Following his hugely successful gig in 2007 at Ryde Theatre, Errol Linton returns to the Wight in March, this time gracing the stage at the Ventnor Winter Gardens.
Yes folks, one of the UK’s leading bluesmen will be headlining the fifth annual Spring Blues concert, on Saturday 21st March.
Three times winner of Blues Harp Player of the year, Errol Linton and band The Blues Vibe, play eclectic British blues, but with a nod to his Caribbean heritage. Singer, songwriter, harp player and bandleader, Errol carries the legacy of Little Walter, Junior Wells and Sonny Boy Williamson into the twenty first century, moving the genre forward by combining 50’s Chicago blues with gentle Jamaica rhythms.
Accompanied by double bass, guitar, piano and drums, his blues is raw and bloody, an urban sound with rural roots. The Blues Vibe is one of the most real, unpretentious down home blues bands around. Moving effortlessly from Chicago Shuffle to Kingston Skank without missing a beat, they have gained an unrivalled live reputation in the regular London Blues circuit.
Errol’s first album “Vibing It” secured regular airplay and a session for BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones Blues Show, airplay from Bob Harris, Johnny Walker, and a host of independent radio station Blues shows. He is established as a firm fixture on the UK and European Blues Festival and Club Circuit. In the words of the late John Walters “Errol is as good a Harmonica player as anyone can reasonably hope to become, he is the real Deal”.
His latest album, “Roots Stew” shows Linton’s song writing developing alongside the band’s organic blues-reggae groove. The album has quickly picked up some glowing reviews, and is currently being showcased wherever the band plays.
‘You haven’t lived till you’ve heard the dub version of Howlin’ Wolf'”¦.MOJO MAGAZINE.
If you like to boogie, Errol Linton’s Blues Band is a must!
Also on the bill are The Amen Boogie Blues Band.
A local band who, while gigging the IOW pub circuit during the last 10 years, have built a reputation as one of the Island’s top blues acts performing blues standards by the likes of Muddy Waters, Son House, Elmore James, John Mayall and The Blues Band.
Clive Thomas will open the evening playing some fine acoustic country blues.
Tickets, £12advance / £14 on the door, are available from Ventnor Winter Gardens box office: 01983 857581 and Waterstone’s bookshop, Newport 01983 527927
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Image: Alex Myers