Date Band Genre Start Fee
October 2017
Sat 07 Oct 2017 Storm Warning 7.30pm £10, members £8
Storm Warning have earned a reputation as one of the UK’s best and individual blues bands with the vocals and blues harp of Son Maxwell and the sublime guitar playing of Bob Moore. In their 10 year history, the band has featured several times on BBC Radio 2 as well as other radio stations in the UK, Europe and USA.

“Soulful gut-bucket groove that’s half hard times, half good-time-all-the-time….. they delve deep into breezy jazz, fiery rock or smoky R&B, but the blues always call them back.” Classic Rock

“Sublime piece of modern electric blues, cool and sophisticated…..
just about as good as it gets and totally on the button!! Brilliant!!”
“Blues workout par excellence” Sunday Express
November 2017
Sat 04 Nov 2017 Giles Robson and the Dirty Aces 7.30pm £10, members £8
The Dirty Aces raw and visceral sound is being hailed as one of the most exciting new discoveries to break out of the blues world today. With an untamed squall that echoes Jack White, The Black Keys, The Strypes, The Stooges and some vintage Stones The band are primed to burst onto the main stages of the Europe this year and beyond with their explosive live performances that have earned them fans across the UK.

The centre piece of the band is vocalist and harmonica player Giles Robson and together with guitarist Filip Kozlowski they are responsible for the deadly riffs, grooves, licks and solos. All supported by a tight rhythm section of Tommy Hull bass and Simon Small drums. The blazing reviews that had the band have received are numerous.

"The same power, energy and angst of punk and the strut and swagger of Iggy and his Stooges, and Joey, Dee Dee and co". Simon Redley, Blues & Soul Magazine.

"They are the type of band that provokes extreme behaviour of one sort or another, the group’s music a full-on and raucous blues racket, loud, in-your-face party music for the 21st century". 8/10 Popmatters

"Mould breaking garage-blues par excellence" 9/10 Classic Rock Blues Magazine
December 2017
Sat 09 Dec 2017 Split Whiskers 7.30pm £8, members £6
Go tell ever'body Split Whiskers are back in town, they got a dollar and a quarter and they're ready to clown!.

"...Split Whiskers embrace excellence when playing live, the show is a complete experience,
you will leave after feeling refreshed and invigorated by their blues..." BBC Radio

"...must go and see them..." Blues Matters magazine

Split Whiskers have their roots firmly planted in Chicago blues, crossing boundaries into rock,
americana and more than a hint of the Delta.
The band’s fame is spreading and they are becoming one of the busiest bands at blues
venues around the UK, in particular in great demand on the Festival circuit.
Their superb musicianship, along with their infectious humour on stage, promises a
great evening’s entertainment

Fronted by Gilby J. Fletcher on vocals & blues harp

Johnny 'Magic Boy' Wright on vocals & acoustic, resonator & electric guitars

They are joined by: Matt Willshaw on keys

Alex Machell on bass

Tony Hill on drums
February 2018
Sat 03 Feb 2018 Matt Woosley 7.30pm £10, members £8
Matt Woosey’s time is now. His eighth studio album, Desiderata, captures the most daring and progressive music of his career. His acclaimed solo shows dart between folk, roots, ambient and electronica. He’s an artist who slips the creative straightjacket of the modern industry, a trailblazer with no reverse gear, a performer who drags the acoustic guitar kicking and screaming into fresh relevance. “You’ve got to keep progressing,” says the Malvern-based singer-songwriter. “Like John Martyn. Like Robert Plant. Like Radiohead…”

Now living and playing in Germany, Matt has found a group of musicians who join him on the road and add ever changing dynamics to his music. Whether it be the simplicity of an acoustic duo or the full power of his dual-lead-guitar electric band or any combination in between, Matt’s music is reaching new places musically and otherwise, seemingly with no stage being too big or too small for the progressive and determined songsmith. “with these guys available to me, I can play the same set in a dozen different ways, allowing me to travel all over Europe doing my thing and not having to worry about whether or not I’m suitable for a particular venue, it’s very liberating”
March 2018
Sat 03 Mar 2018 Dani and Will Wilde 7.30pm £10, members £8
Neither Dani or Will Wilde needs any introduction to Borough Blues Club - both have appeared separately.

It is a pleasure to have Dani and her brother Will back again. They will provide us with a night of stunning acoustic blues.

They are both Blues royalty
April 2018
Sat 14 Apr 2018 Chris Antonik 7.30pm £10, members £8
Toronto-based Chris Antonik was nominated for Best New Artist in 2011 at Canada's Maple Blues Awards after the release of his debut album, and has since become one of Canada’s most acclaimed blues artists.

Blending innovative, thoughtful songwriting with stunning blues guitar work, some music critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton.

In its 2010 year-end review, Chris was named the "future of the blues" by Canada's Blues Underground Network. In 2013, Chris’ sophomore album Better for You was hailed by critics as “a masterpiece,” “the best Canadian blues-rock album of 2013,” and “the sound of someone taking the blues to a new place.”

Chris has performed at major blues festivals across Canada, and has toured the US extensively, including performances at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago (for the 2015 Buddy Guy's Legends Blues Festival), and Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco.

In 2016, Chris returned to Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, and also undertook his first UK tour, headlining the Upton Blues Festival. On April 7, 2017
May 2018
Sat 12 May 2018 Dawson Smith 7.30pm £8, members £6
Based in Leicester, UK for over twenty five years, Dawson Smith is originally from Abertillery, South Wales and has a well earned reputation for fronting great bands and rocking venues all over the UK and beyond.

Dawson first made his name as the frontman / songwriter of blues rockers The Healers (’90s). Following The Healers split, Dawson recorded two successful solo albums. Valley Boy (2002) and The River Road (2005). Loads of gigging followed, playing with a flexible band line up. In 2005 Dawson put together THE DISSENTERS with the intention of forming his dream ‘road band’ able to deliver the type of driving swamp blues and rootsy Americana bar room rock & roll that has always been the backdrop to Dawson’s distinctive songs.

Dawson's break through album was 'Took The Night' (2012) which featured a host of guest musicians on specific tracks including a duet with Sally Barker, Lee Spreadbury on Organ and Piano, Mick Ridgeway on Blues Harp and Caroline O'Donnell on Accordion.

On the song 'Mexicalli' Dawson put together an all star brass section with Gaz Birtles (Beautiful South) Drew Stansall (Specials) and John Harris (Welsh Champion).

Dawson Smith & The Dissenters have built an enviable reputation as a smokin’ live band and always a great night out, with a large mailing list and loyal following and an extensive gig circuit around the UK.

There is such depth to Dawson Smith & The Dissenters that it is not easy to describe how they sound. Comparisons with Los Lobos, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Blackberry Smoke (and more) are usual and welcomed.

Dawson Smith - Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitars

Martin Burch - Lead / Slide Guitars

Graham Summers - Drums / Vocals

Andrew Molloy - Bass Guitar
June 2018
Sat 02 Jun 2018 Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion 7.30pm £10, members £8
“Innovative spark, virtuoso playing and a dare-devil attitude”
- Pete Feenstra - Get Ready To Rock, Feb 2017

“Incendiary vocal, guitar and organ work"
– Ed Mitchell, The Blues Magazine, Issue 22 June 2015

“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them”
- Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC Radio 2

"Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist”
- Rhetta Akammatsu, Making A Scene USA, 2017
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