After making waves up north, Essex favourites Porter returned home to play local haunts The High Barn and the Riga Music Bar with storming sets of tracks from their album ‘Can’t Keep Still’.
Porter played such delights as ’10 Days’, ‘Emily’ and crowd favourite ‘The River’.
Be sure to check out the Live Dates page to find out when you can see Porter live in concert.
Porter‘s album ‘Can’t Keep Still’ gets a great review in this month’s edition of Blues Matters! along with a feature in the ‘Blue Blood’ section of the magazine.
Norman Darwen described the album as ‘sleazy and sophisticated blues…part Ray Charles, part Charles Brown, part James Hunter and part original’
Blue Blood features new and emerging artists on the blues scene and there’s no doubt Porter are a definite ‘one to watch’.
Click here to read the review and click here for the Blue Blood feature.
Porter wowed the crowd on the British Stage of the 2012 Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne, Lancashire with a stunning set of tracks from their album Can’t Keep Still.
Performing at this award winning festival has been a dream come true for Porter who have spent the past few years negotiating a slot. With the successes of 2012, next year looks set to see even more festival appearances from Porter.
See below for a classic on-stage shot )if you look closely you may even see the drummer!) To see more, click here for the gallery. Continue Reading »
Original front-man with the group Manfred Mann and co-composer of the signature tune for ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’, Radio 2‘s Paul Jones played ’10 Days’ by Porter alongside tracks from Hugh Laurie‘s latest release on his well loved Blues show which celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary last year (2011).
Paul gave Porter praise indeed and spoke about next weekend’s Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival appearance.
Click here for the show’s track playlist
As part of their trip up to Lancashire to perform on the British stage at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Porter were also invited to perform for BBC Radio Lancashire‘s Sally Naden before a local audience as part of the trip.
The band performed ‘Hanging On’ and ‘Out of My Hands’ from their album Can’t Keep Still and was broadcast live along with an interview between Gary and Sally that saw him talk about his early career. He spoke of his influences including Dr. Feelgood and Eddie and the Hotrods and how they inspired him to get into the music business including and the upcoming festival appearance. Continue Reading »
FairHearing.co.uk are the latest to get on board with Porter and have written an inciteful review of the album ‘Can’t Keep Still’ from their very own Pete Sargeant.
Drawing comparisons with the likes of Elvis Costello and a young Mel Torme, the reviewer particularly commends Gary Porter‘s exceptional vocals and the bands ‘main weapon’ in the form of a three-man horn section and a stand-up bass.
You can read the review here at www.fairhearing.co.uk
Bruce Lindsay on All About Jazz wrote a fantastic review of the new album ‘Can’t Keep Still’ speaking of it’s lovely musical touches, skilful musicianship and good time vibes.
We won’t spoil it for you any more so click here to read the review in full.
For more reviews please see our Press & Radio page.
Porter‘s album ‘Can’t Keep Still’ was reviewed in this month’s Blues In Britain magazine by Gordon Baxter.
He described it as an album that ‘richly rewards repeated plays…There is a lot more going on than you can fully take in this time around…’
Click here to read the review.
Porter will be appearing on Mark Punter’s BBC Essex Summer Saturday show on July 7th 2012 where the band will be chatting to Mark about current activities and their new album ‘Can’t Keep Still’.
Summer Saturday is on Saturday afternoon from 2-6pm, so be sure to tune in for an afternoon of music and fun. What better way to spend an inevitably rainy day?
For those of you not in the Essex area . . . thank god for iPlayer!
If you’d like to buy the album, CDs can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk while digital versions can be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon & many other major online outlets.
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Porter have been added to the British Stage line up at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival 2012.
The band will take to the stage from 2:30-3:30pm.
The festival won Best British Festival at the 2011 British Blues Awards.
For more information, please see the Live Dates page.