LATEST NEWS

2017 FESTIVALS

25th March - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @

Scarborough Top Secret Blues Festival

9th April - Vince Lee with Big Buzzard Boogaloo @

Grinagog Festival

13th May - Becca Langsford & Vince Lee @

Dartmouth Festival (Windjammer Pub)

27th May - Vince Lee &The Big Combo @

Royal William Yard Festival Plymouth

29th May - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @

Lyme Regis Blues Festival

17th - 18th June - Becca Langsford & Vince Lee @

Boogaloo Blues Weekender Toorak Hotel Torquay

July 21st - Becca Langsford & Vince Lee @

Upton Blues Festival

July 22nd - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @

Hatherleigh Festival

5th August - with Thomas Ford Band @

Kingston Festival

12th August - Becca Langsford & Vince Lee @

Ocean City Jazz & Blues Plymouth

28th August - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @

Finnyfest - The Finnygook Inn Cornwall

 

MOMENTUM STUDIOS LIVE VIDEO SHOWCASE SESSION (2015)

FEATURING - VINCE LEE

2015 has been a busy year so far. This is the first time I've had chance to post an update. I've played a whole bunch of festivals this year with The Big Combo & Becca Langsford's country blues trio (now featuring Tom Carr from The Hot Rats on double bass). We had great shows at Ashburton Blues Festival, Truro Blues Festival, Port Eliot & Labyrinth Blues & Roots to name a few. Earlier this year I helped out with my good friend Russell Sinclair's debut album recorded @ Momentum Studios with engineer Josiah Manning. The album is called 'Bought & Sold' featuring mostly original material written by Russell. I am playing mandolin & slide guitar on a couple tunes. More information about the new record on his website.

The studio has since been extended with a larger live room and isolated drum booth. To promote the new improved recording space we decided to shoot a series of three videos showcasing some of the highly talented musicians we have performed & recorded with on the south west blues scene. The three songs are each fronted by a different singer. Here is the first installment with Vince Lee singing Big Bess by Louis Jordan.

Band line-up

Vince Lee - vocal & guitar

Josiah Manning - grand piano

Sebastian Boleslawski - drums

Tom Carr - double bass

Andy Williamson - baritone sax

George Comer - tenor sax

Becca Langsford - backing vocals & handclaps

Russell Sinclair - backing vocals & handclaps

Jake Galvin was the cameraman & video editor on these session.

Mixed & mastered by Josiah Manning - Momentum Studios, Plymouth.

Lookout for the next two episodes coming soon with Becca Langsford & Russell Sinclair fronting the band. Updated - Sept 2015

 

THOMAS FORD NEW ALBUM RELEASE

SHOULDER TO CRY ON (2015)

Thomas Ford's fourth studio album came out earlier this year recorded @ PMC Studios. The album which is mainly made up of solo performances features Vince Lee on a few songs. There are two full band numbers included with Vince on double bass guitar & mandolin. For more information visit Thomas Ford's website. You can now hear/buy the whole record on Bandcamp

KIRK FLETCHER - FIRST UK TOUR

Becca Langsford & Vince Lee will be supporting Kirk Fletcher on his first UK tour.

Kirk is on of the worlds finest blues guitarists, he played alongside Nick Curran in The Fabulous Thunderbirds and has recorded with some of the hottest names in the west coast such as James Harman, Janiva Magness & The Mannish Boys.

1st November - South Devon Arts Centre. See poster for futher details

www.kirkfletcherband.com

PLYMOUTH BLUES SOCIETY SUMMER PARTY 2014

Plymouth Blues Society has been busy planning another Summer event at Plymouth Social Club. Last years show was a great success so we have organised another one. The date is Thursday 12th June!!! This year we have collaborated with The Barbican International Jazz & Blues festival which starts the following day. Our event will be the opening party for the festival and will feature International and local performers who've been booked to appear at the festival. Vince Lee will host the event with The Big Combo as house band. Admission will be the same as last year - £5

This year we celebrate our first birthday. Our headline act for the blues party are
Robin Henkel - slide guitar maestro & Ric Lee, drummer from The Bayou Brothers, both from San Diego USA. We will also be celebrating Ric's birthday with an awesome line up of musicians from around the South West. Line up includes...

VINCE LEE - HOST, GUITAR/VOCALS

AL WALLIS - BASS

SEBASTIAN BOLESLAWSKI - DRUMS

ANDY WILLIAMSON - SAXOPHONES

BECCA LANGSFORD - VOCALS/WASHBOARD

RUSSELL SINCLAIR - VOCALS/GUITAR

JOANNA COOKE - VOCALS

NATHAN AUSTIN - GUITAR

MAMA TOKUS - VOCALS

BERNADINE ARTUSO - VOCALS

ROBIN HENKEL - VOCALS/GUITAR

RIC LEE - DRUMS

THOMAS FORD - HARMONICA

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THOMAS FORD NOMINATED FOR BRITISH BLUES AWARD - VOTE NOW!!!

VOTE FOR THOMAS FORD NOW!!!

Thomas Ford has been nominated in the emerging artists section. His new album 'Breaking Everything But Even' features Vince Lee on guitar/double bass/ukulele/vocals. Checkout Thomas Ford's website for further information. Voting is open now on the British Blues Awards website.

 

2014 FESTIVALS

4th May - Becca Langsford & Vince Lee @ Blues @ The Barn - Rumleigh Farm, Nr Tavistock

18th May Becca Langsford & Vince Lee @ Dartmouth Festival

18th May - with Thomas Ford & The Diehards @ Dartmouth Festival (Windjammer)

23rd May - Becca Langsford & Vince Lee @ Volksfest ,Plymouth

25th May - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ PL13 Festival, Milendreath, Cornwall

12th June - Plymouth Blues Society Summer Party (opening show for Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival)

14th June Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival

26th July - Becca Langsford & Vince Lee @ The Rock Inn Rock Fest

10th August - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ Labyrinth Blues & Roots Festival, Nr Looe, Cornwall

2013 FESTIVALS

23rd February - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ Vaults Fest, Whitsands, Cornwall

12th May - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ Dartmouth Music Festival

PLYMOUTH BLUES SOCIETY 7th JUNE

The first Plymouth Blues Society event will take place on 7th June 2013 @ Plymouth Social Club on Tavistock Place (the street behind the library on North Hill) I will be acting as host for the evening and performing along side some of the finest blues talent in the area. There will be a jam session included in the deal featuring some of the south west's best players. I already have a few people in mind & will be adding them to the line up soon. Admission will be £5 ticket info to follow.. Please come out to support this event organised by local musicians. Tickets available from The Last Shop Standing, Bretonside Business Station, Plymouth Thanks, Vince Lee

THOMAS FORD'S 3rd ALBUM DUE FOR RELEASE IN JULY 2013

I've been working in the studio with Thomas Ford since early 2012 recording tracks for his 3rd album. I'm playing double bass on most tunes as well as guitars, lap steel and backing vocals. We are recording at our favourite studio PMC here in Plymouth with Doc Collins at the controls. I was involved with the previous two albums but this one shows a real development in songwriting and musicianship in my opinion.  Thomas Ford and myself will be taking the record on the road for a Summer release tour in July/August 2013, dates to follow soon!

Thomas Ford website

 EASTWOOD/AIRLINE GUITAR DEMOS

As promised below... New Airline demos added to my playlist on youtube

for the Espanada, Map guitar & Limited Edition Catalina...

The Wildcards Win Best Blues Act

South West Music Awards 2012

 

Becca Langsford Band @ Pori Jazz Festival - Finland 2012

One of the highlights of 2012 was performing with The Becca Langsford Band @ The 47th Pori Jazz Festival in Finland. Pori is the biggest music festival in Finland. We had the pleasure of watching Jo Buddy and is band after our show. 

The Wildcards @ Scandinavian Blues Party 2012

LATEST NEWS 2012

EASTWOOD/AIRLINE GUITAR DEMOS

I'll be filming some new demos for Eastwood/Airline guitars in a few weeks time. Mike Robinson, the companies founder has finally re-issued my favourite guitar, the Harmony H63 Espanada and he will be sending me one very soon. Mike is also sending me the 59' 2P guitar which is a copy of the old Supro resoglass guitar and a re-issue of the National map guitar. Here is a link to my youtube channel where you can see my existing demos and live clips

Vince Lee on Youtube

Airline Guitars website

 

2012 FESTIVALS

15th June - Vince Lee & Al Wallis @ Polperro Festival, Cornwall UK

22nd June - The Wildcards @ Blues on The Farm, Chichcester UK

30th June - The Wildcards @ Iisalmi Blues Festival, FINLAND

7th July - The Becca Langsford Band @ Castlerock, Launceston, Cornwall UK

13th July - The Wildcards @ Frome Festival, Frome, UK

20th & 21st July - The Becca Langsford Band @ Pori Jazz, Pori, FINLAND

27th July - The Wildcards @ The Barbican Jazz & Blues Festival, Plymouth, UK

29th July - The Wildcards @ Leopallooza Festival, Cornwall, UK

24th August - The Wildcards @ Blues Au Chateau, La Cheze, FRANCE

31st August - The Wildcards @ Weyfest, Farnham, UK

7th - 9th September - The Wildcards @ Harvest time Blues Festival, Monaghan, IRELAND

22nd September - The Becca Langsford Band @ Buckfastleigh Music Festival, Devon, UK

The Wildcards @ Monaghan Harvest Time Blues

2011 FESTIVALS

16th - 19th March - The Wildcards @ FESTIVAL DU BLUES AUTOUR DU ZINC, France

29th April - Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ BARBICAN JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL, UK

30th April - The Becca Langsford Band @ BARBICAN JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL, UK

28th May - Vince Lee & Al Wallis @ ASHBURTON BLUES FESTIVAL, UK

 29th May - The Wildcards @  ASHBURTON BLUES FESTIVAL, UK

4th June, The Wildcards @ GOEZOT IN'T HOFKEN FESTIVAL, Belgium

17th June - The Becca Langsford Band @ WINTERWELL FESTIVAL, UK

2nd July - The Becca Langsford Band @ MAKER FESTIVAL, UK

3rd July, Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ MAKER FESTIVAL, UK

9th July, Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ CLOVELLY BAY CIDER & SAUSAGE FEST, UK

10th July, Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ WATTS FEST, UK

30th July - The Wildcards @  MARYPORT BLUES FESTIVAL, UK

The Wildcards @ BETHUNE RETRO, France

2nd - 4th September - The Wildcards @ HARVEST TIME BLUES FESTIVAL, Monaghan, Ireland

BECCA LANGSFORD - BIG SURPRISE

Debut Album - Featuring Vince Lee

Click Here to visit Roots CD & buy BECCA LANGSFORD - BIG SURPRISE

Becca Langsford releases her debut album on 2nd May 2011 With two weeks of live shows around the South West. The name of the album is ‘Big Surprise’, it features a host of great musicians from Devon & Cornwall. Becca will be performing with an all new line-up featuring Vince Lee on guitar/vocals, Martin Vowles on double bass & Sebastian Boleslawski on drums. The band will be joined by guests Paul Harris (Hammond organ) & Ian Langsford (harmonica). Reviews for this stunning debut album are coming in thick & fast. Visit Becca's all new website for more information. www.beccalangsford.com

The album is available to buy at www.rootscd.com

The Musicians

Becca Langsford - Vocals, Percussion

Vince Lee - Vocals, Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Dobro, Piano, Double Bass,

Percussion, Mandocaster, Washboard, Kazoo, Jug, Ukulele, Lapsteel, Skulls

Sebastian Boleslawski - Drums, Percussion, Shouts

Timmy Langsford - Drums, Percussion

Patrick James Pearson - Violins, Tenor Saxophone

Ian Petitt - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Cornet

George Comer - Tenor Saxophone

Paul Harris - Hammond Organ

Ian Langsford - Harmonica

Esther Alexandra - Backing Vocal

Alex Hart - Backing Vocal

 

The album release date is set to coincide with The Barbican Jazz & Blues Festival at the end of April with a bunch of additional gigs to follow.

The all new line up for THE BECCA LANGSFORD BAND features...

 

Becca Langsford - Vocals

Vince Lee - Guitar/Vocals

Paul Bomber Harris - Hammond Organ

Martin Vowles - Upright Bass

Sebastian Boleslawski - Drums

 

You can listen to some of Becca's new tracks at her website

 

2010 FESTIVALS

12th March - The Wildcards @ JEPPIS BLUES FESTIVAL (FINLAND)

1st May - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ BARBICAN JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

3rd May - Thomas Ford Album Launch @  BARBICAN JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

7th May - Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ MOULIN BLUES FESTIVAL (HOLLAND)

28th May - Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ ASHBURTON BLUES FESTIVAL

30th May - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ PLYMOUTH VOLKSFEST

19th June - Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ WINTERWELL FESTIVAL

20th June - Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ SALTASH REGATTA

26th June - Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ KINGSBRIDGE FESTIVAL

2nd July - The Wildcards @ ASHBURTON CARNIVAL

3rd July - The Wildcards @ SUMMER BREEZE FESTIVAL

16th July - The Wildcards @ THUNDER MUSIC & BIKE FESTIVAL

25th July - Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL

31st July - Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ LEOPALOOZA FESTIVAL

22nd August - Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys @ SALTASH FESTIVAL

27th August - The Wildcards @ (GE)VARENWINKEL FESTIVAL (BELGIUM)

28th August - The Wildcards @ BETHUNE RETRO FESTIVAL (FRANCE)

26th September - Vince Lee & The Big Combo @ TAVISROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL

16th October - The Wildcards @ BUCKFASTLEIGH BLUES FESTIVAL

 

THE WILDCARDS NEW ALBUM

'WHEN THE MOON SHINES BRIGHT'

Now Available at www.rootscd.com

More Info at

www.wildcardsweb.com

 

LATEST NEWS 2009


Thomas Ford & The Dirty Harmonys album Launch

Thomas Ford (b. Simon Thomas Langsford, 4 July 1985) Is a talented young blues musician based in the South West of England. Thomas has been busy playing shows around the UK since early 2008 as a hard-hitting one-man blues band. He sings and plays National steel guitar, blows rack harmonica and stomps on a tambourine strapped to a suitcase! He was Influenced from a young age by his father, Ian Langsford – founder member of legendary Plymouth blues band ‘The Legal Eagles', Being raised in a musical family with strong links to the blues has certainly rubbed off on him, as anyone who has witnessed his energetic live shows will tell you!

Debut Album - Separation Street

Thomas Ford’s outstanding debut album ‘Separation Street’ is due for release in Spring 2009. The disc will feature performances from Tom’s sister Becca Langsford on vocals and his brother Tim Langsford on drums. Other members include Vince Lee (guitar, lapsteel, ukulele, vocals) and Al Wallis (bass) from internationally acclaimed blues & roots band - The Wildcards. Thomas wrote the majority of the tunes on the album including the title track ‘Separation Street’.

I first met Thomas Ford at a local gig in my hometown Plymouth, he was beating out some footstompin’ blues on a Harmony Arch-tone guitar and blowing serious harmonica. I remember being impressed by his performance and was glad to see a young guy playing the blues and getting it right. We soon became friends and ended up playing live together on a regular basis.

Thomas had just started working on this album when i met him and invited me to play on the record.

Separation Street is a collection of original songs recorded in a makeshift studio by his brother Timmy Langsford who also plays drums on the disc.

 

 Thomas shares vocal duties with his 19 year old sister Becca Langsford, an outstanding blues singer with a mature and powerful voice.

The Dirty Harmonys line up also includes my long-time bass player Al Wallis and Patrick James Pearson who played anything he could get his hands on. He added saxophone, organ, percussion, violin and backing vocals.

This is an impressive debut from a young blues musician who proves himself a thoughtful songwriter with dark humour attached to every line he sings. His music has a timeless simplicity that will leave these tunes swimming around in your head for days - Vince Lee

BIG COMBO FESTIVAL DATES 2009

Volksfest - 24th May, Newnham Park, Plymouth

Beer R&B Festival - 10th October, Beer, North Devon

BIG COMBO FESTIVAL DATES 2008

DARTMOUTH FESTIVAL Saturday 17th May - 4pm - The Big Combo (featuring George Comer and Paul Harris)

ASHBURTON BLUES FESTIVAL Saturday 31st May - 1pm (Vince Lee & Al Wallis Blues Duo) - The Red Lion pub

POLPERRO FESTIVAL  Monday 23rd June - 9pm (Vince Lee & Al Wallis Blues Duo) - The Blue Peter

MAKER FESTIVAL Saturday 2nd August - 9pm - The Big Combo (featuring George Comer and Paul Harris)

Wildcards Tour with The Fabulous Thunderbirds
We are very excited to announce that The Wildcards will be touring in Germany with the legendary Fabulous Thunderbirds during April 2008! Full details of the dates are now available on our shows page. This will be a great opportunity for us to appear at some new and larger venues and we're looking forward to winning some new German fans!

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The list grows by the day jazz, folk and world music artists to worldwide customers.

RAISING HELL VOTED 7th BEST BLUES ALBUM 2007

Blues Matters! Magazine voted The Wildcards latest album 'RAISING HELL'  as the 7th best albums of 2007.

We've been picking up a lot of interest from the cream of blues World's press, with present and forthcoming reviews and interviews in Blues Matters (UK), Blues In Britain (UK), Back To The Roots (Belgium), Block (Holland), Blues News (Germany), Blues Revue (USA)....the list goes on! Blues Matters are running a major interview with us that's ear-marked for issue 42 (February 2008). 

THE WILDCARDS 'RAISING HELL'...

 

BLUES MATTERS! REVIEW

The Wildcards – Raising Hell (2007)

Listen to the entertaining lyrics or just let yourself go to their urgently-swinging, amazingly-accomplished and undeniably-cool blend of jazz, jump jive, blues and rockabilly, given a wickedly ‘voodoo’ edge with Louisiana and Caribbean influences bubbling up all over, and you can’t fail to be bowled over by its startling originality. This well-recorded CD (a worthy successor to fine 2004 debut “On Fire”) captures their thrilling many-layered live sound so well that new delights emerge with every playing and you get the feeling it’s never going to be far from your record player.

Their impeccably empathetic playing is enhanced by great arrangements and a unifying concept feel symbolised by the eerie cover drawing of four leering skeletons playing instruments atop an old-style hearse providing fair warning of the dark delights within. At the album’s greasy heart lies a magnificently woozy version of the blues standard ‘St James Infirmary’ with an electrifying half-way lurch into a musical mayhem worthy of Screaming Jay Hawkins or Louis Jordan. Yes, it’s that good.

With a striking air of brooding menace, lots of dark humour and an entertaining musical and lyrical wit way beyond most bands, the Wildcards are surely poised on the edge of real acclaim. Listen to the sophisticated calypso and Latin touches on the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ ‘Hell’, the deliriously carnivalesque version of Louis Jordan’s ‘Run Joe’, the scarifying ‘Hoodoo Preacher’ (composed by harmonica-player Gary Primich, with whom they toured last year), and the suitably staggery rhythms of the band original ‘Drunk’. There isn’t a weak track on the album, their own material easily matching their well-chosen covers, though they may have saved the best till last with the epic Vince Lee original ‘Hard Luck Tale’, featuring eerie keyboards from guest Paul Harris. A class act.
Dave Kingsbury - Writer for Blues Matters, Blues In Britain.

2007 - END OF ANOTHER YEAR PLAYING THE BLUES

 

This has been a pretty tough year... The last 12 months have seen some serious bad juju goin' on although music has somehow kept things together. We have gained another extended member of The Big Combo - George Comer on tenor and baritone saxes. George is an old friend of the band and joins Paul Harris on Hammond organ for regular shows with The Big Combo We have had some knockout gigs with this line-up so expect more of the same for 2008. We spent a lot of time in the studio throughout 2007, The Wildcards second album 'Raising Hell' was released in October 2007 and is gaining great  reviews all over the world. 2008 should see the band reaching a much larger audience with festival dates booked in Holland, Finland, Sweden, Belgium and all around the UK. I was also involved with our good friends Benny 'Guitar' Carr and The Hot Rats debut album recorded at our favorite studio at The Plymouth Music Collective. The album which I helped produce 'Red Hot Mama' was released in March 2007 and the band have seen their gig-list expanding as a result. Lookout for  The Hot Rats second album in 2008. Al Wallis and myself have been doing some shows recently with legendary New Orleans style piano player  Diz Watson and one of my oldest musician friends Julian Rout on drums. Julian can play a New Orleans rumba better than anyone else I know and we  always have a blast playing together. We will surely be performing together on a regular basis from now on! First priority this year is to finish The Big Combo's second album. The album will include George Comer on saxes and Paul Harris on Hammond organ

GARY PRIMICH RIP 1958 - 2007

Rest In Peace Gary...

 

This year we lost one of our biggest influences in today's blues scene.

GARY PRIMICH - From Austin Texas was one of the worlds finest blues musicians. Gary was a genius harmonica player and songwriter who inspired usto cover many of his tunes and turned us on to some very cool music over the years. There are two of his songs included on The Big Combo's debut album. He heard about us covering his songs and approached me about doing some shows together in the UK. This resulted in a two week tour starting at The Blues bar and Grill in Plymouth and taking us from London to France, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. We learned a lot from touring with Gary, he was an amazing talent and a real blues road warrior. As a tribute we recorded Gary's song Hoodoo Preacher for The Wildcards latest album 'Raising Hell' When he heard our version he told us he preferred it to his own which was the highest compliment we could have wished for!

Gary Primich with Vince and Al at The Blues Bar and Grill October 2006

 

The Wildcards New Album - RAISING HELL

RELEASE DATE 18th October 2007

The Wildcards new album 'Raising Hell' due for release on 18th October 2007. We have now got four official launch dates for the new album Thursday 18th October - The Royal Oak, Malborough, Nr Kingsbridge, Friday 19th October - Mojo's Bar, Torquay, 20th October -  Annabel's Cabaret and Discotheque on The Barbican in Plymouth, 27th October - The Rod and Line - Tideford, Cornwall

FESTIVALS 2007

Dartmouth Festival - Mainstage with Paul Harris on Hammond Organ - Sunday 20th May - 6.30pm

Benny Carr and The Hot Rats at Dartmouth Festival with guest VINCE LEE @ The Yacht Club - Friday 18th May 9.00pm

Salcombe Music Festival, Mainstage with Paul Harris on Hammond Organ - Saturday 9th June - Evening Session

3rd Annual Finnyfest at The Finnygook, Crafthole - Sunday 26th August Evening Session

Boogaloo Promotions - Cricket St Thomas Blues Weekend - Saturday 3rd November - http://www.boogaloopromotions.com/

 

Wildcards Studio Dates

The Wildcards are also recording their second album in 2007. Tunes are sounding great already, expect the unpredictable!

Harmony Stratotones in PMC Studios

Aaahhh Stratotones!

Family Photo...

Guitars Family Photo

Fender 51 P-Bass 1996 - Harmony Mercury Stratotone 1959 - Danelectro Baritone - Epiphone ES-5 - Gretsch Country Classic - Harmony Newport 1957 - Harmony H44 Stratotone 1955 - Silvertone Espanada 1955 - Harmony H62 1955 - Ozark Resonator bass - Fender 51 P-Bass

Amps

Fender Junior - Fender Blues Deville - Gibson GA30RVT Invader - Fender Reverb unit - Victoria 4X10 Bassman...

Photo from Wildcards recording session PMC Studios, Plymouth

LATEST NEWS FOR 2006

We will be kicking off the Gary Primich tour with an appearance at The Blues Bar and Grill in Plymouth with a special show featuring Gary Primich, Vince Lee and Al Wallis. Admission is £5.00... tickets available from The Blues Bar and Grill. This show will sell out so get your tickets early!!!

Harmony Guitars

Stratotone Newport and H62 Archtop

I have recently become the proud owner of two extremely rare Harmony guitars, on the left - 1957 Harmony H42 Stratotone Newport and a 1955 Harmony H62 Artist archtop. These are primo blues guitars made in Chicago in th 50's, photo taken at Gary Primich recording session for Triple R Blues Radio, Holland.

Ben Carr and the Hot Rats

Debut album "Red Hot" out soon...

Well 2006 has been a very busy years so far. I have been in PMC Studios with Benny Carr and the Hot Rats, Ben asked me to produce and appear as guest musician on their debut album "Red Hot" so I had to say "Yeah!" You can read more about this on Ben Carr's website here www.bennyguitarcarr.co.uk

 

Benny "Guitar" Carr and the Hot Rats - At PMC Studios

Left to Right - Aidan Sinclair, Vince Lee, James Carr, Tom Carr, Doc Collins, Tim Carr, Ben Carr

 

 Gary Primich & The Wildcards

We have already done several shows in Europe with The Wildcards this year. We've toured Belgium, Holland and Finland (With The Wentus Blues Band) but the best is yet to come. We will be touring throughout Europe for two weeks in October with harmonica ace Gary Primich, Gary contacted me after hearing The Big Combo's album. We covered two of his tunes on the disc "Dallas Texas" and "Cold Hand in Mine" and he liked 'em so much we started talking about the possibility of touring together. We will be playing three shows in the UK. You can read more about this on Gary Primich's website and The Wildcards site

www.wildcardsweb.com  

Gary Primich & The Wildcards European Tour

www.garyprimich.com 

Tuesday 17th October - UK - The Blues Bar and Grill (with Vince Lee and Al Wallis)

Wednesday 18 October - UK - Malborough (South Devon) The Royal Oak

Thursday 19 October - UK - Basildon - New Crawdaddy Blues Club

Friday 20 October - UK - London (Sutton) - The Boom Boom Club

Saturday 21 October - France - Tremblay-en-France - Espace Caussimon

Sunday 22 October - Details Coming Soon

Monday 23 October - Details Coming Soon

Tuesday 24 October - Details Coming Soon

Wednesday 25 October - Belgium - Brussels - CC Nekkersdal

Thursday 26 October - Belgium - Details Coming Soon

Friday 27 October - Luxembourg - Luxembourg City - Sang-A-Klang

Saturday 28 October - Details Coming Soon

Sunday 29 October - Holland - Dongen - De Gouden Leeuw

Monday 30 October - Belgium - Ertvelde - The Maple

END OF ANOTHER YEAR... PLAYIN' THE BLUES

LATEST NEWS FOR 2005... updated - 12/12/05

Well it's been another busy year, we've toured Finland & Lapland, Belgium & Holland. We got to see a whole bunch of our blues heroes perform from James Harman & Kid Ramos to  Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. We have jammed with Bob Brozman (He said we gotta a good sense of  swing! Which is unusual for the English "apparently") We played a New Orleans style gig with Diz Watson at Mike and Karen Jones wedding at The Rod & Line which was a blast!  We have recorded a session for Paul Jones Blues Show at Maida Vale Studios and played several UK Blues Festivals including  The  Great British  R&B Festival and The Upton on Severn Blues Festival. The Big Combo and The Wildcards struck a deal with Pacific Blues in California to distribute our CDs worldwide. Our music is being played on blues stations all over the world. Vince has been writing songs between touring and playing local dates with plans for recording sessions starting early in 2006. Both The Big Combo and The Wildcards are due to start recording for their second albums very soon. Checkout our tour dates for 2005 Vince  

Paul Jones Blues Show - Wildcards Session

Vince Lee and Al Wallis recorded a live session with The Wildcards on Wednesday 12th October 2005. The Session took place at the famous Maida Vale Studios in London.

The Blues Disease  on KUCI

Pacific Blues Recording Co

LATEST NEWS FOR 2005... updated - 20/05/05

We have been getting some airplay recently on Jeff Scott Fleenors radio show in California, The Blues Disease on KUCI. If you like West coast Blues, tune in on the internet to listen to the show live (at approx 6.00pm on Mondays). Jeff works in partnership with the legendary Jerry Hall at Pacific Blues Recording Co who has also shown interest in the band. Jerry has produced James Harman's albums for many years, he has worked with Lynwood Slim, Kid Ramos, Hollywood Fats, Junior Watson and Janiva Magness - All Big Combo favorites!!!. You can now buy The Big Combo's album "Call It What ya Wanna" and The Wildcards - "On Fire" cds on The Pacific Blues website.  This is great news for us to be involved with such inspirational people who can offer us worldwide distribution and promotion of our music.

“The Blues Disease”

with Jeff Scott Mondays 10am – 1pm (Pacific)

KUCI 88.9fm, Irvine/CA/USA - Listen on the internet @ www.kuci.org

Moulin Blues - Ospel, Holland

We traveled to Holland on May the 6th to attend The 20th Moulin Blues Festival. After The Wildcards headline appearance at last years festival the promoters invited us back this year as guests to see JAMES HARMAN perform with KID RAMOS. We also got to see The Fabulous Thunderbirds with front man Kim Wilson, Jimi Bott on drums, Gene Taylor on piano, Nick Curran and Kirk Fletcher on guitars. What a lineup!! Photos here...

Silvertone Espanada and Victoria Bassman

I  just became the proud owner of a 1955 Silvertone Espanada arch top guitar and a handmade Victoria Bassman amplifier. The guitar is having some restoration work done. The pickups have been wax potted by Bare Knuckle Pickups, the frets have been replaced and set up by Pete Gosden at Griffin Guitar Centre, Plymouth. More soon!

Wildcards new album released

Hot News updated on 09/10/04

The Wildcards new album "ON FIRE" was released on Monday 8th November 2004. The 11 track CD features two original songs and a whole bunch of classic tunes from the likes of Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Pee-Wee Crayton and Billie Holiday. The album can be purchased on line CLICK HERE TO BUY

  2004 NEWS

Vince Lee and Al Wallis have had a busy year so far playing regular gigs with The Big Combo between tour dates with The Wildcards. They have spent the rest of their time working on new material for The Big Combo's live set and recording tracks for The Wildcards debut album at PMC Studios. The new band have made several trips to Europe throughout the Summer festival season and played Moulin Blues Festival in Holland, Night of the Blues Festival and The Spirit of 66 in Belgium among others. More dates to come! Just take a look at our 2004 touring schedule

We are working very hard at establishing The Wildcards on the national and European blues and roots circuit. So far the results have been very good, with appearances at some of the biggest blues festivals in the UK and Europe.

Taking our music on the road has also helped to spread the word about The Big Combo.... Although we have read several mis-informed articles / previews on The Wildcards shows which state that The Big Combo has split up...DON'T BELIEVE A WORD OF IT!

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