Mick Clarke
England - United Kingdom

In 2015 British Blues Guitarist Mick Clarke presents his new album "Shake It Up" available from all digital outlets. Since its formation in 1983 The Mick Clarke Band has played numerous concerts in Europe, Asia and the USA, and Mick is the winner of the 2014 Artist Aloud Awards "Best International Act".

Mick has become an established name on the international touring scene. Praised for his fiery "straight from the wood" guitar sound, he has appeared on numerous festivals with artists such as Robert Cray, Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher, and recent shows have included festival appearances in Italy, Belgium and India. Mick has released sixteen solo albums so far.

Mick began his career with KILLING FLOOR part of the British blues boom of the late 60s. The band backed Texas blues guitar star Freddie King and toured with legends Howlin' Wolf and Otis Spann. Two albums were released which have achieved cult status around the world. Killing Floor has recently reformed for recording and tour projects, and recent live work included a performance at Sweden Rock Festival 2012.

In the mid 70s Mick co-formed SALT a powerful blues-rock act who were a big hit on the London scene playing regularly at the Marquee and other top venues. The band played at the Reading Festival and also opened for Muddy Waters at two major London concerts. SALT has also reformed for occasional re-union tours.

THE MICK CLARKE BAND originally started working around the London area in the early 80s, but quickly received offers of work from mainland Europe and the United States. Early festival appearances such as the Belgium R&B Festival in Peer confirmed their appeal for continental audiences, while the US tours established a world wide reputation for the band.

Mick's first solo album "Looking For Trouble" came out on the Italian label Appaloosa in the early 80s and sold well. More albums quickly followed including "West Coast Connection" recorded in Portland, Oregon with local musicians. Later releases were on the German label Taxim, including the classic "No Compromise". "Happy Home" on Mick's U.S. label Burnside featured just Mick with Lou Martin on piano and some old favourite songs. "Live in Luxembourg" is Mick's only live album, recorded in 2002 at the "Big Blues" in Luxembourg, and the 2007 "Solid Ground" contains thirteen original blues rock compositions.

"The Rambunctious Blues Experiment" was recorded at Mick's home studio in Surrey, "Rockfold" and features Mick with Russell Chaney on drums and Dangerous Dave Newman on harp. "Ramdango", "Crazy Blues" and the new "Shake It Up" were also recorded at Rockfold, but by Mick alone, on a variety of instruments - real drums!

Recent tours have included appearances at the Baden Blues Festival in Switzerland, "Blues Express" Luxembourg, "Rock at Sea" in Stockholm, Sweden, "Seven Nights to Blues" in France and the Bragdoya Blues Festival in Norway. In 2005 Mick headlined the Saturday night at the Great British R&B Festival in Colne, England as part of the British Blues All Stars, also featuring Kim Simmonds and Maggie Bell. In 2014 the Mick Clarke Band headlined the "Simply The Blues" Festivals in Mumbai and Bangalore, India.

In the U.S.A. Mick has appeared with artists such as Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Foghat and C.J.Chenier. The Southern California Blues Society called him "One of the finest blues players to come out of England".

New European club and festival dates are being lined up for 2016 and the new album "Shake It Up" is out now - watch this space!


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Diggin' Down

Label: Rockfold

Genres: Blues

Styles: Blues Rock, Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Dry Road Blues Blues Rock Blues
2 Any Place is Paradise Blues Rock Blues
3 Smokestack Lightning Blues Rock Blues
4 Noodle Bar Blues Rock Blues
5 Rhumbatism Blues Rock Blues
6 Hard Hat Blues Rock Blues
7 Yes It is Blues Rock Blues
8 Crack in the Wall Blues Rock Blues
9 Bluestring Blues Rock Blues
10 Zeitgeist Boogie Blues Rock Blues
11 Sweet Dreams Blues Rock Blues
12 Find You Blues Rock Blues
13 Diggin' Down Blues Rock Blues

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Ruff'n'Roar

Label: Rockfold

Genres: Blues

Styles: Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Happy Home Blues Blues
2 Good Morning Blues Blues Blues
3 Rockin' the Blues Blues Blues
4 Love Me or Leave Me Blues Blues
5 Walkin' Blues Blues Blues
6 Little Rachel Blues Rock Blues
7 Cheap Blues Rock Blues
8 Give Me Back My Wig Blues Blues
9 You Need Love Blues Rock Blues

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Shake It Up - Details

Label: Rockfold

Genres: Blues

Styles: Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Some Days Blues Blues
2 Eat Yo Words Blues Rock Blues
3 Blues Start Walkin' Blues Blues
4 No Good Blues Blues
5 Danger Zone Blues Rock Blues
6 Begging Bowl Blues Rock Blues
7 Shake It Up Blues Rock Blues
8 Farmyard Blues Blues Rock Blues
9 Cymbaline Blues Rock Blues
10 Hymn to the Water of Life Blues Rock Blues
11 Every Confidence Blues Rock Blues
12 Pond Snake Blues Rock Blues
13 Easy Blues Blues Rock Blues

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Crazy Blues

Label: Rockfold

Genres: Blues

Styles: Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 No Way to Get Along Blues Rock Blues
2 Complicated Woman Blues Blues
3 The Thing Blues Rock Blues
4 Stretch Blues Rock Blues
5 Lovin' Heart Blues Rock Blues
6 Rain Blues Rock Blues
7 See You Later Alligator Blues Rock Blues
8 Smoked Ham Blues Blues Rock Blues
9 Steady Road Blues Rock Blues
10 Fuzz Blues Rock Blues
11 Mr W's Holiday Blues Rock Blues
12 Crazy Blues Blues Rock Blues

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Ramdango

Label: Rockfold

Genres: Blues

Styles: Blues, Blues Rock

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Baked Potatoes Blues Rock Blues
2 Helping Hand Blues Blues
3 Mojo Go Blues Rock Blues
4 Who's Educating Who? Blues Rock Blues
5 Curry Night Blues Blues
6 Ramdango Blues Rock Blues
7 Behave Christine Behave Blues Rock Blues
8 Collapso Blues Blues
9 False Information Blues Blues
10 The Snarl Blues Rock Blues
11 15 Ton Blues Blues
12 Talk Blues Blues
13 What if Blues Rock Blues
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Album: Diggin' Down
Label: Rockfold
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Posted By: Duane Verh
Jun 18, 2017