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Passionate & intoxicating, Mike blazes his own unique trail - fusing his love and command of blues and roots music to create his own unique fusion. Since his re-emergence to the circuit in 2015 he has charged up the ranks to stand with the best known names in the UK roots rock and blues scene. A Monster Toned Space Blues Monolith! - Blues In Britain Born and raised in the Great North but living these days down in the Southland with a steady mind and a thoroughbred plan, Mike writes soul wrenchin', riff bustin' songs that will make you want to share the tale of his life's journey and the lessons he's learned. Burnt in Blues, Soaked in Soul! - Kerrang! This winding road leads from England to Europe before jumping the Atlantic to New York, detouring way down south to Memphis and New Orleans via Clarksdale Mississippi and Nashville Tennessee, soaking up every scent and sound along the way before fetching up on the shores of Sussex with a lifetimes worth of tales to share. This lad from the far North East has distilled the essence of the Deep South and West Coast of America - Blues In Britain Mike takes listeners on a uniquely detailed and image packed history tour of the history of the music of the music he loves to play, beginning in the Mississippi Delta at the beginning of the 20th century and finishing up right back in the present moment with his powerful emotive voice and intoxicating virtuosic guitar playing carrying you every inch of the way. Fuzzed up, fierce and full frontal fiery attack coupled with sexy, smooth slidin', southern soul! - Mojo Magazine To experience Mike playing solo or with the other members of his 4 piece band egging him on is to see why one reviewer declared him 'soaked in soul & burnt in blues'. Mike's first solo album, the Americana-tinged 'Spindrift' was released to critical acclaim and reveals an introspective side to Mike's songwriting and performing. Tracks such as the honest, plaintive southern 6/8 soul feel of 'Lazy' and 'Don't Worry Baby, Just Call #2' contrast with the driving fuzz of 'Ran Thru Here' and the outlaw imagery portrayed in 'Been So Long'. The album takes listeners on a visceral aural journey of the heartlands of American legend. Latest album “Jenny's Place” boasts a fuller and more muscular set of performances. The textures found here are thicker and sinewy, from the highway rolling 'Dakota Red' and the agonized blues of 'Dark Dowder' to the Petty-esque choruses and melodic structure of 'Jenny (Sun Goes Down)' and the bar-room swagger of 'The Big Picture' or 'Baby, I Love You'. Released 2nd March 2018 (with the first single landing a month earlier), bloggers and reviews alike agree that Jenny's Place is a career-defining record, described by one writer as "modern contemporary music, crossing and melding genres" and by another as “A classic 21st-century album full of 20th-century soul”. Press and radio support is strong with Mike continually receiving international airplay, particularly tracks like the latest single 'Jenny (sun goes down)', 'Dark Powder' (a brooding 12/8 minor blues) and 'Coffeecan Telephone'.

  • Date: 24/04/2019 07:30 PM
  • Location The Appleyard, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne ME10 4DE, UK (Map)

Price: £10