Lightnin’ Willie and The Poorboys

De Valence – Friday 16th November 2018

Lightnin’ Willie has a very distinctive approach to his music. He is a songwriter, singer and guitarist in that order. The sound is an irresistible blend of tradition and spontaneous creativity, with a deliciously insidious emphasis on the groove. It is a compelling, hard swinging brand of blues that, whenever he performs, packs the floor. He has gone from the low down beer joints to become a staple on the international circuit, with wild stops along the way, from London’s Royal Albert Hall Igniter Series to Willie Nelson’s infamous 4th of July Picnic, where he appeared alongside Paula Nelson, Willie, Bob Dylan,  and Leon Russell. Touring the United States and Europe for over twenty years has given him the relaxed, confident and sometimes humorous quality of a seasoned performer.  These attributes have won him stacks of enthusiastic praise from the press while landing his original tunes on numerous film and television soundtracks.  Lightnin’ Willie has the unique knack of bringing his audience into his ‘living room’ and making everyone comfortable while forgetting their problems for a couple of hours.  At a recent show with legendary blues man Robert Cray they played to a packed house receiving a well deserved standing ovation. 2018 will find Willie on tour supporting his latest album No Black No White Just Blues.

“In a world of guitar slingers, this Los Angeles-based bluesman is a rare find. His guitar, a 1950 Gibson ES-5N has a rich, deep tone and Willie’s tasteful style create a sound that’s light years away from the howling Fender Stratocasters that populate so many modern blues recordings. His understated dexterity on guitar and cool, relaxed vocals form a unique style that’s simultaneously laid back and steeped in tradition.” Elmore Magazine 2017

www.lightninwillie.com

Lightnin’ Willie

Paul Garner Band

De Valence – Friday 16th November 2018

“His debt to blues men like Albert King, Albert Collins and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson is evident, but his  influences become drawn into a style all his own as he alternates between plectrum and finger-picking, mixing fluid runs with staccato stabs and searing, soaring licks. There is no doubt that this young man’s a talented musician with style, energy and originality. He possesses the kind of humility and sense of humour that puts an audience at its ease and allows him to do what he does best – play some killer blues guitar.” Blues In Britain

“The Paul Garner Band is a young band from London, they show an incredible maturity, with a unique and refreshing approach to the Blues. The quality of musicianship is mightily apparent, with heavy doses of fantastic Hammond organ interspersed with Paul Garner’s excellent stinging lead guitar breaks.” Blues Matters

www.paul-garner.com

Paul Garner Band

Dave Arcari

De Valence – Friday 16th November 2018

Scottish alternative blues guitarist and songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via nine internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases. Nominated as Best Acoustic Act, British Blues Awards 2018.

“Dave plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you – he a real down deep player and a soul man…”  Seasick Steve

www.davearcari.com

Dave Arcari

The Reverend Shawn Amos

De Valence – Saturday 17th November 2018

From West Coast clubs, to Deep South joints, to European festivals, to YouTube, to the podcast universe, the Reverend Shawn Amos’ message of joyful blues is reaching an ever-increasing flock. The Rev’s distinctive blend of black roots music, R & B, and stripped down rock n’ roll brings a bracing, soul-deep musical experience to audiences starved for authenticity, for connection. “I derive a lot of satisfaction bringing people joy,” he says.

His third studio album, The Reverend Shawn Amos Breaks It Down, expands that mission. This time out, he spices up the mix with 21st century Freedom Songs, socially conscious soul, a stripped-down cover of Bowie’s “The Jean Genie” that slyly reveals the glam nugget’s blues bones, and an austere version of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?” that turns the post-punk gem into modern gospel. At the centre of James Saez’ no-frills production, the Rev’s voice and harp tie everything together in a stirring, celebratory whole, both beholden to history and refreshingly timely. “It’s the oddest birth of any album I’ve made,” the Rev says. “It has a particular depth.

www.shawnamos.com

Reverend Shawn Amos

The Eddie Martin Band

De Valence – Saturday 17th November 2018

“Absolutely Superb” Paul Jones BBC Radio 2

“With house-rocking slide and Buddy- Guy-like pyrotechnics..he is among the UK’s most respected blues musicians….” The Times

“Easily the best blues guitarist this country has produced since Clapton” What’s On In London

Eddie will be bringing his Chicago-style retro-blues band to play at Tenby. He will also be leading a slide guitar workshop in the Fourcroft Hotel on Saturday at 1pm.

www.eddiemartin.com

The Eddie Martin Band

The Husky Tones

De Valence – Saturday 17th November 2018

Husky Tones’ punk blues style favours the common rawness, simplicity and emotion shared between the punk and blues genres. Live it is delivered by the unique set up of a female drummer singer Victoria Bourne and guitarist Chris Harper. Their approach to punk blues mirrors what they love as audience members: inventive, individual and fully aware of tradition without being a slave to it.  Their songs have been played on national radio including BBC Radio Two blues playlist and by Paul Jones on BBC Radio Two as well as international radio. ‘Who Will I Turn To Now?’ has been album of the week on radio stations in the USA, UK and Europe.

www.huskytones.com

The Husky Tones

The Washboard Resonators

Church House – Saturday 17th November 2017
Fourcroft – Saturday 17th November 2017

This duo of guitar, banjo and washboard play footstomping blues, ragtime, swing and folk like it was on the street corners of America in the 1920s, 30s & 40s. An amazing live act.

www.thewashboardresonators.com

The Washboard Resonators

Paul Cowley

Fourcroft – Friday 16th November 2018
Church House – Saturday 17th November 2018

Originally from Birmingham UK via mid-Wales Paul now resides in Morbihan, Brittany, France. A singer, songwriter, acoustic fingerstyle and slide guitarist he was originally inspired by the country blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and others. Today he is very much his own man; his shows are always energetic, engaging and full of joi de vivre.

www.paulcowleymusic.com

Paul Cowley

Zoe Schwarz & Rob Koral

Church House – Saturday 17th November 2018

Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (of Blue Commotion) refresh the blues genre with mostly self penned material, hugely original arrangements, virtuosic playing and, of course, Zoe Schwarz’s majestic vocal sweep and interpretative ability. Nominated in the 2018 British Blues Awards for Best Female Vocalist and Album of the Year.

“It is impossible to compare Zoe’s voice with anyone else on the blues and jazz scene, past and present, because it is quite simply unique in terms of range, pitch and timing.” – Blues Matters.

www.bluecommotion.com

Zoe Schwarz & Rob Koral

The Kyla Brox Band

De Valence – Sunday 18th November 2018

Kyla’s voice remains a stunning example of the soul singer’s art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singers of her generation.

Born in Lancashire in 1980, she was exposed to the passion of Afro-American music at first-hand from her blues singing father, Victor (of the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation). She traces her interest in singing from age three, partly from a desire to be closer to her charismatic but distant dad. She was the late product of the marriage between Victor (Caiaphas in the original cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar) and Annette (the ‘maid by the fire’ in the same). Nominated in the British Blues Awards 2018.

www.kylabrox.com

The Kyla Brox Band

Catfish

De Valence – Sunday 19th November 2018

Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 22 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the Blues. The band crashed onto the Blues scene in 2015, with their debut album ‘So Many Roads’ going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts. Their EP, a tribute to BB King called ‘When BB Sings the Blues’,  charted at no 5 in February 2016.

In 2017 they released their much-anticipated second album ‘Broken Man’ which is almost entirely original material.  Broken Man also reached no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts in March 2017.  This is blues with a very broad brush – from epic prog anthems to stripped back piano ballads.

Nominated in an amazing four categories in the British Blues Awards 2018.

www.catfishbluesband.co.uk

Catfish

Bella Collins & Jodie Marie

De Valence – Sunday 19th November 2018

A unique and exclusive collaboration of two of the finest young women singer/songwriters currently performing on the UK circuit.

Bella Collins will be well known to Tenby regulars for her amazing vocal performances with her duo or full band of Welsh Blues veterans. Bella has been nominated in the 2018 British Blues Awards. She will be joined on stage by Jodie Marie who first gained national acclaim with her Bernard Butler (Duffy, Suede) produced debut album and has since gone on to produce several self-penned recordings of her unique genre defying songs.

This is a collaboration not to be missed.

www.jodiemarie.co.uk
www.bellacollinsmusic.com