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March 13, 2008

Upcoming Gig: The Oli Brown Band

I didn't start this blog as a way to plug other bands, but hey, why not..?

I've mentioned these guys before as they were supposed to be supporting Jeff Healey in London. Since Jeff passed away recently, that gig obviously fell through.

Pete Feenstra, a local champion of real live music, has booked the Oli Brown Band to play at the Half Moon pub in Herne Hill on Saturday the 12th April 2008. They'll be previewing their debut album on Ruf Records. The Oli Brown band are a young power trio (guitar, bass and drums), hailing from Norfolk, UK. Not really the home of the blues but don't let that put you off. These guys WAIL!

Hopefully the band won't mind me quoting from their website:

"Oli has played guitar since the age of 12. His first main influence in guitar work was Jimi Hendrix. Blues initially was a genre of music for him to solo over and he didn’t take the time to understand its meaning. In 2005, when invited to the States to guest with American Blues band Blinddog Smokin’, he learned about stage performance [...] From the America tours every summer with Blinddog Smokin' he managed to open for artists such as Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Delbert McClinton, Koko Taylor, Eric Sardinas and many others. Back in England. Oli has had the pleasure of playing alongside John Mayall, Walter Trout, Aynsley Lister, Ian Parker and others."

I saw the boys open for Devon Allman's Honeytribe at the same 'intimate' venue and they tore the house down. Anyone in the London area who's into the blues? I strongly suggest you check them out.

Tickets are available here, and cost £8 in advance or £10 on the door.

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