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Eleven Time British Blues Award Finalist:
2013 - Original Song (I'm No Superman)
2014 - Emerging Artist, Acoustic Act and Songwriter of the Year
2015 - Acoustic Act, Songwriter, Original Song (Deathly Blue) and Album of the Year (The Blues Continuum)
2016 – Acoustic Act, Songwriter and Album of the Year (The Life and Death of A.J Rail)
Finalist in the UK Blues Awards 2018:
Acoustic Act of the Year
Blues Songwriter of the Year
Innovation in Blues in the UK
Most played artist on UK Independent Blues Radio 2014 & 2015 (IBBA Charts)
Drawing from his obsession with pre-war country blues, Half Deaf Clatch (aka Andrew McLatchie) has been impressing audiences all over the UK for the last seven years with his raw down-home blues sound and his original song writing. Described as a Slide Stomp Blues Machine he has been nominated in the finals of the British Blues Awards eleven times, and three times in the finals of the UK Blues Awards 2018.
Not one to rest on his laurels or shy away from a challenge, in 2017 Half Deaf Clatch pushed at the boundaries of traditional Blues when he released CrowSoul, a two-song ‘Gothic Blues concept album’ to wide-spread critical acclaim. In 2018 he was commissioned by the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival to write an hour long stage show with a coinciding album for their 2018 festival. The album 'Dr Bloodwort's Nefarious Medicine Show' and it's live show garnered much attention and praise at the festival and now Clatch is making plans to take his original 'Medicine Show' out to a wider audience in 2019.
Half Deaf Clatch has graced the stages of most of the UK's top Blues events and festivals over the past seven years including; Hebden Bridge, Colne, Maryport, Broadstairs Blues Bash, Shetland and Orkney Blues Festivals – and has played on the daytime line-up of BluesFest at the O2 Arena in London on two separate occasions.
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Hailing from Teesside Emma Wilson is a dynamic soulful blues singer.
2018 saw Emma making waves on the British Blues scene performing at festivals including "Darlington Blues Festival", "The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival" & "The Crawdaddy Club Riverside Festival" she was a featured artist in November 2018 issue of "Blues in Britain" magazine & her single "Today I sing the Blues" a cover of an early Aretha track, has been played across the UK blues stations and chosen as a pick of 2018 by several DJs. Described as a "Blues Siren" Emma has a big fabulous voice and works her band to the max, moving from heartwrenching sweet soul licks to powerful blues, her live show is emotional and cool. Influences include Aretha, Ann Peebles, Muddy Waters & Etta James, she also pens some great originals !
Emma is also a much coveted guest singer and was invited by Pete Brown & Malcolm Bruce to be part of the Supergroup at "An Evening for Jack" celebrating the life & music of Jack Bruce alongside legends such as Terry Reid, Mick Taylor & Bernie Marsden , Shepherds Bush 2016.
“From the moment Emma steps onstage until the final encore, Emma takes us on a journey through the classics and her personal favourites from her own experiences as a performer and promoter, with humour and warmth, an exciting, entertaining performance, Take a bow Emma Wilson” - John Tate (Blues Promoter - Sedgfield Blues Club & proprietor of the “Fridge Of Blues”)
"Emma is a big fan of Aretha Franklin and Ann Peebles and boy does she do their material well!” Mike Prendergast -(Blues Promoter - Darlington Blues Festival)
"Deserves comparing with the great blues sirens, oozes class and charm" Paul Dubbleman (Rock photographer)
"I love her voice - really soulful" - Mick Glossop (Record Producer for Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker)
“Emma reminds us how good the blues can really be" - Chris Scott Wilson (Author “Redcar Jazz Club”/Music journalist)
"Love it! Good Strong voice...Cookin'!" - Hughie Flint (Drums for John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers/McGuinnes Flint/The Blues Band)
"Very talented, A big personality with a big voice!" - Ian McHugh ("Blues is the Truth" Radio)
"I love your experimental stuff" - Arthur Brown "The God of Hellfire"
"She is without doubt one of the finest, most versatile Jazz & Blues Singers in the UK" -London Blues Festival
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Join us at the Cockpit for the first of a series of songwriters circle events with Phil Caffrey, David Neil Crabtee and Hayley Mckay each performing their own songs and accompanying each other in what will no doubt be an amazing night of original and spontanious live performance.
The Caffreys - Brothers Phil, Peter, & Paul Caffrey have been singing together for most of their lives. Whether at family parties or in the front garden to impress their neighbours in the Holy Cross area of Wallsend, they needed no excuse to sing.
Their professional singing career began when they secured a recording contract with DJM records, the home of Elton John. Their band, 'Arbre', was hailed as Britain’s answer to the Eagles, but after making two critically well received albums and touring with Fairport Convention and Jim Capaldi - amongst others - they went their separate ways.
The brothers then recorded for Phonogram records with noted producer Gus Dudgeon (David Bowie, Chris Rea, Lindisfarne, Elkie Brooks) but commercial success still eluded the Caffreys.
Phil Caffrey continued to write songs and it wasn’t long before he formed a new band to perform his material. Whilst 'Caffrey' gained a good local following for their melodic rock – headlining at Newcastle’s Mayfair Ballroom – it was Phil’s songwriting that gained the attention of major music publishers. This resulted in Kiki Dee recording a song he had co-written with another respected local musician - George Lamb.
After the demise of the Caffreys, Phil kept his hand in by providing backing vocals for such diverse talents as heavy rock band Saxon and local hero Jimmy Nail, whilst continuing to write.
Phil is a highly respected and extremely talented musician, vocalist and writer and continues to perform live with the Caffreys and his other projects.
DAVID NEIL CRABTREE
As well as fronting bands across venues, festivals and broadcast events across his beloved county of North Yorkshire and beyond – David Neil Crabtree is fast emerging as a contemporary and highly versatile music talent, with a loyal and rapidly developing fan base spanning Country, Contemporary, Blues, soft and heavy Rock music genres. His current performance catalogue is varied and prolific – from his recent EP release, Girl Named Whisky (available on Spotify) with its contagiously melodic lilt in the gallic, love-ballad tradition, through to the raw, unsettlingly vengeful narrative that underpins his popular and well-acclaimed Wildfire (available on YouTube).
Dave’s vocal and guitar expression reflects his own, at times, painful journey through manhood and through the landscapes, at home and abroad, that inspire him constantly to create, compose and perform – for camera and for stage.
Of his own music and influences, Dave says: “I am constantly drawn to relate, through lyrical expression and music composition, almost everything I feel and witness around the emotions that innately bind (or indeed separate) us as human beings; whether we experience new love, the awe of a landscape, nostalgic reflection, or whenever we suffer loss. Whether we feel hurt – or redeemed – in life. “We stand in the long shadows of musical giants – both past and present. I’ve been lucky enough to find myself inspired, rather than intimidated, by their greatness. As the next generation of musicians, poets and singer/songwriters, I believe our ‘calling’ lies in keeping alive their art and spirits, whilst giving unique expression to the voices, experiences, dreams and preferences of emerging generations of music enthusiasts and followers around the world.”
"Beautiful voice & moving lyrics, infectious pop melodies/country influences"(The Telegraph)
'The up and coming apple of the British music industry’s eye hails from a town in the UK called Darlington' - Elmore Magazine, USA"
Hailing from Darlington Hayley McKay is an extraordinarily gifted singer/songwriter with an amazingly pure voice. From studying at BIMM, after winning a National competition, to appearing at Glastonbury, Cornbury, Latitude and Northumberland Live, Summertyne Festival, and performing in Nashville and supporting iconic artists such as Tom Jones, Martha Reeves, Albert Lee and Scouting For Girls, Hayley McKay is attracting attention wherever she goes.
In the past few years, Hayley has performed her original songs on RTE, Irelands biggest daytime TV, and STV Scottish TV. She was also invited to perform and record a video at Bob Harris house, whispering Bob session Under the Apple tree. As well as singing, Hayley plays acoustic guitar, piano and songwrites. Many of her songs have been recorded, and she has worked with top producers and Geoff Pesche at Abby Rd Studios.
Hayley has been likened to Eva Cassidy, Colbie Caillat, and LeAnn Rimes thanks to her hauntingly beautiful voice and moving lyrics.
Hayley has a distinctive style that shows her to be an all-round soulful country artist with flair that is very much her own.
This has led to the singer-songwriter heading to Nashville to co-write with twice Grammy-nominated songwriter Jan Buckingham (Whitney Houston), performing in Whispering Bob Harris's home studio, as well as sharing the bill with, among others, Tom Jones, Albert Lee, Scouting for Girls, Jamie Cullum and Seal.
Original songs are played worldwide in Café Nero stores, and she has sang on the soundtrack for Harrigan starring Steven Tomkinson, Sunday For Sammy at Newcastle City Hall, and has acted and sang on various educational films for schools nationwide.
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Welcome to the mythic world of Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly sought-after London-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated singer/songwriter/author have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts concert, one-part theater. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition.
Son of Town Hall was born when the two found themselves side by side aboard a junk raft (“The Son of Town Hall”) crossing the mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, new inspiration, and to recover squandered fortune. The two have sailed their ship back a century or so, and their song and story cycle follows the pair across the open waters and from town to town as they travel the frontier bouncing primarily from one failed endeavor to another. Though they fall for temptation and countless false promises, their belief in humanity and each other never flags.
Their struggles have only strengthened their harmony, a blend that would have made Simon and Garfunkel take to drink and push off to sea as well, had that duo been fortunate enough to hear Son of Town Hall sing. “Perhaps it was the solitude out there,” Parker explains when we caught up with the bearded duo off the coast of Maine, “or maybe it was the strong gratitude you feel for your companion as you make it through your first (or twelfth) near-death experience. Or maybe it was all the cheap rum we consumed... well whatever it was, we learned to sing out there. More importantly, we learned to sing together.”
“You learn a lot on the high seas,” Berkeley adds. “Skills and endurance you didn’t know you possessed, you know?” We didn’t exactly know, but we let him continue. “Music and storytelling kept us afloat, kept us alive, really. That was the bond. We developed a blend and a sound that led even the sea creatures and the moon to pay attention. We just had to hope that it would translate if and when we ever reached the shore.”
Well, as anyone at one of Son of Town Hall’s packed shows across America or Europe can attest, their sound has translated just fine. Audiences consistently leave a show swaying like they’ve been to sea themselves and muttering that they’ve never quite experienced something like it. If the early indications prove true, the two will soon need to build a bigger boat, for eveyone who floats near them wants to jump aboard.
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"Known to work his audiences to the bone, Catfish Keith is the real acoustic blues king!" -Rock 'n' Reel
Blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over.
A two-time W. C. Handy Award nominee for BEST ACOUSTIC BLUES ALBUM, and nominated for BEST OVERSEAS ARTIST by the British Blues Connection, Catfish has fourteen NUMBER ONE independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit, and packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show.
The 30-year veteran has toured the USA, UK and Europe dozens of times to wide acclaim, headlining major music festivals, and appearing with legends John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal , Leo Kottke, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Johnny Shines and many, many others.
"Pulling Blues Out of The Sky, Catfish lays down a foot-stomping groove.One of the most exciting guitarists of any genre." -Acoustic Guitar
"One of the finest acoustic bluesmen in America. Every fan of acoustic blues should have all of his discs in their collection. Every record label in America should be engaged in a bidding war. This man is flat-out spectacular!" -Big City Blues
"Catfish bends entire chords as well as the neck and body of his guitar to wrench emotion from his songs. Knock yourself out!” -Guitar Player