JULY

JUST BLUES JULY

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“ The Hitman Blues Band, an eight piece from New York, blew the place apart………A set of full-blown powerhouse blues that had the queue for CDs formed across the hall. “
 – Blues in Britain magazine UK

SATURDAY 01 JULY

THE HITMAN BLUES BAND
& THE NEW YORK CITY HORNS

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Band leader Russell ‘Hitman’ Alexander, son of New York jazz scene vibes player Ray Alexander, is the real New York deal and one of the most charismatic frontmen you’ll see on the blues scene with a sensational band.

In the US The Hitman Blues Band have been nominated for the blues grammys as well as being finalists in the Memphis International Blues Challenge. Brimming with New York swagger, great modern blues songs, interesting arrangements breathing new life into blues standards and an entertaining show you’ll not want to miss!

 www.hitmanbluesband.com

 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

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THURSDAY 06 JULY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 7.00-11.30pm.


FRIDAY 07 JULY

CHRIS LORD AND HER BLUES EXPRESS

A powerful and raunchy Rhythm & Blues 5-piece, Chris Lord and her Blues Express produce classic jazzy blues.  The band is driven by the superb voice of Chris Lord supported by a heady mix of tenor sax and guitar all built upon a first class rhythm section.  Together the band merges to weave a magical spell wherever they perform.

Influences range from early artists such as Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton to more modern exponents of the art like Etta James, Beth Hart and Imelda May.  The band covers some lesser-known tracks and always keeps the night exciting and interesting.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 08 JULY

MARK HARRISON

Mark Harrison's unique songs are attracting a lot of attention and he has established a growing reputation for the individuality of his music.

He takes elements of blues and folk, adding his own twist to produce something totally original. His music, with its memorable tunes and strong and compelling rhythms, has been going down very well with audiences of all kinds and ages.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


 
 

FRINGE OF THE FRINGE

HAPPY SHARK COMEDY presents 3 nights
featuring 6 Edinburgh Fringe previews.

 

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SUNDAY 09 JULY

Andrew Maxwell & Luisa Omielan

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TUESDAY 11 JULY

Andrew Lawrence & Ellie Taylor

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THURSDAY 13 JULY

Robin Ince & Rob Broderick (Abandoman)

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FRIDAY 14 JULY

WOLFPACK

HOWLIN' Wolf was the biggest, baddest bluesman ever to stalk the earth. There'll never be another like him... WOLFPACK play the music of Wolf and other blues greats with understanding and a giant slice of 21st-century Essex attitude. 

Singer, guitarist and harp player TIM AVES (Rockin' Armadillos, Automatic Slim), is joined by three-times British Blues Award-nominated guitarist JOEL FISK and ROB “Tank” BARRY (bass) and Essex shuffle king  PAUL LESTER (drums),

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

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“Blues workout par excellance ……Oozes class…..
Love to see them play live. Uplifting stuff.”
   
- Sunday Express

SATURDAY 15 JULY

STORM WARNING

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Storm Warning are lauded by the UK blues press as one of the best contemporary blues bands in the UK playing top quality original blues songs and making blues standards their own. 

Ex Mick Ralphs Band vocalist Son Maxwell and guitarist Bob Moore, lead the band backed by Ian Salisbury on keys, Derek White (Larry Miller band) on bass and ex Mick Clarke band drummer Russ Chaney. Storm Warning have recorded four CDs, all receiving critical acclaim and tracks have been played on radio station across the world including BBC Radio 2 for whom they also recorded a live session which was broadcast on the Paul Jones blues programme.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


THURSDAY 20 JULY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 7.00-11.30pm.


FRIDAY 21 JULY

MATT EDWARDS BAND

Unconventional yet always full to the brim with groove and power, Matt Edwards is a Blues songwriter, vocalist and guitarist that stands out of the crowd in the UK Blues scene. Hailing from the South of England, Edwards is inspired by a huge wealth of musical genres. From jazz to rock, funk to folk - his style of writing showcases subtle flavours from all styles and gels them into his own alternative Blues-Rock sound.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM        
£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


SATURDAY 22 JULY

BLUES BUSINESS

Good time blues, from this band who have played all over. Featuring 'Wildman' Roger Fuller on vocals and harp, the fabulous 'Mr 110%' Mark Roberts on Drums,  'BB' Bruce Fryer on Guitar and 'Alan' on Bass. They're as fun as they sound. 

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£5 / £4 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE


THURSDAY 27 JULY

BAR OPEN

Lights low, records playing and the best beer, gin and whisky selection in town. 7.00-11.30pm.


FRIDAY 28 JULY

LAURA HOLLAND

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Laura Holland is an exceptional singer. Double-award nominated, she is inspired and energised by the classic sounds of Chess and Stax Records, including Otis Redding, Jimmy Reed, and many more. If you enjoy Imelda May, Billie Holiday or Etta James, you're sure to love Laura, whose "impassioned vocals delight" [The Blues magazine].

Tonight Laura appears with a glorious 6-piece band with trumpet and sax. Already featured on the covers of music magazines, Laura is an established festival favourite.  

 www.laurahollandband.co.uk

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

EMAIL TO RESERVE

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SATURDAY 29 JULY

THE CLIFF BROWN BAND

Despite playing The Royal Albert Hall at the tender age of 17, Cliff Brown has continued to keep his feet on the ground. Rooted firmly in the music business he divides his time between playing live, producing records and building some of the worlds best valve guitar amplifiers. 

The Cliff Brown Band return to The Bear Club for the final night of its Blues festival bringing their own mix of Chicago, Texas and Jump Jive blues blended with the funky jamming styles of New Orleans. With a line up of top class musicians - Cliff Brown on guitar and vocals, Chris Hilliard on drums (Donnybrook Fair, Albert Lee, Liane Carroll), Luke Palmer on bass (The Selector, The Cherry Pickers, Greg Coulson), and Matt Ratcliffe on organ (Tony Kofi, Julian Siegle) this promises to be an event not to be missed.

DOOR: 7.00PM
MUSIC: 8.30PM  
£10 / £9 / £0 (BK)

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SUNDAY 30 JULY

JAZZ JAM

What is the Jazz Jam?

The Jazz Jam is a session led by a great house band, where musicians and singers come to try out material, play old classics and sit in with other players. 

Who is it for?

It is for everyone. Half of the crowd come to play, half come to just watch. It's the sort of gig where you don't know what's coming next. 

What's the vibe?

It's a relaxed Sunday afternoon feel, very friendly and a chance to see some great music up close, often with musical combinations and improvisations that you will never see again.

If you are lucky...

....you might even see Perry's jazz dancers who stop in every now and then, clear some tables, and hit the floor.  

 

Find the Jazz Jam on Facebook HERE

DOOR: 1.30pm
MUSIC: 2.00pm - 5.30PM
£4 / £3 (BK)

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