A blistering mix of blues, soul and old school R&B, The Stumble have been wowing audiences with the energy and virtuosity of their live performances for the past 20 years. Festival favourites in every corner of the UK and Europe.
The Stumble is a six-piece Chicago-style blues band that has packed a punch with audiences since it was formed way back when. Charismatic vocalist Paul Melville (The Voice), highly regarded as one of the UKs ‘best ever’ blues vocalists is joined on stage by Simon Anthony Dixon on sax, Simon has been nominated for a British Blues Award no less than four times. Peter Green inspired, Colin Black on lead guitar and harmonica, and Boyd Tonner on drums and vocals, will be joined with the long-time collaboration of Ant Scapers (lead guitar) and Cam Sweetnam (bass) making up the total. Colin and Boyd originally formed The Stumble after leaving their respective bands and heading South. Colin played with The Hideaway Blues Band, a Glasgow outfit that provided great music for anyone lucky enough to attend one of their gigs. Stevie and Alan Nimmo were two such people and became big fans of Colin’s playing in their formative years. Boyd was one of the original members of The Nimmo Brothers, which formed in the mid-1990s.
The Stumble’s first CD ‘The World is Tough’ came out in 2006, to very good reviews. The follow-up, ‘The Houngan’, fared even better and gained a host of critical plaudits. Their music is based on the rapturous electric blues guitar sound that emanated from 1950s and 1960s Chicago, through legendary musicians like B.B. King, Freddy King, Muddy Waters, The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T. and King Curtis. The British blues boom of the late ’60s (including the likes of Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck) could also be tagged on the end of that list.
Seeing The Stumble is an experience to be savoured, as they are all about exciting, live, Chicago-style Rhythm & Blues. What better reference could any band have than inspiring Louisiana harp ace Lazy Lester to say ‘Man this band’s so good I wanna take ‘em over to America with me.’
You can see The Stumble on Friday at The Wheelhouse