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Johnny's Blues Club started life as 'Blues at the Liverpool Marina' in November 2005 with the prime objective of presenting live performances by top class blues and R’n’B artistes from the UK and abroad. The programme of shows covers the broad spectrum of the genre from Delta and Piedmont acoustic styles, through Chicago and West Coast influences to rocking Texas blues. Quality entertainment and variety are guaranteed.

John & Lorraine Welsh

2019 Gig List

Geoff Achison & The UK Souldiggers

Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Friday 20 September 2019 8pm

Multi-award winning Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Geoff Achison returns to the UK for his 20th Anniversary Tour. He is also promoting a brand new album recorded with his UK Souldiggers: internationally acclaimed drummer Sam Kelly, keys man Paul Jobson and Andy Hodge on bass.

From the deep south of Australia, his exciting blend of raw blues and funky grooves has created scores of devoted fans around the world. He was chosen as one of the ‘Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists’ by Guitar Player Magazine and was included in the ‘Top 100+ Guitarists You Should Know’ roster. In 2012 Geoff was listed as one of the ‘Top 50 Australian Guitarists’.

He is a versatile artist who can deliver a complete show with nothing more than his soulful voice and virtuosic acoustic guitar style but is also a highly regarded electric guitarist compared favourably to Jeff Beck and Warren Haynes, able to deliver the full blues-rock experience with his outstanding combo, The Souldiggers. Geoff is also a keen and expert improviser and has been invited on stage to jam with big names such as the legendary Allman Brothers Band, Hot Tuna and many others.

Tickets for the concert, £18/£15, are available from the Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office (0151 709 3789) or



Flanagan Trio

Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Wednesday 25 September 2019 8pm

Flanagan Trio consists of Mark Flanagan (guitars, vocals, waterphone, meletron and steel drums), Adam Double (bass) and George Double (drums).

Mark Flanagan, born in Liverpool, is probably best known as guitarist for Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, an association that began in 1988 and continues to this day. During that time Mark has made countless live, TV, radio and recording appearances with many of the biggest names in the industry, and has also made a name for himself as a solo artist with his own catalogue of songs, written on Dobro and acoustic guitars.

Performing solo, or with a small band, Mark wows his audiences with fine guitar playing and songs written from the heart.

Tickets for the concert, £18/£15, are available from the Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office (0151 709 3789) or



Martin Harley

Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Friday 4 October 2019 8pm

Having created a deep impression on the acoustic blues roots and Americana scene with his last two Nashville recorded albums, Martin Harley's highly anticipated new record finds a new and exciting sound.

Taking country blues riffs to the electric bottleneck slide guitar, served with sweet vocal harmonies and the driving rhythms of co-producer and drummer Harry Harding (Yola Carter/William the Conqueror) to produce an intimate and gritty analogue album. Through his classic song-writing style, this record explores hopes and fears for fast changing times, offering gospel like comfort and consolation.

Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, Martin’s dynamic live performances have resulted in a burgeoning global reputation. He recently played to a sold out Union Chapel in Islington and has appeared at Edmonton, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk Festivals in Canada, Glastonbury Festival, Bestival and Beautiful Days in the UK, and numerous European and US tours and events including the Americana Music Association UK’s AmericanaFest in London, The Bluebird in Nashville and Tønder in Denmark.

In 2018 Martin Harley was ranked No. 16 in the world’s greatest acoustic guitarist poll in Total Guitar Magazine and he was nominated as 'Instrumentalist of the Year' at the Americana Music Association UK Awards.

"Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues." Guitarist Magazine

"No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business." Roots Magazine

Tickets for the concert, £20.50/£17.50, are available from the Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office (0151 709 3789) or



Doug MacLeod

Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Friday 11 October 2019 8pm

Doug MacLeod, Blues Music Award winner & nominee, is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition.

He is a travelling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition.

MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances.

Tickets for the concert, £15/£12, are available from the Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office (0151 709 3789) or



Elles Bailey

Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Saturday 16 November 2019 8pm

Elles Bailey follows her debut hit album Wildfire with her brand new album Road I Call Home.

Back in September 2017, Wildfire broke down barriers to win rapturous praise right across the music media landscape. The debut album charted at No. 2 in the iTunes Blues charts, reached No. 1 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters (IBBA) charts, and has clocked up over 2.5 million streams on Spotify.

Live performance is Elles’ natural habitat and a home away from home - touring the last album well beyond her native UK into Europe and USA, playing shows with Jo Harman and Eric Gales as well as her own headline shows, and performing at festivals such as Black Deer, Swing Westplaar and The Great British R&B Festival.

Like its chart-topping predecessor, Elles’ new album features co-writing contributions from high-calibre collaborators, including British hit-making legend and Ivor Novello Award winner Roger Cook, storied Memphis and Nashville giant Bobby Wood, as well as a guest appearance from Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys).

“Wildfire was written over five years… Road I Call Home was written over one. It tells the story of touring Wildfire, and how my life has changed since. I feel it delves deeper, and deals with loss, love, anger, determination and life on the road, with more than 200 gigs under my belt and many miles travelled.” Elles Bailey

Tickets for the concert, £15/£12, are available from the Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office (0151 709 3789) or



Jo Harman Trio

Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Friday 29 November 2019 8pm

Widely regarded as one of Europe's finest ever soul and blues fuelled voices, Jo Harman is an international touring and recording artist who remains a genre-defying, independently minded artist of rare credibility. An artist who makes sincere and heartfelt music, The Mirror proclaimed her 'UK's finest female soul blues voice' and who, according to Classic Rock, writes 'lip-biting beautiful songs'.

Jo released her second studio album People We Become to much critical acclaim, and the multi award winning/nominated performer, has achieved considerable success at home and abroad, headlining prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe and beyond.

Rag 'N’ Bone Man recently took to social media to proclaim her 'one of this country's finest talents' , and soul super star Michael McDonald advised 'hearing her cover one of my songs was a spiritual experience'.

Tickets for the concert, £15/£12, are available from the Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office (0151 709 3789) or