29th July 2pm (Doors 1pm)

Dr Ika's Pharmacy

We welcome Dr Ika who many of you know from Grapevine Blues, this time he brings is Pharmacy with him.

   
Dr Ika started to play his granddad's gramophone at the age of 4, piano at 7 and classical guitar at 12.

After listening to Albert King,  B.B. King and Albert Collins, Ika discovered the blues and electric guitar.  Later, after having heard the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix,  he fell in love with rock music which was a strictly forbidden fruit in the Soviet Georgia.

Ika started to play electric guitar and instantly got the blues, because everybody and everything that surrounded him was against it - starting with the Soviet System and ending with his parents. KGB was after him because he was listening to the "enemy" radio stations like BBC and the Voice of America and the police wanted to cut his moderately long hair short.

While waiting for a better future Ika became a Doctor of Biology and earned a Bachelor's degree in music.

When the strict attitude towards the "subversive western music" had softened, Dr Ika started to perform on several rock and blues festivals and twice was honoured as the country's best guitarist.

During the 1986-1989 Ika lived and worked as a scientist in Sweden. He has played with top jazz and blues musicians such as Jimmy Smith, Richard Roberts, Tom Levin and has twice performed with the legendary B.B. King - an unusual claim to fame from a neurosurgeon!

It is not surprising that Dr Ika got the BLUES.  Miraculously in 1993, Dr Ika and his wife, Lia, were awarded the Royal Society Fellowships to carry out research at Cardiff University. They left Georgia for good and  immigrated to the UK.   Along his scientific work, Ika started to play funk-fusion with the band "The Funker" and also totally different type of music in the rave clubs together with heavy house dance DJ Paul Lyons. Soon he was sharing the stage with such top DJs as Sasha, John Digwid, Carl Cox, Kalvin Andrews, Love Dub, Tall Paul and others.

Experience he gained on the dance floor proved to be invaluable when he later produced a Future Music's platinum award winning guitar sample CD "Guitar Odyssey" (Zero-G Ltd.). 

Dr Ika now lives in Hertfordshire. He has given up his scientific career and has
entirely devoted himself to music. Ika performs about 150 gigs a year with the "Grapevine" blues band or in a duo with a singer Mike Chase. With the Grapevine Blues Band, Ika played on many blues festivals in the UK, sharing the stage with Gary Moore, Stan Webb, Papa George, Sonny Black and others fabulous musicians.

In 2004 Ika was signed by virtuoso guitar label “Liquid Note Records” where he was featured on the “Alchemists II” album together with the worlds 29 top virtuoso guitarists.

In 2014 Ika, together with two wonderful musicians Ivan Hoe on drums and Andrew Heart on bass/vocals, founded power trio The Dr. Ika’s Pharmacy, which plays Jimi Hendrix and Cream classic tunes mixing them with powerful original material.

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