Harmonica king heads home

The King Snakes, Ryan 'Junior' Lamb, Chad Strentz and Paul Lamb, on stage.
The King Snakes, Ryan 'Junior' Lamb, Chad Strentz and Paul Lamb, on stage.

THE man regarded as the king of harmonica and the UK blues circuit is heading home to Blyth this weekend.

The Phoenix Theatre is hosting the homecoming of Paul Lamb and the King Snakes.

Paul, born in Blyth, started his career at 15 working the local north east club scene before moving to London to do the concert and festival stages.

At 17 he won the World Harmonica Championships, which led to a spell working with his mentor, Sonny Terry.

Paul went on to work with the greats of blues music, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Brownie McGhee.

His first band, Smokestack Lightning, started in 1979 and went through various transformations until the emerging Blues Burglars made their recording debut in 1986.

Several incarnations later, playing with amongst others such as ex-Yardbird Jim McCarty, eventually Paul Lamb and the King Snakes cut their first album, Blue Horizon.

Paul’s dedication to his music began to pay off as he was voted Instrumentalist of the Year by the Blues Connection and this role continued for a further six successive years.

The King Snakes were UK Blues Band of the Year and many awards followed.

Paul’s name is synonymous with quality and his leadership has kept the King Snakes at the top of the British Blues scene for over two decades.

Paul has continually pushed his and the bands international career that has seen them play as far as Hong Kong and all around south east Asia.

Paul’s success has not only been in the blues field. His unique harmonica skills are in demand and he has had chart hits with Harmonica Man (under the pseudonym of Bravado) with Peter Waterman.

Paul Lamb and The King Snakes will be at the Phoenix on Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets cost £10 and can be obtained online at www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk or by telephoning the box office on (01670) 367228.