Vanilla Moon

Vanilla Moon

BandBluesRock

Young blues influenced band getting a big reputation in their native North-East England. They play Texas Blues, they play classic and contemporary rock, but mostly they play their own guitar based blues rock songs. "Awesome" is how Walter Trout described guitar genius Mitch Laddie.

Biography

Formed in mid 2005, Vanilla Moon got together a collection of covers, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa and Free songs, together with a few original compositions. By September of the same year, they played their first gig at the open air Thimbleberry Rock and Blues festival. That day the band proudly shared the same stage as Tony McPhee of "The Groundhogs". They started to gig regularly playing both small intimate venues and larger motorcycle rallies. At the same time, the band continued to develop their song writing, producing a number of Blues-Rock tracks and even incorporating elements of Jazz. The bands' popularity and local reputation has been growing since.

In October 2006, lead guitarist and singer Mitch Laddie, was given the opportunity to play on stage alongside his guitar hero, Walter Trout. A dream come true for Mitch at Colne in Lancashire, England. This opportunity has been repeated twice more, in Newcastle upon Tyne and in 2007, at Bolton, England during Walter's Power Trio tour. Mitch thanks Mr Trout for these opportunities and for his support and encouragement, both personally and of his band. Walter has responded by inviting Mitch to repeat his guest spot during his UK tour in October 2007. Two new guest spots have been arranged and more will follow if band commitments allow.

The band decided to take a break from gigging and have been writing new material since January 2007 adding 7 new songs to their repertoire.
They went into Wildtrax Recording Studios, County Durham at the end of May and the sessions produced a 5 track CD, Two Years, which they will be selling at gigs and on their website.

Their first gig since the hiatus was supporting the legendary Blues singer, Big George Brock at the Jumpin’ Hot Club, Newcastle upon Tyne in June 2007. This considerably higher profile gig produced much positive feedback and the band has now a full gig schedule for the rest of the year.

Discography

Two Years (EP) - vm1 2007

Set List

Vanilla Moon songs:
Two Years
All But One
Lonely
Mr Johnson
Vanilla Moon
I Need To Know Why
Where You Goin'?
Jazz Mop
Sittin' Here With You
I'm Going Down
Miss Supernatural

Covers:
Mojo Boogie – Johnny Winter
Travellin’ South & Blues Deluxe – Joe Bonamassa
Finally Gotten Over You & Good Enough to Eat – Walter Trout
Rollin’ With The Blues, Steppin' Out – John Mayall
You Upset Me Baby – BB King
A New Day Yesterday - Jethro Tull
Pride and Joy & Scuttle Buttin' & They Call Me Guitar Hurricane – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Outward Bound - Wishbone Ash

The set is a mix of Vanilla Moon originals and cover versions, usually two 45 minutes sets.