Malone – Sibun Band

De Valence – Friday 8th November 2019

The Malone-Sibun Band came about after a chance meeting which uncovered a surprising amount of common ground between UK based Detroit born soulful Blues rock star Marcus Malone and the explosive British Blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun.

Innes says “In Marcus I heard echoes of three of my favourite singers – Otis Redding, Paul Rodgers, and David Coverdale but with his own unmistakeable style and delivery”.

And Marcus adds “ Not only does Innes have shades of my favourite guitars players – Page, Hendrix, and Kossof – he also has the soulful approach and dynamics of BB and Albert King.”

Marcus was a United Artists and Motown performer before he relocated to the UK. In 2017 and 2018 he was nominated for both British and European Blues awards when fronting his own band. Innes was barely in his 20s when he was produced by the legendary Mike Vernon and subsequently joined Robert Plant’s band. More recently he has played and recorded with Sari Schorr.

Together now these two musicians and their rhythm section promise a powerful mix of rock, Blues, soul, and funk, underpinned by Marcus’s soulful song driven quality and triggered by Innes’s high levels of intensity and his inherent melodic feel

www.marcusmalone.com
www.innessibun.org.uk

Malone – Sibun Band

Grainne Duffy

De Valence – Friday 8th November 2019

Grainne Duffy was born in Ireland. As a schoolgirl she sang in her local choir and also in a family band with her sisters. Around that time Grainne discovered Fleetwood Mac and the Blues playing of Peter Green, whom she cites as one her main guitar influences

In 2007 Grainne Duffy embarked on her solo career and released her remarkable debut album “Out of the Dark”. The big success of the album led Duffy to play 3 days on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival in UK (2008).  2010 marked her participation at leading blues festivals in Ireland such as Warrenpoint Blues Festival headlined by Van Morrison. During this year Duffy took an important step to expand her career forming the “Grainne Duffy Band” with her line-up consisting of Grainne Duffy (guitar, and vocals), Paul Sherry (guitar, backing vocals), Davy Watson (bass) and Gerry Morgan (drums) She also began to play festivals in the summer circuit in the UK.

During 2011 Grainne Duffy released her second album “Test of Time” as a result of her collaboration with the producer Niko Bolas (Melissa Etheridge, Los Lobos). The album received rave reviews. The Sunday Times quoted this is “An Irish blues singer of real integrity” and Classic Rock Magazine said “In this album Duffy is bringing soul to enhance her blues sound and Celtic roots experience”.

2013 confirmed the growing reputation of Duffy and she began her first concerts on the European Continent with festivals in Bulgaria, Holland, France and Belgium. She also gained local recognition in Ireland headlining her home festival “Harvest Time Blues” in September. In 2014 and 2015 she was voted “Best Vocalist” and “Best Artist” in the Blues Matters Writers’ Poll.

Since then Grainne has gone from strength to strength. Her combination of delicious vocals and searing guitar work on a body of work that unites a rootsy Celtic sensibility with beautiful Blues is unique. She has a new album out. We are delighted to welcome her back to Tenby.

www.grainneduffy.com

Grainne Duffy

Big Joe Louis

De Valence – Friday 8th November 2019

Big Joe Louis released his first album in 1989 – selling out the first pressing after only four days in the shops. Veteran producer Mike Vernon said of the session:

“Working with Big Joe Louis and His Blues Kings was a real experience and one I would not have missed for the world. Take it from me – this is as tough as it gets this side of the pond!”

Big Joe Louis was born in Jamaica and moved to the UK during the 1970s. His Blues Kings were formed shortly after and took their special kind of real down-home Blues to venues the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland and with great success in virtually every country in Western Europe and Scandinavia.

Big Joe Louis has won, or been nominated for, an astonishing 20 times in the annual British Blues Awards.

Since then, Big Joe Louis has recorded with Van Morrison and Jools Holland and many others. For two years from the beginning of 2000, Big Joe Louis was the singer with the legendary UK Rhythm & Blues band the Big Town Playboys.

We are very pleased to have him and his current touring band opening this year’s festival in mighty fine style.

“Jamaican Blues guitar supremo…” The Guardian.

“Joe’s Blues capture the flavour of the windy city’s Blues…an authentic flavour, and indeed, fervour…” Black Echoes.

www.bigjoelouis.com

Big Joe Louis

Jonathan Nicholas

Giltar Hotel – Friday 8th November 2019

Jonathan Nicholas is an acoustic blues musician hailing from the industrial heartlands of south Wales. He has immersed himself in the Delta style of playing for several years and particularly the guitar style of Robert Johnson and, with Gibson and Kalamazoo guitars from the 1920s and 1930s, he is able to produce a sound as authentic as you could have wished to hear in any Juke Joint.

‘The best young player of Delta Blues I’ve seen in years and years.’ – Andrew Smith (author, broadcaster and journalist).

www.jonathannicholasmusic.com

Jonathon Nicholas

Mat Walklate & Alex Haynes

Church House– Saturday 9th November 2019

Two seasoned, professional and highly original musicians in their own right, Mat and Alex come together to play passionate, uncompromising Blues of all flavours, from high-energy, stomping boogies to soulful ballads, and all points inbetween. Their set features instrumental virtuosity, sincere, authentic vocals and great showmanship.

Mat is a previous winner of the British Blues Harmonica Championship. He has performed all over Britain, Ireland and Europe, and his previous recordings have received worldwide radio-play and ecstatic reviews.

Alex started out playing acoustic blues and folk in cafés and bars around the north of England, going on to form Alex Haynes & the Fever after moving to London. He self-released a debut, the mini-album/EP ‘Last Train’, followed by the album, ‘Bandit Blues Motel’ in Dec ’14. His latest album,‘Howl’, was released on Appaloosa Records in March ’18.

The singer/guitarist draws influence from the ‘60s British Blues boom, ‘50s R&B and Rock ’n’ Roll, and Blues artists such as RL Burnside and John Lee Hooker.

 “..breathtaking improvisations, solos full of unbridled spontaneity. “   Blues & Co.

 ‘Flickering with a beat last heard in the most dirty and genuine of the early-‘60s English bands… Shifting from John Lee Hooker and Elmore James, to the hill country blues of RL Burnside… hypnotic blues boogie drifting into ‘60s psych.’ – Buscadero on ‘Howl’.

https://www.facebook.com/walklatehaynes/

Mat Walklate & Alex Haynes

Kevin Brown

Church House – Saturday 9th November 2019

Hailed by Mark Knopfler, Kevin Brown is a living legend and quite simply one of the UK’s finest acoustic Blues guitarists on the circuit today.  From the main stage of Glastonbury to the beer joints of Texas and with 11 albums to his credit, Kevin has a huge number fans who not only love his touch and tone but who have grown to admire his heartfelt songs,  delivered with a great sense of humour and dry northern wit. 

Kevin’s latest album ‘Grit’ is about tenacity, about not giving up, about taking the road less travelled and not being afraid to take risks. Kevin took a big chance recording this way and it paid off. As Andy Fairweather Low wrote when he got home, exhausted, from the session, “Fabulous job. It’s not just about the day. It’s about the whole thing and making it happen …wanted to say thank you…a bag full of great memories.”

www.mykevinbrown.com

Kevin Brown

Keith & Julie Richards

Church House – Saturday 9th November 2019

Hailing from Blackwood in the Welsh valleys, this acoustic duo features earthy vocals and harmonica playing from Julie, driven by Keith’s solid blues picking, slide guitar and stomp box.

Together, they deliver their own take on a range of Blues classics, along with a few self-penned numbers thrown in for good measure.

www.keithandjulierichards.com

Keith & Julie Richards

Sugaray Rayford

De Valence – Saturday 9th November 2019

Earlier this year Forty Below Records released Somebody Save Me, the new studio album from Texas-born soul blues singer, Sugaray Rayford. On the album’s opening track, “The Revelator”, Rayford forcefully sings, “I’m a freak of nature / I ain’t no honey bee / I’m an unknown creature / The like you’ve never seen.” At 6’5” and 300 pounds, this ex-Marine with a voice like a force of nature holds court in any room he enters. Possessing a magnetic personality, and an old school vocal style that echoes Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass, Rayford is also a stellar dancer with moves reminiscent of the Legendary James Brown.

Somebody Save Me is an ambitious album that slides gracefully between the new blues of Gary Clarke Jr. and Fantastic Negrito and the vintage Daptones soul of the late Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones, bringing a fresh take to classic sounds.

Sugaray Rayford began his musical career at the tender age of seven, singing and playing drums in church, and his gospel influences definitely shine through in his music. The soulful rasp and emotive vocal style hint at his first-hand experience with hardship, and a childhood marked by poverty and loss.

As front-man of The Mannish Boys, Sugaray and the band won the Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2013 and Sugarayhimself has been nominated for over a dozen BMAs, including Vocalist of the Year  and multiple nominations for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.

With his 7-piece crack band and personal charm, Sugaray’s live shows are quickly becoming renowned for their high-energy and celebratory nature, with Sugaray whipping the crowds into a frenzy, like a Gospel preacher. In the studio and in person, Sugaray Rayford is developing a reputation as a force to be reckoned with and an artist to watch in the coming years.

www.sugarayrayford.com

Sugaray Rayford

Crawlback

De Valence – Saturday 9th November 2019

We always like to hoist onto the main stage artists who have supported us on the Blues Trail over the years and this time it’s the turn of Crawlback whose members have between them featured in a bewildering number of trail bands since our inception in 2006 – they are Johnny Bird (harmonica/vocals), Tiny Phillips (guitar), Bella Collins (bass/vocals) and Sam Andrews (drums). Expect dynamic and exciting harp-driven Blues, with a foray into Soul, Funk and Rock ‘n’ Roll, plus the odd surprise or two.

“Johnny Bird is a great young talent on vocals and harmonica…the finest Brecon canal Delta blues! His Dad told me when Chuck Berry died that he named his son after Jonny B Goode, and he’s living up to the name”. Kevin Lakey.

https://www.facebook.com/crawlbackblues

Crawlback

Whiskey River

De Valence – Saturday 9th November 2019

Whiskey River play Americana – Cajun, Zydeco, Good Country and Low Down Dirty Blues with a dangerous edge. With many years experience of performing, these guys deliver the goods.

The current band was born after founder members Martin Blake and Aidan Sheehan went to Louisiana in 2003 and visited a fabulous funky dance hall called “Whiskey River Landing”, built on the edge of the Atchafalaya swamp, South of Breaux Bridge.

The band will be bringing their full 6-piece line up to Tenby for a raucous opening to what promises to be a stellar evening.

www.whiskeyriver.co.uk

Whiskey River

Mike Parker

Giltar Hotel – Saturday 9th November 2019

Roots blues, folk & Americana come together skillfully in the repertoire of singer/songwriter Mike Parker. If you’re a fan of strong musicianship, meticulous yet free guitar picking and have a love of steel guitars then you will not be disappointed. Mike’s distinctive technique presents a truly original delivery of classics alongside a classic delivery of originals.

Mike has been performing professionally for over 20 years throughout the UK at festivals, clubs and concert venues. He has had the pleasure of touring with American blues virtuoso Joe Bonamassa on several of his UK tours as well as performing alongside Robin Trower, Walter Trout and an array of classic rock and blues artists both solo and with his band Stone Sole River.

His debut solo EP was recorded in South Wales at Stwdio Felin Fach and produced by renowned guitarist/composer Dylan Fowler (Richard Thompson et al).

Joining Mike at this year’s Tenby Blues Festival will be James Davies on harmonica and vocals.

www.facebook.com/mikeparkermusic
www.soundcloud.com/mikeparkermusic

Mike Parker

Gina Sicilia

De Valence – Sunday 10th November 2019

Dynamic singer/songwriter GINA SICILIA released her latest album, Heard the Lie, in 2018. Gina’s remarkable eighth body of work, in just a little over a decade, is a testament to her ever evolving love and practice of blues and country music.

“I’ve never really recorded albums that are straight Blues because I’ve always felt the natural urge to write and record my many musical influences. But I have always tried to write Blues-influenced songs with pop sensibilities and pop hooks—catchy songs that people can sing along to. That’s something I tried to do even more when writing this album,” said Gina.

On previous albums Gina has always tried to evolve — and that commitment to progress is especially evident on Heard The Lie. The gospel-tinged, up-tempo “Light Me Up” is a “really funky kind of dance song”, she says, “I’ve never done anything like that before.” While the handclap-peppered “Darling” comes from her love of girl groups and the languid throwback “How Many Times” is an R&B showstopper. She has even added her own creative-impulse to the smouldering cover of Bad Company’s “Ready For Love” adding soulful touches, such as freewheeling organ.

The rollicking title track hews closely to the kind of modern alt-country music performed by fellow genre-busters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Lucinda Williams.

Heard The Lie is also nuanced with prominent Americana flourishes. “Bad Things” boasts twangy guitar licks, while the loping, mid-tempo “Sugar” harkens back to ’50s and ’60s country ballads. Over the last decade or so, Gina has opened for Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joan Osborne and Beth Hart. Gina integrates down-to-the-roots inspirations seamlessly within the album’s bluesy moments. Such as the strutting “Brighter Day,” an upbeat duet with Grammy-nominated Janiva Magness, who also co-wrote the song, and the piano-tickled slow burn “Man In The Sky,” a showcase for Gina ‘s formidable, smoky voice.

Since nabbing a Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist in 2008, Gina has enjoyed great chart and radio success in the genre. Tug Of War reached #3 on the Contemporary Blues Album chart, “Abandoned” reached #2 on the Contemporary Blues Song chart, “He Called Me Baby” reached #1 on the Soul Blues Radio chart, and “I Don’t Want To Be In Love” reached #3 on the Contemporary Blues Radio chart.

Combine all these influences with her formidable voice and stage presence, and we are certainly on course for a sensational finale to the 2019 Tenby Blues Festival.

www.ginasicilia.com

Gina Sicilia

John Verity

De Valence – Sunday 10th November 2019

“John Verity is still in mighty fine voice, strong deliveries with a deceptively high upper range, it’s his prowess with the beloved Fret-King Corona ‘JV’ signature guitar that truly does the talking. This can be heard to maximum effect on numbers such as the expressive and autobiographical ‘Hope for the best’ and the weightier, pulsating blues rock of ‘Blues in Heaven’. Bang on about Joe Bonamassa all you want but in the smaller but no less rich arena of blues clubs and festivals then John Verity, for tone and touch is your player of choice”.

Ross Muir-(Fabrications HQ) after The John Verity Band’s appearance at Borders Blues Club in February 2019.

John Verity began his career as a member of Argent. More recently he has been touring the world and recording with his trio and they are undoubtedly one of the best kept secrets on the UK Blues rock scene.

He recently released ‘Blue to my Soul’, his 20th album since the Argent days and finds John once again in the company of some great musicians, continuing along his chosen path of blues flavoured originals and covers. As ever, the music is powerful yet soulful, mixing UK style guitar Blues influences with strong choruses, and lyrics bound to make you smile and perhaps even make you cry.

www.johnverity.com

John Verity

Dusk Brothers

De Valence – Sunday 10th November 2019

Dusk Brothers are a ‘dark swamp blues’ two-man-band from Bristol, UK.

Since 2015 brothers Graeme and Iain (E) Moncrieff have, in every sense, been building their dark, gritty, bluesy sound from the ground up. Their visceral live shows have astounded audiences and begun to accrue a dedicated fanbase at gigs and festivals across the UK, including the acclaimed Buckle & Boots Country Festival in 2018 and the UK cigar box guitar festival Boxstock.

The trademark Dusk Brothers sound derives from self-built guitars, percussive stomp-boxes with foot operated cymbals, various percussion instruments made from anything they can get their hands on (think old oil cans, pots and pans etc) and valve guitar amplifiers built from scratch in their own workshop. Combining all of that with growling vocal harmonies and blues harp, the brothers are two one-man-bands playing simultaneously to create an incredibly huge and distinctive sound.

Dusk Brothers’ debut EP ’Storms, Rum, Liars and Guns’ was released on Saturday 16th Feb 2019 to critical acclaim and with a very hot, sweaty, buzzing and packed out launch gig in their home town of Bristol. 

The Moncrieff brothers will continue to play many more shows throughout 2019 and have begun planning the recording of their first full Dusk Brothers album.

www.duskbrothers.com

Dusk Brothers