Gigs: Deborah Bonham – October NW dates

Posted on: Monday, Sep 16, 2013

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DEBORAH BONHAM & BAND – ‘LIVE’

THE ‘SPIRIT’ UK TOUR TO CELEBRATE WORLDWIDE LABEL DEAL

“For and from the heart, soul and feet. No one does what this band do. We need them” (BBC)

“Having performed and recorded with Deborah, I’m touched by her sweet nature and her warm and wicked singing and writing talent” (PAUL RODGERS)

To celebrate signing a world-wide deal with US label Spectra and, following a busy Summer which saw Deborah opening for Bad Company in Illinois on their 40th Anniversary Tour, she and her band set out on their UK ‘Spirit’ Tour, starting at Stratford on Avon on 3rd October. Spectra will release her new album, ‘Spirit’ in the first quarter of 2014.

Mixed in Nashville by Mike Poole (The Mavericks, Robert Plant’s Band of Joy),the new album by this lady, another great Bonham family talent once again features her stunning band who also backed Paul Rodgers again earlier this year for his only UK for an entire set of Free songs, to the delight of the sold out audience, who had earlier watched Deborah’s own set, described as a “gutsy session full of raw power and emotion” by Phil Hewitt at the Chichester Observer. The band has also backed Paul at two earlier exclusive, charity shows. Deborah and her band have also toured and performed with Paul as well as Robert Plant, Van Halen, Ann Peebles, Humble Pie, Foreigner, Nazareth and Stax label legend Steve Cropper.

The first single from the album,’Take Me Down’ has received great reviews both in the UK and US, with the track spending eight weeks at Number One Reverbnation Rock Chart and was described byMFR Radio as “Pretty much the perfect rock single”. And, although exclusively only available as a Limited Edition, Digi-Pack Pre Release CD on tour,‘Spirit’ shot into Radio Caroline Album Chart!

A regular festival favourite too, the band have performed at Fairport’s Cropredy (twice); Cambridge Rock Festival (3 times); Donington, the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne; The Great British Rock & Blues Festival (twice) and Great British Folk Festival (twice). In Europe, the band performed at The Czech Republic’s first Rock festival alongside Ozzy, Korn and Nazareth, returning the following year to tour in the Czech Republic. They have also performed by invitation at the Harley-Davidson Rallies in Austria, France and Portugal.

Deborah and the band have recorded a total of 15 tracks for her new album, due for release in early 2013 with ‘Duchess’Glenn Skinner (Deborah Harry, Killing Joke). On Drums is Marco Giovino (Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, John Cale, Norah Jones) and other guests include pedal steel supremo, B.J.Cole  and A.N Other.

Deborah’s last album, ‘Duchess’ (Rhino) – featuring ‘Hold On’, her duet with PAUL RODGERS and also featuring JASON BONHAM – was felt by many at the time to stand as her finest work to that date. She rips through 13 original compositions backed by her forceful working band – including bassist Ian Rowley, keyboardist Gerard Louis, and guitarist Peter Bullick. The ‘live’ band is now joined by drummer Rich Newman(Alvin Lee, Steve Marriott, Rory Gallagher).Each song showcases Deborah’s soulful singing and her effortless, sensitive approach to a list of styles, from blues and soul to hard rock and English folk.

Deborah’s previous album, ‘The Old Hyde’ includes MICK FLEETWOOD of Fleetwod Mac.

Reviews of ‘Duchess’ have been glowing,Blues Matters! describing Deborah as “a blues mama par excellence” and Blues Revue in the USA listed her as one of the New Women of Blues. Modern Guitars magazine called ‘Duchess’ “A celebration of soul, strength and family…the album stands as her finest work to date.”

DATES:

Sat 5th MACCLESFIELD, THE CABIN George Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6HS. Telephone 01625 511 001;  http://www.cabin5150.com

Sun 6th MARYPORT, GOLDEN LION HOTEL Senhouse St  Maryport, Cumbria CA15 6AB
01900 819715 http://www.thegoldenlionhotel.org.uk

Wed 23rd BILSTON, ROBIN 2 20-28 Mt Pleasant  Bilston, West Midlands WV14 7LJ Time TBC £10 Adv + B/F  £12 Door 01902 401211 http://www.therobin.co.uk

Fri 25th ST.HELENS, Citadel Arts Centre The Citadel Waterloo Street St Helens WA10 1PX 01744 735436  7.30pm  £12   http://www.classicrocksociety.co.uk

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