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    PLUS SUPPORT FROM DEEP BLUE SEA

    The Sharpeez is the very best in power rocking British Rhythm and Blues, led by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Bill Mead and featuring ex Sniff N the Tears lead guitarist Loz Netto.

    You can expect a high energy, performance of original songs influenced by Rory Gallagher, Dr Feelgood, Tom Petty, The Stones, George Thorogood and Free.

    Their crossover blues with a rock influence pushes the boundaries through strong songs, great hooks and some scintillating playing. The cool juxtaposition between the subtle and the frenetic and the transitions from quiet to loud, is at the core of the unique Sharpees style that is distinctive in the generic blues/rock field.

    The Sharpeez is a London based band, formed from the ashes of the 70s band Rebel. Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Bill Mead reconvened the The Sharpeez in 2003 and the band have been working live and recording ever since.

    The Sharpeez enjoys an extremely busy touring schedule throughout the UK and Europe and is frequently described by Pete Feenstra as “the busiest touring band in Europe”. Their 2014 album 'Mississippi Thrill’ was ranked at No 9 by the Independent British Blues Broadcasters Association and have since produced a live album and a new studio album which will be released in 2018. They will be playing tracks from the new album at the Limelight, as well songs from previous albums and live favourites.

    Opening for the Sharpeez is London based and female fronted band, Deep Blue Sea.

    Deep Blue Sea have crashed onto the UK music scene with a new wave of indie blues – a small selection of reviews are here:

    "It’s blues Jim, but not as we know it. The quality of the playing alone would put this gig up there with the best but this is also great fun; the band obviously enjoy themselves and audiences will always pick up on that. Great performances and big smiles all around the room - that’s a good combination for a great night." Allan McKay, Music Riot

    "A breathtaking performance from Deep Blue Sea with a flawless mix of self penned songs and covers featuring a soulful harmonic voice and driving guitar work - we knew this was something special from the first song to the sudden rush to buy CDs at the end." Andy Davies, Woodlands Blues Club

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    With a lifetime in music, you’ll hear echoes and influences from the whole tradition of the blues in Mick Pini’s playing. His uncompromising adherence to a genuine belief in his music has never been deflected. His distinctive raw, attacking riffs and phrases are reminiscent of such legendary names as Freddie King, Albert Collins or T-Bone Walker.

    Mick Pini started playing guitar as a young boy back in 1960. Since then he’s paid his dues in pubs, clubs, festivals, concert halls - even busking on the streets. Over his long career he’s worked with a host of top musicians and performers including: BB King, Doctor Ross, Professor Longhair, Rich Grech, Mojo Buford, Louisana Red, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Chris Farlowe, Mike Vernon and Luther Allison, and more recently worked with Roy Estrada and Jimmy Carl Black.

    Eric Clapton called him the “legitimate successor to Peter Green”, while Mick Vernon described him as “having the energy and attack that made Freddie King one of the greats. There are too few great guitarists working the European scene. Sure there are many good ones, but only a few have the potential to make a mark in a way that Peter Green did many years ago”.

    ‘There are so many wonderful guitarists out there but there is one man of whom I never tire and who I know would slot perfectly into this dream band. Mick Pini. A veteran on the blues circuit, Mick now lives in Germany but he is very much the real deal and a fascinating character as well as one hell of a guitar player. As Peter Green is said to have said, it is the notes that he does not play that makes him special! ‘
    ‘Digital Radio’.

    Mick will be backed by his UK band, Strange Blues. Mick met the band some years ago in Leicester at an impromptu gig. The gig went so well, they decided to tour together and more recently appeared at the Leicester Music Festival to great acclaim.



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    With three highly acclaimed albums, a host of top Blues Festivals in the UK and overseas, and numerous international tours under her belt, Clare Free is a force to be reckoned with. She plays her uniquely cool brand of blues backed by her excellent band.

    Clare has served her time with bands including Misdemeanor (With Matt Schofield, Gini Hobson, Maurice McElroy and Constance Redgrave of Spikedriver fame) she guested with Larry Garner and joined Dana Gillespie on two trips, one to India and the other to be the opening act at the Mustique Blues Festival every night for three weeks. Later Clare joined the band 99lbs.

    Then, having finally made the decision to go it alone, she released her debut album “Be Who You Are,” in February 2010. The self-penned mixture of rock, country and blues propelled her into the limelight with excellent reviews in the UK and the USA.

    In September 2010, she released the live EP “How It Is,” a four track CD of Clare’s own songs. All four tracks from the EP reached the blues top ten with the international distributor CD Baby in the same week. One track (Funky Mama’s Kitchen Blues) reached the final in both the British Blues Awards (Kevin Thorpe Award for the Best New UK Blues Song) and the People’s Music Awards (Best Pop/Rock Song) She won the WRC Award “Best Acoustic Performance of 2011” and 2012 saw her nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the British Blues Awards.

    In 2012, Clare released her second album "Dust and Bones" and her third album which was all acoustic in 2014, both gaining excellent reviews in the press in the UK, Europe and the USA.

    Clare has had her music played on BBC Radio 2, BBC Three Counties, BBC Oxford, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Norfolk and a host of online radio stations all over the world play her tracks regularly. She has been featured in Guitar and Bass Magazine, PlayMusic Magazine, Gear Magazine, Blues in Britain, Blues Matters, Classic Rock Blues, Blue Monday Monthly (USA), Blues News Norway, Guitar International Magazine and more. On top of this she's made countless live radio and festival appearances including; Skegness Rock and Blues Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Upton Blues Festival and many more.

    After a period of being off the road, Clare Free is now back with her fiery, exciting and heartfelt live show.



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    Gary Fletcher, renowned bass player and songwriter with The Blues Band, brings his own blues roots band to The Limelight. Gary first met Blues Band guitarist Dave Kelly when they both played in a band put together by Wilgar Campbell, the ex Rory Gallagher drummer, called The Wildcats. Gary was suggested by Dave for the bass job when, together with Paul Jones & Tom McGuinesss (ex of Manfred Mann), plus ex John Mayall/Eric Clapton drummer Hughie Flint, The Blues Band first got together. The success of The Blues Band was almost instantaneous and they were soon playing to packed houses and after twenty plus albums & countless tours, The Blues Band is still going strong with Gary on bass and occasionally on guitar and vocals.

    For a number of years Gary Fletcher, when not working with The Blues Band, has performed as a solo artist and with his own band, producing several acclaimed albums.

    Gary fronts his band playing acoustic/electric guitar, banjo and mandolin producing a concoction of blues roots music which is mostly self penned and draws on traditional and contemporary music. The Gary Fletcher Band repertoire also includes some of Gary’s songs made famous by The Blues Band.

    Opening the evening will be Aylesbury’s very own folk/blues musician Steve Upstone.



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    British Blues Award winners Catfish have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 23 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues. Catfish received 5 nominations in the British Blues Awards and they have reached no 1 in the IBBA Blues Airplay Charts with their two albums.

    The band crashed onto the blues scene in January 2015, with their debut album ‘So Many Roads’ going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts. Their EP, a tribute to BB King called ‘When BB Sings the Blues’, charted at no 5 in February 2016.

    They received two nominations in the British Blues Awards 2015 , taking third in Emerging Artist, and followed this with three in 2016, taking first in keyboards and third in Young Artist.

    In 2017 they released their much-anticipated second album ‘Broken Man’ which is almost entirely original material. Broken Man also reached no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts in March 2017. This is blues with a very broad brush - from epic prog anthems to stripped back piano ballads.



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