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Big Boy Bloater is a well known figure on the blues and roots music scenes around the world – his unique and powerful style has thrilled audiences from London to Las Vegas and his peformances have built an enviable profile and following, not only from the roots crowds but from anyone that has ever witnessed his amazing charisma and talent on stage.
As well as touring all over Europe, the middle-east, the USA and Canada, Big Boy Bloater has made numerous TV and radio appearances. Most notably he recently appeared as a live guest on the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show on BBC6 Music, and on Radio 2 he recorded a session and interview with Jools Holland and his band which broadcast on 9th May 2011. He’s previously recorded three sessions for Mark Lamarr’s late night Radio 2 show ‘God’s Jukebox’ (Nov 06, Dec 08 & Jan 10 – indeed when Mark heard Bloater was finishing his old band he made sure he fitted in one last session!) and two sessions for the Paul Jones R&B show. He spent a week as the house band on CH4’s Big Breakfast and has racked up many other TV and radio appearances both home and abroad. He has played in some of the most famous venues in the world and has appeared at many major festivals worldwide.
Bloater has played guitar with modern artists like Paloma Faith and Imelda May and continues to be a much sought after session player as well as being the guitarist of choice for many visiting 50′s Blues, R&B and R&R legends (see Reviews and Collaborations below).
Bloater has it all, writing, performing, singing and playing and he comes with an amazing pedigree – he has a career that most guitarists would die for, but he wants to continue to push the barriers and is constantly striving to produce bigger and better shows. He is a consummate professional and also a very nice guy! Oh yes, all this and he’s still not even 40 years old!