Welcome to kingB

kingB love the blues. kingB love the way the blues makes you feel.

We have been sharing our blues for over ten years throughout our Oxfordshire homelands and beyond. We want to play at your club, pub, party or festival. Our repertoire features blues classics and original songs. Powerful vocals and soloing from guitars, harmonica and sometimes saxophone ensure every performance is unique. In kingB we do our own thing but it's always just for you. Come on down, sing, dance, have a good time.

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  • At the back

    At the back

    Felix, We really enjoyed the response from you girls at the front, very much appreciate your feedback. Makes the night go so well when you join in. Thank you

    Felix, We really enjoyed the response from you girls at the front, very much appreciate your feedback.
    Makes the night go so well when you join in.
    Thank you

  • Felix Holman

    Felix Holman London

    Hi KingB Just wanted to thank you for a fabulous night of live music in Burford on Saturday night. I was with a bunch of girlfriends and you really made our evening. The music was fabulous, great original tracks and good old stomping favourites! Hope to see you again! With best wishes Felix

    Hi KingB
    Just wanted to thank you for a fabulous night of live music in Burford on Saturday night. I was with a bunch of girlfriends and you really made our evening. The music was fabulous, great original tracks and good old stomping favourites! Hope to see you again! With best wishes Felix

  • Barry Alcock

    Barry Alcock devon

    Hi guy's looks like your still going and stronger than ever! I was sat in my kitchen this morning looking out over the otter valley when I heard a blues song on the radio, I think we used to call it "itchy scratchy" I just had to look you guys up!I'm going to check the web site more often and you never know I might turn up at a gig somewhere. [Wow - that's Barry, legendary singer from the early days of kingB! Great to hear from you, Barry!]

    Hi guy's looks like your still going and stronger than ever! I was sat in my kitchen this morning looking out over the otter valley when I heard a blues song on the radio, I think we used to call it "itchy scratchy" I just had to look you guys up!I'm going to check the web site more often and you never know I might turn up at a gig somewhere.

    [Wow - that's Barry, legendary singer from the early days of kingB! Great to hear from you, Barry!]

  • Jeannie

    Jeannie

    Just heard the Blues Cafe album playing at Yanni's Place on a small Greek island!

    Just heard the Blues Cafe album playing at Yanni's Place on a small Greek island!

  • Michael Chick

    Michael Chick Jakarta Indonesia

    On my recent visit to UK i popped in with my family five persons in all, together with my colleague from jakarta to see my very old friend Ian Grierson and the King B band he plays in. Good luck to King B Band in any future engagements for giving us a very enjoyable evening Mike Chick Jakarta

    On my recent visit to UK i popped in with my family five persons in all, together with my colleague from jakarta to see my very old friend Ian Grierson and the King B band he plays in.
    Good luck to King B Band in any future engagements for giving us a very enjoyable evening

    Mike Chick
    Jakarta

  • Claire from kingB

    Claire from kingB Oxon

    Thanks Andrew! It was great to see you again. You've supported the band loads over the years.... really appreciate you coming along again! See you again soon x

    Thanks Andrew! It was great to see you again. You've supported the band loads over the years.... really appreciate you coming along again! See you again soon x

  • Andrew

    Andrew Wheatley

    Was lovely to see you all back at the 'Harrier on Saturday night. Great atmosphere, great gig! Andrew :-)

    Was lovely to see you all back at the 'Harrier on Saturday night. Great atmosphere, great gig! Andrew :-)

  • Mark

    Mark Oxford

    Hi Guys - a great gig on Monday - thank you so much for making my birthday extra special! See you all again soon!

    Hi Guys - a great gig on Monday - thank you so much for making my birthday extra special! See you all again soon!

  • Cat from kingB

    Cat from kingB

    Thank you everyone who turned out to the JT on a cold winter Monday night and brought such good cheer. And thanks to Maurice for stepping in as MC, Andy for great sound, and all the best to Silver Phil - get back on your feet soon!

    Thank you everyone who turned out to the JT on a cold winter Monday night and brought such good cheer. And thanks to Maurice for stepping in as MC, Andy for great sound, and all the best to Silver Phil - get back on your feet soon!

  • Mark

    Mark Oxford

    Hi guys - as for last years FMB gig you placed on my birthday and was the first time I saw you. Will be there for celebrate my birthday with you (1 day early) on 20th Jan - see you soon!

    Hi guys - as for last years FMB gig you placed on my birthday and was the first time I saw you. Will be there for celebrate my birthday with you (1 day early) on 20th Jan - see you soon!

kingB news

The dark days of winter - in the studio 

So, what has kingB been up to in the last couple of months? Recording, that's what! We're working on what we've called old blues, new blues and our blues: some classic Chicago-style numbers, some of the best recent songs in the genre, and then a couple of our own originals. It will be the first proper recording by our current line-up. And it's sounding pretty good so far!

In appreciation of Paul Oliver 

We were sorry to hear recently of the death of Paul Oliver, international authority on the history of the blues. He lived and worked in Oxford for many years, and we were privileged to have him in our audience on several occasions. Having first heard the blues in wartime England, he travelled America in the 1960s, doing interviews and field recordings of the early generation of blues musicians, and introducing them to a wider public with his books. Astonishingly this was really a sideline to his 'day job' in architectural history, which led him eventually to Oxford Brookes University. Here's what the New York Times had to say: www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/arts/music/paul-oliver-authority-on-the-blues-dies-at-90.html

 

Thank you the White Hart 

Wow - a fine weekend! After a Saturday performance in an Oxfordshire vineyard, we spent Sunday in the ancient walled garden at the White Hart of Wytham. Thank you to Baz and the crew at the White Hart, and to all our friends and supporters who turned out in droves to enjoy this brilliant venue. It was one of those fortunate combinations of music, place, people, food, drink - and even the weather was kind. We've got a bit of a holiday break coming up, but we're looking for a date to go back there as soon as we can.

' ... and a big round of applause for the NHS!' 

Applause for the NHS in our set on Sunday was a first for us, but much deserved, what with our singer on stage with a stitched-up hand and our bassist recovering from a hip op! Thanks also to the brilliant Richard Horrocks for stepping in on bass and driving the set along so well.

Cornbury - thank you and good night! 

We did it! Having opened the very first Cornbury Music Festival in 2004, we played out the final one in 2017. As the sun set magnificently over Great Tew Park on Sunday, we played our favourite numbers to a lovely crowd, and you can almost feel the atmosphere in our new gallery. Thank you, Hugh Phillimore, for an awesome festival, Andy Pickard and friends for the oh-so-cool Riverside Stage, and Bruce Wilson for most of the gallery photos.

Festivals festivals 

Summer 2017 is looking good already: we're expecting to be on stage at the final Cornbury Music Festival, 7-9 July. Watch this space for details!

Thank you, Vicky Arms! 

Thank you to the Victoria Arms for hosting a great gig last night ... and thank you to our lovely audience for making it special! A special shout out goes to the Oxford Blues club dancers who led the way with some groovy moves. And of course to the hard-working staff who kept everyone supplied with food and drink. We hope to see you all again soon.

Island in the sun 

This week some of us are excited to be heading off to do an acoustic trio gig on a rather nice Greek island! If you happen to be passing through Antiparos, just email us for details, and you can come and buy us an ouzo ...

Charlbury! 

What an excellent Beer Festival, people of Charlbury! A great day notwithstanding the rain - which politely missed our set altogether, though other bands were not so lucky. We've used the view from the stage in our header images above. Thank you!

Videos please! 

Does anyone out there have any decent (and recent) footage of the band? We'd love to post something here! Just drop us a line if you have: buzz@kingB.biz. Thank you!

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