Luke Doherty – Was born on 29th March 1994, in Newport, Gwent. He had an interest in music at a very young age. Although no one in his family play an instrument, he was determined to learn to play something, and at the age of 5 he started playing piano, but didn’t like it. He then asked to play the drums but was told by a drum teacher he was way too young and to wait a couple of years. He then settled on a 1/2 size acoustic guitar which he had to give up after 3 months due to medical reasons. At 71/2 he was nagging his parents again to learn guitar, so they bought him a second hand 1/2 size electric guitar and a second hand amp and he has never looked back. He instantly became hooked on blues, intently watching any blues musicians he could find on TV or DVD.
Luke met Eric Clapton when he was 9yrs old at the John Mayell 7Oth Birthday concert in Liverpool. Also aged 9 he asked his parents if he could take Rock School exams which he sailed through to grade 8 by the age of 11, as well as a extra performance grade 8. He was then interviewed on BBC Radio Wales because he was the youngest person to have passed grade 5, 6 and 8. Also when he was 10 years old he recorded Parisian Walkways, of which Gary Moore has a copy.
Although being faced with a many serious medical problems Luke has been determined to pursue his passion. He visited Cheethams School of Music in Manchester and Guitar X in London for some advice, but to be told that he was way too young to proceed with his exams in electric guitar, and they said that they had never come across this situation before.
At the age of 11 he met Eric Clapton for the second time and Eric instantly remembered him. He has also met some of his other personal hero’s including Peter Green, Andy Fairweather-Low and Jeff Healey.
His parents took him to jam sessions in local pubs so that he could play Blues with other people and at the age of 12 he was asked to open a 3 day Music Festival, on the main stage, with some adults form local bands. In 2009 he supported Buddy Whittington in the Globe in Cardiff and has since supported Buddy on a few occasions. In 2012 he was very fortunate to meet and chat with the ultimate man of Blues BB King.
Luke has now played at many Festivals and Blues Clubs, including : Upton, Abertillery, Tenby, Colne, Maryport, Gloucester, Bentworth, Furnace, Green Valley, Doncaster, Norwich, Whitby, Blackburn, Frome, Radford Mill, Brecon Jazz, Upton Jazz, Llandeilo Jazz, Basingstoke Blues Club, Tubby’s Blues Club, Borough Blues Club, Blues Review, Blues At The Farm, Cambridge Rock Festival, and the 100 Club London, to name a few.
2015 was an exciting year for Luke and the band. The release of their first all original album, Six Strings and a Stetson, which has had numerous air play, which has led to Luke winning Best Male Arist Award, and a track from the album being included in a list for one of best songs of 2015.
2016 was shaping up to be even better with their first appearance at Skegness Blues in January, followed with another appearance at the 100 club playing alongside Ansley Lister, and the announcement of a new tour.
2017 saw Mal Preest Join the band, and work started on the 2nd all original album “ Night and Day” The band had the privileged to share the stage with Eric Bell, Kerk Fletcher, Ian Paker, Chantel McGregor, Laurnce Jones, Mike Zito. In venues around the country.
2018 is getting off to a great start with Luke being nominated for A Uk Blues Award and the release of the bands new album “Night and Day”on the 20th April.
I am now very honoured and privileged to announce that I am officially endorsed by: Dr Z Amps, Friedman Amplification, Rotosound strings, Cranes Music and Caparison guitars. A big thank you to all of you.
Lead Vocal And Harmonica:
Paul Morgan…. has played on the blues circuit for many years and have played at numerous international festivals. He started playing guitar, flute, harmonica and many other instruments at the age of 12. Over the years he has played with many bands around the country including The Hawks for a short time. Paul’s also Supported many people over the years including Dr Feelgood, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Paul Young and Deep Purple to name but a few. Luke approached Paul in January 2009 and asked him if he would consider joining the band and singing for him, Luke admirers Paul’s harmonica playing and bluesy voice. He is thoroughly enjoying himself traveling all around the Country. Paul is very grateful and privileged to announce he is now endorsed by Eagle music.
Drums and Backing Vocals:
Simon Parratt…. Were glad to Welcome back Simon Parratt to the band who left a few years ago to study music at university in Newcastle, He has now returned to Wales and passed a BMus (hons) degree in Jazz at the prestigious Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Simon has been banging away on the drums since he was 7 and has been gaining much experience since, He has been playing and recording with various blues, classic rock and jazz bands across Wales since returning and in July 2014 reunited with Luke to play in the band once again. Simon is very grateful and privileged to announce he is now endorsed by Ev-entz music, and Agner Drum sticks.
Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals
Mal Preest…. Mal got a spanish guitar at 11 and played it as a four string until he could afford a bass. At 13 Mal’s dad got him a Selmer Treble and Bass 50 ( as used by Luke today) along with a battered 4×12 cab and he was hooked! Mal turned pro at 17 and toured the UK and europe with names including Wales own Elvis, Shakin Stevens. Mal has also enjoyed plenty of Film and TV parts in stuff like the Bill, Eastenders, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and has also in S4C’S welsh language soap opera ‘POBOL Y CWM’. Mal grew up musically listening to Lightnin’ Hopkins, Lee Hooker, Mayal & Cream.