POPULAR blues band, The Vice-Bishops return to The Doveridge Club for the monthly Meet on The Ridge on Friday.
Special guests Gilly Brownhill and duo Den Coultas and Carl Damiano, will all perform at the gig, which is at Doveridge Village Club from 8.30pm.
The Vice-Bishops return with Dave Faulker on vocals and electric guitar, Pod Malkin on lectric guitar, Dave Blant on bass and drummer Fred Hopwood.
The evening will start with an “almost unplugged” set from Coultas and Damiano, who will be joined by the Vice-Bishops with Gilly Brownhill creating a seven-piece finale.
Admission for Meet on The Ridge is £3.
The members of the Vuice-Bishops have been together for about 15 years, although their musical paths have crossed many times over the previous four decades as part of Harley Street Blues who supported blues legends Rory Gallagher and Duster Bennett back in the 60s.
Drummer Fred Hopwood said: “Over this long period band members have played, performed with and forged musical links with many local and not so local friends and musicians, and continue to highlight their diverse talents over this series of monthly resident gigs at the club.
“This month’s outing will feature a return visit from three more musicians who are active on the thriving local music scene. Singer and acoustic guitarist Den Coultas first fronted the band Getchell back in the late 60’s with Pod, myself and the late Ernie Johnson on Bass.
“Following a songwriting deal with the Sutherland Bros publishing co (Skerry Rock) Den was discovered by Texan guitarist and producer Jon Barrett who signed him to his indie music publishing company Monsterkat of New York City. Den has also has some success with a top four hit in the European download indie charts with one of his songs (Wrong Side of Your Heart) produced by long time friend and musician John Wright.
“Recently Den has formed a musical partnership with singer and keyboard player Carl Damiano who has settled in the area.
“Carl hails from Montana in the USA and has played for 30 years with various types of blues, country, reggae and rock bands, sharing stages as an opening act for assorted groups from Jefferson Starship The Band, Burning Spear,Taj Mahal and Timbuk 3. He has also written lots of original scores for TV documentaries.
“As a duo Den on acoustic guitar and Carl on keyboards will start the evening with an “almost unplugged” set of diverse songs including classics from the Everly Brothers and Tim Buckley amongst others. After a short break the Vice-Bishops will move into blues/rock territory and will then be joined on stage by Den and Carl for a full electric set with our other guest Gilly Brownhill has been active on the local folk circuit playing Fiddle with husband Dave and family, and also is part of local bluegrass, folk and country-blues acoustic outfit Big Stone Gap.”