Monthly Archives: January 2016

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