Formed in 2011 at Nelson Thomlinson school near Carlisle by new boy Tom Hamilton who was desperate to play in a proper R&B band, the 45s spent time playing late night gigs in pubs and clubs around the North.
A major break was supporting Wilko Johnson on his farewell tour in March of this year. Wilko has become a mentor and fan, describing the 45s as “my favourite band”.
Winning a place at the Great British R&B festival in Colne in August, the 45s shared the stage with Wilko who joined them to play Roxette and presented one of his trademark black and red Telecasters to guitarist Tom.
The band have recently been given coverage in NME magazine who raved about them.
October saw them return to London, supporting Wilko yet again, at The Clapham Grand, before an upcoming headline slot at the 02 Academy, Islington in December.
FORTHCOMING TOUR DATES
• Fri 8/11 Brighton, Horse & Groom
• Wed 13/11 Mayfair, Mod night, Embassy Club
• Sat 16/11 Chester, Telford Warehouse
• Sun 17/11 Private party Penrith
• Sat 23/11 Liverpool, Zanzibar
• Fri 29/11 KU Bar Stockton
• Sat 30/11 Cockermouth, the Globe
• Fri 6/12 Carlisle CfM Cash for kids event at the Racecourse
• Sun 15/12 Chester Guildhall
• Thu 19/12 Kendal, Bootleggers
• Fri 20/12 London, Alley Cat club, Denmark St
• Sat 21/12 London, Academy Islington
• Sun 22/12 Canvey Essex, Oysterfleet Oil City Discs Christmas party
James Green-vocals, harp
Tom Hamilton-guitar, vocals
Joe Wyatt-bass, vocals
Bailey Claringbold, drums