Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – LETZ ZEP

Led Zeppelin tribute band Letz Zep play Vitoria in Spain on February 8 and will be plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins via their social media. They don’t half tour a lot as well as can be seen by the gigs list below…

June 22, 2018 WAKEFIELD – Warehouse 23 United Kingdom
June 23, 2018 Hertford – Corn Exchange United Kingdom
August 16, 2018 CHEPSTOW – Monsters of Roc United Kingdom
August 17, 2018 Prestwich – Longfield Suite United Kingdom
August 18, 2018 LUSTADT, Open Air Germany
September 7, 2018 HULL – Welly Club United Kingdom
September 8, 2018 BRIGHOUSE – Venue 73 United Kingdom
September 22, 2018 REDDITCH – John Bonham – A Celebration United Kingdom
September 28, 2018 NEWPORT – Strings Bar Venue United Kingdom
September 29, 2018 EASTBOURNE – Bandstand United Kingdom
November 16, 2018 SEVENOAKS Stag Theatre United Kingdom
November 17, 2018 HASLEMERE – Haslemere Hall United Kingdom
November 30, 2018 COTTBUS, Gladhouse Germany
December 7, 2018 NEURUPPIN, Kulturhaus Stadtgarten Germany
December 8, 2018 ERFURT, HsD Germany
December 14, 2018 NURMBURG – Hirsch Germany
December 15, 2018 Vacha – Vachwerk Germany
January 8, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – Zenith Arena LILLE France
January 10, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – OLYMPIA PARIS France
January 13, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ZENITH CAEN France
January 15, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – BREST ARENA France
January 16, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – LE LIBERTE RENNES France
January 20, 2019 Rock LEGENDS – Kursaal Oostend Belgium
January 22, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – LES ARENES DE METZ France
January 25, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ZENITH – SAINT ETIENNE – France
January 26, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ARCADIUM – ANNECY France
January 27, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – L’ AXONE – MONTBELIARD France
January 29, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – LE SILO MARSEILLE France
February 2, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ZENITH D’AUVERGNE France
February 3, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS- SUMMUM – GRENOBLE France
February 5, 2019 ROCK LEGENDS – ZENITH DE DIJON – France
February 8, 2019 VITORIA – Jimmy Jazz Spain
February 9, 2019 PAMPLONA – Auditorio Burlada Spain
February 10, 2019 SANTANDER – Escenario Santander Spain
February 12, 2019 MADRID – Teatro Rialto Spain
February 14, 2019 VILLADOLID – Porta Caeli Spain
February 15, 2019 Lleida – Cafe del teatre Spain
February 16, 2019 BARCELONA – Barts Spain
March 2, 2019 HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome United Kingdom
March 7, 2019 BERLIN – Columbia Theatre Germany
March 9, 2019 REGENSBURG Germany
March 15, 2019 ONSABRUCK – Rosenhof Germany
March 22, 2019 DEAL – Astor Theatre United Kingdom
March 29, 2019 LONDON – Borderline United Kingdom
April 5, 2019 DRESDEN – Tante Ju Germany
April 12, 2019 AMSTERDAM – Melkweg Netherlands
April 26, 2019 LIVERPOOL – Epstein Theatre United Kingdom
April 27, 2019 MATLOCK BATH – Fishponds United Kingdom
May 3, 2019 MANSFIELD – The Diamond United Kingdom


‘Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ Return in 2019 for a UK & European Tour

I saw them last year at the London Palladium and they are well worth seeing…

‘Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ Return in 2019 for a UK & European Tour to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s Debut Album

Marking fifty years since the release of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album – and its follow-up, Led Zeppelin II – Australia’s celebrated live concert event Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters will return to the UK for ten-dates in April 2019 as part of their European tour.

Fronted by powerhouse vocalist Vince Contarino and bolstered by the breathtaking might of the thirty-five-piece The Black Dog Orchestra, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters features no fewer than eighteen Led Zeppelin classics.

From the raw, metallic blues of Whole Lotta Love to the epic Stairway to Heaven and the sheer exhilaration of Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters celebrates the timeless musical legacy of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones with a no-holds-barred concert performing the masterpieces of Led Zeppelin.

Having performed numerous sold-out shows at the Sydney Opera House and nationwide tours across Australia, Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ debut UK tour in 2017 was so successful their 2019 return will preceded by eight dates in mainland Europe for the first time.

Vince Contarino said, “To be able to come back to the UK means the world to us. We were welcomed graciously and treated with the utmost respect when we toured the UK for the first time in 2017, despite being an unknown and unproven act in the UK. To be asked back for an even bigger tour is hugely gratifying. We are feeling the love, and we’re going to be coming back over to give it back by the truckload.”

Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ debut UK tour received glowing praise from both Led Zeppelin fans and the music critics alike – including Dave Lewis the editor of the world-famous Led Zeppelin fanzine Tight But Loose, who said the band’s performance of The Rain Song was “quite simply one of the best performances of a Zep song performed by a band that were not Led Zeppelin I’ve ever witnessed.”

Vince said, “We were taken aback by the reception we received. We loved that the UK audiences are so demonstrative – the energy is amazing. We are also still in disbelief when we look back at the reviews the press gave us throughout the first tour. They were so positive and encouraging. In fact, as the reviews were coming in we just kept trying harder and harder each night, so as to keep the standard up.

With the tour falling in between the anniversaries of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album and its follow-up, Led Zeppelin II, released in March and October of 1969, respectively, Vince admits the timing of the tour is a happy coincidence, “It was only when we saw the tour dates that we realised the timing was perfect. Look at it this way, spending time with friends is a blessing and a great thing to do, but if there is a good reason to celebrate, like a birthday or an anniversary, then crack out the champagne and let’s party!”

The ten-date UK tour will begin at Liverpool’s Philharmonic on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019, and end at London’s Eventim Apollo on Sunday, 14th April.

Tickets are on sale now, available from

Don’t miss this explosive celebration of the music of Led Zeppelin as one of the most ambitious concerts ever to meet the stage returns to the UK. Way, way down inside, you need it!

The full list of European tour dates for Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters’ is as follows:


Sat 23rd            Bergen             Grieghallen     (

Sun 24th           Oslo                 Konserthus     (

Wed 27th          Utrecht            Tivoli              (
Thu 28th           Groningen       De Osterpoort (

Sat 30th            Brussels           Cirque Royal   (

Sun 31st           Eindhoven       Musiekgebouw (

April 2019

Tue 2nd             Liverpool        Philharmonic              0151 709 3789  

Wed 3rd           Cardiff             St Davids                     029 2087 8444  

Fri 5th               Newcastle       City Hall                       0844 811 21 21 

Sat 6th              Edinburgh       Usher Hall                   0131 228 1155  

Sun 7th            Manchester      Bridgewater                 0161 907 9000  

Tue 9th             Nottingham     Royal Concert Hall     0115 989 5555  

Wed 10th         Portsmouth      Guildhall                     023 9387 0200  

Fri 12th             Southend        Cliffs Pavilion            01702 351 135  

Sat 13th            Birmingham    Symphony Hall           0121 780 3333  

Sun 14th           London            Eventim Apollo          020 8563 3800  




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)


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

NINEBARROW newsletter June 2018

We hope this email finds you well and enjoying the start of the festival season wherever you are! 😎 After a pretty epic three months launching and touring the new album, we’ve just got back from a few weeks off, and we’re now raring to hit the road again!

‘The Waters and the Wild’: launched ✅ 

It’s hard to believe that it was back in April we had our launch show at Lighthouse Poole. It really was a special evening – so a huge thank you if you managed to make it down! If you didn’t – we thought you might like to have a little look at one of the songs we played. It’s not off the new album this time…but a new arrangement of an old favourite from our first album: The Sea. 

The show really was a massive success and it’s really inspired us to explore working as a band a little more often. Watch this space…we’ve got some exciting things in the pipeline that we can’t wait to share with you! 😉

What did the ‘media’ think?

Launching an album is a really nervous time – it really is. We really like it – but you obviosuly hope everyone else does too!! And we’ve been SO pleased with all of the feedback we’ve had. We even managed to pick up two ★★★★★ reviews in the Morning Star newspaper and also the EFDSS EDS Magazine. Here’s a quick round up of the highlights:

We also managed to reach No. 2 in Amazon’s Folk Album Best Seller Chart last week, which was pretty amazing! If you fancy doing a review of the album on Amazon to help that along – you can do that by clicking here: Leave a review

New Dates Announced

As always, we’re announcing new dates all the time – and it’s been a little while since we sent you any, so there’s absolutely stacks of new ones. Please do check out the gig map and dates down the side of this email (or at the bottom if you’re viewing on mobile). It’d be great to see you out and about at one of them soon!

Until next time – all the best and take care,

Thu 14 Jun 2018
The Apex
Bury Saint Edmunds

Fri 15 Jun 2018
St Edith Hall

Sat 16 Jun 2018
All Saints Church

Sat 23 Jun 2018
Dunton Folk Club

Fri 29 Jun 2018
Horton & Little Sodbury Village Hall

Sat 30 Jun 2018
St Nicholas’ Church

Thu 05 Jul 2018
St Andrews Church

Fri 06 Jul 2018
Roots Music Club

Sat 07 Jul 2018
Folk at the Hall 2018

Sun 08 Jul 2018
Eglwys St Hywyn

Fri 20 Jul 2018
West Coker Commemoration Hall

Sat 21 Jul 2018
St Andrew’s Church

Fri 27 Jul 2018
Turweston Church

Sat 28 Jul 2018
Rhydycroesau Village Hall

Sun 12 Aug 2018
Springhead Trust

Sat 18 Aug 2018
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2018

Sat 25 Aug 2018
Cornwall Folk Festival 2018

Fri 31 Aug 2018
Lyme Folk Weekend 2018

Sat 01 Sep 2018
The Selsey Centre

Fri 07 Sep 2018
Swanage Folk Festival 2018

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.


BBT will be releasing a live album called Merchants of Light on 27th July 2018. The album features the best performance of each song played at the band’s Cadogan Hall, London shows which took place in the autumn of 2017.

Merchants of Light will be released as a limited edition triple vinyl boxed set (including a 28 page booklet and an insert featuring a graphical history of the band) and a two-CD digibook with a 72 page booklet. Download and streaming versions will also be available from release date.

Ahead of Merchants of Light, BBT will be releasing Swan Hunter as a single on 13th July. Swan Hunter will feature a 2018 remix of the original studio version, a live version of the song and a radio edit. Alongside the three different versions of Swan Hunter are two previously unreleased tracks, a new version of Seen Better Days (which includes the Big Big Train brass band and a guest vocal performance from Tim Bowness) and a live-in-the-studio performance of Summer’s Lease.

Pre-order vinyl or CD copies of Merchants of Light and Swan Hunter from our official stores:

Pre-orders also now available from Amazon and other music retailers.


BBT will be playing a warm-up show at The Anvil, Basingstoke, on July 11th, supported by Beatrix Players and will be Friday night co-headliners at the Night of the Prog festival at Loreley, Germany, on July 13th.

There are a handful of tickets remaining for The Anvil show and these last remaining seats are only available by calling the Box Office on 01256 844244.

For Loreley tickets:


There is an extended (9 page) BBT interview in the new edition (issue 18) of Prog Italia which is available at newsstands in Italy now.

Individual copies of issue 18 of Prog Italia (for shipping within Italy, Europe and the rest of world) can be ordered here:


Brave Captain, from the Merchants of Light live album, was debuted on the Newears radio podcast just after an interview with Greg. The podcast can be streamed or downloaded here:

Ninebarrow gig review Bracknell

Review of last week’s gig by the very impressive Ninebarrow. One of the best live folk acts I have seen and well worth seeing live.