Live shows return from 25th June and we continue with Sunday free online streams
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Featuring many great acts
We are working hard and have lots to tell you so please check all of the pages so you don’t miss anything but read all the below first.
We are finalists in another set of awards called the Panic Awards and voting is open for our Isolation Festivals we did last year with 195 acts playing online over 12 weekends and for our Black Frog Presents which we do every Sunday so if you think we are worthy please follow the link here and give us a vote it would be appreciated by us and all who appeared https://bit.ly/3xq5FUV
We are thrilled to have been one of five finalists in this years UK Blues awards for the best festival for our Isolation Music Festival Black Frog Presents.
Hopefully, all is going to plan to return to Live Music from Friday 25th June with Slim Chance and The Ugly Guys playing live at Chelmsford City Football Club in the UK. Keep an eye for all the great acts we have booked so far and we plan to stream the shows live as well.
We have another great free live stream show this Sunday 16th May 5pm BST on our Facebook and YouTube pages the links are below. We have none other than The Mighty Bosscat himself Richard Townend.
Rich T was a professional musician graduating from Leeds College of Music in 1986 where he studied guitar and composition. Leeds was one of the only colleges, at that time in the UK, which specialized in a degree in Light Music. This led Richard to play with and tour with TV stars of that time such as Ronnie Corbett, Charlie Drake, Les Denis, Dana, The Platters and Tony Christie to name but a few.
When he moved to London in the late eighties, he decided to leave the professional music field and play for fun after becoming disillusioned with the professional music scene. Soon the fun dried up and he hung his guitar up for good when he moved to Essex in 2001.
Later in that decade, he was inspired (after watching a jam session at the Bewick Suite in Maldon Essex) to start to play again. He got his guitars out of hock, formed the Boss Cats, and gigged as a hard-rocking blues trio in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughn; later to morph into the cool sound of the Mighty Boss cats in a more relaxed incarnation.
In 2011 he decided to write and record in a more serious nature so far culminating in 12 album releases in the period Jan 2011 – May 2020 with a 13th one being currently worked on. He also creates videos for these album songs which can be found on his youtube channel
The albums have received critical acclaim and have a contemporary eclectic feel to them, mixing his Blues, Jazz, Country and many other musical influences. He has been nominated 6 times for his songs in the British Blues Awards for original song or album in 2012,13, 14 & 15, 16 and 18 .
Since 2011 he has played nationally and internationally with his band and solo. He has also run numerous songwriting workshops. He is often called a prolific writer having recorded over 120 songs in the last 9 years – and written well over 250.
He is favourably compared to JJ Cale, Chris Rea and Dire Straits.
What’s Been Said
“It’s hard not to view Townend as a sort of latter-day Mark Knopfler. His lyricism and fretwork both share echoes of the former Dire Straits leader ” Elmore Magazine New York
“Always working on musical projects, he seems to have incredible energy and a wonderful grasp on blues and light rock based modern music “ Blues Matters
“Melancholic, relaxed and enthralling: Richard Townend is a fascinating songwriter in the world of Blues. With The MightyBosscats he has a band on the side that make his songs prime examples of contemporary blues ….” Wasser-Prada.de
“Three albums show some of the best of the modern age –three albums from out of nowhere, created by musicians for the love of it. …………… Really fine music ………” Blues Matters
We are working hard in the background now having rebranded It’s Your Music to Black Frog Presents. Nick is the owner of It’s Your Music where since 2015 has been putting on live music at Chelmsford City Football Club in Chelmsford Essex in the UK. He has put on some great shows and we will all continue to put on live events of all types as Black Frog Presents. In the past having had the likes of Albert Lee, Jim Cregan, Chris Farlowe, Los Pacaminos, Benny Gallagher, Slim Chance, Wille and the Bandits, The Pretty Things and Robbie McIntosh and many more. The plan is that Black Frog Presents will be putting on weekly events at Chelmsford City Football Club as soon as we can.
During these troubled times, we plan to put on weekly safe shows as soon we can and we will also stream these shows live across the universe online as soon as we are allowed. So do stay tuned as we are excited and we hope you will enjoy this with us. Stay safe and stay well, please. End of News Update
Who are we at Black Frog and what do we do and offer you? Besides all of the great acts we have, we also have some of the top session musicians and some top hit writing songwriters available. Next to all that, we have PA hire from a small pub to up to about 1000 people with our up to 7K rigs and lights. We also have top sound engineers and if that is not enough we can take care of all your recording for you whether it be live or in a studio, we have all the kit and the recording engineers and producers. We can also help in the manufacture of vinyl, CD’s or on a stick with our Black Frog Records, we can even help with the making of videos and with live streaming. So we feel we really are a one-stop-shop for musicians which is run by musicians for you without the corporate rip-offs.