Connor Selby is a rising British star in the traditions of Eric Clapton and Peter Green, who has already performed with his band at Wembley Stadium, at the age of 22, at the behest of The Who.
The young bandleader-guitarist-vocalist draws on influences as diverse as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Free and Nick Drake, creating a soulful blend of hard-hitting blues and emotional, introspective song writing, which, at times, evokes a modern take on the best of the British blues boom of the 1960’s.
One thing that kept with him was his burgeoning love of American roots music. "I got interested in not just the music itself but the history and everything around it," he says. "I love the directness, the simplicity and earthiness of it," he adds. "I love really how down-to-earth; it is both lyrically and musically. I think with the blues, it's fundamentally about very basic human emotions. Things like sorrow and pride and exploring the way we deal with everyday situations and problems."
Young Artist of the Year UK Blues Awards 2020, 2021 & 2022
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Thomas Heppell is a Berkshire based musician who performs Blues, Jazz and Rock & Roll solo or in his 3 piece band, alongside his own compositions. Originally from the South Coast, he has been playing guitar and singing for over 10 years. He will get your foot tapping to some good old classics, with a few familiar favourites and some originals.
Over the years, Thomas has supported Chicken Shack and appeared on The Voice. In 2022, Thomas supported Anton du Beke (Strictly Come Dancing), Robin Bibi and Mike Mayfield, also performed at The Tuesday Night Club in London, Lincoln Jazz Cafe, Broadstairs Blues Bash, Swanage Blues festival and Weyfest.
Event: Friday 20 October
Tickets: £12 / £14 OTD