Bold as brass: new line-up will be at the Fort

The Brass Knuckle Blues Band
The Brass Knuckle Blues Band

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Its members include musicians from the line-ups of Culture Club, Procul Harum and Big Country and artists who have performed with Mick Hucknall, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. There’s even a Hampshire Youth Jazz Orchestra old boy among their number. They are The Brass Knuckle Blues Band.

Formed when the long-established White Knuckle Blues Band (Steve Roux singing vocals, Bernie Fox on drums, Rob Vick on bass and Josh Philips on piano) joined forces with horn section Steve Grainger, Jon Gooding and Tom Edwards, the band can be seen in its new incarnation at Blues At The Fort next weekend.

Event organiser Barry Bradley says: ‘We are delighted to welcome back one of our all time favourites, but this time with added brass.’

BKBB will be headlining the R ‘n’ B night of the popular local blues festival at Fort Purbrook on Saturday (May 21) when they will follow the Robin Bibi Band, The Mustangs and the Saiichi Sugiyama Band to the stage.

On Friday (May 20), the event will feature rock, soul and tamla favourites Dark White, Cheese Doctors, Rufus Stone and Big Brother Soul.

Friday’s gig starts at 6.30pm and costs £22 per ticket.

Things kick-off even earlier on Saturday, at 5.30pm, with the Brass Knuckle Blues Band taking to the stage at around 10.15pm. Tickets to this night cost £24.

Tickets can be purchased on the gate at the festival on Portsdown Hill, online at, or from the box office of The Spring in Havant in person or on (023) 9247 2700.

You can also see the Brass Knuckle Blues Band at Blues On The Farm in Chichester next month.