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About Us

The Southern Slamdoor Band

The band

Brought together to perform five songs at a one-off gig in November 2022, the Southern Slamdoor Band found playing together was such fun they decided to carry on.

Four musicians from diverse music backgrounds, all with a great deal of experience from playing in many different bands, the Southern Slamdoor Band bring a new twist to the blues genre with their good time, barefootin' boogaloo blues!

stuart mckay - vocals and Harmonicas

long time member of the Brighton blues and jazz music scene, and harmonica player with The Uncontrollables (punk blues), Sumerian Kyngs (psychedelic groove) and Column 258 (experimental music collective). Also co-founder of the international harmonica festival, Harpin' by the Sea, and of Brighton's Real Music Club.

Stuart McKay
Louise Maggs

louise maggs - guitar

Louise has enjoyed playing in a variety of bands over the years, from outfits as diverse as Beccy Rork’s Maggs' Groove (jazz) to Tex and the Lonestars (funk and country twang).

Her previous band, The Revelators, supported many well-known bands like The Blockheads, Geno Washington, Lil' Jimmy Reed, and Chris Farlowe and the Norman Beaker Band. She has written and recorded two original albums, one of which was featured on BBC Introducing.

andy power - Bass

Long time Sumerian Kyngs (psychedelic groove) comrade, also member of The Noir Mates (dark surf psych). Previous bands include the Brighton-based Fibroid Nebulae (psych motorik) and That Legendary Wooden Lion (prog) and, in West Berlin when the wall was high, The Red Snappers (post-punk).

Andy Power
Ryan Bollard

ryan bollard - drums

Drumming for a long time within the Brighton improv, alternative and noise scene, Ryan is currently a member of Minor Dents (experimental motorik). Previously with the Hastings outfit, Column 258 (experimental music collective) as well as numerous bands in and around Brighton, including The Creaking Chair (Nu-Folk), Reds Collective (Improvised Drone & Kosmiche), Kosmos 954 (Improv Psych) and Seadog (Indie Psych).