Tom Russell Compere

Tom RussellTom Russell, Scotland’s Godfather of Rock DJ’ing, will be the 2019 event’s compere.

The Arran Rock N Blues Fest is delighted, and not a little honoured, to be able to announce that Tom Russell, Scotland’s Godfather of Rock DJ’ing, will be the 2019 event’s compere. 

A well-kent face and well-known voice to gig-going and radio listening rock fans of all era and ages, Tom hosted the successful and long-running Friday Rock Show on Radio Clyde before hosting shows on Rock Radio 96.3, which broadcast across Central Scotland, and Real Radio XS, Manchester. 

In 2012 Tom, who in his time has interviewed a veritable who’s who of rock, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish New Music Awards ceremony. 

In 2016 he released his autobiography The Godfather of Rock, providing a behind the scenes look at his life, rock music and radio. 

Tom currently hosts his own Rock Show on Rock Sport Radio, Glasgow. 

Brian Rawson Band

Brian Rawson

Belfast born Brian Rawson was a member of The Tearjerkers who toured with Thin Lizzy, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Doll by Doll and Rachel Sweet.

Brian relocated to London where he played guitar on Jim Lyttle's demos with Jimmy Bain (Rainbow/ Wild Horses/Dio) producing and playing bass on the track ‘Rough, Tough & Pretty Too’ in the band that would eventually become Rogue Male. Brian then emigrated to the US where, most notably, he played guitar on American singer songwriter Jon Lacabanne's album ‘Amen,’ recorded all the guitars on Deidre Cunningham's album ‘Sunny Days’ and played a one-off gig in Nashville with “Handsome” Mick Rowe's band, Nineteen88. He then returned to the UK where he joined Sweet for a tour.

Prior to forming the Brian Rawson Band, the noted guitarist was a member of The Lynsey Dolan Band (co-writing the track 'Do Right Man') and played all the guitars on Emma Jane's ‘Red shoes’ EP.

The Brian Rawson Band have been a staple of the Scottish blues rock scene for a number of years and have featured notable vocalists Greig Taylor (solo, Blind Lemon Gators, GT’s Blues Combo) and Peter Scallan (Moritz, Chris Glen’s Outfit) in their ranks. The band, with a new line-up ready to go in 2019, are looking to release what will be their debut album later this year.

“With a set that carries both tasty originals and classic blues covers (such as their excellent rendition of ‘Sitting On Top of the World’) the Brian Rawson Band continue to reinforce their credentials with solid live performances.”

Dr Feelguid

Playing good ‘ole RnB the way it should be played!  Scotland's Premier Dr Feelgood Tribute Band will be Speeding over to Arran to open the festival with a Blistering set of high energy RnB. The band were formed simply because of their love of 70s British pub rock outfit Dr Feelgood. Hailing from Canvey Island the group are best known for early singles such as 'She Does It Right', 'Roxette', 'Back in the Night' and 'Milk and Alcohol' . The distinctively British R&B sound will be centred on MacWilko's choppy guitar style along with singer harmonica player MacBrillo. The rhythm section line up with MacSparko on bass guitar and The Big MacFigure on drums The Band will be On Stage approx 12 noon.
 Dr Feelguid

Black King Cobra

Black King CobraThe name Black King Cobra might give the impression of venomous amps to 11 rock but the band, led by engaging front man Callum Moran are a groove rock outfit who put the emphasis firmly on the word groove plus a whole dose of funk and a prevalence for double-time, big crescendo of sound finishes. The infectious beat and hooky melody of “Wrack n’ Ruin” (which features on the band’s self titled 2 track EP) ticks all those musical boxes. With gigs at Nice N' Sleazy, WildFire Festival, The Hard Rock Cafe, O2 ABC Glasgow, Winter Storm Festival, Dreadnought Rock & a sold out headline show at King Tuts under their belt – along with their latest EP, "Law of Attraction". There are exciting prospects for the band ahead – a solidly grooved future for Black King Cobra.
“Some bands need a hype machine behind them to get noticed. The special ones don’t need the hype, the music does the talking. Black King Cobra’s music is both natural and fresh and as a band they have a humility that ensures ambition and ego don’t get in the way of the obvious and real pleasure they get from just creating and sharing great music.
There's a sense of renaissance to the underlying spirit of Black King Cobra - perhaps starting a band as a 'last chance saloon' actually can work in a band's favour. Their music is alive, you feel they are really enjoying every milestone and from what I have experienced with radio, reaction to their music is effortless, positive and pretty immediate.
… but the essence to take from this band is the music is visceral and alive, as great rock and roll should be. Clearly a band to see live, Black King Cobra remind us that rock music above anything else should be fun.” - Guy Bellamy (Great Music Stories/Guy Bellamy’s Rock Show)

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The Sharpeez Maximum Rhythm & Blues Band

The Sharpeez

The Sharpeez is a London based band, formed from the ashes of the 70s band Rebel, who are old enough to know better but still they’re misbehaving with their blend of classic rock, west coast jangle and rootsy blues influenced attitude. They have been developing and maturing and like a carefully aged single malt whisky they are ready to be appreciated by Arran. The Album 'Mississippi Thrill' is ranked at No 9 on June 2014 chart for the most played tracks by the Independent British Blues Broadcasters Association and with the arrival of their new album “Wild On” (which is set to become a classic), The Sharpeez have evolved into a major force and they are second to none. The Sharpeez have been gaining recognition in the UK and Europe and their new album will be taking them even further. If you’ve got to the age where you want to put your feet up and relax to something soothing you’ve come to the wrong place because The Sharpeez ain’t taking no prisoners. They will drive 12 hours and play a gig that will peel paint off the walls and make you feel that you’re missing out on something in life. Inspirational is the word.
A high energy, performance of original songs influenced by Rory Gallagher, Dr Feelgood, Tom Petty, The Stones, George Thorogood, Paul Kossoff, Paul Rodgers, Andy Fraser.


Blues Deluxe

Blues DeluxRecording artists Angela Higney (BMG/EMI) and Pete Parisetti (Contrasto Records) join legendary Glasgow singer and guitarist Al Fleming and bass player Tim Clarke producing an infectious mix of blues classics and more modern, jazz-influenced numbers.  Over the last couple of years, Blues Deluxe has performed extensively in blues clubs and festivals throughout Scotland, gaining acclaim for their refined musicianship, a carefully selected repertoires and, perhaps especially, for their signature sound featuring electric guitars but no drums.
With their own smooth jazz compositions, Pete and Angela have sold over 200,000 CDs worldwide and have performed well over 2,000 professional gigs with a variety of musical projects. Pete has also toured with major Brazilian artists and played alongside legends such as R&B drummer and band leader Vic Pitts and the sadly departed Gospel queen Lavelle. Besides her recording career, Angela has performed in a number of European countries as well as in Central and South-East Asia.  Al Fleming, who shares with Angela the role of vocal frontman, is one of the best known and instantly recognisable artists on the Glasgow scene. His own achievements and collaborations are too many to mention, except perhaps being the frontman for the Statesboro Blues Band which has been hosting – for a stunning uninterrupted 22 years – the longest running regular blues jam in the UK.  Tim Clarke, also a member of the same band, has played with everybody who’s anybody in Scotland, including a recent, long stint with the fabulous Charlotte Marshall’s 45s.

George Lindsay Solo

George LindsayThe George Lindsay Blues Band are a regular visitor to the island. Led by the eponymous guitarist and vocalist his three piece play "nuthin' but the blues" to quote their own calling card. However, the GLB are no one-trick pony, incorporating some rock funk and country genres within their blues framework. They are an accomplished band of musicians who have paid their blues dues and gig regularly around central Scotland.  Mixing blues standards with original numbers the George Lindsay Blues Band deliver their set with some panache and you can see the captain of the ship in action on his own at the festival with his intricate guitar & songs from the Blues Canon.

Andrew Robert Eustace Band

Andrew Robert Eustace BandThere’s a country blues, Mississippi Delta and bluegrass air about the songwriting style of big-voiced Scottish blues singer and guitarist Andrew Robert Eustace.

He’s also a musician who can command quite the presence in both full electric band and solo acoustic formats, the latter taking front and centre acoustic stage with songs like 'The Man' and 'Broken Down and Beat' (from 2017 debut album 'Stories'), or when delivering vibrant acoustic covers such as 'Crossroads.'

Additionally, Andrew Robert Eustace’s genuine passion for those authentic blues genres puts him an album cut or five above the pastiche or “in homage to the style norm,” proven by the quality of new songs such as 'Blues Kind' and 'Don't Cry One Tear,' both of which which will feature on second album ‘Different Sides’ (an apt title, given it offers up both full band and acoustic numbers).


Little Miss Debby & The Coyote Rockets

Little Miss DebbyWith 25 years experience on the blues/rock scene ,
Debby Duvall aka - Little Miss Debby ,  at 4' 11" packs a mighty punch. With a  raunchy wide vocal range covering a broad spectrum of classics  and originals from Blues /Rock/Soul/Jazz. Best known for her Janis Joplin style and her powerhouse performance.

As a songwriter Debby is currently working on a new album of original songs.

Stevie Nimmo

As one half of Scotland’s highly respected ‘Nimmo Brothers’, Stevie Nimmo has been a well known and respected figure throughout the blues and roots world for over 2 decades. Stevie has toured extensively with the critically acclaimed blues rock outfit over the last few years, as well as taking to the road in a stripped back, acoustic format to promote his debut solo project ‘The Wynds of Life’.  the acoustic project is extremely satisfying and allows him to showcase his voice and song writing talents in the perfect environment. Stevie’s last cd ‘Sky Won’t Fall’ was released worldwide in 2016 on the Manhaton Records label and it was voted album of the year by many in the media and by his fans.
The follow up cd was due to be recorded and released in late 2017 however after a nasty fall from a mountain bike resulting in a broken humerus, Stevie was forced to put the new recording on hold.
In true Glaswegian fashion, he was never going to allow this ‘unfortunate’ incident to stop him completely and instead, took to the road with sublimely talented young guitarist Dave Devlin taking on the guitar duties.
Stevie finally had surgery in January 2019 and is well on the road to recovery. He is writing material for a new album which he is hoping to release at the end of the year and will begin touring again towards the end of March which will see him play throughout the UK and Europe.
He is still enjoying making music now as much as at any point throughout his 20 years in the business and is fully relishing touring and performing again to his loyal and ever-growing army of admirers.
Don’t miss this chance to catch an artist at the top of his game doing what he does best – standing on stage playing his own music in his own passionate, inimitable fashion.


RedfishRedfish are a blistering UK based soul-blues ensemble.  A live phenomenon of growing reputation, this five-piece outfit mix original compositions with razor-sharp interpretations of classics from the canon.
The band are not characterised by one star but by the intense musical chemistry they generate between them: their respect, not only for each other but for the music they play and the audiences they entertain, resonates with every note.  "You wouldn't wish a tortured soul on anyone, but when it generates music this good, it's hard not to think it might just be worth it".


PreacherPreacher are an Ayrshire and Glasgow based eight-piece melodic progressive band who have been making quite a name for themselves thanks to their regular touring schedule and festival appearances. Their flawless live shows are performed before stunning visual backdrops and light shows which create an almost hypnotic experience reminiscent of Pink Floyd at their height.

The band’s critically acclaimed debut 2013 album Signals, which was showcased at the now sadly fire damaged 02 ABC Glasgow (they were the first unsigned band to headline the large capacity venue) was a strong, semi-conceptual start to their recorded career – the title track and ‘Destiny’ were also used by a couple of broadcasting companies, including the UK's Channel 5.
The album received a remastered re-release via IME Records in 2015.

Follow up Aftermath, also showcased at the 02 ABC Glasgow, was an even stronger offering. The band's second album is a confident and contemporary piece of progressive melodic rock that nods to the band’s Floydian and Bowie influences.

Preacher will close out the Arran Rock ‘N’ Beer festival with an atmospheric evening of melodic prog. featuring tracks from both Signals and Aftermath.


Preacher can truly be considered as one of the best original prog bands in the UK today.


The CaravallesThe Caravelles are a collective of Glasgow musicians brought together by Gary Grochla a session bassist who has worked with Belle & Sebastian, Martin Taylor, Terry Neason and the Starry Skies to name a few. Henry Lovat is a well respected guitarist/vocalist with a huge knowledge of blues of old. Davie Hardie is a Dumfries based keyboard player who can play blues, jazz, classical and pop with ease. Eddie Rarity is a well respected drummer who’s first love is Blues, and has played with most of the Glasgow blues greats Our aim is to play blues that’s a bit different from the usual classics, whilst still being able to please the dancers with some swinging tunes.

Rigid Soul

Rigid SoulRigid Soul is a Blues-Rock band from Prestwick featuring guitarist/vocalist Kyle Hood, drummer Lewis Ross & Liam Brown on bass. The boys already have a King Tuts performance under their musical belts as well as an EP entitled Head in the Clouds.

The title track of the EP featuring a 60s styled arrangement with melodic blues-pop is a highlight as is the instrumental “Scott’s Boogie” and its tight and funky, fast-fingered groove.

This trio are a solid and interesting mix of melodic-pop blues, blues rock and the occasional surprise highlight, such as their blues-rocked up cover of Black Sabbath's Fairies Wear Boots.

Rigid Soul - Ayr Gig
Whilst Rigid Soul are still virtual unknowns outside of Ayrshire, they are most certainly a band to keep an eye on.

Greig Taylor and the Blind Lemon Gators

Greig Taylor and the Blind Lemon GatorsGreig Taylor, cited many times as not just one of Scotland’s hardest working musicians but one of the UK’s finest blues-based vocalists, has been hitting a rich vein of form of late. Last year Greig released the lovely, under-stated covers album #Songbook1 and followed that up with a European Gospel-Blues styled A Capella tour with acclaimed US blues singer Earl Thomas. The highly respected ex Boos Band and Brian Rawson band front man is bringing his three-piece acoustic blues outfit to the Arran Rock N Blues Fest. The Blind Lemon Gators features Iain Donald on acoustic slide guitar and former John Martyn drummer Dave Cantwell on drums/percussion. Very much a stripped back, 1930's delta blues style, the Gators will be performing at venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe with their brand of acoustic blues and in 2019 will release their debut full length album of original material.