Martin is a Belfast born multi award winning artist who burst
onto the music scene in 2019
unique guitar style and voice, captivating audiences everywhere.
stuﬀ” Classic Rock
Magazine - "The Belfast guitarist is a sprawling talent" Walter
Trout - "Dom Martin is amazing! A unique, genuine, vital artist"
once in a
Britain Magazine -
"Now and again you stumble across a rare
talent of such sheer genius
Dom Martin is one such talent"
"Dom Martin is an absolutely fabulous
& Blues Muse
star in the
global roots scene. Jump
aboard now before he passes you by"
Instrumentalist of The Year - 2023 UK Blues Awards
Instrumentalist of The Year - 2022 UK Blues Awards
the UK Blues
Award) Acoustic Act of The Year - 2022 UK
Act of The Year - 2021 UK Blues Awards Acoustic Act of The Year
- 2020 UK Blues Awards Best
fairly unique in that he is an extremely talented multi award
winning performer both as a solo acoustic act (Dom Martin) and
as a power rock trio (Dom Martin & Band). His ability to perform
both shows at large festivals is attractive to festival
organisers looking for quality shows for different stages.
unassuming musician is another ﬁne product of the Belfast music
factory responsible for Sir Van Morrison, Gary Moore, Paul
Brady, Brian Kennedy, Foy Vance and many more.
has released his first-ever
Christmas album, This Season. With covers of five Yuletide
classics and five originals destined to become seasonal
classics, the album offers something for everyone. "When I was a
kid," he recalls, "my mom always had Christmas records playing
in the house. There's such a great tradition of Christmas albums
across just about every genre of music. It's something I've
always wanted to do, and when I started writing these new songs
I realized this was the time to do it."
Loomis not only shows off his songwriting
and musical chops here, but his production skills are also on
deft display as originals and classics seamlessly blend together
to create an almost-perfect holiday vibe.
Strays are lifelong friends, songwriters and country boys –
Joseph James and James Cameron – from Bristol, England who are
fast carving out a niche of their own in the UK Americana scene.
Their music is a cathartic celebration of alternative roots
americana and blues rock.
Their songs focus on the dirt that life
throws at you and how struggle can be transformed into something
better. The prolific songwriting duo draw influences from
classic sounds such as Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Fleetwood Mac
and modern retro inspired acts like Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark
Jr and the Black Keys.
From the rock and roll circumstances of
their first meeting, in a sand pit in playgroup 30 odd years
ago, they have completed countless UK tours, supported bands as
diverse as My Baby and Elles Bailey, been jump started by Keith
Allen, played by BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 4, played their
first European dates, survived 70+ festival shows at prestigious
festivals like Green Man, Boom Town, Larmer Tree and Shambala
and have been featured on the Spotify’s Nu-Blue and Modern Blues
2021 sees a year’s hard work behind the
scenes coming to fruition. A recent invite to showcase at the
prestigious UK AmericanaFest, a debut album and a performance at
Black Deer Festival all on the horizon. With or without live
shows, True Strays are not giving up on their musical calling.
touring blues rock powerhouse Catfish are making waves on the
music scene in the UK and Europe. In 2018 they won the UK
Blues Award for Blues Act of the Year (England) to add to their
2016 British Blues Award. This year they were nominated for
three UK Blues awards, winning two of them - Band of the Year
and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year (Matt Long).
In the last few years, they have played
at almost every major UK blues festival and have established
themselves as a real force in the British blues scene. They now
tour regularly in Europe and, although their tours in March and
April plus most of the summer festivals have been cancelled this
year due to Covid-19, they still have a November tour of Europe
in the diary.
Their first two albums 'So Many Roads'
and ‘Broken Man’ both reached no. 1 in the IBBA airplay charts.
The second of these, ‘Broken Man’, was also nominated for a
UK Blues Award and was named album of the year by the IBBA.
Their current album 'Burning Bridges' was released in May 2019
and has received excellent reviews from the UK and European
music press. It was the third most played album by the
Independent Blues Broadcasters Association in 2019 and has been
nominated for a UK blues award for 2020 as album of the year.
troubadour Connor Selby signed to Provogue Records in December
2022 and has released his major label debut, the self titled
Connor Selby to critical acclaim. One of the brightest talents
on the UK blues scene. He has been voted “Young Artist of the
Year” at the UK Blues Awards for the last three consecutive
years (2020, 2021, 2022) and he already has an impressive venue
checklist, including Wembley Stadium, where he opened for The
Who in July 2019 and has since gone on to play Hyde Park,
London, with Pearl Jam, Stereophonics and Johnny Marr in the
summer of 2022. Connor has also had a productive 2023 touring
the UK as the opening act for Blues and Rock Luminaries Robert
Cray and Beth Hart. Connor is also due to embark on a headline
tour in October of 2023.
There’s a timeless
melancholic quality to his music. Relatable in its honesty and
openness, he draws from anxiety and vulnerability but delivers
it with a world-worn elegance. The sky is the limit for Selby,
who, along with awards, has picked up numerous plays on BBC
Radio 2. It’s easy to see why with his soulful blend of blues
and his emotionally introspective songwriting, which sits
alongside his impressive armoury of guitar playing.
a decade ago Backbone Blues Band’s story began in a field. Two
bandmates having a beer and talking music at the Blues on the
Farm festival. ‘My sister’s been going to the King Biscuit
Festival for years’ says one. ‘We should go!’
that year the fledgling band made its first trip to the
Mississippi Delta, cementing a love for the music and firing a
desire to make Backbone a band that plays the blues in its own
style - faithful to the genre but distinctive and entertaining
in its delivery. More than ten years on, and with as many trips
to the Biscuit in that time, the band has earned friends and
plaudits both sides of the Atlantic.
Their fourth album, ‘old new borrowed blues’, enjoyed extensive
radio coverage on blues shows and was extremely well received.
Something of a watershed recording, it represents an homage to
much missed lead singer Duncan Highet, whose passing left the
band mourning the loss of a great friend. It also signposted the
band’s way forward, with guitarist Tony Seaman stepping in to
the lead vocal role, and new members Luke (Duncan’s son) on
bass, and guitarist Martin Spellman bringing their own talents
to the Backbone sound. Steve Pearce on keys and Martin Jezzard
on drums complete the band personnel.
This year’s trip to the Delta sees the band making their second
main stage appearance at the Biscuit - we believe the only
non-US band to have played the festival more than once - and
includes a return to Morgan Freeman’s iconic Ground Zero blues
club in Clarksdale, where the band’s performances have enjoyed
an enthusiastic following.
In the U.K. the band have built a reputation for delivering
their blues in an entertaining and engaging style, with
performances at a number of festivals and blues clubs, including
the award-winning Tuesday Blues at the 100 Club. They’re already
booked for the Looe festival on their return from the States,
and for Blackpool’s inaugural blues festival in early ‘24. Catch
them if you can, live or on record - you’ll like what you hear!
Armstrong is a multi-award nominated singer-songwriter and
entertainer from Surrey, UK, known for her impressive vocal
range, dynamic songwriting and unmatched stage presence. Her
voice and songs vary widely in emotional tone and are a common
addition to Joe Bonamassa’s personal Spotify playlists.
An Alice Armstrong show promises a soulful, genre-busting
performance packed with world class musicianship and wry British
repartee. Her personal and provocative content is heavily
infused with soul, blues, funk, rock and jazz, and is served
with an enigmatic performance reminiscent of the likes of B.B.
King, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner (with a touch of
Maria Callas), leaving the awed audience laughing, crying and
tapping their feet in equal measure.
Brown is synonymous with his 1968 hit “Fire” and the
Hammond-driven “Crazy World” line-up which spawned it. However,
his ‘God of Hellfire’ burned out fast and, in 1970, he returned
with a new project: the prog-festival freak-show Kingdom Come
followed by a varied solo career. Those initial four band
albums, by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and by Kingdom Come
are thrilling, as tend to be Brown’s cameos on other peoples’
Best known for his
flamboyant theatrical performances and his powerful, wide-
ranging operatic voice. He has been a major influence on a wide
range of musicians due to his outstanding vocal ability and wild
stage persona and concepts. He is considered a pioneer of shock
rock and progressive rock and influential on heavy metal music.
He associated with Jimi
Hendrix, The Who, Frank Zappa, Hawkwind, Klaus Schultze and
Alice Cooper and made a cameo appearance in the cult film “The
Committee” and also “Tommy”. His countless collaborations
include The Alan Parsons Project, The Stranglers and The
His best-known single
“Fire” hit number 1 in the UK singles chart and Canada, and a
number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The album “The Crazy World
Of Arthur Brown” had top ten success on both sides of the
Atlantic. Following “Fire”, the press would often refer to Brown
as “The God of Hellfire”, in reference to the opening shouted
line of the song.
Arthur shows no signs of
stopping or slowing down and continues to record and release
hugely inspiring music, including his most recent release “Long,
Long Road” (2022) and the launch of his new multi-media show “A