Saturday 8th April 2017 -
Winner of ‘Best Female Vocalist’ and ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the 2016 British Blues Awards.
Take a really hot, tight RNB band forged from incredibly talented musicians, and front it with the phenomenal vocals of Rebecca Downes and you get an explosion of soul tinged blues from the days when RNB rocked the world. In a genre that’s overrun with pyrotechnic guitar slingers and rocking blues shouters, Rebecca is doing things her way; taking the music back to its raw basics and touching the same vibe that Ike and Tina had when it was more about the music than the relationship.
In perfect synchronicity with writing partner and bandleader Steve Birkett, Rebecca’s take on the blues is not merely to sing about what brings her down, but to celebrate what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. There’s humour in there, and warmth, and the grit of a true blues artist singing from the heart.