Son of Dave + Clare Free + Paolo Morena | John Peel Centre

Son of Dave + Clare Free + Paolo Morena

Friday 17 November, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
John Peel Centre
Church Walk
Stowmarket IP14 1ET
£12 adv || £14 on the door
Box Office
01449 774 678
Son of Dave + Clare Free + Paolo Morena @ John Peel Centre

Son of Dave, the one and only harmonica and beatbox blues maverick is back for another season. Music For Cop Shows is classic S.o.D, loaded with instrumental hooks, original blues flavoured songs, irresistible grooves, and sly madness. His music has appeared in Breaking Bad, Bloodline, Preacher and other television crime dramas, which seems to have encouraged him to put the cart before the horse and create a loose cannon of ditties harking back to 1970’s cop shows. Or not. It’s typical Son of Dave messing with you, using ingredients only he can cook with. Fans know it well. It’s his eighth album, and he’s not made a weak one yet.

The artist himself on Music For Cop shows: “I got the call from Mr. Big of Big Records, you know? They got another tune into yet another crime drama. They keep asking for more though. So I made this record for ’em. ‘Stick that in your soundtrack’ I said.”

Accompanying the November 3rd release will be a cheerful November/December club tour of the UK, including here at the John Peel Centre.

Son of Dave is fifty years old, and has lived for twenty-one years in the UK, hailing originally from Winnipeg, Canada, where he was steeped at a young age in the blues-bar tradition. His resumé is long, having had many other successes along the way, including being a member of Grammy award-winning folk rock band Crash Test Dummies in which he played harmonica, mandolin, guitar and percussion before returning to his blues, Beat-Box and harmonica driven solo work in 2000. He plans to perform until his 80’s at least, pointing out that there is no pension plan for Bluesmen, and the whole live-fast-die-young game is for kids who can’t handle their booze, or their managers simply after publicity.



Support from Clare Free and Paolo Moreno

Clare Free is a passionate, award nominated songwriter and a fabulous singer and guitar player. She plays both with a band and solo, though she will be solo for this support slot. Clare’s performances are fiery, exciting and heartfelt.

Clare served her time with bands including Misdemeanor (With Matt Schofield, Gini Hobson, Maurice McElroy and Constance Redgrave of Spikedriver fame) she guested with Larry Garner and joined Dana Gillespie on two trips, one to India and the other to be the opening act at the Mustique Blues Festival every night for three weeks. Later Clare joined the band 99lbs.

Then, having finally made the decision to go it alone, she released her debut album “Be Who You Are,” in February 2010. The self-penned mixture of rock, country and blues propelled her into the limelight with excellent reviews in the UK and the USA.

Clare has had her music  played on BBC Radio 2, BBC Three Counties, BBC Oxford, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Norfolk and a host of online radio stations all over the world play her tracks regularly. She has been featured in Guitar and Bass Magazine, PlayMusic Magazine, Gear Magazine, Blues in Britain, Blues Matters, Classic Rock Blues, Blue Monday Monthly (USA), Blues News Norway, Guitar International Magazine and more. On top of this she’s made countless live radio appearances.

Clare has also played at Skegness Rock and Blues Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Upton Blues Festival , Blackburn Blues Festival, Broadstairs Blues Bash, Hebden Bridge Blues Festival, Scunthorpe Blues Festival, Beer Blues Festival, Gouvy Jazz and Blues Festival (Belgium) and many, many more. Recently she has was made the patron of a new venue, The 61, in Lixhe, Belgium.


If you thought you’d seen and heard it all music-wise, you’d better prepare for Paolo Morena; his live-looping approach to performance, combined with an astonishing talent for turning out catchy beautiful, perfectly crafted songs is something to behold and listen to. Hovering somewhere between gigging and performance art, Paolo’s shows are a master class in holding the audience spellbound. The live-looping technique requires the musician to record and play back his own performance as he goes along so a one-man band can be transformed into anything from a rock band to a symphony orchestra!

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