Keith Thompson and his band have been consistently performing in mainland Europe where they are well known to the large blues following as an exciting live band. Previously they went under the name of Keith Thompson's Strange Brew. It was decided to drop Strange Brew having considered the name to be too long and also, occasionally causing confusion with a Cream tribute band! This year Keith completed his 4th Blues/Rock album, “Independence” and has subsequently toured again in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Poland. They also appeared in Slovenia at the prestigious “Postonja Blues Festival” with “Ten Years After” and “Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes”, Suwalki and Krosno Festivals in Poland alongside, Jeremy Spencer (Fleetwood Mac), Colne R&B festival in Lancashire, Swanage, Banbury Upton and Gloucester Blues Festivals in the UK. The album has been getting great reviews and Keith is starting to get long overdue recognition as a guitarist and songwriter.
Keith's many influences include, for electric guitar playing: Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Paul Kossoff & Free, Dave Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck. For acoustic guitar playing: John Martyn, Doyle Dykes, Stephan Grossman, Rory Gallagher. As a songwriter, The Beatles, The Stones, Free, Larry Norman, Bob Dylan, John Martyn, Rory Gallagher. Keith also enjoys Keith Urban, Brian Housten, Jeff Lang and Joe Bonamassa. Check 'em out!
Keith first started playing guitar aged 5! By the time he was 8 he won first prize at a Butlin’s holiday camp talent show playing Beatle tunes. The British blues boom of the 60's produced great guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Peter Green. It was this music alongside popular songwriters like The Beatles, The Stones, and John Martyn and later the British Blues/Rock pioneers Free, Led Zeppelin etc. that Keith grew up listening to. He was 14 when he first started working the pubs and clubs playing mostly covers of these great artists. Soaking in the experience and further influences like, Rory Gallagher & Gary Moore, Keith started to develop his own material. His band, “Poacher Brown” while still teenagers in pre punk 70’s toured Germany, playing 6 nights a week, playing 5, 45 minute sets a night! That was Keith’s first full-time professional stint and it changed his life. This was the same Hamburg culture on which the Beatles cut their musical teeth. He came back in 1978 and joined forces with another local guitarist Mick (Wurzel) Burston (later of Motorhead). This band, “Bunter” started receiving glowing reviews in the national music press. Keith carried on writing and recording., enjoying stints on stage with gospel rockers, "Third Day" and "Margaret Becker Band" and heavy metal band, "Lyadrive" along the way. Working as a session guitarist he has added his skills to various projects including, work on the soundtrack for the best selling computer games., "Grand Prix 2" and "Over The Hedge". He has released a lot of incidental music for television programs and soundtrack projects and he has sold over 100,000 albums. As a songwriter he has also gained recognition. A few years ago he was voted “Songwriter Of The Year” in Six Counties. He has added his skills on stage or in recordings to projects by Spooky Tooth, Mike D’Abo, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Larry Burton (Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker) Dave Markee and Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton Band and Tina Turner) Greg Ridley of Humble Pie, Robbie Blunt (Robert Plant) Luther Grosvenor of Mott The Hoople, Gino Washington and many others. Between the members of the band they have played with Mick Jagger, Roy Wood, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Peter Green and others.