An Evening of Rock & Blues at Ealing Club


Northsyde, MACK and Robert Hokum
on Thursday 8th at The Red Room
42a The Broadway (opposite Ealing Broadway Station)
Doors open at 8.00pm

Presented in partnership with The Ealing Club CIC and Ealing Eclectic
Tickets also available from The Ealing Club

 

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Founded in 2005, the four piece Northsyde began life as Funkydory. Their debut album "Still" was released in 2006 to fine reviews, and the band toured consistently for the next two years supporting it, and growing a dedicated fanbase. With a grooving combination of Rock, funk and a serious nod to the blues - their follow up album "Mercy's Medicine" was released independently in 2009, again to strong acclaim.

The band is fronted by vocalist Lorna Fothergill, who is also the main lyricist and songwriter. With a dynamic and powerful vocal style, she has been described as "Robert Plant meets Aretha, with a hint of Janis". Playing guitar for the band is her husband, Jules Fothergill. The Fothergills first met as band members of the erstwhile UK blues scene mainstay, Roadhouse, but soon decided to branch out on their own. Jules called on old friends Ian Mauricio and Hayden Doyle to join on Bass and Drums respectively, as they had played together in several London based bands and forged a strong relationship already. Ian's unusual style (he's left handed, and strings the bass upside-down) and Hayden's forceful grooves combine to give the band a sound quite unlike any of their contemporaries on the modern Blues and Rock circuit.

With each member of the band having unique and diverse influences, their style is eclectic, but identifiable. A heady mix of soulful Blues, shaking Funk, and Zep-style riffing, it has been best described as what you'd get from "Stanley Clarke strapped to the front of a Intercity 125 with Janis Joplin driving." - while not fitting into an easily defined pigeon-hole, sampling their music live is usually the best introduction.

Southern fried, sweat sodden, soul rock is MACK’s stock in trade, featuring Tommy Hare. Formed in 2013 the band melds the sounds of the deep south of the USA with a distinctive South London cock of the hat. MACK return to the Borough of Ealing following last year’s Blues Festival with down and dirty riffs, quicksilver slide guitar four part vocal harmonies and hot, sticky rhythms. Guaranteed to get your fists pumping and your feet jumping.

As host musician of The Ealing Blues Festival since its inception, Robert Hokum needs little introduction to the local music scene. His recent 'live' retrospective CD, 'Trippin' Backwards' features tracks recorded at the Ealing Blues Festival and Ealing Film Studios and has received excellent reviews. The Independent Blues Broadcasters made it an 'album of the month' and Blues Matters said, 'an excellent album....great stuff from beginning to end'.