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  THE QUIREBOYS SING THE BLUES
24th July 2017



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The Quireboys will release their brand new album, 'White Trash Blues', on September 5th and a new EP, 'Leaving Trunk', will be released digitally worldwide with two bonus tracks on 1st August.

Keyboardist Keith Weir told us:

"Ever since I was a kid I've loved the blues. I used to buy The Blues Collection magazine back in the 90s and I've still got all of those CDs. It's a genre that I've always loved and doing this album was a dream come true."

There's a genuine buzz in the Quireboys' camp as the veteran rock'n'rollers ready their most ambitious album to date. Spike said:

"It's never been black and white where The Quireboys are concerned. There have always been shades of the blues and now we've got the perfect chance to put a new twist on some old classics."

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But why now? After a successful foray into the world of Americana and the release of their most raucous album to date, 2016s 'Twisted Love', the decision to record a raft of iconic blues tunes might seem like a surprise - almost sideways - move. Far from it.

Guitarist Guy Griffin told us:

"When Spike and I met Chris Ingham from Ramblin' Man Fair he floated the idea of doing a blues set at this year's festival and we loved the idea. Why not do something different to the norm?

"And at that point we sensed an opportunity to make a blues record. All of the guys are great musicians - as a band we can play anything. I suppose the trick was giving these blues classics a unique twist and that's what we've tried to do."

And on 'White Trash Blues' the genre's legends come thick and fast. Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry and Billy Boy Arnold are all afforded a unique Quireboys makeover. Never has Spike sounded so authentic and the band so audibly confident.

Guitarist Paul Guerin said:

"The album came together very organically but they are songs everyone has played at different times over the years and they feel like they're part of our history.

"There are a few leftfield choices and we love that but it's always great to give the classics a go. We're naturally suited to playing the blues but let's be honest - once Spike starts singing they all sound like they could be Quireboys songs. And they can be!"

Featuring special guest Lee Vernon, from Pearl Handled Revolver, on harmonica, 'White Trash Blues' is the perfect companion to what promises to be a set to remember at Ramblin' Man Fair this weekend.

Keith Weir continues:

"We didn't just want to do carbon copies of these great old songs but at the same time we wanted to pay due respect to the people behind the songs. I think we've managed to strike the right balance."

'White Trash Blues' will be available worldwide via Off Yer Rocka Recordings from September 5th. The digital release will include three bonus tracks.



'White Trash Blues' tracklisting:
Cross Eyed Cat
Boom Boom
I Wish You Would Take Out Some Insurance
Going Down
Help Me
Shame Shame Shame
Im Your Hoochie Coochie Man
Leaving Trunk
I'm A King Bee
Walking The Dog
Little Queenie

'Leaving Trunk' EP tracklisting:
Leaving Trunk
Champagne And Reefer
Rollin And Tumblin

The Quireboys are:
Spike (vocals)
Guy Griffin (guitar)
Paul Guerin (guitar)
Keith Weir (keyboards)
Nick Mailing (bass)
Dave McCluskey (drums)





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WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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