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Tenerife live entertainment: The Traveller Blues Band voted Best Band

Updated on October 30, 2015

Who are The Traveller Blues Band?

The Traveller Blues Band won the title of Best Band Bar None 2011 in a battle of the bands contest on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It didn't surprise me that they were the winners because this group of musicians can certainly deliver the goods. The Traveller Blues Band can really rock or play top class blues. They can also switch to folk rock music as well.

The band are led by Whiskey, who besides being the lead singer, plays lead guitar, slide guitar, dobro, penny whistle and trumpet. The others in the Traveller Blues Band are Bluegrass on rhythm guitar, blues harmonica, and vocals, MadDog on bass guitar, electric stand-up bass and backing vocals, Ket on drums and newcomer Gabby on tuba and percussion.

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Traveller Blues Band in actionBlues harp Traveller styleWhiskey plays the trumpet tooAnd on the bass
Traveller Blues Band in action
Traveller Blues Band in action
Blues harp Traveller style
Blues harp Traveller style
Whiskey plays the trumpet too
Whiskey plays the trumpet too
And on the bass
And on the bass

Traveller Blues Band songs

The Traveller Blues Band play a real mix of songs and styles and as well as covers of many top acts they also perform a few original compositions, which is a brave step forward on Tenerife and one that I applaud them for.

Amongst songs you can expect to hear them play are CrossRoads Blues, the Gun 'n' Roses hit Sweet Child of Mine, Moonshadow by Cat Stevens, and Red, Red Wine, originally written by Neil Diamond but a massive hit for Birmingham band UB40. Incidentally it is this Midlands city that is where Whiskey came from before he made Tenerife his home.

He is an ideal frontman because besides being an excellent singer he plays a number of instruments and plays them really well. Whiskey can switch from playing a blistering blues on lead electric guitar to a rousing Levellers-style folk rock on which he plays penny whistle as well as sings, and he can even play a trumpet. His slide guitar playing really gives the band the bluesy sound though.

That is where the Traveller Blues Band stand out above the rest: their versatility and blend of a number of instruments most traditional rock bands don't use. Whiskey explained to the crowd that yes, they play cover songs but not like the acts that made the songs famous. The Traveller Blues Band make the hits their own and perform them in their own style.

Gabby, who plays tuba, has only recently joined the band, and his main instrument is a good example of what I mean. The Traveller Blues Band have a really unique sound and that is one reason of many why they won the Best Band Bar None 2011 contest.

AJ's Bar None was an excellent venue for the band to perform at. It is run by Andy James, who is a performer himself, and on one number he joined the Traveller Blues Band to add his own vocals.

More Traveller Blues Band pics

Tuba-playing Traveller Blues Band style
Tuba-playing Traveller Blues Band style
Traveller Blues Band fans show their appreciation
Traveller Blues Band fans show their appreciation

All about The Traveller Blues Band

Bluegrass, from the band, was telling me how they formed the group after all agreeing that the island needed something fresh. There are plenty of acts singing cover songs over backing tracks but very few that actually play instruments and fewer still that write and perform their own material.

They first got together in 2009 but have swiftly made a name for themselves by playing a very large number of gigs that have resulted in a large fanbase and exposure in the local media, including the radio stations Atlantis FM and Coast FM. It was actually Jon Max from Atlantis radio that made the presentation to the band of their winnings.

Whiskey accepted the trophy and the prize money and made a short speech about how although they had won there were very many excellent live musicians out there too. That is what is important - for real live music to have venues on Tenerife where it can be heard, venues like AJ's Bar None in Torviscas.

Besides being talented performers,the Traveller Blues Band also know how to sell their music and to promote themselves. They have a number of websites and their distinctive black stage gear has established the band's image. They are visual as well as musical.

Traveller Blues Band are what Tenerife has needed because they are a band that are determined to succeed and know what it takes to do so.

© 2011 Steve Andrews

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you! I am glad you like my hubs and the band's music!

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      customhypnosis 6 years ago

      This is a great hub. Very cool music. I rated it up and also as awesome. You also have some very interesting other hubs.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments, AliciaC!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I’d love to visit Tenerife but I don’t know if I ever will, since there are so many other places that I want to go to as well! The next best thing to an actual visit is to explore places and music on the Internet. I enjoyed your hub. Thanks for the information and the video.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I am glad you did, Mrs J.B.

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thank You for such great news. I enjoyed this hub so much.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Darski! Much appreciated!

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hello again my dear music man, as always this hub so so cool, and I enjoyed it very much...I know that music fits in you soul as a comfortable couch. I wish you would come to visit and see mys as well. I enjoyed this hub so I rate up...love & peace darswki

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments, Peter!

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      Peter Owen 6 years ago from West Hempstead, NY

      Nice to read about though safe to say I probably will never get to see the band

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Yes, its a great song so thank you for posting the lyrics!

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      Simon 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed the day, a song really stuck in my head, called Black Veil, I emailed the band and Whiskey sent me the lyrics...its pretty heavy...

      V1

      Looking through the window of the TV news

      All I hear are political views

      Black Veil

      The world wears a black veil

      Soldiers still fighting the forgotten war,

      Men still are dying do we know what for

      Black veil

      The world wears a black veil

      Chorus (F Am E7 Riff)

      The mother down the street is crying

      Her son he was killed now fighting

      Politicians gather round smiling

      For black veil, the world wears a black veil

      V2

      Bilderberg confirm with the cent gas crew

      The pipe line construction is coming through

      Black veil, the world wears a black veil

      Minsters gifts to the USA's Obahma

      aint this just another suicide bomber

      Black veil, the world wears a black veil

      Chorus

      The young girl down the street is crying

      Her lover he just got killed fighting

      Politicians gather round smiling

      For black veil, the world wears a black veil

      V3

      Hitler would be proud of the new world order

      Marching our armies cross anyone’s boarder

      Black veil

      The world wears a black veil

      The war crimes committed to the leaders betrayal

      All they were chasing was the worlds black veil

      Black veil, the world wears a black veil

      Chorus

      The child down the street is crying

      Her daddy he just got killed fighting

      Politicians gather round smiling

      For black veil, the world wears a black veil

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Glad you like them, Teresa!

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      teresa8go 6 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I whole heartedly agree. These guys are great! I don't listen to music much any more but, I really enjoyed this band. And when they stopped playing until they got their whiskey was so funny. What a way to keep the bartender on his toes! :D

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thanks for posting, recommend1!

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      recommend1 6 years ago

      Nice round up of the local music news !

      When I eventually find a way of getting music off a Demo CD to a digital file I can send you some of the latest 'native' Chinese rock music from the leading Chinese 'rocker'.

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Patty!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I really enjoyed this Hub and the music and bookmarked it. Rated Up and several others as well. Thanks, Steve!