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We have an extra special one for you this September: Burnt Ice, the longest running blues band in the Portsmouth area, celebrate 30 years of performing top quality blues on the 7th of September with an extra special concert at The Bullfrog Blues Club, (hosted at The Dockyard Club, Onslow Road, Southsea). This event is the culmination of a celebratory tour, which started in July at The Bastille Blues Festival , PlancoŽt , Brittany and included an appearance at Wickham Festival in The HAPI Festival Big Top. It's going to be real cooking Blues party, a date for the diaries of all Blues and R&B fans. Burnt Ice formed in 1987 just after founding member Andy Broad moved on from his first band 'Duck Soup'. The goal was to create a lineup to play modern, funk, soul and jazz tinged blues inspired by the contemporary sounds of Robert Cray, Albert Collins, Johnney Copeland, et al. with inevitable references to the earlier greats such as B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Andy was soon joined by Simon Tufnail on bass, who introduced Alan "Blackie" Blackmore on drums, together they formed the core of the band from the beginning to the present day. Their first outing was at the Milton Barn in September 1987 with the lineup completed by Jane Overbury on vocals, and Stuart on keyboards. As might be expected with a band of such longevity the lineup has evolved through several incarnations, with Andy finally taking on the lead vocals in the mid '90s. The current 4 piece format is completed by Matt Beckwith on harmonica, who first joined the band around 1989. The musical repertoire has developed over the years and whilst it still includes a few favourites from those early days (the Ice's interpretation of Koko Taylor's version of Come To Mama (originally by Anne Pebble's) has long been the standard opener for the second set) it retains the blend of funk and rocking jazz that creates the Burnt Ice sound and now features original material written by both Andy Broad and Matt Beckwith. Here's a summary of all the musicians that have passed through the band over the years, each one adding their own special element to the final mix. (dates are approximate, some surnames lost to the fog of memory) Andy Broad - lead guitar - 1987 till present (main vocals from 1994) Simon Tufnail - Bass Guitar - 1987 till present Alan "Blackie" Blackmore - Drums - 1987 till present Jane Overbury / Teardrops - vocals - 1987 till 1988 Stuart - keyboards - 1987 till 1987 Jason - harmonica - late 1987 till 1989 Chris Morley - piano / vocals - 1988 till 1992 Geoff Webb - second lead guitar - 1988 till 1989 Ian - vocals - 1988 Yvonne Charlton(?) - vocals - 1988 till 1990 Matt Beckwith - 1989 till 1994 , 1996 - 2009, 2012 till present Helen Davies - vocals - 1990 till 1991 Stuart Wallace - rhythm guitar - 1992 (approx.) Theresa Marland - vocals - 1991 till 1993 Richard Walker - alto sax - 1992 till 2004 Della Perret - tenor saxophone / vocals - 1994 till 2008 Martin Bird - second lead guitar - 2009 till 2011 Chris Shaw - tenor sax - 2010 till 2012 Burnt Ice appear at the Bullfrog Blues Club on Thursday 7th September. Tickets are £8.00 in advance £10.00 on the door and can be bought from the club on-line from: http://webplus.barkingspider.abelgratis.com/tickets Or in person from: Street Level Music, Albert Road, Southsea. or direct from a band member.