Blues guitarist Innes Sibun began playing guitar at the age of 12 after hearing B.B King.
As a teenager he played in many bands playing punk, reggae, rock, folk & jazz learning from different musicians along the way.
His first band the “Blues explosion” recorded the album “Thats what the blues can do” with legendary producer Mike Vernon (Eric Clapton,Peter Green’s Fleetwood mac) in the producers seat. The album gained critical acclaim & was voted best blues album in Ireland that year. The band toured throughout the UK & Europe on their own & also toured with “Wild child” Butler, Jay Owens, Jesse “guitar” Taylor & Johnny Adams as well as opening up for Joe Louis Walker, Ronnie Earl, the Fabulous thunderbirds, Walter Trout,the Blues band, Boy George, nine below zero & Moody Marsden band & playing all the major blues festivals throughout the UK.
Photo Johnny Leo Johansen(c) Fjeldberg Marina 2013
In 1993 Innes was asked to join Robert Plant’s band for his “Fate of nations” tour. The tour took in America, Europe & South America where they played the Rock in Rio festivals in Sao Paulo & Rio as well as playing in Argentina, Chile, Venezuela & Mexico. During the U.S dates Innes was able to meet & play with many of his blues heroes like Buddy Guy & James Cotton in Chicago, he also jammed at Antones blues club in Austin Texas with Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton, Chris Duarte & many other legends of the Austin blues scene. His guitar playing can be heard on Robert’s “66 to Timbuktu” & “Nine lives” albums.
Following the tour with Robert Plant Innes made several albums for Viceroy records, “Superstitious” & “Honeypot” with his new band, they toured throughout Europe & opened up for Peter Green in New York as well as touring Europe with Roger Chapman & Chris Farlowe.Two albums followed for Provogue records & the critically acclaimed “East Monroe” came out on Ulftone records in 2001. After many years of touring the band decided to rest & went their own ways.In 2004 Innes put together a new band who were asked to play at the Gloucester blues festival & Trowbridge village pump festival. The band soon found themselves in the studio & recorded “Farmhouse blues” which was released on ZYX records.
Several tours of Germany followed with appearances at Colne, Gloucester, Cambridge & Bristol blues festivals in the UK as well as Mostar blues festival in Bosnia & others in Belgium, Austria, Germany & Slovenia. 2007 saw the release of “Tail dragger” on ZYX records to much critical acclaim (reaching number 6 in the German blues charts) as well as playing shows in Africa, U.S.A, Germany, Holland & the UK. 2008 started with more European shows & support slots with Johnny Winter, Taj Mahal, Steve Cropper & Al Kooper as well as appearances at the London blues festival & the Windsor blues festival in Ontario Canada.
Recently the band has played tours of Germany, France, the UK & the Netherlands as well as festivals in France, Spain & the UK & in April 2009 embarked on a tour of the U.S.A as headliners. Innes also released a solo acoustic album on mp3 called “Snake wine”. In 2010 the band released a live album on ZYX records entitled “The box set”, they also played at the Rory Gallagher festival in Ballyshannon Ireland by special request of Rory’s brother Donal Gallagher.
2011 saw the band record “Cant slow down” for 2012 release on ZYX records in 2012 as well as playing dates throughout Europe. Innes was invited to play in New york city for the Rory Gallagher show at the Iridium club to celebrate the release of the “Notes from San Fransisco” album. 2012 has seen shows in Latvia & the UK with dates coming up in Lithuania, Germany, Belgium & the Netherlands in the summer.