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There's an all star band coming to The Bullfrog Blues Club on Thursday 7th June when THE STEVE PAYNE BAND appear. Read on and just look at the expereince in this line-up! STEVE PAYNE is one of the UK's most unique and versatile guitarists, a talented and non-predictable singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, wordsmith and story-teller whose compositions cross the musical boundaries from Blues to Folk to Contemporary Roots. He first stepped onto the stage in 1972, but his emerging talents were soon in demand and he began to play guitar with Joanna Carling, who had signed to Dick James, and then went on to play with Jerry Donaghue, Gary Herd, Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention) and Gary Taylor (Peter Frampton). By 1976, he was touring Europe with Loudon Wainwright III, and also featured with many other artists of the time. As punk swept the nation, Payne briefly followed suit, his new band Brent Ford and the Nylons swerving from R'n'B to punk and back again. The early eighties saw the birth of the Paynekillers, a band which evolved into the longstanding regional rock & blues favourite, The Parole Brothers. Their debut album, "When's Your Album Coming Out?" found favourable reviews. During this time Payne continued to work with other artists, most notably Dr John and blues legend B.B. King. In 1986, he moved to L.A. and played on the West Coast scene for three years, before returning to the U.K. to form The Candy Run. The band's debut album of the same name took three years to complete, punctuated by Payne's return visit to L.A. Back in the UK in 1989, he teamed up with Steve Tilston and together they played Glastonbury Festival and recorded the album, "In For a Penny, In For a Pound". Candy Run toured for a year or so, before Steve began working with harmonica afficionado Keith Warmington. They played Glastonbury Festival in 1993 and a new band - Payne and Friends - took shape soon afterwards, touring Europe through 1994. This year also saw Steve begin to move more heavily into slide guitar and jazz styles, teaming up with fellow (unrelated!) guitarist Rick Payne. The two played together regularly over the next couple of years, a period that also saw Steve's first collaborations with blues singer/songwriter Maggie Thomas. They recorded an acoustic album at the Hope Centre in Bristol - aptly named "Hope", and carried out a successful, televised tour of America's East Coast in 1998. During this period, Payne returned to Toronto where he built a following, appearing with Paul Brady in 1997. With a long list of festival and club appearances not only in the UK, but also regularly in mainland Europe and North America, a musical life's worth of troubadour globe-trotting has resulted in Steve perfecting his particular succinct, and at times very tongue-in-cheek, live ‘in concert' experience. The STEVE PAYNE BAND features an array of exceptional musicians.... Keyboard player PETE WINGFIELD has been a fixture within the music industry from the early to 1970's and is probably best known for his fine single "Eighteen with a Bullet" for Island in 1975. Earlier in his career Pete formed the blues band Jellybread, signed by Mike Vernon, for his Blue Horizon label in 1970, but soon moved on as he found fame as a top class session player - Pete has played dozens upon dozens of sessions including ex Yardbirds guitarist Top Topham, Graham Bond, B.B. King (on his seminal "In London" album), Lightnin Slim, Memphis Slim, Nazareth, Freddie King, Al Stewart, Maggie Bell, The Hollies, Jimmy Witherspoon, Edwin Starr, Lonnie Donegan, Billy Fury, Bonnie Tyler, Richard & Linda Thompson,Lindisfarne, and played with Paul McCartney on "Run Devil Run" (1999) . In live performance he's been in Keef Hartley's band, Colin Blunstone's band, with Van Morrison, The Hollies (he was also on the "Hollies Live" album) and was a member of The Olympic Runners. Having previously worked with Phil Everly, he became a member of the Everly Brothers backing band, starting with their reunion in the early '80s,and continuing on subsequent tours and recordings. As a songwriter, he contributed the title track to the Olivia Newton-John album "Making A Good Thing Better", and as a producer was responsible for Dexy'd Midnight Runners first album. In 2008, Pete's solo recordings for the Island label were assembled on an anthology by Cherry Red Records. On drums we have the redoubtable "CHICAGO" MIKE WEIDRICH - ex Tailgaters, Eddie Martin Band, Gwyn Ashton Band, The Mystery Slang, and Steve Arvey Band to name but a few!. Bass player RICHIE GOULD was a member the reincarnated version of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's first band The Quarrymen, and appeared with original members Rod Davis, Len Garry, and Colin Hanton on "Open For Engagements" ,their first proper album since reforming in the 1990's. Richie was also a member of the much loved and much missed anarchic Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra, and recorded as bass player for the "oldest swingwer in town", Fred Wedlock. Last but not least is CHRIS DAVIES on rhythm guitar, who plays with Steve Payne in their occasional acoustic band The Woolly Bullies. THE STEVE PAYNE BAND appear at The Bullfrog Blues Club, at The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club (a.k.a.The Dockyard Club), Onslow Rd, Southsea, PO5 2NH. doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are just £8 in advance (on line from www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com or from "Saraband", Devonshire Ave, Southsea (during shop hours) and RMA Tavern Cromewell Rd, Southsea (during licensing hours) or £10 on the door.