Bex Marshall (UK)
BEX MARSHALL (UK) – INVASION BLUES 2019 OZ TOUR SUPPORTED BY RHIANNON SIMPSON
UK Bex Marshall’s guitar playing combines slide, blues rock with electric ragtime and roots pickin’. Her voice a powerful melting pot of old black woman’s heartache and rock diva soul. European Blues Awards nominations - best solo acoustic artist 2015/16/17/18. Award recipient UK Blues Awards 2013 best female blues artist, best blues album.
Born Devon, based London, the product of blueblooded gentry and Irish Romany families. As a child her musician uncles played and stood her on the table to sing. At 11 she was given a 1963 Gibson Hummingbird.
“There’s not many female players doin’ what I’m doin’. A mixture of ragtime, slide and bluegrass with loads of lead licks kickin’ in, so I’m playing two time signatures simultaneously. I have bass lines going on while my percussive beat is slappin’ the strings. Mentors include Memphis Minnie, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Janis Joplin.
Bex was guest JANIS (‘Joplin’) with Big Brother and the Holding Company 2014, sang with Darby Slick as the voice of Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) 2018. Bex has played major fests worldwide – including Europe, USA, Brazil, Russia, Oz.
Booker T said - “at last, a woman who plays guitar like a goddess, sings like an angel, writes like Dylan and smiles like the devil”.
Rhiannon Simpson from near Ballarat - Lazenby Young Blues Guitarist of the Year, MBAS Blues Challenge Finalist and BCs Best ‘Songwriter of the Year’ has been flooring audiences with her brand of modern, guitar driven blues since 2013. Her aggressive vocal style and virtuosic guitar work has seen her play with some of Australia's finest - including Geoff Achison, Joe Camilleri and Jimi Hocking.
Since then she has been invited to perform at venues such as Kingston Mines (Chicago), Ain’t Nothin’ But - Blues Bar (London) B.B Kings (New Orleans) and The Haskell Opera House (Vermont). With two international tours, a solo album and band E.P, Simpson is a fresh new face dominating blues scenes across the world.
"She doesn't just play the blues, but really feels it in her soul. Great player, I'm a fan" - Geoff Achison "Welcome on any stage with me!" - Joe Camilleri (The Black Sorrows) https://www.facebook.com/rhiannon.simpson.music/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSwq8-L5pnPioSDox73KSHw
Rhiannon Simpson (solo) 8.30pm
Bex Marshall (with band) 9.30pm
** Please note our kitchen is going to be closed for a short period, so there will be no food service at this show. We apologise for any inconvenience **