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The first Digital Blues radio show was broadcast on 19th April 2001 and there have been weekly editions of the show in one form or another ever since. Indeed, for more than six years, there were two weekly editions of Digital Blues providing three hours of entertainment each week. That represented nearly 1,000 hours of broadcasting in just that six years!
Since 2001 there have been well in excess of 1200 editions of Digital Blues in one form or another and the current format which is now aired 15 times a week on 9 stations around the world, is fast approaching its 500th edition.
The shows air 15 times a week on 9 radio stations around the world and are also available as a podcast on PodOmatic, i-tunes & Mixcloud.
Visit the Digital blues website, the home of one of the UK’s leading and original blues radio shows with many award nominations over the years and find playlists, details of how, when and where you can listen plus much more.
Broadening awareness and understanding of the origins of the blues and encouraging and supporting live blues music - 'keeping the blues alive', it's one of the longest running and largest continuously updated blues sites on the net. Browse the site for a vast range of blues material: the 'UK and European Blues Festival Guide', blues festival photographs / reviews, blues tours / gigs, artist / band interviews, history of the blues in essays and articles, blues memories, research projects, reference lists, recommended blues books / magazines / CDs / DVDs / radio stations, travelogues, general blues news items, a blues shopping mall, blues recipes, blues resting places, links to other blues sites, social media and discussion forums.
Home of cutting-edge reviews, images and comments – from the Independent Music scene in Britain today.
The home of the late and very much missed doyen of blues radio and podcasting, Dave 'The Rave' Raven.
"Sometime DJ, film maker, boat safety examiner & gadget freak" (with a weakness for good food & wine)''
Former treasurer of the UKBlues Federation, Chair of the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association, Board member of the European Blues Union, Dave's support and encouragement of musicians, radio presenters and all involved with the blues is dearly missed.
His podcasts can still be listened to as they are being preserved as a lasting tribute to him by UKBlues and the British Blues Archive. Listen at http://raven.libsyn.com/
We support bands, artists and venues and provide gig information for in and around Lancashire and the NW, for those who enjoy blues based music. 'Keeping Live Music Alive' with news and reviews of the UK blues scene. The Lancashire Blues Archive is affiliated to the UKBlues Federation.
Email: [email protected]
The British Blues Exhibition
The British Blues Exhibition is a hub for British Blues history and for the contemporary scene. That includes musicians of all ages in British Blues; overseas acts who tour the UK; wider culture such as theatre, art, and literature; and the people behind the scenes. We have many exhibits and our travelling exhibitions are making appearances at events. We are working towards establishing a permanent exhibition celebrating British Blues. With support from Chris Barber, John Mayall, Mud Morganfield, Huey Morgan and Connie Lush, we’re Breaking Blues Again.
Bob Long is a British bluesman, guitarist and harmonica player specializing in early, acoustic numbers. Most of his repertoire comprises interpretations of pre-world war II blues, jug band and ragtime material; particularly music from the Mississippi Delta and from Memphis. Bob also hosts the Milford Blues Nights in Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire and the monthly acoustic blues & folk jam / open mic sessions at The Platform Tavern in Southampton.
Oliver Carpenter, Chris Lomas and Phil Bond - aka Mumbo-Jumbo – deliver eclectic, acoustic close harmony, piano based music, intimate and entertaining interaction with audiences and bring the fun back into live performance.
Northern Ireland blues darling Kaz Hawkins is no longer its best-kept secret. Winning numerous awards since 2012 with 2015 being her biggest yet, winning her the prestigious Barry Middleton Award for Emerging Artist at the British Blues Awards, Pure M Award for All-Ireland Best Female, Blues Matters’ Writers Poll Best Studio Album of 2015 and also a nomination for Northern Ireland’s prestigious NI Music Prize in 2014 and 2015. No mean feat for the Belfast woman who owes surviving a life of physical and emotional hardship to music and a larger-than-life personality that doesn’t take setbacks lying down! Bringin her own brand of high energy blues and soul, Kaz has been gaining the support of many within the blues genre for her infectious performances, her astonishing vocal range and the fun she has with her fans. KHB as her band are known head out across the UK for their 2016 Feelin' Good tour off the back of their next album release in May 2016.
Birmingham-based Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance. With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 6-piece oufit performs original tracks from the EP Real Life, the highly-acclaimed debut album Back To The Start and the superb second album Believe, punctuated by a few classic covers. The core of their music is the Blues, but they embrace elements of rock, soul, funk and jazz to deliver an exciting, passionate set.
Saltburn Blues Club bringing the best of local and national rhythm and blues to Saltburn is a non-profit Club run by Saltburn promoter Harry Simpson.
Harry formed the club in Sept 2011 having identified the need for a Saltburn venue for the blues to add to its existing vibrant music scene. The Cricket Club is situated on Markse Mill Lane. Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy the many attractions of this beautiful Victorian seaside resort (see the Saltburn page). Saltburn Blues Club looks forward to welcoming you and providing quality rhythm and blues for your enjoyment.
Stokie's Blues Exchange Bucks is a brand new Blues partner dance class coming to Buckinghamshire. The class will focus on the fundamentals of Blues partner dancing including musicality, expression, connection and style, all with the backdrop of the most sublime Blues Music around. The class will be run by David Wood who has been dancing & DJ'ing for over 9 years. David began his dance life in Modern Jive and has been passionate about dance and music ever since. If you have a love for Blues music and always wanted to dance with your partner, or someone else's partner to this beautiful music, then Stokie's Blues is the place to go to learn. The classes will be every Thursday night from 29th September 2016 with the doors opening at 8pm.
With family roots in the cotton fields of rural Tennessee, Kathleen Pearson is the real deal. But it is in the heart of London that she went looking for the Blues of the 21st century. Under the Kat&Co. flag, this eclectic quintet share stories and sounds of ordinary metropolitan life.
Probably the most original band on the road today; by sticking to their guns and playing almost exclusively original blues/rock inspired material, the Lol Goodman Band are building a reputation as THE BAND to see on the blues circuit. With three critically acclaimed albums of all original material to their name, a record deal with RIGHT TRACK RECORDS to distribute “Just Wanna Say” and all future releases through UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP and appearances at top UK blues clubs and major festivals. The band is Lol Goodman - Guitar/vocals; Phil Barrett - Hammond organ/guitar; James Horrocks - Bass guitar; Tony Crabtree - Drums.
As a practising musical performer and teacher Steve has specialised in Blues Art and portraiture - his other art covers a wide range of subjects including landscapes and works from his imagination.
With his work popular all over the world, being held in a number of important collections - Steve Pablo's inspiration is life itself.
Org nr. 914 301 599 (Reg. Brønnøysund, Norway)
Founder & CEO--Sally Sharp-Paulsen
Mama Bear Enterprises Ltd is an international agency/publicity/promotional firm representing Classic British musicians as respected for their mastery of various genres, work ethic, and long service to music as for their celebrated talent. Mama Bear has booked clients in events and festivals, theatres, culture centres and clubs in the UK, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Uncompromising commitment to quality as well as dedicated cooperation with musicians, promoters and public alike have earned MBE a respected reputation for ensuring that every event, in any land or venue it takes place, is a memorable success. "Sally has been associated with the Blues fraternity from a PR side for many years, and has a great knowledge of the genre, and what the music means to musicians and fans alike. So after establishing the fact that Sally liked my music and we shared a love of anything Blues it was just a short negotiation away from her agreeing to represent my band as agent and coordinator.
"Her enthusiasm and zest for life is a great asset and her determination to stand for what she believes in is essential as an agent in the music business. Sally does not suffer fools gladly and can drive a hard bargain on behalf of her clients in order for everyone to have a great night." -- Norman Beaker (British Legend, Blues Hall of Fame®)
Skyfire Promotions Ltd trading as Skyfire Interactive are a specialised PR organisation catering to the Rock and Blues market place. With a worldwide distribution to press and radio contacts we specialise in getting Artists air play and reviews.
W3Detour’s new album speaks for itself with an exciting blend of music and lyrics. The instruments include Guitars, Pedal Steel, Sax, Keyboards and Mandolin together with the bands own undeniable original sound. The album brings back the essence of those heady 60’s days with original material written by Danno Sheehan. Songs such as Shallowness, ‘Back to You’ and ‘Why Not’ dynamically capture the era. Blues from that era give the band its core sound.
The Edinburgh Blues Club is a Social Enterprise established in January 2014 to harness support for regular blues events in Edinburgh. The club provides at least a monthly blues event, featuring touring blues acts from the UK and beyond, with support from the finest local blues artists. The Edinburgh Blues Club is the biggest blues club in Scotland and the only one to regularly host international acts. While our shows are on public sale through various outlets, membership of the Edinburgh Blues Club is available for £10 per month. This regular payment covers entry to all our hosted shows, providing a considerable saving for regular attendees.
"The recently formed Edinburgh Blues Club has identified an appetite for the personal communication between musicians and audience that the blues long ago perfected." The Herald Newspaper
The Edinburgh Blues Club was named as one of 10 heart-warming good cause businesses in Edinburgh you'll want to support by Wow247!
Trevor Babajack Steger is an established Blues musician, renowned for his unique playing style and exciting performances. He has recently decided to develop his solo career to delve into the Roots Blues music that has always been his passion. Currently recording his first solo album of fresh, original songs on winebox guitar, harp and stomp box, to be out early 2018.
In the early 90's, Trevor was in Zimbabwe. Living and working with the Shona people in Mashonaland East. During this time Trevor's first son, Jack was born. According to Shona custom, the father takes his son's name, so from that day forwards,Trevor was known as 'Babajack': The father of Jack.
Michael & Barbara Ford previously spent over ten years organising blues venues in the North of England. Michael was also Editor of Blues in Britain Magazine and hosted his own blues radio programme.
Email: [email protected]
You just can’t have too much Rhythm & Blues in your life … that’s the motto of Surrey & South London Rhythm & Blues Club. Run by musician Martin Smith and his wife Natalie, the club stages and promotes live music events in the local community – on a not-for-profit basis. We currently host regular monthly nights at Soper Hall in Caterham featuring both local and touring performers of blues, rhythm and blues, blues-rock, bluesy jazz and soul.
John Montana- "Electric Blues-Rock with a dash of Funk and a hint of Soul from Manchester”
The John Angus Blues Band is a rocking blues band playing original songs.
Bass player Trev Turley is a permanent part of, and representative for, the MoJo Preachers. This West Midlands born musician took those first tentative steps, influenced by many, starting at the tail end of the British Blues Boom in 1968, coming almost full circle to the present day.
In between, there have been dalliances with the usual genre contenders, but the progressive rock era of the early to mid-70’s was crucial to his style and musical palette. This now features, and influences the MoJo’s material and live excursions, often cited as being ‘Progressive/Psychedelic Blues’.
He writes regularly for ‘Blues in Britain’ magazine, giving a twist to reviews and the occasional blues associated article. During the last two decades he has been an avid supporter of the local Essex blues scene, often seen at the now defunct New Crawdaddy Blues Club. Over time, now retired from, Trev has been an active member of the Music Managers Forum and part of the selection committee for ‘The BRIT Awards’.
Being a UK Blues Federation member, his mandate is to pass on any experience gleaned, with a slightly different personal perspective than the purist, whilst giving support and encouragement within the genre.
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