2nd MAY - STEVE PHILLIPS & THE ROUGH DIAMONDS (Special Guest: Sunjay Brayne)

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Steve Phillips & The Rough Diamonds

"Steve Phillips is without doubt one of the greatest blues guitarists Europe has ever produced and is currently one of the finest anywhere in the world.  His involvement withMARK KNOPFLER (of Dire Straits) in THE NOTTING HILLBILLIES briefly turned Phillips into a kind of rock star". Blueprint Magazine.

In 1968, at the peak of the British Blues Boom, Steve Phillips met up with a young guitarist named Mark Knopfler. Mark was then working as a junior reporter on the Yorkshire Evening Post. Steve and Mark found that musically they had much in common and they went on to form a duo called The Duolian String Pickers.

As we all know, Mark Knopfler eventually achieved super star status in the legendary Dire Straits, then in the mid-1980s interest in "roots" music revived and Mark turned up almost unexpectedly at The Grove pub in Leeds in May 1986 and sat in with Steve and Brendan Croker for a blues session. Steve had released his wryly entitled debut album 'The Best of Steve Phillips', and Mark offered to produce his next album. It would also feature Brendon and Guy Fletcher of Dire Straits - from this evolved the collaboration known as The Notting Hillbillies. This was chronicled by an extensive tour and the release in 1990 of the multi-platinum selling album ‘Missing......Presumed having A Good Time’ .

Following the success of The Notting Hillbillies, Steve moved from Leeds to the Whitby area of North Yorkshire. He has released several highly acclaimed albums including ‘Steel-Rail Blues’, ‘Been A Long Time Gone’, ‘Just Pickin’ and 'Every One a Gem'. His band Steve Phillips and the Rough Diamonds play regularly with their music ranging from early blues to rock'n'roll, country to Chicago R&B.
This man is one of our true great musicians-and a gentleman to boot!

Sunjay Brayne

With a style likened, amongst others, to local folk hero Steve Tilston, who says about the talented 20 year old

“Great playing and above all else it really swings…I'm going to have to connect jump leads to your fingers.”,

Sunjay visits KBC for the first time. Balancing his style shrewdly between blues and traditional folk music (of which blues is surely a genre anyway), Sunjay will perform his own compositions interspersed between his own workings of ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’, John Martyn’s ‘Lullaby’; ‘No Regrets’ by Tom Rush and Pete Seger’s ‘The Fire Down Below’.