John O'Leary & Sugarkane
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"Jammed up jelly tight with some low down dirty funked up grooves topped by killer rocking blues licks and tempered by boogie, swing & good time jamming with a real edge!! John O'Leary's band Sugarkane is simply one of the most exciting rock blues bands in the land!”
Sponsored by Hohner, the harp playing virtuoso and founder member of Savoy Brown, Mainsqueeze and staple of the British Blues scene John has built up a fearsome reputation with his stellar band.

The all star line-up comprises John O'Leary, harp ('a powerful and precise tone' - The Times), Roger Inniss, bass (Sherman Robertson, British Blues Nominee), guitarists Jules Fothergill (British Blues Nominee), Steve Wright (music for BBC productions Brookside, Hollyoaks, Movin' On & films Indecent Behaviour & Unfinished Business), Jools Grudgings, keys (Sherman Robertson/Peter Green Splinter Group) & Joachim Greve (Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges/Pinetop Perkins/theatre shows The Billie Holiday Story & Crash), drums.

John O’Leary’s career boasts real pedigree having worked with Savoy Brown, Champion Jack Dupree, The John Dummer Blues band with Joanne and Dave Kelly, Tony McPhee, The Famous Blues Blasters with, Victor Brox, Dick Heckstall Smith, Pete Bardens; & Mainsqueeze with Keef Hartley, & Eric Bell, and later with Bo Diddley, Donovan, Noel Redding and Aynsley Dunbar

Influenced by the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter & Sonny Boy Williamson and later by Blues Inc’s harp player Cyril Davies, John became the founder member of the influential blues rock outfit Savoy Brown. John met guitarist Kim Simmons in 1965 and by 1966 Savoy Brown played alongside the likes of John Mayall, Freddie King, Spencer Davis and Fleetwood Mac. After starting out at Kilroys/The Nags Head in Battersea, 52 years on John remains at the core of the London blues scene and Savoy Brown still tour the US and Europe.

John’s solo career has seen him cut his debut solo album in Yugoslavia and appearing at several Euro festivals and re-establish himself with his best ever John O‘Leary band who last year cut the well received “Sins” album (later reissued as a double album “Two For The Show” -Trapeze Records)."