Stunning line-up set to bring the blues to town
The second annual Frome Blues Festival comes to the town's Cheese and Grain this autumn with a stellar line-up. Confirmed to appear on Sunday, October 27 is Climax Blues Band, The Nimmo Brothers, Jo Harman & Company, Innes Sibun, Ron Sayer Jnr and Albany Down.
Climax Blues Band was founded in the '60s, by Colin Cooper and has always focused on its roots, a unique combination of jazz and blues.
After 18 albums and the classic world-wide hit Couldn't Get It Right and tours of the UK, Europe and the US, Climax Blues Band is back on the road again and still playing the blues in a creative way that has always been synonymous with the name.
Graham Dee has been recruited to front the band with his own distinctive style and a pedigree on the blues scene that speaks for itself and includes performing with The Blues Collective, The Red Lemons and joining ex-Feelgoods in The Lone Sharks as well as session vocals and voice coaching.
Also Chris Aldridge has taken the saxophone duties with a fresh and exciting dynamic sound.
The Nimmo Brothers Stevie and Alan Nimmo are from Glasgow in Scotland and have proved themselves to be one of the most respected exponents of modern blues the UK has seen since the blues boom of the 1960s, firstly in the guise of The Blackwater Blues Band with their debut album Breaking out the Blues showcasing an incredible energy and talent in ones so young.
So with 17 years performing together and five successful CD releases behind them, Stevie and Alan are back to their roots with the new CD, Brother to Brother.
Jo Harman & Company exploded onto the blues scene last year, with a world-class band and stunning voice, drawing heavily on a compelling mix of roots, blues, gospel and soul.
Although Jo has indeed appeared to have come from nowhere fast, the reality is she has been taking her time, living life, developing her craft, and building, quietly and bottom up, a significant and solid following.
With 40 festival performances in 2013 alone, many as headliners, including prestigious slots at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Parkpop, Netherlands where she was one of 12 (otherwise household name) artists playing to 300,000 people, Jo is becoming increasingly regarded as potentially the finest soul/blues/gospel/roots influenced artist this country has ever produced.
Innes Sibun began playing guitar at the age of 12 after hearing B.B King.
As a teenager he played in many bands playing punk, reggae, rock, folk and jazz learning from different musicians along the way.
In 1993 Innes was asked to join Robert Plant's band for his Fate of Nations tour.
His guitar playing can be heard on Robert's 66 to Timbuktu and Nine Lives albums.
Following the tour with Robert Plant Innes made several albums for Viceroy records, Superstitious and Honeypot with his new band.
Ron Sayer Jr began playing guitar at seven, was gigging by the time he was 10 and never really wanted to do anything else.
He took the rocky road from Hank Marvin to Robert Johnson and stopping off pretty much everywhere in-between.
He won the coveted title of Guitarist Of The Year a few years back, playing at Wembley Live Music Hall and appearing in Guitarist Magazine.
He has worked for an international music distribution company for several years and as a result has released more than 100 albums of different genres.
After a time working on chops and studying the beautiful thing that is music, Ron is now back with his band writing original tunes.
Albany Down are a stripped down to the waist no nonsense rock and roll band with a bit of rhythm and blues and jazz-funk to mix it up, with a vintage heartfelt sensitivity and contemporary aggressive energy.
Albany Down run on pure adrenalin, unrelenting energy and raw emotion. Not Over Yet is a landmark album full of their strongest songs, lingering melodies and great playing.
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