Classic Rock Presents…THE BLUES Magazine

I am pleased and proud to announce that I am featured on the cover CD of this month’s Classic Rock Presents…the Blues Magazine, issue #5!

The magazine is released on February 21st and is available for pre-order on this link:

clrp5_p1_p1This is an international magazine and this month’s cover star is the irrepressible Joe Bonamassa.  I am astonished and honoured to have been chosen alongside the other great artists on the CD.

What makes this even MORE fantastic is that my beautiful and talented friend Katie Bradley is also featured in this month’s magazine a their rising star and ‘Blues Breaker.’  You can find out more about Katie on her webite here:

I am also pleased to confirm that we will be playing a few dates together at festivals later this year around the UK!

Previous isues of the magazine are still avalable as back-orders and the writing is as high-calibre as you would expect.  What else does 2013 have in store, I wonder?


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Blues Sur Seine

I am pleased and proud to confirm that I will be appearing in France in November as part of the terrific Blues Sur Seine Festival!

For the past twelve years, to the west of Paris, the Seine takes on an air of the Mississippi. For two weeks, several venues around Mantes-la-Jolie open their doors to renowned musicians and the up and coming talents of this style of music, a good deal more diverse than it might seem. More than fifty groups and musicians on the stages to the west of Paris bear witness to the eternal renaissance of the Blues, showing us that this genre has more and more offspring.

There will be an incredible line-up this year of performers who are coming from all over the world.  Full details are available on the festival website:

You chan check out the festival promo video here:

…more news as it happens!


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REVIEW: Songs for Jane

They say that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, but considering how some people avoid paying them, I’m no longer sure about taxes. But, yeah, we will all leave this mortal coil, one day. What’s never certain is what we can do with our time on this greeny Earth. I never had the honour of meeting Jane Howden, but the amount of people her life changed is flabbergasting.

So it was a fitting tribute that her sister Sarah Griffiths organised a tribute gig at West Street Live. Many familiar faces from the Sheffield community were there, paying their respects in one form or another.

Full article:

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Blues on the Farm 2012

The Blues Brothers 2012

The Blues Brothers 2012 – Franny Eubank & Tom Attah (Photograph by Richard Bottomley-Mason)

I am thrilled to confirm that we will be appearing at the 21st annual Blues on the Farm Festival in Chichester on Sunday 9th September!

From their website:

“Voted ‘Best British Blues Festival 2010’ in the British Blues Awards, our event is staged in a 40 acre setting on the Sussex Coastal plain a couple of miles south of Chichester.

Blues on the Farm has a big reputation for presenting high quality music from World-class musicians, in a family friendly, safe and relaxed area, the primary objective of the event is to stage high quality music from world-class musicians, in a warm and friendly atmosphere.”

Also appearing will be The Blues Band, King King, Paddy Milner, King Rollo, The Todd Sharpville Band, Dave Kelly and many more!

Click here for ticket and festival details.

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Yorkshire Flood


SLIGHTLY Foxed Brewery have now finalised the details for the fundraising Floodstock concert of blues music early next month – and even brewed a beer specially for it.

The brewery have been working on the line-up for several weeks and have harnessed up and coming blues talent from across the country, including some local representation from Calder Valley outfit Hooson, fronted by the great voice of Jenna Hooson.

It will be held at Mytholmroyd Community Centre on September 1 in aid of Calder Valley Flood victims and tickets are pegged at just £9 for what is an appetising bill of top blues talent.

Jenna Hooson was nominated as best female vocalist at this year’s British Blues Awards and with Hooson joined on the bill by Rabbitfoot, the Paddy Maguire Band, TJ Norton performing his new solo set and Tom Attah, there will be much to savour.

All of the musicians are performing free of charge and one of the acts performing is coming all the way from Brighton. Having played at the recent hugely successful Hebden Bridge Blues Festival they were all too happy to come back and support the area, said Matt Bell, co-owner of Slightly Foxed Brewery.

“Mytholmroyd was selected as the venue, as it was one of the badly affected areas, and is well placed for everyone in the Upper Valley to attend. The musicians booked for the evening are truly first class, and include some of the biggest names in British Blues,” he said.

Slightly Foxed Brewery is producing a special beer called Slightly Flooded, with all profits from the beer sales as well as that from ticket sales going into the flood victims fund.

The event is ticket-only and they are available from Mytholmroyd Community Centre and Flying Saucers, New Road, Hebden Bridge (near the marina), or by emailing

The doors will open at 4.30pm and more details can be found by logging on to

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The British Invasion!

Incredibly proud to be featured as part of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival and to be heralded as a contributing artist!

with Ari Rannus, Dave Laycock, Dave Champken & Franny Eubank

The British Stage, Colne 2011

We are playing again in 2012 so if you get a chance – get along!  We’ll be on THE BRITISH STAGE at 21:30 on Saturday 25th August and the on THE ACOUSTIC STAGE on Monday 27th at 21:00.  There is a phenomenal line-up this year including us and so many friends and talented musicians – hope to see you there!


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Slide Guitarist’s Hospital Tour

I am pleased and proud to share this link about the terrific musician Tom Doughty.

Tom’s indomitable outlook is characterised in his music and if you get a chance, listen to his incredible song “Robert Mugabe.”  Just tremendous.

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A tremendous review from Bradford’s “How Do?” Magazine!


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Last month I was runner-up in the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues heats in the North.  The first prize is a trip to Canada to participate in the New Brunswick Blues Festival.

I need your support!  The single act who recieves the most votes gets to go to the final in London next month – I need your vote.  Can you help?  I have nearly a thousand fans and if you all took a moment to vote then I am sure to win, I know.

The process only takes a few minutes – here’s what you need to do.

  1. Click this Link:
  2. Scroll down to my video
  3. Click on the video.  A bigger window will open up.
  4. Underneath the video, click on “Log In.”
  5. You will see a registration screen.  Click on “register for free”
  6. Fill in the form.  Be aware of the option regarding the New Brunswick Newsletter.
  7. click “submit”.
  8. Go to your email and click the “confirm email address” link in the mail that will have just arrived.
  9. Log in (again)
  10. Finally, scroll down to my video again, click the 5 stars so that they light up and click “submit”

…and it’s done!  I know that the process seems a little long-winded, but if you can spare a few moments then as I say, I know I can get to the gig in London and be the ONLY BLACK SINGER & GUITAR PLAYER in the Blues competition.

Voting is open until February 28th – thank you in advance!

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Festival 2012 Poster
Blues Au 13 2012 Festival Poster

Really excited to confirm that I will be playing at Blues Au 13 in Paris, France next month!

I am opening for Big Daddy Wilson from the USA at this terrific little festival that will be running all week.

The following month, it’s back across the channel to play with Franny Eubank at the Blues Autour Du Zinc Festival at Beauvais for the 2nd year in a row – after last year’s tremendous experience, I’m really looking forward to performing.

Ooh – a country famed for its red wine and cheese.  How WILL I cope?

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