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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
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.
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 mesmerising.
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