Bikers and Secrets this weekend…

Logo pic Sept 16Bikers and weirdness this weekend as it’s Stormin The Castle (North East MAG mega-event) and secret stuff.  So, I’m out with Ma Kelly’s Boys on the Stormin main stage on Saturday, then being weird with a secret gig, at a secret venue – and it’s already sold out!

Off to that London on Monday ’til Wednesday sorting some interesting stuff out.  Mums the word.



Saturday 3rd September, Ma Kelly’s Boys, Mains Stage, Stormin The Castle Custom Bike Show, Witton Castle, Witton Le Wear, Weardale, Co Durham

Sunday September 4th, a secret band at a secret gig, somewhere secret tbc. – it’s a secret (dunno how that works), 7 pm ish, and it’s SOLD OUT

Busy Bank Holiday Weekend

   Out in three formats this weekend…

TunsRusty NutsTall Ships

Friday 26th August, Ma Kelly’s Boys, Three Tuns, Sherriff’s Hill, Gateshead

Saturday August 27th, Oil City Shakers (duo) (afternoon slot) at The Rusty Nuts Rally, Teesside, on at around 5 pm :)

Sunday August 28th, BBB solo at Blyth Tall Ships Fringe Festival, Headway Art space, The Old Church, Waterloo Road, Blyth, Northumberland – on around 8pm, but the show goes on until 1 am, with Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes!

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 ;)