"The word genius is often over used but what else could the man whose show stopping performance at Abertillery Blues Festival on his '57 custom three pick-uped black beauty Les Paul be coined" "Flights and notations of mystery and imagination crashed to Earth like space shrapnel" and a more to the point quote "Why isn't this man a star?" Just a few of the many positive media quotations Melvin Hancox has experienced of late.
Born to songwriter (for Joe Meek) and playwright (BBC's Play For Today) Stephen. Of late Melvin has had material played on the BBC, Rick Wakeman's Planet Rock Show, live interviews and sessions on mainstream national radio along with writing and television work.
He has currently formed a band in his own image after many years of bringing his talent to other outfits. Playing his first gig at 12 yrs., signing his first record deal at 16 yrs., touring Europe and gaining experience in both radio and television, forming "Vincent Flatts Final Drive" and scoring his second deal at 18 yrs. whilst also touring Costa Rica and The States and guesting on others sessions along the way, through various permutations he has worked with bands and members from Budgie, Man, Savoy Brown, Canned Heat, Tony McPhee & Paul Hancox ([no relation] ex-legendary Chicken Shack drummer with whom Melvin occasionally performs as "Imagination Lady"), Magnum, Mick Bonham and Ace Kefford [yes related], whilst going on to write, produce and release six highly original albums fronting his own band as well as a solo offering.
Now with the addition of Tom Harper, one of Ireland's much lauded premier musicians (in fact the demand for his services became so great his manager brought him to England 25 years ago for a one-off tour and he's never returned since) who tastefully accompanies with Bass guitar, Keyboards and Vocal. Although versed in many styles Melvin's unique take on traditional forms is a new challenge to Tom and together with a totally seasoned professional, Ray Richman on Drums and Percussion whose C.V. reads like a history of rock & roll performing, writing and recording with the legendary Handsome Beasts and also working with Steve Young (AC/DC) amongst many other rock luminaries he is accompanied by a sympathetic and adaptable rhythm section with several years' pedigree. Melvin has just completed his fourth season as presenter and writer of the Radio B.O.S.S. Show that's "The Big Oversoul Sounds" for American college radio and was recently described as a talented and witty individual reminiscent of Kenny Everett.
We could go on for pages but we're sure you more than get the picture. Needless to say if you like your blues/rock played with more experience and imagination than most the "Melvin Hancox Band" is a show that really should not be missed!!!
Fri 21 - Cross Keys, Stratford Road, Alcester B49 5AR
Sat 22 - Route 44, Inn on the Green, 2 Westley Road, Acocks
Green, Birmingham B27 7UH
Fri 28 - The Original Pokey Hole Blues Club, Lichfield Sports
Club, Eastern Avenue, Lichfield WS13 7SQ
Sat 29 - Royal Oak, Kinnersley, Worcester WR8 9JR
Sun 7 - Prince of Wales, 66 Weston Road,
Stafford ST16 3RW 7pm
Sat 13 - The Crew, Queens Hall, 75-77 Queens Road,
Nuneaton CV11 5LA
Fri 19 - Melvin Hancox One Man Show - Red Lion, 6
Market Place, Evesham WR11 4RE
Fri 26 - Wrekin Inn, 26 Wrekin Road, Wellington, Telford
Sat 27 - Millennium Hall, Oxford. OX33 1BF. 7pm
Sun 28 - Melvin Hancox One Man Show, Nottingham Arms,
129 High Street, Tewkesbury. B15 3AA
Sat 3 - The Crew, Queens Hall, 75-77 Queens Road,
Nuneaton CV11 5LA
Fri 9 - Bedworth Liberal Club, 22 King Street, Bedworth
Sat 10 - New Wellington, 383 Brettell Lane, Brierley Hill DY8 3TB
Sat 17 - Prince of Wales, 66 Weston Road, Stafford
ST16 3RW 9pm
Fri 23 - Route 44, Inn on the Green, 2 Westley Road, Acocks
Green, Birmingham B27 7UH
Sat 24 - Private Function
Fri 30 - The Forge Urban Revival all Original Venue, The Wakes,
Oakengates, Wellington, Telford
Sat 1 - Hare and Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath,
Birmingham B14 7JZ 5pm
Sun 2 - Melvin Hancox One Man Show - 8.00pm - Nottingham
Arms, 129 High Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5JU
Fri 7 - Melvin Hancox One Man Show, Blue Piano, 24 Harborne Road,
Edgbaston, Birmingham. B15 3AA
Sun 9 - Brasshouse, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2HP 3pm
Fri 14 - Black Star, 1 Mitton Street, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 8YP
Sat 15 - Kingswood Tavern, Kingswood Road, Nuneaton CV10 8QH
Sun 23 - Olton Tavern, Lode Lane, Solihull B92 8NU
Fri 28 - Cross Keys, Stratford Road, Alcester B49 5AR
NEW YEAR'S EVE - Wrekin Inn, 26 Wrekin Road, Wellington, Telford
Fri 1 - Private Function
Sat 16 - Black Star, 1 Mitton Street, Stourport on Severn. DY13 8YP
Sun 17 - New Inn, 2 Stafford Road, Newport TF10 7LX. 6pm
Sat 9 - The Crew, Queens Hall, 75-77 Queens Road, Nuneaton. CV11 5LA.
Fri 12 - Black Star, 1 Milton Street, Stourport on Severn.DY13 8YP
Sun 28 - Prince of Wales, Church Lane, Ledbury. HR8 1DL 4-30pm
Sat 27 - Black Star, 1 Milton Street, Stourport on Severn.DY13 8YP
Thur 1 - Melvin Hancox One Man Show, Prince of Wales,
Church Lane, Ledbury HR8 1DL 8-30pm
Sat 24 - The Crew, Queens Hall, 75-77 Queens Road, Nuneaton. CV11 5LA.
Sun 27 - Prince of Wales, Church Lane, Ledbury. HR8 1DL 4-30pm
Fri 15 - Black Star, 1 Milton Street, Stourport on Severn.DY13 8YP
Sat 14 - The Crew, Queens Hall, 75-77 Queens Road, Nuneaton. CV11 5LA.