WHAT’S ON: London R&B band to feature at Grantham’s Easy Beat mod night

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London-based rhythm and blues outfit The Excellos will grace the stage at the next Easy Beat Club night at Chameleon Music Bar on Saturday (October 11).

In the early 1960s, fashion-conscious ‘modernists’ were discovering and buying black American R&B, and it is from this sound that The Excellos take their inspiration.

The basic three-piece combo comprises Craig Shaw on vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, plus harmonica, Adam Wakefield is on double bass and cigar box guitars, with Trevor Collins beating out a relentless rhythm on the skins.

The band’s stripped down sound – which they describe as “vintage beat blues” – authenticates the driving beats they have borrowed from old recordings on the Chess, Sun and unsurprisingly, Excello, record labels, mixing self-penned material with a smattering of cover versions.

Influences cited include Slim Harpo, Lightnin’ Slim, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and Elmore James.

The Excellos have had the privilege of recording and playing live with 1960s legend Chris Farlowe who is a great admirer of the band.

The Chameleon dance floor will be kept busy during the rest of the night by Easy Beat Club resident DJs Martin and Joel who will be pumping out the best in Sixties mod sounds – soul, beat, R&B and ska.

The evening runs from 8pm until late and admission is £5 on the door.

For more information contact 07769 277545.