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And Dumpy's Rusty Nuts
Dumpy's Rusty Nuts first appeared on the London Rock scene in 1981.
After a short time DRN released their first single "Just for Kicks" which went into the Heavy Metal charts.
This was soon followed by their second single, the now legendary Bikers Anthem "Boxhill or Bust".
The success of the singles along with a UK tour with the Blues Band fronted by ex Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones saw that the bands future was secure.
DRN then started to tour around the UK playing all the rock clubs including the now defunct London Marquee Club, which saw them hold the all time record for appearances at this legendary venue.
Since 1981 DRN have played the Reading Rock Festival (twice), appeared on national television + radio and supported and toured with many major rock bands such as MOTORHEAD, HAWKWIND and STATUS QUO.
DRN have also played at the Isle of Man TT several times and many biker rallies including the Derbyshire Rock'n'Blues.
DRN's roots lie mainly in the Heavy Rock/ Blues music of the late sixties and seventies, taking influences from ERIC CLAPTON and JIMI HENDRIX through to PINK FLOYD, DR FEELGOOD and MOTORHEAD. This coupled with MARTIN CONNELY'S very strong bass guitar and the flamboyant drumming of ANDY SMITH along with DUMPY'S soloing skills, use of guitar effects and synth pedals make a very entertaining combination.
AT this moment in time when the UK seems to be overrun with unoriginal tribute bands, talentless boy bands and tuneless bimbos, DRN are still very much a force to be reckoned with , a band for the future mixing an endless experience of touring with an in-depth passion for hard edged blues/boogie.
After many personnel changes over the bands 20yr history the present lineup of DUMPY, ANDY and MARTIN has been stable since 1995 and has proved to be one of the most powerful rock /blues outfits in the UK.
In the last couple of years Dumpy has been developing a solo project, SpaceNutz with which he has supported Hawkwind, and performing solo Acoustic sets to much critical acclaim.
More recently he has been guesting with Hawkwind on their recent tours