Hammering honky tonks since his hands could reach the keys, Arthur Lea sings eclectic rhythm n blues with southern soul. Lewisham schooled, Royal Academy of Music trained, he has played everywhere from Ronnie Scott’s to the Olympic Stadium, working with everyone from Kate Tempest to Kylie Minogue. He performs solo, with his band Bootleg Brass, and many others: The Coalminers, Paragon, Tongue Fu, to name a few. He has recorded in studios from Nashville to Berlin, and produced several albums of original music. Living in London, he listens and learns whether making music in concert halls, care homes, or cocktail speakeasies.
In his trio, Arthur is joined by Jay Darwish on bass and Bubu Canini on drums.
‘Like the blues legends he admires, Arthur Lea is not only a great singer and songwriter – he’s also a fantastic showman.’ Rick Pearson, Evening Standard music critic
‘Hard-riffing, excellent pianist. Like a 21st-century Thelonious Monk’ John Fordham, The Guardian