REVIEW: Blues In Britain Magazine

This review recently appeared in Blues In Britain Magazine (issue 117):

“Tom Attah has a fine line in Dobro and slide guitar, and a voice that is perfectly suited to the blues, with elements of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and  Robert Cray in his vocals, and in his finely honed technique.

With help and support from drummer and percussionist Gordon Rodger the 8 tracks on this mini-album are mostly self written, with repeats of “How Long has it been?” both opening and closing the collection. The only cover is “Catfish Blues” which has fine Dobro and drum interplay. Songs such as “Walking like a Man” and “Thinking Blues” are duets for guitar and voice, whilst the slower pacing of “Parts by Heart” features harmony vocals and a fitting drum part. “Young Man’s Blues” is a stomping blues guitar and vocal piece, whilst the ragtime/piedmont guitar style of “Bam Bam Blues”is a showcase for Attah’s effective harmony singing, and sense of rhythm, featuring a guitar solo that shows of his advanced technique.

The retro elements of the songs do not feel contrived, although they would also suit a more robust arrangement. Although Attah is a fine all round guitarist, he does not play anything too flashy, always putting lyricism as the basis for a song, rather than a grandstanding show of technique which is a trap it is far too easy to fall into.

A fine effort from a talent who should be heard.” – Ben Macnair


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New Brunswick Battle of the Blues

Local blues artist Tom Attah is through to the heat of New Brunswick Battle of the Blues

– a great night out for live music lovers at the True Blues Club, Newton-le-Willows 13 January – all welcome!

Local blues artist Tom Attah has been chosen as one of six blues acts from across the region to compete in the North West heat of New Brunswick Battle of the Blues. A fantastic night is in store for blues fans at Newton-le-Willows’ True Blues Club on 13 January as the acts go head to head in a heat to find Britain’s best unsigned and original Blues artists.   The UK-wide talent search New Brunswick Battle of the Blues has reached its heat stage and the competing acts chosen for the North West heat can so far be revealed as being;

Tom Attah from Shipley

Alex McKown Band from Glossop

Chris James Blues from Scotby, Carlisle

Rythmn Zoo from Shrewsbury

Cliff Brown Band from Yelvertoft

This search for the best of British blues has come about because the Canadian Province of New Brunswick is looking to the UK to provide new performers for its world-renowned Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, celebrating its 21st Anniversary in 2012.  Says competition organiser, Lee George; “This is a real opportunity for artists and fans alike. There will be 6 brilliant acts battling it out for a place in the London final.  We want as many blues fans as possible to come along to the heat and share what promises to be a night to remember.”

The winner of each heat plus one overall runner up chosen by the public – will perform at the final in London in March, with the winner getting an all expenses- paid trip to the maritime province of New Brunswick to play on one of the main stages at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in Fredericton in September.

Lee again, “This is the second year we’ve run this competition and last year’s winners, 24 Pesos, had the time of their life.  New Brunswick is an incredibly beautiful part of Canada and we will show the winning act some of the world’s best whale watching, sea kayaking, breath-taking scenery and – very important – real New Brunswick hospitality.  Travelling to the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival could be a life-changing opportunity to perform amongst the very best and to sample ‘the jewel of Atlantic Canada’ and all that the Province has to offer.”

The North West heat will be at The True Blues Club in Newton-le-Willows.on 13 January.  The show starts at 8.30pm and tickets cost just £5. Doors will open at 7.15pm. For more information about the event and the province of New Brunswick, visit or

For further information, interview, images or press tickets, please contact Rachel Shimell or Miranda Johnson on 02380 732981/ 01962 890208 or email: or

New Brunswick is one of Canada’s 3 maritime provinces and is known as the ‘Jewel of Atlantic Canada’.  Only 6 hours flying time from the UK, the province is rich in history, wildlife, culture and natural beauty and music is an integral part of its psyche. Visit for more information.

The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is an annual music festival held in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick.  It has an international following and features blues, jazz and world music, taking over the city for 5 days in mid- September it’s one of Canada’s premier music festivals. Past artists include such luminaries as Buddy Guy.  For more information, visit:

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Living Bluesman Tom Attah will be getting low down and dirty with the movers and shakers of the Hanky Panky Burlesque Review on July 29th for the Leeds Roller Dolls and Leeds Unity Day Fundraiser.

Girls have never been too far from guitars, and Burlesque has never been too far from blues – and on the night at the Brudenell there will be a non-stop rollercoaster of grinding and grooves for the discerning headshakers of Headingley.

£7 on the door and £6 for NUS/concessions – come get roasted by some HOT HOT HEAT!

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The Red House

Living Bluesman Tom Attah is playing electric guitar tonight, Friday 24th June with red hot Blues Band THE TREATMENT at The Red House, Sheffield! This is the first day of a three-day mini tour for Tom that takes in the Diggle Blues Festival on the 25th and Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts on Sunday 26th.

This intimate performance is part of The Treatment’s warm-up to headlining the British Stage on Sunday 28th August at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne. The Band is fronted by one-man Manchester blues explosion Franny Eubank and features Ari Rannus on guitar, Dave Champken on Drums and Dave Laycock on Bass.  This gig is sure to be well-attended on a summer Friday night in the steel city so get down early!

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Penistone FM Wall-to-Wall Blues

Living Bluesman Tom Attah starts a week of gigging and travelling by talking to Les Young tonight on his Wall to Wall Blues Show.  Tom will be performing some of his songs as well as discussing his upcoming Glastonbury Festival appearance and dates at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival this year.

Les will also be playing the finest in rhythm and blues music as well as all of the usual features, emails and tweets.  Click here to LISTEN LIVE from 20:00 tonight!


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Hebden Bridge Blues Festival

Living Bluesman Tom Attah is pleased to be performing at the second annual Hebden Bridge Blues Festival in June 2012!

The 2011 event was a huge success, attracting some serious blues musicians to the gorgeous Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge.  This is a truly delightful weekend of music and community and is by far one of the friendliest young festivals in the UK.

With over 12 months to prepare, Tom is looking forward to sharing his electric blues with the good people of the festival and in the words of the organisers; “…takin’ it to the ‘Bridge!”

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The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

Living Bluesman Tom Attah is confirmed to play 3 gigs at Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival 2011.

First of all he’s on the Blues Train on the 26th of August, then later that night at 11.30 pm he’s ripping up the Acoustic Stage with Franny Eubank with an old-school voodoo blues harmonica and guitar workout.

Then, on Sunday 28th at 11pm the electric band HEADLINES the British Stage. It’s a special night as some new, original material will be showcased.

Colne is easily one of the most high-profile Blues festivals of the year and Franny is very, very excited to be performing in 2011.  This year’s main guest include JACK BRUCE and STEVE CROPPER.  For more details, check the festival link below or click the logo in this post.

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Glastonbury Festival 2011

Living Bluesman Tom Attah is confirmed to play on the Bourbon Street Jazz & Blues Stage at the 41st Glastonbury Festival on Sunday 26th June, 2011.

Tom is a late addition to the festival line-up after organiser Andy Fielding heard The Living Bluesman EP and contacted Tom directly to invite him to perform.

Tom will be performing tracks from the EP as well as new material and is tremendously excited to be making his festival debut at Europe’s most prestigious annual musical gathering.

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Diggle Blues Festival

Living Bluesman Tom Attah has been confirmed for the 2nd annual Diggle Blues Festival.  The blues shakedown begins on Friday 24th June 2011 with a series of free blues gigs taking place at venues around the village until Sunday 26th.

Three venues are holding concerts; the Diggle Hotel, the Hanging  Gate and the Diggle Band Club. There is one show at each venue on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday, each taking place at different times so avid blues fans can attend every gig if they want.

Tom is performing his acoustic show at 4pm on the 25th at the Diggle Hotel – before heading off to the B.B. King show in Manchester and then travelling to South for his debut appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Other acts on this years’s bill include ALEX McKOWN, the JUNKHOUSE DOG BLUES BAND, YES SIR  and THE 2:19 BLUES BAND.  Check the Diggle Blues Festival Facebook Page for more details.


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