"Steve 'West' Weston has got a pretty solid claim to being London's top harmonica man. His tone is extraordinary, as is his taste and style, and within his chosen field - old style Chicago/West Coast harp playing - he's right up there with anyone in the world today." - Blues In London
Introduced to the piano at age 7 with a few boogie woogie classics, Weston quickly found a calling in music, an urge that would grow even denser when his father brough home "This Is The Blues", an epic blues record featuring Sam Meyers, Junior Wells, and harmonica king Sonny Boy Williamson, waking Steve's passion for the harmonica.
He went on to buy a chromatic harmonica, regretting it for a couple of years before he saw a "Blues Harp" at a local music shop and finally got to the sound he craved.
Playing his preferred laid-back Chicago style American blues to the louder British blues, Steve Weston captures any audience with unique charisma be it as a performer within the band or as its leader onstage.
The last couple of years have seent West Weston touring extensively with Mud Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) and also top the album charts with Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey.
Lauren Housley is a singer-songwriter on the move. Born and raised in
Rotherham, South Yorkshire, she had a talent for singing from an early
Her first move at 18, was from her hometown to Newcastle to study
theatre and performance at the university. To pay her way through her
studies, she worked as an assistant stage manager at The Sage in
This gave her the opportunity to see what she was studying by
day, played out on stage every night, by the very best at their craft.
This was to prove invaluable for her in becoming a performer herself.
She was to remark, "You can imagine what it was like to learn how to
reach out to an audience in this way".
Studies completed, her next move was to Manchester to immerse herself
in the live music scene there. This was to meet the kind of musicians she
felt could help her in her ambition to become a singer songwriter. "I sang
and played everywhere that would have me" and by doing this she began
to become noticed by the very musicians she wanted to work with.
It didn't take long for her to be able to front her own band, and play the
venues that would enjoy her fusion of Country, Blues and Soul music.
Lancashire was to take to this Yorkshire rose, then other cities across the
north of England began to take to her as well.
A full date sheet was to encourage her to record and release a limited
edition CD of the songs she was playing on stage. The album, Sweet
Surrender, was only intended to be sold at her live shows. However it was
inevitable that the record would find its way to various journalists and
radio producers, who had become fans.
Radio was to play an important part in her next move, as one of the tracks
from that album was added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist. When asked
what this would mean for her, she replied, "Without radio I would still be
playing bars in Manchester".
This national exposure was to bring her to the attention of the promoters
at Live Nation. "An out of the blue phone call and I was booked to play at
Bluesfest at the 02 Arena, along with Van Morrison, Tom Jones and
Dave Matthews Band. The irony of this was that I was trying to buy
tickets to Bluesfest before the phone call."
London is a tough city for an artist, and following her early
performances in the capital she understood what her next move needed to
be. This was to record an album that would be good enough to bring her
to a wider audience, through a national distributor.
Most of last year was given over to recording 'The Beauty of this Life',
which is released on 28 th July 2017. The album features the best of her
limited edition album, and 7 new tracks, which will appear on her own
imprint TLC Recordings, through Absolute.
The Big Wheel Blues Band is a collective of local musicians, generally a 6 piece band who could be described as a veritable "Who's That?" of the blues scene.
Modesty forbids us from being too self congratulatory, but we have all played in numerous bands down the years, and like to think we have something solid to offer.
Individual members have widely varying tastes, and manage to put together eclectic sets ranging from Muddy Waters and Tom Waits to Keb Mo and the Grateful Dead. Really.
Found at the monthly blues club, this is only the second time we have been honoured with appearing on the main Festival stage, and hope you will enjoy our music, we certainly do.'