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Back Door Slam on Stage
Formed whilst still all at school in August 2003, the band have gone from
strength to strength in a very short period.
singer and guitarist extraordinaire fronts Back Door Slam. Having taught
himself the guitar parts of Dire Straits' Sultans of
Swing at the age of 11 and cut his playing teeth with Out of the Blue,
Roadhouse and Creamy
Heads. Dave is now cutting his own
musical path with Back Door Slam
plays Bass and is already a Blues Fest veteran, having appeared on the
Acoustic stage at the
age of 13 as one half of the duo Me and Him with his father, Mark. They have
played the Festival several times since.
completes the line-up of the band on drums.
Blues fans will realise the band's name has been borrowed from a classic Robert
Cray song and they are also heavily influenced by many other Blues greats
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf as well as Rory
Bert Jansch, and Mark Knopfler - but they have wide tastes and listen to a
lot of rock, folk, jazz and traditional Celtic music too.
Expect a very tight, polished, professional set from this precociously talented
three piece band over the Festival weekend. They well deserve their Main Stage
See the Festival News item
"Back Door Slam Wows Arts Centre"
(5th May 2005) by clicking
13th May 2006 UPDATE:
BDS are now in the UK spending a year pursuing with vigour their musical
Currently based in Newark under the auspices of
man Bob Miller
who also manages
Corinne Bailey Rae
who is making
something of a name for herself this year.
They have played gigs in Oxford and around Notts and fast making a reputation
that constantly gets them return bookings. They have some influential names
(currently remaining, intriguingly, anonymous) guiding them in production and
presentation of their own material. They have another auspicious Blues festival
to play on July 22nd 2006 at
, Winchcombe supporting
Blues in the Ruins Festival
compered by none other than our own Dave
There are plans afoot to play a very special one-off charity concert at the
2006 Isle of Man TT Road Racing Festival
. This will be the bands second
appearance at the TT, as a band, and will undoubtedly give the other musicians
on the bill a run for their money but is a welcome return for the many local
fans they have on the Island.
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