The Bates Motel at The Tyne Bar, Easter Monday

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at The Tyne Bar on Easter Monday. We had a great time (despite BBB kicking hell out of his pedal board) and were knocked out by the reception. Lots of great pictures have been shared, and crammyjim’s youtube playlist gives a good insight into some of the songs played. We played 18 in total (including one cover: a song from the wonderful Yayhoos – look them up – which appears on BBB’s first album, Trigger Finger, recorded at Ally’s Mill Studios in Alnwick). The pics included here are from Graeme Ogle (not sure how he got that high for the overhead shots – any clues?) and Bruce Barlow, but there are a good few more knocking around. Great venue, great audience, maybe a touch chilly so roll on summer when we’ll see you in July at the We Are Back festival at The Cluny

Bates Motel to headline first night of We Are Back Festival: Cluny

There’s a fantastic weekend coming up (July 15, 16 17) at The Cluny in Newcastle – and The Bates Motel are headlining the first night, with Bad Bob Bates solo on the Saturday and Ally and Dave from The Bates Motel also playing with KSVT on the Sunday – plus we get top class acts such as The Ian Siegal Band and Elles Bailey!  What’s not to like?  See you there?  Info and tickets from The Cluny or their website.

Great start to the year

Wow the bookings so far this year have been great – Bad Bob Bates solo, Oil City Shakers duo, Ma Kelly’s Boys quo tribute and the new originals band, The Bates Motel.  On top of that the diary is filling up with some great ones to come, including a solo support slot for Mike Zito at The Cluny on Thursday 24th Feb .

Here’s some pics of The Bates Motel at Steelies in Hartlepool on Sunday 23rd January – coming back to The Cluny in July as part of the We Are Back  three day festival on Friday the 15th, with a solo outing from me too on the Saturday (16th).

See you on the road 🙂 , BBB

The Bates Motel is Go!

Thanks so much for the turn out at The Cluny for The Bates Motel debut.  The place was packed and the audience response was so positive right from the off.  It was so good we’re going to do it again and keep it going for a while at least – gigs to follow in 2022 from Hartlepool to Newcastle for now, but hopefully more to come – watch the dates page and FaceBook.

Here’s a vid from Tim of the last number before the encore: Bridge Street In The Rain, from the Bridge Street album.

…. and here’s the next Bates Motel gig.

The Bates Motel, The Cluny, Newcastle 24th October

So, the launch of the new originals band, The Bates Motel, is confirmed!  It’s The Cluny in Newcastle on Sunday 24th October between 12 and 4pm.
 – selling fast.
It’s me (BBB) (front vocals and guitars).  Joined by Ally Lee (guitars/keys/vocals), Ainsley Wills (guitars), Dave Coates (bass/vocals), Adam Forster (drums) and Leslie Young (percussion/harmonica/vocals).
We’ll be playing songs from my last 4 solo recordings starting with Bridge Street and ending with DeadBeat (not necessarily in that order though!), and this bunch of brave and enthusiastic stalwarts have really brought the tunes alive!
I’m hoping as many of you as possible can come along to offer your support and encouragement. I know launching a 6 piece originals band is probably crazy, but it’s time to start working on the bucket list and I couldn’t have better people around me. You should hear what they’re doing with the material…