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Maria sings from her heart and soul, she always has. She has played with many local musicians over the years, most recently in the Trill Bees. Before that she was a member of Ilkley band Clear with Charles for many years. We are very excited that she has now taken a sideways move to sing some sweet blues ... and what a great combination it has made.
Dr Bob has been playing the blues forever, it's just what he does. It's all about 'feel' for the Dr, if the band ain't feelin' it, it ain't the blues. He spent many years touring with Dr Brown and has certainly earned his own recent appointment as a Dr of the blues ... he holds the band together!
Born and raised on the wrong side of the tracks (well, Lancashire) Stuart grew up listening to the dirtier heavier side of the blues (OK, metal) . Unlike Samson, when the hair went the love of the blues stayed strong...
Kevin learned the drums from a laughin' and drinkin' jazz drummer and then was led astray into the blues at an early stage by Dr Bob; never quite the same since. A fan of the late Mitch Mitchel and John Bonham. Favourite combination: a beer tent and a music tent; preferably in a field somewhere. Claim to fame: once supported Faith No More and played with Jesse "Guitar" Taylor from Lubbock, Texas.
Many years ago Chris as a young lad served the legendary Peter Green a drink back when he played in Fleetwood Mac. Since that day the blues has stayed with him. Chris knows how to play a blues harp .. whether it's a heartfelt belting solo or one of his wonderful rhythmic under currents, his playing will encapsulate you.
The blues is the foundation to Charles' guitar style although strangely he has never played in a bluesband! Getting together with Dr Bob and the Bluesmakers is therefore a sort of 'coming home' in many ways and boy is he ready to play with your emotions with some truly heartfelt solos and licks
The Duck & Drake is an historic pub in the centre of Leeds in beautiful West Yorkshire. Expect to find the finest cask ales and some of the tastiest live music anywhere in the city!
A fine example of a two-roomed Victorian corner pub retaining some original features. Wood-floored throughout and some of the floorboards have survived two hundred years of trade.
The central bar with fifteen handpumps sits in between and serves both rooms.
There is live music most nights from a small stage in the corner of the front room, which also features a mural on the back wall depicting many blues and rock legends and is decorated with various music memorabilia.
The pub has existed under several different names including THE HORSE & GROOM & THE BROUGHAM'S ARMS. During the second world war Broughams had a reputation for being a place where women would meet and entertain American GI’s. It wasn't until 1985 - while the pub was under the care of landlord Les Moon - that the name changed to The Duck & Drake. Though the present name is represented in the form of waterfowl it actually refers to the pastime of skimming stones on water called “ducks & drakes”.
Parking is often tricky... There is an NCP car park quite close by but it closes bang on 11pm - so if the bands still rocking - your car may get locked in!
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