THE GRAPEVINE BLUES BAND
MIKE CHASE - vocal, harmonica
IVAN HOE - drums
DR IKA - guitar
DAVE TROY - bass
DAVE LENOX - keyboards
IVAN HOE - drums DR. IKA - guitar, vocal ANDREW HEART - bass, vocal
The trio "Dr. Ika's Pharmacy" was established in 2012 by:
DR. IKA - started to play a 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 USSR. 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 (Ika was listening
to the "enemy" radios like BBC and the Voice of America) and police were cutting 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.
In 1990, back in Georgia, Ika continued his scientific work (research on brain tissue transplantation, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease), and in
addition, started to write music for films, cartoons, TV and theatre. 1991-1993 were the most difficult years in Ika's life. The collapse of the
Soviet system brought about an anarchy, corruption, extreme poverty and the rise of nationalism instead of democracy, freedom and prosperity.
There was no electricity, no gas, and no food or other necessary products. The members of various different gangs were in the streets robbing
people and killing each other for petrol, cars or just for a cigarette. Some of the notorious members of Drug Mafia and the war lords got important
posts in the government and the future was unpredictable and bleak. It is not surprising that Dr Ika got the BLUES. Miraculously in 1993, Dr Ika
and his wife 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 200 gigs a year with the "Grapevine" blues band or in 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,
The Yard birds, Papa George, Sonny Black and others. He has produced the following albums: "Grapevine Neo Blues", "Dr Ika's Blues..." and
"Dr Ika's Tribute to Miles Davis and John McLaughlin". In May 2002 Ika was signed by "Blues Matters!" label. At the present Ika is signed with
the UK's virtuoso guitar label Liquid Note Records.
IVAN HOE is an outstanding drummer from Johannesburg, South Africa. Ivan played with several jazz, rock and blues bands in UK. Currently he
is a drummer in the Grapevine Blues Band.
ANDREW HEART - Over the years, as a bass player/vocalist/guitarist had the privilege of playing with a number of great artistes.
From the early days with Billy Idol, through Eric Bell (Thin Lizzy), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), Bob Geldof, Micky Moody (Whitesnake), Neil
Hubbard (Joe Cocker, Roxy Music), Clem Burke (Blondie), Brian Connellys Sweet, etc., to more recently with Mick Avory (The Kinks), Gus
Isidore (Seal), Reg Isidore (Robin Trower) and Hud (Strawbs, HudsonFord). And now of course, the good doctor himself - Ika.
We play at the THE FARMER'S BOY, St. Albans, 134 London Road, AL1 1PQ, Sunday,12th of August, 9pm
Also at the WOODBINE INN, Honey Ln, Weltham Abbey, EN9 3QT, 1st of September, 9pm start.