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Rocking our way around the South!

The first week of May saw us return to Southampton’s esteemed venue, The Platform Tavern which is well known in blues circles in the south and a favourite of touring bands.

The first set, which dare we say it is usually our ‘slower’ set, was spent gearing the crowd up, who were clearly there for the music, it was good to see. We set a tight standard for the evening and propelled the 2nd set straight off into the Sun! A big thanks to Stewart Cross for booking us. We’re back there on Nov 11th.

Next up, we were extremely pleased to support Dr. Feelgood at The Half Moon, Puntey. Their line up may have changed over the years but the songs are still there. We opened up proceedings with our usual blistering paced set and didn’t take our foot of the gas until our set was over, all 50 minutes of weapons grade rhythm & blues!

We then hit The Swan in Crawley, one of the main pub venues in the area with thanks to Rob Brindley. The pub is set out as such so the performing bands are more or less in the centre. This place is certainly a bit more ‘heavy’ minded – pictures of Iron Maiden and other classic metal bands can be seen here and there. A rip-roaring night followed suit with people boogying away and that’s what it’s all about.

As we head into June….

The 10th of June saw us travel around the M25 to Billericay to play the ‘Blues at Barleylands’. Now this place, is an excellent set out music venue with a stage & good lighting. Top sound crew Daryn & Steven Gilbert did a faultless job on PA duties.

With the afternoon setting, we were pleased for it to be well attended, and they were all there for the music. We adjusted our set slightly, only slightly,  to accommodate an afternoon gig adding in some slower blues tunes including one from our first album that we haven’t played for a while, ‘Bitter & Then Some’

We have to say thanks again to our enthusiastic fans Ricardo and the lovely Elizabeth for trekking all the way from London via train and bus to see us perform, the icing on top of a very good cake. Joyous stuff.

We then hit the south coast twice in one weekend. The 23rd saw our debut at The Dolphin. This is another great Southampton venue. Cheers to our friend Malcolm for pointing us towards this one. Investigating the beer garden reveals this place is also well arranged for outdoor performances. It has a superb stage and plenty of room to boot. Our gig tonight however was situated in the main bar. Given the wooden flooring, we expected a lot of bounce and perhaps some degree of reverb. However the sound turned out to be very well levelled, which adds weight to our performance.

Having some of our Swanage friends in the crowd and others certainly added to an equally appreciative locals led audience.

The following evening, we headed to The Eastgate in Chichester. It’s been awhile since we performed in Chi, so it was good to be reminded of what a nice town it is. Cheers to our mate Mel Chidwick for the help with this one. Despite the ‘set up in a separate room’ feel, the sound was tight and to see the working staff behind the bar clearly enjoying themselves bopping away between serving drinks, made for a fun evening.

The next few months are going to be an interesting time for The Voodoo Sheiks camp. We will be playing at The Farnham Maltings in July along with our good friends Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men followed by gigs at The Oak, Kingston, The Bell in Bearsted, Kent (Blues at The Bell) thanks to Phil Woollett of The John Doe Trio. The Surrey Blues Club, the place where it all began, cheers Shakey, The Old House Dorking, The Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs, The Swanage Blues Festival, The Malt Shovel, Horsham, The Bedford Esquires, The Platform Tavern, Southampton, The Three Lions (Scatchers) Farncombe, The Tuesday Night Music Club, Hooley along with Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men once again and The Golden Eagle, Southsea.

In between all that we are writing songs for our third album to be recorded in Feb/March 2018. We’ve already played a few new ones live but will keep the kettle boiling until we hit the studio.

For full details of all gigs please go to our website www.voodoo-sheiks.com

Your support is welcomed and very much appreciated, without which we couldn’t do all this.

VS x

 


Looking Back at 2016 into 2017

2016 has been an interesting and fruitful year in the Voodoo Sheiks camp on our steady climb up the ladder of the behemoth that is the UK blues scene. This year has seen us hit new venues, make new friends and take strides towards new goals.

We kicked off the year on The Introducing Stage at The Great British Rock and Blues festival in Skegness. It was great to be a part of an event that included artists such as Hawkwind, Dr.Feelgood and Otis Grand was a real honour. Big thanks to Stephen Stanley and Solid Entertainment for putting us on. January also saw us play a new venue in the form of the Old Moot House in Kingston.

February was a busy period for the band with return gigs at some our favourite haunts, The Old House at Home, Dorking and The Malt Shovel, Horsham. We also revisited The Railway in Billingshurst. Finally we hit the Bull’s Head in Barnes. Thanks to Pete Feenstra for inviting us. A great sound and an intimate atmosphere made for a good rocking night of R’n’B.

In March, we once again played at The Swanage Blues Festival, performing twice, Saturday at the Swanage Bay View sharing the bill with The Karena K Band and Sunday at our regular slot at The Anchor Inn where we played our usual high energy set, to an equally high energy audience. Thanks to the regular festival goers who are always there to give us their support and to Mandy Lovett who always asks for us back, and finally to Steve Darrington for his colossal efforts in organising such an event!

April saw us hit Camden’s legendary Underworld, supporting our blues brother Laurence Jones. Packed to the rafters, superb sound, it was a great experience to play there. We followed this by a gig at The Cavern, Raynes Park which is one of South London’s busiest venues. Keep up the great work Noel Nevin.

In June we returned to the Surrey Blues Club, a place that helped us kick off our live set in 2011, cheers to Shakey & the crew the continued support. We then hit The Boom Boom Club to support Moreland & Arbuckle.

July we headlined at The Half Moon, Putney supported by The Karena K Band. We had an absolute blast, firing on all cylinders, playing one of our tightest and most energetic sets. Massive thanks to everyone who came out to support. We can’t do all this without you and we very much appreciate it.

August saw us at The Malt Shovel where Sam & Marie-Clare Clayton continue to run this great West Sussex venue.

September kicked off with us playing our first date with Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men at The Sanctuary in Basingstoke then an evening at BB’s Blues Club in Merton. Unusually for The Voodoo Sheiks we had not one but two private functions, one of which had been booked 3 years in advance!
Then came the highlight of the year! The Voodoo Sheiks being voted runner up in The Emerging Artists category in The 2016 British Blues Awards.

In October we returned to The Malt Shovel, Swanage Blues Festival, Bull’s Head and had our debut gig at The Platform Tavern in Southampton. It was great to play in a new venue and we look forward to returning there soon. The Tuesday Night Music Club was as receptive as ever and there we shared the evening with The Sharpeez. The TNMC is becoming a mark on the map in the blues circuit. We’re back there in Nov 2017. Thanks to Richard Dunning for his support.

November we played with Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men again, performing a blinding set at Leo’s Red Lion in Gravesend. We were joined by the John Doe trio. Adrian was invited to play a couple of tunes with John and Sam at the end of the night, trading fiery licks and riffs back and forth. A ‘blues G3’ indeed, it topped off a great night. Cheers to Steve Borkowski for organising the event.

Ilfracombe Blues Rhythm and Rock festival was The Voodoo Sheiks’ destination early December. A big thanks once again to Stephen Stanley. What a great festival it was too. A line up that included Laurence Jones, Stray, Troy Redfern, Dr. Feelgood and Royal Southern Brotherhood was always going to be special.

December saw us appearing in Blues In Britain magazine with an interview about our beginnings and band ethic. The interview was in conjunction with our runner up spot in the afore-mentioned British Blues Awards. Paul Stiles does a sterling job supporting Blues in the UK with this great mag’. Our last date in 2016 saw us back at The Old House in Dorking where some of our good friends and a lively crowd had made the journey to show their support.

Already lined up for 2017 we have returns to The Malt Shovel, Old House, Tuesday Night Music Club, Surrey Blues Club, Cavern and Swanage Blues festival.

We will kick the year off on the 19th January at the Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, supporting Moreland & Arbuckle. Thanks to Pete Feenstra once again. On April 8th, we will be supporting Laurence Jones at the Harlington in Fleet. Later in the year we will be heading to The Farnham Maltings with Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men.

That just about wraps it up. Please visit the website at http://www.voodoo-sheiks.com and keep up to date with all gigs and news along with links to You Tube, Facebook and Lemonrock.

Thank you to everyone who has come out to watch us play, bought our albums, gig tickets and supported us in any way. We really do appreciate it and can’t say it enough that without you we wouldn’t be here doing what we do, so here’s to you all and see you in the New Year!!

Peace and Love
VS


The Voodoo Sheiks​- News for 2016

After a Christmas break, 2016 kicks off for The Voodoo Sheiks with an eagerly anticipated appearance (well on our part at least) at the Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness. This is a 3 day event with acts as diverse as Hawkwind, Doctor Feelgood, Otis Grand and even Courtney Pine, so there will certainly be something for everybody! We are extremely grateful to Stephen Stanley of Solid Entertainment for putting us on the ‘Introducing’ Stage, where we will be putting in another freaking ‘Voodoo Sheiking’ high energy set on Sunday 24th at 5.00pm.

 
After a growing number of new gigs last year for us, we are looking at returning to some familiar haunts like The Old House​ at Home, Dorking and The Malt Shovel – Horsham​, but we are always pleased to play new gigs to new appreciate audiences and January sees us getting a good start to the year on this front playing our 1st appearance at The Old Moot House​ in Kingston (on Thames that is, not Jamaica ) Why not come along, join in the fun and see what you are missing if you haven’t seen us before, or if you have, just come & give us some support & say hello. It’s always good to see a friendly face, we certainly couldn’t do it without all your the regular support, and the banter.

 
February 22nd see us with another new gig, this time at the fantastic Bull’s Head in Barnes for their Stormy Monday Club, where we will be shooting a double barrel combination of both Rhythm & Blues from the Hip. No prisoners will be taken here, even if it is a Monday!

 
Don’t forget there’s still time to book a B&B in March for the Swanage Blues Festival on 4th, 5th & 6th. It gets busier every year & is always a popular way of seeing many great bands in one place and has a really great vibe, especially when the sun comes out. This year sees us at The Bay View on the Saturday Afternoon, where you can see us along with Red Butler​ and a 1st outing at Swanage for The Kareña K​ Band. So you can catch us all without even moving from your seat (that’s if you can find one!) Our normal appearance on the Sunday afternoon at The Anchor rounds off a cracking weekend with another high energy set (or three! as is usually the case, as we just can’t stop once you get us started)

 
Looking forward to the middle of the year we are extremely proud to be supporting the amazing Laurence Jones​ band, who continue to get better every time we see them, this time at The Jazz Café in Camden 3rd April – A fantastic venue – Please see the Tickets for Sale on the website. Also we are absolutely stoked to be playing our own gig this year at The Half Moon, The Half Moon Putney​ on 21st July. We loved playing there on two previous support occasions, but this year we get to do our own gig with a much longer set, and we have also invited The Karena K Band to support us. Please give us both some big support for this Gig in the historic Pub’s back room.

Again all tickets available from us on the website as usual.
http://www.voodoo-sheiks.com/album.html

No doubt there’s more to come in the rest of the year, but that gives you a flavour of what’s cooking in the ‘Voodoo Pot’ for the 1st half of the Year.

Needless to say it’s already looking tasty!

VS


Keeping you posted in 2015

Ahoy Sheiks fans!

Bringing you all right up to date with everything ‘Voodoo’ related.

After our album launch in April we have been busy getting ourselves noticed. The Surrey Blues Club had a record attendance for the launch evening which we are very proud of.  The CD ‘Voodification’ has been well received and has had favourable reviews including one in The Blues Magazine. Not only that but a track from the album has made its way on to the cover CD of said mag!

The two support gigs with Laurence Jones were a real blast and we made some new friends and met some lovely people.  The Half Moon, Putney sees us reuniting with Laurence for another great evening of Rhythm & Blues on July 22nd.

The rest of 2015 is looking good for The Sheiks too. We have some great venues to play for the first time: The Cavern Freehouse, Raynes Park and The Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsden to name but two. Plus we will be returning to The Old House, Dorking, The Poyntz Arms, East Molesey & The Swanage Blues Festival.

The Old Bush Festival, formerly The Bentworth Blues Festival, have invited us to play on August 23rd and to top it all off, Solid Entertainments have booked us to play at The Legendary 100 Club on Oct 13th.

All gig info, Cds, T-shirts and 100 Club tickets available online from http://www.voodoo-sheiks.com

Here’s to a lively summer and beyond!

VS


New album update

Hello Voodoo Sheiks fans and followers!

So the new album ‘Voodification’ is all recorded and as I write it’s going through the multiplication process so there’ll be plenty to go round.

Four days in Platform Studio to get 12 songs done was a tall order but with Damon Sawyer in charge of proceedings we got there and the results are extremely pleasing. We had the help of awesome keyboard player Paul Jobson on 3 of the tracks. He swooped in to deliver his lines and swooped out again, what a true professional!

As mentioned in the previous news letter we have some great gigs coming up and have just added 2 more dates supporting Laurence Jones at The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst on June 4th and The Boom Boom Club, Sutton on June 5th.

Along with gigs at The Surrey Blues Club (album launch), Farnham Maltings, The Oval Tavern, The Cavern Freehouse and The Star Inn, Bentworth 2015 is going to be a lot of fun.

Check out our Facebook page and website for full gig listings and details http://www.voodoo-sheiks.com

Keep it live and keep on rocking those Rhythm & Blues!


New Album April 2015

Our second album will be recorded at the end of February with a release date of April 3rd. Nine original tunes have been penned with a further three covers added to the mix. Once again we will be venturing to Platform Studio with Damon Sawyer at the desk. Our first album ‘Borrowed & New’ is available from http://www.voodoo-sheiks.com as will our new offering.

The Swanage Blues Festival invited us back to play at The Anchor Inn, High Street on Sunday March 8th. This great Festival is always well attended by people who know and love their music. It’s a pleasure to go back and be part of it!

An album launch at The Surrey Blues Club, Hersham is planned for April 3rd and we will have The Sam Paine Trio as our special guests. This is the first of two collaborations with Sam Paine, the second being an evening of Rhythm & Blues at The Farnham Maltings on May 7th.

Another exciting piece of news is a second trip to The Half Moon, Putney on July 22nd where once again we will be supporting Laurence Jones.

The website is getting a complete overhaul so watch out for a new look!

Keep and eye on our website and Facebook page for further news and gigs.

We thank you for your continued support.


Forging ahead into 2015!

Hello everyone, It’s been an eventful year for The Voodoo Sheiks. We’ve met some great people and played some nice new venues. The band has been writing songs for the new album to be recorded at the end of February. In March we’ll be back at The Swanage Blues Festival followed by a couple of gigs with The Sam Paine Trio at The Farnham Maltings & The Surrey Blues Club in April & May. We’ll also be hooking up with Laurence Jones once again in July at The Half Moon, Putney.

Keep an eye on our gig listings and Facebook page as we still have some great gigs coming up in December.

You can buy our album direct from our website www.voodoo-sheiks.com

So have a great Christmas and New Year and hope to see you all very soon at a venue near you.

Keep it live!

VS