MICK SIMPSON

In the early 1980's Mick worked as a session guitarist and was spotted by Elkie Brooks who asked him to tour in her band. BBC Radio One's Tommy Vance spoke to Mick backstage after a gig and as a result he played some of Mick's Instrumental tracks on his ‘Friday Night Rock Show’.

In the mid 1990's Mick worked with John Parr of 'St Elmo's Fire' fame, featuring on his album 'Man With A Vision'. A number of tracks from the album have featured on smash hit films, such as 'Running Man' with Arnold Schwarzenegger and 'Three Men And A Baby' with Tom Selleck. Mick then toured with ex Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's 'Rhythm Kings' and in 2004 his original track 'A Father's Son' won the International Songwriters Award sponsored by the Brits Trust. The track received major TV and radio airplay along with Mick's song 'Looking Through My Eyes' which was released to raise money and awareness of Autism, which is a cause close to his heart.

 

In June 2005 Mick guested at the 80th birthday of blues legend BB King at his blues bar in New York. He has also played alongside other guitar heroes such as Gary Moore and Snowy White.

In 2010, Mick released his long awaited debut solo album ‘Hard Road’ on the Mad Ears Productions label. The album received support from Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2), and was play listed on the U.S. Blues Radio Network. One of the tracks from the album, ‘Sometimes I Get So Lonely’, was nominated for best original song at the 2011 British Blues Awards (The Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award).

 

Mick teamed up once again with producer and co-writer, Andy Littlewood, to record his second studio album, ‘Cruel World’. This 11-track blues-rock album was released in March 2012, and features a guest vocal appearance by female artist Malaya, on the track ‘Find Another You’. The Instrumental track, ‘Road To Memphis’, was licensed for the soundtrack of the short film, ‘Road To Hell’, and was also used in the award winning indie documentary, ‘A Message To Myself’’.

 

In 2014, Mick released his third album, ‘Unfinished Business’, 14 tracks of soaring blues guitar, driving rock anthems and melodic country blues. Album highlights include the southern rock epic, ‘Playing the Losing Hand’, the ‘in your face’ rocker, ‘Trouble Brewing’, and the laid back jazzy blues title track, ‘Unfinished Business’. There’s also a Gary Moore tribute in the shape of a 9-minute guitar fuelled extravaganza titled, ‘Drowning in my Tears’. The album received airplay on BBC Radio 2 with tracks played by both Paul Jones and Alex Lester, and the single 'Playing the Losing Hand' reached the number one spot in the Dutch 'Hit Tracks 100 Music Chart'.

 

Over the past couple of years Mick has worked as a session guitarist for artists such as Starship, Mockingbird Hill, Malaya Blue, Dave Hunt, and Last Chance Saloon.

 

Mick's new solo album 'Black Rain' is due for release on 27th March 2017. The album features a diverse range of blues and rock guitar styles influenced by the likes of BB King, Gary Moore, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Django Reinhardt, and Robert Johnson. Production duties are once again carried out by Andy Littlewood, and guest musicians include Dave Hunt, Michael John McElligott, Pete Nelson, B Veiga Sanchez, and top Italian singer Eva Carboni who performs lead vocals on the track 'River of Life'.

 

Mick is currently performing at various dates up and down the country. Plans for 2017 also include a series of live dates featuring the members of the original Gary Moore Band.

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Abigail Scott

Abigail Scott is a singer-songwriter from South London, UK who has had to overcome many challenges to get her new tracks released to the wider public in the form of her new EP "TIN SOLDIERS" released on Gravel Road Records & Music during November 2016 to worldwide digital download including iTunes and featuring two self-penned songs "Tin Soldiers" and "Side Effects" plus a reworking of the Angie Stone track "I Wish I Didn't Miss You".

Abigail's career started at the age of 15 when she began writing her own songs and recording in a studio environment and later performed her songs at various youth clubs and then music venues where she began to build her confidence and her catalogue of original songs which was reflected in the positive feedback and responses to her 'live' performances at All Starz Reading Festival, Kensington Roof Gardens, Cargo, Hoxton Academy and many more.

It was this raw vocal talent and the personal and insightful stories within her songs that brought her to the attention of Gravel Road Records & Music who signed Abigail to the label without any hesitation and shortly after recorded the new EP "Tin Soldiers".

During October 2017, the single "Tin Soldiers" was released to American radio stations nationwide and became a Hit on US radio charts and peaked during February 2018 at #18 on the 'Adult Contemporary US Radio Top 40 Chart' and at #45 on the 'A/C US Hot 100' and #2 on both the 'A/C US Indie Top 30 and A/C US Western Region Top 20' charts - "Tin Soldiers" was also a 'cross-over' Hit and peaked at #42 on the 'Country Main Chart' and #23 on the 'Country Top 30 Indie Chart'.

In March 2018 the lead track from Abigail's new EP "Damaged" was released to American radio stations nationwide and finally peaked in July 2018 at #7 on the 'Adult Contemporary US Radio Top 40 Chart' and #14 on the 'A/C US Hot 100' and #4 on the 'A/C US Indie Top 30' and #2 on the 'A/C US Western Region Top 20 Chart' and #11 on the 'US National Radio Charts A/C Top 40'.

Abigail Scott is scheduled to play at the 'Acoustic Festival of Britain' at Uttoxeter on 2nd June 2018, and at the 'Victorious Festival' at Portsmouth on 25th August 2018.

KEITH THOMPSON BAND

British Blues Rock musician Keith Thompson, solo and with his band have been consistently performing in mainland Europe now for 25+ years, where he is well known to the large blues following as an exciting live performer. This year Keith completed his 8th Blues/Rock album, “Catch the Fire” which features as guests, Buddy Whittington (John Mayall etc.) and rising star, Laurence Jones. Keith and the band have subsequently toured again in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Poland, USA & UK. They also appeared at several major festivals in Croatia including Baska International Guitar Festival, Umag and Kastav Blues Festivals. Also at Slovenia at the prestigious “Postonja Blues Festival” with “Ten Years After” and “Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes”, Suwalki and Krosno Festivals in Poland alongside, Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac), Clarksdale Blues Festival, USA, Colne R&B festival in Lancashire, Swanage, Banbury Upton and Gloucester Blues Festivals in the UK. Keith has added his skills on stage or in recordings to projects by Spooky Tooth, Mike D’Abo, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Larry Burton, Dave Markee and Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton Band and Tina Turner) Greg Ridley of Humble Pie, The Groundhogs, Robbie Blunt, (Robert Plant) Luther Grosvenor of Mott The Hoople, Gino Washington, and many others.

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BAD DAY BLUES BAND

The Bad Day Blues Band

 

The UK’s most exciting modern blues artists, The Bad Day Blues Band exploded onto the scene in 2017, playing Times Square in New York City with double Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton. 

 

This amazing show was then followed by two critically acclaimed performances at The Isle Of Wight Festival in both 2018 and then again in 2019. 

 

Media Quotes

 

“Brilliant Live” BBC Radio 2.

 

“Just too good!” Bass Guitar Magazine

 

“Stadium Rockers!” Record Box Reviews

 

“Superb!” 106.6fm

 

“The UK’s premier Rock n Roll band!” Radio Rock 89fm Brazil

 

“A group certainly on the rise, doing what they do best!” London Live TV

 

 

Awards

 

Winner of the Best New Blues Band 2019 – Digital Blues Awards.

 

Artist of the month - Dec 2019 - Maddison Square Garden Company.

 

Voice of The Blues - June 2019 - Orange amplifiers.

 

 

Energy and attitude

The Bad Day Blues Band have wowed audiences at many of the U.K’s major festivals, with their unique style of energetic Rock n Roll-Blues.

 

Unpredictable and raw

The infamous Bad Boys of the blues scene have played alongside artists such as The Killers, Kirk Fletcher, Ben Poole, The Manic Street Preachers, Starsailor, Badly Drawn Boy, Delbert McClinton, George Ezra, Cheryl Crow and many many others. Quite a feat when you consider they have only been together since 2017. You never quite know where there performance will lead to, including harp and guitar duals or screaming and shouting catchy chorus lines from new original blues rock belters!

 

Radio play by BBC Radio 2 (UK) and Radio Rock (Brazil) helped the group establish themselves as one of the world’s most exciting blues-rock prospects. 

 

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Their Abbey Road EP was played by Cerys Matthews on the Blues Show on BBC Radio 2 and their recent singles have pushed boundaries on modern blues songwriting into something accessible by modern audiences new to the blues and the group’s Rock n Roll origins.

 

Mainstream media attention

Featured in international mainstream media such Bassplayer magazine (US and UK) the group are very well respected amongst their Industry peers.

 

Television interviews on U.K mainstream channels; London Live TV, SKY, Virgin and Freeview have teased as to what may come from the group. They are naturals in front of the camera as well as on stage, with an uncanny, cheeky knack for promotion and marketing.

 

Sponsored by a host of international companies; Orange amps, Warwick and Framus, Ernie Ball, Seydel Harmonicas, Crom bass, Gamma, Rukus drums, Grethers Pastilles and Advanced Sound equipment.

 

Amazing songwriting ability

In short, they have a very unique set of skills, songwriting ability does not often come in these packages. They have possibly the best harmonica player in the country and a frontman with passion and an ease of performance that is rarely seen these days. 

 

2020 promises to propel the band even further into the rock n roll stratosphere with shows confirmed for The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival and Brezoi Open Air Blues Festival, playing alongside other world class blues stars such as Beth Hart and Eric Gales.

 

The energy, charisma, songwriting and musicianship blended into one volcanic performance that you will not forget! So often when you see a group in this genre they are really a one man show with a faceless backing group but BDBB are a band of brothers, fighting the good fight to bring raw, energetic Rock n Roll to the world!

 

Their debut album offers a chance for the listener to get on board from the start with a brilliant collection of future classics.

 

Line-up

Adam Rigg - Vocals and bass guitar

Sam Spranger - Harmonica

Nick Peck - Guitar

Andrea Tremolada - Drums

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ASHLEY SHERLOCK BAND

Ashley Sherlock is a Manchester-based singer/songwriter citing his
inspirations as Jeff Buckley, The Marcus King Band, The Cadillac
Three, Gary Clark Jr and Chris Stapleton. Working alongside
producer Kenneth Nixon (of Framing Hanley fame) Ashley's material,
recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, presents a modern outlook on the
sounds of the deep south; combined with his fantastic vocal range
and song writing style.
After several years, and hundreds of gigs performed as a solo artist,
Ashley Sherlock formed a blues rock trio. A fantastic blend of gritty
blues, falsetto vocal melodies and a dynamic rhythm section creates
a unique sound. Since then, the band have received nominations for
the UK Blues Awards, toured with international artists and have been
featured on popular radio stations.

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Irene Rae

Irene Rae has toured the UK as a solo artist with 3 EPs and a solo album under her belt and in more recent times, accompanied by her band, who feature on the 2015 EP Hidden Secret. She was touted as ‘’one to watch’’ during the tour of Hidden Secret with a 4 star rating - ‘’moving and elegant song writing’’ from Maverick Magazine and reviews such as a ‘’strong voice and sophisticated song writing’’ from R2R Magazine. Some memorable moments include playing support for Midge Ure, Hazel O'Connor, John Power, The Levellers (acoustic), Owen Paul and Declan Bennett. Her style and lyrics have been compared to Joni Mitchell and Beverly Craven.

The Light Game is the first album for Rae and her band due for release on BimbleBug Records on 9 th July 2019 on iTunes, Amazon and direct from the artist on www.irenerae.com, with a digital release due for Christmas 2019 to include Spotify and all other streaming sites. There will be two single releases from the album due in March and again in June 2019 – with accompanying videos – these will be available on Youtube. The album features 10 original tracks that focus on love and the insecurity that comes hand in hand with this emotion, the ebb and flow of friends and Rae’s viewpoint on news stories such as the prominent me too movement. The band feature some of todays most sort after musicians Stuart Dixon (Eddie Floyd/Geno Washington) on Guitar, Roger Inniss (Chaka
Khan/Laurence Jones) on Bass, John Bowman (Jinja/Martina Wren) on Piano and Luke Szoltysek (D-Day Darlings) on drums. Recorded at Crescent Records Studios, Swindon, Produced by both Stuart Dixon and Roger Inniss.

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Ryk Mead

This is the biog:Ryk Mead, singer/guitarist, songwriter, Musical Director; Heart and soul of the band. A confirmed guitar virtuoso, started a gigging career on stage in the late 60s, touring in Germany from October 1969, he has built a reputation on solid experience gained alongside some of the worlds famous names, such as: Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, The Pretty Things, Steve Waller (Manfred Man's Earth Band), Paul Fox and Dave Ruffy (The Ruts), Elmer Gantry (Stretch / Alan Parsons Project) Beverley Martyn (partner of former icon John Martyn) and a host supporting musicians from the professional arena. Working through many styles and genres, as professionals often do, Ryk has paid his dues and now has a world of experience to draw on. But if you listen you will hear in all these styles the heart of the blues.