Details of their special shows this weekend
Blues icons in Bernie Marsden and Matt Schofield will be playing this years’ Prudential Bluesfest which will take place at various venues at the O2 Arena, London.
Both Bernie Marsden and Matt Schofield will be playing the Brooklyn Bowl, Bernie a FREE show on Saturday 7th November at 4.30pm which will be preceded by a Q&A with Robert Elms. Matt will be playing at 8pm on Sunday 8th November
At a rough guesstimate Bernie Marsden’s name appears on a hundred albums – maybe more. In addition to a long-running solo career the Buckinghamshire-born guitarist has been a recording musician since the early 1970s via membership of such groups as Whitesnake, UFO, Wild Turkey, Babe Ruth, Paice Ashton & Lord, Cozy Powell’s Hammer, Alaska, M3 and many more. Though there’s a tendency to pigeonhole him as a blues-rock guitarist, each of Marsden’s acts had its own individual flavour. His current album, ‘Shine’ was released on Provogue Records – home of Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, Robert Cray, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout and others – and many are likely to have put two and two together regarding its contents. But let’s be clear, shall we? ‘Shine’ is NOT a dyed-in-the-wool-blues album. “To me, it’s a classic rock album with a modern feel,” points out Marsden with customary good cheer. “When I asked the bosses at Provogue what type of album they wanted from me, they simply replied: ‘Make a Bernie Marsden album’. And that’s what I did.”
Matt Schofield is lauded as the British blues guitarist of current times. Guitarist magazine said, “There isn’t a better British blues guitarist playing currently”. With a fearsome live reputation his recent album and first on Provogue ‘Far As I Can See’, is his fifth studio album. He has also released four live collections, and a guitar instructional DVD for publisher Hal Leonard. The recipient of major awards – British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 2010, 2011 & 2012 (making him the first guitarist in the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame), Mojo Magazine Blues Album of the Year 2011 and British Blues Awards Album of the Year 2010 – he imbues this album with stunning musicianship; but never at the expense of heart and soul. Matt said, “I had some very distinct goals in mind, and a few definite broader concepts I wanted to explore. First and foremost I wanted to go as far as possible to capturing the same connection with the listener that I aim to make at a live show.”
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Matt Schofield was rated in the top ten British blues guitarists of all time by Guitar & Bass Magazine alongside such icons as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. His prowess as a blues guitarist has seen him trade licks with iconic guitarists like Buddy Guy and Robben Ford; and brought him high praise in the ‘Penguin Book of Blues Recordings’ as one of only two living British artists to gain a maximum four-star rating.
SATURDAY 7TH NOVEMBER – BERNIE MARSDEN, 4.30PM – FREE ENTRY
+ Q&A WITH ROBERT ELMS, 1PM
SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER – MATT SCHOFIELD, 8PM – £17.65 TICKETS