Uckfield rocks at centre concert

Red Butler. Photo by Ron Hill
Red Butler. Photo by Ron Hill

Uckfield’s music lovers had a treat last week when Graham Pope of GP Music Promotions brought a great round-up of talent to town.

Friday Evening Blues at The Civic Centre kicked off with Matt Woosey whose refreshing musical songwriting and playing style combined acoustic blues, folk and rock conveyed with an accomplished vocal delivery has been defined as The Woosey Blues.

Graham Pope said: “His ability to combine originality with a broad musical knowledge has gained him praise from sources as varied as Paul Jones (BBC2,) Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music.)”

Then came a band on a mission... Red Butler, an East Sussex-based band made up of Jane Pearce (vocals,) Alex Butler (guitar,) Mike Topp (bass) and Charlie Simpson (drums.)

People in the know say this is a band to look out for on the blues scene in the coming year.

Red Butler was founded by Uckfield guitarist Alex Butler and the band was voted Best New UK Act by Blues Matters Magazine.

With a burning desire to entertain and pursue a serious music career, at the age of 18 Alex Butler decided to form a band. April 2012 saw the beginning of the blues/rock band.

Drawing upon influences from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Etta James, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Free, King King, Santana and Derek Trucks, the band developed its own style of writing and has begun producing thoughtful, light hearted and melodic compositions. Its debut album Freedom Bound (released July 2014) saw the start of serious attention from the music industry.

It attracted a lot of comment from media and the band is receiving reviews in major magazines such as ‘Classic Rock,’ ‘Classic Rock Blues’ (scored 8/10 for the album) and ‘Blues Matters’.

Fans say the band is young in years and experience but ‘ridiculously talented’ and promoters urge enthusiasts to keep an eye on them - clearly they are going places.