DECEMBER 23rd 2016
Seasons Greetings dear friends and fans of The Idle Hands. The time is almost upon us to move forward into a new year and to now make this formal announcement.
After much consideration we have come to a mutual decision that The Idle Hands will not continue as a band.
We (Dave, Jamie, Phil & Paul) send our deepest heartfelt thanks to all of our wonderful families, loyal fans, friends, followers and promoters around the uk and the world, for your amazing love and support over our many many years together. A time during which we've seen the band go from strength to strength and rise to a highly respected position on the UK Blues Rock scene.
We can never thank you enough for your love, loyalty and passionate support for The Idle Hands music and performances. There were some tough times but there were stacks of laughs and plenty of amazing gigs and album reviews which we will never forget, and of course you were always there for us.
We hope you will continue to listen to our cds, watch the live YouTube footage and remember the good times, and our website will remain live for cd sales.
But now it's time to say a massive Thank You, Goodbye and to move on. Stay Safe in 2017 as we send you a final farewell and wish you a Peaceful Happy Christmas from The Idle Hands. Dave, Jamie, Phil, Paul. xxxx
November 2016 - Phils recovery continues well.
JUL '15 - Phil is making a steady and positive recovery and we thank everyone for their wonderful support
MAR '15 - 2015 GIGS CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS - See Tour Dates for details
FEB '15 - Darlington Blues was wonderful, super club, team and audience, look forward to next time!
JAN '15 - Halifax show was excellent we had a superb night, big thanks to all who joined us there!
JAN '15 - Thank you to Ben and his team at The Independent Sunderland for your superb hospitality.
JAN '15 - HAPPY NEW YEAR - Looking forward to seeing you and promoting our 'Feeding The Machine' cd
Many thanks to John F for these fantastic images from Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club.
"AN EXCEPTIONAL NEW 12 TRACK ALBUM FROM THE MASTERS OF BRITISH HARD ROCK BLUES"
"In the time honoured tradition when all creative musicians must search for the holy grail of pure artistic inspiration which creates and reinforces their own identity a seminal moment occurs, like Robert Johnson standing at the crossroads The Idle Hands have now been overwhelmed by their own magic to produce an album of song potions for the heart, body and soul, the results are electrifying. “Feeding The Machine” is much more than just another blues/rock album as it has depth and variety with every song containing something different for the listener to latch onto. From the blues/funk groove of “Read Your Mind” to the stylistic mississippi porch dobro sounds of “Your Song Goes On” it also has the added bonus of some very momentous tracks just waiting to be discovered that must be given pride of place in this album. “Sad Again” is one of those such tracks which is a sentimental guitar blues instrumental reminiscent of Gary Moore and Snowy White which avoids some of the pitfalls of a clichéd power surge solo, with the recording defying overkill relying on just pure emotion which pulls your heart strings in tune with the song."Full review
"The intro' to the album gives you a raw and rockin' blues number, 'Fever', introducing the talents of Dave on guitar and Phil on blues harp. Following this, 'The Devil And The Deep Blue' is an 'in the groove' blues rock track with some great rhythms. Moving towards rock n' roll, 'Get Up And Dance' adds a different flavour. 'Read Your Mind' however, is a classic rock number with great vocals from Phil, with a bit of funky stuff towards the end which all adds to the interest."Full review
Band: The Idle Hands=3rd, Drummer Paul Heydon 2nd, Bassist Jamie Burns=3rd
Amongst some very respected names! Thank You Blues Matters Writers!
A fabulous feature in 'Classic Rock presents The Blues' magazine Issue 3.
"Hey, Label Bosses", "Get your chequebooks out for Britains best unsigned Blues rockers".