“THE NORTHEAST BLUES HARMONICA SHOWCASE” featuring Four Touring Harmonica Masters (all backed by “Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish”)
EACH OF THE FOUR BLUES HARP STARS WILL PLAY A SET AND THEN THE BIG JAM FINALE’ WITH ALL FOUR ON STAGE TOGETHER!
“JOHNNY HOY” Johnny Hoy is one bad ass Blues Harp Playin’ Band Leader for his group “Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish”! Johnny has several CDs to his credit featuring his stellar Harmonica playing and Big Blues Voice. Hoy’s something of a musical ambassador for Martha’s Vineyard. When people see him in a Vineyard club and go home, they make elaborate arrangements to get him to play in their hometown. That’s how he has come to play in South Africa and St. Louis. (Easier is to buy his bluesy albums on Tone-Cool Records.) Hoy’s Band has been going strong for decades and they even got to play for President Clinton a couple of times! As a matter of fact, Johnny Hoy’s band “Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish” will be on hand for this show as backing band!
“DAVE ROBBINS”: Blues Harp Burner & Blues Vocalist Dave Robbins was a side-man for Boston’s “West End Blues Band” from 1991-1999. Dave formed “The Robbins Blues Band” in 2000 playing clubs throughout New England. From 2012-2016, Dave was an original member of Connecticut’s “Easy Baby. Nowadays fans know Blues Harp Burner and Vocalist, Dave Robbins as Bandleader for popular New England Regional Blues Act, “The Amplifires”. Since early 2018, Dave has also become a member of The Mud Morganfield Band (Muddy Waters’ Firstborn Son), and has also been seen working with Chicago Blues Great, Lurrie Bell and Rockin’ Johnny Burgin. For 30 years Dave has traveled throughout New England and beyond playing clubs, festivals and roadhouses, as well as supporting nationally touring acts and/or sharing the stage with such notables as Anson Funderburgh feat. Sam Meyers, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, Junior Wells, Matt Guitar Murphy, Darrell Nulisch, James Cotton Band, Junior Watson, Spin Doctors, David Foster and The Shaboo Allstars, Mitch Chakour, James Montgomery, Sugar Ray Norcia, Steve Guyger, Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, Dennis Gruenling, Bruce Katz Band, Johnny Hoy, Matt Stubbs, Rockin Johnny Burgin, Mud Morganfield and many others.
TALL RICHARD: Northeast Blues Legend, Superb Harp Man, Vocalist and Bandleader Tall Richard has been playing professionally since 1985. Over the course of time, gigs have taken him and his fine bands from Nova Scotia to Key West and to Barbados and everywhere in between. TALL RICHARD has performed in Bo Diddley’s band and shared the stage with Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Doug James, Dave Maxwell, Johnny Copeland, Bettye LaVette, Coco Montoya, Steve Guyger, Fran Christina and many others. Tall Richards’ current band has been together for 20 years and they just released their 2nd CD entitled “Lost Love” which was produced by Jeremy Berlin (featured on piano on most tracks) and features Johnny Hoy on 2 tracks.
MARK GRANDFIELD: Harmonica Killer, Killer Vocalist and all around Wildman on stage, Mark started his musical journey during the 1960’s playing in several bands. In the 1980’s Mark moved to NYC and was a successful singer during that time.He continued performing with Danny Koetchmar, Tony Garnier, Jeff Golub, Johnny Campbell and many others with his super soulful vocals Mark’s new CD “Talk of the town” Grandfield takes on classics from the Great American Song book with his huge soul splashed vocal ability! Grandfield’s Incredible Harmonica Virtuosity is second to none and a must see! I love this guy! _Alison Hammond WMVY