Blues Extra was formed in 2011 by Terry Villars (bass) following the demise of his previous band. He got together with Paul Englefield and they soon recruited Louis Balestrini (lead guitar) and Tony Ashpool (drums). They started playing open mic nights which led to gigs in pubs and soon began to get asked back for paid gigs!
Drawing on their own musical hinterlands they soon expanded the repertoire into rock from the likes of Clapton, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Bowie, the Stones and this repertoire continues to expand with some 60 songs currently on the setlist. Initially the band had a saxophone in the line up but this didn’t last and Tony Freeman then joined the band. Tony brought keyboards, rhythm guitar and some superb harmonica playing, and the bands sound is now rich and complex.
Hel has recently joined as lead vocalist bringing a new and exciting element to the band. Hel used to sing for various cover bands and one original band in the past, both in Italy (her origin Country) and UK. She teaches singing to children and young adults in Northampton at the moment and she’s a big fan of Led Zeppelin (how you cannot be one, actually?!).