Latest news, gigs and announcements
09 may 2018
Blues Magazine (Netherlands) reviews Live at The SVA
" Is volume always necessary in Blues? The answer, no, is provided by UK band The Achievers. On their new album they show that with an intimate but very assured swinging sound you can deliver a very good blues album. . They deliver an album full of sultry intimate Rhythm & Blues with well-groomed vocals."
08 may 2018
LIVE AT THE SVA - TOp 40 placement
Live at The SVA was the 24th most played album by the Independant Blues Broadcasters Association, up there with some heavy hitters, hot tickets and major players.
The album has received significant blues radio play nationally and internationally:
"Great, had me jigging about. So impressed with this band and their album "- Still Got the Blues
This album is so good, gets me dancing every time - Top of The Blues (US)
A fabulous band, absolutley terrific, I'll be playing The Achievers again...that's for sure!" - Blues & Roots Radio
A superb album, the whole thing makes you feel good - The Blues Hour
"A great band..." - Mojo Fingers Blues Show
Further radio play is scheduled or spring/summer 2018
04 MAy 2018
blues matters magazine coverage
Live at The SVA will be reviewed in the Jul-August edition of Blues Matters Magazine
03 may 2018
LIVE AT THE SVA REVIEWED IN BELGIUM'S BIGGEST BLUES PLATFORM
'Live at the SVA' is a successful debut by The Achievers, who will easily fill the dance floor with their vintage dancing music. They clearly have all the trumps in their hands!“
02 may 2018
THE ACHIEVERS TO SUPPORT DAPTONE'S NEWEST SIGNING 'THE COMO MAMAS'
The Achievers will return to London's 100 Club to open for Daptone's The Como Mamas - Thursday 26th july.
01 MAY 2018
LIVE AT THE SVA: International blues press confirmed
The Achievers' album will be feature in three of Europe's biggest Blues magazine - Blues & Rhythm (UK), Blues News (Norway) & Twoj Blues (Poland). These features and reviews will be publish in June-July 2018
01 march 2018
The Achievers: Live at The SVA - Available now
The Achievers debut album is available to buy now. Recorded live in one day it totally captures the band's dedication to playing 'in-the-moment', choosing not to rehearse and instead letting energy and musicianship do the business. It's always been that way.
Of the ten track three are R&B belters, two are traditional songs with the band's own arrangement and five are original songs. Of these original songs 'Come Along' was improvised on the day and captured in one take, based on Steve's lyrics. During the mixing process, some hand claps and extra harmonies were added to this track by the very talented Laura Dinham.
Head to the 'Album' page to get your copy
20TH FEBRUARY 2018
DEBUT ALBUM COMING SOON
The Achievers debut album 'Live at The SVA' will be available in March 2018.
05 FEBRUARY 2018
UK & EUROPEAN TOUR
The Achievers are hitting the road again with an 18 date tour of the UK and Europe.
04 FEBRUARY 2018
ALBUM RECORDING SESSION
The Achievers gathered in their home town at Stroud Valley Art Space to record their debut album. Recorded totally live and in 1-2 takes the record will capture the bands own material and a small selection of favorites from their live set.
'Honest and un-polished' were the watchwords on the day - the band simply relaxed and let it all hang out.
The album will include a never before heard original composition (the band hadn't even heard it) - improvised on the day based on Steve Ferbrache's lyrics. A snippet of which can be heard on the video clip. Album due for release: March 2018.
4TH DECEMBER 2018
ANOTHER CRACKING NIGHT ON AT THE 100 CLUB!
It was a great pleasure to open for Tommy Castro and his band, The Painkillers on their recent UK tour. A joy to be back at the legendary 100 club and perform for such a receptive, friendly audience. They were up for a party on a Monday night!
21st NOVEMBER 2017
TOUR SUPPORT FOR TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS
The Achievers have been invited to join Tommy Castro on his UK Tour and open their show at the 100 Club, London on 4th December.
4th November 2017
ON TOUR WITH DR. FEELGOOD...Live at The Wardrobe, Leeds
The Achievers followed Dr. Feelgood up the M1 (with consent) to open for them at The Wardrobe, Leeds. Another packed house and a great venue.
3rd November 2017
ON TOUR WITH DR. FEELGOOD...
Live at The 100 Club, London
The Achievers joined Dr. Feelgood on tour at 100 club, London and played to a sold-out crowd of Rhythm & Blues fans. A great honour to open for a legendary band at an iconic London venue.
1st november 2017
DR FEELGOOD TOUR SUPPORT
The Achievers are delighted to have been invited to open for the legendary Dr. Feelgood on the next leg of their UK Tour. Catch them at:
3rd November - 100 club, London
4th November - The Wardrobe, Leeds
24th SEPTEMBER 2017
WOTTON BLUES FESTIVAL
A superb afternoon had by all at the brilliant Wotton Blues Festival - a large, 'up-for-it' crowd on a sunny Sunday afternoon...what more can you ask for!
24th august 2017
The Ale House, Stroud
The Achievers kicked off the Stroud Fringe Festival weekend in their home town of Stroud, Gloucestershire with a gig at the pub they met in.
Here's our version of dubiously credited Willie Cobbs song 'You Don't Love me' - also know and written by Dawn Penn & Bo Diddley.
27th July 2017
The tour ends with a bang in France
The Achievers ended their European Tour at the superb Hijack Café in Bologne-sue-Mer near Calais.
26th july 2017
ZONE BLUES BAR
The Achievers headed West to Bonn for a great night at Zone Blues Bar - a petite but charming and whiskey fuelled bar in the centre of town. The capacity crowd (the bar holds 35 people!) were great fun.
25th july 2017
tour diary 5
Our performance at an amazing wedding in Lake Como - we do play the occasional wedding for fans of vintage dancing music! Then, onto a packed house in Bamberg, Germany.
22nd JULY 2017
TOUR DIARY 4
One hell of a drive to Nice and then onto Porretta Soul Festival, Italy.
21st JULY 2017
PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL
It was a huge honour for The Achievers to play at Porretta Soul Festival, Italy. The festival is a world renowned mecca for fans of Soul music and Rhythm & Blues with that Southern, Memphis sound! The Achievers headlined the Rufus Thomas Café stage in the centre of town. Here's a clip of Taylor's bass solo...
20th july 2017
A ROAMING SOLO IN NICE!
Aron takes a stroll during his solo in Nice...ace gig, hot as you like!
20TH JULY 2017
TOUR DIARY 3
After a welcome rest day in rural France, it was standing room only for The Achievers' performance in Dijon - a relaxed sit-down crowd was soon on it's feet!
19th july 2017
TOUR DIARY 2
After a pleasant trip across the channel The Achievers begin the overseas part of their tour with a relaxed affair in Brussels - a steady Monday night allowing the guys to loosen up and indulge themselves in the local hospitably (beer), resulting in a rare but enjoyable venture into Marvin Gaye!
17th july 2017
TOUR DIARY 1
The European Tour continues with another great gig, this time closing the main stage at Silverstone Woodlands for the 2017 F1.
15TH JULY 2017
GREAT START TO THE EUROPEAN TOUR...
The Achievers played to a packed house in their home town at the legendary Prince Albert Stroud - couldn't have asked for a better start to the tour.
...Short shot of the superb crowd here, great bunch and a wild night!
15TH JUNE 2017 - EUROPEAN TOUR JUST ONE MONTH AWAY...
22nd APRIL 2017
AMAZING NIGHT AT THE SOUND LOUNGE, TOOTING
The Achievers had the pleasure of performing at one of the finest venues we've seen - The Sound Lounge, Tooting. What a place, and what a crowd!
We delighted so many people came out to see us - we had a brilliant night and can't wait to return.
21st APRIL 2017
THE ACHIEVERS STORM HAGEN & HYDE - LONDON
The Achievers had a rowdy night at Hagen & Hyde, London as can be seen in this clip following the encore. The chap shouting at the front 'Gloucester!" had heard we'd travelled from Gloucestershire...and was kind enough to remind us of the fact
A brilliant night, a great crowd of 'up-for-it' revellers....we will return!
10th APRIL 2017
THE ACHIEVERS SET TO HEADLINE AT PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL, ITALY
We've just recieved news that The Achievers will be headlining the Rufus Thomas Cafe Stage on the opening night of The Porretta Soul Festival, Italy - 21st July 2017.
1st March 2017
THE ACHIEVERS TOUR SCHEDULE IS COMPLETE
The Achievers European Tour is in place with the final available date being snapped up by Zone Blue Bar in Bonn, Germany.
The Achievers will be certainly covering plenty of ground - the tour will have them perform ten concerts across England, Belgium, France, Italy & Germany.
Further details will be announced in the coming months.
15th FEBRUARY 2017
The Achievers add Belgium to European Tour
The Achievers are in the finals stages of confirming a ten-day tour of the UK and Europe, including performances in Belgium, France, Italy and Germany.
Full Tour schedule to be announced in Spring 2017.
7th February 2017
Live album Teaser video
Here a short teaser ahead of the release of our live album - 'Live at The Blue Zucchnini'
Available Spring 2017
31st JANUARY 2O17
LIVE AT GLOUCESTER BREWERY - 10TH FEBRUARY
We'll be kicking off a busy and exciting year with a gig at Glocester Brewery. Their new Blues, Soul and Roots party night have been gathering great momentum and it's great to be involved.
The Brewery is an excellent venue and of course has the most amazing beer brewed just a few yards away!
Free entry and door open at 7pm.
26th JANUARY 2017
Confirmed at Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival - 22nd - 30th july 2017
The Achievers will be part of Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival in 2017 - we're particularly chuffed with this as it'll act as the last day of our European Tour...and it's nice and close to home.
We've heard great things about this festival and we really keen to get involved!
We're confirmed for Sunday 30th July - full line-up and stage times will be released in Feb/March
25th January 2017
The Achievers return to Silverstone Woodlands!
Great news this morning as we confirmed a return to Silverstone Woodlands - the music festival that accompanies the Formula One in mid-July.
We did two great gigs there last year - Formula One and the Moto GP - and got some amazing feedback. We're confirmed for Sunday 16th July - 7:30pm.
20th January 2017
ALBUM: "LIVE @ THE BLUE ZUCCHINI"
In November 2016 we recorded our gig at The Blue Zucchini in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. It was a busy, ticket only affair and was a great atmosphere. The album was recorded live by Roger Whittaker at Stonedhouse Studios and will be available to buy from May 2017
It features audience favourites from our set including: 'The Cuckoo', 'Little Girl', and 'God Almighty...' We really wanted to capture the experience of an Achievers gig on CD and recording everything live really fits with our philosophy of performing Rhythm & Blues 'in the moment', just like the audience is experiencing it.
We are pleased to be able to have a CD for folks to buy at our gigs, people have been requesting it for a while so we're excited to make this available. Previews will be available in the coming months.
11th January 2017
WOTTON BLUES FESTIVAL
We have just confirmed that we will be part of this years Wotton Blues Festival. It's a great festival local to us here in Gloucestershire. We will be performing on Sunday 24th September - 4pm.
5th JANUARY 2017
THE ACHIEVERS AT THE PORRETTA SOUL FESTIVAL, ITALY!
We are so chuffed to confirm that as part of our European tour we have been offered a place at the World famous Porretta Soul Festival. The festival is a Mecca for fans of Southern Soul music, particularly the music of STAX records. International legends of Soul music play every year and we're delighted to have the chance to share the stage! We're quite excited about this one - it also helps that it's a very beautiful part of the world!
13th DECEMBER 2017
EUROPEAN TOUR CONFIRMED!
The Achievers are going on European Tour! The first few confirmations have come in for our first tour of Europe. We've got some exciting gigs in some beautiful parts of Europe and can't wait to get a foot on the touring ladder!
We'll of course be promoting our new live album (more info to follow) and doing everything we can to share our brand of vintage dancing music!
'Excited' probably an understatement...and there's still lots of hard work to do! Tour dates, venues and details will be announced in Sprig 2017.