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Corky Laing is best known as the drummer of the
legendary bands Mountain (1969-) and West, Bruce & Laing
(1973-75). Mountain toured and recorded on and off until 2010.
In the late 70s Corky released his solo album “Making it on the
Streets” that is often cited as an overlooked pioneer of AOR. In
the early eighties Corky recorded with an indie band called the
Mix and at the end of 1990s he got together with Noel Redding
(Jimi Hendrix’s Experience) and Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) to
form the band Cork.
In the 90s Corky worked
for several years as the vice president, A&R, of Polygram
Records, Canada. During that time he produced bands like Men
Without Hats and Voivod. He also had his own radio show, Under
the Rock, in Canada, has published an anecdotal road stories
–book, Stick it! and has his one-man show, The Best Seat in the
House, a humorous autobiographical production that combines
storytelling and music.
During the past couple
of years Corky has been busy with Playing God: The Rock Opera –
a critically acclaimed collaboration with two Finnish
philosophers. He performs frequently and in 2014 he was awarded
with the Bonzo Bash Legends Award.
Blues came calling first, but rock was always waiting around the
corner. Well it would be, wouldn’t it? Coming from the deep
south, it was inevitable, but living in the deep south of a
major Yorkshire City, there’s a gritty hard edge to life!
A female guitar prodigy, Chantel was told by a major label
that she had a "great voice, but girls don't play guitar like
that!" Wisely ignoring their comments, she enrolled at the Leeds
College of Music and became the first student in the college’s
history, to achieve a 100% pass mark at BTEC, with 18
distinctions. Chantel then pursued further education and left
with a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music and a coveted
prize, the college’s musician of the year award.
released her highly anticipated new album, Lose Control, in
October 2015 on her independent boutique label Tis Rock Music,
this being the follow up to her critically acclaimed 2011 debut
album, Like No Other.
After years of touring and festival
appearances, Chantel returned with a vengeance with ten new
songs that not only salutes contemporary rock, but shows her
gradual transition from conventional Blues to a harder, bigger
and bolder rock sound with progressive influences.
single, Take The Power, from her latest album, was playlisted
for 5 weeks on Planet Rock radio.
Chantel is currently
writing for her third album, debuting some of the new tracks on
her 2018 tour which is currently taking place throughout the UK
As one half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’,
Stevie Nimmo has been a well known and respected figure
throughout the blues and roots world for over 2 decades.
Now, having toured extensively with the critically acclaimed
blues rock outfit over the last few years, as well as taking to
the road in a stripped back, acoustic format to promote his
debut solo project ‘The Wynds of Life’, Stevie is now in full
stride with his full-on, electric, no-holds-barred trio format.
Stevie says that, although the acoustic project is extremely
satisfying and allows him to showcase his voice and song writing
talents in the perfect environment, sometimes “…you just want to
break out the Les Paul or strat, crank up the old orange amp and
make some noise!”
Which is exactly what he plans to do.
Stevie’s new cd ‘Sky Won’t Fall’ was released worldwide in
2016 on the Manhaton Records label and it has already been voted
album of the year by many in the media and by his fans.
He is enjoying making music now as much as at any point
throughout his 20 years in the business and is fully relishing
touring and performing the new songs to his ever growing army of
Don’t miss this chance to catch an artist at
the top of his game doing what he does best – standing on stage
playing his own music in his own passionate, inimitable fashion.
You will not be disappointed!
Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion: “A serious band with unique songs,
tight instrumentation, and a powerful woman up front… edgy
vocals, and scorching guitar solos.” - Blues Blast Magazine, USA
“A truly independent and original band". The whole
band, in its entirety, creates a luxurious and irresistible
sound, displaying great skills and artistic finesse.
Zoë Schwarz’ dynamic and commanding vocal delivery is both
eclectic and suave at the same time; just like a chameleon, one
part Janis Joplin, one Billie Holiday, and one Nina Simone”.
The band’s exciting live set is based around rootsy
originals; featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting
arrangements and exciting grooves featuring Rob's electrifying,
and unmistakable touch and flow on guitar. The highly
accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ and
Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, The Proclaimers,
Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive musical authority
and the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting
Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion have made a
considerable impact these last five years, and is one of the
band’s that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the UK
jazz & blues scene.
British Blues Award winners
Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent
live band with a phenomenal frontman in 23 year old
guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for
the blues. Over 2 years they received 5 nominations in the
British Blues Awards and they have just been nominated for four
UK blues awards. Both their albums have reached no 1 in
the IBBA Blues Airplay Charts
They have three European tours already booked for 2018, along
with an impressive set of UK dates all over the country already
in the diary. Their album Broken Man has just been voted
album of the year by the Independent Blues Broadcasters
Southbound, the upcoming blues-rock band
based in London, are kicking up quite a storm. Bringing an
exclusive take on British Blues, audiences are enthralled by the
unique sounds and grooves that the band create on stage which
has helped to propel their career forward. With inspirations
drawing from blues, rock, jazz, funk and soul, Tom (vocals),
Elliot (rhythm and lead guitar), Jordan (rhythm and lead
guitar), Dan (bass) and Aaron (drums) each bring something
distinctive to the table that could only be described as the
sound of Southbound; it could be argued that their material,
both in theme and performance, could only derive from a veteran
of the music industry, however, this can be accredited to their
hard work and passion for music. Whilst writing, the band draw
from the sounds of greats such as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac,
the Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, and Eric Clapton but also
from quite unorthodox artists like Santana, Jeff Beck, Gary
Clark Jr and jazz-fusion band Snarky Puppy. When performing
live, all these influences come together to create an
unparalleled live experience that’s both entertaining and
2017 saw many a triumph for the band supporting
acts such as: the Stevie Nimmo Trio, Laurence Jones, Martin
Turner of Wishbone Ash, John Verity of Argent, Frankie Miller’s
Fullhouse and Red Butler (just to name a few); blasting onto the
stage of Pride in London at Trafalgar Square in front of a total
of 17,000 people, winning the Introducing Stage at the Great
British Rock and Blues Festival in Skegness, and performing at
the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne. A good
year to say the least! Whilst 2018 is set to be an even better
year - what with their return to both the Great British Rhythm
and Blues Festival and the Great British Rock and Blues Festival
on both their Main Stages, as well as making their debut onto
the stages of Whitby and Clitheroe - it is their upcoming debut
album, being produced by Steve Honest (Dolly Parton, Ry Cooder,
Boy George), that is to be the most anticipated part of the
year. Whilst their previous self-titled EP in 2016 was merely a
taste of what the band has to offer, their upcoming release is
sure to shake the foundations of the British Blues Circuit and
perhaps even beyond.