Hipkiss are a well-regarded five piece band, which plays a potent mix of blues, rock and funk, both originals and their own spin on other people’s music, and they will be making their Lichfield debut when they play at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday October 27th.

The band is led by Patsy Gamble who is a much in demand session saxophonist, vocalist, composer, performer and British Blues Award finalist. She has performed and recorded all over the UK and in France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and in the Middle East with many different artists including Steve Winwood, Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor, Mike D’Abo, Chris Farlowe, Ruby Turner, Jasper Carrott, Grand Drive, Dick Heckstall-Smith, The Firebirds, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, Paddy Milner, Eddie Martin, Keith Thompson, Dolly James, Jenny Darren and supported artists such as John Mayall, Peter Green, The Gypsy Kings, Gloria Gaynor and Sister Sledge.

Guitarist Muddy Manninen has played with the likes of Wishbone Ash, Havana Blacks, and The Red House Blues Band.

Bassist Mark Butler has worked as a session player with various bands in New York in the 1980s including John Moore from The Jesus and Mary chain, playing numerous gigs at CBGB’S, and The Knitting Factory, supporting bands including Living Colour, Crowded House, They Might be Giants and Sham 69 and toured the USA in 1987 supporting Peter Murphy from Bauhaus.

Simon Riley has played drums from the age of nine when he found an odd pair of charred drum sticks on the edge of a bonfire behind the village Scout hut. He has played many styles over the years with many artists including Keith Thompson, Eric Bell, Tony Hymas and Mike Burston (Wurzel, Motorhead) with whom he recorded the single ‘Bess’.

Keyboard player Mark J Perry studied classical piano to grade 8 then added guitar, bass, Hammond and keys. Mark has played pubs and small festivals with ‘The Hawds’, ‘Good God No!’ ‘Slowjin’ and ‘True Lyrical Movement’ who supported Maxi Jazz (Faithless) and attracted interest from Warner Music Int.

A Lichfield Arts spokesman said ‘This incendiary mix of saxophone, soulful musicianship and a hard rocking ensemble sound will mean that this concert will be an unmissable evening for all music fans, adding to the many memorable nights of live Blues and Jazz that Lichfield Arts have hosted over the years’.

Tickets are £12.00, £10.80 for Friends of Lichfield Arts and £6.00 for under 16’s. The concert starts at 8.00pm, with doors opening at 7.15pm. Tickets and further information are available from www.lichfieldarts.org.uk phoning 01543 262223, or by calling into the Lichfield Arts Box Office in Donegal House on Bore Street. To keep up with Lichfield Arts exciting news, follow us on Twitter @lichfieldarts or find us on Facebook.