Bill Kirchen & His Band plus Geraint Watkins & The Mosquitoes
Saturday 11th November
Tickets £27.50 | Doors 19:30
Grammy nominated Kirchen is doubtlessly an architect of what is now known as Roots Rock ‘n’ Roll and Americana and continues to be one of its most active proponents, playing, writing and performing throughout the world. Justly famous for his indelible Telecaster sound, Bill’s fifty plus years career began as a founding member and long-serving lead guitar player of the infamous Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. After those heady times he has released eight solo albums and has recorded and performed with the likes of Nick Lowe, Doug Sahm, Gene Vincent, Elvis Costello, Dan Hicks, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby and Link Wray.
For so many years a keystone of the bands of Nick Lowe, Van Morrison, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Dave Edmunds and countless more, Geraint Watkins is also a revered creator of his own sublime music, much of which has already been perfectly captured in a handful of solo albums. These days he spends more time on his own career with his band the Mosquitoes, which includes Martin Winning (sax/clarinet) Oliver Darling (guitar/vocals), Paul Riley (bass) and Malcolm Mills (drums).
Watkins was a member of noted British bands Juice on the Loose and Red Beans & Rice and following a move to London with the latter, he soon found himself on the “Be Stiff Route 78” tour as part of Micky Jupp’s band. Shortly afterwards in 1979, Andy Fairweather Low produced Watkins’ first album for the Vertigo label. Session work for producer Stuart Coleman followed which led to him joining Shakin’ Stevens’ band before going on to record and play live with Dave Edmunds and many others including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Dr. Feelgood, Rory Gallagher, The Blues Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stray Cats, Carl Perkins, Tom Jones, Roger Daltrey and John Martyn. In addition to his touring and recording with Nick Lowe, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings and Van Morrison, he somehow managed to keep The Balham Alligators stomping for fifteen years too and is a regular member of Slim Chance.