Blues and soul become inextricably entwined in award-winning singer-songwriter, Kyla Brox, whose raw talent has seen her described as “the finest female blues singer of her generation”. Winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge, as well as the 2019 European Blues Challenge and newly crowned Best Female Vocalist in the 2019 European Blues Awards, Kyla’s star continues to shine brightly. Her latest album, Pain & Glory, reached No. 1 in the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association) charts for April and was the most played album across the IBBA radio network for the whole of 2019. In a huge nod to her ongoing stature in British Blues, the UK Blues Federation made Kyla an official Ambassador of UK Blues in 2016 and she is one of only three British singers privileged to be included in the 50 Women of the Blues Spotify playlist.
Daughter of cult blues figure, Victor Brox, the Mancunian vocalist began her career as a teenager in her father’s band and has now honed her own sophisticated sound, as heard on her critically acclaimed 2016 album, Throw Away Your Blues and the scintillating, multi-faceted 2019 album, Pain & Glory. Her voice; tender, urgent, gritty, blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain, mixed with the enchantingly fluent guitar work of Paul Farr, inspired bass playing of Danny Blomeley and in-the-pocket drumming of Mark Warburton, combine to make a unique and powerful, often joyous, always emotional experience.
Kyla also plays in duo form with her husband, virtuoso acoustic guitarist, Danny Blomeley, whose playing, by turns delicate and unrestrained, has earned him a following in his own right.
With many albums under her belt and many miles covered on the road, touring all over the world, Kyla Brox is widely regarded as one of the very best soul-blues singers the British Isles has ever produced.
“The finest female blues singer of her generation”
“Manchester’s answer to Aretha Franklin.”
“Surely one of the finest voices Britain has ever had”
“Kyla Brox knows how to handle the gears… the Mancunian vocalist lets songs percolate, raising the temperature by degrees, then giving it both barrels in the final stretch. It’s a thrilling tactic.”
“An authentic soul diva… sensitive, sexy, and with infinite reserves of sassiness”
Meet the Band
When Danny Blomeley was very young he heard BB King on cassette and immediately fell in love with the Blues. Shortly afterwards, at the age of 12, Danny found himself wielding a bass guitar (the first few frets of which he couldn’t reach) on stage with legendary Bluesman Victor Brox. This is where he met Victor’s daughter, Kyla, and together they spent the next 9 years honing their craft in the Victor Brox Blues Train until The Kyla Brox Band was formed. 25 years after the spell was cast, whether on bass or acoustic guitar, Dan is still happily making magical music with Kyla.
Mark has played drums for most of his life and for the last 18 years has worked extensively as a professional musician. He has toured all over the world as a session drummer performing throughout Europe.
His professional achievements to date include performing and recording with the likes of Gloria Gaynor, Curtis Harding, Glen Nicholls, The Osmonds, the Swing Commanders, The Jive Aces, Lucien Barbarin and the Future Funk Squad. Experienced in TV work, he has performed on the BBC, ITV and TV in America and Europe.
When not on the road, Mark records drums at his private studio in Lancashire, performing on records signed to major Nashville publishers, recording drum sample packs and playing on film soundtracks.
Marks first performance with the band was a last minute gig at Matt ‘n’ Phred’s jazz club in Manchester. He met Kyla, shook her hand and said hello, then it was time to get on stage! Having survived the baptism of fire, he is now Kyla’s go to drummer.
Based in Manchester, Paul Farr has worked as a professional guitarist for over twenty years playing with artists such as Tom Jones, Errol Brown, Lily Allen, Corinne Bailey and Jose Stone amongst others.
He writes and performs his own music with ‘The Paul Farr Band’ and is proud to have been Kyla Brox’s guitarist for the last ten years, fulfilling his life long love of the blues.