2018 Blues & Rock Harmonica Player of the Year ……………………………
&My name is Ian Boyle, I live in Bebington, Wirral and I have been playing the blues harmonica since January 2014. I have developed my playing and have managed to push the boundaries of the instrument to an extremely advanced level. I have studied and taken lessons from some of the world’s top players, which along with a huge amount of practice has led to a rapid development of my playing. In October 2018 I became The National Harmonica Leagues Blues and Rock harmonica player of the year and also the melodic harmonca player of the year.
A number of years ago I decided to put together a blues band. I began by going to gigs watching the top blues bands in the Liverpool area – after widening my search checking out bands and attending gigs all over the UK a plan started to form – I felt with the right musicians I could create something “special”.
I began my search for talented musicians with the “Blues feel” who could think out of the box and play as a cohesive musical group. After a few false starts I eventually came up with a fantastic line up of experienced local musicians who have bought into a Harmonica led Blues Band and The Ian Boyle Band was born.
The versatility of the musicians involved in this project means we can form a variety of combinations – duo/trio/4 piece/5 piece – so we can adapt to size of venue and budget.
Ok, so that’s the band now how about the music?
We play many of the blues standards with a mix of high energy vocals and powerful musical expression in our own ”unique style”. Not all of our numbers are strictly Blues songs but all are performed with their stylistic roots set well and truly in the Blues genre. We also have an extensive repertoire of our own original songs.
The “Ian Boyle sound” has had a very positive reaction from audiences/event organisers and have had many return gigs/regular spots.
In 2017 we played at the Maryport Blues Festival and venues throughout the NorthWest.
I am a Liverpool based musician but would consider any venue that would like to hear and experience the Ian Boyle brand of Harmonica led Blues music …………..
Keep music live …..