Artists I-Z


This ‘Musician’s Information Resource’ comprises UK musicians or non-UK nationals whose normal place of residence is in the UK.  We cannot guarantee that the list is in any way comprehensive and we rely totally upon people supplying us with information to include.

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The Idle Hands – classic British blues/rock band

Dr. Ika – cool blues, hip-hop and drum & bass rhythms


Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band – hot blues band from Scotland

The Jackals - a dynamic Rhythm & Blues Band playing original songs & selected covers - based in Brighton.

Jake and Elwood – featuring the Black Rhino Band – premier Blues Brothers show!

Chris James – the authentic Mississippi Delta sound with a voice to match

Chris James & Martin Fletcher - blues and roots musicians playing guitars and harmonicas respectively

Steve James – “It don’t get much better”

Billy Jenkins – music, not business, from the maverick guitarist – Billy Jenkins again, with the Blues Collective

Jimmy C and the Blues Dragons – home of psychedelic blues

Tom JJ Band - exciting, up and coming blues artist from South London

Wilko Johnson – Dr. Feelgood guitar man and R&B legend

Paul Jones - legendary singer, actor, harmonica player, radio personality and television presenter

Rowland Jones - "Well I started in the blues, then I played country rock, funk, jazz then back to the Blues".


Kat & Co - "Kat & Co. produced what I would describe as "nightclub blues" is smokey, it is sassy and it is very classy" - Nigel Foster

Dave Kelly - "If there is such a thing as a British 'blues pedigree', then Dave Kelly's sets the standard

The Simon Kennedy Band - a guitar and organ-driven blues trio from Scotland

Nelson King – new age blues

kingB – roadhouse blues with a lady’s touch

The King Biscuit Boys – acoustic blues duo based in Milton Keynes

King Earl Boogie Band – the most exciting ‘blues jug band’ in the country today

King King  - energetic and dynamic soulful blues/rock from Glasgow

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys – red hot and blue!


Paul Lamb and the King Snakes – oozin’ the blues!

LaVendore Rogue - one of the most exciting bands to emerge on the UK Roots scene for many years

Vince Lee and the Big Combo – blues, soul, R&B, jazz, swing

Carl Sonny Leyland - has the rhythm and sounds of boogie woogie piano in his bones

Lights Out By Nine – top Scottish R&B/soul band

The John Lime Blues Trio - chilled & funky American style blues standards and original blues tunes

The Limits - four piece blues rock band from North London

Errol Linton – award-winning harmonica player

Aynsley Lister – official site of one of Britain’s finest young blues talents

Aynsley Lister is one of the UK’s hottest contemporary blues guitarists – many consider him to be among the best in the world. His unique brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fueled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music.  Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows, one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music. “Music is a release for me.  When I play I get lost in it and it's a very happy place to be”  - Aynsley Lister

“Eyes Wide Open” is a bold, confident and accessible slice of contemporary blues-rock that promises to bring Aynsley yet more accolades as well as introduce his genre-blending sound to a new audience, building on the 100,000 albums he’s already sold worldwide. This raw, energetic album is a return to his roots; a record that at its heart boasts all the grit of traditional blues. “I wanted to keep the raw edginess and energy of a band,” says Aynsley. “So that meant minimal takes and going with the ones that had the most spirit and passion over those with technical perfection. To me, music isn’t supposed to be perfect. It’s supposed to grab you and move you both emotionally and physically; it’s supposed to connect with you.” “Eyes Wide Open” seals Aynsley’s reputation for adroitly blending blues and rock, pop and even a smattering of soul. Hooky melodies dovetail seamlessly with blazing blues solos that are as passionate as they are tasteful. Like every musician of weight, this album also reveals Aynsley’s ability to tell a story. Each track paints a picture, exposing an emotional landscape with the insight of a fine artist: “The world never stops and so much happens around us - some of it resonates with you, some of it doesn’t. This album is written about the world as I see it, through eyes wide open.”

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London Community Gospel Choir – “out of many – one voice”

Bob Long – blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player specialising in “the old stuff”

Big Joe Louis and his Blues Kings – the official website

Connie Lush – big, bold, brash and British!

Connie has been recognised as one of the finest Blues singers in the UK today.  The winner of “Best Female Vocalist UK” no less than five times has earned Connie her place in the Gallery of Greats, alongside Alexis Korner and Eric Clapton to name just two.  Her incredible stage presence and powerful vocal have also been recognized overseas as she was twice voted “European Blues Vocalist of the year” by the “Blues Trophies Awards”  Pride of place is her award from the people of Liverpool for “Performing Arts”....and is still being nominated.

Connie Lush’s Renaissance Rules Supreme. An emotional drenched blues soaked delight equals Connie Lush’s album Renaissance. An album perfectly produced and perfect for a Christmas stocking that will be greeted with squeals of delight especially after the first, second, third play perfect start to any day of the year. This is an album jam packed with music that connects with the listener and the band surrounding Connie’s vocals provides a backdrop of a jaw droppingly good array of tones, textures and rhythmic punctuation to the lyrics. The band that Connie has decided to hug on the album are her husband and brilliant bassist Terry Harris, completing the vibe of the rhythmic backdrop is Roy Martin’s drumming and the third of the trio is Steve Wright with his generosity of blues guitar shaping every track. The album has been produced by Steve Wright who has mixed the cocktail of sounds into a perfectly formed album with the help of Wayne Proctor at his House Of Tone Productions.

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Ma Bessie Band - presenting the music of Bessie Smith and her contemporaries to a new audience

The Patsy Mac Electric Band - from Dublin to the Welsh Valleys, fronted by Irish singer/guitarist Patsy Mac, with an all Welsh rhythm section

The Machine Shed Band – Cambridge based  rock/blues, soul and rock’n’roll band

Otis Mack & The Tubby Bluesters – 4 piece band specialising in classic covers of original R&B, rock’n’roll and soul with a touch of blues

Pete G and The Magnitones – blues with a feeling!

Marcus Malone – songwriter/vocalist originally from Detroit, Michigan

Rollo Markee and the Tailshakers – truly authentic harp driven blues

Mike Markey & Nick Jones – authentic blues from Wales

Bex Marshall - award winning unique style of guitar playing is a combination of slide, blues rock, ragtime and roots pickin’

Charlotte Marshall - sizzling seven-piece groove band brings a distinctive flavour of retro to the roots scene

Eddie Martin – the Ambassador of British Blues

Krissy Matthews – talented young British guitarist

Dave May Band - for a blistering set of original Bluesy guitar driven rock plus covers

Una May – British singer/songwriter with a gorgeous blues voice

John Mayall – the official website of the British blues legend

Henry McCullough – former Grease Band and Wings legend, check him out!

Rab McCullough - veteran Belfast blues guitarist - "an astounding singer and guitar player ..." Dick Heckstall-Smith

Mark Deke McGee – old style rhythm n’ blues saxophone, ex Otis Grand, Nimmo Brothers…

The Fran McGillivray Band - spent many years honing their craft : have played in the backing bands for several touring US artists

Alex McKown – the British blues guitar prodigy

Melanie’s Red Fleece – sixties and seventies blues/rock

Roy Mette – solo acoustic or blues/rock, catch him live

The Mighty Boss Cats – consummate blues band based in Essex

Paddy Milner – 21st century boogie

Mister Doo – solo artist from Surrey, playing an infectious boogie and blues inspired repertoire

Mojo Preachers - specialising in original sounds, whilst rooted in the blues has its mixing spoons in many pots.

Zoot Money – ‘The biggest roll of all’

Gary Moore - "The Lord Of The Strings" – world wide fansite

Nicky Moore – 'The Voice', 40+ years in the business and still going strong!

Mudlow - a well-seasoned crock of Southern influences, blues, country, noir&b and sleazy rock and roll

Mumbo-Jumbo - Midlands based trio in a broadly acoustic format

Gus Munro - singer songwriter from Glasgow

The Mustangs – lovers of Brit blues-rock are sure to get a kick out of them


Sleepy Eyes Nelson – original old time blues from Ayrshire, Scotland

Nine Below Zero – spankingly gorgeous Brit Blues heaven!


The Odyssey Blues Band – the soul-blues classic songbook.. an up-tempo and edgy soul revue

Old Blue Moses – “serious talent, blinding performance, hugely entertaining”

John O’Leary – one of the formative breed of blues harp players in the UK

Oo-Bop-Sh’Bam - play classic live boogie-woogie and rhythm ‘n’ blues

The Oozie Blues – rough, raw and full of energy!

The Outwoods County Riders – Leicester based 3 piece outfit playing mainly original countryfied Americana music


Kit Packham’s One Jump Ahead – swinging jazz and blues that gets people dancing AND puts a smile on their faces!

Papa George – blues with feeling from one of London’s leading blues guitarists and singers

The Ian Parker Band – a young man fast becoming Britain’s best-loved blues/roots performer

Rick Payne – authentic acoustic styles, and master of the slide guitar.

Sam Payne – singer, songwriter and pianist, back in the driving seat

PC Green and the Traffic Lights – "ello, ello, wot do we ‘ave ‘ere?"

John Pearson’s Blues and Beyond – in the tradition of the country blues players who are his inspiration

Kat Pearson - with family traditions rooted in the cotton fields of rural Tennessee, Kathleen Pearson is the real deal

Peppercornrent – acoustic eclectic alt-country folk-blues

Adam Phillips – blues, jazz and New Orleans style funk

Steve Phillips – legendary British bluesman from The Notting Hillbillies

Mick Pini – authentic voice & outstanding guitar work personifies the blues

Julian Piper – blues from the bayou

Tanya Piché Blues Band - Howlin' Wolf woman blues from the Essex Delta

Ben Poole Band - International blues/rock/soul guitarist, singer & songwriter

Ashley Powell – tasteful Portsmouth-based rock/blues guitarist

Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens - amazingly talented young guitarist

The Producers – UK Blues Band of the Year and Blues in Britain favourites


James Quinn – Blues And Rags – country blues performed well


Radiotones – Scots three-piece combo “with the guts to break the mould”

Rag'n'Bone Man - singer /songwriter with a deep baritone voice

Rag Mama Rag – France based English acoustic blues duo

The Rainbreakesrs - crafting their sound into a fusion of dynamic elements, they bridge the gap between blues, rock and soul

Eric Ranzoni – singing piano player & songwriter from London

Chris Rea – the man, the voice, the guitar

The Real Deal – out of the ashes of the late, lamented Blues Burglars…

Red Butler - dynamic rock/blues band fast making a name for itself across Britain and Europe

Red Dawg – the best blues rock band in their own lunch hour!

RedEyeBand with Danny Bryant – blues rock played with passion

Redemption Blues Band – London based, ‘We play Chicago Blues the way it should be.’

Redfish - soul-deep rhythm & blues

Ben Reel – “reel proves his worth with his wonderful lyrics and expressive voice, a flat out musicial superhero”

Barry Reeves – acoustic, bottleneck, electric rock, folk rock and blues guitar from Harrow, NW London

Tim Richards – Blues & jazz pianist and teacher

The Riotous Brothers – not ‘Woke Up This Morning’, but ‘Going Out Tonight’!

The Riverside Blues Band – a mixture of blues classics and furious R’n’B of the old school

The Lee Ryder Band – “dynamic, soulful and raucous blues”


Mike Sanchez – Blueprint keyboard player of the year (twice!)

Lee Sankey – sounds, biog, album and tour dates

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion - refresh the blues genre with mostly self penned material

Shakey Vick – Big City Blues from the Brit harp and vocals stalwart

Todd Sharpville – the official website

Joanne Shaw Taylor – “Catch her live if you can, then you can say: I was there at the beginning”

George Shovlin and The Radars - first class blues rooted in the heart of the North East

Innes Sibun – the enlightened side of blues

Ian Siegal - one of the most innovative, gifted and engaging blues performers on the planet today

Sisters In Grease – an original brand of acoustic bottleneck blues

Slack Alice – innovative dynamic blues outfit hailing from the North West of England

Sloe Train - with those low down, mean and dirty rockin' Blues

Slowburner – “This Quartet Play Blues Rock To Wake The Dead” – Kerrang

Gordon Smith – described by John Peel as “the foremost white blues guitarist in the world”

Gypsy Dave Smith – impeccable slide guitar blues

Martin Smith – guitarist, singer and songwriter

The Martin Smith Band - bringing high-quality Rhythm & Blues with a big emphasis on “Rhythm”

Smokin’ Hogs – a punchy rockin’ blues band from East Anglia

Smokestack – Brighton blues trio featuring the talents of Phil Mills

So Long Angel – the souful sound of Fran McGillivray and the band

Sons Of The Delta – "Britain's Jelly Roll Kings"

Southbound - upcoming blues-rock band based in London

Dave Speight - Performing acoustic blues for the past 50 years and still happy to find "I woke up this mornin'!"

Jeremy Spencer – ex Fleetwood Mac slide guitar legend

The Spikedrivers – a sound and a feeling….. delta roots

John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon - "quirky, distinctive and certainly a little eccentric" singer/songwriter from Reading

Steel Union – authentic traditional acoustic blues from the UK

Trevor BabaJack Steger - drawing from his love of early blues, punk and world music

Trevor Babajack Steger was raised on listening to his mother, a club singer in the sixties and the only two records in his parents record collection, Johnny Cash and Rory Gallagher. In the late seventies his own musical adventures began by playing bass in a number of local punk bands. One night he went to a local venue to witness a band that would both change his thoughts and start him on the road of musical discovery. Nine Below Zero were the band and blues the hook. The day after he brought himself a Sonny Boy Williamson record and a blues harp. Years of practice and honing of skills that took him across Europe and Africa.​ 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. ​ Founder member and co-song writer of the Multi-award winning band ‘Babajack’ brought him to the forefront of the British Blues scene where he has been nominated numerous times for Best Harmonica Player along with Best Album and Song in the British Blues Awards. Now  Trevor lives on his narrow boat, stepping out on his own to perform his own brand of Blues, drawing from his love of early rural blues, punk and world music.  Using slide guitar, harp and stomp box to create his unique sound which is both exciting and real.​ His first Solo album, Sawdust Man, (released May this year)  received amazing reviews with Radio play in the UK and across The USA, Canada and on BBC Radio 2.

Trevor Babajack Steger was one half of Babajack but this album sees him striding out as a solo musician. He has a voice that has all the smoothness of a rusty buzzsaw  but he has no problem making himself clear and the songs on this album are darkly and deeply steeped in Blues. He plays a mean acoustic guitar but his main strength is his harmonica playing and with his Danneker harps he certainly makes a more musical noise than most of the supposed players out there. The sound takes me back to hearing some of the Blues greats back in the day – guys such as Sonny Terry or Big Walter Horton, even James Cotton – that haunting voice coming at you right out of the middle of the soundstage, interspersed with howling harp and almost using the guitar for rhythm rather than as a lead instrument. When he uses the guitar alone, as he does on River Song, he demonstrates real ability to carry a melody and set up a beautiful backdrop to his vocals. When he is singing you cannot do anything else but listen to him – he has an immediacy and charisma that draws you close to the music and I cannot think of any other solo artist that I’ve heard in the last couple of years who demands your attention in the same way. I would have to say that he makes music that I want to listen to, music than on the face of it is simple and stark but that has complexities in the sound and in his playing that make it really satisfying to delve into time and again. Standout tracks are probably the title number and Stranger In The Hall but there really isn’t any weakness in either his playing or his vision. – Alan Pearce, Blues Matters

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Stoney Broke - Scottish, singer-songwriter Stoney Broke creates a dynamic, eclectic inspired musical style

Storm Warning – compelling contemporary blues band touching the traditional

The Stumble – a blistering mix of blues, soul and old school R&B, one of the strongest live acts of the genre in the UK

Saiichi Sugiyama - their soulful music has a timeless quality that leads the way in today’s musical landscape

The Steve Summers Band - draws on the past to re-invigorate the rock/blues genre.

Sunjay - young finger-picking acoustic guitarist from Stourbridge

Jay Tamkin Band – ‘sorted’ blues/rock band from Devon

Tone Tanner - one man kick ass band

Jon T-Bone Taylor - guitarist from London with a passion for T-Bone Walker

Sean Taylor – London based singer/songwriter

Dai Thomas - specialising in Acoustic Blues and other music from the acoustic era before WW2.

Dai sings and plays many instruments from the usual Martin and National guitars, through long-scale Stella-style 12-string and mandolin, to autoharp and a little gob-harp, plus many types of banjo and a few less likely instruments. You can find details on and info on recordings on where you can also find a video clip.

Dai has played throughout the UK and Irish Republic with occasional brief forays into Europe and a few across the USA. He’s supported many prominent international acts including (Americans) Jim White, George Hamilton IV, Oh Susanna, Kate Campbell, Mary Gauthier, Elizabeth Southern, etc. etc.; he’s played on many peoples’ records, including Jim White’s international best-seller “No Such Place”, and produced and published CDs by several artistes under the auspices of Acoustic Redeye Records. Dai’s ‘No. 1 chantoosie’ Barbara Thomas, with her fine Classic Blues, is a regular feature of his gigs. You can find several videos on YouTube and it’s worth looking at his list of the instruments played by prominent Early Blues artists - click here .

Upcoming gigs:- Dai will be found at Malaga Drift Coffee Lounge & Bar on the third Friday of the month and at “Pete Ryder & Friends” on the last Friday of the month at The White Lion, 242 Manchester Road, Swinton, M27 4TS Greater Manchester, as a regular gig. He will be on “A Bit of Everything” with Ian Rothwell on Salford City Radio 94.4 FM or online at 6:00pm Tuesday, April 2nd and will appear with Bex Marshall and Bluesman Mike Francis at “MABS at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain”, The Floral Pavilion, Marine Promenade, New Brighton, CH45 2JS, Merseyside at 6:00pm on Sunday 2nd of June. The next booked appearance will be with Felicia Nielsen (International Acoustic Blues Star from Sweden at the Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival  on the 14th – 16th June (dates & times tbc) with more dates with Felicia in the following week, and he will be also appearing at the Fleetwood Folk & Blues Festival, 30th August to 1st of September 2019.

Dai can be contacted at the following:- [email protected], [email protected], +44 (0)161 7074063

Keith Thompson Band - brings you music with depth

Guy Tortora – a footnote to the blues from this London-based Pasadena bluesman

Richard Townend – British blues musician and songwriter

Ruby Turner – soul and R&B diva Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article

Two Timers – Gordon Russell (ex-Feelgoods) and Sarah James: dynamic acoustic/electric duo


Used Blues – five piece electric blues covers band form Glasgow


Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo - British blues legend now fronting The Mighty Combo

The Vice Bishops Blues Band – electric blues in every sense from the Midlands finest


Wily Bo Walker - a solo artist, songwriter, composer and performer noted for his characterful vocals and swaggering ‘live’ performances

Ben Waters - boogie blues and Rock & Roll pianist. “Absolutely Fantastic Pianist” - Jools Holland

Teresa Watson Band - Blues played from the soul from Newcastle upon Tyne

Stan Webb – British blues legend and Chicken Shack guitarist

Sean Webster – guitarist, singer / songwriter, frontman extraordinaire of his own self named band, The Sean Webster band

Bob Weston – ex-Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter/guitarist

Wille & The Bandits - Cornish band who play a variety of different genres spanning across the blues, rock, latin and folk styles

Matt Woosey  - singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist from The Midlands


Xander and the Peace Pirates - a testament to musical integrity and personal strength


The Yardbirds - more than a Rock band…they are an institution!

Steve York – UK blues bassist in the US


Lucy Zirins - young Lancashire lass blessed with a musical passion that takes audiences on unforgettable emotional journeys

ZZ Birmingham’s Blues Band – kicking up a storm, from Derby