Long Street Blues Club

Long Street Blues Club: Gigs 2022


Saturday 20th August 2022 - SKINNY MOLLY | Doors 7.45pm

Skinny Molly

Back by overwhelming popular demand - Blues Club favourites Skinny Molly. The band are doing select club dates in between UK festivals and Devizes is one of their preferred choices!

This band is a major force on the Southern Rock scene. Skinny Molly's mantra is "Never let one fan leave a show disappointed"

The music and live reputation of the band caught the attention of legendary Ruf Records label president Thomas Ruf. Skinny Molly subsequently signed a deal with Ruf Records, becoming the second "southern rock" band to be signed in the wake of Ruf's expansion into the genre. At the time of the signing, Skinny Molly was in the studio cutting what would become their new and widely acclaimed CD, "Haywire Riot" released last year.

This is no retro act though... these guys stand on solid songs, unique playing and creative instrumentation and arrangements to make even the most jaded rock fan (or even country or blues fan) a fan for life. Jump on and enjoy the ride!

Their live sets are awesome so expect the modern southern rock they are known for mixed in with all the Skynyrd classics. They have sold out on the all the times they have been to the club. This will be no exception.

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Saturday 8th October 2022 - EDDIE MARTIN'S BIG BLUES BAND | Doors 7.45pm

Eddie Martin

...“with house-rocking slide and Buddy- Guy-like pyrotechnics..he is among the UK’s most respected blues musicians....” The Times

London-born Martin was weened on a folk, electric blues and classic rock soup that left him as at home with acoustic as electric instruments and imbued him with deep respect for the music’s Afro-American roots. 

 A prolific songwriter since the age of 16, his albums have ranged from One-Man-Band to Big Band to Power-Rock trio as he has wrung every drop of inspiration and instrumental technique out of Blues tradition and pushed it ever outwards with his own writing. 

 Touring 35 countries with 15 acclaimed original albums and a string of National and International Awards and Nominations (including Winner, Best Solo Artist category in 2018 European Blues Awards) he has become known as “The Ambassador of British Blues”.

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Friday 14th October 2022 | From the USA - BLACK SABBITCH | Corn Exchange, Devizes

Black Sabbitch

Since 2011, the all female Black Sabbitch have been selling out shows and wowing even the most difficult to please Sabbath worshipers, gaining a rabid fan base and the respect of critics, fans and musicians alike. 

They were hand picked by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne to open the inaugural Ozzfest and by Nick Zinner of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs to headline his curated festival Bedrocktoberfest.

 In 2018 Black Sabbitch were picked by legendary street artist Shepard Fairey to play the opening of his Black Sabbath retrospective, Never Say Die and by Dave Grohl to play Cal Jam with Foo Fighters and Iggy Pop, after which the FooFighters shared photos of Black Sabbitch saying "we were spellbound".

 Electroclash superstar Peaches recently sat in as lead vocalist with Black Sabbitch for a special two night run in Los Angeles. The LA Weekly recently said of Black Sabbitch. "Finally Black Sabbitch took the stage and pretty much melted everyones' faces. The all-female Black Sabbath... were not only talented — nailing every note of the legendary group's familiar repertoire — but were captivating to an almost distracting level. Looking up at them from the crowd (which had erupted into a mosh pit...) I couldn't help but wonder what these women's stories were. They emanated the effortless cool of rock and roll, but with about 10 extra ounces of sexy confidence... LA WEEKLY

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MIKE ZITO & ALBERT CASTIGLIA with their Band  - BLOOD BROTHERS TOUR
Sunday 16th October 2022
Plus special support from Liam Alexander Ward and Malcolm Thorne.

Blood Brothers Blues Tour

Mike Zito blew the roof of the club last February. 

We do not usually book returning acts in such a short space of time. However when we discovered that Mike was teaming up with Albert Castaglia an artist we had been trying to book for ages for this special tour we simply had to book them. 

Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia come together to create a musical journey unlike anything seen before in the Blues and Roots genre. Armed with a history of the Blues and Rock 'n' Roll, they bring both bands together to create the tour of 2022, "Blood Brothers." 

Mike Zito is a five-time Blues Music Award winner and Albert Castiglia is the 2020 BMA winner for Blues Rock Album of the Year, Masterpiece. With both artists on the exciting Gulf Coast Records label, it only made sense to join forces and give the fans what they wanted. 

The "Blood Brothers" tour is a high-energy show of epic proportions! Daring and full of excitement, Albert and Mike come together in 2022 to bring you the most-awaited tour in years, "Blood Brothers"! 

This will be one master class in the blues! 

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From the USA - ALASTAIR GREENE BAND | Saturday 5th November 2022

Alastair Greene

Alastair Greene has never followed the norm when it comes to his music. Hailing from Southern California and a part of their music scene, he’s been playing and touring for close to 3 decades. Whether it’s Blues, Southern Rock, or other genres, he’s been constantly playing all over the place.

As a youth, he took piano lessons and played the saxophone before discovering the guitar in high school. ‘80s heavy rock icons Iron Maiden and Def Leppard brought motivational thunder. Then, a vintage and seminal sound- the Blues- changed Greene’s course. Records by B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, The Allman Brothers Band, and Stevie Ray Vaughan exposed the burgeoning guitarist to a trove of musical treasure.

A much in-demand guitarist and vocalist, Greene traveled the world, touring with the legendary Alan Parsons Live Project from 2010 – 2017, as well as stints with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and, most recently, Blues Music Award-winner Sugaray Rayford.

 

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CERES with LONGCROFT Promotions presents at the Corn Exchange, Devizes     
Friday 11th November 2022 - BEAUX GRIS GRIS and the APOCALYPSE | Doors 7.45pm

Beaux Gris Gris and the Apocalypse

This is a triumphant homecoming gig for Hoax members Robin Davey and Mark Barrett. Based in California this band has seen a meteoric rise. With two albums under their belt and now heavily featured by Planet Rock this will be one special gig to savour.

Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse is the musical creation of Greta Valenti and Robin Davey. The pair met when their respective bands crossed paths on YouTube, having already established themselves as performers and musicians. When LouderSounds preaches “Let Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse twist yer melons and remind you of the wonder of life” it might be because the band vibe is easier to pin down than their unique take on the roots genres. Rockshot Magazine elaborates “This extremely entertaining collective is a New Orleans-inspired, American blues-folk-soul band, who refuse to be pigeon-holed”

To fully understand Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse is to experience the band live, a mix of soulful songs, intense energy, and world-class award-winning musicianship. RhythmBooze summed up the show finale as “A mind-boggling, blistering finish with everything thrown in including the kitchen sink...truly memorable”

Beaux Gris Gris and The Apocalypse debut album Love & Murder spurned Top 10 hits in genre charts across Europe. The albums wide-reaching appeal earned it a #13 placement in the “Top 50 Albums of the year” by Classic Rock Magazine, describing it as “A sensual, vibrant cocktail“

Guitarist Robin Davey was the youngest ever inductee into the British Blues Hall of Fame. He spent time as an artist on Atlantic and Interscope Records, and has recorded with a wide spectrum of artists from Mick Jagger to Katy Perry. Multi-award-winning vocalist and songwriter Greta Valenti is Louisiana-born-and-bred creative with generations of her family dating back before the Louisiana purchase. Her rock outfit Well Hung Heart (OCMA’s Best Live Band) toured the USA opening for the likes of Fitz & The Tantrums, Twenty One Pilots, Foreigner, and Offspring. 

While Beaux Gris Gris is the musical arm of their creativity, the pair have also established their own multi-award winning creative agency, Grow Vision, as a sought-after multimedia content and development team. Daryl Hall asked them to direct and produce his TV show Live From Daryl’s House for Viacom, elevating the show from a 30 min syndicated TV show to a 1 hour, dolby surround premium mainstay on VH1 and MTV Live. Their latest feature documentary The Unbelievable Plight of Mrs. Wright has won over 50 film festival awards and secured distribution through Gravitas Ventures. Their visual work on the Taco Bell 50th Anniversary celebrations secured them a prestigious W3 Award. The duo are currently producing a documentary on blues veteran Larry McCray for Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping The Blues Alive Records.

Having headlined festivals across Europe, including Upton Festival (UK), The Great British R&B Festival (UK), Moulin (Netherlands) and Blues Alive (Czech Republic), the band were nominated for Band of the Year at the European Blues Awards.

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DOUBLE HEADER!
HARDWICKE CIRCUS & ALEX VOYSEY BLUES TRIO | Saturday 19th November 2022

Hardwicke Circus

Hardwicke Circus are fast building a reputation as the most exciting band to emerge from the UK in recent years. Having gained a large internet following, and fans all over the UK through playing countless live shows, this band has what it takes to go all the way. 

 Watching them live only enforces this belief. Their sound brings comparisons with the brio of the E Street Band and the dark passion of classic Doors, but with plenty of British authenticity and perhaps even a hint of Dexy's in their high voltage attack.""Meet the five-piece band who are not only turning heads with the confident glide in their stride; they're literally bulletproof” - Paul Sexton (Sunday Times) 

 Proudly based in the border city of Carlisle, Hardwicke Circus have played over 150 gigs this year - supporting Bob Dylan & Neil Young in Hyde Park, Madness, Alabama 3, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats and The Blockheads. They have gigged at the legendary Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, headlined the Yam Riot Stage at Kendal Calling and gained airplay on BBC Introducing, Radio 1, Radio 2 & 6 Music. 

HC have recently completed a four month residency at the famous Hope & Anchor in London and have just released their third EP. In March 2020 they play the legendary South by Southwest Festival in Austin Texas, USA.

The first local band to sell out their hometown venue “The Brickyard” four months in advance, Hardwicke Circus have added a second night - playing two sell out hometown gigs back-to-back. With every new show, more and more fans get on board, because this is a group where there's so much to watch as well as to listen to. The focal point of it all is lead singer and chief songwriter Jonny Foster, who draws the eye as he exudes all of the 'Brown Sugar'- era swagger of Jagger. But on stage and on record, there's also an echo of the energy of such modern-day heroes as Arcade Fire. “It's a very visual thing, and I think people like to see the seven of us on stage,” avows Foster. “You don't really find that in modern bands. I've always liked the big band and I always aspired to play in one, with cinematic songs. To have six people channel that same vision, I think we're really lucky.”

 “Imagine The Rolling Stones creating an album with The Doors jamming with Primal Scream...This is Hardwicke Circus. Transforming their influences into their own originality, this night was one to remember for some time to come.” "One the best gigs I've ever seen; raw visceral rock music, before it all got too damn perfect and corporate" "Every so often a band comes along that has something special. This is a young band with talent to burn and huge potential" Their ever expanding army shows no sign of stopping.

Alex Voysey Trio

Following a barnstorming support slot earlier we have been inundated to get Alex Voysey back so opening tonight's show is his highly rated trio.

Relatively new to the scene and at 26 now a rising star in the blues world, the Alex Voysey Blues Trio shows are packed with incredible guitar performances, phenomenal musicianship, breath-taking grooves and riffs, and a deep passion for blues.

The band bring together new and virtuosic twists on great artists from Robert Johnson and BB King through Stevie Ray Vaughan, to the more lyrical blues of Eric Clapton and John Mayer, right up to contemporary artists Joe Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw Taylor and many more in between, plus Alex's original blues material from his debut album ‘Head In A Blur’ released last year and forthcoming release ‘Blues In Isolation’ coming soon. 

"A brilliant night – Alex Voysey’s guitar playing is out of this world.

Heavily inspired by the prowess of Joe Bonamassa, Alex is fast becoming a leading exponent of his virtuosic and complex blues writing. Together with Ben Hands on bass and Paul Arthurs on kit, the trio bring diverse musical backgrounds to the table but share a huge breadth of experience between them and revel in their shared love of blues.

Whatever your passion, look no further for consummate musicianship and a show not to be missed.

Alex Voysey is not only a superb musician but plays with a feeling and a passion that is true to the meaning of the blues.

See two amazing bands for only £15!

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BUTCH HOPKINS MEMORIAL GIG


Friday 16th December 2022 - Devizes Corn Exchange | All profits go to Dorothy House

The Unravelling Wilburys and Kingstreet Turnaround featuring Jon Amor and special guest Innes Sibun | Venue Devizes Corn Exchange | Doors 7:45pm

My brothers memorial gig has been moved to Friday 16th December at Devizes Corn Exchange

This special memorial gig is a special celebration of the life my younger brother Andrew Butch Hopkins. This will simply be one special night.

There will be a very high demand for tickets and all profits will go to Dorothy House.

ON SALE NOW - Advance Tickets are £20.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £22.50 on the door

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XMAS PARTY!
Friday 23rd December 2022 - GEE BABY I LOVE YOU | Doors 7.45pm

Gee Baby I Love You

End the year in style with Bristol's favourite SOUL band at our XMAS bash. The first club visit for this iconic UK soul band. This will be a fitting end to a huge year of live music.

A tight, horn-orientated band, famed for their live shows. Widely hailed as the UK's leading soul cover exponents, the band's motto is 'passion and respect' - and that's what they bring to every performance!

Gee Baby I Love You - many years in the making - blended, matured and still going strong!

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Long Street Blues Club: Gigs 2023


CHICAGO LIVING LEGENDS | Friday 13th January 2023 | Doors 7.45pm

Chicago Blues Legends

We welcome the Chicago Living Legends to our club. This is the biggest show we have put on in nearly fifteen years of the Long Street Blues Club.

A show featuring some of the biggest Chicago stars and many upcoming faces being brought together for one show.

Billy Branch (Chicago USA) - Blues giant Billy Branch is among today's greatest harmonica players. With his inventive, deeply rooted playing and gritty, soulful vocals, Branch carries on the Chicago blues tradition that he learned first-hand from icons including Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, Willie Dixon and many others. 

His famous teachers made it clear to anyone who would listen that Branch was the heir apparent to the Chicago blues harmonica throne. Branch is among the very last living bluesmen to have been tutored and mentored by the original blues giants. The young bluesman was able to absorb the tradition and over the years develop a style and sound all his own. 

With a huge blues vocabulary and dynamic versatility, Branch brings elements of soul, funk and rock to his playing. His upper register licks and his emotional, melodic ballad playing define his sound even further. He is a gruff and potent vocalist, a groundbreaking solo artist, an in-demand session player and consummate band leader. He is an Emmy Award Winner, three-time Grammy nominee, a three-time Blues Music Award winner, a two-time Keeping The Blues Alive Award winner (for Education) and a two-time Living Blues Critics' Award winner. Branch has recorded eleven albums under his own name and has appeared on scores of other recordings.

"An incredible package featuring the greatest living examples of the art of Chicago Blues both from the established verterans of the scene and the “Youngblood” talent be prepared for an incredible concert experience.

John Primer (Chicago USA) - Lead guitarist of the Muddy Waters Band and preceding that, the Willie Dixon band and then after Muddy’s death an integral part of the Magic Slim Band the Blues Music 2x grammy nominated and Blues Music Award winning Chicago Blues Legend has gone on to become an incredible front man and an internationally renowned solo artist in his own right. Since his debut solo album “The Real Deal” on Atlantic Records his career has Been a nonstop triumph - from great award winning recordings to international touring and unforgettable live performances John has fulfilled and continues to fulfil the dreams of success in music that he had when he made his first guitar attached to the front porch out of a broom wire, two nails and a brick to make it tight at his house on sharecropper land deep in the Mississippi. 

Jamiah Rogers (Chicago USA) - Personally Handpicked by Billy Branch as example of a rising star and young living legend of Chicago Blues, Jamiah Rogers has the virtuosic guitar chops, incredible voice and showmanship of a legend and at only 26 has decades of incredible work waiting for him! He has traveled to Canada and Europe to play several international music festivals including the Montreal International Jazz and Blues Festival. The band continues to play local venues and festivals in the U.S. and Canada and toured France as part of the new generation blues tour. The tour started in Paris and traveled through 14 cities and towns covering south and west France. 

Special guests Bruce Katz (New York USA) and Giles Robson (UK) - The legendary keyboardist bruce Katz and renowned UK harmonica virtuoso Giles Robson first worked together on Alligator/Munich Records Journey To The Heart Of The Blues which won a Blues Music Music Award and was a Living Blues album of the decade. Collaborating once more on Robson’s “Don’t Give Up On The Blues” the album went on to be named a Mojo Magazine album of the year and Jefferson blues magazine (the world’s oldest in print blues magazine) called it the best blues release of the year.

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Saturday 18th February 2023 - ERIC BELL BAND | Doors 7.45pm

Eric Bell

We are delighted to welcome Thin Lizzy founding member and original guitarist Eric Bell and his Band to the club.

The original and up with the best guitarists to play with Thin Lizzy he will be forever be associated with Whisky in the Jar and The Rocker which were staples of the bands live sets.

Eric played with Van Morrison in the back end of Them before helping form Thin Lizzy. He has since played with many artists and formed his own band.

There is likely to be HUGE DEMAND for tickets for this gig so we STRONGLY ADVISE you buy your tickets as soon as possible.

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Saturday 15th April 2023 | BILLY WALTON BAND | Doors 7.45pm

Billy Walton Band

After one of the finest gigs we have ever seen at the club we had to get the "house band" back as soon as possible! 

 If we had to put our hand on our heart and pick out the best band to have played the club over the last decade this would be the band. They have now replaced King King as the house band of Long Street Blues Club!

Truly a product of his New Jersey roots, and a graduate of the same late-night jam scene which taught Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny their chops, Billy has been a member of the legendary Asbury Jukes for the last five years and has supported The Boss himself. Yet his funky blues deserves huge recognition on its own merits. The time has come for Billy to take his place in the pantheon of Jersey greats.

Yet his funky blues deserves huge recognition on its own merits. The time has come for Billy to take his place in the pantheon of Jersey greats.

"True guitar hero fronting an old-school rock’n’soul band, you might describe Billy Walton as ‘Jimi Ray Clapton’ or ‘Exile On E Street’ – a man who will take you on a journey through the American rock and blues landscape.

There was a time when the Jersey Shore represented the best in American entertainment. Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, the Rat Pack, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, they all made stops on the Jersey Shore. Tony Mart’s was the club Levon Helm was playing when Dylan called. Of course we all know what happened in Asbury Park. The town, ravaged by riots in the late 60’s, became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up were the norm. Bruce Springsteen & Southside Johnny were the two acts that made their way to an international stage from these humble beginnings.

For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different. Billy’s proving ground was Long Beach Island. There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He always was up for a jam and looking to learn some tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step up to center stage with the Billy Walton Band.

The band has focused its’ effort in Europe. 13 tours since 2007 have established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. In 2010 Billy got the call to join in with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For years Billy toured with the Jukes. Most people don’t know that the creative force behind Southside was none other than Little Steven. A highpoint in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s most acclaimed release, Hearts of Stone, with Little Steven.

Rest assured this gig will be a total sell out in record time so you have to get tickets for this show as early as possible.

This gig is bound to sell out again!

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Saturday 24th June 2023 - Earl Slick Band | Doors 7.45pm

Earl Slick We are absolutely delighted to welcome the ultimate sideman to the club.  Earl Slick and his band.

Earl Slick gained his reputation as a guitarist on the New York music scene in the early 1970s

David Bowie's guitarist for many years. Earl appeared on the the Diamond Dogs and Serious Moonlight tours amongst many others. He played lead guitar on Bowie's iconic Young Americans and Station to Station as well as a number of Bowie's later albums, including his penultimate album. 

Slicky has worked with everyone from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to the New York Dolls!

This is a very special opportunity to get up close to one of rock music's most enduring talents.

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Saturday POSTPONED UNTIL 2023 New Date TBC - CSN EXPRESS | Doors 7.45pm

CSN Express

As many fans of Crosby, Stills & Nash know, they were the byproduct of three legendary rock bands of the 60s, The Hollies, The Byrds & Buffalo Springfield. CSN Express takes the audience on a musical journey that follows their career of over five decades.

You will see and hear the different phases they went through, from their debut at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, to their collaboration with Neil Young and on to their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

As an option, CSN Express offers Marilyn James perfoming a wonderful Joni Mitchell tribute which is a perfect compliment to this iconic tribute. This show captures the true music and the intricate vocal harmonies of Crosby, Stills & Nash under the direction of Bill DeLoach who has worked with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Danny Gans and many other name acts. With clever dialogue, and well-put-together medleys, this show delivers plenty of powerful music moments that always bring the audience to their feet clapping and singing along to their favorite songs.

 

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