Bonfanti is back to make his Marc

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The Marcus Bonfanti Band will return to The Flowerpot in Derby for a gig there on Friday, April 18.

One of the most exciting new blues guitarists to emerge on the scene in recent years, Marcus Bonfanti spent his youth as a trumpet player in brass bands, working 12 hours a day in a kitchen to buy his first guitar, dropping out of a prestigious Music College and touring the world with different artists for almost ten years.

Bonfanti has become the sum of all the great music he was exposed to as a young boy growing up in North London.

His 2008 debut album Hard Times set the scene and sent some subtly effective messages about a new British voice demanding to be heard.

2013 saw the release of his much-anticipated third studio album Shake The Walls. It was recorded at The Grange with top producer Dave Williams (Ike and Tina Turner, John Mayall, Peter Green).

Bonfanti is known for his high-energy live shows with his three-piece band that have been receiving rave reviews over the last two years and solidified his reputation as one of the most exciting live performers on the UK scene. 2014 sees Marcus embark on a full band UK tour to promote the album which has received stunning reviews worldwide.

Then, on Saturday, April 19, Keep It Cash appear at the King Street venue with their tribute to the music of Johnny Cash.

Keep It Cash have performed at top theatres throughout the UK and across Europe. They’ve worked for 20th Century Fox, The National Trust and the BBC.

Playing music from the gospel beginnings, to the full band sound and finally into the critically acclaimed and groundbreaking American recordings.

They were booked by HMV to perform at their stores in London and Dublin for the launch of the Johnny Cash film Walk The Line. They wrote and recorded a theme song for the national chain of Boyes stores that ran on television and radio for over a year.

The band’s success is down to the strong vocal likeness of the lead singer which is very difficult to emulate.

The founding members of Keep It Cash have been close friends for many years and lifelong fans of the music and songs of the legendary Johnny Cash.

The show is a real musical experience with the musicians playing acoustic guitar, lap steel, electric guitar, double bass, drum kit, mandolin and electric bass with harmony vocals.

Doors open for both of these gigs at 8pm.

Admission is £12 for The Marcus Bonfanti Band and £10 for Keep It Cash.

Advance tickets are available from The Flowerpot and RAW Promotions, as well as online at www.rawpromo.co.uk