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Blues / Funk / Jazz


The Paprika Blues Band were formed in early 2015, and since then have taken Shropshire by storm, performing at many venues and festivals across the county, winning new fans and earning great reviews. Their tender years belie a deep knowledge and understanding of not only the blues, but also jazz and funk. They are already seasoned and accomplished musicians in their own right.

Think foot stomping honky-tonk piano, intertwined with intricate drumming, solid driving bass and topped off with the passionate silky vocals of Lauren Scarlett and you get the idea.



Lauren's vocal range is perfectly suited to sing the blues with passion and feeling. Her soulful voice adds a warmth to the songs the band plays. She is responsible for writing most of the band's songs.

Moz - Guitars



Moz joined the band in 2016. His versatile guitar playing, together with his knowledge of the blues helps to produce that authentic  sound. Mos's playing is very much influenced by Keith Richards.

Rory Smith - Drums / Harmonica


Drums / Harmonica

Rory is an aficionado of the blues. He has been drumming since he was 9 years old and cites Charlie Watts as his main influence. He also plays blues harp on some songs.

Matt Bell - Keyboards



Bass Boy Billy joined the band in 2017. He is equally happy playing blues or funk and he and Rory form a tight rhythm section that holds the groove together.


January 2017

Sun 29th - Whiteman Theatre - 6:00pm

February 2017

Sat 11th - Digbeth Dining Club, Birmingham - 7:00pm
Sun 19th - The New Inn, Newport, Telford - 6:00pm

Sat 25th - The Cornerhouse, Chester - 9:00pm

March 2017

Fri 3rd - The Salopian, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm

Sat 4th - The Wheatsheaf, Frankwell - 9:00pm

April 2017
Sat 1st - The Big Busk, Shrewsbury - times tbc

Sun 23rd - The Bucks Head, Frankwell - 6:00pm

Sat 29th - Mojo Festival, Bishops Castle - time tbc

May 2017

Fri 5th - The Salopian, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm

Mon 29th - Rock and Bowl Festival, Market Drayton- 3:00pm

June 2017

Fri 23rd - The Salopian, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm

Sat 24th - The Dolphin, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm

July 2017

Sat 1st - The Smoke Swan & Taphouse, Ironbridge - 9:00pm

Fri 7th - The Wheatsheaf Frankwell, Shrewsbury - 5:00pm

Sat 9th - Workhouse Festival, Llanfillyn - 10:00pm

Thu 13th - Sandbrook Vaults, Market Drayton (Lauren, Rory & Moz) - 8:30pm
Sun 16th - The Compasses Beer Festival, Bayston Hill - 3:00pm
Tue 18th - Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm
Fri 21st - Oswestry Gigfest - venue and time to be confirmed
Mon 31st - Havana Republic, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm

August 2017

Fri 4th - Dog and Doublet, Wolverhampton - 9:00pm
Sat 5th - The Bull, Butcher Row - 9:00pm

Sat 12th - Farmer Phil's Festival - Main stage - 12:00pm
Wed 16th - Housmans, Church Stretton - 9:00pm  (Lauren, Rory & Moz blues trio)

Sat 19th - The Wheatsheaf Frankwell - 4.30pm

Thu 24th - The Pour House - 9:00pm
Sat 26th - Private Function - 5:30pm

Sat 26th - Alberts Shed, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm

September 2017

Sat 2nd - Powerleague - 7:00pm
Sat 9th - The Cornerhouse, Chester - 9:00pm
Sat 23rd - Michaelmas Fair, Bishops Castle - time tbc

Fri 29th - The Bull, Butcher Row - 9:00pm
Sat 30th - Private Party - 9:00pm

October 2017

Thu 19th - The Vaults, Bishops Castle - 9:00pm
Sat 21st - The Dolphin, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm (Lauren, Rory & Moz blues trio)
Sun 29th - Albert's Shed Film Festival

November 2017

Sun 12th - Crown Inn, Stoke-on-Trent - 9:00pm  (Lauren, Rory & Moz blues trio)
Sat 18th - Private Party
Sat 25th - Havana Republic, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm

December 2017

Fri 1st - Dog and Doublet, Wolverhampton - 9:00pm
Tue 5th - Yorkshire House, Shrewsbury - 9.00pm (Lauren, Rory & Moz blues trio)
Sat 9th - The Smoke Swan & Taphouse, Ironbridge - 9:00pm
Fri 22nd - Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm
Thu 28th - The Pour House, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm  (Lauren, Rory & Moz blues trio)
Fri 29th - Havana Republic, Shrewsbury - 9:00pm
Sat 30th - Joiners Arms, Market Drayton - 9:00pm (Lauren, Rory & Moz blues trio)

January 2018
Sat 20th - Crown Inn, Stoke-on-Trent - 9:00pm

February 2018

Sat 10th - Cornerhouse, Chester - 9:00pm



How You Treat Me Like That

Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury

Essential Loving

Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury

Big Legged Woman/Band Intros

Albert's Shed, Shrewsbury

Good Girl Blues

Live at the Wheatsheaf, Frankwell

Big Legged Woman

Church Stretton Blues and Roots Festival


Church Stretton Blues and Roots Festival

Moving On (edit)

Live at The Wheatsheaf, Shrewsbury with Jake Landers from The Big Sets on guitar.

Big Mouth

Live at the Dog and Doublet, Wolverhampton

Got My Mojo Working

Live at the Rock and Bowl Festival, Market Drayton


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