The Alex Mckown Band

ALEX McKOWN

Alex was born in 1996 and he first picked up the guitar when he was 6 years of age.When Alex was 11 he started to have lessons from Samuel C Lees at Tameside Music Academy. A passion for the blues was ignited ! Alex developed his performance skills by performing regularly at the blues/rock jam at The Whittles in Oldham.

 

Alex then started to listen to the artists appearing at the major blues festivals in the UK and met Hamilton Loomis from Texas over the internet. Hamilton kindly agreed to let Alex sit in on his UK tour in 2009.

 

Alex then performed with his own band at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne in 2009 and 2010. Alex performed two shows at the Zinc Blues Festival in France in 2011 and also appeared for the second time at the Colne Festival on the British Stage.

 

Alex is a finalist in the 2015 British Blues Awards for the fifth year in succession. ( 2011 to 2015 ) and his band have been featured on two significant albums "The Cream of Electric Blues" and "Suitcase Full Of Blues", alongside the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Robert Cray and The Royal Southern Brotherhood.

 

The new album "Go with the Flow" was released in Jauary 2014 and radio stations across the world have featured tracks including the Paul Jones Show on BBC Radio 2.

 

The band have also played at The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, Bowness Bay Blues Festival, Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival, Mold Soul and Blues Festival and many more.

 

 http://www.alexmckown.com/

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 SCOTT WAINWRIGHT

Yorkshire based Maverick bluesman Scott Wainwright is a constant survivor of the grassroots music scene, ever beating a path through the constantly changing musical trends of today. He has released numerous Albums, EP's and Singles and performs regularly at venues across the country.

His new direction embraces Gospel, Blues, Hip Hop and Folk and blends them into a bizarre new sound, which Scott describes as 'Rural Underground Music'.

 

 https://www.reverbnation.com/scottwainwright

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SONIC PYE

We don’t follow trends, or go on wild goose chases, or listen to consultants. We just believe in the blues. That’s what we play; we have no desire to have a hit record, or a follow up. We play the blues, or as near to it as we can get.

We like purity, so we listen to (amongst others)Bukka White, Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Dr. Feelgood, Canned Heat, Muddy Waters; these are just some of our influences. Yet we try to do it our way, not that we think we’re better (God forbid). We just believe that to follow in the footsteps of the greats is to do it how you feel it.

We are a three piece, guitar, bass and drums. This is a good size, it gives us freedom to play a song as arranged but let it breath, and respond, allow us to expand on it, go in unexpected directions.

We don’t like to feel constrained, the blues does not have to be in a box. It doesn’t have to be the same, it can go with the times, go with the flow of the river; and carry us along. The heart of the blues is feeling, so let that rule.

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Doors 7.30, first band on stage 8pm sharp.

Tickets £8 available online from Ticketsource https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/218328

Bar serving draught real ales.

 

Secure car parking.

 

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Halifax has a rich & diverse musical heritage with many famous artists playing a wide range of venues. Some current, some unfortunately no longer in use. The trail launch weekend begins on Thursday the 30th of March, includes a film, a photography exhibition, the trail itself and a gig here at Arden Road. For more info click here to visit the website.

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