Olly Alcock
Burgundy Blues / The Weight / Universe

Mike Thorburn, Roz Sluman, Olly, Eddie Chicken


Although now known nationally, Olly Alcock's first bands were Cumbrian bands of the sixties.

Olly's first band, started at school, was called Burgundy Blues. This band comprised Ernie Horn on bass, Tim Wilson on drums, Graham Luck and Tom Jones (not that one!) on vocals and Olly on guitar. They played exciting venues such as Langwathby and Cummersdale.

After a short time Phil Cook replaced Tim Wilson on drums and Boz Borrowdale was added on second guitar and the band became The Weight.

Eventually Mal Thorburne took over on drums, Arnie Armstrong replaced Ernie Horn on bass and the band became Universe.

The band wrote and arranged their own material and their popularity grew in Cumbria until they decided to try their luck in London.


L to R: Olly Alcock / Roz Sluman / Eddie Chicken / Mike Thorburn


Having relocated to London the band became regulars at the Marquee club and appeared at the 1971 Reading Festival along with Rory Gallagher. Although their gigs were popular the band were unable to obtain a record deal and they returned home to rethink and reform.

Olly's next band was a three-piece with Mike Kidson and John Waite called England. They returned to London where despite playing all the main venues the record deal still eluded them. It was not until 1976 after many lineup changes that they recorded the "England" album.

England lasted into the Eighties until they became first the Deltas and then the Delta Blues Band. In 1988 the Delta Blues Band released "A New Leaf".

In 1990 the Olly Alcock Band was finally created. They have supported Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings at Carlisle's Sands Centre and are appearing at this year's Colne Blues Festival.

For more information and to buy the new album visit the official Olly Alcock site


Olly and Roz at the 2006 Maryport Blues Festival