Meet the Band
The Robin Robertson Blues Band are a five piece blues band- all professional musicians who play for the love of this style.
The band play a unique blend of Blues mixed with early RnB and a smattering of Jazz.
Influences range from such diverse artists as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Katie Webster, Rae Charles and Robben Ford!!.
All busy musicians working within a wide range of ensembles from orchestras to Jazz groups to supporting artists as session musicians.
The band have toured and headlined festivals and venues for 4 years with their international debut at The Mijas Blues Festival in Spain in July 2014.
The fist album RRBB had excellent reviews including Blues Matters and Blues Blast Magazine, with tracks included on Krossborder Records , Best of British Blues on Proper Records distribution.
The second album ‘Look Before You leap’ has again had critical acclaim, excellent magazine and online reviews and radio air play in the UK, Europe, Australia and The USA, online reviews and extensive radio air play from stations In Argentina, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal UK and USA .
The band continue to write as a group and with the ex-vocalist who is now prolific songwriter and composer.
“We have been very successful with our project with regular gigs throughout the UK, invites to play Blues Clubs and headline Blues Concerts including the Great Rock and Blues Festival in January 2015”
The band’s last UK tour in 2015 saw sell-out audiences and great gig reviews,
Following the tour the band took a short break to continue writing and recording and from September 2018 RRBB has been back on the road. Tours are planned for 2020 and 2021 with back into the studio for a new album this year.
We love what we play and it comes over that way as we delighted with our “energy” and “highest quality playing”
A trained Jazz guitarist and renowned guitar teacher. Appearances: Jazz Festivals; Guitar Festivals; Celtic Connections. Projects & Collaborations : John Lord (Deep Purple); Gunther Schuller (Miles Davis); Guthrie Govan (Dizzy Rascal); Stuart Ryan (Martin Taylor); Stan Barker (Digby Fairweather). Teaching & Demonstrations: Guitar and Jazz workshops and seminars throughout the UK.
Current Projects: The Jazz Tigers; solo Jazz guitar and RRBB
Music is a huge part of my life. I am a qualified music lecturer and singing teacher. I have been fronting bands and singing, both solo and in ensembles, for longer than I care to remember. I’ve performed in a variety of London venues.
Some huge and prestigious; The O2 Arena and The Albert Hall. Some intimate and iconic; The 12 Bar Club on Denmark Street and Ain’t Nothing But on Kingly Street. I’m just as happy singing in The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh or taking part in a local singalong. I also enjoy working in the studio and have released several recordings throughout my career. Over the past five years, I have become more prolific as a songwriter, initially as part of songwriting duo Callann and, more recently, on my own. I’m lucky to have received critical acclaim for my work and I am excited to be working on material for my first solo recording as well as working on lyric writing commissions for the Robin Robertson Blues Band. I am available for song and lyric writing commissions for all genres. I am also available for work as a session singer both live and in the studio.
Colin has great experience of playing in a wide range of musical styles and bands since he was a teenager back in the ‘sixties’. He studied music at Edinburgh University and went on to teach music in various schools across Scotland. He is highly regarded as a versatile and sensitive accompanist but really enjoys playing music that allows for some spontaneity and improvisation.
Most recently he has been playing with a couple of jazz big bands before joining the RRBB.
After 5 years of high school cello lessons I took up the bass guitar at 17 and never looked back. Cutting my teeth in numerous Greenock and Glasgow bands and I formed the Sound Development Agency in 1998. We toured, recorded and along the way played Glastonbury, T In the Park and the George Square Hogmanay show. Later I toured with Horse and played on her album Red Haired girl. Returning to my roots I’m currently playing with the RRBB, Band A and Volume with Neil Wilson.
Since graduating from Edinburgh College with a BA Music Performance, Ryan has been working extensively in projects related to performance, teaching and producing. In addition to teaching drums and percussion at Lamp House music, Ryan has been playing professionally with bands and ensembles which range from Blues with The Robin Robertson Blues Band Big Band, big band swing to Doom Metal. Ryan continues to perform professionally with a wide array of performers.