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

2017 Gig List

Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro         Music Room                               Liverpool Philharmonic Hall           Friday 10th March 2017 @ 8pm

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. The new studio album ‘Static In The Wires’ is released on February 10th 2017. Produced by Martin & Daniel Kimbro. Recorded in Nashville, it follows the critically acclaimed ‘Live At Southern Ground. A ‘Spellbinding 50 minutes’ as The Observer put it. It is Martin’s 7th album to date and the 2nd to feature Daniel Kimbro as well as 14 time grammy winner Jerry Douglas (Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Dolly Parton), Derek Mixon (Chris Stapleton, Sam Lewis) and Micah Hulsher (Alabama Shakes). The album was tracked live at Wow & Flutter Studios in East Nashville over four days. Engineered and mixed by analogue guru Joe V McMahan making use of every corner of the space. The drums sounded great in the kitchen and if you listen carefully you can hear the freight trains rolling past.

The two musicians met through a mutual friend Sam Lewis at Hippie Jack's music festival in Crawford Tennessee. After a brief backstage rehearsal the two took to the stage for an hour of largely improvised music. A few weeks later they were cutting a record at Zac Brown’s iconic Southern Ground studios.

Their live shows seek to bring aspects of blues, Americana and folk to the table. Martin plays a 100 year Weissenborn (Hawaiian acoustic lap guitar), Daniel plucks beats, scratches and bows his double bass to create and an unexpected array of textures and sounds. The duo will be touring across the UK during March 2017 to promote the new album.

TICKETS: £13.50 each, available from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Box Office (0151 709 3789) or www.liverpoolphil.com

Ian Siegal                                           Music Room                                Liverpool Philharmonic Hall          Saturday 18th March 2017 @ 8pm

Ian Siegal is one of the most admired blues artists in the UK. He has accumulated many British & European awards as well as three nominations for USA Blues Music awards. His love of Elvis, Little Richard, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Tom Waits fuels a powerful voice and magnetic stage presence. It will be great to see him solo in the beautiful Music Room venue, celebrating his 25 years of touring. For more information, please visit iansiegal.com

TICKETS: £15 each, available from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Box Office (0151 709 3789) or www.liverpoolphil.com

Geoff Achison and The UK Souldiggers Music Room                               Liverpool Philharmonic Hall                 Friday 24th March 2017 @ 8pm

It is more than six years since Liverpool last had the pleasure of welcoming Australia’s Geoff Achison. Happily, however, after highly successful stints in the USA and now based back in Melbourne, Geoff is returning on a short UK tour.

As before, his gritty vocals and phenomenal guitar playing will be augmented by the UK Souldiggers. The Souldiggers comprise a wonderful array of musicians: Sam Kelly on drums, Paul Jobson on keyboards and Richard Sadler on bass. Together with Geoff, they present a formidable blues ensemble that will match any line-up in the country. Their musical catalogue covers a wide range of the blues spectrum, with frequent glimpses into the jazzier and funkier corners of the genre.

Geoff Achison’s performances are unfailingly energetic and his highly individual guitar playing never ceases to amaze. This is very definitely one gig not to be missed. For more information, please visit www.geoffachison.com

Tickets are £15 each, available from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Box Office (0151 709 3789) or www.liverpoolphil.com