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Blues Sisters

Thursday 11 May 2017 at 7:30 pm

Online Ticket £15.95 (includes £1.45 online booking fee)

Box Office Ticket £14.50 cash (£15.50 if paying by card)*

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Rebecca Downes Band

Birmingham-based Rebecca and her band are a ‘must see’ live act that often leaves newcomers simply blown away by the power of the performance. With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 5-piece outfit performs original tracks from the EP Real Life, the highly-acclaimed debut album Back To The Start and the superb second album Believe, punctuated by a few classic covers. The core of their music is the Blues, but they embrace elements of rock, soul, funk and jazz to deliver an exciting, passionate performance. Rebecca has also had three singles played on BBC radio 2, being a favourite of Paul Jones.

Here’s what one reviewer thought of a recent gig: “Hey; you know that trick you can do with a fresh bottle of Cola and you drop a mint in and it explodes in a frothy fountain…. Well, take a really hot, tight R’n’B band forged from incredibly talented musicians and front it with Rebecca Downes and the effect is much the same – an explosion of Soul tinged Blues from the days when R’n’B rocked the world. In a genre that’s almost over run with pyrotechnic guitar slingers and rocking Blues shouters, Rebecca is doing things her way; taking the music back to its raw basics; touching the same vibe that Ike & Tina had when it was more about the music than the relationship. In perfect synchronicity with writing partner & band leader Steve Birkett, Rebecca’s take on the Blues is not to merely tell about what brings her down, but to almost celebrate that what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. There’s humour in there, and warmth, but don’t try and kick this girl when she’s down, she’ll bite through to the bone.” – Mike Craggs





A dynamic and distinctive award-winning band’

Zoë and the band have come right to the fore of the British Blues Scene over the last four very exciting years; producing five well received albums, and picking up a series of awards including Runner-Up in both best band (2015) and best female vocals (2014 & 2015) British Blues Awards.

Their exciting live set is based around the band’s rootsy originals; featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements and exciting grooves, providing the perfect vehicle for Zoë’s biting, passionate and commanding vocal style, and Rob’s unmistakable touch and flow on guitar.  The highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ, and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive musical authority with the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions.

Zoë has made a considerable impact in a very short space of time and is one of those new artists that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the thriving UK blues scene.

“A whip-crack band.. expressive voice… impressive material” – Pete Feenstra, Classic Rock’s ‘The Blues Magazine’, UK, 2014


“Incendiary vocal, guitar and organ work” – Ed Mitchell, The Blues Magazine, 2015


“Zoë Schwarz was sublime, and were for many people, band of the festival.” (Broadstairs Blues Bash) – Daryl Weale, Blues Matters Magazine, UK Jun/July 2015


“Great Band”, “Terrific musicians, all four of them, very very nice indeed” “Great Song” – Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC Radio 2, 2014, 2015, 2016


“Versatility & power… sultry presence & biting blues-rock”  David Innes R2 – 2014

“Eye catching vocals meet sumptuous guitar” – Guitarist Magazine, 2013

Approximate times:

Onstage time at 7.30pm

Rebecca Downes Band 7.30pm x 60 mins

Zoe Schwartz Blue Commotion on 8.50pm x 60 mins


Thursday 11 May 2017
7:30 pm
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