The Blue Bishops

The official site of the Blue Bishops, the UK rock and blues band.

Barry Middleton interviews Simon Burrett

February 13th, 2011 by admin

BM: What was the first gig that you played and who with?

Simon: At 14 years old with the Square Roots, our band at Nottingham High School, with Geoff Gurd [went on to be a musician and record producer] his brother Johnny and drummer Bill Davis who was very grown up to us as he was a ‘fireman’ on mainline trains. It was at a do for ‘Mrs Vartan’s Dancing Class.’ No one gave a damn about learning to dance – it was just a great way to meet the girls from Brincliffe and the Girls High School. Read the rest of this entry »

Paul Jones Show live, Radio 2

February 13th, 2011 by admin

Looks like were in the beeb studios soon to record a live slot for the Paul Jones Show. I think the broadcast will be the begginning of May so watch this space! We’re really pleased to see the support for ‘In the Red’ building thoughout the world, with indie radio stations in USA, Canada, Israel, Holland, Belgium…picking it up and playing. So Bishops fans, the more you ask, the more it builds up. Thanks to you all!!!

I’m hoping our live session will help draw attention to this being the 60th annivarsary of the Easington Colliery Disaster. The subject of the song Black Diamond. We’re hoping to confirm a benefit date in Durham on or around the day itself. Waiting to hear…

Three days in the North

January 28th, 2011 by admin

What a great weekend we’ve had. Darlington Arts Centre, The Bowmans in Howden and then The Hope Tavern at Holton-le-Moor.

We couldn’t really have asked for a better turnout or more of a welcome. Plenty more radio coming up too so that’s good news for the In the Red album. On the subject of the North, and in particular the North East, we’re hoping that the track Paul Jones played on his Radio 2 show will help serve as a reminder of an important historic event in Easington, Co Durham. ‘Black Diamond’ commemorates the tragic events that unfolded 60 years ago at the Easington Colliery on the 29th May 1951, where 83 men lost their lives underground in a massive explosion. Read the rest of this entry »

“Blues Matters” review

May 31st, 2010 by admin

Review from “Blues Matters”

Blue Bishops – In the Red (Produced by John Leckie & Stuart Epps)

This rising band of veterans features, among others, ‘Gentleman’ Jim Rodford of Zombies, Kinks et al fame. This is a really good production and is full of good ideas. In fact I reckon that several of the ideas have been on the table for a while awaiting the opportunity to come to fruition. I say this because I hear clear echoes of that period when British Blues morphed into prog rock. There are some Cream style harmonies and a fair helping of the kind of broken rhythm patterns that characterised that period notably Led Zeppelin. Read the rest of this entry »

“Blues in Britain” Review

May 21st, 2010 by admin

This is the write-up in the April 2010 edition of the mag:

“In the Red” is the latest collection from the Blue Bishops.  The band, led by vocalist, songwriter, harmonica and guitar player Geoff Grange and fellow writer and guitarist Simon Burrett, play a wide range of their own music, and a few high energy covers. Read the rest of this entry »

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