Long Street Blues Club

Long Street Blues Club: Gigs 2016/17

Saturday 28th January 2017

Due to serious illness this gig has been cancelled.
Information about a replacement gig or refunds will follow.

Saturday 28th January 2017 - Eric Bell Band | Doors 7.45pm

Eric Bell

We are delighted to get Eric finally back to the club .He was the third act we got to the club in our early days and we are so thrilled we have managed to get him back.

Now based back in Ireland he is a far too infrequent visitor to our shores so make sure you get a ticket for this gig It is sure to sell out.

Most guitarists have a huge box of tricks at the disposal at their feet to enhance their playing. When he last played all he had was a wa wa pedal nothing else but his sheer genius. The original and many people say the best guitarist that Thin Lizzy produced, he will be forever related to Whisky in the jar and The Rocker but his hero was always Hendrix.

Bell began his career with local groups around the Belfast area, including the last incarnation of Them to feature Van Morrison, between September and October 1966. He also played with a number of other bands including Shades of Blue, The Earth Dwellers and The Bluebeats, before joining an Irish showband named The Dreams. He left in 1969 having tired of the showband format, and at the end of that year he formed a band with local musicians Phil Lynott, Eric Wrixon and Brian Downey. Bell named the group Thin Lizzy, after Tin Lizzie, a robot character in The Dandy comic.

Wrixon left Thin Lizzy after a few months, and the remaining trio later secured a contract with Decca Records. As lead guitarist, Bell played on Thin Lizzy's first three albums Thin Lizzy, Shades of a Blue Orphanage and Vagabonds of the Western World, as well as their hit single "Whiskey in the Jar". He co-wrote a number of songs with Lynott and Downey, including "The Rocker" which became a live favourite throughout the band's career. He also composed one song on his own, "Ray Gun", from their first album, Thin Lizzy. Although Thin Lizzy gained in popularity during the early 1970s, the pressures of recording, touring and the excesses of the rock star lifestyle began to take their toll.

The original and many people say the best guitarist that Thin Lizzy produced

He left the band after a New Year's Eve concert in 1973, after throwing his guitar into the air in the middle of the concert, pushing the amplifiers into the audience and storming off stage. He stated later that he had no regrets about leaving: "I really had to leave because of ill-health. It was exhaustion, and the majority of things that were available to me... I couldn't really handle it." He was temporarily replaced by Gary Moore. In 1974, after a brief period fronting his own Eric Bell Band, Bell was recruited by ex-Jimi Hendrix sideman Noel Redding, along with guitarist/singer Dave Clarke and drummer Les Sampson, to form The Noel Redding Band.

Bell was initially unsure of the musical direction Redding was taking, but went on to record two albums with the group before they split in 1976. A third album of unused tracks was released in 1995. Bell composed the song "Love and War" for the second album, Blowin'. Eric In 1980, Bell reunited with Thin Lizzy to record a tribute song to Jimi Hendrix, "Song for Jimmy" [sic], which was released as an orange flexi disc and given away with Flexipop in August 1981. It was later included on Thin Lizzy's Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels box set in 2002, although much of Eric Bell's lead guitar work was missing from this version as the relevant master tapes could not be found. Bell also appeared as a guest on Thin Lizzy's final tour in 1983, and the accompanying live album, Life.

Bell had also reactivated his own band in the late 1970s, and released an EP in 1981. Bell subsequently joined saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith's eight-piece blues rock ensemble Mainsqueeze. They toured Europe, recorded a live album in 1983, and later toured as Bo Diddley's backing group, recording the Hey... Bo Diddley: In Concert album in 1986. Bell has continued to perform and record with the Eric Bell Band throughout the 1990s and 2000s, releasing several albums. He has also recorded with the Barrelhouse Brothers. In 2005, he joined Gary Moore onstage to perform "Whiskey in the Jar" at the Phil Lynott tribute concert "The Boy Is Back in Town" in the Point Theatre, Dublin. This was released on a DVD called One Night in Dublin: A Tribute to Phil Lynott. In 2010, Bell moved from London where he had lived for many years to his new home in West Cork, Ireland. This could not be a better choice to open up proceedings for 2017.


Saturday 11th March 2017 - Giles Robson & His Band | Doors 7.45pm

Giles Robson

We welcome back the stunning Giles Robson and his amazing band after he created a real storm on his first visit almost 2 years ago.

If you want authentic Chicago blues in its raw state without being messed around with The Giles Robson Band are certainly the real deal. Giles has been rightly recognised as the best young harp player in the UK today and has received plaudits all over the world including Charlie Musselwhite who he has shared a stage with.

His reviews for his brand new album “For those who need the blues” have been praise indeed Here is just a selection of quotes and acclaim from the press:

"This is a prime example of why the blues is still relevant, still important in the 21st century, a century after its inception and 60 years after the peak of the Chicago scene that most directly inspires this release. It’s full of energy, real emotion and completely devoid of wide brush stroke pastiche or false histrionics. It creates something new, yet enticingly familiar without feeling the need to add anything from outside the real blues. Like a single malt whisky this is an album to savour, pure and full of depth, but like the tequila right next door it isn’t afraid to have a hell of a party". Charlie Musselwhite

"The entire album makes me want to drink alone in a smoky room. And I don't drink or smoke. Your harmonica playing is dizzying and great throughout (harmonica + the guitar on "G.R. Shuffle": mercy. "Sarah Lee" is an obvious and early favorite. "Summa That Good Stuff" flirts with that Black Keys, dirty bluesy rock sound that I can't get enough of."Shady Heart" fills the room. I love the mix. "Where You Been?" is slow and sexy.I also love the near-rockabilly instrumental vibe of "Andy Steps Out. You said it: It's dirty twelve bar road house blues. And I love it. Superb job!" James VanOsdel WKQX Chicago

“Giles Robson’s blues harp can only be described as exquisite. This man could well be the best harmonica player on he blues scene today” The Daily Express

“They are many living harmonica players of note, from Stevie Wonder to Giles Robson and back again” Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

A great blues night is guaranteed with this band and their great Chicago sound.

Advance Tickets are £15.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies)

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Saturday 1st April 2017 - Stevie Nimmo Trio | Doors 7.45pm

Stevie Nimmo

Stevie first appeared at the club doing acoustic support for KING KING then two barnstorming appearances with the Nimmo Brothers followed. Now we have got him back with his fine band the Stevie Nimmo Trio.

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 two 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 setting out on a new adventure in a full-on, electric, no-holds-barred trio format.

Stevie says that, although the acoustic project is extremely satisfying and allows him to showcase his voice and song writing talents in the perfect environment, sometimes "…you just want to break out the Les Paul, crank up the old orange amp and make some noise!" Which is exactly what he plans to do.

Stevie’s new cd ‘Sky Won’t Fall’ will be released worldwide on the 4th March on the Manhaton Records label and it is already being touted as a potential album of the year by those in the media fortunate enough to have received an advance copy.

Don’t miss this chance to catch an artist at the top of his game doing what he does best – standing on stage playing his own music in his own passionate, inimitable fashion. You will not be disappointed!

He is enjoying making music now as much as at any point throughout his 20 years in the business and is fully relishing the prospect of touring and performing the new songs to his ever growing army of admirers.

Don’t miss this chance to catch an artist at the top of his game doing what he does best – standing on stage playing his own music in his own passionate, inimitable fashion. You will not be disappointed!

Every time the Nimmo boys have played they have either sold out or we are left with fewer than 10 tickets to sell on the night - This gig will be the same.

Please book early in order to secure your ticket

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Saturday 22nd April 2017 - Stephen Dale Petit | Doors 7.45pm

Stephen Dale Petit (Photo Alan White)

We always like to profile new and exceptional blues talent and in Stephen Dale Petit you have someone whose star is on the rise.

In the age of the TV talent show and the corporate pop cabal, Stephen Dale Petit is leading the resistance. He’s a man on a mission, sworn to establish the blues as a dominant force in popular culture. He’s a riot-starter and rabble-rouser, blowing out speakers with the “thrusting hooligan blues anthems” Mojo said of his acclaimed studio work and he is "igniting a new venue each night with his raw, fresh energyThe Times said of his live show. He’s a genre spokesman and bluesman savant, whose BLUnivErSity lectures reboot the old masters for the modern age, while rallying new recruits to the cause. No wonder that Guitar & Bass cited Petit as “proof positive that the blues can move forward in the 21st century”.

At 46, Petit has walked a winding path to the peak of the contemporary scene. Born in California’s Joshua Tree desert – with some prescience, he was delivered by a passing doctor with a passion for blues – the acquisition of a Gibson SG at the age of 12 sparked a precocious ascent on the ’80s West Coast club circuit, where he jammed with titans including B.B. and Albert King.

Petit’s love of the British boom lured him to London in the ’90s, for a period whose dazzling collaborations (David Gilmour, Mick Jones, Eric Clapton) were offset by lost years of addiction. Thankfully, emboldened by the sharp-end experience of busking on the tube, he blazed into contention with 2008’s self-financed Guitararama album, and began the imperious march to 2010’s The Crave and 2013’s Cracking The Code (bolstered by A-list guests including Hubert Sumlin, and dubbed “rampant perfection” by The Blues).

Petit occupies a stunning middle ground between the fire of Freddie King, the instinct of Jimmy Page and the soul of Eric Clapton' - Classic Rock Magazine

In 2015, as Petit heads out in the support slot on blues-rock titan Walter Trout’s I’m Back Tour, there’s no mistaking a man who means every line, every lick, every fleck of spittle and drop of sweat. “I want to see the blues become mainstream,” he says. “I want to see it become common currency in the discourse of modern popular culture. I want to see it become blues city…"

A superb night is guaranteed just tell people you were a the beginning of a great talent.

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Saturday 13th May 2017 - Antonio Forcione Band | Doors 7.45pm

Antonio Forcione

We are making a departure from our usual tried and trusted format of blues or classic rock and are delighted to welcome one of the world's foremost acoustic jazz guitarists and his band to the club.

Antonio Forcione is an artist in every sense of the word, hailed as one of the most charismatic, unconventional guitarists at large in the musical world today. With a host of international awards under his belt, this eclectic composer never ceases to stun his audience on stage, leading him to be referred to as the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar”. His solo performances never fail to bring the house down, let alone when he is performing in duo, as a trio, or with his quartet of international musicians.

He breaks the mould of most conventional guitar sounds, be it in the field of jazz, Spanish, African, Brazilian or improvised music, with a ferocious virtuosity, passion and humour. He has shared the stage and recorded with some of the world’s most accomplished musicans including Charlie Haden, Angelique Kidjo, Trilok Gurtu, Larry Coryell, Diego el Cigala and many more (see list below) as well as supporting giants such as Phil Collins, Bobby McFerrin, Zucchero and Van Morrison amongst others.

“One of the great acoustic guitarists” (The Guardian)

“ferocious, rampaging, controlled power, meticulous and with great clarity of expression ... astonishing musical personality” (Audiophile)

Most recently Antonio has been touring and recording with the amazing singer songwriter Sarah Jane Morris wowing audiences throughout Europe. He has also been performing with Spanish flamenco star Arcangel and The Bulgarian Voices choir, touring under the name Estruna.



Over the years Antonio has released 19 albums of largely original material and has performed in festivals and theatres from as far as Australia and Indonesia to the USA, Africa, Canada, Caribbean, Turkey, Lebanon and all over Europe, especially in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the UK. He has performed at numerous charity events and his festival appearances include Womad, Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Koln, Verona, Granada, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Perth International Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, Wellington International Festival, HIFA International Arts Festival in Zimbabwe, Istanbul international Guitar Festival, Cuba - Leo Brouwer International Festival and the Machoire d’Or in Montreux amongst others.

A great way to finish off the season. We are sure everyone will be spellbound by the amazing musicianship of these players.

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