Future Juke: A 21st Century Blues Festival * Aidan Connell
+ Husky Tones + Mudlow
Entry Requirements: 18+
An Evening Of The Very Best New British Alt.Blues-Rock
Aidan Connell is a triple threat; he's a seriously strong songwriter; has ferocious guitar chops; and emanates the charisma to electrify an audience with his unique brand of garage-psych blues.
Born into a Jamaican-Irish-Jewish family in suburban Berkshire always meant he was an outsider, and he's parlayed that status into an exceptional truly original debut album 'Grio', which has garnered rave reviews from the likes of Classic Rock and Afro Punk. He has shared stages with and gained accolades from the likes of Gary Clark Jr, Seasick Steve and even Jeff Beck who opined that Aidan was a "natural successor to the British blues-rock crown." Husky Tones This blistering Bristol-based duo hit with the force of a much bigger unit. Chris Harper's crunchy, fleet-fingered guitar-playing complements Victoria Bourne's driving drums and keening vocals perfectly. The loud-quiet dynamics and intelligent lyrics bring a certain subtlety to their punk-blues-rock impetus. Tonight they launch their superb EP 'I Don't Give A Damn Any More', following on the heels of their triumphant 2017 album, Who Will I Turn To Now?, before heading out on another European tour. In a parallel universe Mudlow are stars. Their dusty, gritty, blues-infused Americana combines genius-level songcraft and an understated, tasty, technical excellence all delivered with a sense of feel and authenticity rare in a band from the Deep South of the US, let alone one from Brighton. Their new collection, 'Waiting For The Tide To Rise' features a swathe of ridiculously fine songs from their two albums and several EPs over a 15 year history. The tide is finally rising.
Aidan Connell is an Irish/ Jamaican singer songwriter and Bluesman.Aidan Connell's performances have been praised by music legends including Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr and Seasick Steve. Aidan Connell is influenced by Blues icons such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and blues innovators; Shuggie Otis, Peter Green and Rory Gallagher combining blues swagger with well crafted songwriting and guitar virtuosity which reinterprets the well worn blues genre with a fresh approach and much needed urgency.
Aidan was raised within a stones throw of the legendary 'Thames Delta' fuelled by stories of the areas musical heritage, Aidan sought to pursue music, providing escape from an often unsettled upbringing. Upon moving to London’s East End Aidan modelled for extra cash , including ads with Kate Moss and Esquire Magazine whilst seeking out like minded individuals to create music with. Aidan was subsequently mentored and guided by Ric Lee (Ten Years After) Blues guitarist Otis Grand and David Roback (Mazzy Star Opal, The Rain Parade) honing his songwriting skills, guitar chops, embracing the blues as well as learning his way around a recording studio that would lead to later production work.
Aidan Connell's debut album 'Grio' is produced with friend and collaborator David Roback of Mazzy Star who has also helmed the faders for Beth Orton, Bert Jansch, This Mortal Coil and Maggie Cheung. In the studio his recordings stomp with the energy of contemporary blues leaders, Aidan Connell has galvanised his rootsy sound with ample experimentation and widescreen atmospherics.
With every show a euphoric be-in encompassing foot stomping blues and hypnotic freak outs which is has drawn in die hard blues fans as well as a devout following from the wider gig going public. Aidan has been personally invited to open for Otis grand, Gary Clark Jr and Seasick Steve and extensively toured Europe, Scandinavia and North America.
Husky Tones’ punk blues style favours the common rawness, simplicity and emotion shared between the punk and blues genres. Live it is delivered by the unique set up of standing singer-drummer Victoria Bourne and guitarist Chris Harper. Formed as a duo in August 2016 Husky Tones’ approach to punk blues mirrors what they love as audience members: inventive, individual and fully aware of tradition without being a slave to it.
Husky Tones’ musical, lyrical and sonic influences include contemporary and classic punk blues acts such as The Bonnevilles, Miraculous Mule, Bob Log III, The Gun Club, punk legends Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, the music of the North Mississippi Hill Country artists such as R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Cedric Burnside, and alternative rockers Morphine, The Black Keys, Nick Cave, and PJ Harvey.
Husky Tones’ songs have been played on national radio including the BBC Radio Two Blues Playlist and by Paul Jones on BBC Radio Two as well as international radio. Their 2017 album 'Who Will I Turn To Now?' has been album of the week on radio stations in the USA, UK, and Europe. They have been described as 'Artist to watch' in ION Indie Magazine USA with 'Momentum' as a featured video. They have built a reputation for intense live shows performing headline shows at places such as London’s 100 Club, Fiddlers Elbow and Blues Kitchen, Brighton’s Latest Bar, The Fleece in Bristol and national UK festivals.
Always captivated by raw, cathartic music and with a keen eye on current events Husky Tones politically charged punked up blues is coming to a juke joint near you.
'Two very talented musicians. It's really powerful music' BBC Radio Bristol
'spirited, raw attitude from the power of the sticks and the sublime edgy and raw licks of the guitar,' Bluesdoodles live music review
'Fine album of contemporary punk blues delivered with energy, attitude, anger and sometimes primal rage.' Blues Matters
'the wall of sound that they extract from such limited tools is incredible' Native FM
'This is music for an old-fashioned dark rock club, where sweat and alcohol keep the walls moist.' Alt Country.NL
'The duo Husky Tones weaves in an easy way a lot of heavy song with endearing ballads'. Keys and Chords.be
'Harper is an impressive guitarist, covering finger-picking, electric single note riffs, wah-wah’ed licks and simple yet subtle chords'. 'Bourne’s airy soprano vocals weave melodies that are reminiscent of Robert Plant’s own melodies.' 'As the intensity of the song builds, the chorus is built around a single note riff that Jimmy Page would love to have written'. Blues Blast Magazine
''a blues act that avoids the cliches' Folkworld
‘There are loose rules to Blues of course, but this band have just torn up the rule-book.' Phil The Music Quill
'This is the raw, urban blues with attitude.' 9/10 Bluesdoodles
‘Victoria has serious pipes and seems effortlessly to rise above Chris's driving guitar riffs, often sparking some fabulous wall of sound moments.' The Blues Man In The Hat
'The band is really at their best during the slow big beat semi-blues/garage rock tunes, such as the awesome title track' Strutter NL
'Heavy, raw, but always melodic, attention is paid to fine texts' Rootstime.be
'Live they are a sensation' Music That Needs Attention
'This was a performance full of passion but there was nothing lacking technically, at no time was technique sacrificed to performance.' Bristol 24/7
'musically entertaining, good and original' Ung Tro
‘great live performers’ Blues Brunch
‘absolutely brilliant album’ Fylde Coast Radio
‘spectatular, absolute stunner of an album’ Blues is the Truth
‘A superb album. It's like an audio painting with both vivid and soft tones’ Blues Bar and Friday Night Rock Show
‘The high-energy, nothing’s being held back sound that Husky Tones do so well, think chugging guitar riffs and an electric vocal performance’. Musicsoup
‘It is a complex structure of highly intelligent music, delivered with class and musical dexterity. These guys are both strikingly visual and eminently capable musicians.' Great British Rock and Blues Festival
'They have created a remarkably original sounding blues album. Recorded with a vibrant urgency, these songs lurch thrillingly from one thumping groove to the next' The Musician
'a bluesy feel that has been set free from the shackles of music that has gone before..it makes you want to go out and see the band perform live'. Blues in Britain
'a superbly crafted modern blues record' Bristol 24/7