Far From the Delta are a four piece blues band with a rock edge from Devon. Formed by metal and punk musicians, they bring this energy to the blues. Playing a mixture of classic blues rock covers from the likes of Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac and The Doors, to more traditional blues men such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker. They manage to bring their own unique sound in their re-workings of these tunes and make the songs their own. They also have a large number of original blues songs, which they bring with their own rock gusto. This makes them suitable for both a typical pub performance, crossing over to events where a standard pub covers band would not be appropriate such as festivals, support slots, etc. The band have a small pa system, which is suitable for small venues and pubs, they also have lights to help with their visual performance. The band pride themselves on their original posters that they produce and are always happy to create one for any booking they have. With over 700 Facebook followers and over 800 Twitter followers, the band have a good base for social media promotion.
In 2014 the band released their album 'Broken Blues', which lead to a very special live performance to launch it, making a huge visual show, which they would be able to recreate if asked. With J Way's blistering guitar solos, gruff voice and occasional blowings on the harp, he gives a truly impressive performance, not wishing to stay still. He knows about the blues, and he's never had to go out in to the cotton fields to prove it. His brother, Sam provides the support J Way needs with his rumbling bass, making sure at all times that people have a groove to move for. Finally Phil brings in the much needed pounding to keep these boys going, the man is certainly not afraid to hit those drums!
Started in 2010 by J Way, helped by Sam Way and Phil Ward, Far From the Delta have been through many line ups, but now have settled to the original line up with a second guitarist, Leigh Pooley, joining in 2019, to help fill the sound out. With J Way's connections through the jam night he runs, he is able to find a stand in member when one of the four are unavailable.
Their energetic and passionate performances have seen this band invited back for repeat appearances. 2014 saw the guys support 'The Kast off Kinks', not a tribute band, but The Kinks, without Ray and Dave Davis. Blues man Big Boy Bloater, who also has a national blues radio show on Team Rock Radio was also performing that evening. In 2017 they played at Plymouth's large blues and jazz festival on the Barbican called 'Ocean City blues and jazz festival', played at Westpoint arena in Exeter at the first ever large tattoo convention they have had there, and they were the only band performing at a new national radio station's (Primordial Radio) first ever event in November called 'The Big Bang'. They have played at Hatherleigh festival twice where they had the crowd dancing and having a good time early in the evening, before the beer had really started to flow. They have had four successive legendary performances at Sandford's 'Bands in the Square' performing to between 200- 300 people, which left the locals talking about the band for months after. The re-branding of Crediton venue, now called Buccaneers Bar, Far From the Delta headlined to a very receptive audience. Even though from the town of Crediton, neighbouring town Okehampton have welcomed the band on many an occasion, several appearances at their annual Battle of the Bands has gone well and made them many friends, plus repeated performances in both the Kings Arms and London Inn public houses. Repeat performances at the prestigious Exeter live music pub, The Sorry Head. With charity appearances for various events in Crediton, Far From the Delta enjoy being part of the community. They are regular attendants of both The Great Crediton jam nights and the blues jams at Stoke Cannon. This makes them evolved very much with the local blues scene and local blues musicians. National radio plays on Primordial Radio have gone down very well. Local radio performances at Riviera FM on Jackson Cooper's show was also a highlight. Even before 'Broken Blues' was released, Riveria FM, Phonic FM and the Mike James rock show were all asking for copies of the album. They have made impressions in North Devon too, with repeat appearances in Ilfracombe's 'The Chill Bar'. Moving into Cornwall, they played at the 'Blues at the Globe' in Looe, where only the best local blues musicians are invited. These are just a handful of performances by this determined band, wanting to entertain and always come across having fun whilst doing so.
Pete Bailey (Primordial Radio)
"They sound like the bastard sons of Clutch and Led Zeppelin"
Dewsbury (Primordial Radio) After "The Big Bang" event.
"Thank you for some cracking music last night. I was running about like a madman, but there were some great songs! Looking forward to seeing you guys again."
Jim Rodford (Kast Off Kinks, former Kinks)
"Really loved your set and energy"
With a string endorsement with Dovetail strings and the track "Honey Pot" appearing on the nationally released "A Breath of Fresh Air" compilation album. 2020 will see the band write and record a second album, which will be released when it's ready. The band will be exploring new and more extensive ways to promote the new album.
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