MAIN STAGE BIOGS
Blast Lane (12.30 – 13.05)
Blast Lane are a three-piece band delivering ‘Blues Rock as it should be’ (Martin Bedford, promoter, Honey Bees Blues Club). The band are; Chillo Angelini – Guitar and vocals, Steve Crewe – Drums, Allen Walton – Bass and vocals. The band write all of their own material. They have a three track EP available and released their first album, ‘Adventures in Modern Blues’ in the summer of 2019 – Eight tracks of modern, sometimes challenging but always entertaining and beautifully played music, with the right foot always in the blues.
The bands live shows are always tight, powerful, energetic affairs, best summed up in a recent review of a live show from a fan…………..
“Being of a certain age, I sometimes find it hard to motivate myself to go out of a night and see bands. However, when I heard that Blast Lane were playing at the Devonshire Cat in Sheffield, I just couldn’t resist. The band were simply ‘amazing’ – a potent blend of all my top blues/rock influences but delivered without recourse to the dreaded 12 bar format and with a style all of their own. Their songs were catchy, melodic, powerful and chock full of dynamics and interesting arrangements. They were also powerful without being so loud that you had to reach for earplugs. This is how a trio can sound when at its best.
They worked as a unit and played for each other. Chillo was a revelation – I can’t remember the last time I saw a local guitarist with such flair and passion. His fluent style and suitably gruff voice were the icing on the cake. Steve and Allen formed a perfect foundation – I guess these two must have been together for years, and it showed – an absolute rhythm section masterclass.
Check this band out if you can. Thanks to Blast Lane for reminding me what live music is all about. Oh yes, I bought their EP – it’s blooming marvelous 😉
Soul Battalion (13.35 – 14.15)
Soul Battalion are a gutsy Sheffield based 9-piece Soul covers band featuring blazing brass, a driving rhythm section, and soaring male and female lead vocals.
The band is high energy and love to entertain and have their audiences on their feet from the very first beat playing classics from Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, The Commitments, Tina Turner and many more.
They perform at a number of private and corporate gigs throughout the year and a handful of festivals including headlining the 2019 Friday night Sirens Cove stage at the YNOT festival.
Boy on a Dolphin (14.45 – 15.35)
Rock quartet from Sheffield fronted by singer/songwriter John Reilly playing uplifting music with a sound all of their own. Also featuring Pete Hiley on Spanish and Electric Guitar, Andy Needham on Bass and Darren Ford on Drums.
How do you describe BOY ON A DOLPHIN? Ok, that’s not easy, acoustic based –yes. African rhythms – yes. Melodic, er definitely. Warm, moving, intimate, personal, yes personal! They have an uncanny way of making you feel that a song is directed at you personally. You could ask any of their 1000’s of fans who have filled Sheffield City Hall what they think, but our advice would be to switch off your phone, sit in a dark room and listen to the track TRAPEZE from their album BARKERS POOL to THUNDER BAY. You will leave the room deeply moved and aware in your own mind of whom and what BOY ON A DOLPHIN are.
Paul Fletcher & The Dukes (16.05 – 16.45)
Born in Sheffield, Paul Fletcher has been navigating his city’s music scene for as long as he can remember. A singer, songwriter, and producer, Paul spent two years as lead song writer and guitarist with the indie band Blind Drivers, Paul left to concentrate on production duties and writing projects for a number of established pop acts, which has led to several tracks breaking into the Top 40 UK charts. Not content with just being behind a desk however, Paul took the punt as a solo artist, writing and recording 2019’s ‘Rewind Your Soul’ before signing a further deal under the Paul Fletcher and Dukes banner to write and record three more albums.
The first of those albums, In the Blink of an Eye finds Paul’s seeking a deeper meaning, tackling love, friendships and loss, whilst creating catchy choruses that will inevitably see crowds connecting with the artist and songs.
The new album (Produced by Dave Sanderson of Reverend and The Makers, 65 days of Static fame) sees Paul being pushed to draw from influences from his past, but to ‘always keep the listener guessing’ as to what is coming next. As much as the songs are deeply personal, the sense of the album is that ‘everything will be ok and we’ve got to stick together’ (a notion very relevant for the times we live in) and there’s a sense of euphoria and hope that comes through in everything that Paul is writing about.
Paul Fletcher & The Dukes are:
- Paul Fletcher – Lead Vocal / Guitar
- Mike Beatham – Lead Guitar
- Richard Lewis – Bass
- Stephen Broughton – Drums
Paul Fletcher & The Dukes are available for interviews and further. For all press enquiries please contact: [email protected]
Rib Eye (17.15-17.55)
Rib Eye are a four-piece rock band formed in 2016. They are now working solely on their own material, from blues rock to gentle songs about the state of our world.
- Marcus Axleby – Bass / Programming
- Andy Birks – Vocals / Guitar
- Russ Dennett – Lead Guitar / Keys / Ebow / Vocals
- Peter Loftus – Drums / Guitar / Vocals
Listen to their new song, “What You Gonna Do” on all digital platforms now…..and please buy it!
Jungle Lion (18.25-19.25)
If you’re not already familiar with them, they’re a 12-piece SKA and Reggae band based in Sheffield, boasting 6 horns and 5 vocals, with the kind of sound and stage presence that’s all too rare these days. They play a wide range of material, from popular classics by artists like The Specials, Bob Marley, Madness and Bad Manners to hidden gems and heavily customised obscurities. They are all about good times, party atmosphere and lots of dancing…
The Silk Road (20.00 – 20.40)
Gritty, Honest, Celtic Folk Rock. With an infectious blend of folk rock, gritty passionate lyrics, and foot stomping Celtic jigs and reels, The Silk Road’s compositions are all original, fresh and familiar at the same time, with addictive melodies, soaring fiddle and guitar solos and chest thumping drums and bass.
Formed in 2015 and hailing from Chesterfield and Sheffield, all the band have played music locally going back some twenty years ranging from Metal to folk to punk to ska, and their diverse musical experience goes into every song they perform.
The band consists of Tich Vango (lead vocals), Andy ‘Rosie’ Heath (lead and rhythm guitar), Neil Jones (drums), Jamie Burney (fiddle) and Shaun Haley (Bass).
Following an initial five track demo EP produced in 2016, their debut album, ‘The Silk Road’, was released in summer 2017 to great acclaim and they are currently in the middle of recording a new album due for release 2022.
Clear Vinyl (21.00 – 21.40)
Since 2019 when Clear Vinyl first emerged, it’s been somewhat of a tumultuous ride. Having spent their first year creating chaos in live shows across the country, supporting the likes of Fatherson, Saint Raymond and Vistas, alongside appearances at Sound City, Hit The North and an international stint at Schlossgrabenfest in Germany, the band found themselves in turmoil.
In the face of trauma, the band came together and in a pledge to face their feelings created some of their most personal efforts to date. As artists often do, they took stock and evolved to allow for more distinctive and honest lyrics. With such change, the band became as much about throwing out a hand of friendship as they did about creating a raucous atmosphere.
In 2021, the band are back with a renewed focus and ready to take on a completely different landscape.
The Cabronitas (22.00 – 23.00)
Gigging up and down the country for the last 4 years The Cabronita’s are a tight, hardworking group hailing from North East Derbyshire. With a distinctive and unique sound, their eclectic influences range from Bowie to Kings of Leon and James to Royal Blood; all of which can be heard in their passionately renditioned covers, providing a perfect foil to their own staple, wittily written and rousing original efforts. Singer songwriter – John Tansley is the front man of this crowd pleasing, festival friendly 3 piece, along with long term collaborator and drummer Jason Walker. Jess Magbanua makes up the Cabronita’s team on Bass. Whether an uncompromisingly executed Indie cover is your bag or a heartfelt personal story of playground love, there really is something for everyone in their diverse and interactive show. #we’llseeyouatthefront