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 Rhythm & Blues 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. He 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.
“Kirk is hands-down one of the best blues guitarists in the world.”
Emma Wilson Band
Hailing from Teesside the home of many great blues acts Emma Wilson is a dynamic soulful blues singer. Described as a "Blues Siren" by Photographer Paul Dubbleman...That moniker is seeming to stick!...and called: "North East Blues Queen" By Blues Promoter/DJ Harry Simpson! her reputation is building.
Emma has a big fabulous voice and works her band right to the edge, moving from heartwrenching sweet soul licks to powerful blues, her live show is vibrant & visceral!
Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band is a high energy outfit from Scotland that blend blues roots with influences of classic rock. According to Classic Rock magazine, "Jablonski has the blues under his fingernails" and last year they certainly created quite a stir at the Colne Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival!
Anyone who has never seen Gerry and The Electric Band on stage is truly missing an incredible energetic, visually exciting and ear pleasing performance.
"Blues-soaked guitar and vocal work with a sophisticated urban lyricism, informed by country blues but not dictated by a need to imitate it."
“Truly astonishing” – Classic Rock Magazine “F***ing amazing!” – Jeff Beck “A REALLY good player” – Gary Moore “So amazing!” – Beth Hart “Killer!” – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
When you hear comments such as the above from some of the greatest guitar players of the last century, some of the most respected blues/rock/soul artists in the world today, and some of the leading magazines and radio presenters in Europe, you just know that they have heard something very special. Twenty-eight year old Ben Poole is currently being described as one the most exciting young Rock, Blues & Soul artists to come out of the UK for a long, long time!
The Herbal Remedy
Take 2 parts Auld Man's Baccie, successful acoustic blues duo with 3 CD's to their name. Add 1 part Gary Grainger-award winning Radio Presenter (The Blues Show on Bishop FM) and renowned acoustic performer and yes, bass player. Sprinkle with a heavy dollop of John Timney (Yuma and much more), drums, percussion and production. Stir the ingredients together with a huge groove and wrap around a collection of original humorous dark songs. Instead of baking the CD in the player for 42 mins (new album!), come along and see the fantastic 4some.
... a 14 year old boy was introduced to guitar based music by a school friend. Sean became instantly hooked on the instrument and began researching as many influences as he could. All the blues greats; the Kings (Albert, BB and Freddie), Collins, Cray, alongside Moore, Knopfler, Lang and of course the reason Sean says he plays guitar....Truly a magical moment when last at Sedgefield, making the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.