Hi Folks and a Happy New Year Firstly I would like to introduce you to our website and Facebook page. These are not new but will give you a chance to review bands and gigs and make requests for who you want to see at the club http://redcarblues.weebly.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Redcar-Blues-Club-1401082316863472/ Well we ended 2015 with a brilliant gig from Chris Farlowe and The Norman Beaker Band and very well supported by young Reece Hillis. I think Mr Farlowe gets better with age. As a matter of interest young Reece is returning to the club as support for the October gig. We start the new year with another great line up when we welcome back Paul Jones and Dave Kelly as part of their annual UK tour. Its hard to believe its 3 years since they were last here. Not much you can say about these guys as they are so well known in the British Music scene but maybe " Class and Professionalism" come to mind. The gig is sold out and I have quite a reserve list at present so if anyone is struggling to attend do not worry I can get rid of your ticket if needs be. *** Please do not forget Paul and Dave are on stage at 8PM Support is provided by local North East Band, The Andy Power Trio. Three very experienced musicians who will play the last set of the night. Looking forward, on February 20th we welcome back The Ramon Goose Band. Ramon hasn't played at the club for a while now but on his two previous visits he gave two outstanding performances and showed why he is so highly regarded on the music scene. Besides being a music teacher Ramon travels the world with his music especially Africa where he has formed bands and brought them back to the UK to play. Support is provided by Bessies Blues, a relatively new band led by a lady with a very impressive voice Sheila McFarlane. For our members free gig on March 21st the headline band are Poplar Jake and The Electric Delta Review with support by Street Corner Blues. You may remember Street Corner Blues as the duo who won the North East heat of the New Brunswick Battle of the Bands which we hosted three years ago. They have now expanded into a four piece band. See you Saturday
September gig has been changed. Gypsy Bill and The Resonators are restructuring and Bill feels they wont be ready for September so has decided to cancel their appearance. Happily we have replaced them with Blue Swamp who are fronted by the charismatic Mike Bowden and Johnny 'Guitar' Williamson
Due to Chris Farlowe having other commitments i.e. touring with Van Morrison we have had to re-arrange the gig to another date. Chris will now be appearing on December 12th which the first and only available date the Citz club has to offer us in Dec 2015. The Della Grants (from Leicester) will now appear on 21st Nov 2015
As you regulars know we have 2 potentially sell out concerts on this year. THE JAR FAMILY on May 9th and CHRIS FARLOWE with THE NORMAN BEAKER BAND on Dec 12th. Don't be disappointed and book your tickets now.
Late News Extra Gig added for October 25th 2014
The Hitman Blues Band and The New York City Horns
Supported by Gary Grainger
The Hitman Blues Band are back with The New York City Horns . Russell ‘Hitman’ Alexander, is a real deal New Yorker and has a striking charismatic personality and knows how to entertain, putting on a show with superb blues. He’s an excellent song writer and has released several albums to acclaim. He has music in his blood - his father, vibe player Ray Alexander, was prominent on the New York jazz scene. In the US the Hitman Blues Band has been nominated for the blues grammies.
“The Hitman Blues Band delivers an energetic style of blues. Russell ‘Hitman’ Alexander plays sharp, melodic lead guitar and ads tough slide… strong singing and precision playing…” Blues Revue USA
“Russell Alexander proved to be a consummate artist, combining superb vocals with amusing patter and captivating stage presence.” – Blues in Britain
To clear the rumours up the gig and tour is definitely cancelled Looks like the Jim Suhler gig is off, will know tomorrow but looks pretty certain. Nothing to do with George Thorogood tour but due to money logistics of the flights over here
November 23rd 2013 The Ian Siegal Electric Band Support The Leeds City Stompers SOLD OUT This concert has kindly been sponsored by Midas Cladding Services Ltd. Midas House Brignell Road Riverside Business Park Middlesbrough TS2 1ED Tel 01642 253500
Due to our and his agents inability to contact Little George Suref we have unfortunately had to cancel his appearance. However we have secured to duties of these two acts in their place and I'm sure a good show will be had by all. £8 Members £9 Guests.
TheNew Brunswick Battle of the Blues @ Redcar Blues Club, Friday February 8th 2013 Tickets £6 contactAlan on01642 489051 or Email him firstname.lastname@example.org Featuring How Askew With his new band, guitar player and songwriter How Askew has taken his modern blues sound to a whole new level - visceral electric guitar, shimmering acoustic and sweet dobro lines duet with his soulful vocals on self-penned songs swept along with the bristling energy of Richy Clarke on bass and Gav Warrender on drums. Performing together for the first time in January 2012, they went on in March to be named runners-up in a national search for unsigned blues talent, the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues competition. Since then, they have played live on Gary Grainger’s award winning Blues Show and around the region, sharing the bill with last year’s Battle of the Blues winners – the Groove-a-matics, local blues/rock guitar hero Mitch Laddie, and dobro legend Gypsy Dave Smith.How Askew plays soulful contemporary blues, showcasing a natural guitar-playing talent honed over nearly a quarter of a century. Inspired at an early age by the power of pre-war blues giants like Big Bill Broonzy and Robert Johnson, his obsession with the guitar has seen him develop as a uniquely gifted slide and blues artist with technical and songwriting abilities that move beyond blues through bluegrass and early country music, psychedelic and southern rock, folk and world. Songs like ‘Law Dog’ are true life stories repainted in the imagery of the pre-war delta blues, a big influence evident in his playing. Currently recording new material, the band are exploring the territory beyond the gentler folky acoustic blues with How’s more aggressive electric guitar playing. Originally from Workington in Cumbria in the North West of England, How moved to Newcastle upon Tyne to study Zoology and lives there still. He has performed relatively seldom, but distinctly memorable, shows both as a solo acoustic artist and with a band over the last 15 years or so, quietly building a reputation as a fine singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Tracks from his 2002 recordings – a self-produced CD entitled‘Thinking about changing my ways’- have been played on folk and blues radio shows in the UK and abroad.
Half Deaf Clatch (a.k.a Andrew McLatchie) is one man with a guitar, slide, stompboard and some songs. Playing resonator blues and stamping on a homemade amplified butchers block just for the sheer hell of it, he combines the influence of the Delta and Hill Country Blues of Mississippi with a contemporary alternative edge. Since his first gig in December 2010 Half Deaf Clatch has played over 150 shows, including The East Yorkshire Custom Bike Rally, The Springboard Music festival, The Malton Blues Festival and most recently sets at The Beverley Blues Festival, playing alongside Tom Attah, Lee Bates & Billy Newton and Poorboy at the headline event in front of 150 blues fans. In March 2012 he also supported American blues/rock guitarist WT Feaster at the legendary New Adelphi Club in Hull. Half Deaf Clatch recently had a song featured on the covermount CD of the 'Classic Rock presents The Blues' magazine. His song 'Ol' Death Train' can be found in issue 3 of the national publication. Thanks to regular airplay on dedicated Blues online radio stations, Bishop FM, Looker Radio, CJIM Montreal and Kansas City Radio (to name a few) Half Deaf Clatch`s fan base is truly international, reaching as far as Mississippi, Montreal, Indonesia, Australia and Europe. www.youtube.com/user/halfdeafclatch
Street Corner Blues Street Corner Blues is a new duo featuring Chris James and Martin Fletcher. They first met when booked to play at the same venue, liked each other’s music and had vague notions of working together in the future. This finally came to fruition in the last few months and they are excited to have been accepted for the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues Heats in Redcar on the 8th February 2013. Chris James, from Carlisle, has played music for the last 30 years as a solo acoustic guitarist, playing slide and fingerpicking blues and original songs. He has played at many of the major national Blues Festivals such as Burnley, Colne, Dundee, Carlisle and Durham Festivals. Along the way he has also opened for many of the major Blues performers around such as John Mayall, Dr. Feelgood, Earl Thomas and Nine Below Zero. Chris has won through to the Final of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues 2 years running in 2011 at the 100 Club in London and in 2012 at The Garage Highbury as a solo performer. Chris was nominated in the Acoustic category of the British Blues Awards 2012. Chris has 2 independently made albums and numerous videos: Websites: www.youtube.com/chrisjamesblues Martin Fletcher, from Newcastle and Tyneside, started playing blues harmonica in 1971. Approval from Chicago legend Big John Wrencher helped to keep him motivated at a time when blues players and bands seemed to be disappearing. After a few fallow years of home practice while working and having a family, Martin joined The Blues Burglars, taking the harmonica chair previously filled by Paul Lamb, and began gigging regularly. He also worked with Hokum Hotshot Jim Murray in an amplified street-corner blues duo for several years in the 1990s. Martin Fletcher's Usual Suspects was a very popular Tyneside, Texas/California-style blues band in the late '90s, but shocked their audience by adding a DJ, MC and contemporary R'n B singer in 1999, and fusing blues with hip hop...well before it became commonplace. Martin has played numerous festivals in the UK and Europe, particularly Peer Blues in Belgium...having the honor to lead the first band ever to have a DJ onstage at Peer. A sonic review of Martin's career is available at soundcloud.com/harmonicagod, featuring a wide range of material across 20 years, both acoustic and electric blues, hip hop-blues fusion and other musical styles, including some Electronica with and without harmonica. Martin's only formal release is a single track on an East-West 'Bluesbeat' compilation not available in theUK. The Sugar B's We are the Sugar B’s, a bunch of blues nuts from the industrial North East of England; we range in age from mid 40s to early 60s. Band members are: Tony Kramer; Lead guitar vocals, John Hand; Harmonica vocals, Mick Purves; Drums, Terry Park; Bass, Jonny Wright; Front man vocals. The band was formed by Tony, Mick, John and the then Bassist back in 2001. There have been two changes of Bassist since then, culminating in our present line up in February 2012 when Jonny replaced our outgoing frontman. We number an education manager, retired heating engineer, civil servant, electrician and locksmith (very useful when we misplace the van keys!) in our line up. The Sugar B’s have worked the North East scene for the intervening eleven years with never diminishing enthusiasm. We have played pubs, clubs and festivals from Northumberland to Lancashire. Last year we played fringe venues at the prestigious Colne Blues festival, and went down so well that we were asked back with a promise of more gigs in 2013. We have produced and released (at our gigs) 5 cds. The Band have supported: Nine Below Zero (twice),The Nimmo Bro’s (twice). Eddie and the Hotrods,The John O'Leary Band,Guy Tortora,The Ainsley Lister Band. The Sugar B’s are primarily a covers band, although, we are presently working on our own material. Our gigs are always well attended and lively. We do our best to entertain with music of a high quality never forgetting that entertainment is everything. Hence our motto ‘Good Time Guaranteed’. We heard about New Brunswick Battle of the Blues via a local blues DJ Gary Grainger, on whose programme we have appeared twice. Also via local band the Groove-A-Matics, whose success in the competition we’d love to emulate, or have a good time trying at least. Thanks to the organisers for the opportunity.
The Hookas The Hookahs are a band from the North East of England and were formed in early 2012. The band consists of Bob Davidson, Vocals/Guitar, Nigel Stawart, Keyboards, Ned Keech, Bass and Steve Hollywood, drums.All members of the band have been involved in other projects over the years including recording bands Splitcrow and the Red Dogs. Since the inception of the band the Hookahs have played numerous gigs in the North East to appreciative audiences. A mixture of Blues,Tex-Mex, Soul and self-penned music is the staple of this line-up. 2013 sees an increase in the workload of the Hookahs as a lot more gigs are lined up locally and the band is attempting to venture further afield. A cd is also in the pipeline for the New Year. In the words of a musically satisfied fan “The Hookahs!...smokin’ but cool!” Online http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei-13BNlNQQ&feature=channel&list=UL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUCtmkCoxNs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqa1BNLkcq8 Tom Adams I have 30 years of gigging experience and have ‘paid my dues’ performing at many venues throughout Cumbria.I have a website at www.TomAdamsrock.co.uk which features my songs, views on music and anything else about me. The history: Born and bred in Cumbria. Lived away for 18 years and then returned to Brampton where I've lived ever since. Having started on the guitar at the age of 9 with a few lessons and then being self-taught, I've played in many electric bands over the last 30 years, largely in the hard rock vein. More recently I've turned to the acoustic genre as an outlet for original material. The music: An eclectic mix of songs about love, mystery, nature and the far side of beyond! Be prepared for a bit of audience participation as many of the numbers are designed to get your toes tapping, your hands clapping and the joining in of a chorus or two. I like to think that my songs tell a story which entertains, moves, makes you laugh or takes you to another plane. The influences: Many and varied. Led Zeppelin and Rush have a rich acoustic tradition and have been a major reference point. More recently I have been impressed by artists such as Frank Dunnery, Marcus Bonfanti, Lyndsay Buckingham and Jon Amor. Product: My debut CD is entitled ‘Exercising demons’ – a play on words but the concept can be treated on many levels. Those qualities which others might consider a flaw, personality disorder, a vice or even a sin can be turned around and used for ‘The White’ (A term borrowed from Stephen King). There isn’t a title track on the CD but ‘Long time coming soon (mutilation of the savage)’ possibly encapsulates this ideology most succinctly. In August of this year I brought out an EP entitled ‘Real Frantic One’ which can be downloaded from Itunes and Amazon stores. The CD features artwork from local artist Stew Simpson.Since then, I have been writing more numbers in a blues vein, one of which I haveentered for this year’s ‘New Brunswick Battle of the Blues’ entitled ‘It matters to me’ The future: Appearing at a number of local pubs and clubs in the near future and always to be found hosting Lanercost Cricket Pavilion and the ‘Skinny Gorilla open mic nights every month. I’m open to offers to play festivals, inns, support other acoustic acts – basically any venue where the audience appreciate original live music. I have played at: Music on the Marr festival, The Skinny Gorilla, Foundry 34, Mardale Inn, Water Yeat Village Hall, Off the Wall, Lanercost Pavilion, Spadeadam RAF base, The Wayside, Howard Arms, the list goes on, too many to mention but all so far within Cumbria and the Scottish Borders.
27th October 2013 Chris Farlowe Gig is a sell out.
Big Scoop for Redcar Rhythm and Blues Club
NEWS RELEASE September 2012 Nationwide search for best unsigned Blues Musicians - musicians from across the country urged to enter now!! It has just been announced that entries for this year’s highly prestigious and nationwide competition - TheNew Brunswick Battle of the Blues - will open on 1st October. For a third year the cream of unsigned bands and singer/songwriters is being sought from across the UK and particularly from the North of England where, organisers believe, the area’s great blues talent deserves higher recognition. Five heats will take place around the country, with Northern heats being held at the True Blues Club, Newton-le-Willows on 11th January and Redcar Blues Club on 8th February (although musicians are welcome to enter any of the 5 heats – see below). Heat winners plus a ‘judges’ choice’ will go head to head at the final in London in March 2013, with the overall competition winner being taken out to play main stage at the world renowned Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in New Brunswick, Canada, during September 2013. Says Lisa Gagnon, who’s organising the competition in the UK for New Brunswick, “Harvest Jazz & Blues is one of the world’s great music festivals. Once again we’re thrilled to be offering this chance to British blues musicians to play alongside the best of the best. New Brunswick’s capital Fredericton, where the festival is held, is a wonderful place to visit at any point in the year, but at Harvest time the atmosphere is electric!” And she continues, “The winners will play gigs on the Festival’s main stage and have the chance to make contact with some of the all time blues greats who come here from across North America and indeed the world. And we’ll even take our winners whale watching, sea kayaking and sightseeing – all expenses paid, of course. Last year’s winners – Groove-A-Matics from Gateshead – said this of the competition, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for emerging or established British blues artists to raise their profile and play on a world stage at this brilliant festival – as well as experiencing the wonders of the Canadian province of New Brunswick.” Interested bands and singer/songwriters are invited to register initially at www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk between 1st October and 30th November 2012. Artists will need to demonstrate the ability to produce new and original work, though some covers are permitted. To qualify, they will need to be unsigned at the time of the competition (including the final). Musicians may enter whichever heat best suits them – choose from Newton-le-Willows in the North West, Redcar in the North East, Billericay in the South East, Hove in the South and Cupar, Scotland.For further information, interview, images or press tickets, please contact Rachel Shimell or Miranda Johnson on 02380 732981/ 01962 890208 or email: Rachel.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.orgNew Brunswick is one of Canada’s 3 maritime provinces and is known as the ‘Jewel of Atlantic Canada’. The province is rich in history, culture and natural beauty and music is an integral part of its psyche. Visit www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk for more information
Unfortunately our gig with Gerry Jablonski's Electric Band 17th November has had to be cancelled. This is due to a mix up between the bands record company and themselves. Apparently they have fixed up a tour of Poland which the record company new nothing about and the record company accepted our booking. Why the record company you may ask. Well when speaking to the band at last years Hebden Bridge Festival thats who they told us to contact. However life goes on and we have booked back 2 bands that went down a storm when they appeared at the club in the past. Paul Middletons Angst Band and Archie Brown's Young Bucks. Same night 17th November 2012 Guests £8 Members £7
Sadly Maggie Ross from Washington, who appeared at Redcar Blues Club just a short while ago in June, has lost her battle with cancer, she died on Sept 5th. RIP
Here is our Guest for the Evening the magnificent Cherry Lee Mewis about to present the Cheque of £400 to the Great North Air Ambulance on behalf of Redcar R & B Club
We make a yearly donation to a local charity. In the past it was Redcar MIND Group and Zoe's Place. This year we chose The Great North Air Ambulance who recieved a donation of £400.
14th July 2012 James O'Hara Band Fortunately we have been able to secure this band as Son's replacement. James O'Hara has no equal when it comes to crafting original cliché-free Blues solos and arrangements. He has a gritty, unforced singing style that spans the whole of the Blues genre without having to strain for effect. He is hugely respected in the trade by Blues reviewers and musicians; and adored by his audiences. A giant of the genre. He leads from the front, committed, and dedicated, with a natural sense of timing and an unerring instinct for the musical equivalent of le mot juste. Go see him.” BOB JONES, BLUES IN BRITAIN MAGAZINE “James O'Hara plays blistering Chicago Blues. He's just got to be one of the most authentic Chicago-style bluesmen in the UK.”MIKE PREDERGAST,GASTO PROMOTIONS “O’Hara effortlessly avoids the expected, finding new aspects and angles to his music while clearly respecting the great tradition of blues” NME
Son Henry Gig 14th July 2012 Unfortunately due to poor health reasons SON has had to cancel his forthcoming tour. Dont worry we are actively chasing up a replacement act as I pass on this information to you. Watch this space.
Chris Farlowe Tickets Members have priority of the ticket allocation for this show. So to get your name on the waiting list please contact Alan on or Email him For guest's the allocation is sold out but we are taking names for a reserve list in the event of the members allocation not selling out. The same will apply to Paul Jones Dave Kelly gig