Close to Howling

by The Untouchables

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The Untouchables are champions of the raw blues, basing their sound on the swinging soul of the great artists who recorded for Chess Records in the 50s.
With a string bass, a big old drum kit, a cranked guitar through a hot valve amp and a wailing harp, they turn any venue into a rocking juke joint.
This is blues for dancing. If you love Louis Jordan, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Hound Dog Taylor, then you'll love The Untouchables.

The Untouchables are:

Keith Parker: Vocals and harp
Peter Ellison: Guitar
Paul "Chuck" Green: String bass
Malcolm "Eddie" Buckland: Drums and percussion

Reviews of The Untouchables' live shows:

"'Round Midnight Blues and Jazz Bar had an amazing Friday night with the Untouchables- what a band and what a crowd! Thanks to everyone who made it such a top night!" Mike at 'Round Midnight Jazz and Blues Club Islington

“the band turned in a stonking set which again shook off any audience lethargy and had them rocking in the aisles! I am sure we will see these guys again soon, they were excellent.” Ashwyn Smyth of Digitalblues

"a cracking little blues act with a fantastic Harmonica player. These guys really know their blues,.." The Blues Kitchen Camden

"You guys are smokin' hot! Really enjoyed your dancin' blues.. You gotta new fan here!" Queen Creole xxx

"Your band was great -everybody loved you. You've created a great atmosphere!" Benoit, Swing mon Amour, London

"The Untouchables are an astounding band. Go and see them soon!" Ian McHugh Blues is the Truth on UK Jazz Radio

"This will be their 3rd time at ‘Round Midnight and they are truly one of our favorite bands"


released August 14, 2010

"Close to Howling" was recorded live in glorious analogue mono at Gizzard Recording by Ed Deegan and at Graphic Nature and City Studios. Mastered by Ed Deegan.

Keith uses Seydel harmonicas
Pete either plays old knackered guitars or shiny new ones by Philippe Dubreuille

Cover photo by Julie Williams
Cover design by Tim Perks
Photos of The Untouchables live by Boris Conte


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The Untouchables Hertfordshire, UK

“The Untouchables play sparse, tasteful Chicago blues. No, not blues rock: tight, swinging, focussed, authentic sounding urban blues, with every element honed to its bare essentials in an unostentatious display of taste and restraint. If you like Little Walter, Bo Diddley or Willie Dixon, then this is as close as you’ll get to seeing them live. Utterly superb." Live Unsigned ... more

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