**PLEASE NOTE** Unfortunately due to travel/quarantine advice in the US Danielle Nicole will be cancelling her forthcoming European dates in May. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Neil O’Brien Entertainment Presents
with special guest TOBY LEE
£20 advance/ £22 door
Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album “Wolf Den.” In 2018, Nicole returns with a follow-up release via Concord Records.
“I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do. But now I’m reaching out more and trying different things. It still sounds like me, but I’m stretching out a lot more than I have previously.”
Nicole’s distinctive, inventive bass work—which resulted in her becoming the first woman to win the Blues Foundation’s 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass—is the product of years of intensive roadwork. Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot’s bassist, now she can’t imagine life without it.
“When I started doing my solo thing,” she continues, “someone asked me if I was gonna hire a bass player. No, of course not! I originally picked up the bass to keep Trampled Under Foot a family band, but I really fell in love with it. It was a huge challenge, and it still is. But I really love being part of the groove and getting to sing on top of that. I had learned some stuff on acoustic guitar before I started playing bass, but I never really felt connected to it the way I do with the bass. It’s empowering, walking onto a stage full of grown men who can play their asses off, and it’s ‘OK, I’m gonna play this bass, we’re gonna do this, and it’s gonna rock.'”
Rounding out her band are longtime Danielle Nicole Band guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Miller, and drummer Rodd Bland, son of blues legend Bobby “Blue” Bland, who earned his chops playing in his dad’s band and later with BB King.
“I think that it’s a good time for the kind of thing I’m doing,” she states. “From my years of playing blues festivals, I’ve seen that younger and younger audiences are getting into the blues. I think that people want to hear authentic music again.”
“It’s a long way to the top if you wanna Rock n Roll”
But young Toby Lee is well on his way – with over 350 Million views on social
Don’t be fooled by his tender age, Toby is making waves and has an impressive CV to prove it.
A yellow ukulele given to him by his grandma when he was four sparked his passion for the guitar and he literally has not stopped. Toby immersed himself in music and took every opportunity to listen to Joe Bonamassa, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gary Moore and many other blues greats.
A chance recording of him jamming on the sofa and posted on Facebook received tens of thousands of views and Toby’s Sunday Blues Jam was born – he hasn’t missed a Sunday Jam in four years, such is his devotion to his fans.
One of his jams was a get-well performance of Thrill is Gone for BB King. shortly before he passed away – the post was viewed over 5 Million times in a few days and even his hero Joe Bonamassa shared it referring to Toby as a “future superstar of the blues”.
Toby released his first Blues EP at the age of 10 entitled “Ten”.
Live performances with his heroes followed, Laurence Jones, Walter Trout and Whitesnake legend Bernie Marsden – he was also surprised on stage by McFly during the ITV show Tonight at the London Palladium hosted by Bradley Walsh.
In 2016 he was cast as Zack Mooneyham in the West End production of “School of Rock” – by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Toby performed live to thousands every week for a year and won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music at the age of 13.
His popularity grew and he appeared on many radio interviews and TV shows including TFI Friday twice, Little Big Shots in the USA, Spain and the UK, Comic Relief, Michael McIntyre, The X-Factor, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Blue Peter. A performance in Denmark with Chicago bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks has been viewed over 115 Million times.
In 2018 he became the “UK Young Blues Artist of the Year” at the UK Blues Awards. He has since performed in Norway, Sweden and was a guest on stage with Blues legend Buddy Guy in Denmark.
He was also flown to California to appear on The Ellen Show where he performed the Stevie Wonder classic Superstition and was interviewed on the sofa by Ellen Degeneres.
This year he was a guest of Gibson at The NAMM Show in California – he opened the NAMM Jam show at the Anaheim Grove and then performed in the finale alongside Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons and Jared James Nicols to name a few.
He already has shows booked in the US, Norway and Denmark this year.
Toby is working on his debut album to be called “14” and it will feature a number of special guests stepping in to support and mentor him.
Toby is a very sweet, funny and personable 14-year-old known for his signature look of skinny jeans, big boots and a shock of ginger blonde hair! Outside of music, Toby loves classic cars and owns a 1965 VW Splitscreen bus called Buddy and a 1966 VW Beetle called Holly.