Wotton Blues Festival

Wotton Blues Festival

Route 61 Blues Band

Route 61 Blues Band

Route 61 are a Gloucestershire-based 5-piece blues band comprising well-seasoned and experienced musicians. Some members are familiar faces on the local blues scene, whilst others bring fresh inspiration and renewed vitality. The music they play varies from standard traditional classic blues through to modern blues rock and everything in between.

DAVE DRAISEY – Percussion. Founder and elder statesman of Route 61, Dave grew up listening to Mose Allison, Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Walters. Whist still at school he played his first blues number on drums which was crocodile walk by John Mayall. Since then, he has played pretty much every style of music before returning to the blues ten years ago.

CHRIS JACKSON – Bass guitar. Chris started his musical life as a classical pianist, grew into new-wave pop as a keyboard player and subsequently moved on to playing bass. He played in blues bands in Yorkshire for several years before moving back south where work and family commitments meant a lengthy break from playing live. Chris brings his musical knowledge and thundering punchy rhythm to the band.

MARK FAULKNER – Keyboards, vocals. The musicians’ musician, multi-instrumentalist Mark has been playing in bands of many types for as long as he can remember. His love of the blues and its influences on his playing styles becomes clear when you hear him laying down a mean solo.

DAVE JONES – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar. Dave’s been performing around Gloucestershire in various formats and styles for about 20 years. He starting singing with The Grey Streaks playing early 60’s music through to The Jacksboro Highway Band covering everything from the Beatles to ZZ Top. More recently he could be seen playing guitar and backing vocals with The Flaws of Outlaws, a versatile Cheltenham based Americana/Country/Flamenco trio.

PHIL HARRIS – Lead guitar, vocals. Phil’s adolescent years were defined by his love of guitar and music. At 14 he attended the first Bath Blues festival and at 15 he was out there gigging trying to live the dream. Phil has worked in bands all his adult life, from function bands doing the working mens club circuit in the 70/80’s to touring America playing Gypsy Swing in the late 90’s and through into the new millennium. For the past 20 he has worked as a guitar teacher in local schools as well as performing in folk, jazz and rock bands. For Phil playing with Route 61 feels like coming home: back to his musical roots.

See Route 61 at The Royal Oak
Sunday 22 September – 3:30pm

Website: www.route61.band

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