Long Street Blues Club

Long Street Blues Club: Gigs 2017/18

Saturday 25th November 2017 - Colin Blunstone Band
acoustic support from Anna Neale | Doors 7.45pm

THIS GIG SOLD OUT

Colin Blunstone

We are indeed very proud to welcome Colin Blunstone and his band for their first visit to the club.

Quite rightly famed as one of the most unique vocal talents this country has ever produced he is still performing at the top of his game.

Still fronting The Zombies he has taken time out to perform with his own band of great musicians.

Colin Blunstone was born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire on the 24th June 1945. He went to school in St Albans where he was introduced to the other members of The Zombies. After attracting a large local following, the band were offered a recording contract by Decca Records which resulted in their first single, ‘She’s Not There’ becoming a world-wide hit. Three years on the road culminated in The Zombies final album the acclaimed ‘Odessey and Oracle’.

After a short break, Colin’s solo career began in earnest with ‘One Year’ on Epic Records, from which the hit single ‘Say You Don’t’ Mind’ was taken. Two more albums on Epic followed, ‘Ennismore’ and ‘Journey’ which spawned the hits, ‘I Don’t Believe In Miracles’ and ‘How Can We Dare To Be Wrong’.

This was followed by a spell living in California where he signed for Elton John’s label, Rocket Records and released three critically acclaimed albums, ‘Planes’, ‘Never Even thought’ and ‘Late Nights in Soho’.

Returning to the UK, Colin supplied the vocals for Dave Stewart’s hit version of ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ followed by further hits with Smokey Robinson’s ‘Tracks Of My Tears’ and The Alan Parson’s Project’s ‘Old And Wise’.

Quite rightly famed as one of the most unique vocal talents this country has ever produced he is still performing at the top of his game.

These tracks were followed by three further albums, ‘Greatest Hits’, ‘Echo Bridge’ and ‘The Light Inside’, before Colin decided the time was right to play live again where he was joined by fellow Zombies founder member, Rod Argent. Together they have recorded three studio albums, ‘Out Of The Shadows’ and ‘As Far As I Can See’, a live double album and DVD, ‘Live At The Bloomsbury Theatre’ and a live album and DVD, ‘Odessey And Oracle (Revisited) 40th Anniversary’, of their sold-out concerts at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2008.

‘The Ghost of You and Me’, was his first solo album in ten years, Colin wrote five new songs for it and renewed his partnership with producer Jon Sweet and arranger Chris Gunning. In February 2009, Colin Blunstone toured the UK with his own band bringing ‘The Ghost Of You And Me’ album to a live audience around the record’s release.

In 2011, as lead singer with The Zombies, Colin recorded a new album called “Breathe Out, Breathe In”, the first Zombies studio album in 9 years. It got fantastic reviews in the UK and the US and the band toured extensively in both territories to promote it. Plus dates in Holland, Belgium, France, Canada, Israel and Greece.

2012 saw a new Colin Blunstone solo album release called ‘On The Air Tonight’ which again he toured to promote in the UK. The following years were spent mostly in the USA playing live and undertaking a crowd-funding campaign on Pledge Music before returning to the studio to record a new album released under license to Cherry Red label in the UK and Europe. The Zombies featuring Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent continue to tour in Japan, USA, The Philippines, Spain, France and Great Britain.

This gig is a real coup for the club and rest assured tickets will be in very high demand so early booking is essential

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

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Saturday 23rd December 2017 - XMAS Party! Creedence Clearwater Review
acoustic support from Anna Neale | Doors 7.45pm

Creedence Clearwater Review

We have got the ideal end to the first half of our tenth season and a great Xmas party all rolled into one.

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIEW take you on a Swamp Rockin’ musical journey through the years of C.C.R. up around the bend, down by the green river and through the Bayou country landscape that is the career of John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The fabulous two hour show includes hits such as Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary, Susie Q, Green River, Up Around The Bend, Born On The Bayou, Travellin’ Band, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Fortunate Son .....and many more.

Creedence Clearwater Review are the definitive European C.C.R. Tribute act featuring four top class musicians creating a dynamic and power packed show authentic to the original sound of C.C.R. Two one hour sets of great music – don’t miss!

Band Members:

DALE TAYLOR - as JOHN FOGERTY - Lead Vocals & Guitar
MARC NOEL-JOHNSON - as TOM FOGERTY- Guitar
BOB BAMPTON - as STU COOK - Bass Guitar
GLEN BURGESS - as DOUG CLIFFORD- Drums

The aim has been to avoid slavishly following album tracks but rather to re-interpret the bands massive back catalogue in a similar manner to John Fogerty's performances with his current band.

Dale Taylor takes up the role of John Fogerty on guitar and vocals with the boundless energy of his generation and with the solid experience of the band, providing a fantastic quality yet power packed delivery of the original band's classic songs.

A perfect end to what we think is the best series of gigs we have got together so far.

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

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Saturday 27th January 2018 - Billy Walton Band | Doors 7.45pm

We are absolutely delighted to welcome back Billy Walton and his fantastic band to the club for our first gig of 2018.

If we had to put our hand on our heart and pick out the best band that has played at the club over the last decade this band is the one we have chosen.

When they played in 2016 we were deluged by people to get them back and that is exactly what we have done.

Truly a product of his New Jersey roots, and a graduate of the same late-night jam scene which taught Bruce Springsteen and Southside Jonny their chops, Billy has been a member of the legendary Asbury Jukes for the last five years and earlier this year supported The Boss himself. Yet his funky blues deserves huge recognition on its own merits. The time has come for Billy to take his place in the pantheon of Jersey greats.

"True guitar hero fronting an old-school rock’n’soul band, you might describe Billy Walton as ‘Jimi Ray Clapton’ or ‘Exile On E Street’ – a man who will take you on a journey through the American rock and blues landscape.

There was a time when the Jersey Shore represented the best in American entertainment. Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, the Rat Pack, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, they all made stops on the Jersey Shore. Tony Mart’s was the club Levon Helm was playing when Dylan called. Of course we all know what happened in Asbury Park. The town, ravaged by riots in the late 60’s, became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up were the norm. Bruce Springsteen & Southside Johnny were the two acts that made their way to an international stage from these humble beginnings.

For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different. Billy’s proving ground was Long Beach Island. There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He always was up for a jam and looking to learn some tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step up to center stage with the Billy Walton Band.

The band has focused its’ effort in Europe. 13 tours since 2007 have established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. In 2010 Billy got the call to join in with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For years Billy toured with the Jukes. Most people don’t know that the creative force behind Southside was none other than Little Steven. A highpoint in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s most acclaimed release, Hearts of Stone, with Little Steven.

This band is the ultimate antidote to cold January nights. We guarantee this will be again one of the great live shows we have put on. It goes without saying there will a big demand for tickets so do not waste any time in getting yours. They also make ideal Xmas pressies!

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

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Saturday 17th February 2018 - Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys | Doors 7.45pm

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

We are delighted to welcome to the club one of the top bluegrass bands from across the pond.

With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have been on the road almost non-stop all over the USA since issuing their 2012 album, Release Your Shrouds. That recording showcased the band's instrumental ingenuity, Lindsay Lou's stunning vocal range and self-penned material that has everyone agreeing these guys really are special'.

The group's members are Lindsay Lou (vocals, guitar), Joshua Rilko (banjo, vocals), PJ George (mandolin, vocals) and Mark Lavengood (upright bass).

When Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys found each other jamming at open mics and music festivals around Michigan they couldn’t have predicted what would lie ahead of them. Touring behind the release of their most recent record, Ionia, they’ve been featured in the lineup of prestigious affairs such as The Shetland Island Folk Festival 200 miles north of mainland Scotland, Stagecoach Music Festival in California with 55,000 attendees, The Bluegrass Jamboree in Germany, and a number of the best acoustic music festivals in the US including Merlefest in North Carolina, Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, Strawberry Music Festival in California, Redwing Roots Festival in Virginia, ROMP in Kentucky, and Pagosa Springs Folk Festival in Colorado.

"This is what happens when musicianship serves the heart and soul. This is what happens when 4 people travel 50,000 miles a year together in the same vehicle and have music for breakfast, lunch and dinner". Seth Bernard - Founder, Earthwork Music

They were named one of NPR Music’s 12 best live performance sessions of 2015 by Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, a program which has featured acts like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Amos Lee, Joan Baez, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and PHISH. The summer of 2017 has seen them performing for the first time at Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Upstate New York, and they expect to release their next full length album, which was produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, Elephant Revival) in early 2018.

Having earned their name late night at a Michigan Bluegrass festival from a fellow picker who proclaimed, "It's good to see you Flatbellys out here pickin with us Greybeards," today Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys keep one foot in The Great Lakes State and the soul of Motown, and one in Music City, USA: Nashville, TN. They still embody the soul of a good jam or late night pickin’ session, and also have honed in on a sound that’s entirely their own drawing from soul, blues, folk, jazz and maybe even a traces of that techno beat. When asked what he thought about LLFBs new record, lead singer and mandolinist of the highly acclaimed band Greensky Bluegrass said, “What do I love about 'Ionia'? Let's keep it simple.

Check out some videos from their website

All in all we think they are one of the best USA roots bands around. A great night is guaranteed.

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

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Saturday 24th March 2018 - Doña Oxford Band | Doors 7.45pm

Donna Oxford

From Los Angeles, Doña Oxford is an extraordinary, soulful and passionate singer, songwriter and keyboardist who's Old School,

Soul vocals and her love of Rock & Roll piano infuses to create a unique sound many have compared to "Gladys Knight meets the Rolling Stones".

As a keyboardist, Doña has played with many Rock and Blues legends including Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Roger Daltry, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, Bob Weir, Levon Helm, Son Seals, Hubert Sumlin, Julia Fordham, Harry Shearer, Judith Owen, Chris Farlowe, Andy Fairweather Low, Mike Berry, Shakin' Stevens, Steve Lukather, Leland Sklar, and her idol, the former Chuck Berry sideman and Father of Rock & Roll Piano, Mr. Johnnie Johnson!

Known as the 'Goddess Of Soul, Blues & Boogie', Doña brings her sassy, soulful band throughout the world, touring over 22 countries and 48 States.

In addition to recording 4 albums of her own, she also finds time to play on numerous Grammy and Handy winning albums and movie scores including the Eddie Murphy box office hit "Norbit", the Martin Lawrence film "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" and the very funny Comedy Central favorite "Senior Skip Day".

Doña's high energy, funky, groovy, gritty, and raucous sound will get the crowd on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

"You're a bitch" Keith Richards - Rock Legend
"Carole King meets The Rolling Stones" M.Peters - Fortune Magazine
"Such great performer" - Albert Lee - Guitar Legend
"The new Goddess of Soul" - Don Peake - Legendary Guitarist

All in all we are in for one great rock n roll boogie woogie soul show like we have not put on before BE warned!

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

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Saturday 14th April 2018 - Ian Siegal Band | 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.

And yet, for all the dizzying achievements in the rear-view mirror, the most important part of any Siegal chronology is always the next show, the next song and the next great record.

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

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

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Friday 11th May 2018 - Woody Pines Band | 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

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