Supported by Stuart Bligh
Tickets available online at: www.wegottickets.com/event/513326
Aynsley Lister is one of the UK’s hottest contemporary blues guitarists – many consider him to be among the best in the world. His unique brand of blues-based rock delivers contemporary song writing fueled with the kind of heart and soul that’s missing from so much modern music. Whether passionately writing and recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live shows, one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning. With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the resurgence of British blues-infused music.
Blazing a trail in a bar band from the age of 13 honed his skills. By 18 he'd started singing and had also formed his first group, during which time he landed a dream support slot with Buddy Guy and released two low key CD's featuring his earliest original material. In 1998 those self-penned titles caught the attention of Ruf Records owner Thomas Ruf, who immediately signed Aynsley and hooked him up with Stevie Ray Vaughan's producer Jim Gaines. With a maturity that belied his years, the self titled debut announced Aynsley Lister as a major new talent and kicked off a successful relationship with Ruf Records, releasing 7 albums and 2 DVD's in ten years. Their influence, coupled with his dynamite live shows and an intense touring schedule, earned high profile support slots with established artists like Walter Trout, John Mayall and Robert Cray, whilst rousing festival appearances alongside artists like the Fun Lovin' Criminals cemented his standing as an artist whose work, although rooted in blues, transcended the genre with a fiery modern sound that was eagerly embraced by fans of rock, pop, soul and acoustic music alike. In 2007 Aynsley was the only British artist to be named in Classic Rock magazine's "Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists", alongside John Mayer, Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa.
In 2008 Aynsley's huge crossover potential then saw him sign to Manhaton Records, where he released his 'Equilibrium' and 'Tower Sessions' albums. Produced by Steve Darrel Smith and featuring Paul McCartney guitarist Robbie Macintosh, 2009's 'Equilibrium' exposed Lister in his best ever form, throwing all his musical influences into a delicious melting pot that delivered sultry melodies, full throttle hard rock riffage and introspective ballads. 'Equilibrium' received fantastic reviews and stormed into Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw Aynsley playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and with the tape rolling, nailed a cracking rendition of their high-octane live set to produce the storming 'Tower Sessions' record, which was consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters Writers Poll.
In 2013, Aynsley then completely bucked the trend and moved away from the traditional format, going into partnership with his wife, Stephanie Lister, and launching their own record label, Straight Talkin' Records. The pair have since released two of the most successful albums of Aynsley's career under their own steam. 'Home', released in 2013, garnered the guitar ace the 'Songwriter of the Year' award at the British Blues Awards and 'Eyes Wide Open', released on October 7 2016, saw him confidently pursuing his own musical path. Self-assured, inventive and richly-textured, Aynsley brings his 18 years of hard touring, 11 album releases (eight studio and three live) and all his experience as a musician to fruition on Eyes Wide Open.
The Civic Centre and Luxfords Restaurant location:
The Civic Centre is located just off the High Street adjacent to the free public Luxford car park.
Heading up the hill (north) turn left off the High Street at NatWest bank and the Civic Centre is straight ahead accessed by steps or a ramp.
Follow the road into the free Luxford public car park (3 hours maximum) or up to the top section where you can park for up to 10 hours.
Use TN22 1AL in your GPS devices.
Uckfield train station is situated at the bottom of the High Street.
On leaving the station turn right and walk up the hill (north).
Turn left off the High Street at NatWest Bank and the Civic Centre is straight ahead accessed by steps or a ramp.
Uckfield bus station is situated at the bottom of the town opposite the Tesco supermarket.
On leaving the bus station cross the road via the pedestrian crossing and turn left and up a short flight of steps to access Tesco car park. The Civic Centre is located to the right of the Tesco store accessed via steps or a ramp.
Alternatively cross the road via the pedestrian crossing and turn right to access the High Street. Proceed up the hill and then turn left off the High Street at NatWest Bank and the Civic Centre is straight ahead accessed by steps or a ramp.
The Civic Centre is normally open at 8.00am to facilitate hirers’ access but closing times vary according to room bookings and events.
The building is open to the public as part of the Wealden Community Toilet Scheme Monday – Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Luxfords Restaurant is open 9.30am – 3.00pm, Monday to Saturday and by arrangement for specific events.
The Civic Centre
Uckfield, East Sussex,
T: 01825 761659
T: 01825 769694
The booking office is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4 pm
The Civic Centre strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support you. We aim to make your visit a memorable experience with every need catered for.
Please call us with any specific requirements
The Civic Centre can be accessed via ramps from the direction of the High Street and from Tesco supermarket. There is an automatic door providing access to the Civic Centre and there are disabled toilet facilities on the ground and first floors. The first floor can be accessed via the customer lift.
There is an induction loop facility in the Weald Hall (where most events are held). Please ask if you require additional assistance when visiting or booking and we will do everything to accommodate you.