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Pete Feenstra interviews Gary Boner for

Pete Feenstra interviews Gary Boner (Roadhouse) 14/10/11 for It’s the 20th anniversary of Roadhouse who celebrate with the release of a limited edition collectors item DVD of their performance at the Skegness Rock & Blues festival to go alongside their current ‘Dark Angel’ cd.

Thanks to Eric Harvey for filming.

Burnley Blues Festival Pictures

T’Goors Cafe

Photos from The Blues Bar Cafe Harrogate

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Gig Review – The Hope Tavern, Blues/Rock Club – Holton Le Moor – March 2011

Our 7th appearance at Graham’s excellent Blues Rock Club, set on a level crossing in the middle  of  ‘Nowhere’.

I’m pleased to say that our recent big stage appearance at the massive Skegness Blues & Rock festival pulled in a lot of new faces. This was the biggest gig attendance at The Hope for several months.

With Mandie singing in tandem with Sam Richards, both sets really rocked. The great thing about the warmth and intimacy of the Hope, is that you can hear the fans singing along with you (they also tell you when you get your own words wrong!). It also means that when a member of the audience goes to the gents, they have to sqeeze past the corner of the stage (So you can sing “We know what your doing”)

Two great encores, a great drum solo from Roger and Danny on good form. CD and DVD sales were strong too.

We’ve never failed to play a really good gig at the Hope, long may the tradition continue


Pictures from the gig at the The Tropic Ruislip

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The Broadstairs Blues Bash (Festival) –The Wrotham Arms – 18/2/2011

The Broadstairs Blues Bash (Festival) –The Wrotham Arms – 18/2/2011

It was our first time at this great festival. A massive thanks to Geoff for making it all possible and Jackie for having us at her lovely venue.

This was one of those festivals where each venue had a band on and people could circulate. We’d heard that the Wrotham Arms was the biggest and the best of the venues, so we were delighted to be asked to play there on the Friday night. The venue filled up quickly and by the time we opened the first set with ‘Too Tired To Pray’, people were ‘sardined’ all around the playing area .Some had to spill onto our makeshift stage to be able to access the toilets and from what we saw some people had difficulty moving just a few feet to the bar. It was so busy that It was hard to put a number on total size of the crowd.

With Sammy.C.Richards back in the fold (and well on form after her absence), singing with the legendary Mandie.G, the girls were the only females appearing at the festival. The whole band was on top form following our main stage appearance at Skegness and 2 long sets just flew by. At the end of the second encore the crowd were still shouting for more. In middle aged, knackered, desperation I shouted “Haven’t you got a home to go to”, “No” was the emphatic reply. So 3 encores it was as we finished with a version of ‘Watchtower”. A great night and hopefully we will be back at the festival and the Wrotham Arms or both…..thanks to all


Roadhouse Gigs March 2011

The broadstairs Blues Bash/Festival – Broadstairs Kent The Wrotham Arms

Thursday 3rd March 2011 Our Legendary Jam at The Grove Tavern – South Wimbledon (Gary, Bill & Rogers birthday bash)

Sunday 6th March 2011 |map| The Hope Tavern, Holton Le Moor, near market Rasen, starts at 4pm.

Monday 14th March 2011 |map| The Famous Monday Blues – The Bullingdon

Saturday 19 March 2011 |map| Tropic at Ruislip* – Great venue*

Saturday 26 March 2011 |map| The New Inn Witney *An intimate Cotswolds venue with very good Ale (one the best kept secrets)*

Dark Angel Review in Maverick Magazine



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Root-rockers roar back with a classic

Roadhouse’s music has always been different, country-rock, heading into roots and blues, with a dark, cinematic world view, the still back routes of America laced with the dirtier back streets of London. This is the band’s 11th album and is the pinnacle of their achievements, rumbling, roaring and screaming in pain while never losing track of the country undertones.

Under the leadership of guitarist/singer/songwriter Gary Boner, the band have been constantly pushing back the boundaries, and from the opening ringing tones of Too Tired To Pray you’re in the Roadhouse world. There are few such bands who can get away with expansive pieces, but such is Roadhouse’s mastery that the eight minutes of the majestic title track seem normal.

The album’s success is in part due to Boner’s growing maturity as a writer, part of it is the band’s latest in a long line of lead guitarists, Danny Gwilym, whose playing takes things to a new level. There’s an inventive, rich, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll warmth, but there’s also the air of an early Clapton; imagine Cream playing in a roadhouse. Boner’s chugging, jangling rhythm is incessant and the solid rhythm section of Roger Hunt (drums) and Bill Hobley (bass) is still there from the very beginning is still there. The band’s unusual vocal approach is still there, too, a trio of female singers (Mandie G, Kellie Marie Hobbs, Suzi D) who at one moment appear to be adding backing to Boner, then switch to a lead harmony, then solo lead. The constant changes create an ensemble feel, rather like the Band where the boundaries of lead vocals were forever blurred.

Of the tracks, Boner’s Working Class Gospel Drinking Blues is a favourite (with Gwilym’s gut-wrenching lead guitar), but there are lighter numbers such as So Over You, co-written with Gwilym and Hobbs. A classic.

Nick Dalton