|Rollo Markee and The Tailshakers - Friday 24th May|
Fronted by the inimitable Rollo Markee on harmonica and vocals and with the stinging licks and west coast rhythms of Steve Fossey on blues guitar, the band play an authentic blend of Chicago blues and west coast swing... A red-hot band that’s bound to get you moving and grooving! Rollo Started playing Blues at the age of seventeen having been inspired by his mentor Julius Junior. Twenty years on he has developed a rich, passionate and authentic blues voice. His valve amplified Harp playing is full of tone, style and energy. Working as a musician an actor and a dancer has made Rollo the consummate frontman, engaging with and enthusing audiences across Europe. The Tailshakers formed in 1998 with a vision to create a Blues band with an authentic 50's sound. They use vintage instruments, microphones and amplifiers to create a sound reminiscent of the Chess Recordings. Their dedication to blues and their attention to detail have produced a confident, stylish and highly entertaining act. The Tailshakers’ show contains original material that takes in Chicago blues, boogaloo, Latin and swing, as well as some of the choicest blues players from the era: Rosco Gordon, J.B. Hutto, Junior Wells and T-Bone Walker...
|Rollo Markee and the Tailshakers on MySpace|
|The Good Old Boys - Saturday 25th May|
The Good Old Boys were originally formed as a vehicle to play live Rock 'n' Roll whenever the members were free from touring with their own bands. The astounding response they received has led them to become a successful band in their own right and as a result the combined talents of Alan Barratt, Nick Simper, Peter Parks, Simon Bishop and Richard Hudson provide a perfect blend for the 50s 60s Rock 'n' Roll / R&B enthusiast. Alan Barratt (lead singer) started his professional career singing with Jo-Jo Gun. He has worked alongside the likes of Chip Hawkes (Tremolos), Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers and The Carlo Little Band (Stones). His unique, understated, relaxed vocal style has led to his continued success and popularity, making him one of the most sought after names in Rock 'n' Roll today. Nick Simper (bass and vocals) needs no introduction. His name is synonymous with one of the greatest rock bands ever, Deep Purple, of which he was a founder member. He first played professionally with Johnny Kidd and The Pirates and his vintage bass playing is the bedrock for The Good Old Boys. Peter Parks (guitar and vocals) played alongside Nick Simper in the Deep Purple offshoot band, Warhorse. He subsequently went on to record albums with the much-acclaimed Fandango and has performed with B.B.King, Paul McCartney and Simple Minds. His fine rock and blues guitar playing is a huge asset to the band. Simon Bishop (guitar and vocals) was originally a session guitarist for the BBC. He has toured with Renaissance, High Society, and The Monks and has recently returned from session work in Nashville where his unique country rock guitar style places him in great demand. The unusual combination of the two contrasting guitarists adds significantly to the brilliance of the band. Richard Hudson (drums and vocals) needs no introduction to Strawbs fans. Hud is never happier than when playing, and he keeps his hand in by playing with a range of bands, when not busy with his current project High Society.
An evening with the Good Old Boys is an exhilarating experience and one not to be missed. The coming together of five great musicians on one stage cannot fail to excite, and excitement, after all, is what Rock 'n' Roll is about.
|The Good Old Boys on MySpace|
|The Boom Boom Booms - Friday 31st May|
|3 singers, 2 screamin' Gretsche's, and 1 hot sax are the bedrock sound of a truly international band of miscreants with personnel hailing from Liverpool, London, Toronto, New York City, and Points Unknown deep in the Australian Outback. The Boom Boom Booms WILL make you move whether playing their own brand of rockabilly goodness or brewing up a tasty gumbo of early rock n roll, swing, soul, blues, and country classics. The Boom Boom Booms are Gavin 'G Brand' Skelhorn, Rev. Lars Pluto, 'Saxy' Spencer Evoy, Chris 'Slap' Clavo, Miikey 'Demon' Dean-Smith|
|Boom Boom Booms Website|
|Rat Pack - Saturday 1st June|
|Rat Pack were formed in May 2000 and we were on the road by June 1st. After a few changes along the way, our line up is Mick - vocalist/bass player & harmonica, Steve - drums/some vocals, & Age - our guitarist, who also does vocals. Mick & Age occasionally have a funny 5 minutes & swap the guitar & bass between them, in the middle of a song. We are a hard working, dedicated, fully committed & reliable 'KICK ASS' rock 'n' roll / rockabilly trio with the strength to bring the house down, & the versatility to host jammin' sessions, & back known artists such as Rip Masters & Linda Gail Lewis. We have all been gigging since about 900 BC :) when we were teens. We gig all over the UK rockin' the roofs off the clubs, pubs & weekender venues, (topping the bill at some) & we generally love to create a PARTY! atmosphere, and rock it up from start to finish of our sets. Check out our gig tonight & watch the roof being rocked off The Golden Lion|
|The Rat Pack on Facebook|
|Paul Cox Trio - Friday 7th June|
Paul Cox sings Soul and Blues like no other. His power and charisma have resulted in his performing with some of the very best talent on the planet. With new band THE PROOF, Paul has teamed up with distinguished musicians Roger Cotton, Peter Stroud, Nigel Hardy and Mike Summerland. With Paul’s voice and the band’s outstanding musicianship, THE PROOF are already burning up stages across the UK and beyond. Paul sings with THE PROOF and SOUL INTENTION and in trio format regularly across the UK and Europe in many venues and festivals. Paul Cox is one of the best showmen and singers around today. Equally at home with Soul and Blues songs, and more than capable of Rockin’ it up, he has been described by DJ and Blues Band legend Paul Jones as having “the best voice in the UK.” Paul has an impressive track record, playing with great guitar players including Snowy White, Ray Minhinnett, Henry McCulloch, the late John Slaughter, and recently French guitarist Charlie Fabert. Paul is a regular at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe , including Montreux, Ronnie Scott’s, the London Palladium, and the Royal Festival Hall. He has opened for some of the greatest artists in the world, including Ray Charles and Eric Clapton, and sung with Paul Rogers, Bonnie Tyler, Sam Brown, Ruby Turner, and Debbie Bonham.
|Paul Cox Band Website|
|Pete G & The Magnitones - Saturday 8th June|
Pete G & the Magnitones play blues from the 50’s era including Chicago,
Louisiana, West Coast and more and feature the red-hot blues guitar of
Malcolm Barclay as well as the superlative vocals, blues harp and songs
of Pete G.
A fabulous band! Come on down and see them !
|Pete G & the Magnitones on MySpace|
|Gentleman Tim and The Contenders - Friday 14th June|
With their influences deeply rooted in early 50’s style Swing,West Coast and Chicago Blues, Gentleman Tim and the Contenders are one of the hottest bands on the scene today. Led by the inspirational harmonica player and vocalist Tim Corbett they deliver a brand of high energy jumpin’ blues that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your toes tappin’. Tim Corbett is much admired by audiences and his peers alike and is recognised for his technical mastery of the harmonica and his powerful vocal performance. TJ Cadman is a stylish guitar master that gets to the very heart of the music with his irresistible style, slick solo's and sophisticated chord patterns. Jason Reay re-creates the simplicity and feel of the 'old school' bluesmen. His swinging rhythms and lazy shuffles combined with great dynamics are perfect for the band’s musical style. Paul Davis brings to the band those authentic warm solid tones of the Double Bass which gives the band it’s unique Chicago Style sound.
|Gentleman Tim and The Contenders Website|
|West Weston - Saturday 15th June|
|For many years West Weston has been at the forefront of the European blues scene, as a charismatic front man, vocalist and musician. Widely acclaimed as one of the UK's finest exponents of the Chicago blues harmonica and boogie-woogie piano, he has fronted his own band The Bluesonics, as well as name acts, including 'The Brothers Grimm' and 'The Big Town Playboys' to audiences around the world.|
|West Weston on MySpace|
|Paul Astles & Bobby Valentino- Friday 21st June|
|The dynamic duo are back! with Paul Astles on Guitar & Vocals and Bobby Valentino on Electric Violin & Vocals you are sure to have a great evening.|
|Bobby Valentino's Website|
|Inside Edge - Saturday 22nd June|
|Inside Edge Website|
|Dave Briggs Band - Friday 28th June|
|The Band is back !! Rock & Roll and R & B at its finest. Dave and his band will have the club rocking, your feet tapping and you'll know that you will just have to get up and dance.|
|Chris Corcoran Trio featuring Katie Bradley - Saturday 29th June|
Chris Corcoran is one of the most dynamic and exciting guitar players on the UK blues/swing/jazz scene. He has performed with a large number of the genres finest musicians including West Weston's Bluesonics, Si Cranstoun, Little George Suref, Lee Sankey, Jackson Sloan, Ray Gelato, Jeremiah Marques & The Blue Aces, Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers, Big Mamas Door, Pete G & The Magnitones, Big John Carter, Tracy Ray & The Mojos, plus international artists such as Ricky Nye and Hamp Goes Wild. He runs his own instrumental trio which performs in London regularly, and this year Chris appeared at The Walldorf Rock n Roll Weekender, in Germany, the Festival of Vintage, Espom and provided the house band for the UK Boogie Woogie Festival. As well as many regular appearances in and around London, the Trio are also supporting James Hunter at the London Jazz Festival and performing two shows at The International Guitar Festival of Great Britain this November.Katie has had a passion for the Blues from an early age. Her voice and Blues harp have taken her anywhere she sets her heart on: the UK, Europe and the U.S. Everywhere Katie plays she wins the camaraderie of great musicians the world over. Her versatility and natural stage persona is full of verve and soul which is infectious to audiences and players.
|Fri 24th||Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers|
|Sat 25th||The Good Old Boys|
|Fri 31st||The Boom Boom Booms|
|Sat 1st||Rat Pack|
|Fri 7th||Paul Cox Trio|
|Sat 8th||Pete G & the Magnitones|
|Fri 14th||Gentleman Tim & The Contenders|
|Sat 15th||West Weston|
|Fri 21st||Paul Astles & Bobby Valentino|
|Sat 22nd||Inside Edge|
|Fri 28th||Dave Briggs Band|
|Sat 29th||Chris Corcoran Trio feat - Katie Bradley|
|Fri 5th||Steve Morrison's Blues Abuse|
|Sat 6th||Lee Gocher & The Sundowners|
|Fri 12th||Jeremiah Marques & The Blue Aces|
|Fri 19th||Shedload of Love|
|Sat 20th||Rhythm River Trio|
|Fri 26th||Bad Hair Day|
|Sat 27th||Ragged Glory|
|Fri 2nd||Robin Bibi Band|
The Golden Lion Music Festival
8 Bands from 1 pm to midnight and more!
|Fri 9th||Blues Patrol|
|Sat 10th||Tim Aves & Wolfpack|
|Sat 17th||Cliff & The Cavaliers|
|Fri 23rd||Dave Briggs Band|
|Fri 30th||Gentleman Tim & The Contenders|
|Sat 31st||Jump 66|