Autumn line-up at Parsons Green Sports and Social Club
Brook's Blues Bar, at Parsons Green Sports and Social Club in Broomhouse Lane, is presenting a series of live gigs throughout the autumn.
Here's what's on offer in November and December:
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5
LITTLE TOBY WALKER
Little Toby Walker makes his Brooks Blues debut tonight.
Toby - winner of the prestigious Memphis International Blues Challenge Award, is an exceptionally gifted finger-style guitarist, singer, songwriter & storyteller whose music draws from traditional and contemporary blues, roots, western swing and ragtime. This is one helluva performer, as well as being a really nice guy - it’s been said of Toby that he’s a man who can capture the soul in torment, the soaring wings of love as well as the low-down and dirty side of life. He’s a raconteur, translator, interpreter and composer for the human condition. Arguably, one of the finest Piedmont and Delta influenced guitar players alive. He is steeped in the tradition of men and women who made their guitar a mirror of the sweat, blood and tears of life. Toby’s ancient National rings with the power that only a soul man can give and his electric forays are stirring reminders of the emotional impact that music an make on the maker and receiver.
He won the Best Instrumental Album category for his 2010 release "Speechless ~ For Once" in the prestigious New York Music Awards. This is a major award as a glance at just a handful of some of the other winners will show you....Gil Scott-Heron, Suzanne Vega, Lady Gaga (well you can't always choose the company you keep!!), Bob Dylan & Mose Allison...the list goes on.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19
The Spikedrivers take their inspiration from their American roots and the country’s rich musical heritage. Their song writing, vocal harmonies and unique instrumentation create an atmosphere which takes you on a journey, from southern jukejoints and lazy front porches to the huge open spaces of dust bowls and railroad tracks disappearing into the distance…
Ben Tyzack, (guitar, vocals & harmonica). Raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Ben picked up his passion for the blues while growing up in the deep south. Once he heard the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Doc Watson in his father’s record collection the decision to play guitar was an easy one. He formed the Spikedrivers in 1992 and continues to develop the band’s sound. Constance Redgrave (bass guitar, vocals & percussion).from Hollywood, California, learned her craft at the Musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles. Her obvious talent landed her the gig with 'Christian Death' who were just about to leave for a European tour. Now living in London she has gone on to play with Otis Grand, Steve Cropper, Anson Funderburgh, Hank Wangford, and Chris Jagger, among many others.
Maurice McElroy (drums, vocals & percussion), a "veteran blues drummer" according to Blueprint Magazine, Maurice originally hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Nicknamed 'The Groove Meister' by the Earl Green Band, his credits include Otis Grand, Larry Garner, Philip Walker, Robert Ward, Guitar Shorty, Wes McGhee, and Lee Sankey.
SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER
PAUL MILLNS QUARTET
"If there was any justice in the musical world, he would be filling the biggest halls in the land’’ THE SCOTSMAN
"His music defies categories, spanning earthy blues ,love ballads, soul, rock and jazz. He has one of the most expressive voices you will ever hear, and he uses it to bring out all the emotions he packs into some superb lyrics’’ MUSIC WEEK
Formerly pianist for blues stars like Alexis Korner and Eric Burdon, Paul Millns has long since been recognized in Europe as an outstanding singer and songwriter, now with his fourteenth solo album CALLING ALL CLOWNS recently released in Europe. His songs have been recorded by singers such as Elkie Brooks and Bonnie Tyler, his music is featured in TV and movie soundtracks.
Paul has brought together an outstanding band for his Brooks Blues Bar appearance.
NICK PENTELOW, SAX - one of the most respected players in UK noted for his soulful style, has graced many Bands and CDs including GARY MOORE and ROGER CHAPMAN
BILL GIBBARD, BASS - great bass player and singer, toured the world with many bands including the renowned ALBERT LEE BAND
RICHARD HUDSON, DRUMS - famous for being one of the founding members of the folk rock band STRAWBS, plus hits with his own HUDSON/FORD group.
All have played and toured with Paul for many years.
The bar serves drinks at club prices and the clubs also offers a two course meal, with a fixed price £12 for main course with choice of dessert or cheese which must be ordered in advance at the time of booking. This is not a restaurant or pub, so you are promised good simple home cookin’.
For priority booking, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the club on 020 7736 1401 between noon and 3pm and after 6pm.
October 21, 2011