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Roman Candle Presents McKinley James

Sunday 29th May 7.30PM.
£12 Advance
McKinley James
St Mary's Creative Space

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Roman Candle is delighted to welcome McKinley James to St Mary's Creative Space, Chester on Wednesday 29th May. Special guest Little Strange.

Tickets £12 advance from Grey N Pink Records or See Tickets.


The first thing you notice about McKinley James is his serious mix of Motown soul and blues-based guitar playing. It doesn’t sound like the type of “blues” you get from traditional purveyors of the genre, but instead from a guitarist who understands chord theory so well you could swear you’re hearing a horn section sometimes.

While guitar stores reverberate with licks from ham-fisted modern bluesmen when they don’t know shuffle from shinola, McKinley would walk into that guitar store and summon the spirits of his own idols, nearly forgotten pioneers like Otis Rush and Little Milton.


Emerging from the shadows - as if their Tarantino-esque logo is beamed into the night's sky - Little Strange's never-say-die attitude is a true testament of character. Returning in 2022 after a two-year hiatus, the band have quickly made up for lost time, complete with a new line-up and many new songs to boot.


Following the releases of 'I Get By', 'Hard Days Hard Times', and 'Alright Now', the excitement surrounding the band grows stronger with every release. Several headline shows across the UK, have drawn in crowds of all ages and earned the band a reputation for their emphatic live sound. Tipped as 'ones to watch in 2024' by Our Sound Music, the group has already gained the attention of Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 1, and XS Manchester, as well as support from Classic Rock Magazine, Amazing Radio, The Face Radio, and more. 


With a busy release schedule lined up for 2024, the band are currently promoting their debut EP, 'Red Moon Rises'. Offering nine carefully crafted genre-melding soundscapes, the listening experience is aligned with that of a Western film score, which cleverly narrates the band's journey so far through themes of isolation, loss and redemption. If you're along for the ride, then buckle up. The Strange have arrived.

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