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Ladies Of The Blues At Lincoln Alive

Local blues enthusiasts are in for a very special treat, when the Ladies Of The Blues Tour, featuring the combined talents of Connie Lush, Kyla Brox and Erja Lyytinen arrives at Alive in Lincoln on Saturday 24th March, the fourth show of their tour and it’s going to be a very special night indeed because these are some of the most acclaimed female vocalists in the world and they’re all at the very top of their game.

Connie Lush

Connie grew up in Liverpool and was singing in her church and school choirs from the age of five. Regarded as one of the finest blues singers in the UK, five times winner of best UK vocalist and twice European Blues vocalist of the year, she has performed at some of Europe’s most prestigious festivals, wowed audiences from Moscow to LA and toured the UK with the late, great BB King culminating in an unforgettable night at the Royal Albert Hall. Twenty years into her award winning career, entertaining audiences in thirty countries throughout the world, Connie Lush has arrived at a new beginning. As BB King said “That woman makes my heart sing”.

Kyla Brox

Born in Lancashire in 1980 and introduced to the passion of Afro-American music at first hand by her blues singing father, Victor, Kyla’s voice is a stunning example of the soul singer’s art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. Whether fronting the mighty Kyla Brox Band, or harnessing undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and life partner Danny Blomeley, Kyla is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation. You can have a look and listen to Kyla on YouTube singing “If You See Him” and other great tracks.

Erja Lyytinen

Erja was born in Finland and quickly emerged as an artist to watch in her native country. Since first setting foot in a recording studio she has become a bona fide star in her homeland and a celebrated fixture on the international music scene. She has recorded nine studio albums in locations as diverse as Helsinki, Memphis and Clarksdale, Mississippi, earning numerous awards and honours along the way. Erja is equally at home in traditional and modern blues and has never been afraid to incorporate jazz, pop and soul elements into her work. Erja was described by City Life as “an authentic soul diva … sensitive, sexy and with infinite reserves of sassiness”.

Lincoln Alive is located at 22 Newland, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN1 1XD
Advance tickets are £18.00 + bf and can be purchased by calling 01472 349 222 or online at www.solidentertainments.com

“blues music has never sounded …. or looked so good”.

WARD THOMAS: THE ENGINE SHED, LINCOLN – LIVE REVIEW

Credible British country music artists tend to be somewhat thin on the ground but with the arrival on the scene of Hampshire based duo Ward Thomas, (made up of sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas) it certainly looks as though UK fans might have some top drawer home grown talent to cheer about for once. Call it the Nashville effect or the C2C effect, call it the Whispering Bob effect, but British country music is on the up.

Ward Thomas have two excellent albums to their names including Cartwheels, a UK number one album earlier this year, (and not the UK country charts either, the real proper chart), recorded in Nashville with Bobby Blazier and Chris Rodriguez, who have worked with Wynonna Judd and Shania Twain respectively and they have a deal with Sony who appear to be prepared to invest some serious effort in them. It’s pretty clear where Ward Thomas see their trajectory and it’s right up there where Taylor Swift is leading the way.

They certainly write terrific country pop songs, not those huge lumbering epics that some country artists prefer but sweet little songs about love and aspiration and their voices are superb, with just the right amount of heartache and Southern twang without it getting silly. So for my part their show at Lincoln Engine Shed on Thursday 25th May is about finding out whether they can carry it off live and the answer is that they can do it in style.

Extra security checks mean that we only get to see the last couple of songs from openers Wildwood Kin which is a shame because from what little we heard their harmonies were terrific, particularly on their cover of Crosby, Stills and Nash’s Helplessly Hoping. They’ve got a packed schedule of summer festivals on the way and if you get the chance to see them you should definitely take it.

Whatever the little bit of magic is that turns country music into gold Ward Thomas have oodles of it and then some. They take turns at lead vocal and their four piece band are as sharp as you could wish and they switch between the Roadhouse style bluesy swingers and the softer ballad style numbers easily, performing an acoustic section mid show by way of variety.

Highlights include Town Called Ugley which recalls The Mamas & The Papas Creeque Alley, Cartwheels and the new single Material and they round the show off with Push For The Stride, the opening track from 2014’s From Where We Stand, probably the first Ward Thomas song that many of the crowd tonight heard and just about the perfect way to finish. It’s a song full of platitudes, I’ll give you that, but it’s a song that gets even the most curmudgeonly of us, (that would be me), tapping their toes and as we leave we’re all smiling and singing as we scour the pavement for an authentic looking stalk of corn to chew on.

Lincoln Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival

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Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack top the bill for a fantastic day of blues at The Engine Shed

There’s a terrific line up at the 3rd Lincoln Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival which takes place at The Engine Shed on Sunday 15th May.

Topping the bill are the always excellent Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, firm favourites of rock and blues fans everywhere! Webb put the first incarnation of the band together back in 1965 and they’ve been playing, with some variations in the line up, ever since. They show no sign of slowing down, continually touring the UK and Europe to packed houses and rave reviews. In 1997 Stan received the Blue Heart Award for services to Blues in Germany, the previous recipient had been BB King. During his career Webb has played and recorded with the very best, including, Stevie Wonder, Howling Wolf, Taj Mahal, Peter Green and Canned Heat, whom he joined on guitar for a UK tour following the departure of the band’s guitarist…………what else is there to say!

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The bill will also includes –

Corky Laing – legendary Mountain drummer, songwriter, singer and raconteur.

The Stevie Nimmo Trio – featuring one 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 20 years!

Albany Down – with their stripped-down-to-the-waist no nonsense rock and roll mixed with a bit of R&B, jazz and funk, all with a heartfelt vintage sensitivity and contemporary aggressive energy!

Red Butler – winners of the UK Blues Challenge in 2015, this year will see the band represent the UK in competition with 20 other European countries, at the 6th European Blues Challenge in Italy!

The Rainbreakers – a melting pot of musicianship, blending classic blues with modern styles.

Tickets are available via www.lincolnbluesfestival.co.uk, at The Engine Shed or at Solid Entertainments in Wellowgate, Grimsby. There’s also a card hotline, details on the poster opposite.

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This feature also appears in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition