The Hope Tavern Blues Sessions are cancelled whilst we are in Tier 3 of Covid restrictions
The Robin Bibi Band
The Tavern Blues Sessions are back and opening outdoors with one of the most popular acts that have visited the Tavern over the years, the Robin Bibbi Band.
Mega talented and hugely entertaining, Robin has a reputation as one of the UK’s top blues/rock guitarists and having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben.E.King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, launched his own Robin Bibi Band in the late 90s.
Highly regarded as a musician’s musician - hardworking and seemingly ubiquitous- Robin Bibi is a well established name, perhaps not as well-known as he deserves to be, but he has a reputation for excellence, both as a guitarist and as a singer and entertainer.
As an electric guitarist, he can do SRV better than almost anyone – but he can do a lot more than that – soul, funk, jazz, swing, even a touch of gospel and Rockabilly!!! But, as he says - ‘the blues is always there – everywhere you go’.
Current events mean that numbers are limited and is therefore a TICKET ONLY event to manage social distancing.
UK Blues Award Winner
Best Emerging Artist
The “revival” gig with Robin Bibi on the 9th was such a success in terms of numbers, safety and especially the performance, we are following on with another show on 30th August.
With our reputation for bringing new young bands to the Tavern before they grow out of reach for this small venue, we have been able to book this years UK Blues Award winner in the Best Emerging Artist category – The James Oliver Band.
Just in time methinks as his new release, Twang, has already had two radio 2 plays by Cerys Matthews, has been 3 weeks at number 1 on the Amazon charts, number 2 on the itunes blues chart and number 23 on the USA itunes chart!
Welshman James Oliver has already rubbed shoulders with many of the greats of the guitar firmament Albert Lee, Bill Kirchen, and Greg Koch to name a few.
His progress since forming Glas in early 2012 has been steady with nearly 2000 gigs since, playing every gig in the Valleys before expanding horizons beyond. See him on stage, though, and spectacular is very much the word. Little wonder the late, great Deke Leonard of Man/Iceberg fame was moved to say that ‘Speaking as a guitarist, James Oliver scares the hell out of me.’
With his new album of original material TWANG, James plays
Blues, rock a billy, rock and country…it’s all here in one explosive package.
The show is at 5pm on 30th August and will be ALL TICKET again (£12) so that numbers can be managed for safety, so be quick.