The Greg Coulson Band
Sunday 5th March – 4pm
Sunday’s Session at the Tavern features multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and actor Greg Coulson as part of his band’s “What’s New” Tour.
Making a return visit after a few years gap, Greg is an accomplished Pianist and Hammond player who is also a gifted guitarist and singer/songwriter specialising in Rhythm & Blues. In 2010, at the age of 19 he joined the legendary two-tone band The Selecter before returning to his chosen genre, Rhythm and Blues.
Known as a Hammond player, and not just a keyboard player, Greg toured with The Selecter and made over 400 appearances worldwide.
After leaving The Selecter back in March 2015, Greg landed a leading role in the West End production of, “Close to You:Bacharach Reimagined”
An amazing opportunity, that lead to playing and performing with Burt Bacharach himself on National TV.
Greg’s heart has always been true to Rhythm & Blues and his own song writing and finding time away from The Selecter he has managed to take the band and his own brand of high octane, fun and musically ingenious Blues to loyal audiences throughout the UK – Greg’s main aim to make Blues accessible for the next generation of music lovers.
Greg is given impressive musical support from -Stuart Dixon-Guitar(/Eddie floyd/Geno Washington/Marcus Malone)John Thompson- Bass(The Selecter/Bad Manners/Bent)Adam Gammage-Drums (Rebecca Fergusson/Baxter Dury/Elliot Sumner)
A band of exceptional talent and an evening of top class R&B awaits you at the Tavern this Sunday, one not to be missed.
We start as usual at 4pm and the Door charge is £8
Chris “King” Robinson Band
Chris “King” Robinson Band
Sunday 23rd October – 4pm
This week we welcome back Chris “King” Robinson with the full band following his amazing performance last year as a guitar/keyboard duo.
In 2013, Chris’ online popularity began to soar and
quickly established himself as Twitter’s most followed blues guitarist
worldwide, his first single entitled: ‘Lipstick On Her Cigar’. On the 20th
From there, huge public demand for live performances led Chris to form his own 4-piece group: ‘The Chris King Robinson Band’ quickly gained recognition as one of the most exciting live bands in the country which led to him playing the highly exclusive Lead Belly Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City earlier this year.
After being introduced on stage by Marky Ramone, Chris
played a scorching psychedelic jam to the sold out crowd at this iconic venue.
Good Chance to see him in a small venue (Carnegie Hall to Hope Tavern!!) so don’t miss it.
We start as usual at 4pm and the door charge is £8
The Engine Room
Sunday 25th September – 4pm
Sunday 25th September the Hope Tavern Blues Sessions presents what has been described as “the most stunning and exciting live band you will ever see and never forget!!! –Sari Schorr and the Engine Room
In January 2015 legendary producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Blue Horizon) witnessed the performance of one of the most amazing female blues singers Mike had seen in years – SARI SCHORR.
A powerful hybrid styles of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, Mike was so knocked out with Sari that he offered to come out of retirement and produce an album with her. Already a consummate songwriter, with tracks on major labels, Sari has written or co-written most of the songs on the new album, “A Force of Nature”
New Yorker, Sari, has had several years of touring the USA & Europe with Joe Louis Walker and Poppa Chubby which brought Sari to greater prominence in the blues world to the extent that she was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
Sari has now put together her own band – THE ENGINE ROOM, featuring British guitarist Innes Sibun, formerly with Robert Plant. Together they are now on a US and European wide tour to celebrate the release of Sari’s debut album on Manhaton Records.
The Band kicked off her ground breaking tour in Feb this year at Carnegie Hall in NY performing with Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, Eric Burdon, Edgar Winter, Dana Fuchs, Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Laurence Jones on the Lead Belly Fest.
Supported by THE ENGINE ROOM who came together in the UK to undertake the UK and European Records. The Engine Room is fueled by the fiery guitar work of Innes Sibun and the exceptional musicianship of the highly accomplished rhythm section.
This is a rare opportunity to see one of New Yorks finest up close and should prove to be the year’s highlight of the Tavern’s Blues Sessions.
Limited Tickets are on sale at the Hope Tavern at £10.
Sunday 14th August 2016 - 4pm
This week’s Blues Session at the Tavern sees the return of dynamic rock/blues band Red Butler who is fast making a name for itself across Britain and Europe. As we saw on their last visit, audiences are tapping into the energy and passion generated by this young band from Brighton.
Alex Butler established the band in 2012. After some early changes, the line-up became Alex on guitar, the energetic Jane Pearce (vocals), Charlie Simpson (drums) and Mike Topp (bass).
The youngsters developed their music by rocking the south of England pub circuit, where the power and sensitivity of their music saw Red Butler win national awards and undertake a series of tours across the country. They moved up a gear in 2015 when they won the UK Blues Challenge and British Blues Awards runners-up 2015 and this year represented the UK at the European Blues Challenge in Italy whilst being nominated in the British Blues Awards again.
Last year they toured with Laurence Jones and Billy Walton (USA) and hit the road with Danny Bryant earlier this year whilst waiting for their second album to be released in September. The band’s original material offers a youthful interpretation of life. They share the writing and draw upon many influences including SRV, Free, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, AC/DC, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jnr and upcoming artists such as Royal Blood and Vintage Trouble.
A contrast to the last session with American solo bluesman Doug Macleod, this band has the ability to deliver music from the energetic rock end of the spectrum to passionate blues at the other that is winning over fans far and wide.
A mile along the blues spectrum from the brilliant Doug Macleod but a terrific version of more modern Blues. Looking forward to it!
The show starts as usual at 4pm and the Door charge is £8.
See you Sunday
The Original Sunday Blues
Sunday 24th July – 4pm
This Sundays Session welcomes the annual “pilgrimage” of one of the most popular bands on the UK Blues circuit and over the years have become friends and a real favorite at the Tavern, having helped establish the Tavern as a serious blues venue nationally.
If you’ve missed them here, you may have caught them when they appear annually at the Skegness Rock and Blues Festival and run the Jam sessions there but those who have yet to see them;
Formed in 1991 by Gary Boner, Roadhouse are one of the UK’s most established, big stage Blues/Rock acts but are equally happy in the smaller intimate venues like the Hope.
A six piece outfit, made up as a collaboration of experienced and exceptional Blues/Rock musicians and much younger, talented female vocalists, Roadhouse are generally regarded as generating some of the best original material in the UK.
Lead by acclaimed song writer, guitar player and singer, Gary Boner, they have played over 2,000 live shows, including most of the high profile festivals across Europe, from Glastonbury to Belgium, Holland and France, released 11 and played live on the Paul Jones show BBC radio2
Roadhouse’s music has always been different, country-rock, heading into roots and blues, the still back routes of America laced with the dirtier back streets of London.
I, for one, am looking forward seeing Gary, Roger, Bill, Mandy et al, and to some big, big sounds on Sunday evening- they never disappoint
Starts at 4pm and the Door charge is £8