Where: St Anne's Arts & Community Centre
When: Fri 10th Jul
Blues and Americana fans are in for a treat this summer, when Mojo-Rex, with their exciting brand of street Americana visit St Anne’s Arts Centre.
Mojo-Rex, are a two man ‘Hobo Americana’ band who play clever re-workings of old-time songs along with self-penned material and using a variety of instruments from; guitars, harmonica and mandolin to Cajon, washboard and Kazoo. Jj 'Tin-mouth’ Clarke and Mike ‘The Rhythm King’ Barker, conjure up a relaxed contemporary take on American roots based music and transport their audience to a train yard, somewhere on the banks of the Mississippi at sundown.
After seeing Marc Bolan on Top of the Pops, stepping out of a giant silver, smoke filled rocket and striking the first chords to 20th Century Boy, Jj knew what his answer was going to be, when his teacher next asked “and what do you want to be, when you grow up?” So with the latest T-Rex LP tucked under his arm and his nose pressed firmly up against the guitar shop window, he formulated his plan to pester his parents into letting him have a guitar. Eventually they gave in and the hard work started. In time, due to his growing love of all things Rock ‘n’ Roll, Jj formed a short lived Rock-a-billy trio called ‘Boogie Disease’ before switching to electric guitar and a more rock orientated sound with the band ‘La Voix’. Four years later and the amps were turned right up to ‘eleven’ when Jj and the Saint formed ‘Dirty Talk’, a heavy glam metal band that seriously rocked out. Since then, Jj has released two solo albums of self-penned Country Folk Rock songs before the yearning to get back to raw Americana became too much and he teamed up with Mike to form Mojo-Rex and once again take to the road. Mojo-Rex have created a Country boogie act with a Skiffle twist, or as they like to call it ‘Hobo Americana’
The band also features veteran Roy Orbison drummer and percussionist Mike ‘The Rhythm King’ Barker. Mike began his drumming career in the time honoured way; with a tea-caddy and a set of drum sticks! By the time he was eight, his parents could stand it no longer and invested in a real drum kit, now there was no stopping him and his mother had somewhere to keep the tea once again. He soaked up music from all genres; Jazz, Cuban, Celtic and of course Rock ‘n’ Roll. By the time he hit his teens, he excelled at two things; playing the drums and playing football and as fate would have it, a professional football career beckoned. Mike still continued to play drums and progressed through the semi- professional ranks of local bands; including ‘The Carpetbaggers’ and ‘Peter Jay & the Jaybirds’, an early incarnation of ‘Ten Years After’ and juggling the two careers as best he could. Until the Roy Tempest agency made him an offer he simply couldn’t refuse and a professional session drumming career took off. During his time as a session drummer, Mike was lucky enough to tour and play with many of the superstar acts of the time, including; The Quotations, The Walker Brothers, Lee Dorsey and even Roy Orbison amongst many other household names. …Not bad for a ‘Tea-caddy player’.
Mojo-Rex write terrific original americana-blues songs that are both authentic and energetic, suited ideally to their live audiences who clearly hang on their every note."
Mark Whitfield, Editor Americana UK - www.americana.uk.com
£7 in advance from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/stannesartscentre or £8 on the door
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