In India in 1886 a young man with tabla playing skills left the countryside for the city. He lived a pretense of royal stock and married into a maharaja family.
At the sametime a young welshman had landed in India with his guitar and also lived a pretense life above his station. Likewise he married into a maharaja family.
For both this was short lived and in 1889 their true backgrounds were discovered. Both found themselves on the same boat heading to Great Britain. On this boat they met, and wrote a song together.
This song was the Maharaja Blues and this is how the Maharaja Blues was born.
Maharaja Blues is the culmination of the flow of two talented rivers, Richard and Satinder as they merge with the great Mississippi,
fusing the sound of the beating tabla along with the euphoric slide blues. During 2011 the duo started to perform more frequently together and their sound was greatly received.
They released an EP. This EP commemorates and celebrates the distinctive sound produced by the combination of the duo's rhythm and harmony,
as well as the good times had during this period.
Richard Staines was born in South Wales. He has been actively involved in all sorts of music from a young age.
He has lived and performed in many countries though has been mainly based in London.
In recent years his love of the blues has blossomed and his skills on slide guitar have gone from strength to strength.
He thoroughly enjoys song-writing, arranging, and composing.
Satinder Grewal, having started playing tabla at the age of 9, continued with the passion for the Indian percussion instrument
throughout his early years. He recently rediscovered his affinity for the tabla and has been playing at gigs around London,
creating a respectable fan-base. He has transitioned from collaborating with traditional Indian musicians playing instruments
such as sarangi, to western style instruments - notably the guitar. Through hours of enjoyable yet concentrated practise,
he has honed his technical abilities which has allowed him to form half of the Maharaja Blues.
2013 Oct 2013, Oxjam Bath and Oxjam Swansea
Oct 2013, The Leek Blues Festival
August 2013, Cardiff Hub Festival
July 2013, The RhythmTree Festival (World Music), Isle Of Wight
June 2013, ShireFest (Shirenewton)
May 2013, The Devauden Music Festival
Feb 2013, The 12 Bar Club, Denmark Street, London.
2012 Nov 2012, The Tenby Blues Festival
May 2012, The Devauden Music Festival