come as well.
BluesRockfest Photo Gallery Open 6 July 2015
Not long after the brilliant Chantel McGregor's encore did the BluesRockfest accolades start rolling in. "What an epic day that was - loved it" was one Facebook posting, whilst the Little Devils' tweeted "great day down in Kent with lots of friends". Anyway, we've opened up our amazing BluesRockfest Photo Gallery here and if you have any pics or indeed vids you would like to contribute then please contact us below. And a take on the day is on its way from a plethora of guest reviewers - so watch this space.
Wrinklystock IV Dress Rehearsal Friday! 6 July 2015
What with BluesRockfest etc. it's gone a bit under the radar recently but a healthy WRC contingent are heading off to see Wrinklystock headliners T.Rextasy (Track Of The Day) and the ELO Experience at Hampton Pool this Friday 10th July. And with just over 100 tickets left for our charity gig at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford on Saturday 21st November you 'd better get in quick to make sure you don't miss out! Details here on how you can book your £21 tickets.
What A Blast! 5 July 2015
Well the weather was hot, the cider was extra cold and the music was awesome. Yes BluesRockfest finally took place in Gravesend yesterday and what a great time we all had. The WRC would like to thank everyone who contributed to the day - whether that was the bands themselves, both the WRC & Red Lion crews or the punters who turned up and supported our event - thank you one and all. Anyway take a gander at our Vid Of The Day with more vids, pics and a review to come. By the way don't forget that you can also pre-order the BluesRockfest 2015 DVD/CD for just a tenner by filling in the comments box below.
'Out Of My Brain On A Train' 5 July 2015
A little birdie tells us a certain WRC Who/Quadrophenia fanatic was handed keys to hotel room 515 during our Punk weekend in Brighton recently. You couldn't make it up! Anyway, as usual there's no let up in the WRC itinerary as tonight we take in Classic Quadrophenia with Pete Townshend and Alfie Boe at The Royal Albert Hall!
Direct From Chicago! 5 July 2015
If you love Blues and Soul don't miss Jukin Jenn's Bucket Of Blues here every week! Today's Track Of The Day is direct from Chicago although we understand that Jenn is jetting back to London next week!
BluesRockfest - The Big Day Is Here! 4 July 2015
Yes all roads finally lead to BluesRockfest at The Red Lion, Gravesend, today with our first band The Rainbreakers taking the stage at 3.30pm. Of course our headliner - who is sponsored by Ramblin' Man Fair - is the brilliant 2014 WRC Award winner Chantel McGregor who is on stage at 9.30pm. In 2011 Chantel was voted ‘YoungArtist of the Year’ at the British BluesAwards and in 2012 she was voted ‘Best Female Vocalist’. In 2013 she won two categories, ‘Guitarist Of TheYear’ and ‘Best Female Vocalist’, and again won the ‘Guitarist Of The Year’ category in 2014! Her debut album ‘Like No Other’, released in 2011, was produced by Livingstone Brown, who has worked with such artists as EdSheeran, Shakira, Kylie Minogue and Corinne Bailey Rae. Tickets on the door are £18 and go here for information on all the bands that are playing later today!
It's Bowtime - You Deserve It! 4 July 2015
They were our stage sponsors last year and they are again our stage sponsors this year! Yes a big WRC thank you to Strongbow for supporting BluesRockfest and no doubt both our bands and our other treasured sponsors will be enjoying a nice glass of Extra Cold cider courtesy of our stage sponsors in our 'Blues Room'. You deserve it!
Marshman - Live & Kicking! 4 July 2015
After a three week absence you'd think there'd be plenty for The Marshman to play - given the IBBA Chart for June (pictured)! Anyway our Track Of The Day is Kevin Beale's Blues On The Marsh show from last night including Angela Lewis Brown, Dave Hunt, Big Daddy Wilson, Guy Tortora, Lazer Lloyd, Malaya Blue, Mississippi Fred Mcdowell, Pete Gage, Phillip Fankhauser, Rob Berry, Regina Bonelli, Robben Ford, Sir Jay and The Blues Orchestra, Sonny Landreth, Stacy Jones, Sugaray Rayford, TBelly, The Doors, Willie Dixon and a brand new release on Black'n'Tan by Doug MacLeod plus a whole host of other goodies!
BluesRockfest - Albany CountDown! 3 July 2015
With just 48 hours to go in our countdown to BluesRockfest at The Red Lion, Gravesend, this Saturday 4th July, the penultimate band on stage at 8.05pm and sponsored by Playback Sounds are Albany Down (our Vid Of The Day). A contemporary UK Blues-Rock band, they came together with some classic Rock and Brit Blues-Rock influences, but with their 2011 debut album, ‘South of the City’, they found their own sound. Their latest album 'Not Over Yet' is a landmark album full of their strongest songs, lingering melodies and great playing. Albany Down are Paul Muir on vocals, guitarist Paul Turley, drummer Donna Peters and bassist Billy Dedman and they have recorded both their albums with producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME, Super Furry Animals). Go here for ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get a £3 discount on your ticket!