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On this page: Cafe Bohemia, Paul Cowley, Rhys David, Jook Joint, Lowdown, Mike Markey & Nick Jones, Steve Page, Roland Chadwick, Ruckus Blues, Kingsley Salmon, Danny Shayler, Sons of The Delta, Michael Wood... 

      Cafe Bohemia         Sept, Nov 2004, April 2005, Feb, Dec 2006 

Cafe Bohemia, (Syd, Dawn and Andy), highly respected and very talented musicians, have made a name for themselves in various pubs and clubs in the Gloucestershire area and beyond, giving pleasure to a steadily growing fan base with their varied repertoire.

Interests range from jazz and swing to blues and more, following in the footsteps of heroes such as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian and Eddie Lang, mixed with their own interpretations of well-known standards and more obscure numbers from the past, always a delight to listen to.

Andy Wood plays guitar with John Beckingham’s “JB Jazz & Blues Band”, as well as joining with Syd to back Bridget, popular local blues singer, to form “Bridget & The Big Girl Blues”, an outfit constantly in demand for local festivals, clubs and pubs, whilst Syd keeps busy closer to his West Midland’s root with a multitude of musical projects and pursuits.

Be sure not to miss the trio’s wide range of music from the subtleties of guitar jazz to the rawness of the blues. These very talented musicians delight and entertain wherever they appear.

For more information about Cafe Bohemia check out the  website at www.bottlebag.co.uk 

JOOK JOINT

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Experience the sound of blues from its roots RA……… from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta to the back street bars of Chicago, Jook Joint evokes the authentic sound of the blues.

Jook Joint  has been playing the pubs and bars around Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean, where they are based, since1999. They are a regular support act at the Blue Front Blues Room blues club at the Miner’s Arms, Whitecroft, supporting artists such as Eddie Martin, Michael Messer, Kent DuChaine and Dave Kelly and host the monthly  ‘Blue Front Blues’ on Forest of Dean Radio.

Regular festival appearances have included the Linton Festival of Music & Ale, the  Gloucester Festival Blues Trail, The Upton Blues Festival and the Coleford Festival. 

Jook Joint plays an acoustic mix of country blues, ragtime and jug band music with shades of Muddy Waters era Chicago. Driven by 12 string, twin Dobros and bullet harp, the repertoire includes numbers from all the country blues greats such as Robert Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James, Sleepy John Estes, The Memphis Jug Band, Jesse Fuller and Leadbelly.  

Contact:info@bluefrontbluesroom.org  

Sons of the Delta

Nov 2002, June 2003, June 2005, Nov 2005, July 2006 

Mark Cole and Rick Edwards play a refreshing blend of classic and original electric/acoustic bluesRA and Americana incorporating many of the styles from the southern states of the USA

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For more information about Sons of The Delta check out the  website at www.sonsofthedelta.co.uk

Mike Markey & Nick Jones     

Jan, May, Nov 2005, June 2006, Feb & Nov 2007

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For more information about Mike and Nick check out the  website at  www.mikemarkeyandnickjones.com 

Paul Cowley     October 2005, February 2006, Feb 2007

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Guitarist, singer/songwriter Paul is a relative latecomer to music. He has been playing for just over ten years & performing for three. His repertoire includes a mix of original compositions, country blues & contemporary blues. Paul accompanies a warm relaxed vocal style with fingerstyle / slide guitar & stomp board.

He has performed at numerous festivals and has performed in a supporting role with the following artists :--- Guy Davis, Catfish Keith, Kent DuChaine, Rod Clements, Paul Lamb, Ian Siegal, Bruce Katz, Jim Crawford, Derrin Nuandorf & The Spikedrivers.

Paul’s debut album “Don’t Need Too Much” was released in Sept 2005.

“Thanks for your sweet sounds, your love of this music shines” Guy Davis.

“ Good acoustic country blues, look out for this man go see / hear” R.J. Greaves,  Blues in Britain

“Paul gets better every time I see him” Bob Jones, Blues in Britain

“Pauls unforced voice & clean acoustic country blues guitar style are well matched, the whole thing has a natural feel” Frank Franklin, Blues in Britain.

www.paulcowley.com 

Steve Page    Sept, 2004, June, Oct 2005, March 2006, April 2007

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Steve Page plays a mean slide guitar and is an accomplished singer-songwriter mixing blues and Americana.

Inspired by the greats of the blues tradition from Robert Johnson to John Lee Hooker Steve ' s songs have their share of heartbreak and betrayal, but he never forgets that blues was also meant to be good-time party music.

A regular on the music scene in Bristol and the South West for several years Steve has shared a stage with the likes of Catfish Keith, Rag Mama Rag, Kenny Ball and Mojo Buford, the one time harmonica player with Muddy Waters.

 Lowdown    May 2005, June 2006, June 2007

Singer/guitarist Dave Low, originally from Bristol, and harmonica/slide guitar player Graham Harrison, from St. Helens, have both been playing the blues since they were teenagers in the 1960s. Dave comes from a folk background and when he was in the Army played both solo and in groups in folk clubs all over the world. Graham played in the young, Merseyside blues band Ill Wind which, amongst others, supported Queen, Atomic Rooster and Nazareth in the late 1960s/early 70s. 

During their 8 years together as 'Lowdown' the Cheltenham-based duo have formed a repertoire based on classic country blues - Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny and Brownie and the jug bands. However, while remaining firmly rooted in the blues, their set also includes gospel, country, rock, reggae and soul. 

Lowdown have played at pubs and clubs all over Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, at Cheltenham's Everyman and Playhouse theatres during Fringe Festivals and three times at the Gloucester Blues Festival. Lowdown are the real deal - no gimmicks, no posing- just the best in roots music, delivered straight from the heart.

Roland Chadwick    July 2005

Roland Chadwick is a Composer, Guitarist and internationally acclaimed recording artist. A trained classical guitarist, he plays "anything with frets". Born in May 1957, Wollongong, NSW, Australia, Roland made his Sydney Opera House debut in 1988 and has since built a reputation as Australia’s master Guitarist/Composer. From 1979 to 1996 he lived and worked in Sydney as a performer and composer and in 1997 took a sabbatical in Los Angeles where he worked on developing a more personal compositional style. At the end of 1997 he moved to the UK and is now based in West London

Ruckus Blues     March, Sept 2006, April 2007

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Ruckus Blues is an acoustic folk blues duo based in the south-east of England who will, for an enthusiastic audience, and the odd pint of Guinness or two, travel just about anywhere to play the blues.

The duo is the harmonica wizard that is Dave Raphael, with Mike Chowney providing the guitar accompaniment and the main vocals. During the course of a gig, they play songs from some of the biggest names in Blues music, such as, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and they throw in the odd original composition for no other reason than to annoy the less progressive blighters in the audience.

Kingsley Salmon     October 2006, March 2007

Kingsley is 16 years old and has been playing for three years.
His favourite guitarists are Robert Johnson and Skip James,
and he is also a big fan of African music, and artists such as Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate and Amoudu and Miriam.
He plays a Hohner archtop guitar, or occasionally an acoustic or resonator guitar.


"I first listened to rock, then rock n roll (Chuck berry etc) and then my grandad introduced me to his John Lee Hooker collection. I've always been interested in getting to the roots of things and music was no exception. As we know blues is most probably the roots of pop music today and also African music is
the roots of blues. Its always good to know where your music has come from."

Michael Woods  Sept 2007

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Fingerpicking, Ragtime, Bottleneck & Blues

“…sensitive East Coast guitar blues ... The stand out was a haunting Weeping Willow Blues from Blind Boy Fuller.       Beautiful,  Mike!”- (Max Haymes- Acoustic Blues Magazine)

“full of lilting passion”. (Guitarist magazine, Feb1999)

 Inspired by the great country blues guitarists like Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller & Rev. Gary Davis; Michael’s first floor spot was at the Big Jug folk club in Durham at the age of 17. He has been a full time professional musician based in Newcastle upon Tyne since 1994. During this time he has played live at Wembley Exhibition Centre, on BBC Radio Newcastle and has supported the internationally renowned Belgian Jazz Guitarist Jacques Stotzem at Cambridge, described, alongside the week featuring Woody Mann and John Renbourn as:

 “two nights that will inspire any guitarist” (Guitarist(Nov2000).

A versatile guitarist, he plays solo acoustic blues and is equally at home playing East coast blues, or slide on his resonator.

“He is an exceptional guitaristFolk Roundabout  (Beamish Mary)

  Rhys David     Dec 2007

Kristen Bishop     April 2006

Danny Shayler     April 2006

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Pete Howlett    April 2005

The Subterraneans    March 2004

    Jane Pearl & Chris Moreton  March 2002

A great soul-blues vocalist with one of Britain's best flat-picking guitarists