Robbie Reay

Blues Musician - Artist - Author  

Sat 24th November - Robbie Reay and Friends played a stonking gig at The Barrels Ale House, to a great audience. Robbie played his spade, cigar box and acoustic guitar, accompanied  by Will Cran on Harmonica, Iain Petrie on Bass and Jock Leathen on Cajon. Thanks to Shirley Athey, Nadia and Carol Stormdrift for the photos.

Robbie Reay and Will Cran played the opening set for the Borders Blues Club's grand unveiling at The Vale Club in Innerleathen, Friday 5th of October 2018. It was a great night, well attended and we hope to be back very soon.

It was a great privilege to be invited to play one of the tracks from my latest album at St Michaels Church, Alnwick Sunday 9th September 2018. The event was a celebration of hope, which was very well attended. The song I chose to play was 'side by side'. 

Another great live show presented by the one and only Jolly Roger at Lionheart Radio Friday 7th September 2018. I played some original and a couple of cover songs live on air.

A Mahooosive THANK YOU to all of the IBBA presenters, listeners and fans for playing and requesting songs from my album " Airsick Reay Blues Music" which made it to No. 2 in the IBBA most played album top 40, August 2018. It is truly humbling and i am very grateful for your continued support. 

The Berwick Food and Beer Festival Saturday 1st September 2018 was great. The Killer Cats took to the stage for a 90 minute set of original Blues & Rock n Roll, with some all time favorite covers to get the toes tapping.

Tom's Party Saturday 18th August 2018

Decades Day Saturday 4th August 2018 saw The Killer Cats in action at The auction House in Berwick. An amazing atmosphere loads of dancing and people just having fun. 

Another great gig in Barrels Ale House Berwick Upon Tweed,  28th July 2018.

We had a really good time at Ealing Blues Festival this year on Saturday 21st July 2018. Met some amazing people including Dave Finnegan of The Commitments, Cleo Sylvestre, Zoe Schwartz, Hayseed Dixie, Jennifer and Glen Noble and many more great people.  

Saturday 16th June 2018 Midsummer Mutiny for plundering pirates, saw The Killer Cats in action for a tremendously well received gig. Thanks to Edward Teach and his pirates for inviting us to play this prestigious event and for such a great cause.

Brilliant gig at the Barells Ale House in Berwick 28th April 2018 with The Killer Cats, supported by Chris Maynard.

Playing at acoustic blues at Lionheart Radio Amble Market Northumberland with radio presenters Jolly Roger and Gillian Daniel.

Fundraising for Alnwick Music Festival Robbie Reay played a set at the Alnwick Working Mans Club 27th April 2018, joined by Robert Thompson on Cajon and Will Cran on Harmonica. 

Enjoyed the company of Jolly Roger and Jonathan Justice on their Blues & Roots Radio Show on Lionheart Radio. Its always a pleasure to be invited to perform and chat live on air. Jolly Roger never ceases to amaze me with his vast knowledge of songs, bands and artists. He links each song through banter in a seamless flow of ear candy. Be sure to tune in for the next show online, or through your radio.

Ahoy there ship mates! We had the great pleasure to be invited to play on board the tall ship S/V Flying Dutchman during an unexpected visit to Eyemouth Harbour. With a very warm welcome and great hospitality we played the night away into the early hours. Thanks to all of the crew and passengers, including Fake Irish, Stan Janssen, Pim Deutekom & Martijn Groen.

We had a great time and hope to see you all again in the near future.

Thanks to Steve Morrison for joining The Killer Cats at The Plough On The Hill, 2nd Dec 2017, for a memorable second set of the evening. For those who don't know, Steve Morrison is a London Blues Musician, who was a finalist on the Sky arts tv programme guitar star. With delicious food to put us in the mood, we played relaxing blues and gentle instrumentals, before letting go with our famous rockin' blues set.

The Killer Cats enjoyed a warm welcome at the Auction House 1st Dec 2017. Thanks to all for you support on what was a difficult but respectful evening in Andy's memory following his funeral earlier that day. Thanks to Jeremy Dodds for joining us on guitarfor  a couple of songs.

It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Andy Williams (20th Nov 2017), my lifelong friend, neighbor and co-founder of our first band Some Like It Hot. Andy was a real fighter, having endured two heart transplants, multiple operations and cancer. We built up our skills in music together over the years, recording, playing live and forming the band. Rest In Peace my friend. Andy is in the center of the picture.

Playing Blues at The Brown Bear open mic evening 11th Nov 2017, accompanied by Will Cran on Harmonica and Ian Petrie on Bass Guitar.

What a warm and friendly welcome we received playing at the BBC (Berwick Baptist Church). It was a privilege to be joined on stage by Russ and Carole Field. Accompanied by Nigel on Keys I played my original blues songs alternating with Russ and Carole playing folk music. It was a relaxed evening with a great audience, thanks to Jolly Roger for organizing the event.

A very BIG thank you to all of the IBBA producers for the airplay of Barefoot Blues Album. Fifth place in the IBBA Blues Album Charts, I'm absolutely bowled over and would like to convey my sincere thanks to all of you for your continued support and encouragement.

Sunday the 10th of September, I had the pleasure of sharing a great evening with Gary Grainger and all the listeners of his show, The Blues Show on Bishop FM 105.9. Thanks for making me feel welcome and allowing the opportunity to play live on your show.

Bamburgh B'Festival 2017 saw The Killer Cats in action Friday 26th August 2017. We had a great time at this festival playing for a very good cause. What a backdrop with the stage set in front of the spectacular Bamburgh Castle. The band received a very warm welcome and we hope to play again in the coming years.

****NEW ALBUM**** ****NEW ALBUM****

We are thrilled to announce the release of Robbie Reay's latest album Barefoot Blues.

This album was produced to accompany the book previously released.

Available NOW to download on CD Baby and iTunes, please follow the links below.

The CD will also be available very soon, keep checking in for availability.

Robbie Reay is thrilled to announce his newly published book, exclusively available on this website for only £6.00 plus post and packing. Get your order in early before the Christmas rush either for you, or a loved one who loves anything about the blues.

Barefoot Bluesman Paul ‘Robbie Reay’ takes you on a soul-searching journey to find the crossroads, the real crossroads. He attempts to make sense of the Faustian myth that is selling your soul to the devil down at the crossroads. This book reflects his journey, with many references and facts, which will act as a guide for future blues pilgrims wishing to find their way home.

Robbie Reay and The Killer Cats played on Sunday evening  at the Spittal Seaside Festival. It was a great line-up, we played at quarter to 8 on the 14th of August 2016, with a six piece on stage to rock the marquee down. A big thank you to all involved and thanks to Martin Yves for stepping in as wingman on guitar, it was a pleasure to have you on board.


News Flash.... Robbie has released a great new blues album 'The Jekyll Can't Hide'

Described  as "Like drinking whisky through your ears" Fully original Blues Album by a talented singer-songwriter-guitarist. With a soulful blend of melodies on cigar box guitar and subtle hints of harmonica, this album breathes a unique blend of Raw and emotive spirit

The Album is available in the website shop, or download as MP3's on CD Baby iTunes and Amazon MP3.

On Thursday the 26th of November 2015 we played live on air to promote the new album The Jekyll Can't Hide. Thanks to all the listeners of Jolly Roger's Blues & Roots Radio Show at Lionheart Radio today. A BIG thank you to Jolly Roger's Radio Shows for inviting us to the studio for some live playing and talking about the new album The Jekyll Can't Hide. Thanks to William Cran for his great harp playin', can't wait for our next performance with the whole band. We will keep you posted on the next gig venue.

On the 2nd October 2015 my son Ozzy accompanied me playing at the 'We Shall Overcome' open mic night in Berwick Upon Tweed at the Kazmiranda Café. This was the first time I tried playing some tracks from the new album, which went down really well. I think all of the credit goes to my talented son Ozzy for his amazing Ukulele playing.

Holy Island Festival  25-28th of June 2015 with Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell. The highlight of this year was hanging out with these two great guys from Lindisfarne on lindisfarne, in front of Lindisfarne Mead.

The Killer Cats had a great gig at this years Summer Sounds Festival at the Pavilion in Berwick Upon Tweed. The band was a full 6 piece, including Russ Field on Bass, Jock on drums, Gary on Piano, Dan on Geetar and Robbie on vocals, geetar and cigar box slide.

We enjoyed a great gig in The Crown & Anchor Pub Lindisfarne, as part of the first ever festival on the Island. The band members were organised at the last minute. Thanks to Will, Chris, Robert, Martyn & of course Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell.

I can highly recommend the Crown and Anchor for their amazing hospitality and first rate food.

Reivers Rock & Blues Festival 27th-29th May 2015 was a great gig I played a set with Jane Edwards, a Jazz Singer from Cambridge, all thanks to Jolly roger for organising it.