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Who are TheSixtySix?

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TheSixtySix are an energetic Blues, Rock, Funk and Soul covers band based in the Exeter area. A typical setlist ranges from the Blues classics of Robert Johnson, Freddie King and Koko Taylor to more modern interpretations of Jack White and Gary Clark Jnr and into the Soul/Funk territory of Stevie Wonder and Spanky Wilson. Fronted by vocalist/saxophonist Rosie, the line-up also includes drums, bass, electric guitar and keyboards.

“Gimme Shelter” (The Rolling Stones)

“The Seeker” (The Who)

“Glory Box” (Portishead)

The band formed in 2016 and has quickly developed a reputation for their exciting live performances. One of the younger bands on the local circuit, the group has a wealth of gigging experience and have appeared at music venues and festivals throughout the UK and beyond. TheSixtySix are passionate about bringing great blues roots music to audiences of all ages – the more dancing the better!

 

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Sixty Six Pixie in Texas

I love singing the blues with The Sixty Six, and feel very lucky to have got to spend this Christmas holiday searching out blues singers old and new, from New Orleans to Austin – good inspiration for our next gig Jan 27th Jan at The Blues Bar, Plymouth!

I started off in New Orleans early December –  a great source of jazz and blues musicians and home of Louis Armstrong Park. After jazzed up Christmas carols in the French Quarter, and a packed out blues gig at The Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street, I headed down to sing at Buffa’s Bar open mic with my partner Randy Abel, where we were later joined by local legend Walter Craft on harmonica. A highlight was blues/folk man Pokey LaFarge at Tipitinas. Connecting with their superb support act Esther Rose led us to the All Star Country Jamboree – a local Honky Tonk/Western Swing Country Club at the Dragon’s Den. Definitely come check them out when they tour the UK in early March!

Rosie and Randy playing Buffa's open mic, New Orleans, Dec 2017
Rosie and Randy playing Buffa’s open mic, New Orleans, Dec 2017

Next it was off to Texas. We drove through the Hill Country to Fredericksburg to see an old musician friend Paul Wright, played a gig at the Pecan Grove “Historic Ice House”, and spent Christmas jamming out by Enchanted Rock State Park. From there, we spent New Year in Galveston, playing at the biggest open mic I’ve ever seen  – the Townes Van Zandt Wake event at The Old Quarter. Then it was off to Austin and a photo shoot with Texas blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan (statue). His songs are an important part of the inspiration behind the Sixty Six sound, with our sets including Pride and Joy, and Come On (Part III).

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue – Austin, Texas, Jan 2018.

This was followed up by playing a string of local open mics including Threadgills – an important venue back in the day for developing Janis Joplin’s distinctive sound – and jamming with the Spicewood Blues Society at Poodies Roadhouse.

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Spicewood Blues Society at Poodies Roadhouse, near Austin, Texas, Jan 2018.

I’ll be home soon and can’t wait to get out singing with the band again!

Rosie xx

Next gig:

  • Saturday 27th January 2018, 9:00-11:00pm @ The Blues Bar, Plymouth, PL1 2JL

LIVE @ The Bowling Green

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We had a fantastic time at The Bowling Green last Saturday! It was the first gig in Exeter for a while and it was great to see so many of you who came along to support us – thanks!  We were too busy having a good time to take any photos during the main event, but here’s a few that we took during setting up and soundcheck. Many thanks to the kind folks at The Bowling Green for hosting us – we’re looking forward to playing again some time next year!

Next gig: Bradninch Music Festival!

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We are delighted to announce that TheSixtySix will be appearing at Bradninch Music Festival on Saturday 10th June! The band will play a 40 min set at the legendary Castle Hotel from 2pm. We’ll be back up to full strength with Stevie on keys and cramming in as many of our favourite tunes as possible! The Festival runs from the 9th through to 11th June and you can check out the full listings at bradninchmusicfestival.co.uk. There will be a host of great musicians and bands performing over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you there!