â€˜A truly exciting live actâ€™
Gavin Martin of the Independent
Elephant Shelf has
road for just over five years now, and theyâ€™ve sharpened their
act through over 500 gigs in London and the South East.
They have played every type of venue; Dingwalls, Vortex, Kings Head
Theatre Islington, the Fisher Theatre, Jo Joâ€™s, Olivierâ€™s Jazz Bar
Greenwich, the Bull & Gate, Bullâ€™s Head Barnes, Joogleberry Playhouse
Brighton, Borderline, etc. They have links back to some of the greatest
names in blues and rock â€“ with anecdotes involving Jimi Hendrix, Brian
Jones, Bill Munro, Johnny Winter, Jaco Pastorius, Dick Morrissey, and
links to Little Walter, Keith Richards and many more.
Elephant Shelf spent
much of the past year recording their album â€˜In Trouble Againâ€™ a
self penned mix of tried and tested original tunes. The album is already
being playlisted all over Europe and it captures the excitement of the
bandâ€™s live shows.
The band is fronted
by singer guitarist Vicky Martin and she is augmented by the fiddle and
piano of â€˜Princessâ€™ Diana Stone. On stage they add some very different
sounds including rock â€˜n roll ukulele, Blues melodica and more. Terry
McInerney on drums and Robbie Charles on bass add true swing. Finally
â€˜Littleâ€™ Rosie Swanâ€™s backing vocals add an edge of excitement all
underpinned by a rhythm section that swings like crazy.
Band leader Vicky
Martin recalls a meeting with Jimi Hendrix that sums up the
bandâ€™s philosophyâ€“â€œI was fortunate to get a brief chat with Jimi, after
a gig at the Manor House pub, North London. I said Iâ€™d started out on
guitar and asked him for advice. He had enormous hands, he put one on my
shoulder and said, â€œItâ€™s all about listening to the originals, the
guys who started it all, listen, learn and then do it and add your own