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Music, Blues, Seated + Standing

Paul Lamb & The King Snakes

Sunday 22nd September 2019 - Starts 8pm

TICKET PRICE: £15.50 seated/£13 standing (Friends: £13.50/£11)


“Simply better than the opposition, from whatever side of the Atlantic they come” – Blues Print Magazine

We all know the stuff that turns up in biographies is empty and meaningless because it’s all been said before. So, let’s talk plainly about Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, the best blues band in Britain.

It didn’t happen suddenly. It took years of hard work and application – unfashionable words that signify little in these days of instant fame. As Paul can tell you, he and his band have done their individual time, made their mistakes, applied what they’ve learned, focused on their musicianship and the results are passed on to audiences that flock to their gigs. They in turn are guaranteed to enjoy genuine music performed with skill and mutual encouragement. It’s a sure but simple formula. 

Right now, the King Snakes are a refreshing mixture of (relative) youth and experience – and still recording…

The experience starts at the top, for Paul Lamb has spent the last 30-some years whoopin’ and hollerin’ in clubs in his native North-East and later on in London, in concert and on festival stages, creating a personal synthesis of his harmonica heroes and his own unique and innate talent. His history includes representing Britain in the World Harmonica Championships, working with his particular mentor, Sonny Terry, and with any number of other blues artists who’ve visited these shores.

There’s a great deal of experience behind vocalist and rhythm guitarist Chad Strentz, too. He started out as a rockabilly hound, encouraged by the wilder excesses of Gene Vincent, Johnny Burnette and Mac Curtis, with some Elvis and Little Richard in there for extra relish.

But if you want to REALLY talk experience, take a long listen to bass player and vocalist Rod Demick. He formed his first group, the Vibros, when he was eleven and later graduated to Wheels, the only R&B competition in Belfast for Van Morrison and Them.

The youngest member is Ryan “Junior” Lamb. Having the legendary harmonica player, Mr Paul Lamb, as his father, you could say he was born to play the blues. However make no mistake – it’s because of his outstanding guitar talent, rather than nepotism, that landed Junior the job of lead guitarist in the King Snakes in 2007.

Dino Coccia was the King Snakes drummer in 1991  and is now back in the drummer’s seat, after coming full circle. He is a talented musician who brings to the band a strong foundation that allows for the instrumental and vocal expression that the band attains.

“Sounds as American and black as Brits dare.” Melody Maker Magazine

Life constantly renews itself. With a new album The Games People Play out now on Secret Records, Paul Lamb and the King Snakes are starting a new chapter in their ongoing history. New challenges will present themselves and new achievements will strengthen and broaden their appeal to audiences that can distinguish between the manufactured and the real.

With a wonderful, equilibrium of real blues, boogie, swing & a good time jump, be sure to catch Paul Lamb & the King Snakes blowing up a storm, somewhere near you…

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