Sunday 9 July- World Stage 16.30
Delta Radio are a five piece psychedelic blues rock band from Wrexham, in North Wales. They are: Matt Nicholls on vocals and harmonica, Steve Nicholls on guitar, Steve Jones on guitar, Jamie Owens on bass, and James Edwards on drums.
The group met a few years ago playing in various indie rock bands around North Wales. Over the years, in various bands, they have all recorded and released records on a variety of labels, and toured in numerous countries.
The band have often got together to jam, and it was at these sessions that the seeds of Delta Radio were sown. The group have always loved playing psychedelic blues rock such as Jimi Hendrix, early Captain Beefheart, The Doors, and Muddy Waters; as well as more mainstream blues rock like Allman Brothers and Freddie King. The band are also at home with more experimental work, and will often turn a conventional blues song into a soundscape in the vein of Acid Mothers Temple, or Sunburned Hand Of The Man.
Last year the band found themselves at a jam night together and following their set were asked to appear at two blues festivals. The first ‘official’ gig for the band was at the Goin’ Up The Country blues festival in Overton where they headlined the Friday night to an ecstatic reception from the crowd. The second appearance was at Mold Blues and Soul Festival, where the band consolidated their reputation as ones to watch on the blues scene.
The group’s next show was a critically acclaimed, one off performance of Muddy Waters’ classic, and controversial, psychedelic blues album from 1967, ‘Electric Mud’. This was performed at the Summer of Love psychedelic music and arts festival in Wrexham.
The band have also supported well respected veterans of the blues circuit, Aynsley Lister, and Steve Nimmo, as well as Chicago’s number one blues artist Toronzo Cannon on their respective UK tours.
Delta Radio are currently in the process of writing their first EP which will be released later in the year. They hoping to create a record that embraces the spirit of 1960’s psychedelic electric blues artists using a contemporary approach to recording.