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UK’s Steve Payne is back: It’s been 3 years since he’s graced us this side of the pond, when his star shone bright at the Mariposa Festival.
Now he’s returned until the end of August, bringing Wales guitar mate Paul Hobday for his July performances.
Variously described as one of the UK's most unique and versatile guitarists, Steve Payne is also feted as a talented and unpredictable singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, wordsmith and story-teller whose compositions cross the musical boundaries from Blues to Folk to Contemporary Roots.
One of Britain's best — and most widely travelled — blues, country and roots guitarists and songwriters, Payne has toured Europe with Loudon Wainwright, and performed regularly at the famous (or notorious) Glastonbury Festival, as well as with legends including B.B. King and Dr. John, among others.
Starting in the early ‘70s, blues, R&B, rock, and even punk was on his musical menu; Now his music is quieter and more thoughtful, and he's made several acoustic albums in recent years, mixing blues and country into an intriguing stew of roots influences.
Paul Hobday has enjoyed a lifetime as an in-demand session musician, both a live and in-studio guitarist for a wide variety of artists.
From his first band as a teenager with Tom Bailey (who later formed the ‘80s chart-topping Thompson Twins), to his current role as sidekick to Steve Payne, and work with BillyBoy Miskimmin (Yardbirds / Nine Below Zero), Paul has never stopped playing.
In the interim years, he’s worked with Bristol’s top soul band Souled Out, The Ronnies with Ron Rogers (T’Pau), and Ian Rowley (Debbie Bonham), and played on numerous recording sessions.
Paul’s fluid and distinctive style evolves from influences as diverse as Ry Cooder, Albert Lee, Chuck Berry, and Richard Thompson.
In recent years, Paul has returned to his roots, playing blues and R&B with Steve Payne, touring in Europe, playing Festivals and clubs to great acclaim. They are currently working on a second album following the success of their 2015 debut “Raise a Glass”.
Andre Bisson (Vocals/Guitar)
Loretta Hale (Trumpet)
Richard Page (Tenor Sax)
Kevin Beeby (Bass)
Glenn Paul (Drums)
"With a title like “Left With The Blues” that’s what I was expecting to pull from this batch of songs, but there is so much going on here I was delighted as each track grabbed me and took on some really cool, unexpected side trips. This is a perfect album". - Written by John The Rock Doctor Kereiff
"Packed with enough soul and energy to fill a couple of albums, Andre and his big band will satisfy all your musical cravings". - Hamilton Blues
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