The KHB are getting closer to their first gig as Plymouth’s infamous Blues N Jazz Festival approaches.
Keith last played this Festival back in 2017 when his Band ‘Blacktop Deluxe’ headlined the Saturday night, this time he returns with the new Keith Howe Band (KHB) including long time friend Alan Ibbotson on Drums nd Vocals, Terry Gill on Bass and Vocals and ‘Harry’ (Steve Evans) on lead guitar and Vocals.
The Guys will be playing an hour’s set on Sunday August 8th (Band due on stage approx 14.30) and are very excited to be making it their inaugural gig.
The Festival runs rom Friday Aug 6th through to Sunday August 8th at ‘The Barbican’, Plymouth, Devon UK – Admission free.
Sadly, due to the ongoing uncertainty with when and how live music can return, I have taken the difficult decision to write off this year for ‘The Keith Howe Band’ and therefore I am cancelling all of our remaining shows (the ones that haven’t already been pulled that is) for 2020.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all the wonderful venues and performers that are also trying to survive through these strange times.
Hopefully (all things being equal) we might be able to organise dates some time in the future ?
This has been a hard decision to make but as three of us have ‘shielding’ health issues, I would obviously not want to put anyone at risk (so far we haven’t even been able to schedule rehearsals) and with the current situation so volatile, it seems the best decision to make.
We wish that you all continue to keep safe during these strange times and hope to see you all on the other side.
Just a quick message from the Keith Howe Band to say that we are thinking of everyone as we all find our way through these difficult times.
We are far too aware of the risks associated with this virus, for example Alan and Paul both suffer from COPD and Keith still carries a severely compromised immune system as a legacy of his Leukaemia and as they all fall within the ‘at risk’ category, even our Band rehearsals have been on hold for some while.
All things must pass, as indeed they always have done, but the recent closure of Venues/Festivals and the uncertain progress of this Pandemic, make it unrealistic to expect the Band’s gigs to stand, certainly those so close to the June and July the ‘predicted peak’ of the pandemic.
So, not unexpectedly, we are regrettably cancelling our June dates today (the first on our calendar).
Realistically our July dates, look increasingly unlikely to happen too, but we will wait official notice from the Festivals/Venues concerned but confirming that.
Beyond that, who knows ?
We have high hopes of any cancelled dates being postponed until safer times, so we will update things here and on our social media sites too as soon as we have further news.
Meanwhile please take care of each other, keep a sense of humanity and kindness in all you do and above all stay safe.
The Band are delighted to announce the first five, confirmed UK dates for their 2020 ‘Unfinished Business’ tour.
In all cases, it see’s Keith returning to venues he’s played in the past with either Blacktop Deluxe and/or Blue on Black.
Speaking with Keith earlier today he said …….
“It’ll be wonderful for us to be revisiting these gigs with the new Band, bringing some of the new stuff off of the Solo Album (‘That’s The Vibe’) plus our favourites from the ‘Blue on Black’ and ‘Blacktop Deluxe’ back catalogue”.
“I’m blessed that the Band line up will have the constants of, Alan (Ibbotson) on drums and Vox (ex Blue on Black and Blacktop Deluxe) plus GB (Bartlett) Guitar and Vox (ex Blacktop Deluxe) joining me once again on stage, then we will be adding special guests we’ve worked with in the past on Bass, Keys, Brass etc. each gig depending upon their availability.”
“For some dates we will also have the privilege of the fabulous ‘Otto’ opening up the show for us (we’ve collaborated on a couple of his very successful musical projects in the past) so all in all, it’s a very exciting time and we just can’t wait to get started”.
The Band are busy finalising more dates (both UK and Europe) by the day, so we can expect more announcements soon.
The Keith Howe Band will be shortly announcing the first few dates of their 2020, ‘Unfinished Business‘ Tour, currently being organised for next year.
All the details, tickets, dates and details will be available from this site plus their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
The Band (including long term friends Alan Ibbotson and GB Bartlett whenever possible) will be performing music from this years solo release ‘That’s The Vibe’ and all the favourites from the Blacktop Deluxe and Blue on Black back catalogue.
With the new Band taking on live dates for 2020 (initial gigs will be announced here shortly), some people have already been in touch to buy the ‘back catalogue’ of Blue on Black and Blacktop Deluxe music to compliment the new solo Album, ‘That’s The Vibe’, (big thanks to those who have purchased from me already).
So I thought I would sort through what Band CD’s I still have available & for those who won’t be able to attend and purchase them at next years gigs, I figured it would be a nice option to start adding them to the ‘Store’ area of this site, so that folks can have a ‘One Stop Shop’ for Music purchases.
I’ll be adding titles a bit at a time, starting with the last Blacktop CD ‘Presence And Gain’, working my way through to the Blue On Black tunes as quickly as I can.
All of the Discs still available to buy are ‘as new’, sealed and complete with their associated inner sleeves, note liners etc. however, they are in limited quantities so will be available on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.
I will amend the associated webpage as and when Discs sell out, just leaving their ‘download’ options available.
Some titles, such as Blue on Black’s ‘In Transit’ for example, which is already un-available to buy in CD Format, will be added to this site as downloads only.
Meanwhile the Band hopes to see as many of you as we can on the road next year to share some more of our ‘Red Hot & Rockin Blues’.