About us

Livewire is a small PA hire company run by myself, Mark Burton. I am also a freelance Sound Engineer. Since seeing Metallica playing St Davids Hall in Cardiff in 1986, I have been passionate about live sound. I went to a lot of gigs at this time and began to develop a (healthy?) obsession with PA systems. Aside from my love of making things loud it turns out that my fascination with technology, my patience and adaptability together with my ability to listen means that the role suits me perfectly.

I started trading as The Bath PA Company in 1990 when I was 19, hiring out a small PA system and expanding it. It was't long until I also got work as a freelancer. I have worked for the Gloucester Guildhall on and off now since about 1991. I was one of Elkie Brooks‘ System Technicians for over 8 years, I toured as the Seckou Keita SKQ band's Sound Engineer for 7 years and have worked with Baka Beyond since 1997

I knew that I wanted to build a small system which didn't compromise on quality. I thought "if I'm going to go to the trouble of building this PA system, I'm not going to cut any corners." I didn't want to be doing the sound thinking "I wish I had a better ....."

Every component of my PA, of which there are many, had to be genuine - no cheap copies and all of very high quality. I like to think of my system as the Mercedes Benz of the PA world!

My philosophy is this: a quality PA system will ensure that I am satisfied as a Sound Engineer, that I can do the best job possible with a combination of my skills and my equipment. This will, in turn, make the performers happy and they will therefore be able to deliver to their best ability which will please the audience. So everybody is happy!

Livewire aims to get the best out of a performance whilst remaining invisible to the audience, so they come away having not just seen a show, but actually had an experience.


Diary

See what's coming up in my diary or what I've been up to!

Date

Band / Event

Venue

Jan Music of the Andys ViRAL (Visual Radio Arts Live) Facebook streaming live performance
Jan Sweet Machine ViRAL (Visual Radio Arts Live) Facebook streaming live performance
Feb Hosts Ball Bath Pavilion
Feb ICE Gaming conference ExCel, London
Feb Human Bones ViRAL (Visual Radio Arts Live) Facebook streaming live performance
Feb Bath Bachfest Assembly Rooms, Bath
Feb Sober Son ViRAL (Visual Radio Arts Live) Facebook streaming live performance
March Vegfest conference Brighton
April Avon & Somerset Police Conference tbc
May Bath Music/Lit Fest Masonic Hall, Bath
June Sidstock!
June Glastonbury Festival Acoustic Stage
July Alexandra Park Music day Alexandra Park, Bath
July Inglefest A Secret Festival near Inglestone Common
July WOMAD festival Charlton Park, UK
Aug Down by the River Festival Stowford Farm, Nr trowbridge
Sept Didmarton Bluegrass Festival Kemble Airfield
Sept Conference tbc Barcelona
Sept UWE Freshers fair UWE, Bristol
October Kids Lit Fest Bath
Nov Bath Mozart Festival tbc Bath Assembly Rooms

Date

Band / Event

Venue

Feb Eliza & The Bear Gloucester Guildhall
Feb Hosts Ball Hilton, Bath
Feb Crew for Elkie Brooks Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Feb UK Guns n Roses Gloucester Guildhall
Feb Bath Bachfest Assembly Rooms, Bath
Feb/March Bath Literature Festival Various venues in Bath
March Mid Somerset Festival Guildhall, Bath
April Crew for Elkie Brooks Palace Theatre, Newark
April Medtech Europe Exhibition Messe, Stuttgart, Germany
April Westonbirt fashion show Westonbirt School, Nr Cirencester
May Club Cairo Newport
May Mayors Ball *Cancelled* Guildhall, Bath
May Bath Music Festival Various venues in and around Bath
May Club Cairo Brighton
June Baka Beyond Munich, Germany
June Sidstock! Private Festival
June Glastonbury Festival Acoustic Stage
July Alexandra Park Music day Alexandra Park, Bath
July Inglefest A Secret Festival near Inglestone Common
July From Warzone to Sanctuary(Pics) Bath Welcomes Refugee event, Bath Guildhall
July WOMAD festival Charlton Park, UK
Sept UWE Freshers fair UWE, Bristol
October Kids Lit Fest Bath
October Exhibition Barcelona
Nov Bath Mozart Festival Bath Assembly Rooms & Guildhall

Date

Band / Event

Venue

Jan Spaghetti Swing Rural Tour 2015 Various Venues, UK
Feb UWE Sports Awards Ceremony & Ball Marriott Hotel, Bristol
Feb Crew for Elkie Brooks Gala Theatre, Durham
Feb Palma Violets Gloucester Guildhall
Feb Bachfest Assembly Rooms, Bath
Feb King Charles Gloucester Guildhall
Feb World Book Day Event Pavilion, Bath
Feb Dry The River Gloucester Guildhall
Feb Grant Nicolas (of Feeder)
Feb Riverside Promotion Event for B&NES Graze, Bath
Feb/March Bath Lit Fest Various venues in Bath
March Supply lighting for Mid Somerset Festival Assembly Rooms, Bath
March Gogo Penguin Gloucester Guildhall
March Crew forc Elkie Brooks Playhouse, Harlow
March Africa at the Castle - Ebola charity event Exeter Castle
March Cardiff Life Magazine Awards Ceremony City Hall, Cardiff
March Various events for Bath in Fashion Various venues in Bath
March Crew for Elkie Brooks Palace Theatre, Southend
April Crew for Elkie Brooks The Orchard, Dartford
April Toyah Willcox Gloucester Guildhall
April Duke Special Gloucester Guildhall
April Counter Terrorism Expo Olympia, London
April PPF Conference Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park
May Young Kato Gloucester Guildhall
May Larkhall Festival Alice Park, Bath
May Baka Beyond Eden Project, Cornwall
May Bath International Music Festival Various Venues in Bath
May Sports Awards Ceremony Marriott Hotel, Bristol
June Baka Beyond Corn Exchange, Newbury
June Judie Tzuke Arts Centre, Swindon
June Sidstock festival Private Party
June Baka Beyond Bush Hall, London
June Cornwall Star Awards Ceremony Atlantic Hotel, Newquay
June Alexandra Park Festival Alexandra Park, Bath
June Glastonbury Festival Acoustic Stage
June Cheltenham Ladies College Summer Ball Cheltenham Ladies College
June Keynsham Festival Keynsham Park
July Crew for Elkie Brooks
July Southampton Mela Activities Marquee
July Hillfield Swings Gloucester
July Crew for Elkie Brooks Marlborough Jazz Festival
July Backline tech for WOMAD Festival Charlton Park, Wiltshire
July/August Install for Birkeller in Cardiff Bierkeller, Cardiff
August Flook for Bath Folk Festival Beechen Cliff School
August Boomtown Festival The Ballroom Stage
August No Devotion Gloucester Guildhall
August Baka Beyond Vallyfest, Near Chew Valley Lake
Sept Country Dance for Jane Austen Society Bath Pavilion
Sept Welcoming Ceremony for Georgia Rugby Team St Georges, Bristol
Sept Welcoming Ceremony for Australia Rugby Team Assembly Rooms, Bath
Sept UWE Freshers Fair UWE, Bristol
Sept Kids Lit Fest Guildhall, Bath
Octobe Convergence Summit Sandown Park, Surrey
October Exhibition Barcelona
October Crew for Elkie Brooks The Plaza, Stockport
October Baka Beyond Sub Rooms, Stroud
October Baka Beyond Zu Studios, Lewes
Nov Mozart Festival Assembly Rooms, Bath
Nov Guildhall, Bath
Nov Crew for Elkie Brooks The Stables, Milton Keynes
Dec Crew for Elkie Brooks Lyceum, Crewe

Date

Band / Event

Venue

Feb ICE Gaming Conference ExCel, London
Feb Crew for The Sage, Gateshead
March Bath Lit Fest Various
March Matilda production Civic Centre, trowbridge
April In Cosmetics Conference Messe, Hamburg, Germany
April Dodgy Folk The Malthouse, Birmingham
April Crew for Elkie Brooks Richmond Theatre, London
April Crew for Elkie Brooks The Coliseum, Oldham
April Seckou Keita solo Private Party near Bath
April Counter Terror Expo Olympia, London
May Camila Batmanghelidjh talk Bath Function Rooms for Bath in Fashion Week
May Flook tredegar House, Newport
May Party in the City for Bath Music Festival Hall & Woodhouse, Bath
May SSA Medical Exhibition Paris Expo
May Baka Beyond Phoenix, Exeter
May The Country Superstars tribute Show Civic Centre, trowbridge
June Crew for Elkie Brooks Cadogen Hall, London
June Crew for Elkie Brooks The Stables, Wavendon
June Cornwall College Star Awards Atlantic Hotel, Newquay
June Acoustic Stage Glastonbury Festival
June / July Radio comms for Tour de France Yorkshire
July Backline tech for Siam Stage WOMAD Festival
August WWI Centenery Commemoration event Victoria Park, Bath
August GDC (Game Developers Conference) Koelnmasse, Cologne, Germany
August Private Wedding weekend Near Bath
Sept Crew for Elkie Brooks Wyllyotts Centre, Potters Bar
Sept UWE Freshers Fair UWE, Bristol
Sept / Oct Bath Kids Lit Fest Bath
Oct Bath in Fashion Programme Launch Hall & Woodhouse, Bath
Oct Crew for Elkie Brooks Town Hall, Middlesborough
Oct Crew for Elkie Brooks Rep Theatre, Dundee/td>
Oct Crew for Elkie Brooks Queens Theatre, Glasgow
Oct Baka Beyond Colston Hall 2, Bristol
Nov Baka Beyond Shoreham, Sussex
Nov Baka Beyond Brecon
Nov TedX event Komedia, Bath
Nov Bath Mozart Festival Assembly Rooms, Bath
Nov Beardyman Gloucester Guildhall
Nov Bath Lantern Parade Parade Gardens, Bath
Nov Crew for Elkie Brooks Lemington Spa
Nov Trowbridge Xmas lights switch on Trowbridge town centre
Dec Choir at Bath Rugby half time Bath Rugby Ground
Dec Crew for Elkie Brooks Gillingham, Kent

Date

Band / Event

Venue

Jan Crew for Elkie Brooks Playhouse, Epsom
Jan Crew for Elkie Brooks Gaiety Theatre, Ayr
Jan Crew for Elkie Brooks Howden Park Centre, Livingstone
Feb Crew for Elkie Brooks His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
Feb Blake Royal Spa Centre, Lemington Spa
Feb Bath BachFest Assembly Rooms, Bath
March Bath Literature Festival Various Venues in Bath
March Crew for Bath Digital Festival opening Roman Baths
April Crew for Elkie Brooks ARC, Stockton
April Counter Terror Expo Olympia, London
May Crew for Elkie Brooks Lowther Pavilion, Lytham
May Blake Playboy Club, Mayfair, London
May The Baka Ball BRLSI, Queens Square, Bath
May - June Bath International Music Festival/td> Various
May Blake Playhouse, Epsom
June Baka Beyond Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth (Cockermouth Festival)
June Baka Beyond Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter
June Fairport Convention Gloucester Guildhall
June Bad Manners Gloucester Guildhall
June Cornwall College Star Awards Atlantic Hotel, Newquay
June Crew for Elkie Brooks Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight
June Glastonbury Festival The Summer House Stage
July Crew for Elkie Brooks Palace Theatre, Redditch
July Sidstock Private party
July Keynsham Festival Time Out Stage
July Crew for WOMAD festival Charlton Park, Nr Malmesbury
August Crew for Elkie Brooks Hall for Cornwall, truro
August Bath Folk Festival Beechen Clif School, Bath
August Bath Folk Festival Green Park Station, Bath
August British Sea Power Gloucester Guildhall
August Les Miserables Civic Centre, trowbridge
August Crew for Elkie Brooks The Orchard, Dartford
Sept Steve Howe trio Swindon Arts Centre
Sept The Magic Numbers Gloucester Guildhall
Sept Crew for Elkie Brooks Grand Theatre, Lancaster
Sept UWE Freshers Fair UWE, Bristol
Sept Larry Miller Gloucester Guildhall
Oct Kids Lit Fest Guildhall, Bath
Oct Wheatus Gloucester Guildhall
Oct Baka Beyond Hereford
Oct Baka Beyond Monksilver, Somerset
Oct Crew for Elkie Brooks The Lighthouse, Poole
Oct Crew for Elkie Brooks Eastbourne
Oct The Pigeon Detectives Gloucester Guildhall
Nov UK Subs Gloucester Guildhall
Nov Hadouken! Gloucester Guildhall
Nov The Orb Gloucester Guildhall
Nov Bath Mozart Festival The Assembly Rooms, Bath
Nov Spaghetti Swing Tour Various (Hampshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk)
Nov The View Gloucester Guildhall
Nov Adrian Edmunson & The Bad Shepherds Gloucester Guildhall
Dec Xmas Party 3 dayer Civic Centre, trowbridge

Date

Band / Event

Venue

Jan Crew for Elkie Brooks Concorde Club, Southampton
Jan Crew for Elkie Brooks The Lights, Andover
Jan Crew for Elkie Brooks The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
Jan Crew for Elkie Brooks Corn Exchange, Newbury
Jan Crew for Elkie Brooks Grand Theatre, Lancaster
Feb Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon
Feb Crew for Elkie Brooks Cadogan Hall, London
Feb The Spirit Band Market Theatre, Ledbury
March Bath Literature Festival Various Venues in Bath
March Spaghetti Swing rural tour 2012 Various Venues in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & Worcestershire
March Bath Rugby dinner Harvey Nichols, Bristol
March Crew for Elkie Brooks Assembly Halls, Tamworth
April Crew for Elkie Brooks Nidd Hall Hotel, Harrogate
April Toploader + support MECA, Swindon
April Crew for Elkie Brooks Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
May Free event for FoLAH Salisbury Club, Bath
May Crew for Elkie Brooks Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
May Conference for Bluefin Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham
May Conference for Bluefin Leigh Court, Bristol
May Conference for Bluefin Fishmongers Hall, London
June Party in the City (Bath Festival) Pump Rooms, Bath
June Blake Princes Theatre, Aldershot
June Blake Palace Theatre, Redditch
June Crew for Elkie Brooks Queens Theatre, Barnstaple
June Supply PA for Canal stage Widcombe Rising, Bath
June Conference for Bluefin Felbridge Hotel & Spa, East Grinstead
June Cornwall College Star Awards Atlantic Hotel, Newquay
June Seckou Keita Band Manchester Paintworks for the Olympic Torch Relay
June Sidstock Festival Badminton, near Bath
July Lucy Moon Band Live Recording South Bank Centre, Bristol
July Blake Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury
July Culverhay Celebration Evening Culverhay School, Bath
July Seckou Keita Bantamba Syndicate Africa Stage, Pleasure Gardens, London
August Baka Beyond tribal Earth Summer Gathering, East Sussex
August Blake Arundel Castle, East Sussex
August Indian Mela Festival Swindon
Aug/Sept Didmarton Bluegrass Festival Didmarton, South Gloucestershire
September Seckou Keita Band Jersey
September Seckou Keita Band Kent
Sept/Oct Bath Kids Lit Fest Guildhall, Bath
October Seckou Keita Band UK Tour Various UK venues
November Bath Mozart Festival Assembly Rooms & Guildhall, Bath
November Alabama 3 Gloucester Guildhall
December Foals Gloucester Guildhall
December EMF 20th Anniverssary Gloucester Guildhall

History

Since 2008
Started to do conference events including presentations.
I am currently doing a lot more of these and have built up a quality AV system to compliment my PA.
Also most years I have done a rural tour with the Italian band Spaghetti Swing. Fun music and theatricals, including cooking live on stage!

From 2009
Provided PA for announcements (The actual music is acoustic) and pre concert talks for the prestigious Bath Mozart Festival.

April 2008 to June 2016
I regularly worked for an established PA company as ‘system tech’ for Elkie Brooks. This involved loading the PA near Worcester, taking it to the venue, setting up as the band specifically required and ensuring everything worked smoothly during the show. I was then responsible for packing up and returning the equipment. I did about 146 concerts in all

Around 2005
I worked at several concerts for d+b Audio UK, based in Nailsworth including Nailstock (Nailsworth’s own festival) a one-off concert for the legendary Brazilian percussionist Airto Moriera and the Anniversary of Real World (Peter Gabriel’s studio & where WOMAD is based).

From 2005
I am a sound engineer for the Bath Literature Festival. I am also involved in doing some events for the Bath International Music Festival and the Mozart Festival. This involves both engineering and supplying equipment and working in acoustically challenging environments.

April 2004 – 2012
I was the sound engineer for Seckou Keita SKQ, an international quintet playing music based on Senegalese Mbalax style music. We toured the UK a number of times and played in Spain, Australia, NZ, Japan, South Korea, Europe, Singapore, Senegal, Gambia, Tanzania, Zanzibar and the US among others. Tours have included several WOMAD festivals. I made a 3 minute video from footage shot on tour which was featured on Yahoo’s homepage

April 2004 – 2012
I was the sound engineer for Seckou Keita SKQ, an international quintet playing music based on Senegalese Mbalax style music. We toured the UK a number of times and played in Spain, Australia, NZ, Japan, South Korea, Europe, Singapore, Senegal, Gambia, Tanzania, Zanzibar and the US among others. Tours have included several WOMAD festivals. I made a 3 minute video from footage shot on tour which was featured on Yahoo’s homepage

May 2003
Did my first tour (in the UK) as a sound engineer with Jalikunda, a 12 piece band from Senegal. I liased with venues and promotors as the band were technically demanding. I supplied equipment for rehearsals and any extras needed in order to ensure a professional standard throughout.

2002 – 2004
I supplied & operated the PA for a small stage for the Frome Festival, The Festival Club. This involved 10 consecutive days of varied acoustic / world music.

Jun 1999 - Dec 2000
I played bass guitar (and supplied the PA) for a successful 7 – 8 piece Soul / Party band called Mister Blue. We played various venues in the UK for corporate events and weddings mostly. I recorded a demo CD with my own equipment.

Sept 1998
I did my first overseas sound engineering job. I went to Sao Paulo, Brazil for 6 days with Baka Beyond, an international 8 piece Afro-Celt band. I have since toured with them a number of times, mostly in the UK, including gigs at the Jazz Café in London. In April and May 2006, 7 of the Baka tribe from the SE Cameroon rain forest played with Baka Beyond on a tour for which I was the sound engineer. It was the first time they had been outside the rain forest and was an amazing experience to be with them. I still work with Baka Beyond today.

Nov 1997 - Aug 2003
I started up a 7 piece 70s disco funk covers band called Studio 54, in which I played Bass guitar, arranged rehearsals and organised gigs. We dressed up in outrageous glittery costumes and did classic disco funk songs such as Disco Inferno, We are Family and September. Gigs included The University of Westminster Christmas Ball, weddings and local festivals. I recorded 2 demo CDs with my own equipment

Jun 1997 - Aug 1999
I provided a complete disco for kids, including sound system and lights with myself as a DJ. This started after I did a disco for my niece’s 13th birthday and some parents asked me to DJ for their children’s party. It was a good sideline but towards the end I was getting more sound engineering work so I stopped the kids disco.

April 1996
I started trading as Livewire and began working freelance at the Gloucester Guildhall regularly again for all their band nights. In 1997 I was hired as a consultant to upgrade their PA after a £20k lottery grant. I started to build my own PA system again.

April 1991 – today
I have been the in-house sound engineer for a highly regarded regional venue, the Gloucester Guildhall responsible for hundreds of gigs and working with a wide variety of bands including Supergrass, Roger Taylor from Queen, Muse, The Blockheads and Catatonia. I have also worked at several International Blues Festivals held at the Guildhall featuring top Blues acts from places like Chicago and New Orleans..

Jan 1990 - August 1992
I bought my first PA system and started trading as The Bath PA Company, working with several bands on a regular basis across the South West. I continued to upgrade my equipment.

Bands

These are some of the bands (That you may have heard of) I have worked with.

The bands on this page are categorised into genre;

Mainstream / Chart bands ~ Dance acts ~ tribute bands ~ Blues ~ Jazz ~ Folk ~ Cajun & Zydeco ~ Other ~ Drum Clinics

Mainstream / Chart bands

Bands Who’s that?!
60ft Dolls Energetic Welsh Indie band.
Arab Strap Scottish Lo-Fi Doom ‘n’ Bloom Merchants! Album called Philophobia.
Ash Young Indie Band. Hits include ‘Girl from Mars’
Asian Dub Foundation Political Dub with Asian flavour
Apache Indian "Bhangra raggamuffin" artist who did ‘Boom shakalak’
Audioweb Guitar - pop/ragga from Manchester. Singles; Bank Robber & Policeman skank.
Baby Bird Pop. ‘You’re Gorgeous’ was in the charts then.
Bad Manners Buster Blood vessel’s Ska band. 80’s hits include ‘Special Brew’, ‘Lorraine’ & ‘The Can-Can’
Bananarama Only 2 of them in the reformed group. They did ‘Robert De-Niro’s waiting’
Blameless Indie Guitar band.
Captain Sensible Ex Damned guitarist. Sensible he is not!
Carter Political guitar ranters. Hits inlude bloodsport for all, After the watershed & sheriff fatman.
Cast Indie pop. Hits include ‘Alright’ and ‘Beat mama’
Catatonia They weren’t so well known then! Hits include ‘Road Rage’ & ‘Mulder & Scully’
China Drum Heavy rockers from Tyneside.
Chumbawumba Anarchic pop. They did Tubthumping (I get knocked down!)
The Clint Boon experience Ex front man from The Inspiral Carpets.
The Damned Gothic rockers. Hits include "Smash it up"
Death In Vegas
Desmond Dekker The late Jamaican Ska legend. Hits inlude ‘The Israelites’ & ‘007 (Shanty Town)’
The Divine Comedy Original pop. Hits Include ‘Wood Shed’ & ‘National Express’
Dreadzone Crusty Techno Reggae Dub. Singles ‘Little Britain’, ‘Captain Dread’.
Elastica Girl lead Guitar band
Elkie Brooks Legendary Soul / Blues ballad singer. Had hits ‘Pearl's a Singer’, ‘Lilac Wine’ & ‘Fool if you think it's over’ amongst others.
Enter Shikari Extremely energetic up & coming trance - Metal band!
The Fall The Legendary Fall headed by front man Mark E Smith.
Gene Indie guitar / crooner. Hits ~ ‘As good as it gets’, ‘We could be Kings’, ‘Fighting fit’ and ‘Haunted by you’.
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci Wierdo Welsh pop - types. Single ‘The Patio Song’.
Human League Fronted by Philip Oakey. Hits included ‘Mirror Man’ & ‘Don't you want me’
Hurricane #1 Indie guitar rockers. Singers a bit like Rod Stewart. Hits include ‘Just another illusion’ and ‘Step into my world’.
Ian Brown Ex Stone Roses Singer.
Inner Sense Samba - Reggae band from Birmingham. You can't help movin‘!
Joyrider Indie Rock. Hits Include 'Rush Hour'
Julian Cope Ex member (& primary songwriter) of The Teardrop explodes. Hits include Reward, World shut your mouth.
Lamb chop Band from Nashville with slow songs with a hint of country.
Laurel Aitken "The Godfather of Ska"
Little Axe One of my favourite bands. They headlined for the anniversary of Real World Studios. Robert Plant & Peter Gabriel joined in as they were there too!
Lush Girl Indie Band. Hits include ‘Single girl’
Mansun Indie. Hits include ‘Wide open space’
Mogwai Post rock, Lo Fi. Had a single called ‘F**k the curfew’.
Nils Lofgren Legend. Has played with many rock gods including Bruce Springsteen for 9 yrs and Niel young.
Northern Uproar Young Indie Guitar band
Ocean Colour Scene On the threshold of fame at that time. Hits include ‘The Riverboat song’
Ozric Tentacles Festival space rock band.
Phantom Chords Dave Vanian, ex Damned singer's band.
Primal Scream Secret gig promoting their new album Exterminate
Priory of Brion Robert Plant’s band (Led Zeppelin’s singer)
Quadrophonia They were No.1 then, with ‘Quadrophonia’. Dance/Rap- from Belgium I think.
Roger Taylor The drummer for Queen. 1st gig on a tour with his 3rd solo album. He wrote ‘We will rock you’, ‘Radio ga-ga’, ‘It’s a kind of magic’ and more.
Rose Royce The 70s funk band who did ‘Wishing on a star’, ‘Love don’t live here anymore’ & of course ‘Car Wash!’
Sea Horses Indie Rock. Ex Stone Roses guitarist. Hits include ‘Love is the Law’
The Selecter 80s Ska band. Hits include ‘Three minute hero’,‘On my Radio’ and ‘Too much Pressure’.
Twist & Crawl Formerly The Beat, 80s Ska stars. Hits include ‘Mirror in the bathroom’, ‘Ranking full stop’ and ‘stand down Margeret’. They re-formed and this was their first gig as Twist and Crawl at the Ska Festival, Gloucester.
Shed 7 Indie. Hits include ‘Going for gold’
Silver Sun Vocal harmonising Indie. Big in Japan. They have their own chat show there!
Skindred Ragga-Metal band with a touch of Drum n Bass! Awesome 4 piece fronted by Benji from Dub War. The whole gig was jumping!
Super Furry Animals Welsh guitar/ dance crossover. Album ‘Fuzzy logic’, singles ‘God! Show me magic’ and ‘The man don’t give a f**k’.
Supergrass Indie. Hits Include ‘Alright’, ‘Going out’, ‘Richard III’ ‘Sun hits the sky’ & ‘Pumping on your stereo’.
Supernaturals Indie Rock. This is the 4th time I’ve worked with them.
Symposium Heavy Rockers.
Toploader Lead vocalist plays hammond; Indie type band.
Turin Brakes
Uk Subs Original punk band from 1976
Ultrasound Indie
Unbelievable Truth Indie Rock
Uresi Yatsura Wild Indie Rock.
Wishbone Ash Clever Guitar band from the 70s
The Wurzels Legendary west country band. Hits include ‘I am a cider drinker’, ‘The Combine harvester’ & ‘Blackbird’
The Zombies With Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent. Hits include ‘She’s not there’, ‘Hold your head up’ and ‘Time of the season.’ They also actually wrote ‘God Gave Rock n Roll to you.’

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Dance Acts

808 State
Aloof
Astralasia
Banco de Gaia
The Egg
Joi
Loop Guru
Time Shard
tribal Drift

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Tribute Bands

ABBA Gold Great, Just like the real thing! This was in the Winchester Guildhall
The Royal Family Queen tribute band. Look alike and sound alike! I did this gig in Hemel Hempstead.
Whole Lotta Led Led Zeppelin tribute band.
The Spiced Girls A bunch of young girls making a lot of money from miming to someone elses songs. Just like the real thing! This gig was in Exmouth Pavillion.
Doreen Doreen Billed as Bristols biggest party band fronted by a big woman!
The Rolling Clones Guess who they are a tribute to?!
Livewire Excellent tribute to AC/DC
The Jamm Great Jam tribute

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Blues

Big Lucky Carter Memphis Bluesman
Catfish Kieth National Steel Guitarist
Eddie Martin Bristol Bluesman
John Hammond Legendary country Bluesman
Jon 'King' Cleary "Probably the best blues / barrellhouse pianist in New Orleans"
The Karen Carroll Band Daughter of Jean Carroll, Chicago Blues lady
Kent DuChaine Made his UK debut, Steel Guitar Country blues
Little Charlie & The Night Cats California Blues/ Jazz/ swing/ Rockabilly/ R&B
Roy Book Binder "The Hillbilly blues singing travelling man"
Angela Brown From Chicago. - What a voice!
Giles Hedley Bluesman from Leighton Buzzard, double necked guitars, lap guitar and he even played two harmonicas at once.(one with his nose!)
John Jackson Former grave digger, at the time was country blues guitarist/ singer/ storyteller. Died in 2002
Larry Garner Original Electric blues from Louisiana.
Micheal Roach Country bluesman, although local now, native to Washington.
Paul Jones Ex Manfred Mann and The Blues Band. Hosts his own Blues show on Radio 2
Sonny Rhodes From Oakland. Lap Steel guitarist
Blues Shouter British Blues Band with strong female vocals
Henry Gray "One of the greatest blues pianists". Played with Howling Wolf for 14 yrs
Jay Owens Funky Blues/ Soul. Died in 2005
The Hoax Loud Hendrix style blues
Little Whit & Big Bo Authentic Alabama Blues. First time out of USA. Hung out with Howling Wolf. Big Bo died in 2002
Ben Waters Boogie band A young blues pianist form UK, sounding like an old blues pianist form New Orleans!
Canned Heat 1969 Woodstock Legends. They did 'On the road again'
Eric Bibb Blues with soul and heart.
Eric Sardinas Amazing National Steel guitarist. Heavy Blues Rock. Sometimes sets fire to his guitar during the performance! Has played with Steve Vai.
Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Power derived from Al green & BB King.
Geno Washington The Legendary Geno Washington!
Holmes Brothers Gospel harmonies married to a sizzling R&B combo. From New York.
Innes Sibun My guitar hero (from Bath!) Toured in the USA with Robert Plant's band
King Pleasure and the biscuit boys Energetic / entertaining Jazz Jive
Otis Grand In your face big band guitar - led Blues.
Pee Wee Ellis Legendary Saxophonist for James Brown for a number of years. Co-wrote a lot of songs including "I Feel Good". now lives near Bath.
Sam Brown Daughter of Joe Brown Had a hit with 'Stop'
Stan Webbs Chicken Shack Stan the man. Still going since the sixties.
Wilko Johnson Ex Dr feelgood and Ian Dury guitarist

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Jazz

Humphrey Lyttleton Legendary Jazz trumpet player. Died in 2008
George Melly Eccentric Jazz Singer/ Entertainer. Died in 2007
Avon Cities I did quite a few gigs with this Bristol Jazz band which started in 1949. They finally stopped playing together in 2000

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Folk (traditional Folk, Irish Folk & Folk Rock)

Celtarabia Up-tempo Hurdy Gurdy, Dulcimer Dub!
Craob Rua Authentic Irish Acoustic Folk.
The Dharmas Funky folk rock white kids.
Dockery Boys Folk rock to get you movin'!
Eliza Carthy Frantic fiddle player from Whitby, Yorkshire
HKipper Paul Bradley's band. (Nige from Eastenders) First time I've seen a Sellotape solo!
Jacqui McShee's Pentangle From the original band Pentangle. Much more up to date now.
June Tabor Classic haunting Folk songstress
Katherine Tickell Northumbrian pipe player.
Oyster Band Folk Rock
Robin Williamson Harpist/ Storyteller from 'The Incredible String Band'
Rory McLeod travelling Anarchic Entertainer
Sin E Irish Folk with Indian percussion and other influences

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Cajun / Zydeco

The Acadian Ramblers Premier Dutch / Belgian Cajun & Zydeco band
Baton Rouge Unique blend of Cajun, Zydeco, Hillbilly, Irish and good old Delta Blues
Bobby Michot A Hobo from Louisiana's Cajun country leading the Cajun Voyageurs
Daisy Belle France's leading Cajun & Zydeco outfit
Eddie Lejeune Legendary Cajun accordianist from Morse, Louisiana.
Eunice & the red hot bayou band The West country's most popular Cajun act
Flatville Aces Awesome dancehall Cajun sounds from the South coast
Mouton Noir Authentic Cajun from Louisiana swamps
Sacaulait Old timey Cajun authentic trio
Steve Riley The US's leading cajun accordianist fronting The Mamou Playboys.
Titte Fille & the Acadians North Wales traditional Cajun band
ZydecoActive UK's foremost genuine Zydeco band.

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Other

Baka Beyond A fusion of African rhythm with melodies from the Celts and the Cameroon Rain forest.
Seckou Keita Awesome Kora player & Percussionist form Senegal, West Africa.
Eric Hydocks Hollies The Hollies were 60's Rivals of the Beatles this time supported by the Dakotas
London Community Gospel Choir Even if you're not religious it's an uplifting experience!
Jimmy Tarbuck Everyone knows Tarby!
Frank Carson Irish Comedian "it's the way I tell 'em!"
Kenny Lynch Apparently one of the first black Comedians, he wrote "up on the roof"
Jimmy Carr
Paddy McGuiness

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Drum Clinics

Gary Husband Drummer for Level 42
Nico McBrain Drummer for Iron Maiden
Steve White Drummer for New Order, Paul Weller & brother of Oasis drummer
Virgil Donati Phenominal Australian power drummer
Mark Mondesir Mostly self taught drummer for Courtney Pine
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