Saturday 15 July 2017

Wilko Johnson Band

plus Nine Below Zero


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Wilko Johnson Band
Nine Below Zero
Wilko Johnson Band
Nine Below Zero
Wilko Johnson Band
Wilko Johnson Band
Nine Below Zero
Wilko Johnson Band
Nine Below Zero
Wilko Johnson Band

Find out more about the artists below:

What happens when a legendary guitarist, astonishing bass player and a highly acclaimed drummer share a stage? In the case of Wilko Johnson and his band, it’s reasonable to predict a night of blistering, energetic and feel-good rock ‘n’ roll and blues. Come on down to Hampton Pool with high expectations.
Wilko Johnson
Wilko Johnson is a guitar hero famous for his duck-walk strut, on-stage scowl and unique playing style. More recently, Wilko is known for his dramatic recovery from life-threatening cancer. So thankfully, from his early roots in gutsy, down-to earth rock ‘n’ roll to his days at the vanguard of punk and beyond, this living legend is still notching up great reviews today.

He has influenced bands up and down the country and it’s believed that Joe Strummer of the Clash bought a Telecaster after seeing Wilko play.

Wilko cut short a job teaching English to become the strutting, grimacing, six-string rhythmic powerhouse behind Lee Brilleaux in Dr Feelgood. He was heavily influenced by the legendary guitarist Mick Green from ’60s rockers Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. His signature finger-style, chop-chord strumming action (the ‘stab’, as he describes it) allows for chords and lead to be played at the same time, giving a fluency and a distinctive sound very unlike the cleaner swat of a pick.

Career highlights
1965 – Wilko bought his first Fender Telecaster in Southend, Essex
Mid-1970s – Toured UK in Dr Feelgood with Lee Brilleaux
1975-77 – Dr Feelgood releases first four albums; Down By The Jetty, Malpractice, Stupidity and Sneakin’ Suspicion
1977 – founding member of Solid Senders
1978 – Solid Senders sign with Virgin and release album Solid Senders
1980 – joined Ian Dury and The Blockheads
1980s-90s – continued to gig in the UK, Europe and Japan
2005 – released album Red Hot Rocking Blues featuring covers of classics from the likes of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Sonny Boy Williamson and Lead Belly
2005-6 – The Mad, the Bad & the Dangerous tour with the Hamsters and John Otway
2009 – starred in Julien Temple’s Oil City Confidential
2011-12 – appeared in four episodes of hit series Game of Thrones, playing the role of mute executioner Ilyn Payne
2012 – diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer but continued to perform with vigour and a new zest for life
2012 – Wilko and biographer Zoë Howe released the book Wilko Johnson: Looking Back At Me, a coffee-table book of Wilko’s favourite memories and images
2013 – after a second opinion and life-saving surgery, Wilko announced he was cancer-free.
2014 – hit album Going Back Home released, Wilko Johnson’s collaboration with Roger Daltrey which went to Number 3 in the UK album charts. Norman Watt-Roy and Dylan Howe of The Wilko Johnson Band are also on the album, as well as Steve ‘West’ Weston and Mick Talbot (Style Council). Produced by Dave Eringa.
2014-15 – performed All Through The City and Going Back Home at Jools Holland's Hootenanny
2015 – Wilko and Julien Temple teamed up again for The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson, a film documentary which explored Wilko’s diagnosis of terminal cancer, and the unexpected reprieve that followed
2016 – The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson earned a Kermode Award
2016 – Wilko’s memoir Don’t You Leave Me Here published

What people say
‘Man, there’s nothing like being told you’re dying to make you feel alive.’ Wilko Johnson

‘FIRSTLY, it’s great just to see Wilko Johnson.’ Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman

‘Built on tight, loud, precise drumming, taken to the next level by fast, hard bass playing and finished off with the unmistakable guitar style of Wilko, they are a force to be reckoned with on the live music scene.’ Jordan Harris, Express and Star

‘Splendid. The idiosyncratic Johnson just keeps rolling on.’ Dave Atkinson, Get Ready to Rock

'I often say to journalists there is a bridge between the old times and the punk times. That bridge is exclusively the Feelgoods, it allowed us to go from one thing to another. That's the connection, the DNA.' Jean-Jacques Burnel, The Stranglers

The BBC4 three-part documentary series Punk Britannia, first aired in May 2012, also stressed the importance of Dr Feelgood as 'pub rockers, a generation of bands sandwiched between 60s hippies and mid-70s punks who will help pave the way towards the short, sharp shock of punk'.

Norman Watt-Roy, Bass
1967 – aged 16 and now playing bass, he and brother Garth formed The Living Daylights, a psychedelic-pop outfit. Released a single, Let’s Live for Today.
1969 – Norman and Garth formed a nine-piece soul group – The Greatest Show on Earth – cutting two albums and releasing several singles. One of these, Real Cool World, reached Number 1 in the charts in Switzerland
1972 – Norman joined the band Glencoe and worked with guitarist John Turnbull. Glencoe released two albums and three singles before disbanding after two years.
1974 – Norman began playing with John Turnbull, keyboardist Mick Gallagher and (later) drummer Charlie Charles became The Loving Awareness, under the management of Radio Caroline director/guru Ronan O’Rahilly. In 1976 they released their only album, Loving Awareness.
1977 – after The Loving Awareness broke up Norman joined a new band being formed by Ian Dury, which became Ian Dury & The Blockheads which went on to release massive hits such as Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, What a Waste, and Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.
1978 – played on Rachel Sweet’s album Fool Around and on the Nick Lowe track Jesus Of Cool
1980 – Guested on Jona Lewie’s You’ll Always Find Me In the Kitchen At Parties
1980 – Wilko Johnson joined The Blockheads and rapport between Norman and Wilko led to Norman joining Wilko’s band – a position he still fills, while also touring and working with some of the UK’s most respected musicians.
2013 – released his own album Faith & Grace (rhyming slang for ‘bass’), which was hailed as a summary of his time with The Blockheads, Wilko Johnson and his sessions for the likes of The Clash and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

‘Anyone who's seen Watt-Roy play bass with the Blockheads, before or after Ian Dury, will know what a star he is.’ The Independent

Dylan Howe
Dylan Howe is a British drummer (born in 1969) best known for leading his quintet and other jazz groups since 2002 and his tenures with Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Steve Howe and Wilko Johnson, coupled with extensive session work since 1990, playing with Nick Cave, Damon Albarn, Ray Davies, Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Beth Gibbons, Gabrielle, Hugh Cornwell and Andy Sheppard amongst many others. Dylan played on the no.1 album Going Back Home by Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, with sell-out shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire and Royal Albert Hall.

In 2014 Dylan released his highly acclaimed new album Subterranean – New Designs On Bowie’s Berlin. This was a radical new take on the instrumental cuts from David Bowie’s 1977 albums Low and Heroes.

This new album (his sixth) is the natural progression from his acclaimed 2010 Stravinsky adaptation The Rite Of Spring for piano and drums, and his Blue Note-styled hard bop quintet albums Translation – Volumes 1 and 2. It has attracted universal acclaim – with official endorsement from David Bowie himself – stating: ‘That’s a top-notch album you’ve got there. Really.’ Dylan toured the record in late 2014 in the UK with many sold out concerts.

‘Rightly acclaimed as one of the best drummers of his generation.’ Ronnie Scott’s

‘A superb player, inspiring and invigorating in any genre.’ The Guardian
Nine Below Zero is known as one of the UK’s best blues bands. Last year, they were met with open arms from fans at the Glastonbury Festival, and their recent album 13 Shades of Blue has been well received. They’re coming to Hampton Pool with their new, exciting 8-piece line up that adds horns, organ and a female vocalist, so expect an impressive live performance.
Nine Below Zero
The band formed in 1977 and were heavily inspired by Dr Feelgood. Their well-established high-energy act was captured forever on their classic live album 1980’s Live at The Marquee. Legendary producer Glyn Johns subsequently worked with the band on 1981’s Don’t Point Your Finger and they became a familiar sight on seminal TV shows like The Old Grey Whistle Test, The South Bank Show, and memorably performed 11+11 on the first episode of comedy hit The Young Ones. High profile tours with The Who and The KInks followed and although their musicianship was reaching new heights 1982’s Third Degree was the last album released by the classic line-up.

During this period, Dennis formed the soul/pop outfit The Truth, producing two Top 20 singles in the UK and a Top 5 R&B hit in the US. Meanwhile, Mark Feltham went on to become one of the most sought after harmonica players in the session world.

In 1990, the band made a triumphant return with an all-new rhythm section consisting of Brendan O’Neill (Drums) and Gerry McAvoy (Bass) from Rory Gallagher’s band. A sell-out UK tour with this line-up led to a new record deal and tours Sting, Ray Davies, Brain May and an incredible 12 nights at The Royal Albert Hall with Eric Clapton.

They formed their own record company, ZED RECORDS, and this creative control brought further success including 2009’s critically acclaimed album It’s Never Too Late and appearances with the likes of Gary Moore, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland and Paul Jones. Universal’s re-release of the band’s first three albums inspired the classic line-up, including Brian Bethell (Bass), to reconvene for the first time since 1982. They were welcomed with open arms by loyal fans at shows culminating in a 35th anniversary tour with The Stranglers.

In 2015, Mark and Dennis released their first album as acoustic duo, and the band return to Glen Tilbrook’s 45 RPM Studios. Here they recorded their own versions of rare blues and soul tracks for inclusion on the upcoming album 13 Shades of Blue. For this recording, the band introduced a horn section, keyboards, violin and backing vocalists to create an exciting new big band sound.

A new 8-Piece NBZ Big Band took to the stage for the first time at Glastonbury Festival 2016 to an enthusiastic welcome from fans.

The new line-up consists of Dennis Greaves (Guitar/Vocals), Mark Feltham (Harmonica/Vocals), Mickey Burkey (Drums), Ben Willis (Bass), Charlie Austen (Vocals), Andrew Noble (Keyboards), Chris Rand (Saxophone) and Paul Jordanous (Trumpet). They embarked on a 30-date tour of the UK to coincide with the release of 13 Shades of Blue in September 2016.

‘Tonight, Nine Below Zero are reborn as a big band. They have all the essential qualities that an 8-piece combo requires, from the core duo of seasoned front man Dennis Greaves and the magisterial harp player Mark Feltham, to a hot horn section, a fine accompanying vocalist, an intuitive keyboard player, a swinging rhythm section and a strong back catalogue of songs topped by some well researched covers from their new 13 Shades of Blue album.’

Band members
Dennis Greaves (vocals and guitar): Dennis’s father bought him his first real guitar in 1976 and he’s collected many more along the way. His musical influences include Chicago Blues, BB King, Freddy King, Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones, Hubert Sumlin, The Beatles, and Billy Gibbons. To read more about Dennis Greaves, visit the Nine Below Zero website here.

Mark Feltham (harmonica): Mark started playing at the age of 6 and became seriously interested in the harmonica in his late teens. His influences include Chalei McCoy, Magic Dick (J Giels Band), Paul Butterfield, Elvis Presley and Mickey Raphael. His first musical break came when he was approached by Dennis Greaves to form Nine Below Zero in 1977. In 1982, the band dissolved and Mark went into session work and then became a permanent member of the Rory Gallagher band. In 1991 Nine Below Zero got back together, using the talents of Gerry McAvoy and Brendan O’Neill on bass and drums, both from Rory’s band. This format lasted for one year and Mark then decided to go back into session work and come off the road for a while. He was then enlisted back into the Rory fold where he stayed until Rory’s untimely death in 1995. After this he toured and played with Talk Talk, Oasis and Texas while still maintaining a busy studio schedule with various film and TV credits. Mark then embarked on a world tour with Rock giant Zucchero through 1999 and 2000 finally he rejoined Nine Below Zero in January 2001. Mark was the winner in the ‘Harmonica Player Of The Year’ category at this year’s British Blues Awards 2016. To read more about Mark Feltham, visit the Nine Below Zero website here.

Mickey Burkey (drums): Mickey started playing drums at 12 ‘after constantly beating the hell out of my mum’s cushions with knitting needles’. His influences include Stanton Moore, Zac Starkey, Dave Weckl, Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, Charlie Watts, and Keith Moon. He’s played in several local blues/R&B bands up until the earl 1980s and was then approached by NBZ manager Mickey Modern who asked him to join the band. After the band dissolved, he took some time out but in 2012 he played an anniversary gig with them in Islington, which led on to the successful ‘Classic Line Up’ tour over the autumn of 2014. To read more about Mickey Burke, visit the Nine Below Zero website here.

Ben Willis (bass): Ben first picked up a bass at the age of 15 “because my uncle’s old Gherson Jazz copy had been knocking around in the loft for years waiting for someone to take an interest”. His early influences were “the drive and flare of Cliff Burton and the unequalled melodicism of Paul McCartney”. He plays a Fender Jazz bass through an SWR Studio amplifier driving an SWR Goliath II 4x10" cab. To read more about Ben Willis, visit the Nine Below Zero website here.

Charlie Austen (vocals): Charlie is a singer-songwriter, who in addition to her “powerful voice blues-infused vocal style”, is noted for performing in her bare feet. To read more about Charlie Austen, visit here.

Andrew Noble (keyboards): Andrew is a versatile keyboardist who has immersed himself in a wide variety of musical genres and ensembles. He plays regularly with The Fontanas, a latin funk band. He has performed with saxophone masters such as Derek Nash, Gerald Albright, Steve Cole, Alex Garnett, Paul Taylor, Peter King, Brandon Allen, guitarists Jim Mullen, Carl Orr, Guthrie Govan. He has also performed with singers such as Anastacia, Omar, Kenny Thomas, Leee John of Imagination, Ola Onabule, Lily Dior, Vanessa Haynes, X Factor finalist Roberta Howett, The Voice finalist Jamie Bruce and toured with Keavy and Edele from B*witched. To read more about Andrew Noble, visit his website here.

Chris Rand
(saxophone): After studying at London’s Guildhall School of Music, Chris quickly became one of the UK’s top saxophone side men, playing and recording throughout the world with many of UK’s top jazz and blues artists. Chris has performed with many artists including The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood and many more. He has been a part of the Ben Waters Band for many years, made his first appearance with Nine Below Zero at the Glastonbury Festival in 2016. To read more about Chris Rand, visit his website here.

Paul Jordanous
(trumpet): Paul Jordanous is a trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger. He’s been a regular on the jazz, funk and soul scenes for the last 13 years and has recorded on over 60 releases, including his critically acclaimed debut album And Now I Know with the Paul Jordanous Ensemble. He has played as a sideman with the Clark Tracey Sextet, Soundspecies, Atomic Hooligan, Scott McKeon and the Baker Brothers amongst many others. To read more about Andrew Noble, visit his website here.

What the press says

“13 Shades Of Blue sees them [NBZ] evolving into a full blown big band who tackle the kind of soulful, funky and blues related influences that have made them an enduring and cutting edge band.”
“Dennis Greaves is a charismatic front man with a great line in South London patter. He backs it up with some surprising nifty guitar work, a soulful voice and the art of stage craft, which draws us into a well-paced set that has something for everyone. So far so good, but as the band powers it way through a soul-blues set Mark Feltham’s blues-harp playing leaves us in no doubt as to why he’s picked up the British Blues harp player of the year award.”
“…one of the most potent big bands on the blues circuit...”
4 November 2016, Pete Feenstra,

“If you were going to ask one band to take you through the different styles of Blues music, you really could not pick a better one than Nine Below Zero…” 2 September 2016, Dave Jennings,

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