UK Tour Dates For Chicago Bluesman Davy Knowles

Chicago-based blues guitarist Davy Knowles will return to the UK in July for a run of six lives dates, supporting the release of his latest EP, ‘1932’.

Following the release of Davey’s all-acoustic ‘1932’ EP, which was recorded entirely on his  treasured 1932 National Triolian resonator guitar, the Isle of Man-born guitarist’s UK dates begin on Monday, 2nd July, at The Beaverwood Club in Chislehurst and ends at the Linton Festival, near Ross-on-Wye on Sunday, 8th July.

In between, Davy will play headline dates in St Albans (3rd), Nottingham (6th) and Bristol (7th), plus a date at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire (4th) as the as special guest of Supersonic Blues Machine.

Having learned to play guitar from listening to guitar legend such as Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Peter Green and John Mayall, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit, Knowles’s professional career started with a bang – arriving in America aged 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album,  and rave reviews at SXSW 2007

From that dynamic introduction, Knowles proceeded to make a significant impact across US media – from memorable TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel and Good Morning America, to a three year run at radio with the singles ‘Come Home’ from the debut album Roll Away and ‘Tear Down the Walls’ and ‘Coming Up For Air’ from the Peter Frampton-produced follow-up album – both albums Top 3 Billboard Blues Chart.

A relentless four-year touring regime followed for Knowles in support of his albums, taking in legendary festivals Lollapalooza, Memphis In May, Bonnaroo  and Austin City Limits, and headlining shows at The Troubadour, Red Rocks, World Cafe and The Iridium. He also toured with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, The Who, Warren Haynes, George Thorogood, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rhythm Devils and the Satriani/Hagar inspired supergroup Chickenfoot.

Other highlights from this period include playing live to Astronauts on the ISS from mission control in Houston – one of only a handful of artists to be invited to do so – three tours of the UK and Europe and numerous international festivals including Jakarta, Tokyo, and Perth, Australia.

Davy Knowles

In 2011 Knowles’s song Reach Higher was the official anthem for the Youth Commonwealth Games, and in 2012 his ‘birthday’ tribute to Woody Guthrie – a stunning electric version of Pastures of Plenty – was released in aid of WhyHunger?.

In 2014, as Ambassador for the Isle of Man’s “Year of Culture” Knowles played the International Celtic Festival in Lorient, France, and that same year began filming the documentary Island Bound – tracking the migration of Celtic and European folk music with the early settlers to the British Colonies, with Davy demonstrating how this music was preserved and passed down through generations, evolving into Bluegrass, Folk, Country and Americana –  and ultimately influencing the blues and rock music of today.

From the very start Knowles earned the respect of fans, media and musicians alike. Throughout this musical journey, though, Knowles has kept ‘the blues’ close to his heart. He said, “I love the guitar as an instrument, it’s so versatile and endlessly challenging, but whilst I will try play any style to meet that challenge, blues is the music I first fell in love with, and I have always connected deeply with it. I enjoy playing the historian, and am fascinated by all facets of the genre, from the earliest field recordings, to the more recent guitar gods that electrified and supercharged this music. It’s from all along this timeline that I like to draw influence from.”

Davy Knowles’ UK tour dates is as follows:

Mon 2nd July    The Beaverwood Club Chislehurst                              Tickets

Tues 3rd July    St Albans                    The Horn                                 Tickets

Wed 4th July    London                        O2 Shepherds Bush Empire* Tickets

Fri 6th   July      Nottingham                Rock City Basement               Tickets

Sat 7th July      Bristol                          The Thunderbolt                     Tickets

Sun 8th July     Ross-on-Wye  Linton Festival                        Tickets

(*opening for Supersonic Blues Machine)

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Davy already has a recognizable style. He’s definitely the gunslinger guitarist of the 21st century,’’ – Peter Frampton

“My favourite modern Bluesman” – Joe Satriani

“Davy Knowles continues to amaze me – he’s still so young and yet he plays, writes and sings with such maturity.  He’s immersed himself in the styles of many great players and has emerged with his own brand, playing with a smile on his face.  He’s a rare bird, one I will continue to watch and study.” – Bernie Marsden

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BERNIE TORME The Final Fling Tour

‘(Bernie) did me a great favour. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be doing it now. I’d have given up’.
Ozzy Osbourne, 2018

Last orders at the bar…

World-renowned guitar legend Bernie Tormé will be heading out on tour for the final time in the U.K. later this year.

With a new studio album rumoured to be in the offing, the celebrated Irish six-stringer will hit the road for a string of dates in November/December.

A man whose CV is as impressive as his six-string dexterity, Tormé has lent his enviable skills over the years to Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne, Dee Snider, Atomic Rooster and many others whilst maintaining an acclaimed solo career alongside.

Prior to the final U.K. tour Tormé and his band will be heading to the prestigious Sweden Rock festival, playing alongside the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Rose Tattoo and a certain Mr. Osbourne…

“Elegantly crafted music based around the man’s electrifying blues, with a kick.”
Classic Rock

Bernie Tormé ‘The Final Fling’ UK 2018

22nd Nov – Facebar, Reading
23rd Nov – Queen Vic, South Shields
24th Nov – Winterstorm Festival, Troon
25th Nov – Bannermans, Edinburgh
27th Nov – Robin II, Bilston, Wolverhampton
28th Nov – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
30th Nov – The Lounge, London
1st Dec – The Bear, Weston-super-Mare

Guitar legend, blues rock psychedelic shredmeister, glam punk sleaze rock frontman: Bernie Tormé has enjoyed a long and remarkable career. Hit records, world tours and international acclaim came as lead guitarist in Gillan. After which, Bernie stepped in for Ozzy Osbourne in the aftermath of guitar legend Randy Rhoads‘ tragic death before going on to front Electric Gypsies and Tormé. Teaming up with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider and Iron Maiden’s drummer Clive Burr,

Bernie put together Desperado and later reunited with ex-Gillan colleague, John McCoy and drummer Robin Guy in GMT.

Returning to the stage in 2013, Bernie also began working in his favoured trio format once again, releasing three critically-acclaimed albums; ‘Flowers & Dirt‘ (2014), ‘Blackheart’ (2015) and the 3CD ‘Dublin Cowboy’ (2017) package (comprising a live, an acoustic, and a new electric studio album). All three were crowdfunded, connecting Bernie directly with his fans.

Bernie states: “In the past you were pretty distant and separated from your fans with a record label in between. Making these albums with pledge campaigns has been a great experience. I like having the connection with fans and getting the feedback direct on making an album.”

2018 will see the release of Bernie’s latest, as-yet untitled, studio album.

Bernie Tormé has recorded over 24 albums in his career to date as a solo artist or band member.

New music – STEVE HILL, SIMON KENT, CANSHAKER PI & ANDREW WK

The one man blues rock band Steve Hill has a new live album out, ‘The One Man Blues Rock Band’. Crank it up loud! Love the way he plays the cymbals with the end of his guitar…

If you like a little bit of mellow pop rock Simon Kent’s latest album ‘In Another Life’ is well worth a listen…

Got to love a bit of Andrew WK and what a powerful and uplifting tune. Enjoy!

Not overly taken by Canshaker PI, however if a little indie rock (like the Pixies at times) is your thing their new album ‘Naughty Naughty Violence’ is out this month…

Austin Gold UK tour date

MAR. 2018

Thu 22nd          PETERBOROUGH ACOUSTIC NIGHT St. Johns Church, Cathedral Sq. 8pm

Thu 29th           LONDON                  Dublin Castle, Camden                       8pm

APRIL 2018

Sat 28th            CAMBRIDGE          Junction 2

MAY 2018

Fri 11th             WHITLEY BAY       Playhouse                    (supporting KING KING)

Sat. 12th           CLITHEROE            The Grand Venue       (supporting KING KING)

JUNE 2018

Sat 2nd             SOUTH WALES      Viking Festival

Thu 21st           BILSTON                  Robin 2                       (supporting Steve Gibbons)

JULY 2018

Sat 14th            OUNDLE                   Festival

Sun 22nd          NORTHAMPTON   Sixfields Festival

Thur 26th        CAMBRIDGE          Rock Festival

Sat 28th            PETERBOROUGH Key Theatre SOLD OUT

Debut album details:-

AUSTIN GOLD – “BEFORE DARK CLOUDS”

http://www.austingold.band

Fifty Gigs In A Day: JOSH SMITH

Blues guitarist Josh Smith is kindly joining in Fifty Gigs In A Day and will be mentioning Nordoff Robbins via his social media. He plays Under the Bridge in Chelsea on February 8.

Jan 31 Andertons Clinic, Guildford

Feb 1 The Flowerpot, Derby

Feb 2 The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

Feb 3 Meeting Rooms, Elland

Feb 4 Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable

Feb 6 Jam House, Birmingham

Feb 7 The Vic, Swindon

Feb 8 Under the Bridge, London

Feb 9 Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavillion

Feb 10 Wilfrid Noyce Centre, Godalming

Feb 11 The Brook, Southampton

It’s Wilde!  Hard Rock Harmonica Hero Announces His New Album and Video

Will Wilde is announcing his much-anticipated new album, ‘Bring It On Home’, to be released on March 9th 2018. He’s also premiering his new single and video ‘Parisienne Walkways’: a classic track by the legendary Gary Moore and Phil Lynott, given the Will Wilde treatment.

Wilde takes the harmonica and touches it like Midas, transforming it from its customary bluesy niche into a full-on rock powerhouse. In his skilful hands, the now not-so-humble instrument becomes a diamond-hard, razor-edged lead that knocks the guitar off its pedestal and steals the limelight.

Wilde first picked up his first harmonica at 16, at a house party. “I basically nicked it,” he admits, “It was a cheap plastic thing, just lying about amongst the drink bottles and cigarette butts, but I was drawn to it.”

At first, his music was steeped in Chicago Blues: “I used to play along to old Muddy Waters’ records for hours at a time,” Will recalls, “Sometimes, I played so much my lips bled.” However, mastering his craft, he wanted to push the instrument to its limits. “I wanted to know everything it could do; every sound it could make. After a while, it became an extension of me.”

As an extension of Will Wilde, the harmonica became a lead instrument for hard rock as he developed his own, more aggressive style. Wilde has gone the extra mile and created his own signature harmonica tunings, so he can hit notes that simply weren’t possible before. “The Wilde tunings help me take things to the next level,” Will explains, “I can hold my own with any rock guitarist.”

‘Bring It On Home’ is a covers album: a passionate tribute to British and Irish blues-rock legends: “It’s my way of repaying the originators of British rock: bands like Free, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin,” as Will put it himself.

The 11-track album was recorded at Brighton Road Studios, mixed and engineered by Ali Gavan, and produced by Will’s bandmate and virtuoso guitarist, Danny Giles.

‘Parisienne Walkways’, the track and video Will is premiering, shows the raw power and expressive range of his chosen instrument, not merely echoing the sound of Gary Moore’s amazing guitar style, but making the song Wilde’s own.

For more information visit Will’s website at https://www.willharmonicawilde.com and find out why Thomas Ruf (of Ruf Records) called this man ‘The Hendrix of the Harmonica’.

Track listing :

  1. Bad Penny — Rory Gallagher
  2. Lazy — Deep Purple
  3. I’m Your Witchdoctor -—John Mayall
  4. Locomotive Breath — Jethro Tull
  5. Love That Burns — Fleetwood Mac
  6. Politician — Cream
  7. The Wizard — Black Sabbath
  8. Yer Blues — The Beatles
  9. My Brother Jake — Free
  10. Bring it on Home — Sonny Boy Williamson/Led Zeppelin
  11. Parisienne Walkways — Gary Moore/Phil Lynott

Fifty Gigs In A Day – SHAWN JAMES & THE SHAPESHIFTERS

Delighted that Shawn James and the Shapeshifters will be kindly using social media to plug Fifty Gigs In A Day and the work of Nordoff Robbins. Check out the song below, superb bit of blues…
shawnjamesmusic.com  
facebook.com/ShawnJamesSoul  
twitter.com/ShawnJamesMusic  
youtube.com/ShawnJamesSoul  
ShawnJamesSoul.bandcamp.com