St Ives Guildhall rolled in the Blues with The Producers!

In their first St Ives Guildhall concert on March 22, The Producers showcased the contemporary manifestation of a musical tradition that traces its roots back more than a century and a half, more than four thousand miles away and to a world far from our experience. But, whether distance, time or culture, the Blues travels well.

From the southern USA to that country’s northern cities, it was the music of the underdog: chronicling life, love, sex, betrayal, hardship and death in the Afro-American experience. Given that past, it’s a miracle that the Blues ever broke free of its origins; but it did and we’re eternally grateful for that.

Britain, in particular, took to the music and the 1960s, alongside the ‘pop music’ revolution, also spawned a thriving and creative Blues scene.

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The Producers @ Glastonbury Fringe Festival!

King Arthur, Benedict St, Glastonbury.

Adv tickets £10.00 from <http://www.mojopromo.co.uk>

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The Producers @ Exebridge Festival

Friday 20th June

From 12 noon, food available.

Lovely riverside setting!

 

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The Producers @ St Ives Festival

Sat 20th September 2014

Ticket prices t/b/a

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Cornwall Ho!

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We are pleased to announce a couple of dates in Cornwall for March 2014. A chance to see the band over the course of 2 nights at 2 great live music venues.

Friday 21st March, we are playing at The St Austell Brewery in St Austell. (click here for tickets)
And Saturday 22nd March we are playing at The Guildhall in St Ives. (click here for tickets)
We are very excited about playing at these two venues and as always, it is always good to receive advanced bookings, so book your tickets today!

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Hello Bournemouth!

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The Producers played the seafront stage on the old iMax site this Summer to an audience of thousands. What a great ‘home’ gig for them and they certainly had the audience rocking in the aisles! Thanks to Bournemouth Council for such a great Summer facility.

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Alan White interviews Harry Skinner for his ‘Early Blues’ website

Recently reformed after an 8 year absence – The Producers, fronted by Harry Skinner on guitar & vocals & Big Dave Saunders on bass won the top UK Blues Band over 4 consecutive years before going their separate ways in 2002. Now they’re back. Harry & Dave still front the band ably assisted by Ray Drury on Hammond & Biff Smith on drums. They went down a storm at the Carlisle Blues Festival in 2009 and I caught up with them again at the Blues N’Booze Festival 2010 at The Box, Royal Hotel,  Crewe.

Alan:     What are your first musical memories?

Harry:   My earliest musical memory is of The Beatles ‘Michelle’ on the Radio (1965) I am a little surprised that I don’t remember anything earlier though I do remember my mum playing the piano...

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London Blues – Review

I am sure anyone who was a fan of ‘The Producers’ in the past is really glad that the band have reformed. In the new line up, including two new members, Ray on keyboards and Biff on drums, with original members, Harry Skinner, vocals/guitar, and Dave Saunders on bass. This band has the respect of other musicians in the music business, and this is borne out by the guest appearances of Andy Fairweather Low, Paul Lamb and Ben Waters, all adding their particular talent to this great album. It’s hard to say which tracks stand out on this album as they are all so good...

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Blues in The South

They’ve been away for far too long. Renowned ‘till the mid-90’s as one of Britain’s best blues bands, their decision to stop gigging came as a severe blow to many of us blues lovers in the south. But now – with a slightly changed line-up – they are back with a vengeance. Harry Skinner (g,v), Dave Saunders (b), Ray Drury (keys) and Biff Smith (drums & perc) are in super form. Just listen to the opening axe work and the in-the-groove vocal of “Some People Say”. Complete with a vocal chorus and some super bass work by Dave Saunders, this is the blues as they should be done. So too “Money Lender” which surely will be covered before long.
But don’t run away with the idea that the the rest isn’t.
The addition of key musicians like Ben Waters (on two tracks), Andy Fairweather-...

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London Blues – Review

Recieved the CD this morning, thanx dave. Just listened to the cd for the 7th time! I love the new sound with the brass,wind and female backing! Looks like a trip up the A30 to see you guys! GREAT ALBUM!

Paul Fellows via FB

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