Important information for entertainment managers:
Engaging Red Pepper Promotions to find musicians and bands for you is completely free. We save you the hard work and valuable time of booking an act.
We only represent artists/bands with a professional attitude and a well rehearsed set, who will turn up on time, play for the time required and will leave the stage area tidy when leaving.
The only thing we request from you is that all acts are paid in full immediately the show has finished (or before the show if that suits).
Below are listed just a few of the musicians and bands that we can provide. If you have seen or heard of a particular band that you would like to book please contact us and we will take care of the rest!
Dom is a BBC Radio 2 live session and BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music play listed artist. Dom has also appeared on UTV and NVTV and currently is receiving high praise and multiple airplays for his debut EP "Easy Way Out". Dom primarily plays as a solo acoustic artist or as a 2 piece accompanied by percussionist Matt Hewer. Playing a selection of his excellent original songs mixed in with some well known blues/rock based covers, he is ideal for intimate venues, festivals or a large stage warm up act.
Dom Martin and The Furious Thirst
Dom Martin, Matt Hewer and bassist Phil Smyth are a 3 piece electro/acoustic rock band performing original material along with songs by Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix etc.
This is a highly talented powerhouse act ideally suited to larger venues including festivals and Motorcycle Club functions. Great warm up act for a large stage headliner.
Rod Demick (& The Monarchs)
Rod Demick is one of the United Kingdom's top sidemen. Born in Prestatyn, in 1947 and brought up in Belfast, from the age of 5. Rod started his music career as a nine-year-old, learning to play gospel songs on the ukulele. He graduated to guitar, forming a skiffle group called The Vibros. In 1960, the group became The Telstars playing Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly etc. Then in '63 he heard a Slim Harpo record and changed musical direction. He joined a group, The Wheels, whom along with Van Morrison and Them were the only people playing R&B in Belfast at the time. Moving to England, The Wheels secured a record deal in 1965 with Columbia records releasing 3 singles. In 1967 The Wheels broke up, so Rod and Herbie Armstrong started writing acoustic songs, recording a single as The James Brothers. After seeing Clapton, Green, and Hendrix in the space of two months, he decided to hang up his guitar and switched to bass. He then toured with Screaming Lord Sutch and The Riot Squad. Rod and Herbie met up with Gorton Smith, a country blues picker from Newcastle and Henry Spinetti, a session drummer from Wales. Together they made two albums as Demick Armstrong.
Rod and Henry did a lot of studio work during this period but the band broke up in ’73. The pub rock scene in London had started, soon Dave Robinson, manager of Bees Make Honey called and said, “you’ve got the gig”. For the next five years Rod played all over Europe. Next he played with the established Tex-Mex band Meal Ticket. In 1978 he worked with Yellow Dog who had two hit singles in the UK charts. He also made 2 albums and 3 singles with an artist, Ian Gomm and toured the US for about 6 months supporting Dire Straits. During this period Rod started working with The David Essex Band and from 1979 – 1990 was touring, recording albums and singles with David. Also, he was playing blues gigs around London and recording with The Strawbs. In 1990 he started a blues band with some of the Strawbs. As Turkey Leg Johnson they played the blues circuit around the UK. Later, he joined the Jim McCarty Band. He also worked with Dr. John, Guitar Shorty, Mojo Buford, Ron Kavana, Jack E McAuley, Terry Woods, Taj Mahal, Snooky Prior and Gatemouth Brown. Moving closer and back to the Blues, he met Paul & Johnny who were with The Blues Burglars. The Sunday lunchtime sessions gave birth to The Paul Lamb Blues Band. When Rod left The Strawbs in 1999, he did a few tours with The King Snakes deputising for Jim Mercer and finally when Jim left, Rod became a King Snake.
From an interview:
What’s the best jam you ever played in? What are some of the most memorable gigs you've had?
"Best jam was with John Lee (Hooker) but I’ve also had some great times jamming with Van Morrison (who is an old friend from growing up in Belfast) Taj Mahal was fun as well. Best and most memorable gigs are: Opening the show for Dire Straits at Madison Square Gardens in 1980, playing at Reading Festival with my own band in 1971, playing at The Royal Albert Hall for a week with the Pop Star David Essex, in fact there are lots of really memorable gigs over the last 56 years.. Too many to mention".
Route 56 is a 3 piece acoustic act. They perform their own original material mixed in with a tasteful selection of well known songs from the 60's through to the present day. Ideal for weddings, birthday parties, small intimate venues and acoustic festivals.
Little Wilgar & The Crackpot Preachers
Vocals/Harmonica - Mike Wilgar
Playing blues harp since he was nine years old Mike has became well known and respected on the local and international blues scene.
Taking part in blues festivals on a worldwide basis and one of the headline acts at the Jakarta international Blues Festival 2009
He has shared the stage with many great musicians including
Yan Akkerman, Walter Trout , Eric Bell, Jim Armstrong, Danny Bryant and John Wilson to name but a few.
His own band, now known as the Crackpot Preachers are all well established and accomplished musicians and form what is probably the highest pedigree of musicians in any Northern Ireland blues band on the scene today.
Lead guitar – Ian "Speedo" Wilson
Well known as one of the best lead guitarists ever from Northern Ireland, Speedo cut his teeth as a teenager touring, recording and playing rock with Sweet Savage and has since been famed and respected for his ability to play with pure passion no matter what the style of music.
He joined Mike’s band to fulfil his love of blues guitar in 2015 and has been thrilling blues audiences ever since.
Bass/Vocals - Albert Mills.
If you are from Northern Ireland and love music then Albert needs no introduction. His work with John Wilson’s "Taste" has been well received and praised.
Even further back in his long established career he was sharing the stage with the likes of AC/DC and many others.
He's a true bluesman and great entertainer and his vocals sit well with Mike's blues style.
Drums - Ben Cobain-Flavelle
This young and enthusiastic drummer will blow your mind with his ability to create powerhouse beats and then switch to quiet deep jazzy blues rhythms within a blink of an eye.
His pedigree shows well and it's no surprise as his upbringing was totally filled with music.
Grandson of the great Jackie Flavelle, son of the great musician Tim Cobain and radio DJ Lisa Flavelle, there was never any doubt that Benn could not avoid his inherent talent shining through.
Little Wilgar & The Crackpot Preachers are ideal for any larger venue, festival and international band support.
Allison McGrath & Soulantics
Allison is a singer/songwriter from Warrenpoint who began performing and writing songs at the age of 17 and enjoyed busking in Belfast city centre as a student.
She formed her own band ‘Soulantics’, a 7 piece soul/blues (brass section inc). They play original songs alongside covers depending on requirements of the venue. They are also available as an acoustic trio, playing to the more laid back audience. Their original songs are soul/blues/funk influenced with a hint of folk /reggae, being compared sometimes to Sade with influences of John Martyn. Allison released her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Overboard’ in 2012 which received cracking reviews and MRU award for ‘Best Soul/Jazz/Funk’ 2012.
‘Overboard’ reached the shelves of HMV Music as well as Carlin records, iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. The band are currently recording their second album.
“Allison and company have achieved a rare feat in this era, to produce something that is of such high calibre is nothing short of awe inspiring” - Libby Mackin ‘Grapevine Press’.
‘’It is a timeless piece that rewards repeated listens. Late night radio really should pick up on this track and give their listeners a treat. I personally will file it beside Eric Clapton’s and Robbie Robertson’s recent works’’ - Tony Kenna ‘Musicians Together Magazine’ .
Festival Performances include:
International Guinness Blues on the bay Festival 2009-2017
Tanglewood Music Festival 2012
Fiddlers Green Festival 2009-2017
Sunflower Festival 2013/2014
Ballinamore Fringe Festival 2012
Belfast Nashville Song Writing Festival 2012/2013/2014
Newcastle Music & Arts Festival 2012
Downpatrick 'Get down with The Blues' 2012
Support for Alabama 3. 2011/2013
The Diesel Drinkers
The Diesel Drinkers are a full on live six-piece rock and roll band who have been entertaining local audiences for 20 years. They combine rock and roll standards with modern classics, all guaranteed to keep the dance floor filled all night. Their set list includes everything from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Ian Dury, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Most popular hits are firm favourites from Primal Scream, Kings of Leon, The Killers and more. Ideal for larger pubs, clubs, weddings and corporate functions.
As a solo act, Tony combines unique vocals and a mesmerising guitar technique in a set list of blues, soul and jazz classics that conjure up the ghosts of Hendrix, Muddy Waters and Jim Morrison ... sometimes all at the same time.
He has played all over Ireland and beyond as part of several notable bands including a tour of Germany with Them. He also toured all over Ireland with his own bands - The Blues Buddies, Soul Control and Kaluarachchi & Co.
Revue are an acoustic duo. They specialise in modern songs but in a vintage style ( like Post Modern Jukebox). They also play a range of jazz, soul, folk and pop covers spanning several decades. Also available as a larger swing band (The Vintage Revue) they are ideal for anything from intimate venues, pubs and clubs to wedding and corporate functions with a "Speakeasy" atmosphere.
4 or 5 piece rocking blues band playing anything from Robert Cray, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and even ZZ Top and ACDC! High energy band with awesome guitar solos and rasping rock influenced vocals. Ideal for pubs/clubs and festivals.
"Whippoorwill" a tribute to Blackberry Smoke
6 piece Southern Rock band playing the music of Blackberry Smoke (Atlanta Georgia) with occasionally some high energy Southern Rock from the likes of The Allman Bros, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tom Petty. Great band for larger venues, festivals and Motorcycle Club functions.
The Pikestone Preachers
3 piece acoustic playing a varied set of well known songs from the 70's through to the 2000's. Ideal for small weddings, private birthday parties, pubs and clubs. (Also available as an electric 4 piece called The Lateshift).
4 piece band hailing from Ulster's North West, they play blues with their own unique twist of rock blended in with the haunting tones of the blues harp through some of their superb original songs. They play some old blues standards in their own style and really make them theirs. Ideal for pubs/clubs biker functions and festivals.
They do exactly as they say, play the superb old Lynyrd Skynyrd numbers the way they should be played. Energy, passion and that good old Southern style. Nothing as good as this around at present if you want some Skynyrd. Ideal for pubs/clubs, biker do's and festivals.
Summer of Love
60's numbers at their best with great harmonies and costumes to boot! A full set of Fleetwood Mac is also a great favourite. Ideal for clubs, festivals and larger venues.
Mark Braidner is one of Ireland's top blues players. Mark's dynamic finger-style slide guitar is always on show when he takes to the stage.
He sings and plays the blues with an uncompromising nod to the original 1920 and 30s sources covering a range of styles including delta blues, ragtime and hokum. He covers pre-war blues numbers from Leadbelly, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnston and Blind Blake.
He also plays contemporary numbers and original material. Great for small/medium venues and festivals. He also plays as a 2 or 3 piece (Mark Braidner Blues Trio).
Black and Blue Jam
This band is comprised of some very experienced musicians from the 80's/90's who always enjoy themselves on stage. Primarily playing good old fashioned rock 'n' roll with covers of The Rolling Stones, The Clash, Black Crowes and REM to name but a few, they'll fill any dance floor and keep your foot tapping all night. Ideal for pubs/clubs, private parties and corporate events.
Lonesome Highway Blues Band
Based on the North Coast of Northern Ireland and displaying a deep passion for the blues, Lonesome Highway Blues Band are no strangers to the local music scene, each having played in various bands over the years. Still, each of them was looking for an outlet for the music that inspired them the most...the Blues.
Since the bands formation in 2015 they continue to generate interest with gigs in pubs, clubs and festivals.
Continually writing their own material they play a mix of covers and original songs and promise to bring new life to static feet.
Mathew Toner is a 24 year old Belfast musician who's been gigging since he was 17. Playing solo or as part of a two piece he plays anything from late 60's through to Britpop and modern hits. His upbeat set is Ideal for small venues.
Biscuits and Beer
Biscuits and Beer are a very experienced two piece act who will play great recognisable songs and get the audience singing and dancing. Ideal for small/medium venues and private parties
3 or 4 piece cover band.
Illegal Smile are one of the most diverse quality live bands in Northern Ireland. Consisting of 4 professional musicians with acoustic, lead, bass guitars and drums they play a diversity of material by such luminaries as Prince, The Cranberries, Snow Patrol, The Eagles, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Pink Floyd, The Pogues, The Kinks, Cockney Rebel, Coldplay and Radio Head. Perfect for all occasions .