Last gig for band will be in Whitechapel

Ribble and Booze Band - who will be playing last gig at Whitechapel Village Hall.
Ribble and Booze Band - who will be playing last gig at Whitechapel Village Hall.
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Ribble Valley Blues Band, Ribble and Booze, are to retire with their final gig taking place at Whitechapel Village Hall on Friday, March 18.

Formed in 2008 with Nick Astley on vocals and harmonica, Pete Swarbrick on bass, Richard Darby on guitar and Tim Jacques on drums. Tony Critchley joined shortly after on sax, and more latterly Neil Mainon on guitar and backing vocal.

Richard said: “The music has always been blues based with a mix of soul and R‘n B. Influences include BB King, the Blues Brothers, Van Morrison and many others. The principle reason for breaking up is a sense that we have taken the band as far as it can go and we don’t want it to become staid. So go out on a high!”

Pete said they would each be able to pursue other interests.

The band played a penultimate final gig in Wheelton in February, which was packed with followers.

“However, never say never,” added Richard. “At some point we may feel inspired to come together again, maybe with different material and a new direction. For now though we’re looking forward to the Whitechapel gig, which will definitely be our last fond farewell.”

Organised by St James’ Church, Whitechapel, tickets are £12.50 including a hot pot and apple pie supper and there will be a licenced bar and raffle, with proceeds going towards church funds. Contact 01772 865152, 01995 640224 or 01772 783865 for tickets and further info.