The Revolutionaires from the North East of England, with the exuberant front man Ed Stephenson (on Gretsch White Falcon) backed by sax, bass and drums took to the stage and delivered a fine set of early rock’n’roll, boogie and R’n’B featuring songs from the likes of Little Richard, John Lee Hooker, Roy Brown, Louis Jordon and Stevie Ray Vaughan. With songs including “Riot In Cell Block No 9” done in the John Lee Hooker style, and the obligatory bass and drum solo with Ed performing Chuck Berry style duck walks. These are a sizzlin’ hot 1950s R&B combo!”
Established within the ‘hotbed’ of the North East music scene in the UK, they power out jumpin’ hot rhythm & blues in their own indomitable hard hitting style.
Primarily, they are influenced by 1940’s and 1950’s R&B. In particular, Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Roy Brown. However, they have adopted a harder and more aggressive approach, synonymous with modern blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Jools Holland and Mike Henderson which helps create their own high energy sound.
Over the last decade The Revolutionaires have established themselves on the UK and European Rockin’ circuit, as well as the Blues scene. With Ed Stephenson on lead vocals guitar, keyboards, harp. Brother Rich on Double Bass, Gary Hoole on Sax and Mark Matthews on Drums . . . We’ll be rockin’ up a storm tonight!
They have toured extensively both home and abroad, performing at festivals in Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Malta and Dubai. Highlights include performing at festivals with artistes such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Sting, Tom Jones, Hugh Laurie, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Walter Trout, Eric Bibb, Albert Lee, Snake Davis and Dave Edmunds.
Now also touring with their Big Band project which consists of extra horns and pianist, The Revs are hitting the Festival circuit with this power house line up and big sound.
The band has recorded five CDs to date, containing a collection of Hot Rockin’ R&B tracks. Each CD captures the ‘rawness’ and sheer energy of the band, who like to give their performances a ‘hard-edged’ vibe.
You can see The Revolutionaires on Sunday at The Wheelhouse