Blues Matters Poll Results:- John O'Leary voted No. 2
in the British Blues Harmonica Category 2013 & 2011


"simply superb.....such powerful precise tone"   The Times

"a rhythm section......sprung like an industrial coil"  
The Times

"superb harp / guitar led funky blues"
   Get Ready To Rock

"the best harp player since Sonny Boy Williamson"   Champion Jack Dupree

"a sumptuous auditory experience that you don't want to end"   Blues In The North West

"a masterclass on each instrument exciting evening's entertainment"   The Evening Mail, Barrow  

Established in 2002, The John O'Leary Band evolved into Sugarkane.  Sugarkane has trail blazed an unique and uncompromising brand of blues based music and in the course of it's journey, has both thrilled and challenged audiences throughout the UK and Europe. The band's musical foundation lies wholeheartedly in the blues but there is also a hefty mix  of  jazz, funk, latin, rock and even reggae to produce a potent indicvidual musical brew. Noted for it's jamming approach, today, Sugarkane is an established and popular attraction on the British blues, rock & jazz scene. The band consists of founder John O'Leary, long term members Jules Fothergill (guitar), Roger Inniss (bass), Jools Grudgings (keys), Joachim Greve (drums) reinforced by the recent addition of guitarist & composed Steve Wright.  As a 6 piece band, it is a breath of fresh air in a genre dominated by guitar/bass/drum trios.

Finding a pigeon hole for this band is impossible! It has been described as " blues harmonica meets The Mahavishnu Orchestra"  by Blues Matters magazine and by The Times newspaper as being "sprung like an industrial coil". Sugarkane is a band that will take you on a roller coaster of a ride. Every member of the band is acknowledged  by fans and critics alike as being among the very best on their respective instruments playing in Britain at the present time.

In 2011 the album "Two For The Show" was released to universal critical acclaim and headed the list of best releases  by Blues Matters magazine. In addition, John was voted No. 2 in the harmonica category by  Blues Matters in 2011 and 2013.

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Trapeze recording artists 

....the new name for The John O'Leary Band