1977-78 As punk hits the UK, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham form Stan’s Blues Band. They quickly develop a reputation as an excellent high energy live act.
1979 The band find management after a blistering show at The Thomas A Beckett pub, Mickey Modern, an artist with A&M. This swiftly promotes a change of name, one that preserves the Blues flavour and in tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson the guys adopt one of his song titles and are renamed Nine Below Zero.
1980 NBZ sign to A&M Records and give up their day jobs! On July 16th, they release their first album, Live At The Marquee. A&M boss Derek Green books the Hammersmith Odeon for a headline gig. It sells out. The band takes just one week off this year.
March 7th, 1995 - Tom was born in Birmingham, UK. From a young age his virtuoso Performances stunned audiences with his guitar playing quickly earning him respect and admiration from musicians more than 4 times his age. From 12 years old Tom was playing around the country in different line-ups along side much older musicians. This lead to Tom's first studio sessions with legendary producer Richard Digby Smith (Island records.) Richard was one of the first people to discover Tom's natural feel on the guitar and recorded Tom's early demos. In November 2014 Tom travelled to Austin Texas to play a string of shows over in the USA.
Jamming with local blues players, as well as playing to packed out venues raising his profile internationally. Seven years with the Tom Walker Trio found them headlining the most prestigious venues in the UK including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 100 Club London, The Borderline London, Eailing Blues Club, The Birmingham Town Hall, The Birmingham Symphony hall and a residency at Jools Holland's The Jam House. Throughout the trio toured with some of the most influential acts of the past 60 years, including The Moody Blues John Lodge, Paul Jones (Manfred Man, The Blues Band, BBC Radio 2) and The Move. As well as American blues artists including Eric Gales and Devon Alman.
July 2016 - The Stranger's Face EP was released including the single Human Nature. Quickly the EP received outstanding reviews in blues magazines including Blues in Britain, radio play on The Paul Jones Blues Show (BBC Radio 2), The Paul Franks Show (BBC Radio WM) and Switch Radio as well as blues shows across the globe.
September 2016 - Tom was interviewed on Big Centre TV's "What’s On Show" ahead of the last night supporting John Lodge at the Birmingham Town Hall. In April 2017, Tom released the Into Space EP with the single Sweet Angel, straight in the Top 20 in the IBBA Blues charts while selling thousands of copies world wide in the first few months of release. July 2017 The Tom Walker Trio hit the road for Tom's first headline UK tour, "The Into Space UK Tour," quickly selling out the Birmingham show before playing before Mungo Jerry at the legendary Ealing Blues Festival.
After the tour Tom played a live acoustic set on Birmingham TV's "The Big Engine Debate Show." 5th November 2017 was the trio's final gig at The International Guitar Festival in Liverpool.
From the first note of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” sixteen-year-old Marcus Bonfanti knew he wanted to be a guitar player.
After spending his youth as a trumpet player in brass bands, working 12 hours a day in a kitchen to buy his first guitar, dropping out of a prestigious Music College and touring the world with different artists for almost 10 years as a session player Bonfanti has become the sum of all the great music he was exposed to as a young boy growing up in North London.
Formed in 1984 and based in Derbyshire, England, Cold Flame have established themselves over the years as a highly professional, exciting live act performing original quality blues and progressive folk rock music across the country as well as in Europe whilst releasing a number of acclaimed studio and live albums all of which remain available direct from the band. Cold Flame's original blend of electric and acoustic material continues to attract local, national and even some international radio airplay both in the UK, Europe, Australia, USA, Canada and South America.
During the last few years, the band have played many of the premier venues around the country as well as many music festivals during this time both as a headliner or support act to many premier UK blues and rock bands. They have also been equally at home in the more intimate atmosphere of the many regional blues clubs and smaller venues still promoting quality live music. Cold Flame have been featured on Sky and terrestrial T.V. music specials and performed with members of the famous River Dance troupe. Apart from headlining indoor and outdoor venues across the country and in Europe, Cold Flame have supported numerous UK and American rock, prog and blues acts in the country including The Hamsters, Curved Air, Osibisa, Dr.Feelgood, Uriah Heep, Jon Amor Blues Band, Michael Katon, Solstice and Hawkwind.
Cold Flame have both individually and collectively featured and been responsible for major private functions throughout the Midlands and the North of England working alongside some of the top music promoters in the U.K. in both indoor and outdoor settings including major hotel chains, sports clubs and stately homes. Clients are numerous and these bookings have given the band the opportunity to perform in front of large audiences as well as actively support both regional and national fund raising campaigns. Cold Flame are very proud of their support for worthwhile charities which has realized thousands of pounds for many areas of the local, regional and national community. They are a band who have also had some experience of television and continue to be involved in radio interview and live session broadcasts.