|This is the archive of the combined Barking Spider and Andy Broad Portsmouth Blues Site mailing lists.|
When top guitarists like Gary Moore says Ben Poole is "a really great player" and Jeff Beck declares he's "f***in' amazing" you KNOW you're going to be in for a great night at The Bullfrog Blues Club on Thursday 3rd April with the return of THE BEN POOLE BAND. If you were there at his last Bullfrog gig, I'm sure you'll be back anyway!!! The Bullfrog gig comes mid-way through the band's U.K. tour before they continue to play in Holland and Germany later in the month. Ben's toured all over Europe, and played many major festivals including Rhodes Rock Festival in Greece, and a tour of North America. Ben's debut album "Let's Go Upstairs" was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Ike Nosse, producer for Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney Tina Turner, Robin Trower, Roger Daltrey., Maggie Bell and Def Leppard - amongst others. The album was launched night at a sell ot gig at the prestigious Half Moon in Putney. It features seven Ben Poole originals, two co-writes with producer Ike Nosse, and 3 covers; including the Otis Redding/Steve Cropper song `Mr. Pitiful" and the Ann Peebles original `I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down". (Ann performed this song when she appeared at The Bullfrog some years back, with The Deborah Bonham Band!).. Copies of Ben's album will be on sale at the gig. In 2011 Ben Poole was voted `Best Newcomer' by Blues Matters Magazine, and nominated for two British Blues Awards. `Best Young Artist' and `Best Original Song' (for the title track of his "Everything I Want" EP). Ben's drummer Alan Taylor was also nominated - for `Best Drummer' award. Entry is an unbelievably cheap £8 if you book on line on our secure site via Paypal- www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com , or (still at £8) from "Street Level" music in Albert Road, Southsea (opposite the Midland Bank - near the Wedgewood Rooms) If you buy on the door on the night tickets are still only £10, subject to availability. And don't forget - the drinks are at club prices! The Bullfrog Blues Club is at The NBESCA Club (a,k,a, The Dockyard Club) in Onslow Rd, Southsea , about 50 yards on the right from Clarendon Road. Doors open at 8 p.m.