"Hi Barry, If you not have had the possibility to visit my site I hereby give you a little tast of The Bluesmates. If you like it there is more to hear. If not, I am sorry to have taken your time.
Much respect. Grandpa_Erik
Monument/Zior unoficial page is UP !
Please be free to visit and review it !
Here it is:
Your interview is under TESTEMONIALS and i also included a new picture of you under PHOTO GALLERY…"
58 years old. Started playing bass when I was 14 in a blues band based in Basildon, Essex, called BUM. After many formations and splits, finally formed a band with long time friend and singer, Steve Drewett and we called it 'Iron Maiden' and got signed to Gemini (part of President Records), recording one album and a single. I hasten to say that although we come from the same area as the metal band with the same name (we had it first) we were not members of that band, at least I know I wasn't. I also had a stage lighting company with a contract for all Radio Caroline Road Shows, plus lighting bands like The Rubettes, Kursal Flyers, Dumpy's Rusty Nuts, Culture Club and hosts of other names. I then joined cult Southend band 'Zior' recording 2 albums and a few singles and an offshoot band called 'Monument' and later a Canvey Island band 'Gypsy Rock Squad'.
I moved up to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1984 and almost immediately joined a local bigwig blues band 'The Blues Burglars', highlight was supporting Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at Dingwalls in Camden, London. A year later I left to become bass tech for ''Venom', touring the world, as they say. I stayed with Venom's management and was asked to be Tour Manager, for a new young Folk Rock band of theirs called 'Skyclad'. I stayed in this job for around 12 years working with bands (not always as TM) like Black Sabbath, Saxon, Manowar, Yngwie Malmstein, Love / Hate, Rage, Trouble, Amathema etc etc.
I also ran the crew at our local Rock Club working with Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Ramones, Status Quo, et el. And although I still played & jammed during this time, in 2000, I retired from touring, got married (to my merchandiser Margaret) and started to look for a Newcastle band to play in. I joined a 'working mens club' band called 'Steve Lee & the Soultions' playing Tamala, Philli etc soul & disco music, this lasted 5 years and we still play now & again, and have formed a new original material band 'Ambience UK'. Check out www.myspace.com/ukambience. Update, we spilt up in Feb 09.
I have recently (Oct 2008) gone back to my blues roots and joined another local blues band called 'Black River Band' www.blackriverband.biz playing all over the northeast & Cumbria.
Forget all that I've left Black River Band in Dec 09 with the vocalist Barry Robson to form a new power blues & R&B band Road Runners in Jan 10. With the addition of a keyboard palyer we now cover a wide variety of songs, you can check us out at www.myspace.com/roadrunnersuk We have a very full year of gigs with more being added all the time.
This combined with forming a management company 'Offbeat Management' and managing 'Skyclad' one of first bands I ever worked with, my own bands, and a couple of others, I'm kept very busy, but it's the way I like it. www.offbeat-management.co.uk
Favorite Blues Artists and Bands (Please list at least a few...we use this question to weed out spammers)
ZZ Top, Pat Travers, Robin Trower, Zero 7, Any Blues Artist - e.g. Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, all the guitar Kings, Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Metallica, Santana and many many others
Hi Barry, If you not have had the possibility to visit my site I hereby give you a little tast of The Bluesmates. If you like it there is more to hear. If not, I am sorry to have taken your time.
Much respect. Grandpa_Erik
Love your new song "Didn`t want to be there" with Ambience!
Great to see You still on Scene!
Ambience reminds me on good old Filmore days with Cold Blood,Smith...
Great jazz rock with soulfull touch!
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For many years browsing net to find my music heroes ZIOR and MONUMENT,witout sucsess!!!!!
Finally(!!!!) found Your profile and really proud that i can say hello to one of Zior original memeber,Mr.Barry Skeels.
Please,be kind to share any story,any pictures,any gig info...anything regarding the one of the most underrated band - the mighty ZIOR..
I don`t even wanna ask about my absolutely faveroud no.1 record of all time MONUMENT-THE FIRST MONUMENT -Beacon 1971...oh,boy what a ride................i wish you have time to talk about this gold recordings,and why there is no official Zior-Monument page????
I upload one song on You tube,i wish i have few pictures...
Where are Keith,John and Peter?
No I actually live in Bristol , I was born in Scotland , however the
good news is that we handle ourselves and believe in reaching out to other
musicians , therefore if we can co-operate with you we will be happy to.
Ken Pustelnik ( + Pete Cruickshank & Eddie Martin )
Welcome to LBW, fascinating history , we may have met given
your list of assosciates , I for one am very aware of The Blues Burglars and
in the early 70's we had the same management company as Sabbath , great to meet you here.