The Troy Redfern Band
Hobgoblin Stage, Sunday 2016
Troy Redfern grew up in the Welsh borders in the shadow of Hergest Ridge, made famous by Mike Oldfield, and began playing guitar at the age of twelve after watching Back to the Future with it's infamous over the top Johnny B Goode scene. As Troy's playing developed he began exploring open tunings and was soon turned on to the slide guitar of Son House and Hound Dog Taylor, as well as the works of Zappa and Beefheart and their alumni. He spent much of his musical formative years playing, writing and performing with Ten Years After’s Joe Gooch, both being from the small border town of Kington in Herefordshire.
In 2008, Troy put together his own studio and began exploring production, writing everything from straight ahead blues, to avant garde and progressive roots. The Troy Redfern Band began playing live in late 2013, and quickly gained accolades from the likes of world class producers Jim Eliot (Ellie Goulding, Paul Oakenfold) and Charlie Francis (REM, Gravel Tones) after playing at the prestigious Telegraph Hay Festival. The positive reviews came thick and fast from the UK blues press and the likes of UK's top promoter Pete Feenstra who said
The protean slide guitarist leads his power trio with style, gusto and virtuoso playing that fuses spontaneity with real craft. Redfern combines the rawness of Hound Dog Taylor, the freeform approach of Sonny Sharrock, the firebrand playing of Johnny Winter and the technique of Dave Hole with the ghost of Elmore James.
The band’s sound and dynamic coalesced over the following year, with the band landing some fantastic shows, supporting The Nimmo Brothers, Skinny Molly and Bad Company’s Mick Ralphs Blues Band. 2015 sees the release of The Troy Redfern Band's debut CD Backdoor Hoodoo through Europe’s top award winning record label Blues Boulevard, and contains thirteen rip roaring slide driven tracks of high octane blues.