Rebecca Downes 'Stripped Back'

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Last Show: Saturday 29 th January 2022

PizzaExpress Live (Birmingham)

Winner of Female Vocalist and Emerging Artist of the Year at the British Blues Awards 2016, and Female Blues Vocalist of the Year at the FORM UK Blues Awards 2018, Birmingham(UK)-based Rebecca and her band are anact that leaves new comers blown away by the power of the performance. With her co-writer Steve Birkett alongside her, a very tight band behind, and Rebecca’s powerful voice to the fore, the 5-piece outfit performs original rock/blues tracks from their highly acclaimed studio albums 'Believe and More Sinner Than Saint, punctuated by one or two classic covers.

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“Musically brilliant and vocally stunning…”

Fireworks Magazine

Birmingham-based Rebecca is a fully independent artist creating original blues/rock music with her co-songwriter Steve Birkett and releasing ton her own label Mad Hat Records. She usually plays live within a 5-piece band, performing tracks mainly from her superb second album 'Believe and the stunning third album More Sinner Than Saintalong with new material and one or two classic covers.

Rebecca was voted Female Vocalist and Emerging Artist of the Year at the British Blues Awards 2016 and Female Blues Vocalist of the Year in the FORM UK Blues Awards 2018. In July 2020 Rebecca was appointed Brand Ambassador for the Forge Ahead Initiative supporting the development of young bands. Rebecca was born and grew up in Wolverhampton.

She started performing live music whenaged 13 and as a teenager wrote and performed her own material. The current music began when she linked up with co-songwriter Steveto write blues-infused materiala partnershipthat ‘clicked’ right away to deliver their excellent first album, Back To The Startin 2013. 

The second album Believe was released in 2016 and the live album BeLivein 2017. The 2019 album More Sinner Than Saint contains material honed with advice from producer Chris Kimsey, famous for working with the Rolling Stones and Peter Frampton, and the tracks were mixed by California-based producer Bill Drescher and Thunder’s bassist Chris Childs. The album received considerable critical acclaim and the second singleHurtswas playlisted by Planet Rock Radio UK

In April 2021 Rebecca releaseStripped Back, an album containing ten tracks from Believe and More Sinner Than Saint each reimagined and re-presented in a laid-back style, together with two previously unreleased tracks. Rebecca was back on stage in the latter half of 2021 and she and Steve are continuing to write new music with the aim of releasing a fifth studio album in 2022.

Band Line Up

Rebecca Downes (vocal and guitar)

Steve Birkett (backing vocals and guitars)

Neil Ablard (drums)

Vince Yarrington (bass)

Nigel Darvil (keys and Hammond)