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After more than 45 years of continuous service, The Pretty Things remain a significant, challenging force in rock and roll. Despite their veteran status, their contemporary relevance, undiminished energy & inspirational commitment inspire emerging generations of new artists and young fans, whilst retaining their devoted, fanatical, core fan base.

Their career is a tribute to righteous, unswerving convictions, always chosen over a quick buck. It is no surprise that guitarist Dick Taylor chose to leave The Rolling Stones, which he had formed with Mick & Keith, to pursue a more raw level of energy with The Pretty Things. And they still retain that energy, as befits one of this country’s most exciting live acts, whilst their recordings and song-writing maintain the same levels of inspiration and innovation that were set back in 1964, with the world’s first and best ever “Garage” anthem – “Rosalyn”.

Under-rated and often overlooked, The Pretty Things have had a seminal influence on rock music, which is more far-reaching than any casual observation would suggest, and their career is littered with many groundbreaking “firsts” - most of which are not universally known or recognised. Their diverse and unexpected history has spawned countless imitators, many of whom have seen greater commercial success than their heroes, but The Pretty Things remain the original and the best. Not content with being the first ever “garage” band, glowingly acknowledged by Iggy, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Nirvana, & The Libertines, as a primal influence and guiding light. They created a world of rock and roll attitude (the first ever rock & roll drugs bust and a lifetime ban from Australia and New Zealand provide credentials!) and still found time to create a cult world of incredible ground-breaking music - which is as influential now as their attitude was then...... Now read on:

The Pretty Things were responsible for the world’s 1st ever Rock Opera. Recorded in 1967 alongside The Beatles & The Pink Floyd at Abbey Road – “S. F. Sorrow” was the acknowledged template for The Who’s Tommy, and was, in 1998, another first, when it was recorded live at Abbey Road, with David Gilmour on guitar, for the world’s first ever Global Broadband Netcast. This template for the Classic Rock Opera was often copied, but never bettered. Their template for the live recording of a classic album was picked up a few years later, & the shelves are now filled with similar formats of great records - “Forever Changes”, “Oddessey & Oracle”, and many others...... Where The Pretty Things lead, it seems, the rest will follow.

Following “S.F. Sorrow” the band created another, incredibly significant first. They wrote and recorded the remarkable album - “Parachute”. Recorded again at Abbey Road, it was voted Rolling Stone magazine’s first Record of The Year of the 1970’s, outclassing Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, The Stones, and The Who. More importantly, “Parachute” was the only Rolling Stone Record of The Year, ever awarded to Berry Gordy & Tamla Motown, who had cannily signed The Pretty Things the year before, specifically to access the emerging and influential rock and roll album market. Few realise that it took The Pretty Things to grant Berry Gordy his most valued wish.... Album credibility. “Parachute” was recognised by The Pink Floyd” as the inspiration for “Dark Side of The Moon”...... and the rest is history (albeit not that well known!).

In 1974 The Pretty Things were chosen as the first band to sign to Led Zeppelin’s new label – Swansong. This association re-kindled a long-standing relationship with manager, Peter Grant, and the band’s old friends Jimmy Page (who played with them on record in 1965) & Robert Plant. It also spawned two great albums & gave the band their first ever US chart LP, with “Silk Torpedo”. A raft of tours and shows with Zeppelin, & a Hollywood Boulevard Billboard were a tribute to the band’s US status at that time.... and their new profile spawned a lifelong friendship with Aerosmith’s Stephen Tyler – who acknowledges Phil May, the band’s singer, as his primal influence....

Throughout the 1980’s the band undertook the huge task of attempting to get all their recorded copyrights back from their original record companies, who had universally failed to pay them or render any accounts. Undaunted by this massive task, they became the first of the 1960’s bands in history to gain control of all their work. And in 1995, after ten years of court battles, they released another first – a dedicated 2 CD long-box that set the standard for all catalogue releases for the next ten years. The reviews were ecstatic and the set highlighted their incredible career and work. Since the catalogue long-box issue, the band has had all its’ history lovingly re-mastered and re-issued, and their entire catalogue is easily the best presented of almost any of their peer group.

They have remained busy in the last ten years – two great studio albums – Rage Before Beauty & Balboa Island - have been received with 5 Star reviews by the press, and the sales have been parallel with contemporary Stones records. This year they were awarded the first ever Mojo Hero’s Award, presented by Seasick Steve and Kasabian. They played with Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park (at his request) & headlined the Childline Rocks show at the O2. They even found time to promote a sell-out tribute concert at The 100 Club for lifelong friend and inspiration – Bo Diddley – which was attended by Jimmy Page, and half of London’s press and chattering classes. They work constantly, and headline Festival shows throughout Europe, including The I.O.W. Bestival this year, easily the coolest and most influential of all the UK’s summer offerings.

Last year lifelong publisher and original manager, Bryan Morrison, sadly died, and Phil May was the music representative speaker at his funeral. Bryan built his music and publishing empire on The Pretty Things, and freely admitted he “bought me Polo Club” out of their original royalties. Bryan was the first to acknowledge that he would never have attracted Marc Bolan, The Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, or any of his major publishing artists, without the credibility that The Pretty Things provided as his initial publishing act. Managers, agents and publishers who cut their teeth on The Pretty Things include: Bryan, Steve O’ Rourke, Tony Howard, Neil Warnock & Peter Grant. And they all learned how it was done with these guys...

Through their entire career, The Pretty Things have written, performed, and created informed, intelligent, ground-breaking, and original music, enabled by powerful, melodic writing that has kept this incredible band alive for more than 45 years..... This should be a secret that everyone knows.....



When explosive natural ability collides with fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fuelled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much
modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.

In hindsight, it's clear Aynsley was born to be a musician. As a child he was hypnotised by his dad's old guitar and at the age of eight was finally gifted his very own. The moment he held that first six-string the outcome was inevitable; he was going to be a guitarist. Blessed with the coolest dad in town, regularly spinning Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac and a whole host of bewitching blues for his spellbound son, Aynsley taught himself to play with relentless dedication and a precociously attuned ear, spending hours copying his favourite records note for note. Peter Green, Albert King, Clapton and Kossoff weren't just his heroes; they became his teachers.

Blazing a trail in a bar band from the age of 13 honed his skills and in 1998 Thomas Ruf signed Aynsley to his label, hooking him up with Stevie Ray Vaughan's producer Jim Gaines to record his self titled debut disc, kicking off a successful relationship with Ruf Records that saw him release 7 albums and 2 DVD's in ten years. Their influence, coupled with his dynamite live shows and intense touring schedule, earned high profile support slots with established artists like Walter Trout, John Mayall and Robert Cray, whilst rousing festival appearances alongside artists like the Fun Lovin' Criminals cemented his standing as an artist whose work, although rooted in blues, transcended the genre with a fiery modern sound. In 2007 Aynsley was the only British artist to be named in Classic Rock magazine's "Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists", alongside John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa.

In 2008 Aynsley's huge crossover potential saw him sign to Manhaton Records and the following year released 'Equilibrium', an album that exposed Lister in his best ever form and stormed into Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw Aynsley
playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and with the tape rolling, nailed a cracking rendition of their high-octane live set to produce the storming 'Tower
Sessions' record, which was consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll.

Aynsley is currently touring his latest album, Home, which is out now on his own label, Straight Talkin’ Records. The album has featured in recent issues of Guitarist Magazine, Classic Rock, Blues Matters and HiFi Magazines among many others and has received some of his greatest reviews yet! He has a new release due out in summer 2016 on his own label.


After back-pedalling on his solo career to start a family, Simon McBride “the man who everyone wants in their band” is back on the road with his own jet-fuelled outfit.

The turn of 2016 saw McBride touring with Ian Gillan, filling the shoes of Ritchie Blackmore in a programme of Deep Purple songs that played across Europe. The first half of 2017 has him touring with uber-keyboardist Don Airey (another member of Deep Purple), followed by an outing with Whitesnake offshoot, Snakecharmer.

With his band of fellow Irishmen Marty McCloskey (drums) and Dave Marks (bass) Simon delivers his own distinctive songs (“Hugely accomplished” MOJO) along with crowd-pleasers from the likes of Hendrix and Free plus of course, explosive guitar playing!

His guitar skills (“Among the best blues-rock players anywhere in the world” GUITARIST) have made him a go-to guitarist on the British Blues-rock scene, admired among professionals, followed by enthusiasts, and endorsed by some of the biggest brands on the guitar scene.

Rewind to the early nineties and you didn’t have to squint to spot future greatness in the unassuming kid from Belfast, who picked up his first guitar at ten, eschewing formal lessons to bend his fingers around the music of Free, Jeff Beck and Hendrix. At 16 he turned pro, leaving education behind to wow the world as a hired gun in projects that ranged from filling Vivian Campbell’s shoes in Sweet Savage, to R&B and soul with ex-Commitments vocalist Andrew Strong. Touring in his own right he has supported Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa and played major festivals around Europe.


19-year-old Connor Selby has been a guitar and music fanatic for as long as he can remember - first picking up the instrument at around age 8. Since that day Connor has been honing and developing his craft for almost the entire duration of his life.

Musically Connor takes inspiration from most of the British players that emerged in the 1960s citing Eric Clapton as his first and current major influence, putting particular emphasis on his output with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and Cream. Connor has also studied the guitar playing of other players such as Paul Kossoff , Gary Moore, and of course, BB King, Albert King and Freddie King. Although blues based guitar music has been the most prominent style in terms of Connor's listening throughout the years his musical taste extends much further and deeper than just the Blues. Connor's listening also includes a variety of Folk, Soul, R and B, Gospel and Country and Western including the music of Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Nick Drake and many others. Connor describes these artists in particular as having a huge impact on the way he listens to and thinks about music.

Connor has been busy gigging with his band and is due to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, next year but has recently been offered a recording contract with 3Ms Music and is scheduled to record a debut album in France in July. As a result of this is currently considering his future career options.

The award winning Blues Rock Guitarist, Luke Doherty, started playing Festivals when he was twelve years old, and 10 years later, he hasn’t looked back. After achieving a Rock School first, 2 grade 8’s by the age of 11, it lead to many Newspaper and Radio interviews. While Luke was Ploughing his was through his grades, he was encouraged to record his version of Parisian Walkways of which Gary Moore had a copy. Luke has gone on to play numerous Festivals, Blues Clubs and Music Venues up and down the Country, including the Legendary Cambridge Rock Festival, 100 club London and Upton Blues Festival, to name a few.

Luke is never happier than when he is playing Blues. It all started when he was 7 years old and he found an old music VHS in a cupboard featuring several Blues players. He was enthralled with the playing of Eric Clapton and B.B King, both of which he was extremely honoured to meet a few years later. Over time he also met the great Peter Green, Jeff Healey and Andy Fairweather-Low, and John Mayell which enlightened his passion for Blues even more.

Luke has been truly blessed to share the stage with many fine Blues rock artists including, Ansley Lister, Danny Bryant, Virgil and the Accelerators, Connie Lush, Mike Estes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Skinny Molly, As well as the Legendary Buddy Whittington, who told the crowd when Luke was on stage with him “This is how the Blues should be played”.

2015 was an exciting time for Luke and his band with the release of their all originals album “Six Strings and a Stetson”. The album has been played all around the world and to rave reviews. With such enthusiasm from the public about the album it has propelled them to go back into the studio to start on another long awaited second all original album, which they hope will be available very soon.Luke is very fortunate to have the backing of such accomplished musicians in his band, such as:-

The legendary Paul Morgan on vocals and harp, who has shared the stage with Dr Feelgood, Deep Purple, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown to name a few.

Simon Parratt, who has recently obtained a BMus (hons) degree in jazz. His jazz and hard rock influence gives their songs an edge, which makes their songs stand out in the crowd and gives them a little twist. Throughout his musical career Simon has done lots of session work and recording for many Blues, Classic Rock and Jazz bands.

Ant Biggs has been playing bass for many years and toured the world with Cajun Rockers Folk band The Butter Mountain Boys, who received international Musician and Recording Artist of the Year and Arts Council Musician in Residence, with one album charting at number 17, which lead to many Radio and TV appearances throughout the 80s and 90s retiring from music 1995, Ant came out of musical retirement to join the band and to playing Blues with Luke in May 2014

"Band of the Year" in Blues Matters Writers Poll 2015. The band topped the UK blues radio stations (IBBA) playlists for May & June 2015 – & again in June 2016.

Featured on the Paul Jones BBC Radio 2 Blues Show who said "They’re really good, I promise you!"
Deep Blue Sea have crashed onto the UK music scene with a new wave of indie blues to great acclaim – a small selection of reviews are here:

100 Club, London – It’s blues Jim, but not as we know it. The quality of the playing alone would put this gig up there with the best but this is also great fun; the band obviously enjoy themselves and audiences will always pick up on that. Great performances and big smiles all around the room - that’s a good combination for a great night.
Allan McKay, Music Riot

Woodlands Blues Club - A breathtaking performance from Deep Blue Sea with a flawless mix of self penned songs and covers featuring a soulful harmonic voice and driving guitar work - we knew this was something special from the first song to the sudden rush to buy CDs at the end. Andy Davies, Woodlands Blues Club

Mutate and survive! - Deep Blue Sea evolved from Little Devils and have lost no time in laying down some great music. The new vocalist brings a depth and subtlety beyond her years; the lead guitarist knows his way around a fretboard and plays with passion and conviction as well as skill. This is a band whose whole sound shows you that they know what they are doing and where they are going: the combined experience of each member add up to more than the sum of their parts. Together with strong songwriting, this must surely be a recipe for continued success. I got to see the band play while they were still evolving; I can’t wait to see them again now that they are perfectly formed. Alex Cooray - Blues Engine

Blues in the South - The new songs are simply outstandingly good. The instrumentation is nicely balanced and beautifully played, and Muzz has a voice and delivery to die for. Will this band will eclipse what has gone before? One comment: Given this start, No problemo! Ian MacKenzie, DJ

Deep Blue Sea - a tidal wave of blues & rock! Jerry Da Costa, Robmont Promotions
The Blues Show on Bishop FM - Deep Blue Sea will float your troubles away with their great new sounds, no lifejacket required! Gary Grainger, DJ
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