Thursday 19th October 2017 at 7pm. Doors and Cafe/bar open at 6.30pm. *
Blues Underground – on the third Thursday of every month.
A night of music for only £5 – which includes a light buffet.
Terry Lees tells the ‘Story of the Blues’, and introduces our guests for the Blues Nights this season. Tonight, that’s MIKE ROSS.
Terry has been playing the guitar since 1960. He has played major concerts sharing the stage with many famous bands and musicians. Terry also lectures in music and will be informing and entertaining us with ‘The Story of the Blues’ interspaced with his wizardry guitar playing followed by:
Mike Ross is a blues, rock & americana guitarist, songwriter & singer. Originally from the North East of England he currently lives in Brighton and has a 3 or 4 piece band ‘The Mike Ross Band’. Mike has released two studio albums, Spindrift (2014) & Jenny’s Place (2016) and one live record ‘At The 100 Club’ (2016).
Mike writes soulful bluesy rock songs in the tradition of Creedence Clearwater Revival & The Band, plays blues guitar in a style reminicent of Duane Allman, Peter Green & Steve Cropper and aspires to sing like Steve Marriott, Otis Redding & Paul Rodgers.
A Monster Toned Space Blues Monolith! – Blues In Britain
Born and raised in the Great North but living these days down in the Southland with a steady mind and a thoroughbred plan, Mike writes soul wrenchin’, riff bustin’ songs that will make you want to share the tale of his life’s journey and the lessons he’s learned.
Burnt in Blues, Soaked in Soul! – Kerrang!
This winding road leads from England to Europe before jumping the Atlantic to New York, detouring way down south to Memphis and New Orleans via Clarksdale Mississippi and Nashville Tennessee, soaking up every scent and sound along the way before fetching up on the shores of Sussex with a lifetimes worth of tales to share.
This lad from the far North East has distilled the essence of the Deep South and West Coast of America – Blues In Britain
Mike takes listeners on a uniquely detailed and image packed history tour of the history of the music of the music he loves to play, beginning in the Mississippi Delta at the beginning of the 20th century and finishing up right back in the present moment with his powerful emotive voice and intoxicating virtuosic guitar playing carrying you every inch of the way.
Fuzzed up, fierce and full frontal fiery attack coupled with sexy, smooth slidin’, southern soul! – Mojo Magazine
To experience Mike playing solo or with the other members of his 4 piece band egging him on is to see why one reviewer declared him ‘soaked in soul & burnt in blues’.
Mike’s first solo album, the Americana-tinged ‘Spindrift’ was released in 2014 to critical acclaim and reveals an introspective side to Mike’s songwriting and performing. Tracks such as the honest, plaintive southern 6/8 soul feel of ‘Lazy’ and ‘Don’t Worry Baby, Just Call #2’ contrast with the driving fuzz of ‘Ran Thru Here’ and the outlaw imagery portrayed in ‘Been So Long’. The album takes listeners on a visceral aural journey of the heartlands of American legend.
New album “Jenny’s Place” boasts a fuller and more muscular set of performances. The textures found here are thicker and sinewy, from the highway rolling ‘Dakota Red’ and the agonized blues of ‘Dark Dowder’ to the Petty-esque choruses and melodic structure of ‘Jenny (Sun Goes Down)’ and the bar-room swagger of ‘The Big Picture’ or ‘Baby, I Love You’.
Press and radio support for Jenny’s Place (and Spindrift) has been strong, with tracks steadily gathering airplay on both national and international radio stations since it’s release earlier in the year. There have been several reviews in the national speciality press, most notably ‘Blues In Britain’ who gave prominent space to an excellent review of the MRB’s show at The 100 Club in August this year.
With a reputation for incendiary live band shows and powerful yet intimate solo performances Mike has previous work with not only Black Crowes founder and guitarist Rich Robinson but also outlaw country legend Steve Earle already under his belt. The Brighton release show for the “Jenny’s Place’ album (filmed and broadcast on UK TV in October) was a sell out. The summer of 2016 saw Mike appearing at respected festivals such as Blues on The Farm in Sussex, Rambling Man Fair in Kent, Beautiful Days in Devon, Truck Festival in Oxford, Southport Blues Festival and a headline slot at Brighton’s Trafalgar Street Party. One show at The 100 Club in London (recorded the same day Mike got back from a lightning fast 3 day trip to the USA for a studio session!) was so well received that it has just been released as a limited edion live album on CD and digitally. There have been shows at the New Crawdaddy Blues Club in Essex, DeLaWarr Pavilion in Bexhill & Worthing Live Festival, opening slots with blues ‘royalty’ Lucky Peterson, Mississippi soul shouter Lisa Mills, Tasmanian blues fireball Rob Tognoni, fellow Brightonian Ben Poole and many others. A ‘homecoming’ solo tour of the North East in late October was a big success too, and featured a live session on Bishop FM’s award winning ‘The Blues Show’.
Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7pm. Doors and Cafe/bar open at 6.30pm. *
Tickets: £5 – includes a light buffet
or buy at the UGT on Fridays and Saturdays 10am – 4pm,
or whenever the theatre is open,
or from Eastbourne Tourist Information
or from Online Ticket Seller on 0800 772 3321
or, if still available, on the door.
* These venue opening times and start times are correct. Our current printed brochure is incorrect.
Please note, the venue is below ground and has split stair levels. With regret, there is no wheelchair access.
A Hearing Loop is available on request.