Ealing Blues Festival: Nick Lowe, Son Of Dave, Kyla Brox, Who's Next, The Cosimo Matassa Project, Bad Influence, Big Mamma's Door, Paul Cook Blues Band, Emma Wilson, Mack & more
Continuing its dedication to the diverse blues scene in the UK, Ealing Blues Festival returns on 20 - 21 July with its most ambitious line-up to date.
Leading the line-up this year New Wave icon Nick Lowe, New Orleans bluesmen The Cosimo Matassa Project, and Europe’s premier The Who tribute act, Who’s Next.
Founded in 1987, Ealing Blues Festival has developed in partnership with Ealing Council & The Event Umbrella to become one of the biggest blues festivals in the UK. It continues the borough’s rich musical fabric that began at the Ealing Club in 1962 where the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones, and CREAM members Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton cut their teeth.
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One of the pioneers of punk, leading light in the Stiff label and critically acclaimed singer songwriter in his own right. Perhaps best known for his songs 'Cruel To Be Kind' and '(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass'.
Nick Lowe tour dates
Infamous for his one-man band style, both in the studio and on the road, Son Of Dave, AKA Benjamin Darvill, has been making music for almost a quarter of a century. He has played hundreds of raucous shows across the globe, sold upwards of forty thousand records and built a fiercely loyal international fan-base.
The former drummer with Crash Test Dummies and all round eccentric performer has a particular flare for the harmonica and makes a formidable racket, dragging the blues kicking and screaming into the 21st century in the shape of 'sweet devil's music'. They broke the mould with this one.
Son Of Dave tour dates
Kyla is often seen performing with her father, blues legend Victor Brox. At the age of 21, she had been performing live for 10 years. Her unmistakable voice has left its mark on the media: 'With a genetic pool drawn from a blues singer father and opera singer mother, it¹s little wonder Kyla has a strong gospel voice with an incredible range' (Darwin Sun, Australia).
Kyla Brox tour dates
Who's Next are the premier live tribute to The Who. They capture a magical point in time when many believed that The Who were the greatest pop and rock group on Earth. Who's Next's live show aims to recreate this period in the early 1970s with the aid of authentic stage wear and instruments. The result is a time machine ride back to the days of Live at Leeds, The Isle of Wight Festival, Tanglewood and the Fillmore shows. It is a must for any Who fan!
Who's Next tour dates
Specialising in recreating the original and authentic sound of R&B, The Cosimo Matassa Project are passionate about the 45 records that emerged from the New Orleans studios of Cosimo Matassa in the 1950s and 1960s by the likes of Little Richard, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Big Joe Turner.
The Cosimo Matassa Project tour dates
Bad Influence is described as a 'rock and blues' band and that is where they sit quite comfortably. However, this band has many musical influences and it shows in just about every song on the new CD. Val is often described as 'Bonnie Raitt gone raunchy' or 'powerful like Janis Joplin'. Richard squeezes every ounce of passion from the guitar, whilst Harry and Pete hold it very tightly together at the back. Originally formed in 1986, by Val Cowell (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), and Richard Hayes (lead and slide guitar).
Bad Influence tour dates
Regulars on the London blues scene, and fronted by the ballsy vocals of Fiona McElroy, Big Mamma’s Door play an eclectic mix of swinging blues from the 20s-50s.
Big Mamma's Door tour dates
Raw rock energy with intimacy and tenderness, guaranteed to move both your body and soul. Emma's stunning vocal style has been described as 'Joni meets Janis'.
Emma Wilson tour dates
Mack describe their music as sweat soaked, Southern Fried Soul Rock, which gives an idea of their high energy live performance. They are fronted by Tommy Hare. With his great lyrics, engaging stage presence and deep soulfull voice, he has been described as a mixture of gravel and honey and belies his relative youth. He draws on experience and influence gained from working with members of both the Rolling Stones and the Faces. In Tommy’s own words he “cobbles together his sound from a broad palette of the cultures of the American South” to form what he refers to as “Country Soul”.The musicians around him in Mackare all top class.
Mack tour dates
Original Dylan-inspired folk-rock in tribute to the man himself.
Nicole Skeltys and The Disenchanted tour dates
A top British blues guitarist formerly of Nicky Moores Blues Corporation. Tommy Allen has been described in the past as one of the best young blues guitarists in Britain who could be the next Eric Clapton!! Tommy Allen has gone from working with Marcus Malone, Nicky Moore, Sugababes, Big Joe Turner, Otis Taylor and Mojo Buford, to running his first band Trafficker.
Trafficker tour dates
Marky started teaching himself the piano at the age of 14. Since moving to London he has been a staple on the circuit. His infectious stage presence has captured many audiences as he shows off his wide repertoire of covers alongside his catchy originals. All played with his energetic style of rock and roll piano playing, alongside his powerful vocals.
Marky Dawson tour dates
aka The Artist Formerly Known As Johnny G, who is a Walcot blues legend.
Johnny G tour dates
Lewis Cohen has a growing reputation as one of the UK's best acoustic blues and roots musicians.
Lewis Cohen tour dates
The Eel Pie All-Stars are Don Craine and Keith Grant of The Downliners Sect, Robin Bibi (ex Pretty Things), Alan Glen (Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero), Andrew Heart (ex Billy Idol, Bob Geldof Band), Chris Hunt (Lonnie Donegan Band, The Bruvvers) and Dave Lennox formerly with Blodwyn Pig, and a host of special guests.
Eel Pie All-Stars tour dates