BBB Live Shed Face Book performance 5th June

BBB Sedgefield CBGThe wonders of modern science bring you Bad Bob Bates live from his shed (or garden depending on the weather, etc) for an hour from 2pm on Sunday 5th June

Test runs were completed last weekend with some fantastic responses.  Check out for three clips, covering 8 songs.  The actual event should be a little more polished, ha ha!

While your there, why not send BBB a friend request and keep up to date on all of his music related activities.


Check the bookings page

BBB4Keep an eye on the bookings page for live appearances.  Lots of variety – solo (including tracks from all of the solo albums – largely one man band foot stomping style!); duo (Oil City Shakers – as before, but with Ronnie semple on harp and extra vocals, including songs from our Oil City Shakers “Rough and Ready” album); The Bandits (3-piece classic pub rock and bar room boogie – BBB on fron vocals and guitars); Ma Kelly’s Boys (4 piece classic era – 70 to 76 – quo band) and Oil City Connection (mid to late 70s style canvey/pub rock high energy r+b to die for – classic era Dr Feelgood, Wilko Johnson, Nine Below Zero and The Pirates).

BX3-EP hard copy almost sold out

Just a reminder that if you’re after a hard copy of the BX3-EP (my 2015 release) the current run is almost sold out.  You can order a copy via Bandcamp – – or simply buy a high quality download (various formats).  Thanks for all the purchases to date – it keeps me going!  All of the other recordings are up there too, including the Oil City Shakers album recorded between Christmas and the New Year last December.


Hopefully I’ll catch up with some of you at the various summer bookings coming up – solo, duo, Bandits, Ma Kelly’s Boys, Oil City Shakers, and anything else I can get involved with ;)


The Return of Oil City Connection, Sat 23rd April

OCC behind barsSaturday 23rd April, The return of Oil City Connection, The Turks Head, Rothbury

We’re back together and playing live for the first time in over three years up in Rothbury this Saturday.  Expect Wilkoisms, Pirates and Nine Below Zero…  High energy pub rock like it should be ;)



BBBJust a reminder.  I go out solo as Bad Bob Bates, as duo with Oil City Shakers, and with bands as Ma Kelly’s Boys, The Bandits and also Oil City Shakers every now and then.  I’m also contemplating putting together a full solo band to gig my three albums material too.  Check out the info page for more info –


Contact me via for bookings and queries.

2016 dates published, looking back and looking forward…

Bad Bob Bates - soloimageMa Kelly's Boys 2The BanditsOil City Connection 2Check out the dates page for 2016 bookings for Bad Bob Bates solo, Oil City Shakers (duo – with Ronnie Semple on harmonica), Ma Kelly’s Boys (old quo ’70 – ’76 band), The Bandits (pub rock trio – Dr Feelgood to ZZ Top) and even Oil City Connection (Four piece classic era Dr Feelgood/Wilko Johnson, The Pirates and Nine Below Zero).

Dates are added as we go along.

New recordings available soon too.  Check out albums page, and also keep an eye on media page.

2015 took me to California and Nashville, Stormin’ The Castle, the O2 Academy and The Forum in Darlington, along with countless pub gigs and Val and Kev’s dining room, next door the other day.  I also got to put out the five track “BX3-EP”, which I’m very pleased with, adding to the “Trigger Finger” album (2013), the “Bridge Street” album (2014) and even two Christmas singles.

2016?  Well, lots more bookings, and I’ve just recorded a bunch of tracks with the Oil City Shakers duo (live studio session) due for release in Jan/Feb all being well.  New song ideas are coming through, so probably some more solo recording as the year goes by.  I’m feeling the pressure to put together a solo band as interest in the recordings is so high now, and requests for full band performances are becoming more regular.  If so, something will need to take a back seat for a while – especially since Oil City Connection could be making a comeback following growing interest.

Thanks for your continued support.  It means a lot to me, especially when people come to see me play or buy/download/stream my music.


Keep supporting the bands you love in 2016, and seek out music and performers that are emerging, or music that you wouldn’t normally listen to.  You’ll find stuff you’ll fall in love with.  Keep it diverse, keep it live and keep it alive in 2016.

Cheers, BBB





Special Xmas Offer – 25% off digital downloads on Bandcamp

BBBBad Bob’s Christmas offer – December only!
Full Digital Discography (on Bandcamp)
Get all 5 Bad Bob Bates releases available on Bandcamp and save 25%.

Click on any release to see the offer.

Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Come Home For Christmas, BX3 EP, Bridge Street, and Trigger Finger albums.
Buy Now or send as a gift £17.25 GBP (25% OFF)

There’ll be new BBB collaboration material on the site for downloading in the new year ;)

BBB Christmas songs released!

BBB’s Christmas songs are now available (download only).  “Come Home for Christmas” (original) is released on all download sites (iTunes, Amazon, etc), and is also available through BBB’s Bandcamp site along with a startling version of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer“!  Two great additions to your Christmas playlists!  Good god what do I sound like?  TBH, they’re pretty good and Rudolph might give you a laugh at least.

Jewel Case Front Cover -Xmas 2   Jewel Case Front Cover -Xmas 1


BX3-EP now available in hard copy and as download from major download outlets


You can get the six track EP as hard copy now, from the Bad Bob Bates Bandcamp site.  It’s a limited edition, however, so get in quick.  The high quality download option with full album artwork and free streaming on the Bandcamp app is also still available there, but if you buy the hard copy, you get all that too :) .  It’s coming out now on all major download retail outlets too, including Amazon  and iTunes when they get it sorted ;) .