Named "Canada's Darling of the Blues" by the press and often compared to Janis Joplin for her raw and emotional performances on stage, Layla Zoe was born in British Columbia, Canada in the late 70's. Raised on her father's love of the blues and a diverse record collection, she started singing at an early age and had her first experiences on stage with her father's band at age fourteen. Now after releasing seven albums (You Will, Shades of Blue, Live at Errington Hall, Hoochie Coochie Woman, The Firegirl, Sleep Little Girl and The Lily), penning a self-published book of poetry (Diary of a Firegirl), and moving from BC to Toronto to Montreal in the past 7 years, Layla has gained a reputation as one of the hardest working young blues women in Canada.
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Northsyde are little bits of everything, mushed together. Mix up some Rock, Blues, Jazz, Soul... make it funky... grind up a lead guitar player riffing along with a bassist that plays upside down and backwards, throw in a big fat beat, serve on a plate of raspy vocals with lyrics touching on just about everything. Songs. Grooves. Make it heavy... make it rocky... make it funky!
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Incredible Portuguese born vocalist Diana Silveira, an exceptional talent who is turning heads and catching ears wherever she performs, both here in the UK and across parts of Europe. Diana’s ability to sing a wide range of genres with authority and her ability to switch from sweet tones to a full out rock and roll vibe make her a force to be reckoned with!
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Blues and Jazz from the 1920s and 1930's in the style of and in tribute to Bessie Smith - The Empress of the Blues.
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Ricky Cool & The In Crowd
Ricky Cool has been fronting and performing in bands sine the mid 1970’s and is associated with some of the finest music to come out of the West Midlands. Since then Ricky Cool has fronted and played with a number of bands presenting American and Jamaican music in an authentic and entertaining way. He co-founded The Big Town Playboys, the band that nurtured the talent of Mike Sanchez. Ricky Cool and the Rialto’s became the nucleus of Robert Plant’s first Honeydrippers line up. In Ricky Cool and the Western Swing Allstars, Ricky worked alongside some of the finest musicians in London including B.J.Cole and Bobby Valentino. Ricky is regarded as one of the finest exponents of Blues and Country style harmonica in the UK and as such he still works with Mike Sanchez and also gigs with rising UK blues star Big Boy Bloater. He has played on recordings by Hank Wangford, Matchbox, Mike Sanchez and even toured with Billy Connolly as can be seen on his ‘Billy Connolly Bites Your Bum’ DVD. With his new line up, simply called Ricky Cool, Ricky presents a musical mix of original numbers, ska, bluebeat, rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm ‘n’ blues, plus entertainment in the inimitable Ricky Cool style.
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Selected to appear at Wembley Stadium supporting The Who, Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May and Eddie Vedder in July 2019, Connor Selby is a rising star. Having already played a number of iconic venues such as the 100 Club and Borderline, and having clocked up numerous festival appearances, the young British bandleader-guitarist-vocalist writes his own songs and builds on influences as diverse as Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, and Nick Drake. With his soulful vocal style and his distinctive guitar playing that evokes the British blues boom of the 1960’s, Connor has consistently captivated audiences and is making a name for himself.
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Luke Doherty is a young blues guitarist who is rapidly making a name for himself on the blues scene, having been gigging since the age of 12 in various blues clubs around the country.
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The Muni Theatre
- The Muni Theatre
- Albert Road
- Colne, Lancashire
- BB8 0AE