Bringing you the best in acoustic Blues & Roots!
Supported by Oskar Blues Brewery with a variety available on can and draught.
Oskar Blues mix 'n' match buckets available at the bar.
4x cans for £11!
- Dales Pale Ale 6.5%
- Old Chub Scotch Ale 8.0%
- Mama's Little Yella Pils 5.3%
- Metamodern IPA 6.4%
- Pinner Throwback IPA 4.9%
We had a fantastic turnout for Blues & Roots #4 night at The Head of Steam Leeds. A huge thank you to all that came down for our Titanic Brewery Tap Takeover with special thanks to Titanic Greig and hats off to our host Ben "Blue" Waters, The Darren Ellis Blues Band, Gerry Cooper and Doug Nissley for providing us with some great entertainment for the evening!
Here's the line up this time...
GERRY COOPER/PHIL SNELL:
Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, Gerry has lived and worked in West Yorkshire for many years, playing many kinds of music with many different people. He has worked in ceilidh bands, Irish rock groups, pit bands for musicals and church groups. However his first love has always been solo acoustic blues, listening to the pre-war recordings of the old blues players was a major influence in his youth and has become increasingly important as the years have rolled on.
Assiduous practice and a three-year spell during the early 90s in the influential blues guitar workshop run by Roger Sutcliffe at Ilkley College helped to sharpen up his playing. He took over leadership of this workshop when Roger retired from his day job. Friendship with members of the famous Leeds Blues Mafia, especially Steve Phillips and Dave Speight, also helped deepen his commitment to this music, as did his three-year stint in the legendary duo The OKeh Boys with Richard Young.
Gerry plays 6 and 12-string acoustic guitars, a Michael Messer Lightning resophonic guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and bass. He has even been known to pick 5-string banjo, but not in the presence of ladies. He cites his main influences as Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Blind Boy Fuller, Robert Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, the Memphis Jug Band, Roger Sutcliffe, Steve Phillips, Stefan Grossman, Michael Messer, and the Goons.
An electric and acoustic guitarist singer/songwriter from Heckmondwike.
He began playing guitar at a young age and actually played it upside down for a while as he is naturally left handed! His first experience of being in a band focused mainly on his first love - the Blues, in particular Delta Blues and Slide players like Blind Willie Johnson.
By the age of eighteen he was playing professionally with his band around Europe and the UK.
He moved to Sheffield in his mid twenty's and was regularly working with local musician's including DJ's and Solo Artists - both live and studio sessions.
Julian later moved to Liverpool to join the Band "ManBreak", touring for a while and recording an album produced by Bill Laswell in New York. He also worked for Granada TV (Manchester) writing and producing title and theme music for programs.
Currently, he lives in Slovakia and has just finished recording his fourth solo album "Who Is The Man".
Socha says, "This started off as just an acoustic project with a lot of new finger style guitar pieces I had written, but then it just developed with some songs being given the full band treatment, although I have still tried to keep it "organic" sounding. I also wanted to be able to perform these songs live just as a solo
singer/guitarist and be able have fun jammin' em' out!"
You can check out his music here:
BEN BUDDY SLACK
Singer/Songwriter, Acting Frontman of The Blind Dead McJones Band, Songwriter and Guitar tutor.
Ben is currently working on his first solo album which is commissioned by Hoot Creative Arts as part of their "Going Sane?" project. The working title for this album is "Miserabelia" and he hopes to be releasing it late 2015. As part of The Blind Dead McJones Band, he continues to work hard performing regularly and they are collectively working towards their 3rd album. Ben's first album "Last Resort Mexico" took his band to the British Blues Awards with a Songwriting Award nomination as well as all over the country performing.
He currently runs a music session once a week at Wetherby Young Offenders Institute where he has just started working towards Arts Awards with his bandmates. They also plan to start music sessions with the Leeds Youth Offending Teams in the near future - also working towards Arts Awards.
In addition, he will also be running a 5 week Story Songwriting course at Hoot Creative Arts in Huddersfield starting in September and will be facilitating workshops as part of their "Going Sane?" Project.
The legend that is BEN “BLUE” WATERS will host the evening, and start things off with a short set.
p.s. FREE ENTRY
See you there!