It’s been a long road….. one thing for sure is
that the Climax Blues Band of today carries the same standard of
quality as it did when the band formed back in the late 60s and
achieved such great success and recognition through the 70s, the
reputation carrying right through until the tragic death of
founder member Colin Cooper in 2008.
Colin’s death could have
meant the end of Climax Blues Band but his desire was for the
band to continue creating the fine blues blend that the band has
been associated with since its formation, and that desire has
been accepted with relish by the remaining members of the band.
The Blues came calling first, but rock
was always waiting around the corner. Well it would be, wouldn’t
it? Coming from the deep south, it was inevitable, but living in
the deep south of a major Yorkshire City, there’s a gritty hard
edge to life!
guitar prodigy, Chantel was told by a major label that she had a
"great voice, but girls don't play guitar like that!" Wisely
ignoring their comments, she enrolled at the Leeds College of
Music and became the first student in the college’s history, to
achieve a 100% pass mark at BTEC, with 18 distinctions. Chantel
then pursued further education and left with a First Class
Honours degree in Popular Music and a coveted prize, the
college’s musician of the year award.
released her highly anticipated new album, Lose Control, in
October 2015 on her independent boutique label Tis Rock Music,
this being the follow up to her critically acclaimed 2011 debut
album, Like No Other.
After years of touring and festival
appearances, Chantel returned with a vengeance with ten new
songs that not only salutes contemporary rock, but shows her
gradual transition from conventional Blues to a harder, bigger
and bolder rock sound with progressive influences.
Take The Power, from her latest album, was playlisted for 5
weeks on Planet Rock radio.
currently writing for her third album, debuting some of the new
tracks on her 2018 tour which is currently taking place
throughout the UK and Europe.
Way back in the halcyon days of rock, there came a trio of
'superheroes' known as the Groundhogs, riding the blues boom
into unchartered territory, they gained a reputation as one of
the most dynamic live acts around, and are influential and
inspirational to this day. The classic line-up of Tony McPhee,
Ken Pustelnik and Pete Cruickshank toured the world for 6 years
straight, including seminal shows with the Rolling Stones, John
Lee Hooker, John Mayall and Canned Heat, and at the legendary
1970 Isle of Wight festival along with Jimi Hendrix. In this
time they produced 4 renowned albums: 'Blues Obituary', 'Thank
Christ for the Bomb', 'Split' and 'Who Will Save the World'...
Now Ken Pustelnik brings you a new and exciting line-up -
Groundhogs, playing that classic material with verve and power,
and giving performances of energy and excitement that are as
fresh and relevant to the modern audience as the originals were
back in the day...
half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’, Stevie
Nimmo has been a well known and respected figure throughout the
blues and roots world for over 2 decades. Now, having toured
extensively with the critically acclaimed blues rock outfit over
the last few years, as well as taking to the road in a stripped
back, acoustic format to promote his debut solo project ‘The
Wynds of Life’, Stevie is now in full stride with his full-on,
electric, no-holds-barred trio format.
is a French twenty two
year old singer-songwriter who is inspired by musicians such as
Jimi Hendriy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His style embodies the best
of Rock and Blues, and holds such passion and talent that you
will be blown away! After touring around Switzerland and playing
several times at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival, Félix
is now taking on London with his amazing band.
Inspired by his father at the early age
of only Six years-old, Kris was already making an appearance on
stage before turning Ten. He has since gone on to spend more
than twenty years thrilling audiences throughout the globe
playing live. the UK based guitarist has extensive experience
touring in various bands, throughout the UK, Europe and USA, as
both a solo-artist & session-musician. The band are booked for
some major festivals in the UK and Europe in 2017. These include
Ramblin' Man Fair (UK), Rawa Blues Festival (Poland) and Bliuzo
Naktys (Lithuania). 2017 has seen the band complete two very
successful tours in both the UK and Europe. A published author
who has written many guitar-technique columns, books and
instructional DVD’s; Kris Barras has also been a featured
lecturer at the distinguished Academy of Music and Sound. Kris
currently writes a guitar technique column for Blues Matters
magazine. After releasing the self-titled demo EP in March 2015,
the first full length album ‘Lucky 13’ was released in April
2016. The album received worldwide acclaim and reached number 2
in both the Amazon Blues Charts and iTunes charts. The album was
also voted ‘Pick of the month’ by the Independent Blues
Broadcasters Association, as well as winning the Riviera FM 2016
'Album of the Year'. Kris was nominated for 'Blues Guitarist of
the Year 2017' by Total Guitar magazine and voted into the Top
15 Blues Guitarists in the World by Music Radar. As a side
career, Kris used to be a professional Mixed Martial Arts
fighter, training and competing in Las Vegas, Singapore and