Kyla Brox + The Violet Hours

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Kyla Brox + The Violet Hours

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Blues and soul become inextricably entwined in award-winning singer-songwriter, Kyla Brox, whose raw talent has seen her described as “the finest female blues singer of her generation”. Winner of the UK Blues Challenge 2018 and the European Blues Challenge 2019, voted Best Female Vocalist in the 2019 European Blues Awards and semi-finalist in the International Blues Challenge 2019 and 2020, Kyla Brox is at the very top of the UK Blues scene.

Daughter of cult blues figure, Victor Brox, the Mancunian vocalist began her career as a teenager in her father’s band and has now honed her own sophisticated sound, as heard on her last two critically acclaimed and award-nominated albums, Throw Away Your Blues and Pain & Glory, which reached No.1 in the IBBA Charts for 2019 and was nominated Best Album in both the European and UKBlues Awards.

Her voice; tender, urgent, gritty, blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain, mixed with the enchantingly fluent guitar work of Paul Farr, inspired bass playing of Danny Blomeley and in-the-pocket drumming of Mark Warburton, combine to make a unique and powerful, often joyous, always emotional experience.

Kyla also plays in duo form with her husband, virtuoso acoustic guitarist, Danny Blomeley, whose playing, by turns delicate and unrestrained, has earned him a following in his own right.

A completely independent artist, Kyla has built her career year on year; starting out at grassroots with local pub gigs and growing to headlining concerts all over the globe, including some of the most prestigious Blues festivals in the world.

With thousands of albums sold and a constantly growing fanbase, Kyla Brox is widely regarded as one of the very best soul-blues singers the British Isles has ever produced.

“Surely one of the finest voices Britain has ever had”

Pete Clack, Blues In Britain

“Manchester’s answer to Aretha Franklin.”

Tony Wilson, Factory Records


The Violet Hours is a newly-formed blues-infused Americana duo and band. 

Helen May (vocals, guitar, percussion) is well-known for her work with The Helen May Band. She is also a featured vocalist with the Mel Outsider Reformation with recent appearances at iconic venues such as 100 club in London and Backstage at the Green in Kinross.

Chris Preston (lead guitar) has long been known on the UK blues scene for his lead and slide guitar work with legendary Slack Alice with numerous main stage festival appearances and albums produced by, amongst others, country guitar virtuoso Jerry Donahue. He has also had various side projects with various artists, including Miguel Montalban and Des Horsfall.

Soon after launching The Violet Hours in April 2023, they appeared at Colne Blues Festival and Orkney Blues Festivals, both in 2023, and are quickly becoming known for their work.

Helen May has a powerful, raw and bluesy but sometimes sweet and angelic vocal, and plays rhythm guitar. Chris Preston is an experienced player who has a range of techniques in his repertoire, drawing from a number of references. They were recently highlighted as one of newest acts on the blues and Americana scene by Blues Matters Magazine

Plus special guest JACKSON WARD

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