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 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’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.