JOHN COGHLAN's QUO

John Coghlan joined Francis Rossi and Alan Lancaster in their newly-formed band ‘The Spectres’ in 1962. The group went through a series of name changes, including Traffic Jam, before becoming Status Quo in the late 60s when Rick Parfitt also joined the line-up. In the years that followed, a string of chart-topping albums.

John Coghlan's Quo: featuring John Coghlan - The Heartbeat of Quo

Original Quo drummer John Coghlan with his great band bring you a set of vintage Quo from the period he performed with Quo 1969 – 1980

*Pictures Of Matchstick Men * Ice In the Sun * Down The Dustpipe * In My Chair * Paper Plane * Mean Girl * Caroline * Break The Rules * Down Down * Roll Over Lay Down * Rain * Mystery Song * Wild Side Of Life * Rocking All Over The World * Again And Again * Whatever You Want * Living On An Island * What Your Proposing *

For Quo fans and critics alike, this time is often regarded as Quo’s “Classic” period.

In 2013 and 2014, John rejoined Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and Alan Lancaster for the two sell-out Status Quo Frantic Four Reunion Tours, selling out all over the UK and Europe and reigniting the excitement of the early days of Quo.

DR FEELGOOD

Dr. Feelgood are a British band formed in 1971. Hailing from Canvey Island, Essex, they are best known for early singles like "She Does It Right", "Roxette", and "Back in the Night".The group's original distinctively British R&B sound was centred on Wilko Johnson's choppy guitar style.

Along with Johnson, the original band line-up included singer Lee Brilleaux and the rhythm section of John B. Sparks, known as "Sparko", on bass guitar and John Martin, known as "The Big Figure", on drums. Although their most commercially productive years were the early to mid-1970s, and in spite of Brilleaux's death in 1994 of lymphoma, a version of the band continues to tour and record to this day, with the current line-up of Kevin Morris, Phil Mitchell, Steve Walwyn and Robert Kane being by far the most durable having been together for 17 years.

Martin Turner ex WISHBONE ASH

Martin Turner - founding original member, lead vocalist and key creative force of Wishbone Ash.

Wishbone Ash was formed by Martin Turner and Steve Upton in London in 1969. Intent on creating a musical sound that was rich in texture and melody, Martin Turner envisaged the band’s innovative harmony-guitar hallmark and guitarists Ted Turner and Andy Powell were recruited via a now legendary Melody Maker advert. The partnership of the original line-up of Wishbone Ash forged a unique musical identity that would produce some of rock music's best loved works and influence numerous successful bands and result in millions of album sales and concert attendances. Wishbone Ash would become one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts and its name synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music.

Over four decades later, the enduring music of the classic marks of Wishbone Ash continues to delight audiences worldwide through both live performances and a rich legacy of recorded work that continues to be enjoyed by fans old and new. Classic album releases such as Argus, Pilgrimage, There’s the Rub, New England and Live Dates defined the Wishbone Ash sound and have touched the hearts of several generations of music fans. As lead vocalist and key creative force, founding original member Martin Turner was central to the critical and commercial success of Wishbone Ash’s most revered albums, with his passionate vocal delivery, songwriting ability, keen melodic sense and production values being a key ingredient in the definitive Wishbone Ash sound. Martin Turner continues to perform the band’s best loved works with his current band, which features guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic, and drummer Tim Brown and remains faithful to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint.

VAMBO

Vambo’s inspiration stems back to the hard rock of the 70s, at the same time they remain contemporary in both songwriting and recording.

Vambo are – Jack Stiles, vocals, a compelling stage presence with an undeniable centre stage magnetism and a powerhouse voice and range to match. Pete Lance, guitar, a captivating performer coupled with outstanding, natural guitar playing skills. Steve Price, drums, a superb technician and the driving force behind the power and the subtleties that are Vambo trademarks. James Scott, bass, an outstanding musician, his fluid and imaginative bass lines underpin every Vambo performance adding energy, quality and depth.

Their material is organic, dynamic and overflowing with raw energy and power reflecting the outstanding musicality within the band. Great, original rock music performed by 4 musicians of the highest calibre.

"Pure class" - Classic Rock
"The second coming of rock" - Kerrang
"Infectious melodies" - Planet Rock

THE CADILLAC KINGS

Firm favourites on the blues, rhythm & blues & swing dance scenes, The Cadillac Kings feature five of the UK's top blues and roots musicians.
Inspired by the sounds and styles of ‘40s & ‘50s R&B with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise (courtesy of singer & writer Mike Thomas) the CKs have earned a reputation for wowing their audiences, from intimate clubs to major festivals and from theatres to dance-halls, the length & breadth of the UK & Europe, from the Canary Islands to Svalbard in the arctic.
Since their formation in 2001 the band has opened shows for, & shared stages with blues, rock & roots acts such as John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Louisiana Red, Sherman Robertson, Little Feat & Delbert McLinton to name but a few!

Along the way the band has picked up numerous awards including:

*The Times Newspaper’s best blues CD of the year 2004 for ‘Highway 17’ 
*Real Blues Magazine Canada - best non USA CD 2009 for ‘Trouble in Store’.
*Blues & Rhythm Magazine rated their 2012 release “Gonna Tell Your Momma” as one of the best live albums of the year.
*The UK Independent DJs association voted their 2016 CD ‘The Secret of My Success’ as one of the top 3 releases of 2016 (with Kaz Hawkins & Joe Bonamassa)

Now approaching their sixteenth anniversary, the band has also signalled their strongest ever line-up, featuring two of the UK's very best roots players – sensational pianist & accordionist - Tim Penn, and on guitar the brilliantly versatile Mal Barclay, alongside singer, lyricist & frontman Mike Thomas.

“Good time blues at its very best, do not miss these guys!”
Lionel Ross, Blues in Britain Magazine
"One of the nation's finest bands in ANY genre. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.”
Grahame Rhodes, The Liverpool Echo.

 

GRIZZLY & THE GRASSHOPPERS

Grizzly and the Grasshoppers, based in the south of England, features the gritty vocals and original music of front man, `Grizzly Rhys` Morgan (acoustic guitar, lap slide and lap steel guitars, Dobro, djembe, and harmonica); with Neil Shervell  on drums, and bass guitarist, Matt Brace.  The music is Roots and Blues at its foot-stomping best with a touch of Folk and a hint of Traditional Blues!  Whether playing a dark and dirty tavern or a packed and muddy festival, they draw people in with their energy and original style. Grizzly`s lap-slide performances, and the drum-offs are particular crowd pleasers.  Grizzly Rhys Morgan also performs as a solo act both at festivals and more intimate venues.

 `…provided an adoring audience with big-hitting vocals to go along with those intricately weaved guitar techniques..` RAWRAMP, Ilfracombe Blues Festival Review

One sunny day this hairy band of music makers noticed that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence, and so decided to leave their mundane jobs in workshops and garages to take to the road and live the dream.  After hundreds of gigs; thousands of miles on the road; and various changes to the line-up; Grizzly and the Grasshoppers has built up a dedicated following bringing its big stomping blues riffs to ale-houses, jail-houses, hay-barns and beach bars all over the UK.

The band released its first album, `Seeds` in 2013, followed by `Whiskey River` in 2015.  Grizzly`s has recorded a solo album, and work has begun on the next album with the full band.  Have a listen to the music; visit us on Facebook, or sign up to our mailing list for news of upcoming gigs.

WHEN RIVERS MEET

Grace & Aaron Bond of When Rivers Meet are a Blues + Roots Rock duo from Essex.

Their soulful vocals lock into harmony with a natural chemistry: Aaron’s bold, driven guitar is grounded by his solid kick drum, and Grace’s unique slide mandolin and fiddle combine to create a wall of sound.

With a combination of well-crafted self-penned songs and reworked traditionals, performances are fearless.

JACKIE LYNTON BAND

JACKIE LYNTON is one of the grand old men of Rock’n'Roll, claiming Ritchie Blackmore, Rick Parfitt,Chas Hodges, and Chris Farlowe among his personal friends. As a performer his career spans seven decades! A young silver suited crooner with a quiff cut his teeth in the clubs of Hamburg in the late 1950s before transforming into the vocalist with The Savoy Brown Blues Band in the nineteen sixties. By the seventies Jack was writing songs with Rick Parfitt for Status Quo, and in the eighties he was fronting Diesel – a band formed with John Coghlan, Status Quo’s original drummer. In the nineties Jack dabbled in acting – regularly appearing as an “extra” on Eastenders while at the same time he was forming his current band, which features some faces with great music histories of their own. Bass Guitarist Colin Pattenden was a founder member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band; while the two lead guitars are Chris Bryant who played with Arthur Brown and Mike Windus, one of Britains best session musicians; the combo is driven by the drumming of Spud Metcalf, of The Nashville Teens. Look forward to an amazing evening of Rock’n'Roll, Blues and the occasional rude joke. Oh, and did I mention that Jack also writes poetry and Childrens stories ?? A man of huge talent, and a born entertainer.

THE NASHVILLE TEENS

AN ORIGINAL 1960’s GROUP with almost sixty years heritage.
THE NASHVILLE TEENS are a British band formed in Surrey in 1962. They cut their teeth in the Hamburg clubs with other young hopefuls like Steve Marriot and Spencer Davis. It is there that they made their record debut backing Jerry Lee Lewis on his “Live at the Star Club” album. Back in the UK The Nashville Teens backed both Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins on their UK tours before finding their own chart success in 1964 with their seminal R&B version of John D Loudermilk’s Tobacco Road. This was followed by further hit parade achievements with Google Eye, This Little Bird and Find My Way Back Home. Inevitably there have been personnel changes over the last nearly sixty years, but the band has survived and is still fronted by their original vocalist RAY PHILLIPS. The current line up includes COLIN PATTENDEN (bass guitar and a founder member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band), SIMON SPRATLEY (piano), KEN OSBORNE (lead guitar) and SPUD METCALF (drums).  The Nashville Teens pride themselves on their delivery of genuine sixties Hard Drivin’ Rock and are still filling dance floors all these years later.

 Follow them at www.Nashville-Teens.com

 

THE ROOM

A little bit of Prog for the weekend...

The Room are a melodic rock band from the Southeast of the UK. The six band members bring together a broad range of musical influences which has helped form The Room’s distinctive style. Smart songs with great melodies are the essence of the band’s sound. Formed in 2010 with Martin Wilson from neo-prog rock band GLD and bassist Andy Rowe were joined by former GLD guitarist Steve Anderson, drummer Andrew Rae and Steve Checkley on Keys. The band started writing their first album over the winter 2011, recording it at Platform Studios in the summer of 2012.

March 2014 saw the arrival of new drummer Chris York. The band signed a deal for album two with UK label Bad Elephant Music in 2015 and the album, Beyond The Gates of Bedlam was released in November 2015 to further critical acclaim..

Nominated in the Best New Band category at the 2016 Classic Rock Society awards The Room always deliver an outstanding show.

Following a series of highly successful supports for Inglorious, Lifesigns and Soft Machine, a busy festival season and some headline shows, The Room filmed their final show of 2016 at The Robin 2 for release on DVD in 2017.

2017 was all about writing for the new album although the band did play a number of festivals and shows trying out some of the new material. In February 2018 The Room announced album 3 was to be released in November 18 and it would be recorded with legendary producer John Mitchell at the controls. 2018 also saw the departure of keyboard player Steve Checkley to be replaced by Mark Dixon. The line up was strengthened with the introduction of guitarist Eric Bouillette with both new members appearing on the 3rd album.