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Terry Allen
Ben Andrews
Gwyn Ashton
Marcus Bancroft
Billy C. Farlow
Eric Bibb
John Beland
Frances Black
Deborah Bonham
Del Bromham
Jim Condie
Country Joe Band
Guy Davis
Kent Duchaine
The Dylan Project
Fairport Convention
Feast Of Fiddles
Perry Foster
Ty Garner
Dick Gaughan
Gary Fletcher
The Greenhil Boys
The Gutter Brothers
Memo Gonzalez
Joe Hollywood
Nick Harper
Pete Harris Band
Hershey And The Twelve Bars
Les Wilson's House Rockers
Chris Jagger
Keith James
Mary Jane
The Jive Aces
Del Bromham
Jucy Lucy
Paul Lamb
Aynsley Lister
Jackie Levin
Little Toby Walker
Shane MacGowan and the Popes
Scott McKeown
Stringy Bark McDowell
Larry Miller
The Muffin Men
Pete Mulvey
Mundy - Turner
Derrin Nauendorf
OX - Mark Browning
The Ian Parker band
Ann Peebles
Dan Phelps
Steve Payne
Kelly Joe Phelps
The Mick Pini Band
Redeye Band
Ronnie & Johnny
Mike Sanchez
Chris Smither
The Amazing Mr Smith
Show Of Hands
Ian Siegal
Dave Specter
Bill Thomas
The Thomas Brothers
Mo Thomas
Guy Tortora
Robin Trower
The Tubes
Dick Wardell
Helen Watson
Andy White

Helen Watson

For the first time since the club started, we'll be featuring a solo female blues singer at The Bullfrog!

Helen Watson has six albums available; her first album "Blue Slipper" came out in 1987, and was recorded with such heavyweights as most of Little Feat, and Steve Luthakar. Not a bad line up for a debut album!

Helen's matured voice lies in between blues, soul, jazz and folk. She started playing in the club circuit during the late sixties, and amongst her many accomplishments she was one half of a soul duo, a singer with a blues band called Loose Lips, fronted the Manchester band Well Knit Frames, and was also a backing singer for Carmel

Her unique style has earned her much session work, and in the early 80's she worked with artists such as Little Feat, Albert Lee and Andy Fairweather-Low and toured Europe with Joe Cocker. In the early nineties Helen was a member of Hell Bent Heaven Bound who toured in Europe, America and Canada.

Helen has also worked with Christine Collister, Chris While,, Julie Mathews, Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Rondstadt, often contributing songs, backing vocals and harmonica and has also produced a number of albums.

A live review of a gig at Ronnie Scotts stated "There's no arguing with claims citing her as one of the country's premier jazz blues singers."

Other media quotes include:

  • "Helen Watson, blessed with excellent phrasing and control she slips effortlessly from breathy, seductive jazz to gritty R&B."Folk on Tap....
  • "A singer of goose pimply beauty and songwriter of rare depth." City Life
  • "Helen Watson is a long neglected gem who's keeping R&B alive and positively kicking for anyone willing to listen." Siobhan Long , Hot Press (Ireland).
  • "A bright future beckons for this crystal voiced lady." Q Magazine

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