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23rd January 2018
Blues Matters magazine Celebrates it's 100th Issue and 20 years in bringing the best in blues . The 100th issue out on 26th January features an interview with Savoy Brown leader Kim Simmonds  and supporting interviews with John O'Leary & pianist Bob Hall. Editor Alan Pearce writes about his desire to print and publish a bi-monthly International Blues Magazine.

Read more about it  here

14th November 2017

Great new photos of SUGARKANE shows at The Boom Boom Club & The North Wales & Blues & Soul Festival 2017 may be found on our Gallery page here
14th November 2017

A short review by Broadcaster, Writer & Promoter Pete Feenstra 
John O'Leary & Sugarkane at The Boom Boom Club, Sutton United F.C. on 12th November 2017

"INSPIRATIONAL!   Sugarkane enveloped us with deep grooves, impassioned playing, real feel, poise and presence, in a welcome celebratory contemporization of the blues.

Anchored by the solid foundation of bassist Ian Mauricio and powerhouse drummer Joachim Greve, and fired by the interwoven twin guitar work of Steve Wright and Jules Fothergill, Sugarkane built a musical platform that offered sundry possibilities, which they joyfully fulfilled.

Jools Grudgings counter-weighted thunderous Hammond with nuanced fills, while John O'Leary occupied a pivotal John Mayall style catalytic role in which his big toned harp and expressive phrasing were perfectly framed on a moving version of "Drifting Blues".

You can't beat a beautifully balanced sextet who share their sheer joy of playing with an appreciative crowd.  Bravo!"

4th November 2017

Tonight sees the Premier of a great new documentary about the beginnings of British Blues at the Ealing Jazz Club in London.  The Ealing Jazz Club was the first all electric blues venue in the U.K. The premier of "SUBURBAN STEPS TO ROCKLAND"is today at The Barbican, London and although it's already sold out, there will be further screenings to come. The film features interviews with John mayall, Eric Burden, Ginger Baker, Ronnie Wood, Paul Jones, Don Craine and many others including myself
29th Septehmer 2017

I'm pleased to say that Sugarkane played a great gig at The North Wales Blues & Soul Festival last month. We're back on the scene again after a gap which feels too long but I'm happy to be back playing with these great guys. We have some shows in November in the London area, Norolk & Northampton.

25th September 2017

Tonight is my final gig with The Flamingo All Stars at the regular slot at The Bulls Head Jazz Club, Barnes.  It's been a long road and I've finally reached my turning!

17th September 2017

Out now is a wonderful new video documentary on the history of Eel Pie Island. "Clinging To A Mudflat" is all about the music, residents, the fire and the boats. Eel Pie Island played a vital part in the birth of the British Blues Explosion playing host to bands like The Rolling Stones, John Mayall's Blues Breakers, The Downliners Sect, Savoy Brown, Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry et al. I play harp on the soundtrack and  over the credits. Take a look below or on YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion etc.

John o'leary blues harmonica.....since 1965

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