Cumbrian guitarist and vocalist James and Northumberland harmonica player and vocalist Fletcher have met with great acclaim in recent years since teaming up together.
The pair first met when booked to play at the same venue, and they liked each others music and gradually started working together, notably reaching the final of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues in 2013.
They have two independent EPs of mostly their own songs, and in 2014, they wrote and performed the music for a BBC Radio Four documentary.
James, from Carlisle, has more than 30 years of live shows under his belt, playing slide and fingerpicking blues and original songs. He has appeared at many of the major national blues festivals, such as Burnley, Colne, Dundee, Carlisle, Maryport and Durham. Along the way he has also opened for many of the major names on the circuit, including John Mayall, Dr. Feelgood, Earl Thomas and Nine Below Zero, and was nominated in the acoustic category of the British Blues Awards in 2012.
Starting out in the 1970s, Fletcher appeared with The Blues Burglars and also worked with Hokum Hotshot Jim Murray in an amplified street-corner blues duo for several years. Martin Fletcher’s Usual Suspects was a very popular Tyneside band in the late ’90s, but shocked their audience by adding a DJ, MC and contemporary R’n’B singer and fusing blues with hip hop – well before it became commonplace.
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