What You Can Expect
"New York vocalist Sari Schorr has the effortless range and sense of drama to give any song real purpose and tonight she connects with her showcase crowd as if delivering a personal message face to face." Pete Fenestra for Get Ready to Rock
"So, how far will Sari go? Somewhere towards the top of the glass ceiling of the Blues, for certain, as she is a genuine talent." Darren Weale for WRC
"Sari Schorr is the embodiment of the best the blues and beyond has to offer. Sari is definitely the next big blues diva that will sweep through the blues scene" Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine
AWARDED: 2012 Best Performance by a Blues Singer In A Band by Broadway World - "The sensational Sari Schorr who channeled Janis Joplin and Tina Turner during the show by the Joe Louis Walker Band at B.B. King's in August."
" A Phenomenal and Beautiful Singer who I like to say, "let's all her passion and artistry come out through her amazing voice." Trevor B. Power for WNTI
"Bodacious-voiced new front singer Sari Schorr, whose power vocals are a hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, with a touch of a contemporary female blues singer like Janiva Magness. Walker and Schorr reached an orgasmic climax on this section of the show with the Willie Dixon's classic "I Just Want to Make Love to You,".and Schorr transitioning from a whisper to a wail like a car going from zero to 60 in eye blink." Stephen Hanks for Broadway World
'There are flavours of Bonnie Raitt in this superb young Irish blues singer with a strong pop-soul sensibility.' - The Independent
'Grainne Duffy has exploded and its obvious why - classic hooks, high cheekbones and a bad-girl voice box' - Classic Rock Magazine
'A blues singer of real integrity' - The Sunday Times
Grainne Duffy is a unique talent, raw and powerful, edgy and elegant. Growing up in Co. Monaghan, Ireland she gained exposure at an early age to such defining influential artists as The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and The Pretenders by raiding her elder sisters' record collection.
So far in her career, Grainne has already graced the stage at Glastonbury for 3 electric performances, toured much of Europe and even visited the North Pole, the only Irish to band to play twice the Dark Season Festival in Svalbard. She was also asked to open alongside Paul Brady the newly refurbished Ulster Hall in Belfast and more recently Grainne was asked to open for Jools Holland on his tour and she and her band graced the stage for three rapturous nights and received an outstanding welcome from Jools' audience.
These special performances have given extra support to the claim that she is a special talent on the ascent.
"An authentic soul diva. sensitive, sexy, and with infinite reserves of sassiness" - City Life
"A classic sound pulled off with finesse. classy, impressive." - Oldham Chronicle
"Great voice, great presence, great songs, great band." - Leicester Mercury
Kyla's voice remains a stunning example of the soul singer's art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old.
Whether fronting the mighty Kyla Brox Band, or harnessing undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and life partner Danny Blomeley, Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation.
"He sings, and a whole bar-room is rapt" The Times
"authenticity is all ... Hedley clearly prefers the rough to the smooth" The Guardian
Described by Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's legendary drummer, as "the funkiest man I've heard in Europe", Giles is a familiar face at UK clubs and festivals playing acoustically or with the Aviators.
He has appeared at Gloucester, Colne, Upton, Farnham, Banbury, Oxford, Bracknell, Ealing, Basingstoke and Wallingford festivals and many of the well-known "Boogaloo" blues events, as well as "Blues de Traverse" and "Festival Blues à Gogo" in Normandy.
He has guested three times on Paul Jones's Radio Two blues programme as well as on Wey Valley Radio, Seven Counties Radio and other local radio stations in France and England. He held residencies over several years at London's top blues venues 'The Station Tavern' and 'Ain't Nothin' But'.
"Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues" - Guitarist Magazine
"Harley has it all - voice, guitar artistry and the songs" - Total Music
"No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business" - Roots Magazine
Martin Harley is a supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He's a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley's sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road.
Martin grew up in South East England. He learned to play slide guitar on a warped 12 string guitar while living in the back of a Holden station in Australia. He's been moving ever since and has released five albums to date.
SATURDAY – BROOKS WILLIAMS & LIGHTNING EXPRESS
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"Pan-Americana Roots 'n Blues, doused in Moonshine alt-Billy and delicious Dixie" Net Rhythms.
Brooks Williams & Lightning Express bring together Statesboro Georgia born roots guitarist Brooks
Williams with bassist Andy Seward and drummer Keith Angel (aka Lightning Express).
The resulting sound is Transatlantic in the truest sense of the word, where Angel's kickin' world
grooves and Seward's northern soul-like bass-lines meet Williams' blues-soaked Americana. It's an
upbeat, danceable mix of rootsy funkiness and intelligent twang.
The three met when recording Williams' 2013 break-through album, New Everything, and were so
excited about the resulting sound that they decided to take it on the road. Their first official gig was
at none other than the legendary Cropredy Festival in 2013, playing on the big stage to 20,000 people.