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4 piece, hard-edged blues band

We are highly experienced musicians playing dynamic blues/rock mixed with a good measure of foot-stomping rhythm 'n' blues.  We have an edge to our music that grabs attention and gets people on their feet, check us out!

Band members:

Bill Stallwood, Vocals + Harmonica
Clive Wagerfield, Guitars
Mike Benbow, Electric Bass
Chris Morgan, Drums.



Bill Stallwood

b. 1948, Princes Risborough, BUCKS.


Main musical influences: Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Shakey Horton.

  • 1966
    "The Routebeats" (R+B Covers).  First met Clive Wagerfield and began songwriting.
  • 1968
    "Smokey Rice" (Blues), with Nigel Harrison and Mike Barnard.  Managed by David Stopps (of Aylesbury Friars fame).  Supported Led Zeppelin at their first London Gig (Farx Club, Southall).
  • 1970
    "Farm".  Writing/performing original music with Paul Hammond (drums).  Later with "Atomic Rooster", Peter Tyson (sax, flute) Mike Barnard (guitar).  Later with "Genesis", Nigel Harrison (bass).  Later with "Silverhead" and "Blondie", Dave James (guitar).  Supported "Pink Floyd" (Manchester), "Deep Purple" (Lancaster), "Mott the Hoople" (Aylesbury), and "Chicken Shack" (London).  Continued gigging until 1977 with Bernie Taylor, David Gayler and Paul King as replacements.
  • 1979
    "Princess Anne and The Salmon" and the "Diminishing ZZZ's".  First gigs with Clive Wagerfield.  Material performed best described as surreal punk.  Great fun.
  • 1981
    "The Deezed".  Recorded on own "Bulldog label", members included John Wood, Pete Tyson, Tim Metcalf and Paul Arnot.
  • 1983
    "The Prowlers" (Blues) with John Wood and the Rosewell brothers.  Supported "The Blues Band" (Aylesbury), Howard Jones (Marquee, London).
  • 1986
    "The Three Hundreds" with John Wood and Ray Rosewell, performing/composing original material.
  • 2010-on
    "The Bluestormers"

Mike Benbow

b. Hereford, England.


Early musical influences: Little Richard, James Brown, John Entwhistle, Jack Bruce, Stanley Clarke.

  • 1964
    "Network" (Pop covers).  First gigs for local schools.
  • 1965
    "Blue Ribbon Roll Band" (Motown/Soul covers, plus much original material).  Gigged heavily in southern England/Wales with regular gigs on university circuit.
  • 1969
    "Transfusion" (Coliseum, Keef Hartley covers).  Some outdoor festivals, which were new at the time.
  • 1972
    "Magic Formula" (Pop covers).  Worked prolifically on the midlands' club circuit.
  • 1984
    "Take Five" (Jazz influence Pop covers).
  • 1986
    "Five Bucks" (Country Rock band).
  • 1990
    "Rock the Country" (Country Rock).
  • 1995-on
    "Neon Moon" (Country Rock).  With some session work.
  • 1998-on
    "Firehunter" (Rock covers).  With Clive Wagerfield.
  • 2010-on
    "The Bluestormers" .
  • Also assisting with local theatre group musicals/pantomime in spare time.

TYPICAL SETLIST

  • AROUND AND AROUND Chuck Berry
  • ALL YOUR LOVING John Mayall
  • PRETTY WOMAN Gary Moore
  • ROUTE 66 Chuck Berry
  • CALL ME THE BREEZE JJ Cale/Clapton
  • BOOM BOOM John Lee Hooker
  • THE STUMBLE Peter Green
  • MIND TO GIVE UP LIVING BB King
  • MATCHBOX Carl Perkins
  • DOWN AT THE DOCTORS Dr Feelgood
  • FURTHER ON UP THE ROAD Eric Clapton
  • MAGGIES FARM The Blues Band