Ace blues night at the Forum Hertfordshire from Giles Robson

PUBLISHED: 13:57 27 October 2011

Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces will be playing The Attic at the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield

Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces will be playing The Attic at the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield

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ONE of the most exciting bands on the UK blues scene will be appearing at the Forum Hertfordshire in Hatfield tonight (Thursday).

The Dirty Aces led by harmonica maestro Giles Robson stop by The Attic at the University of Hertfordshire venue as part of their current UK tour.

Following the release of debut album Crooked Heart of Mine earlier this year, Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces are one of the fast rising stars on the blue scenes.

Alongside the guitar licks of Filip Kozlowski, the rhythm section of the band is made up of the crème de la crème of British blues talent, with highly regarded veteran Ian Jennings on double bass and Mike Hellier on drums.

Harmonica ace Robson first came to the attention of the UK national press last year when backing blues legend Muddy Waters’ eldest son Mud Morganfield.

Formed in 2007, the blue combo’s track The Mighty Incinerator was spotted by BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans when it was aired on the Paul Jones show.

Evans immediately requested the song and played it on his breakfast show the next morning. This is the first time in the 25-year history of the blues show that a track has been picked out and played on a national show with more than 10 million listeners.

Evans was in no doubt about the quality, stating: “This is so good.”

You can hear a recording of the airplay and Evans’ comments on the band’s MySpace site

Some of the world’s greatest harmonica players and prominent magazines have since lined up to sing Giles Robson’s praises.

BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones, harmonica player and lead singer of legendary group Manfred Mann, twice praised Robson’s “superb harmonica” on his radio show.

St Albans blues band Dr Shades, fronted by sultry female smoky blues vocalist Chris Lord, have been added to the Hatfield bill as support.

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7pm, cost £10.

The band will also have three tracks played on the BBC Radio 2 Paul Jones’ show on Monday.

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