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Valentine Music Promotions presents:

Kyla Brox

With support from

  • Greig Taylor Band

Details

  • Date: Sun 20 Oct 2024
  • Venue: The Cluny
  • Advance tickets: £16.00
  • Doors: 7:00PM

Blues and soul become inextricably entwined in award-winning singer-songwriter, Kyla Brox, whose raw talent has seen her described as “the finest female blues singer of her generation”. Winner of the UK Blues Challenge 2018 and the European Blues Challenge 2019, voted Best Female Vocalist in the 2019 European Blues Awards and semi-finalist in the International Blues Challenge 2019 and 2020, Kyla Brox is at the very top of the UK Blues scene.

Daughter of cult blues figure, Victor Brox, the Mancunian vocalist began her career as a teenager in her father’s band and has now honed her own sophisticated sound, as heard on her last two critically acclaimed and award-nominated albums, Throw Away Your Blues and Pain & Glory, which reached No.1 in the IBBA Charts for 2019 and was nominated Best Album in both the European and UKBlues Awards.

Her voice; tender, urgent, gritty, blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain, mixed with the enchantingly fluent guitar work of Paul Farr, inspired bass playing of Danny Blomeley and in-the-pocket drumming of Mark Warburton, combine to make a unique and powerful, often joyous, always emotional experience.

Kyla also plays in duo form with her husband, virtuoso acoustic guitarist, Danny Blomeley, whose playing, by turns delicate and unrestrained, has earned him a following in his own right.

A completely independent artist, Kyla has built her career year on year; starting out at grassroots with local pub gigs and growing to headlining concerts all over the globe, including some of the most prestigious Blues festivals in the world.

With thousands of albums sold and a constantly growing fanbase, Kyla Brox is widely regarded as one of the very best soul-blues singers the British Isles has ever produced.

“The finest female blues singer of her generation” Manchester Evening News

“Manchester’s answer to Aretha Franklin.” Tony Wilson, Factory Records

“Surely one of the finest voices Britain has ever had” Pete Clack, Blues In Britain

“Kyla Brox knows how to handle the gears… the Mancunian vocalist lets songs percolate, raising the temperature by degrees, then giving it both barrels in the final stretch. It’s a thrilling tactic.” Henry Yates, The Blues Magazine

“An authentic soul diva… sensitive, sexy, and with infinite reserves of sassiness” City Life

The Greig Taylor Band

The Greig Taylor Band are Greig Taylor (vocals), former John Martyn and The Big Dish drummer Dave Cantwell, bassist Nelson McFarlane, Kenny Clark (keys) & former Marianne Faithful and The Big Dish guitarist Brian McFie.

Greig Taylor has been cited many times as not just one of Scotland’s hardest working musicians but one of the UK’s finest blues-styled vocalists. He built a large following during his time as the lead singer and co-songwriter with award-winning blues band GT’s Boos Band, who in 2016 gained nationally recognised appearances on the acclaimed BBC Four Television documentary ‘UK’s Best Part Time Band’ featuring the legendary Midge Ure as the band’s mentor.

GT has built his career mainly within the blues scene in the UK and was nominated in the 2014 British Blues Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and has since then released FOUR acclaimed studio albums via his various projects.

Both GT’s Boos Band albums received BBC Radio 2 airplay, with worldwide reviews and accolades including nominations in Germany’s Wasser-Prawda magazine for album of the year for their debut album Steak House.

A short spell in Glasgow based Brian Rawson Band followed along with guest appearances with the Original Gary Moore band of Vic Martin on keys, Pete Rees on bass and guitarist Mick Simpson.

But more lately Greig Taylor has truly come into his own with a number of projects including The Greig Taylor Blues Combo, The Blind Lemon Gators delta blues project, and his most recent project The Greig Taylor Band.

In 2018 Taylor released his stripped back covers album #Songbook1, a soulful blues styled album that included a number of rock and pop classics you might not expect to be taken on by a blues influenced singer. The singer worked on this album at Abbey Road Studios, London.

Greig Taylor was also part of the Celtic Blues and Gospel Show performances at the 2018 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival with Earl Thomas; that directly led to a vocal role as part of the noted American blues and gospel singer’s A Capella group, The Gospel According… shows that toured Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the end of 2018. A connection which would prove to be very fruitful with the noted American bluesman recording a duet with Taylor on his soon to be released 2023 album ‘The Light’.

That Greig Taylor’s vocal passions are rooted in the soul-baring, blues environments is highlighted by his semi-acoustic group The Blind Lemon Gators releasing acclaimed album Gatorville in 2019. The album featured on Cerys Matthews BBC Radio 2 blues show in Feb 2020 and received a number of top class reviews in publications such as Blues Matters, Blues in Britain and Classic Rock Magazine, to name just a few UK publications plus international press including US publications such as Blues & Rhythm Magazine.

In Feb 2022 Greig released a 4-track EP ‘Born to love you’ (Ft Earl Thomas), an uplifting rockin’ and blues rollin’ title track, which features double-Grammy nominated US blues & gospel artist Earl Thomas on duet vocals with Greig Taylor. The song will feature on his forthcoming full-length album ‘The Light, out summer 2023. The album reached number 5 in the UK Independent Blues Charts.

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