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Their music has been described as 'haunting', 'gutsy', 'tribal' and even psychedelic. Blues in Britain says, “From the first note, Spikedrivers demand to be listened to.” Guitarist Ben Tyzack, Bassist Constance Redgrave and percussionist Maurice McElroy are a new sound of transatlantic blues.

From the early blues of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Big Bill Broonzy they have added their own blend of north African and Native American rhythms, gospel harmonies, sixties blues and rock guitar. They’ve been compared to The Band, Led Zeppelin, Ry Cooder, JJ Cale, Pentangle, Fleetwood Mac and even Pink Floyd. It all adds up to simply the Spikedrivers.

With their high energy show, Spikedrivers have been burning up European festival stages. They’ve gained rave reviews at the Chedigny Blues Festival, Cognac Blues Passions, Lugano Blues to Bop Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Rallye de Luxembourg to name just a few.

“For their multitude of admirers, they seem to be growing in stature as a headline band. If you have not seen them you simply must.” Blues in Britain

"this band should grace the stage at every festival "
Blues Matters! - UK

"The Spikedrivers were simply the revelation of the festival."
It's Mojo Music Time - BE

"…a gift for evocative songwriting"

Radio 2- Paul Jones

"Spikedrivers on the main stage with their take on down home in your face blues..."

Ealing Blues Festival


Spikedrivers youtube concert links:

Festival Blues 4 – Campeneac - France

‘Train Done Gone’

‘Young And Stupid’

Corralejo Blues Festival -  Fuerteventura

‘Urban Love Boogie’




2014 UK Writer's Poll Blues Matters!

Best live album - 3rd place
Spikedrivers Live in London

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2014 Blues In Britain Radio

Top 25 Played Artists and Albums
-  Number 6

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"Splendid performance from the Spikedrivers!
... giving it welly and that's good"

Paul Jones - BBC Radio 2

"Full of innovation with strands of musical styles
from Africa, Flamenco, country and a bucketful of delta blues"
Blues In Britain

"... at last, this excellent band captured
at full power with the brakes off,
energetic, enthusiastic and unrelenting.".
i-Tunes review

Advance booking tickets £10

£12 on the door.




(with special guest TIM PENN)

“A champion of the genre for almost half a century… if there was any justice the man would be a national treasure” (Acoustic Magazine)

“Few musicians of any kind are popular and resilient enough to last as long as Dave Peabody, who is still performing Right Now Blues! (Blues Blast Magazine)

“… listen to ‘West Indies Blues’ for how well he and the violinist work together – but there are no performances less than excellent on the admirable release.” (Blues In Britain Magazine)

“Peabody embodies the global success of African American culture which has broken all barriers to reach the best concert halls and clubs of the world.” (Living Blues Magazine, USA)

We’re delighted to welcome back the trio of guitarist/vocalist Dave Peabody, violinist Regina Mudrich, and pianist Tim Penn who delighted Brooks Blues Bar audiences with their debut appearance last year.

Dave Peabody knows a thing or two about the blues, having played guitar and toured with a host of American bluesmen such as Mississippi Delta legend David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, Grammy award winning harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, and Cincinnati boogie and blues pianist Big Joe Duskin. Dave has perfected his craft with over fifty years of live performances and appearances on over forty albums and CDs and has been voted UK Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year three times. He was in Germany last year, recording his latest album when, by chance, he met Regina who so impressed him with her musical skills that he invited her to play on the new album “Right Now Blues”, resulting in universal great reviews.

Regina Mudrich studied classical violin for 9 years at the University of Music “Franz Liszt” in Weimar, GDR. Born in East Germany, she currently lives in Bremen, West Germany. Between 2003 and 2008 Regina performed, and recorded 2 CDs, with the Rialto String Quartet (one which was recorded at the Berlin Philharmonic). Since 2008 she has been an event manager at Gewoelbe, Vegesack, Bremen, an intimate venue that attracts a variety of international artists, many of whom she has joined on stage. During the last year Regina has contributed her violin to two new albums, one by German guitarist Thomas Schleiken and the other by New Orleans based singer/songwriter Todd Day Wait.

Brooks Blues Bar regular, Tim Penn is one of the most ‘in demand’ keyboard players on the scene. Going back to the 1970s, he was a member of Dorris Henderson’s Eclection and also the Kevin Coyne band alongside Andy Summers (The Police) and Gordon Smith. He currently holds down the piano chair with the swing-blues band, The Cadillac Kings as well as his own band, The Second Line. His influences range from stride and barrelhouse piano styles of the 1920s, through to the great New Orleans piano players like Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, and Dr. John.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch this international trio of great musician play their eclectic mix of blues, boogie, ragtime and jazz.

Link to video on YouTube of the trio performing “Dark Side of Town”

(Dave Peabody song featured on the “Right Now Blues” CD)

Advance booking tickets £10

£12 on the door.





one of the British Isles’ great blues singers and guitarists …. totally and absolutely original’ (Mike Harding)

wonderful rootsy blues ….. innovative’ (Jazz FM)

singular lyrics …an original take on song writing’ (Blues in Britain)

rich and charming songs …. gasp-inducing virtuosity …. superb ideas’ (The Blues Magazine)

‘Mark Harrison has been creating something of a stir …. bringing a modern outlook to a traditional style, he is building a loyal and wide fan base.’ (Blues Matters)

while all the songs feel as though they could be rooted in the past they are contemporary and spark of truth’ (Music News)

With his gifted finger-picking and slide guitar techniques, Harrison has developed a distinctive style, supported by a group of versatile musicians’ (R2 magazine)

songs that are as unique as they are original’ (bluesblues)

Mark Harrison has established a reputation for making a unique kind of all-original music, based on the style of the early blues and folk/blues artists, with a modern twist. His highly individual music, with its memorable tunes, striking lyrics and strong and compelling rhythms, is attracting a fan base..

They’ll move you, make you think, ‘ make you smile, tapping into the timeless quality of ‘old’ music to produce something new and relevant to today.

Mark is a rhythmic, finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style.  His band consists of some of the UK’s top roots musicians, and with them he has recently released his fifth album, Turpentine. It has been unanimously praised by influential and knowledgeable figures across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews. 

Laine Hines is widely regarded as the best and most original practitioner of authentic pre-war acoustic blues. He is regularly described as ‘captivating’ and ‘spellbinding’. With his own distinctive take on both classics and obscurities of the era, his performances feature a unique vocal style reminiscent of the old field hollers of the Mississippi Delta, and a highly individual guitar technique.

Advance booking tickets £10

£12 on the door.


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