Piano Guitar Vocal Combo steeped in the Barrelhouse Boogie Blues
House Party tradition of 1930's downtown Chicago, Booga Red play
music for drinking, dancing and making merry, championing the
early pioneers, reviving the
energy and excitement of the beginnings of a musical revolution that was to change the world...
This is the Roots of
you know, songs you don't, songs from artists that shaped the
music of a later generation; innovators such as Big Bill
Broonzy, Pete Johnson, Big Joe Turner, Albert Ammons, Washboard Sam, Blind Boy
Fuller, Tampa Red, Roosevelt Sykes, Scrapper Blackwell; the
founding fathers of a sound that would inspire the future icons of musical history; Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry,
Jerry Lee Lewis, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton; this is where
it all began!
English - Guitar and Vocals.
a professional career spanning more than three decades, Steve's
guitar playing and songwriting have been in constant demand. In
addition to many other projects, he has worked with The
Searchers, The Suzi Quatro Band and Cockney Rebel.
maintains a lifelong passion for the delta and Chicago blues of
the 1930/40s. His driving guitar and vocal style echo that of
the great Big Bill Broonzy, whose timeless rhythms helped shape
the RnR music of a later generation.
has shared stages with Spikedrivers, James Hunter and
Mississippi legend David "Honeyboy" Edwards. His TV
appearances include the BBC1 "Sounds New" program, and
he has broadcast on BBC Radio 2. His songs have also been aired
on syndicated online blues radio shows.
Hamlin - Piano
established on the Rock'n'Roll scene, Claire has toured far and
wide, from London's Royal Festival Hall and 100 Club to
festivals in Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Greece, playing with
top Jump Jive and R'n'R bands. Claire has performed with
many of the original 50's artists who pioneered the British
Rock'n'Roll movement, working alongside Mike Berry, Vince Eager,
Kingsize Taylor, Cliff Bennett, Chas Hodges and Wee Willie
Harris, as well as backing visiting American artists.
inspired to play by 50's RnR greats such as Jerry Lee Lewis, the
mystery of where it all began has drawn Claire to search out the
origins of their music, looking back in time to discover the
boogie woogie players of the 30's, the history of the
barrelhouses and honky-tonks, the raw, addictive sounds that
rocked'n'rolled before rock'n'roll was known... and to recapture