Loughborough Echo

Long Whatton and Diseworth


Top live Blues acts from the UK and America have been booked to appear at Diseworth Blues, the local Blues music club in the village in the next few months.

On October 29 The Achievers will feature at the club. According to promoter Martyn Berridge there have been “so many superlativ­es written about this band that is very difficult to know where to begin.”

Martyn says that they are “the best live band on the circuit with infectious rhythms and joyful melodies that are guaranteed to get feet tapping and lift the spirits.”

The Achievers are “one of the most talked about and critically acclaimed Bands on the UK Roots music scene.” With their reputation for innovation & originalit­y they prove that soul, grove and songcraft still matter in the Blues.

In the past couple of years their own brand of modern dance floor gospel blues has catapulted them from near complete obscurity to rave reviews and big stage appearance­s around the World.

Following the release of their 2019 album “The Lost Ark” they received radio airplay on Cerys Matthews Radio 2 Blues show and reached number One in the Independen­t Blues Broadcaste­rs Chart and were nominated for three UK Blues Awards.

In September 2019 the Band won one of the most prestigiou­s accolades in British Blues Music when they were selected to represent the UK at both the Internatio­nal and European Blues Challenges in 2020.

The Achievers draw on their obsession with American vintage dancing music and the song writing pioneers of rhythm and blues, Americana and southern soul – and with their infectious rhythm, joyful melodies and four-part harmonies they stand proudly as British Blues and Roots outliers.

For tickets either email info@muckyduckp­romotions. co.uk or telephone 07731 435758 to reserve.

Top American Blues artist Rodney Branigan features at the Diseworth club on November 27. He originates from Texas but has been resident in the UK for a number of years.

Rodney headlined the acoustic stage at Glastonbur­y in 2019 and promoter Martyn said “it is a coup to get him to play Diseworth village hall.”

Martyn described a recent gig when he saw Rodney play. “I recently had the pleasure of seeing him and I was blown away by his talent along with everybody else.

He enthused:”I had never seen anyone play two guitars, let alone so skilfully at the same time. Completely captivatin­g.”

Martyn said he became “hooked” on Blues music from the age of 11 when he first heard Fleetwood Mac and with the help of the local Village Hall Management Committee he “managed to get the ball rolling in January 2020.

He explained:” I wanted to create a cosy intimate relaxing atmosphere where people could come and listen to the |Blues and I believe that setting the room up in a cabaret style with tables and chairs rather than rows of seating helps to give the ambiance I want.”



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