Blues

2018

 

 

12th January

The Untouchables: http://www.theuntouchablesblues.com/about.htm

 

Keith Parker, harp and vocals, Peter Ellison, guitar and vocals, Paul 'Chuck' Green, doghouse bass and Malcolm 'Eddie the Legend' Buckland, drums.

 

The Untouchables are champions of raw blues, basing their sound on the swinging soul of the great artists who recorded for Chess Records in the 50s. With a string bass, a vintage drum kit, a cranked guitar through a hot valve amp and a wailing harp, this band turns any venue into a rocking juke joint.

 

The Untouchables play sparse, tasteful Chicago blues. Not blues rock but tight, swinging, focussed, authentic sounding urban blues, with every element honed to its bare essentials in an unostentatious display of taste and restraint. These players have lived and breathed the style until it's so much a part of them that it oozes out of their pores. If you like Little Walter, Bo Diddley or Willie Dixon, then this is as close as you’ll get to seeing them live.

 

The Untouchables are an astounding band, incredible entertainers and are not to be missed.

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

 

9th February

Katie Bradley and the Chris Corcoran Trio: www.katiebradley.co.uk/ & www.chriscorcoranmusic.com

 

Katie Bradley is an artist who is gaining momentum in the world of Blues where her love for many different styles of Blues disciplines has helped to make her a highly acclaimed performer. She has an amazing voice and a dynamic style of blues harp playing and has been complimented by Paul Jones for her intuitive playing, which often sets her apart from most other performers

 

Katie has toured the world with the best musicians and has a busy schedule writing, recording and playing festivals worldwide. Katie’s stage presence, talent and luminosity wins her new followers wherever she plays.

 

Chris Corcoran is one of the UK's finest Blues and R&B players and has been performing across the UK and Europe for the last 20 years. Performing around 180 dates each year in a variety of line ups and projects he has released 2 albums with the Chris Corcoran Trio

 

He has worked with many of the UK's finest Blues and Vintage acts and holds the guitar seat for the highly rated Laura B & Her Band. Chris runs regular Guitar Workshops which are popular among like-minded guitarists, and is also a registered composer for Soho based, Felt Music.

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

  

 

 

16th March

Stevie Smith’s Sin House: www.sin-house.com

 

Stevie Smith harp and lead vocals, Steve Smith guitar and backing vocals, Richard Taylor bass and Clive Edwards drums.

 

Stevie Smith is considered to be one of the best frontmen on the blues scene and has played with many famous names from Rory Gallagher and Ray Dorset to Bad Manners. He has been praised for his harmonica work by no less than Muddy Waters himself but is mostly known on the blues circuit, as the pocket dynamo who fronted Ruthless Blues for Twenty Years.

 

As well as playing with Stevie for a good number of years, Steve Smith has played with Paul Williams Blue Thunder and The Sharpees amongst others. It is rumoured that he brings a dash of humour to the mix.

With impeccable support from Richard and Clive both of whom have played in numerous different line ups, Sin House is a band not to be missed and we are delighted to welcome them to Marigolds.

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

 

13th April

Blues Chapter: https://www.facebook.com/pg/theblueschapter/videos/?ref=page_internal

 

Jesse Thomas guitar and backing vocals, Sky Wood vocals, harp, acoustic guitar, Jake, ‘Professor Redhair’ Thomas keyboard, Lindsey Craig drums and Niol Sweeney bass.

 

The Blues Chapter are a five-piece blues ensemble who are fast becoming the finest young Blues band in London, rocking venues large and small with music that has audiences on their feet.

 

Charismatic frontman Sky Wood has smouldering vocals that remind you of the great Bluesmen. Guitarist Jesse Thomas guitar playing prompts shades of the influential greats Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa. Niol Sweeney on drums and Lyndsay Craig on bass it is said create the best rhythm section in North London. The brilliant Jake 'Professor Redhair' Thomas on keyboards completes the scintillating line-up

 

Although, younger than some of the other performers who play at Marigolds these guys are no less talented and are yet another band not to be missed.

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

11th May

Split Whiskers: https://www.facebook.com/splitwhiskers/

 

Returning once again to Marigolds after several fantastic gigs in recent years Split Whiskers, fronted by Gilby J. Fletcher on vocals & blues harp with Johnny 'Magic Boy' Wright on vocals & acoustic, resonator & electric guitars backed by Matt Willshaw on keys, Alex Machell on bass and Tony Hill on drums.

 

Split Whiskers have their roots firmly planted in Chicago blues, crossing into different genres with more than a hint of the Delta. The band’s fame is spreading and they are becoming one of the busiest bands at blues venues around the UK and are in particular in great demand on the Festival circuit. As with all their previous gigs at Marigolds their superb musicianship, along with their infectious humour on stage, promises a great evening’s entertainment.

 

As their website says, paraphrasing the lyrics from, ‘Let the good times roll’, ‘Go tell everybody Split Whiskers are back in town, they got a dollar and a quarter and they're ready to clown!

 

Paraphrasing Blues Matters magazine, they are a must see band.

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

8th June

Private Letting – No Blues Gig in June

 

 

 

 

13th July

Spikedrivers: www.spikedrivers.co.uk/index.html

 

Ben Tyzack guitar, vocals & harmonica, Constance Redgrave bass guitar, vocals & percussion and Maurice McElroy drums, vocals & percussion.

 

Making a very welcome return to Marigolds, Spikedrivers are one of the most original, innovative and exciting bands around. Three superb and talented musicians demonstrating the mastery of their instruments and the pure pleasure they got from performing whilst experimenting to evoke unusual and contemporary sounds whilst keeping their feet firmly rooted in the past with the music they clearly love.

 

Their combination of gutsy slide guitar, rock-solid bass, infectious grooves and highly distinctive vocals, creates a sound that is uniquely their own. They take you on a journey, from southern juke-joints and lazy front porches to the huge open spaces of dust bowls and railroad tracks disappearing into the distance.....

 

 

 

 

Tickets £10 

 

 

 

 

17th August

Dave Ferra All Stars: http://www.daveferra.co.uk/

 

The Dave Ferra Allstars, are a brilliantly entertaining band with a great pedigree. Dave is well known for playing Blues, Spirituals, ragtime etc on guitar, slide and rack harp. Coupling a great sense of humour with immaculate timing Dave and the band are renowned for building a great rapport with audiences.

 

Playing in the UK and across Europe, as well as his own gigs, Dave has supported The Blues Band, Kirk Fletcher, Paul Lamb, Babajack, Nine Below Zero, Billy Walton and The Spikedrivers amongst others. He is a regular at London's Ain't nothin but the Blues Bar and was a finalist in the 2018 UK Blues Awards.

The All Stars are all accomplished musicians and together they provide one of the best acts around as the following testimonies demonstrate:

 

"Wonderful stuff...Great man, great voice, great everything!" - Doug Welch, BBC Radio Kent

"Acoustic Bluesman par excellence" - Blues Matters

“a wonderful acoustic album. Ozing quality and style”– Blues in the South

“great guitar and spot on for style” – Blues in Britain

 

 

 

Tickets £10 

 

 

 

 

14th September

Fobo Jug Band:

 

http://fobojugband.com/

Harpo harmonica and washboard, Speed Dial Simmonds guitar, vocals and kazoo and Cripple Fingers piano.

 

The FoBo Jug Band are an acoustic trio stomping and hollering blues, country and ragtime classics of the prohibition with fantastic ability and love for the music they play. They are one of the most impressive Country Blues and Ragtime Trios on the circuit. Their music is quite simply full of toe tapping joy displaying great musicality with an authentic feel that rings true.

 

They have played, the London Jazz Festival, London Blues Fest, headlined the Blues Shakedown festival, the Ignite Series at the Royal Albert Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall and have several residencies at some of London’s finest music venues.

 

They like to holler and stomp at any opportunity, so if you want to stomp and holler until your feet drop don’t miss what will be a great gig. Unfortunately, the boys don’t have a jug so please come along and give generously.

 

 

Tickets £10 

 

 

 

 

12th October

Sister Suzie:  http://www.sistersuzie.co.uk

 

Vocals Suzie, Guitar Matt Jackson, Double bass Darren Eddie Edwards, Sax/harp Mick, Drums Brian Nevill.

 

Suzie hails from Northumberland’s wild and rural northern border and has been bringing her natural downhome charms to southern climes for the last few years.

 

Suzie’s aunty Freda turned her on to Elvis. This triggered a love of classic rhythm & blues which led Suzie to the sounds of Memphis Minnie, Big Mama Thornton, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson, Rufus Thomas, Leadbelly, Elmore James before ultimately her biggest idol became New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas. This led Suzie to decide that singing and entertaining in public was going to be her life’s ambition and her travelling to New Orleans was a natural progression to further those goals.

 

The itinerant life, working to pay for her music habit, led to Suzie traveling around the UK for a while, until settling in the south where she finally cut her first record in July 2016. This was followed by her second a year later and recently a third. Further tours in the UK plus some European festivals and weekenders have seen Suzie and the band firmly establish themselves on the UK blues scene.

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets £10

 

 

 

 

16th November

Cadillac Kings: www.cadillackings.co.uk

 

Mike Thomas: vocals, harmonica, slide guitar, Mal Barclay: lead guitar, vocals, Tim Penn: piano, accordion, vocals, Roy Webber: drums, vocals, and Paul Cuff: double bass, Fender bass.

 

The Cadillac Kings are firm favourites on the blues, r&b, rock & roll & swing dance scenes and feature five of the UK's top roots musicians. Inspired by early rhythm & blues styles with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise, they have earned a reputation for wowing audiences from night clubs to festivals, from theatres to dance halls, the length & breadth of the UK & Europe, from the Canary Islands to the Arctic circle.

 

Since their formation in 2000 the band has opened shows for & shared stages with countless famous blues, rock & roots acts and have picked up numerous awards on the way.

 

Their fifth & latest album, “The Secret of my Success” released in October 2016 to unanimous praise in the UK, USA & Europe was chosen by the UK’s Independent Blues Broadcasters Association as one of the best 3 releases of 2016 alongside Kaz Hawkins & Joe Bonamassa in the top 40 blues cds of the year.

 

They are a band at the top of their game with a well-earned reputation for their unfailing ability to put on a great performance, playing the very best good time blues with warmth & humour exuding from every pore.

 

 

 

 

Tickets £10 

 

 

 

14th December

Eric Ranzoni Trio:  http://www.ericranzoni.co.uk

 

From North London the much-acclaimed Eric Ranzoni brings his Trio to Marigolds after previous knockout gigs. Renowned on the London Blues scene, including a residency at Boisdales in Belgravia, for his tremendous piano playing Eric’s musical talents are second to none.

 

Since returning to London in 2003, Eric has earned a reputation as an exceptional and versatile pianist, with a warm singing voice and a knack to entertain. Solo or accompanied by excellent musicians, he’s played the Blues (and Roots music in general) in many top venues in London and about, with frequent stints abroad. In great demand as Blues pianist with several London-based bands, he played the piano on the UK and European tour of Mud Morganfield, Muddy Waters eldest son, along with Big Joe Louis and West Weston.

 

In Mud's band he's appeared on 'Later with Jools Holland' on BBC TV and played major Blues Festivals alongside artists like Sting, John Mayall, Herbie Hancock, Santana, Jack Bruce, Van Morrison...

 

Eric's has played with Ray Cooper (Elton John and Eric Clapton percussionist), Jools Holland, Otis Grand, Buddy Whittington, Charlie Musselwhite, Big Joe Louis, Bill Hurley (The Inmates), UK top band the Cadillac Kings, Chas Hodges (Chas & Dave), boogie woogie stars Ben Waters & Axel Zwingenberger etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets £10