have never seen anyone playing a harmonica at that speed or
anyone play a Hammond organ at that speed. But Ben the lead
singer did both AT THE SAME TIME!!!!!”
mate and I both stood there like the rest of the audience,
grinning from ear to ear at a jaw dropping performance”
The audience were absolutely spellbound . . . . . simply awesome!!!"
Comments on the
Dundee Blues Bonanza website
Anglo-US outfit inventively blend classic Windy
blues with Sixties soul, British R&B and a Nineties punk
Independent, Five Best Music (UK).
live show is that by which we compare every other band we
Gillis of Waterdog records.
hottest, punkiest, funky British
Rhythm 'n Blues available in the USA.
DJ Lord Litter.
favorite Blues Punk Band”
of Mick Jagger and David Byrne . . . spastic harp . . . I was
Harris, Editor Chief, Illinois Entertainer.
. . my word these lads were AWESOME!
The set climaxed in a pool of sweat that flooded the stage.”
Sister Feelgood – 2003 British
RnB Festival Review in Blues Matters,
punk-funk fusion with attitude, this bebop meets Godzilla
with harp-o-batics from hell”
Blues Free Press
. . . sweaty, US blues punkers.”
are a mod punk boogaloo band and comprise a core of bass,
drums, guitar, punk vocals and frenzied organ and harmonica
with hard edged funk forays into B3 60’s boogaloo and
riff based edgy soul/funk. An explosive sweaty acrobatic stage
presence mark all their shows. Since Oct. 2005 the Convulsions
have become based in the UK where they have broken through
the British RnB / Blues festival and club circuit to play
mainstream festivals such as Off the Tracks, SAM in Serbia,
Birmingham Artsfest and beer festivals (Keswick, Peterborough,
Lancaster University) to great acclaim.
have, or are currently receiving, airplay in England, Spain,
Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Serbia and in the USA
(West Virginia, Chicago and Texas). Shuteye Records distributed
“Swear its Not You” to 420 US college radio stations.
Several songs have featured in films: Resurrection Mary and
Adventure Sex 1 (really!) Ben Ruth has recorded for dozens
of Chicago bands and then found himself on the Animals’
new CD released in 2004.
headlined the 2008 SAM International Music Festival in Vrasac,
Serbia and sold out of all their merchandise in 5 minutes
(admittedly for two beers a CD) and had to burn CDs on the
spot until the spindle was empty. They sold out all their
merchandise again at the Dundee Blues Bonanza, 2009, and yet
again during their 2009 August residency in Stockholm thereby
just covering the cost of their beer.
have 5 self produced albums comprising both the Chicago and
UK outfits, live shows both in the UK and USA, and more recently
a full length album (“I Need This Baby Like a Hole in
the Head”) all featuring their distinctive riff based
lyrically quirky original compositions. The title song of
the last album is the basis for their highly theatrical video
shot in Bristol and due out late 2009.
founded an international musical exchange in 2001. Chicago
Music Explosion Artist Services (www.cmeas.com)
is now in its 9th year and has become a significant conduit
for talent seeking gigs and recognition in Britain.
are Ben “Shaky” Ruth (vocals, harmonica, organ),
Jason “Fingers” Wilkinson (guitar, keys), Joe
“Cool Clut” Cutler (bass), John "Huckleberry"
CME Artist Services
Lancaster, LA1 4UY
+44 (0)1524 380990
+44 (0)7908 495549