Hailing from Canvey Island, Essex, they are best known for early singles like “Back in the Night” and “Roxette”. Although their most commercially productive years were the early to mid 1970s, they continue to tour and record to this day. The group’s original distinctively British R&B sound was centred on Wilko Johnson’s choppy guitar style. Along with Johnson, the original band line-up included singer Lee Brilleaux and the rhythm section of John B. Sparks, known as “Sparko” on bass guitar and John Martin, known as “The Big Figure”, on drums. Like many pub rock acts, Dr. Feelgood were known primarily for their high energy live performances, although studio albums like Down by the Jetty (1974) and Malpractice (1975) were also popular. Their breakthrough 1976 live album, Stupidity, reached number one in the UK Albums Chart (their only chart-topper). But after the follow-up Sneakin’ Suspicion, Johnson left the group due to perceived conflicts with Lee Brilleaux. He was replaced by John ‘Gypie’ Mayo. With Mayo, the band was never as popular as with Johnson, but still enjoyed their only Top Ten hit single in 1979, with “Milk and Alcohol”.
Since releasing their first single Roxette in 1974, Dr Feelgood proved they have a back catalogue to stand the test of time. Members of the audience young enough to know the music only through their parents and even grandparents got the chance to celebrate with the fans who were wild enough to be there first time around.
15 years and over 1,800 gigs following Kane’s arrival, and with a total of 80 years service between the current line-up, the journey continues for Britain’s most enduring, and best loved R&B band, who continue to enthrall audiences as far away as Japan with the kind of “no-nonsense” live energy that first endeared Dr. Feelgood to a generation of music fans over thirty five years ago.
http://www.drfeelgood.org/ THE BLIND DEAD McJONES BAND
Blind Dead McJones was never a fan of being in the spotlight, no number 1 singles, cheesy videos or appearances on celebrity cooking programmes. A true Bluesman in every sense of the word, living a life on the road shrouded in mystery. Some say he died years ago in an agriculture related accident, some say he is part of the keyzer soze family and some say he now makes Halloween costumes for dogs. One thing we know for sure is he is responsible for bringing together the blues rock behemoth that is The Blind Dead McJones Band.
“I don’t call 911 I call .357” said R. L. Burnside.
He didn’t follow the rules or call the authorities when he could do the job himself. Our ethos is the same; we don’t follow trends, or go on wild goose chases, or listen to consultants. We just believe in the blues. That’s what we play; we have no desire to have a hit record, or a follow up. We play the blues, or as near to it as we can get.
We like purity, so we listen to (amongst others)Bukka White, Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Dr. Feelgood, Canned Heat, Muddy Waters; these are just some of our influences. Yet we try to do it our way, not that we think we’re better (God forbid). We just believe that to follow in the footsteps of the greats is to do it how you feel it.
ADVANCE TICKET ONLY.... on sale now. Entry £16.
Available online and from Arden Rd Social Club and Revo Records. Huddersfield; Vinyl Tap Records
Doors 7.00pm, first band on stage 7.30pm.