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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Full Moon Boogie - The Mick Clarke Band

In 2014 British Blues Guitarist Mick Clarke continues to tour with The Mick Clarke Band, promoting his new album "Ramdango". Mick began his solo career in the early 80s and has become an established name on the European scene, touring regularly in every country from Finland down to Italy. Praised for his fiery "straight from the wood" guitar sound, he has appeared on numerous festivals with artists such as Robert Cray, Johnny Winter and the late Rory Gallagher. Recent tours have included appearances at the Baden Blues Festival in Switzerland, "Blues Express" Luxembourg, "Rock at Sea" in Stockholm, Sweden, "Seven Nights to Blues" in France and the Bragdoya Blues Festival in Norway. In 2005 Mick headlined the Saturday night at the Great British R&B Festival in Colne, England as part of the British Blues All Stars.. also featuring Kim Simmonds and Maggie Bell. Mick has also toured several times in the U.S.A. and appeared with artists such as Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Foghat, Big Jay McNeely and C.J.Chenier. The Southern California Blues Society called him "One of the finest blues players to come out of England". Mick began his career with KILLING FLOOR part of the British blues boom of the late 60s. The band backed Texas blues guitar star Freddie King and toured with legends such as Howlin' Wolf and Otis Spann. . In 2012 the original four piece band got together again to record a brand new CD, "Rock'n'Roll Gone Mad" - its fourth album release in forty four years. The band returned to live work with a performance at Sweden Rock Festival 2012. In the mid 70s Mick co-formed SALT a powerful blues-rock act who were a big hit on the London scene in the 70s playing regularly at the Marquee and other top venues. The band played at the Reading Festival and also opened for Muddy Waters at two major London concerts. SALT has also reformed for occasional re-union tours. Micks first solo album Looking For Trouble came out on the Italian label Appaloosa in the early 80s and sold well. More albums quickly followed including West Coast Connection recorded in Portland, Oregon with local musicians. Recent releases have been on the German label Taxim, including the classic "No Compromise",and "Happy Home" on Mick's U.S. label Burnside features just Mick with Lou Martin on piano and some old favourite songs. "Live in Luxembourg" is Mick's first ever live album, recorded in 2002 at the "Big Blues" in Luxembourg, and the 2007 "Solid Ground" contains thirteen brand new original blues rock compositions. Mick's previous album "The Rambunctious Blues Experiment" was recorded at Mick's home studio in Surrey and features Mick with Russell Chaney on Drums and Dangerous Dave Newman on harp. The brand new "Ramdango" was recorded by Mick alone on a variety of instruments.. real drums! THE MICK CLARKE BAND originally started working around the London area in the early 80s, but quickly received offers of work from mainland Europe and the United States. Early festival appearances such as the Belgium R&B Festival in Peer confirmed their appeal for continental audiences, while the US tours established a world wide reputation for the band. Mick leads a band of top musicians, tearing up audiences where-ever they go..players have included Chris Sharley, Eddie Masters, Lou Martin, Mick Hawksworth, Dave Lennox and Ian Ellis. The current line-up is either three piece or augmented with Dangerous Dave Newman on harp. With a combination of original material and blues standards Mick's brand of rocking blues never fails to deliver the goods. As one U.S. reviewer put it - If you don't see THE MICK CLARKE BAND kick yourself!  

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