Jimi Barbiani (IT), 23.03.22, 20:00

There is now an interesting, revived blues rock scene in Europe. But only a few representatives have the quality that JIMI BARBIANI brings to light! The unique sound of the Hammond organ of Pietro Taucher - one of the five best keyboardists of the genre - merges with the guitar of Jimi Barbiani - one of the best rock-blues-slide guitarists in Europe - and the accomplished drummer Alessandro Mansutti is in demand in the best jazz ensembles. Andrea Tavian on his base provides the right drive. Jimi Barbiani opened concerts for: Joe Bonamassa, Eric Sardinas, BB. King, John Mayall, Robert Plant, Robert Cray, Greg Allman, Blues Brothers Band and many other great acts. He played 2x in the Rockpalast on WDR.

Ort: ict-Atelier l streaminghall.ch - Date: 23.3.2022, 20:00

Mick Simpson (UK), 22.04.22, 20:00

Mick Simpson is an exceptional artist and guitar virtuoso who has been on the road for more than 40 years and impresses both promoters and audiences with his music. In the early 1980s, the guitarist came to the UK. After his own songs were played on the Friday Night Rock Show on BBC Radio 1. The career of the blues and rock guitarist, singer and songwriter began.

Simpson contributed musically to films such as The Running Man (1987) with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Three Men and a Baby with Tom Selleck. In the 1990s, Simpson worked with British session drummer and producer Graham Broad and recorded sessions for Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Tina Turner (he created the riff to Steamy Windows), Bryan Adams and Go West.In the mid-1990s, Simpson collaborated with John Parr (St. Elmo's Fire). His fantastic guitar work is on the Parr album Man with a Vision, released in 92, and was in the touring Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings touring lineup. His 2004 original song "A Father's Son" won the International Songwriters Award sponsored by the Brits Trust. He played as a guest at B.B. King's 80th birthday celebration at his blues club in New York. And played alongside Gary Moore, John Lord, Snowy White and Alvin Lee.He was nominated for "Best Newcomer" at the Cannes Festival and for the Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award for his song "Sometimes I Get So Lonely as the best original song. In recent years, Mick Simpson has been prolific, recording sessions for Starship, Mockingbird Hill and Dave Hunt, co-wrote the title track "Bourbon Street" and played guitar on Malaya Blue's debut album. Mick Simpson is a versatile guitarist not often found.  His wide range of guitar influences ranges from the blues rock of a Gary Moore to the 60's blues in the style of a Peter Green to the blues rock sound of Jeff Beck. But also B.B. King, Django Reinhard or Robert Johnson can be clearly heard out in his guitar playing.

Mick Simpson - vocals and lead guitar
Pete Rees (former Gary Moore Band) - bass
Vincent Valiton - drums
Vic Martin (former Gary Moore Band, Eurhytmics, Bee Gees) - keyboards

Zed Mitchell (GER), 20.05.22, 20:00

Zed Mitchell - guitar, vocal
Todor Mitchell - guitar, vocal
Philipp Schäfer - bass
Hendrik Eichler - drums

Zed Mitchell is a musical jack-of-all-trades. His 5-octave voice makes him a singer in a class of his own. He is one of the best guitarists in Europe. And looks back as a composer and songwriter on over 20 published albums. Dive into the world of a musical talent.

Belgrade-born bandleader, singer, guitarist and composer Zed Mitchell began his career as a professional musician in 1970, during which time he played with many well-known bands in Yugoslavia.

In 1974 he had his first international hit single with his own band "LAND" called "SHOSHANA" for POLYDOR Europe. After this great success and many radio sessions as well as TV, he played as support act on tours for bands like "FOCUS", "DEEP PURPLE", "IAN GILLAN BAND" and many more. He played concerts all over Europe. At the end of the seventies he founded the "School for Rock Guitar" in Belgrade.

From 1988 he worked in the ARCO - STUDIOS in Munich, with the producer Malcolm Luker and the film composer Nick Glennie-Smith, the right hand of Hans Zimmer, who received two Oscars. Music lovers, insiders and other artists count him among the spearhead of the blues scene and mention his name in the same breath as artists such as Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore or Robert Gray.  

His talents were appreciated by artists such as Tina Turner, Phil Collins and even Pink Floyd, who hired him for their recordings, and Eros Ramazotti and Natalie Cole also booked the Sting magician for their studio recordings. German stars such as Curt Cress, Udo Lindenberg and Leslie Mandoki also rely on Zed Mitchell's extraordinary style. Mitchell finally celebrated one of his greatest successes with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, for which he recorded all acoustic and electric guitars and whose CD sold more than one million copies.

Zed Mitchell is the string wizard!
And anyone who has seen Zed Mitchell live with his charming style, who has heard the blues in the notes he played, knows why.

Livestream 20.5.2022; 20:00

Circle of Mud (FRA), 27.05.22, 20:00

Born from the idea to create a blues/roots formation that combines blues and roots music with contemporary sounds, guitarist Gino Monachello contacted singer, guitarist, composer and writer Flo Bauer (Revelation Blues sur Seine in 2016, winner of PROMO BLUES NIGHT Festival Blues Basel 2018, 1/4 finalist of The Voice in 2014) to win him for this project. The two musicians had already considered working on a joint project in the past. And with CIRCLE OF MUD, the time is now there to put this plan into action.

With Matthieu Zirn (Charles Aznavour, Véronique Sanson, Hugh Coltman, etc.) on drums and Frank Bedez (Charles Aznavour, Charlie McCoy, Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell, etc.) on bass, they quickly found a perfectly matched rhythm section.

The whole thing is directed by a master hand of David Husser (Depeche Mode, Mylène Farmer and others), a prodigy of production who makes this project rise to unexpected heights. CIRCLE OF MUD have understood what Contemporary Blues and Roots music represents.

The music is strong and accessible and for a wide audience. The joy of playing of these outstanding musicians is immediately noticeable after the first notes on stage.

Currently the band is in the studio where they are recording their debut album, which will be released this year and will undoubtedly impress the blues world and fans of roots music will be impressed. CIRCLE OF MUD remember this name!

Line up:
Gino Monachello - Gitarre, Lapsteel
Flo Bauer - Gitarre, Gesang
Matthieu Zirn - Drums
Frank Bedez - Bass

Livestream am 27.5.2022; 20:00