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Aynsley Lister

When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fuelled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music. In hindsight, it's clear Aynsley was born to be a musician. As a child he was hypnotised by his dad's old guitar and at the age of eight was finally gifted his very own. The moment he held that first six-string the outcome was inevitable; he was going to be a guitarist. Blessed with the coolest dad in town, regularly spinning Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac and a whole host of bewitching blues for his spellbound son, Aynsley taught himself to play with relentless dedication and a precociously attuned ear, spending hours copying his favourite records note for note. Peter Green, Albert King, Clapton and Kossoff weren't just his heroes; they became his teachers. Blazing a trail in a bar band from the age of 13 honed his skills and in 1998 Thomas Ruf signed Aynsley to his label, hooking him up with Stevie Ray Vaughan's producer Jim Gaines to record his self titled debut disc, kicking off a successful relationship with Ruf Records that saw him release 7 albums and 2 DVD's in ten years. Their influence, coupled with his dynamite live shows and intense touring schedule, earned high profile support slots with established artists like Walter Trout, John Mayall and Robert Cray, whilst rousing festival appearances alongside artists like the Fun Lovin' Criminals cemented his standing as an artist whose work, although rooted in blues, transcended the genre with a fiery modern sound. In 2007 Aynsley was the only British artist to be named in Classic Rock magazine's "Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists", alongside John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa. In 2008 Aynsley's huge crossover potential saw him sign to Manhaton Records and the following year released 'Equilibrium', an album that exposed Lister in his best ever form and stormed into Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw Aynsley playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and with the tape rolling, nailed a cracking rendition of their high-octane live set to produce the storming 'Tower Sessions' record, which was consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll. Aynsley is currently touring his latest album, Home, which is out now on his own label, Straight Talkin’ Records. The album has featured in recent issues of Guitarist Magazine, Classic Rock, Blues Matters and HiFi Magazines among many others and has received some of his greatest reviews yet!

Catfish

International 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.

'Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today.  The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today...' Blues Matters Magazine.


The Cinelli Brothers

The Cinelli Brothers is a project born out of a common passion for the electric Chicago and Texas blues from the 60s and 70s, when Marco (guitarist, singer and composer) and Alessandro (drummer, backing vocalist and arranger) decided to form an explosive team showcasing original repertoire in the style of Chess, Stax and Motown.

After a series of successful shows around Europe (France, UK, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal), the band decided to take things to another level. Babe Please Set Your Alarm was recorded at the Soup Studio in London and the full live and analog recording was released in May 2018 on vinyl and digital format.

This album comprises original compositions as well as a few covers, such as ‘Chain of Fools’ or ‘Back Door Man’ – which stays true to Willie Dixon’s number, as well as Prince’s ‘Kiss’, in a remarkable shuffle rhythm.

The Cinelli Brothers champion a new generation of passionate musicians sharing in the love of Blues, Soul, R&B and the true authentic sounds that have made the blues a cornerstone of music history.

 
The Southbound sound derives from classic influences stemming from the Chicago and Delta blues as well as early Southern rock, taking their inspiration from iconic bands such as: Derek and the Dominoes, the Allman Brothers Band, Humble Pie, Santana, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and Ry Cooder which culminates into a unique blend of their own modern up tempo British Blues Rock and Soulful Ballads.

When performing live, all these influences come together to create an unparalleled live experience that’s both exciting and entertaining .
The band have been vigorously gigging around the U.K for the past few years at festivals and venues, and trodden the boards of many of the U.K's iconic music venues, both sharing the stage and supporting some of Britain's best blues and rock acts around, and at their own headline shows.

Southbound in early 2019 have released a brand new album called “Rocking Horse” showcasing 11 of their own original songs which blend blues, rock, and soul. Their twin guitar sounds, a funky back line and powerful vocals bring a fresh new approach on the genres with a young British fire behind it, breaking the restrictions on Blues and Rock and becoming a sound which is purely... Southbound.
Fronted by an unusual pairing of mother & daughter, this musical powerhouse brings you original tracks with sounds firmly rooted in blues history. The unique vocal pairing of Lee Ainley & Tori Mai showcases tight harmonies wrought from close family bonds & a solid musical pedigree.

These unstoppable ladies create the feel of the music with their song writing artistry. On lead guitar is the raw edgy Elliot Young, who also drops his song writing prowess into the mix. The engine of the rhythm section growls along with the skilful David Atkin on drums. Locking in with David is patriarch Nat
Ainley on bass, making this a family affair. The sum of two vibrant young talents and three mellow experienced veterans make this band able to look to the future as well as back in time.

Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm are a touring band and will go where serious rock blues is needed. Their recent successful UK tour under the Ladies of the Blues banner took them to revered venues such as The Tunnels in Bristol, The Komedia in Brighton and The Water Rats in London. The band have paid their dues and are now supporting both national as well as international acts including Marcus Malone, The Brew, Eliana Cargnelutti, Erja Lyytinen and Troy Redfern.

Not only have they played the famous 100 Club in London, The Electric Palace in Bridport and the Limelight Theatre in Aylesbury, Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm are also becoming known on the festival scene and have performed at several festivals including one of the largest indoor blues festivals in Europe, The Great British Rock & Blues Festival Skegness.

In November they will once again be touring the UK with Eliana Cargnelutti. This journey will take them back to the 100 Club again and also to the Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival where they will be performing alongside the likes of Sugaray Rayford, Nine Below Zero, Stevie Nimmo & Kyla Brox to name but a few. Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm will also be appearing at the Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival Colne, Lancashire.

Their eagerly-awaited new album will be released in time for their November tour. This album will join their growing catalogue of recorded material. Their fist two EP’s, “Shoot me down” and “Bankruptcy” have been well-received by the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasting Association) with their debut EP “Shoot me down” having made the IBBA most played artists top 40 for February 2018 and in January 2019 their second EP “Bankruptcy” came in at number 18. The media reponse has been phenomenal, with tracks being played regularly on both national & international radio stations in the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France & Holland.
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