Check out the new blues stars

The Men They Couldn't Hang.
The Men They Couldn't Hang.

THE Flowerpot in Derby welcomes the New Generation Blues Tour 2011 for a gig on Friday, May 27.

Playing on the bill at the King Street venue will be Mitch Laddie Trio, Virgil and the Accelerators and WT Feaster.

Still only 20, Mitch Laddie hails from the North East of England and was inspired to start playing the guitar by lengendary country artistes like Merle Haggard.

Since then, his tastes and influences have diversified to take in Jimi Hendrix, early Eric Clapton, Walter Trout and many more, as he turned himself into one of the most exciting and acclaimed young guitarists in the UK. He was a member of Vanilla Moon, who then re-emerged as The Mitch Laddie Trio, with a sound that has evolved into a blend of blues rock, funk, prog, jazz and fusion.

Virgil And The Accelerators are a blues trio fronted by Virgil McMahon, who, aged 18, became the youngest person to be shortlisted in the 2010 British Blues Awards.

Born in South Africa, he honed his live performance skills as a blues guitarist during his early teens in West Wales. During the past year, Virgil and his younger brother Gabriel on drums have toured extensively in the UK and Northern Europe, ending the year playing in front of a combined total of over 5,000 fans in two performances with Joanne Shaw Taylor.

Virgil and Gabe were joined last year by bassist Jack Timmis and together they deliver a unit so complete and full of energy and power that audiences are left simply breathless.

The third name on the bill is WT Feaster who recently released his second CD Wish You Well to great acclaim.

He will be giving a demonstration of why he and his music are so highly rated for the musical skill on display and the attack and ability with which the material is delivered.

On Saturday, May 28, you can see a gig by veterans The Men They Couldn’t Hang, who first came together in the early 80s at a series of alternative country music festivals.

After success in the 80s, they split up, but delighted their fans by reforming in 1996, returning with new levels of power and excitement in their music.

Finally, the latest acoustic night, on Wednesday, June 1, sees the return to the venue of Alan Woolley and Levon Archer.

Doors open at 8pm for The New Generation Blues Tour and The Men They Couldn’t Hang. Admission is free. The acoustic gig is in the bar and starts around 9pm with free admission.

For more details, contact RAW Promotions on 01332 834438.