Rebecca Downes is fast establishing herself as one of the star attractions amongst the new vanguard of blues performers in the UK, with her unique and powerful voice, drawing influences ranging from Blues and Soul to Jazz and Rock.
Rebecca’s voice and performances have been, quite rightly, likened to such legendary artists as the full on Tina Turner, the bluesy feel of Etta James, and the raw power of Janis Joplin.
“Really struggling to put into words just how good Rebecca Downes and her band are” – Richard Dunning – Tuesday Blues Club
Her passion for music comes from a deep belief in the power and authenticity of live music and a love for what she does.
“5ft 2 in her high heels, but a pocket powerhouse with a voice which makes Janis Joplin sound like a choir girl” – John Drummond Brewery Blues
Now she has taken this one stage further and produced an albums worth of original material, largely with co-writer Steve Birkett, which now adds new personal musical experiences to her already captivated audiences. This collection of songs includes the rockabilly shuffle of ‘Basement’, the Santana-esque/Jazzy tones of ‘Fever in the Night’, and the Southern Soul of ‘When I’m Bad’, plus nine other great songs that will take the listener through an unforgettable musical experience.
“This excellent debut album is something of a breath of fresh air. Emotional, authentic songs that speak to the listener” – 9/10* Blues Magazine
However not only is the music on offer a revelation, Rebecca is joined by some of the most highly regarded musicians available from both the UK and the US, who have provided the musical accompaniment for Ruby Turner, Climax Blues Band, Roy Woods Big Band, Steve Gibbons, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Chuck Berry and many more…
“Musically brilliant and vocally stunning and all from a young singer who one suspects could potentially be touching upon legend!” – Fireworks Magazine
The new album Back To The Start is available on iTunes and Amazon and has received great reviews 9/10 in The Blues Magazine. The album is also available on CD from Rebecca’s website store. A second album is already being worked on, along with a string of UK and European dates for 2015. Please stay tuned to Rebecca’s website, rebeccadownes.com for further details.
In March Rebecca was asked to join The Norman Beaker Band on their Baltic tour. This was a huge honour and Norman frequently tours with; Maggie Bell, Larry Garner and Chris Farlowe. Rebecca also sang with Chris Farlowe in February of this year.
“One of the best debut albums by a female blues singer in years. How Can you go wrong with this artist and her music? Answer: you can’t.” – Classic Rock Society Magazine
Basement Of My Heart has not only had over 29,000 views on YouTube but has also been played on BBC Radio 2 The Paul Jones Show along with her second single Messed Up and also on every regional BBC Radio station. The new video for Messed Up had already had over 16,000 plays on YouTube.
“Blues, soul, jazz and rock are blended to perfection.” – Vive Le Rock Magazine
Rebecca is currently being booked for a series of shows in LA for next year and has a high level of interest from US labels, after she performed in New York previously gaining more fans. This year she played the Skegness Rock & Blues Festival and been invited back next year, along with The Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival, Upton Blues Festival and many more to come including a main stage at Colne RnB Festival and a show at The Sage Gateshead. She recently supported The Blues Band at the Robin 2 and has her own headline shows there this year.
The eagerly awaited second album will be launched on the 23rd February 2016 at London’s The ‘iconic’ 100 Club.
Gavin Povey plays Piano and sings an eclectic style of Rhythm & Blues, including Boogie-Woogie, Swing, Stride, Funk and Rock & Roll. Mixed in with this elixir are hints of Jazz, Country and Blues.
Gavin has recently toured with Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes.
He has also toured, performed and recorded with such artists as
Dave Edmunds, Kirsty MacColl, Van Morrison, Dion, Kim Wilson
Graham Parker, Shakin’ Stevens, Steve Cropper,
The Fabulous OKE-SHE-MOKE-SHE-POPS Simon Farrell, Bass; Shane Atlas, Drums; Brendan Doyle or Peter Dobai Sax
They play songs from all eras of New Orleans style music,
including their own material.
No matter what day of the week they come to town, every night is a Saturday night when The Urban Voodoo Machine hit the stage. A spectacular mash up of musical genres, instruments and carnival chaos on stage, they bring to the party everything we love about a live rock 'n' roll show. Without doubt they are one of the best bands on the UK live circuit right now, you should never miss the chance to check them out !!!
The Urban Voodoo Machine is a collective of shadowy, London based, ne’er do wells, led by Norwegian born songwriter/frontman Paul-Ronney Angel. Featuring up to twelve musicians at any given time, The ‘Machine mash-up guitars, twin drumers, fiddle, trumpet, tuba, banjo, washboard, upright bass, gong, mandolin, accordion, harmonicas, saxophone, sousaphone and even empty bottles and tie racks to create their unique brand of Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll.
“With their lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, messed-up tangos and whiskey-soaked gypsy stomps, some reckon they’re from the same stable of stallions as Tom Waits and Nick Cave; others point out the last gang in town swagger of The Clash and the hellbound blues that John Lee Hooker first dragged out of the swamp”
The stars were very much aligned the night Paul-Ronney Angel was begged by a promoter to be the filling in a triple-bill band sandwich. Never one to turn down a knees-up, P-R realised he had 48 hours to put a band together. No problem! Trawling the dives and doss houses of London, he called in some favours, cracked some whips and so it was that The Urban Voodoo Machine lurched into life.
Having been an fantastic success for our 2015 Xmas party we have got them back again to celibrate Christmas 2016
Paul-Ronney Angel – Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica
Nick Marsh – Electric Guitar & Vocals
Gomez DeVille – Trumpet & Vocals Slim – Accordian & Vocals The Reverend Gavin Smith – Upright Bass