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    Edinburgh Blues 'n' Rock Festival

  • When
    29 July 13:30 - 30 July 01:30
  • Edinburgh Blues ‘n’ Rock Festival 2017
    After the resounding success of our 2016 Edinburgh Blues ‘n’ Rock Festival we are back with our brilliant and impressive band line up for EBRF 2017 which is as follows.





    Glenda Benevides & Gene Williams from USA



    This is believed to be an amazing band line-up which will again cement Edinburgh Blues ‘N’ Rock Festival 2017 as one of best musical entertainment events in the country.

    The event organisers said “We are overjoyed at how the event has taken off. For us to have pulled together another amazing band line up for our 2017 event is almost beyond our wildest dreams. We have had ticket bookings from all over the UK, and we are certain that this event will not only live up to everyone’s expectations but create a lifetime of happy memories.”

    The Edinburgh Corn Exchange was chosen as the venue as it has a great reputation for being able to support big events; there will also be a separate room with live DJ-for those who wish to dance the day and night away, which is in addition to the dance floor in the main band area.



    British singer, pianist and guitarist Mike Sanchez is one of the most exciting and charismatic performers of Rhythm & Blues and Rock 'n' Roll in the world today. His indelible image as a frenetic front man, pumping powerful boogie-woogie from the piano in a soaking suit, has won him fans from all over the world and attracted a following from many famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work with him.

    The June 2014 authorised biography 'Mike Sanchez-Big Town Playboy' by Michael Madden with a foreword by Robert Plant and published by Music Mentor Books is available from Amazon and all good bookstores. Mike has been busy promoting his new book as well as preparing his next new album release Mike Sanchez featuring Albert Lee 'So Many Routes' as a follow up to his critically acclaimed album 'Almost Grown' featuring Imelda May.

    Mike spent four years as a full-time member of Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, fronting the band alongside Georgie Fame, Beverly Skeete, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low and Eddie Floyd on their annual world tours. The Rhythm Kings released their album ‘Just for a Thrill’ and a fabulous DVD entitled ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, both featuring Mike’s extensive role as a member of the ex-Rolling Stones bassist’s touring band.

    In December 2007 Mike was invited to appear as a guest vocalist with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings at one of the most publicised musical events of the year - the Led Zeppelin reunion at London's O2 Arena, a tribute to the memory of the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records. Mike performed alongside such soul legends as Solomon Burke, Ben E King, Percy Sledge and Sam Moore.

    Mike is currently involved in a number of touring line-ups, most notably his 6-piece outfit Mike Sanchez and his Band featuring Tom Bull on guitar, bassist Nick Whitfield (both Tom and Nick hail from Leicester's Drugstore Cowboys), Mike's long term drummer Mark Morgan, Nick Lunt on baritone sax (Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) and Martin Winning on tenor sax (Van Morrison). This band's performances continuously receive fabulous reviews throughout the blues and rockin' scenes across the UK and Europe.

    A 2009 recording project was Mike's second collaboration with top Swedish bluesmen The Beat From Palookaville, creating the hot rockin' album 'Babes & Buicks' out on Mike’s own Doopin Music. In 2003 Mike released a debut 2-hour DVD titled 'Red Hot …Live!' featuring live shows of his own 4 and 7-piece band and The Mike Sanchez Rhythm & Blues Revue, a Johnny Otis 1950s style show starring doo-wop vocal trio The Extraordinaires and Imelda May who shortly thereafter became a household name.

    Mike Sanchez was born Jesus Miguel Sanchez in London's East End to Spanish parents Jesus and Manola on the 17th of February 1964. At the age of eleven, his family moved to Worcestershire in the West Midlands where Mike took up the piano, developing a strong love for 1950s' American roots music through his high school years. As a teenager he taught himself guitar and formed The Rockets, a rockabilly trio.
    Shortly after, Mike was introduced to former Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown and Steve Gibbons' multi-instrumentalist Andy Silvester by Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, which led to the founding of the Big Town Playboys in 1984, specialising in authentic post-war Rhythm & Blues. Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker became an early fan and introduced Mike to his friends Eric Clapton and Amen Corner's Andy Fairweather-Low. The latter signed up as guitarist with the Big Town Playboys for two years in the 1990s. Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood is another good friend who regularly involves Mike in his plans wherever possible.

    Mike recorded a number of albums including the classic Gene Vincent/Cliff Gallup tribute album 'Crazy Legs' with guitar-great Jeff Beck in 1993. The Big Town Playboys had various stints opening for Eric Clapton at London's Royal Albert Hall and appeared at many European music festivals, backing bluesmen like Lowell Fulson, Don & Dewey, Lonnie Brooks, Joe Hughes, Jimmy Nelson, Carey Bell and the great Little Willie Littlefield. Over the years, Mike has also been involved in movie soundtrack producing and recording, most recently for the movie 'I’ll Be There' (2003) starring Charlotte Church and Craig Ferguson. The well-established magazine Blues in Britain voted Mike 'UK Keyboard Player of the Year' for four consecutive years (2000-2004).

    Mike's main aim has always been to make every live show his best yet as he continuously enjoys growing acclaim and admiration for his electrifying stage performances from new and old fans of all age groups across the world. He is now a family man living with his wife Sarah and their baby son Louie Ray in the Sierra Gredos near Madrid considering the next significant step in his colourful career.

    Latest album release - 'So Many Routes' Doopin 05
    released on Mike's own UK label and on-line store at www.mikesanchez.com.

    All enquiries to: mikesanchezenqs@aol.com
    Mike Sanchez - P.O.Box 143 - Kidderminster - Worcestershire - DY10 1YY - United Kingdom


    After more than 45 years of continuous service, The Pretty Things remain a significant, challenging force in rock and roll. Despite their veteran status, their contemporary relevance, undiminished energy & inspirational commitment inspire emerging generations of new artists and young fans, whilst retaining their devoted, fanatical, core fan base. Their career is a tribute to righteous, unswerving convictions, always chosen over a quick buck. It is no surprise that guitarist Dick Taylor chose to leave The Rolling Stones, which he had formed with Mick & Keith, to pursue a more raw level of energy with The Pretty Things. And they still retain that energy, as befits one of this country’s most exciting live acts, whilst their recordings and song-writing maintain the same levels of inspiration and innovation that were set back in 1964, with the world’s first and best ever “Garage” anthem – “Rosalyn”. Under-rated and often overlooked, The Pretty Things have had a seminal influence on rock music, which is more far-reaching than any casual observation would suggest, and their career is littered with many groundbreaking “firsts” - most of which are not universally known or recognised. Their diverse and unexpected history has spawned countless imitators, many of whom have seen greater commercial success than their heroes, but The Pretty Things remain the original and the best. Not content with being the first ever “garage” band, glowingly acknowledged by Iggy, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana, & The Libertines, as a primal influence and guiding light. They created a world of rock and roll attitude (the first ever rock & roll drugs bust and a lifetime ban from Australia and New Zealand provide credentials!) and still found time to create a cult world of incredible ground-breaking music - which is as influential now as their attitude was then...... 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Recorded again at Abbey Road, it was voted Rolling Stone magazine’s first Record of The Year of the 1970’s, outclassing Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, The Stones, and The Who. More importantly, “Parachute” was the only Rolling Stone Record of The Year, ever awarded to Berry Gordy & Tamla Motown, who had cannily signed The Pretty Things the year before, specifically to access the emerging and influential rock and roll album market. Few realise that it took The Pretty Things to grant Berry Gordy his most valued wish.... Album credibility. “Parachute” was recognised by The Pink Floyd” as the inspiration for “Dark Side of The Moon”...... and the rest is history (albeit not that well known!). In 1974 The Pretty Things were chosen as the first band to sign to Led Zeppelin’s new label – Swansong. This association re-kindled a long-standing relationship with manager, Peter Grant, and the band’s old friends Jimmy Page (who played with them on record in 1965) & Robert Plant. 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    Stevie Nimmo has been successfully recording and touring for the last two decades. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland there was always music around as Stevie grew up. Stevie never had any guitar or singing lessons but throughout the family there were plenty of people who sang or played some kind of instrument to learn from.
    After a diagnosis of cancer in 2009 and subsequent surgery resulting in the loss of his voice for over 2 months, Stevie, now living in France, was forced to ease back on his touring schedule with The Nimmo Brothers spending some months in recovery following this major operation. During this period, focusing on the style of music Stevie listens to ’off the park’, he wrote the songs that now make up The Wynds of Life. For Stevie song writing isn’t something that you plan, it’s something that you need to do. As Stevie says; “When you have that something inside you, that feeling be it happy or sad, you just have to let it out. It’s an extremely emotional process and my only way to do that is through song”.
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