In previous years, Chantel stepped out in the pro-musician world
and her stunning live performances demonstrated that she had the
ability to perform rock for the new age, played by a musician
born with an effortless virtuosity. Since then, she has built a
loyal and growing fan base who follow her every move.
If you measure an artist’s prospects by the company they keep,
then Chantel has been moving in the right direction. Early in
her career, Chantel was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa,
on two of his UK tours.
Over the last few years, Chantel has received great reviews of
her 5 albums, the last 2 being released during the 2021 Covid
lockdown. The ‘Shed Sessions Volumes 1 & 2’ were recorded at
home and mixed by Wayne Proctor of Superfly Studios due to the
pandemic. They were born out of a weekly livestream which
Chantel performed throughout lockdown.
Over lockdown, as well as the 2 albums, Chantel released a rock
cover of ‘Stupid Love’ by Lady Gaga and had a track on ‘Gumbo
Blues, a tribute to Dr John’, both through Cleopatra Records in
the USA. She also released the single ‘I Will See’, which she
co-wrote and recorded with David ‘Nova’ Nowakowski (Scars on
Chantel is writing for her next studio album, and is debuting
some of the new tracks on her tour which, is taking place
throughout the UK. These are one off shows not to be missed.
Chantel stated, ‘I’m over the moon to be back out on tour again,
the last couple of years have been incredibly tough for everyone
in the music industry and it’s just so wonderful to be able to
play live music in front of great crowds once again’.
Rival are the South East’s brand-new rip-roaring rock and blues
Machine. Hailing from Portsmouth, the UK Blues Award Nominated
band features the powerful and beautiful twin vocals of Chloe
Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick. On lead guitar, providing
dramatic guitar solos and crunching rock riffs is Ed “The Shred”
Clarke. And holding it all together is the rhythmic backbone,
the self-proclaimed engine room of Billy Dedman (bass) and Donna
Drawing influence from the likes of John Mayer, Aretha Franklin,
Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Tedeschi Trucks, Brave
Rival offer a style and sound that you’ve always known, and yet
never heard before.
Since their inception in the summer of 2019, Brave Rival have
gone from strength to strength, featuring in Raw Ramp
Magazine as one of the 'Top 20 Bands To Watch In 2020' and
nominated for 'Breakthrough Act 2019' by Get Ready To Rock
At the turn of the decade, hot off the heels from supporting
blues rock giants such as Stevie Nimmo and The Billy Walton
Band, Brave Rival captured their raw energy live by recording
their headline set to a gracious sold-out audience at Hook’s
famous Echo Hotel Music Club. This fabulous set of early
material was quickly released to critical acclaim as their first
Live Album ‘Brave Rival Live at the Echo Hotel Music
Club’. Keeping the momentum going, a Kickstarter was launched
for their first studio album with the target easily reached by
their loyal fanbase with time to spare. It was then time to
repay that loyalty with a studio album. Little did they know
however, that the world was about to change forever.
With the pandemic putting the brakes on recording plans, Brave
Rival spent much of the UK Lockdowns writing new material via
the power of Zoom calls and Google drive. The abundance of
material produced served them well for the eventual recording of
their debut album in the summer of 2021. Recorded at The Mayfair
Studio in the picturesque Surrey countryside with
producer/seducer Tarrant Shepherd at their side, Brave Rival’s
highly anticipated debut album “Life’s Machine” arrived on May
6th 2022 to critical acclaim. Emerging Rocks Bands Magazine said
it best when they described the album as “Boss blues energy from
start to finish”. Similarly, Powerplay Magazine finished their
ten out of ten review by saying that “Brave Rival have unleashed
one lean, mean and well oiled machine!”
Tipped as one of Joe Bonamassa’s “favourite discoveries this
year” the future is looking incredibly bright for this young up
and coming band. A successful set on the introducing stage at
the 2022 Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Skegness saw
them win the competition, securing a deserved place on the main
stage in 2023. The relentless gigging and hard work in 2021 has
also paid off for the band with a UK Blues Award
Nomination for Best Emerging Blues Band.
Brave Rival are a band on a meteoric rise, firing
on all cylinders and are about to take the world by storm. Their
unique combination of beautifully harmonic, soulful vocals, epic
guitar solos, pounding drums and powerful bass serves up an
infectious sound that is not to be missed.
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.
International touring band with a 10 year portfolio of festival,
theatre and club gigs throughout Europe, Scandinavia and the UK.
Gerry Jablonski & the Electric Band are a standout act with
an energetic, no-holds-barred stageshow. They have a unique,
trademark Heavy Blues Rock sound and style producing gutsy music
with hooks, melodies and an intense presence that wins over any
audience, anywhere, anytime. Guaranteed.
from the ‘Thames Delta’, The 251s have quickly established
themselves a sought-after band in and around London and the
south-east. Playing a mix of Jump-Blues, Swing and Jazz has
earned the band regular bookings in a range of venues spanning
the blues, dance and jazz circuits. The line-up comprises Steve
Tolton (Lead vocals & harmonica), Cliff Macdonald (bass &
vocals), Roy Webber (drums and vocals), Graham West (Sax and
vocals) and Russ Cottee (guitar). The band have notched a
residency at the Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues Bar in Soho, and a raft
of appearances including at The 100 Club, The Half Moon (Putney)
and Pizza Express Chelsea, plus 2 albums released to date, both
of which were place in the IBBA airplay chart.