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 first 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 Annette who is now a 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 sellout audiences and great gig reviews. Following the tour the band took a short break to continue writing, recording and working with our new amazing vocalist Flora McCulloch
So!!! now from September 2016 RRBB is back on the road. Tours are being set up for Feb and April 2017 with the band back into the studio for a new album later this year.
“We are currently in talks re festivals in France, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland. 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
Ryan first picked up the bass at age 12- and quickly became immersed in playing live, writing & recording. By 16, he’d performed with the house band in the pits of the Edinburgh Playhouse, and subsequently went on to play bass for several amateur theatre companies in various productions.
Whilst studying Music at Stevenson College Edinburgh, he performed alongside the late Jon Lord of Deep Purple fame, in the Scottish premiere of Jon’s “Concerto for Group & Orchestra”- a collaboration project between the college & the RSAMD orchestra. His studies also took him to Eastern Europe, where a further collaboration between the students of Edinburgh & Vilnius College Lithuania, gave Ryan his first taste of performing in concerts & festivals abroad, including the Birtonas Jazz Festival.
Since graduating, Ryan has worked as a pro-grade bassist for over 5 years, writing, recording and touring extensively across the UK & mainland Europe with a number of groups ranging from Progressive Rock, (A Torn Mind) Gypsy Balkan Rock (Bobok), to Tech Metal (Tiberius) Jazz & Blues (The Robin Robertson Blues Band)
Dot worked in London as a session musician for 15 years before relocating to Edinburgh. Projects & Collaborations: Lee Scratch Perry; Laurel Aitken; the Deltones; Dubweiser; Michelle Gayle; Kenickie; Macy Gray; Lynden David Hall; Blackalicious and Richard Niles at Nomis Studios in London. Appearances: Glastonbury & Reading Festivals and the Trans Musical Festival in Rennes, France; Ronnie Scotts; Royal Festival Hall; Shepherds Bush Empire. TV & Radio: Jools Holland; Radio 1 live (Steve Lamacq); Top of the Pops; CD UK; GMTV,GLR, SBN, Mad for It & Damon Rochefort (BBC Wales). She has toured UK, France, Switzerland and has had residencies in Bahrain and Malaysia.
Current Projects: Anything Goes & RRBB
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.
Flora is currently studying BMus Hons with Kingston University (London).
Earlier in her career she held the position of vocalist for the Highland Youth Big Band and performed in the Eden Court Theatre Inverness and other major venues across Scotland.
As well as singing with RRBB, Flora continues to perform throughout Scotland with Blues, Jazz and R&B bands.
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.