Listings for June 8th, 2012

APPEARING ON Friday, June 8th, 2012

John Fairhurst Band with support Andy Hickie & Glendale Family [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm – £4 Thereafter

A molotov cocktail of frantic finger fits and gravel dragged vocals that’s sure to knock you out with its heavy, flailing backside as it crashes past the finish line and keeps on running.

Described as “Possibly the finest guitarist you’ll ever see” – (Chris Long BBC) with “All the slide guitars skills of Robert Johnson” – (Electric Ghost), John Fairhurst and his Band are rapidly gaining the reputation as the hardest working, most musically diverse and utterly stand out Rock and Roll Blues Band on the scene. After 2 critically acclaimed albums, ‘Joys of Spring’ (2008) (“Truly Exquisite” – The Guardian), ‘Band’ (2010) and 10 years playing as a solo artist all over the world including Asia, America,Canada, Australia and Europe, John has expanded the line up into a weighty and heavy-hitting three piece outfit of incendiary electric guitar lines, deep blues bottleneck grooves and trance-inducing, hip-shaking, foot-stomping rhythms. Having met Simon Lovelock (Bass) in Australia eight years ago, where they spent months living in a tent and then years playing together, an unbreakable brotherly bond in music was forged. Completing the line up is James Breen on Drums, Bonham-esque powerhouse and rock steady long term rhythm partner to Simon.

The John Fairhurst Band exploded on to the UK circuit this year, playing nearly 50 festival shows including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Sunrise Celebration and Shambala to name but a few and over 100 packed out gigs across the UK and Ireland. At Greenman in Chai Wallahs, they “…filled a tent in a sunshine drenched field quicker than any festival act has done for a long time. The bluesman’s insatiable guitar work finely turned a crowd of a curious onlookers into a sea of dancing, sweaty bodies.” – (Gareth Main – Bearded Magazine) John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. Stories of hunger, listlessness, roaming and reckless abandon are just a prelude to John’s story, something that can only be fully understood in the presence of the man. Read more… »