Press Release

Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo
"Beyond The Blue Horizon"

The New Album Released by Manhaton Records

On Friday 7th September 2018

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"A joy from start to finish as the legendary Mike Vernon lets his hair down in the company of five sensational musicians. There’s so much fire in Mike Vernon’s belly this show should come with a fire hazard warning. The audience was jumping for joy as a British blues legend let the good times roll with his all mighty combo."

- Stephen Foster, New Wolsey Theatre Concert

Manhaton Records are delighted to announce the September 7th 2018 release the debut album Beyond The Blue Horizon from Blues legend Mike Vernon and his band The Mighty Combo.

Mike’s produced albums for some of the most famous artists in British Rock and Blues including John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor), David Bowie, Ten Years After, Savoy Brown, Fleetwood Mac (with Peter Green, Danny Kirwan and Christine McVie), Chicken Shack, Focus, Freddie King, Climax Blues Band, Level 42 and Roachford.

Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

In 2013 he was awarded the BASCA Gold Badge Award in recognition of his unique contribution to music.

Mike is best known as the founder of the Blues record label Blue Horizon (Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Paul Kossoff, Christine McVie) – a major ‘ground breaker’ in its time and still revered to this very day.

Maybe not quite so well-known is Mike’s ‘other’ job – that of vocalist. In the 1970s and early 1980s Mike was not only a member of The Olympic Runners but also the baritone singer with Rocky Sharpe & The Replays.

“To be fronting my own R&B outfit has always been a dream but the right moment to make that transition never appeared until now,” says Mike.

Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

Continues Mike - “The year is 1956 and Little Richard and his totally outrageous song Tutti Frutti hit the #1 spot on the U.S. Pop Charts. Fats Domino had similar success with When My Dreamboat Comes Home and ‘Blueberry Hill’ that same year whilst Chuck Berry introduced us to his unique rocking Rhythm & Blues style with Roll Over Beethoven. Four slabs of musical genius that were to totally change my life.”

“Fast forward sixty-one years to 2018 and the ‘with my own band’ debut album Beyond The Blue Horizon features tough, energising and tuneful rocking slabs of R&B in the vein of Fats Domino, Wynonie Harris, Little Richard and Louis Jordan ,” continues Mike. “Twelve titles in all including nine new self-penned originals and three covers from the catalogues of Brook Benton, Mose Allison and Clarence Henry.”

Alongside this release there will be a full-scale European Tour where Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo will have the audiences dancing in the aisles and hopefully in the street. Expect full-on 100% goodtime music guaranteed to put smiles on face.

The Mighty Combo features Kid Carlos; an outstanding young guitar player from Spain (is this the new Peter Green?); Ian Jennings (upright bass), Matt Little (keyboards), Paul Tasker (saxophone) and Mike Hellier (drums).

Photo Credit: © Rob Blackham

Album Track listing

1. We’re Gonna Rock The Joint (4:17)
2. Kiddio (3:41)
3. Heart & Soul (3:52)
4. I Can Fix It (3:31)
5. (I Don’t Know Why I Love You) But I Do (4:04)
6. Be On That Train (4:16)
7. Your Mind Is On Vacation (4:18)
8. Old Man Dreams (6:28)
9. Jump Up (4:21)
10. Red Letter Day (3:51)
11. A Love Affair With The Blues (3:56)
12. Hate To Leave (Hate To Say Goodbye) (3:34)

Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo
UK & European 2018 Tour

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, UK

Sunday 22nd July 2018

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Spiegeltent, George Square Gardens, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ, Scotland

Old Bakery Studio, Truro, UK

Friday 17th August 2018

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Blewetts Wharf, Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1QH, UK

Blues at Broom Hill Festival, UK

Saturday 18th August 2018

Blues at Broom Hill Festival, Shipston on Stour, OX15 6LW, UK

The Hope Tavern, Market Rasen, UK

Sunday 19th August 2018

Blewetts Wharf, Malpas Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1QH, UK

Wrotham Arms, Broadstairs, UK

Tuesday 21st August 2018

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Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1QQ, UK

Haven Club at The Bulligdon, Oxford, UK

Thursday 23rd August 2018

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162 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE

Bluefunk, Poynton, UK

Friday 24th August 2018

Poynton Legion Club, George's Road West, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1JY, UK

Darvel Music Festival, UK

Saturday 25th August 2018

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Darvel Town Hall, 10-12 W Main St, Darvel, KA17 0AQ, UK

Great British RnB Festival, Colne, UK

Sunday 26th August 2018

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The Town Hall, Albert Road, ​Colne, BB8 0AQ, UK

Venue 77, Ipswich, UK

Friday 7th September 2018

77 Fore Hamlet, IP3 8AB, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

Market Lavington Music & Comedy Club, Devizes, UK

Saturday 8th September 2018

St Mary's Rd, Market Lavington, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 4DG, UK

Borderline, London, UK

Friday 14th September 2018

Double Headline with Sari Schorr & The Engine Room
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Orange Yd, Manette St, Soho, London, W1D 4JB, UK

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, UK

Saturday 15th September 2018

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Old Milton Rd, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6DS, UK  

Keighley Blues Live, Keighley, UK

Friday 28th September 2018

The Octagon, Penningtons Live, Bradford Road, Sandbeds, Keighley, BD20 5LY, UK

Carlisle Blues Rock Festival, UK

Saturday 29th September 2018

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The Crown & Mitre Hotel, English Street, Carlisle, CA3 8HZ, UK

Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

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Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB, UK

Festival Blues des deux rivières, France

Saturday 5th October 2018

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Salle polyvalente, 22810 Belle-Isle-en-Terre, Brittany, France

Blues de Cerdanyola Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Saturday 6th October 2018

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C/ Indústria, 38, 08290 Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain


Links & Downloads

Further Information

For interview opportunities and review copies of the album:

Peter Noble and Michaela Sauter at Noble PR
Tel: +44 (0) 207 272 7772