Mick Clarke doesn't seem to like the "guitar hero" stance but he's written some nice pages into the British blues history – first in the late '60s with The Killing Floor and then with his own band.
The Mick Clarke Band began in the early 80s and has become an established name on the European scene, touring regularly in every country from Finland down to Italy. Praised for his fiery "straight from the wood" guitar sound, Mick has appeared on numerous festivals with artists such as Robert Cray, Johnny Winter and the late Rory Gallagher.
Mick began his career with Killing Floor part of the British blues boom of the late 60s. The band backed Texas blues guitar star Freddie King and toured with legends such as Howlin' Wolf and Otis Spann. In 2012 the original four piece band got together again to record a brand new CD, Rock'n'Roll Gone Mad, its fourth album release in forty four years. The band returned to live work with a performance at Sweden Rock Festival 2012.
In the mid 70s Mick co-formed Salt a powerful blues-rock act who were a big hit on the London scene in the 70s playing regularly at the Marquee and other top venues. The band played at the Reading Festival and also opened for Muddy Waters at two major London concerts. Salt has also reformed for occasional re-union tours.
The Mick Clarke Band originally started working around the London area in the early 80s, but quickly received offers of work from mainland Europe and the United States. Early festival appearances such as the Belgium R&B Festival in Peer confirmed their appeal for continental audiences, while the US tours established a world wide reputation for the band.
Micks first solo album Looking For Trouble came out on the Italian label Appaloosa in the early 80s and sold well. More albums quickly followed including West Coast Connection recorded in Portland, Oregon with local musicians. Recent releases have been on the German label Taxim, including the classic No Compromise, and Happy Home on Mick's U.S. label Burnside features just Mick with Lou Martin on piano and some old favourite songs. Live in Luxembourg is Mick's only live album, recorded in 2002 at the "Big Blues" in Luxembourg, and the 2007 Solid Ground contains thirteen brand new original blues rock compositions.
Mick's previous album The Rambunctious Blues Experiment was recorded at Mick's home studio in Surrey and features Mick with Russell Chaney on Drums and Dangerous Dave Newman on harp. The brand new Ramdango was recorded by Mick alone on a variety of instruments. Real drums!
Recent tours have included appearances at the Baden Blues Festival in Switzerland, "Blues Express" Luxembourg, "Rock at Sea" in Stockholm, Sweden, "Seven Nights to Blues" in France and the Bragdoya Blues Festival in Norway. In 2005 Mick headlined the Saturday night at the Great British R&B Festival in Colne, England as part of the British Blues All Stars also featuring Kim Simmonds and Maggie Bell.
Mick has also toured several times in the U.S.A. and appeared with artists such as Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Foghat, Big Jay McNeely and C.J.Chenier. The Southern California Blues Society called him "One of the finest blues players to come out of England".
In 2014 British Blues Guitarist Mick Clarke presents his new album Crazy Blues, with thirteen brand new tracks of rocking blues, featuring Mick's Gibson guitar and Fender slide playing.
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Mick CLARKE - Guitar, Voice
Eddie MASTERS - Bass
Chris SHARLEY - Drums
Dave NEWMAN - Harp
"Excellent, Excellent British Guitarist"
Living Blues Magazine (USA)
"Clarke proves that he can hold his own among todays blues rock stars"
Blues Revue (USA)
"One of the finest blues players to come out of England"
The Southern California Blues Society, Los Angeles, California
"The ultimate tip for all blues brothers"
Metal Hammer Magazine, Germany
"Clarke has "The Tone" most guitarists search for like the Holy Grail"
The River Reporter, Narrowsburg, N.Y.
"A lethal mixture of people like Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roy Buchanan, Albert Collins etc."
Deuce Magazine, Switzerland
"Smashing guitar work"
Blueprint Magazine, England
"Clarke chews off big, gritty chunks of the blues with his guitar style,thick, timeless and true"
Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon
"Raw,Roadhouse blues and boogie (from) ace blues guitar hero"
Time Out, London
"A journeyman musician who always delivers the goods"
Rock'n'Reel Magazine, (USA)
"Exciting guitar and great compositions"
"A hot guitarist with a good ear for material and a tight band"
L.A.Reader, Los Angeles, California
"this band knows what the blues is all about"
"Mick Clarke came on like a steamroller out of control...a burning night of electric blues"
Cascade Blues Society, (USA)
"The man holds back nothing and gets his audience involved from the start"
Positively Entertainment, Portland, Oregon
"Some of the hardest rocking blues you'll ever get a chance to shake a leg to"
Detroits Magazine, Olympia, Washington
..a guitarist who's qualities of passion and consistency have never been compromised by changing fads or the slightest suggestion of a Hendrix/SRV fixation
Soundcheck Magazine, London
"A premier British blues guitarist"
Music City Blues, (USA)
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