Ryan's Gig Guide - June 2019

 Benefit Show in aid of Trevor Burton Sunday 23rd June The Robin 2, Bilston  With Special Guest Appearances from: RoyWood, Raymond Froggatt,Andy Fair- weather Low,The Trevorless Burton Band, Emma Jonson & Climax Blues Band Trevor was born in Aston, Birmingham. He started playing guitar at a young age and by 1963 was leading his own group called The Everglades. In 1964 he joined Danny King &The Mayfair Set, along with Keith Smart formerly of The Everglades (drums), Roger Harris (keyboards), Denis Ball (Bass) and vocalist King. Trevor was a founding member of the sixties chart topping band The Move and was initially with them from 1966-1969 and toured again in 2010 and 2014 as ‘The Move featuring Trevor Burton & Bev Bevan’. When he left in 1969 he stayed down south with his close friend SteveWinwood; Steve had just formed the band Traffic.Trevor decided to chill for a while, but soon got the urge to play live again as this has always been his first love. He got in touch with Steve Gibbons with the view to forming a new band, together with Denny Laine formerly with the Moody Blues, and Allen White fromThe Plastic Ono Band, they formed the band called Balls. After the split with Balls in 1971,Trevor spent the next few years as one of the top session musicians with Island Records.At the request of Raymond Froggatt, Trevor returned to his home- town of Birmingham where he worked with Ray until 1976. Trevor teamed up once again with his close friend Steve Gibbons to enjoy chart success and top 10 hits with the Steve Gibbons Band. For the next 7 years he toured the world with Steve. Burton left Steve Gibbons in 1983 to form his own band.They started performing twice weekly at the Red Lion in Balsall Heath, Birmingham with a line-up includ- ing sax player Steve Ajao. In 1985 the band recorded an album entitled Double Zero which is now a collectors item, featuring Stuart Ford (slide gui- tar), Crumpy (bass),Tony Baylis (drums) and Ben Annon (percus- sion).The band has gone through a number of alterations, and at one point in- cluded former Uglys/Balls/ Move/Electric Light Orchestra keyboardist Richard Tandy. By 1993,Trevor was joined by Maz Mitrenko on lead guitar and later by drummer, Bill Jefferson and bass player, Pez Connor In De- cember 2015 Trevor was induct- ed into The Blues Hall of Fame. In 2017 Trevor had another lineup change bringing in Phil Brittle on Drums and DerekWood on Bass. On 20 April 2018 Trevor released his first solo acoustic record, Long Play, on Gray Sky Records. The record includes songs writ- ten by Burton as well as acoustic renditions of songs by critical modern song writers such as John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats,Vic Chesnutt, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel and more. Burton's Long Play has received critical and popular acclaim, marking the beginning of yet another era of Burton's long and storied career. Unfortunately in the summer of 2018 ill health brought on his premature retirement.  www.thetrevorburtonband.co.uk Check him out in our Spotify playlist... www.ryansgigguide.com/audio  Please support our supporters! To advertise in RGG, please contact: Lora Bennett  advertising@rggmag.com Blue Piano Edgbaston WINNER Best Mag/ Vlog/Blog www.ryansgigguide.com 38 rgg Jun 2019