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The Chicago Thieves were born just 3 years ago out of the band Unkle Munkle. From the outset, the band made a concerted effort to achieve a genuine Chicago type Blues sound. chicago thieves

The name of the band came to us via one of our Ladies, who said as we were to be Chicago in style, and that most of the original set was covers, "Chicago Thieves" would be appropriate.

The rest...... After a short while (and 2 or 3 drummers...yes, they are weird), we finally struck gold with our Tone, and proceeded to start writing in earnest. At the present time we are doing about 50/50 covers & originals.

As for the line up, in Dan we have what we and many others consider one of the Best Guitarists playing today in any type of band. A truly great musician.

James, over the years we have been together, has developed into an outstanding pianist, with a great feel for the music.  As for our legend on Bass, Mr. Searle's pedigree speaks for itself, a class act. On the drums, a true exponent of versatility, 35 years on the skins brings you Tony Still. As for myself, Craig Giles, a true Blues Shouter in the Old Tradition....well, if i don't blow it no one else will.

Our music is drawn from our heroes, such as the B.B. King, Mr. Morganfield (Muddy Waters) and really far too many others to list.
We are a very well-rehearsed, well turned out professional band, whose aim is to enjoy every aspect of performing. We believe that this is the secret to audiences enjoying it too, and surely that's why we do it.

Recently we have won The Blues Quest Comp, run by the World Famous Eel Pie Club for best unsigned Blues band in the London area. Also we went down extremely well at The Great British R&B Festival in Lancashire, and have been offered 2 recording deals since. We were featured in the December issue Of Blues Matters, the top British Blues Mag.

The Band Has just finished recording it's latest Album, "In The Windy City". Appering on 5 of the 12 tracks (11 originals) is the one and only Mr Paul Lamb. The album should be released early sept.

Our 1st full Album was released on 17 Nov 2007. "In The Windy City" has 11 original tracks and 1 cover.
The album features One of the Worlds Top Harmonica Players, on 5 of the tracks....From Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes, Mr Lamb himself. There are 4 tracks in full to listen to here. The album is having quite a bit of internet radio play already and reciving some excellent reviews.