Long Street Blues Club

Long Street Blues Club: Gigs 2017/18


Saturday 24th March 2018 - Atomic Rooster | Doors 7.45pm

Atomic Rooster

We were absolutely delighted when Atomic Rooster accepted our invitation to step in for Dona Oxford.

Fronted by 1970’s original members Pete French and Steve Bolton.

Atomic Rooster were formed from the ashes of the The Crazy World of Arthur Brown in 1969. Their debut gig was at the Lyceum in London (supported by Deep Purple) and their first self-titled album was released in February 1970. It was after the release of “Death Walks behind you” that they had their first taste of UK chart success with “Tomorrow Night” and “Devil’s Answer“. The band split in 1975 and briefly reformed in the early 1980’s. Main band member Vincent Crane joined Dexys Midnight Runners in 1985 for the “Don’t Stand me Down” album before he sadly passed away in 1989.

Still regarded as one of the iconic UK bands of the late sixties and early seventies we are very honoured they accepted our invitation to play at the club

It goes without saying that demand for tickets will be very high indeed

Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door

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Doña Oxford Band (Saturday 24th March 2018) - Please note this gig has been cancelled


Saturday 14th April 2018 - Ian Siegal with special guests The Dawn Brothers: All the Rage Tour
| Doors 7.45pm

Ian Siegal

We are delighted to welcome back in our view the most significant contemporary British Blues artist around.

For 2018 blues supremo Ian Siegal tours a new album of original songs with his young band of ace musicians.

In more than a quarter century of touring Ian Siegal’s mission statement has barely changed: songs that are real, shows that resonate, vocals served raw. Today he is considered by many to be the most compelling British blues artiste since the great names of the sixties.

In 2018 he will be touring a new album, his first studio recording of new songs in six years. Produced by American Jimbo Mathus, it is classic Siegal. Every song written or co-written by Siegal and full of the dark and light, clever word play and rough-hewn voicebox he is known for. It also marks the first studio recording with the band he hooked up with in 2013. Frequent touring has evolved a distinctive sound featuring Dusty Ciggaar’s tex-mex infused guitar licks.

Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible says “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.” He has taken his music to more than 45 countries and presided over a trophy haul that includes 11 British Blues Awards, three European Blues Awards, two Mojo Blues Albums Of The Year not to mention three US Blues Music Awards nominations - an unprecedented nod for a non-American.

Providing a high energy opening segment will be DAWN BROTHERS, a young band out of Rotterdam that Ian Siegal has been raving about since seeing them live in 2017. Although these four young men are not related by blood, they most certainly share a genetic bond musically. Think Creedence Clearwater Revival, Otis Redding, The Band, and you’re in Dawn Brothers territory. These young souls pump out good time music with unstoppable energy. They ride a wave from the past into the future and prove there’s no time like the present to make great music. As individual musicians they shine, collectively they are a force to be reckoned with.

Demand for this show will be very high indeed so make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible.

Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door

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Sunday 29th April 2018 - Blues Caravan Tour with Mike Zito, Bernard Allison and Vanja Sky
Doors 7.45pm | No support act - Show Starts 8:15pm approx.

Blues Caravan

Almost ten years we set out on this venture to provide quality live music back on a regular basis to the heart of Wiltshire. In early May 2008 we got local guitar hero Innes Sibun to open the club in style. Since then we have not looked back producing an array of amazing shows along the way.

To our surprise we have reached our tenth anniversary and we feel we have got the show to celebrate in style.

You remember Mike Zito and what a draw he was when he appreared at the club a few years. Times that by three and you start to get a picture of what we have in store when the Blues Caravan Tour rolls into town.

Bernard Allison (born November 26, 1965, Chicago, Illinois) is a blues guitarist based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His father, Luther Allison was a Chicago blues musician. Bernard Allison is the youngest of nine children, and had many different musical influences while growing up, including Albert King, Muddy Waters and Freddie King, and later, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter.

This is no ordinary club tour. This is the Blues Caravan 2018. If you’ve followed Ruf’s rolling revue since it started life in 2005, you’ll already know that these shows are must-see events, throwing together three stellar artists on one bill – then letting the chemistry do the rest.

Allison accompanied his father to blues festivals in the early 1970s. There he was introduced to Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor and Albert King, amongst others. After graduating from high school, Allison began playing with Koko Taylor in her touring band. He stayed with her until 1985, when he appeared at his own gigs as Bernard Allison and Back Talk. Allison spent time in Canada with his first band, but later rejoined Taylor and her Blues Machine for another two years in the late 1980s.

After joining his father in Europe for a live recording, Allison was asked to join his father's touring band and become his European bandleader. At Christmas, 1989, while both were living together in Paris, the elder Allison arranged studio time to allow Allison to record his debut album, The Next Generation. It was recorded for Mondo Records using musicians from his father's band. His other foreign record label releases include Hang On, No Mercy, and Funkifino.

Allison released his US debut, Keepin' the Blues Alive in early 1997, receiving critical acclaim. On his tour of clubs around the US in the latter half of 1997, Allison was joined by the drummer Ray "Killer" Allison (no relation) and Greg Rzab. Luther Allison died in August that year. Times Are Changing followed a year later. In mid 2000, Across the Water was released.

Born in South St. Louis, Mo. Mike Zito grew up in a working class home with a dire love of music. It was his escape and way out. After a decade working in a local guitar shop, Mike learned his craft from the ground up playing in clubs 7 nights a week. He fell in love with the Blues of St. Louis and the stories of the country singers. His first self released album "Blue Room" hit the streets in 1998 and he has made 12 albums total over the years. He signed and recorded with Eclecto Groove Records and Ruf Records. He is a founding member of the supergroup "Royal Southern Brotherhood" with Cyril Neville and Devon Allman. In 2012 he formed his own group, The Wheel. Mike has produced albums for Samantha Fish, Laurence Jones, Albert Castiglia and others. He tours extensively in the USA, Canada and Europe. He has been honored with multiple Blues Music Awards over the past 10 years. His love of life and pursuit of happiness is felt in every note he sings and plays.

This show we are sure will be in high demand so make sure you get tickets early and come along and celebrate with us ten years of live music at The Long Street Blues Club

Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door

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Friday 11th May 2018 - Woody Pines Band Support Pan Acoustic | Doors 7.45pm

Woody Pines

We finish off our tenth anniversary season in style by welcoming from Nashville Woody Pines for his first visit to the club.

If you’re wondering where the music of Nashville troubadour WOODY PINES comes from, look to the streets.

It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody first cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly. Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to some of today’s best roots bands, like Old Crow Medicine Show (Woody and OCMS’ Gill Landry used to tour the country in their own jugband), and they’re the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun.

Woody traveled all over the streets of this country, road testing his songs, drawing from the catchiest elements of the music he loved and adding in hopped-up vintage electrification to get that old country dancehall sound down right.

It’s tempting to call Woody Pine’s newest music “rockabilly,” and in fact he recorded the new album at Sputnik Studios in Nashville, famous for recording rockabilly and psych-twang heroes JD McPherson, Jack White, and Sturgill Simpson. But it might be more accurate to call Woody’s new songs “hillbilly boogie;” a rarely remembered genre of American music made famous by the Delmore Brothers. Hillbilly boogie sits at the exact moment when the buzzed- out, electrified hillbilly country music of Appalachia (which itself drew heavily from country blues), first hit the sawdust-floored honky-tonks of old Nashville and Memphis. It was the moment exactly before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.

This is serious roots music that’s as much a way of life as an aesthetic choice. This music isn’t for dabblers; you gotta feel it in your bones. Let Woody Pines help.

Woody writes with a wink to this critical time on songs like “Anything for Love” and “New Nashville Boogie,” drawing in modern references at will to make his points. He also dives deep into the tradition, drawing up gems like the old gangsta- folk song “Make It to the Woods” from the Mississippi Sheiks. In Woody’s music, there’s never an idea that roots music should be a recreation of an older time. Instead, he taps the vein of this music that’s still beating today, finding common ground with the old hucksters and bar-hounds who created the music in the first place. When Woody Pines sings “when the train rolls by, I get a faceful of rain,” this isn’t some hipster dilettante twisting a faux-handlebar mustache and singing about old-timey railroads, this is a dedicated student of Woody Guthrie who used to hop freight trains to get from town to town.

"“Go and see them, you won't regret it!" American Roots UK

Advance Tickets are £15.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £17 on the door

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