Gig: The Norman Beaker Trio – support by The Hexmen @ The Pavilion Theatre, Promenade, Rhyl, LL18 3AQ – Friday, 6th February

Posted on: Sunday, Feb 1, 2015

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The Norman Beaker Trio – support by The Hexmen @  The Pavilion Theatre, Promenade, Rhyl, LL18 3AQ

Performance: Friday, 6th February, 2015 @ 8pm   Ticket Prices: £12, no concessions

The Norman Beaker Band

Three legendary Blues artistes play the music of B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and other dignitaries of the genre, as well as their own brand of originals.

The trio are among the final links to the history of the Blues, having played and recorded with the most influential Blues artists on both sides of the Atlantic.

They have many stories of these greats and have taken on their influences.

The band have appeared at major blues and jazz festivals worldwide, and it is not only a musical extravaganza but played with a lot of fun and entertainment which ensures a great night for all.

Norman Beaker (guitar, vocals, harmonica) has been at the forefront of the British Blues scene since the late 60’s, playing with USA and  UK greats such as Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, the late Jack Bruce, Tony Ashton, Paul Jones, Eric Burdon and many others. B.B. King commented, Norman sounds like a white Freddie King, a complement indeed, and one not said for many artistes.

Norman has subsequently worked with B.B., Jimmy Rogers, Buddy Guy, Lowell Fulson, Fenton Robinson, Chuck Berry, Carey Bell, James Booker, Jon Lord, Larry Garner, Ruby Turner and several others. He has one of the hardest-working bands on the circuit; recently they have been touring with Van Morrison and Chris Farlowe.  They have a new album, ‘Who’s He calling Me Him?’ and are permanently on the road in their own right, with Larry Garner and Chris Farlowe for nearly twenty years. The band mix a blend of all types of Blues with a lot of energy and good humour.

John Price (bass, vocals) is one of the busiest bassists in the field, having played and recorded with Van Morrison, Chris Farlowe, Eric Burdon, Tony Ashton, Tony McPhee, Herbie Goins and Mick Abrahams, as well as many others. John has been in the band for over twenty years.

Steve Gibson (drums, percussion) has worked with the Buzzcocks and has become  one of the most sought-after percussionists, working with Chris Farlowe, Larry Garner, Herbie Goins, Irma Thomas and Jack Bruce.

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The Hexmen

The band was founded by frontman vocalist and harmonica player George Hexman in the late 70s, joining forces with major movers and shakers of the Liverpool music scene. Throughout post punk malstrom of the 80s and 90s, The Hexmen line-up was a shifting collaboration of local luminaries including members of & bands associated with: The Las, Edgar Jones ,The Stairs,Johnny Marr, Paul Weller, Tony Mc ( Rain, Real People , Keith York , The Orb,Lightning Seeds, Bjork, the Boo Radleys, Elvis Costello (Alan Mayes/Rusty), Electrofixion (Echo and the Bunnymen), Cast and Dr Phibes & The House of Wax Equation among others, side projects included gigs with Charlie Whitney of Family .

Although they have always been known as a blues band, the Hexmen’s material is not that easy to categorise. The band’s music is blues based certainly but the defining quality of the Hexmen has always been 60’s old school Brit R&B energy with an aggressive, indie edge and a psychedelic undercurrent that lends extra dimensions to the music. Notwithstanding George’s historic links with the 80s and 90s Liverpool music scene, the current band members have an exciting pedigree. George himself, vocals (and a much sought after session blues harp player), has performed throughout Europe & the U.S.and recorded with with some of the most significant indie bands of the past 20 years.

On guitar is Ian Fuller, one of the UK’s foremost blues indie rock guitarists and he has shared the stage with some of the greats. Ian started his musical career around London and was soon gigging at well known Venues such as The 100 Club, Half Moon Putney, Dingwalls etc. His influences include Gary Moore, Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Cream etc.

Bass player Mike Cain and  Mat Shaw on drums. Mike & Mat have gigged together for over 25 yrs before joining The Hexmen, their former bands include AgentX, PTP, Fallen Empire, Razor & The Cactus Elves amongst others.

A new Hexmen album release is scheduled Spring 2015, produced by Darren Jones (Darren’s recent works have included  The Coral, Chris Rea, re-mastering John Lennons Imagine album with Tony Visconti)  and recorded at Elevator Studios, Liverpool/ Mastering at Abbey Road Studios, London

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