guys got the biscuit this year" Punter at Eden Valley
Beer Festival, Kings Meaburn (July 19th)
all honesty you are very unlikely to ever see a better harmonica
player live" (Ed Syls - Belper News, May 2014) (full
article at "Pub's
Friday music offering is jaw dropping"))
enjoyed your set at the Old Duke. Rootsy, raw, twitching maelstrom
of sweat yet one which huffs out a lyricism of human frailties"
(Peter Wilk, Old Duke, Bristol gig Aug. 2013)
have seen hundreds of acts over a thirty year period and UK
Festivals and Gigs, some of the best names in the world, and
I have to say that I was blown away by that on Sunday and
it is right up there with Stevie Wonder in my own personal
experience of enjoyment at live gigs."
Chambers, Lancaster Music Festival 2012
of the best bands of the fest ...”
“They were certainly a bit unique!! Front guy was amazin!"
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”
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 riff heavy punk and funk group with frenetic harmonica,
organ and a barking horn section topped off with un-dulcet
vocals writhing in hard edged forays into late 60’s
boogaloo and deep funk. Lyrics, where audible, offer searing
insights into societal absurdities and duplicitous romance.
An explosive sweaty stage presence with anywhere in the room
game for ad hoc props mark all the 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 more eclectic festivals such as Lancaster Music Festival
(founded by lead singer Ben Ruth), Off the Tracks, SAM in
Serbia, Birmingham Artsfest, Meadowlands, Montrose, Kendal
Calling and beer festivals (Keswick, Peterborough, Wokingham,
Lancaster) with repeat forays into the US, South America and
headlined the SAM International Music Festival in Vrasac,
Serbia and sold out of all their merchandise in 5 minutes
(admittedly for two beers a CD). They sold out all their merchandise
again at the Dundee Blues Bonanza, and yet again during their
residencies in Stockholm.
have two dated albums (Shaken & Disturbed and Come and
Get It! both recorded with the Chicago band) and a 2011 EP
of anti-establishment ditties courtesy of Absolute Recordings
produced by Mo Whitham (Suzi Quattro’s guitarist). They
have one video “I Need This Baby Like A Hole in the
Head” and various embarrassing YouTube clips. Having
sold out of CDs the Convulsions are now planning a joint album
with Get Carter featuring legendary Hammond player James Mackie
(Selector, Madness) due for release summer 2016.
have had distribution in 420 US college radio stations (Shuteye
Records). Several songs have featured in two films: Resurrection
Mary and Adventure Sex 1 (really! - we await Adventure Sex
2 with anticipation).
founder Ben Ruth runs an international music agency, CME
Artist Services that has become a significant conduit
for international acts seeking recognition in the UK and is
licensed by the Home Office to facilitate this. The agency
also puts on an annual music festival in the band’s
home town of Lancaster
featuring over 200 acts of all genres and locations in over
are Ben Ruth (vocals, harmonica, organ, Theramin, cuica),
Jo Cutler (bass), John Huck (drums), Becca Pattison (tmb),
Elly Spiers (alto sax),. Jonathan Vince (tenor sax)
CME Artist Services
19 Bath Street
Lancaster, LA1 3PZ
+44 (0)1524 61592
+44 (0)7908 495549