Band Biography

The Big Sets were formed in 2012 by four blues-and-funk-loving lads from Sunderland. They had recently moved to Newquay, in Cornwall, to pursue their love of surfing by day and playing the blues by night.

They have been playing together in one form or another since the age of 13 and have honed a style that reaches far beyond their years.

They play music and they make you move to it. It’s the real deal and they are very proud of it.

The band are influenced by such artists as: BB King, Sean Costello, Jimi Hendrix, SRV, Lance Lopez, James harman, Jeff Healey, the fabulous Thunderbirds, Kid Ramos, Nick Curran,  Philip Sayce, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Vince Lee, Parliament, Funkadelic and many more.

They have travelled around the country for last few years playing gigs, honing their skills and of course surfing along the way.


John “Smokeydoodah” Smith

Vocals / Harmonica / Guitar

The original bluesman, Smokeydoodah blows that harp with feeling and authenticity, just like he came straight from the cotton fields.

Chris “Choggster” Hogg

Guitar / Vocals

Chris sings and plays guitar as though his life depends on it. He has the sound of a blues player many years older.

Jake Landers


Jake plays some of the meanest blues licks this side of the Atlantic. He bends those notes until they scream and howl.

Jonny “Dr Funk” Rubin


The original laid back funkster, Dr Funk is the funkiest bassist we ever did hear. Sometimes he gets angry and slaps his bass.


Gig List

Get on the good foot and come on down to listen to the band.

Here’s a few to get things started. A lot more in the pipeline.

Wed 2nd – Whiskers, Newquay, 9:00pm
Fri 4th – The Albion, Liskeard, 9:00pm
Mon 7th – Finns McCouls, Falmouth, 8:00pm (Jake & John duo)
Wed 9th – BBC Radio Cornwall Session
Fri 11th – Bystro at the Bank, St Austell, 8:00pm (Jake and John duo)
Sat 12th – The Millbridge, Plymouth, 9:00pm
Fri 18th – Lusty Glaze, Newquay, 8:00pm (Jake and John duo)
Sat 19th – The Union, Saltash, 9:00pm
Fri 25th – The Tywarnhayle Inn, Perranporth, 9:00pm
Sat 26th – Ohana, Newquay, 9:00pm
Sun 27th – Belushi’s Ale Festival, 8:00pm

Fri 1st – Bodmin Jail, 9:00pm
Sat 2nd – Veryan Sports & Social Club, Truro, 9:00pm
Sun 3rd – The Castle Inn, St Ives 8:00pm (Jake & John duo)
Thu 7th – Finns McCouls, Falmouth, 9:00pm
Fri 8th – Private Function
Sat 9th – The Ferryboat Inn, Helford, 9:00pm
Sun 24th – The Castle Inn, St Ives, 9:00pm (Chris & Dr Funk duo)
Sat 30th – Wax, Watergate Bay, 9:00pm

Tue 3rd – Sailors Bar, 9:00pm
Fri 6th – Ohana, Newquay, 9:00pm
Fri 13th – Liskeard Tavern, 9:00pm (Jake & John duo)
Fri 20th – The Millbridge, Plymouth, 9:00pm
Sat 21st – Double Trouble Rally
Sat 28th – Chill at the Mill Festival,
Sun 29th – The Red Lion, Newquay, 9:00pm

Fri 3rd – Ohana, Newquay , 9:00pm
Sat 4th – The Union, Saltash, 9:00pm
Mon 6th – Finns McCouls, Falmouth, 8:00pm (Jake & John duo)
Wed 8th – Whiskers, Newquay, 9:00pm
Sat 11th – Saltash & Wearside
Sat 11th – Bohella Bar, St Mawes, 9:00pm
Sun 12th – The Red Lion, St Columb, 4:30pm
Fri 17th – The Tywarnhayle Inn, Perranporth, 9:00pm

Fri 1st – Whiskers, Newquay, 9:00pm
Sat 2nd – Blues and Roots Festival, Church Stretton
Thu 7th – Stables, Falmouth, 9:00pm
Fri 8th – Ohana, Newquay, 9:00pm
Sat 9th – Chy Bar, Newquay 12:00am
Sun 10th – The Castle Inn, St Ives, 8:00pm (Jake & John duo)
Sat 16th – Glas-denbury Festival
Sun 17th – Lusty Glaze, Newquay, 8:00pm
Thu 21st – Whiskers supporting SIMO
Fri 22nd – London Inn, Padstow
Sat 23rd – The Millbridge, Plymouth, 9:00pm
Sun 24th – The Castle Inn, St Ives 9:00pm (Chris & Dr Funk duo),
Wed 27th – Bull Inn, Ludlow, 9:00pm
Thu 28th – Harbour View Speakeasy, Sunderland
Fri 29th – The Smugglers, Sunderland, 9:00pm
Sat 30th – Richmond Live Festival, Richmond
Sun 31st – Leopallooza Mono Stage, 10:30pm

Mon 1st – Wax, Watergate, 9:00pm (Jake Landers and the Paprika Blues Band)
Wed 3rd – The Shipwrights Arms, Helford, 9:00pm (Jake Landers and the Paprika Blues Band)
Thu 4th – Fieldview Festival, 11:00pm
Fri 5th – Ohana, Newquay, 9:00pm
Sat 6th – The Ferryboat Inn, Helford Passage, 9:00pm
Tue 9th – Sailors, Newquay. 10:00pm
Wed 10th – Whiskers, Newquay. 9.30pm
Fri 19th – BBC Spotlight Session
Sat 20th – Private Booking, 2:00pm
Sat 20th – Bohella Bar, St Mawes, 9:00pm
Mon 22nd – Wax, Watergate, 9:00pm
Wed 24th – St Mawes Hotel, 9:00pm (Jake and John duo)
Fri 26th – Red Lion, Newquay, 9:00pm
Sun 28th – The Halfway House, Polbathic, 7.30pm
Mon 31st – Shipwrights Arms, Helford, 3:30pm (Jake & John duo)
Mon 31st – The Bowie, Crantock, 8.30pm

Thu 1st – Wax, Watergate, 9:00pm (Jake & John duo)
Fri 2nd – Ohana, Newquay, 9:00pm
Sat 3rd – Private Booking
Sun 4th – Truro Ale Festival
Fri 9th – Tywarnhayle Inn, Perranporth, 9:00pm
Sat 10th – The Bugle Inn, St Ives, 9:00pm
Sun 11th – Little Orchard Festival
Mon 12th – Finns McCouls, Falmouth, 8:00pm
Thu 15th – Stables, Falmouth, 9:00pm
Sat 17th – The Stable, Kilkhampton, 9:00pm
Wed 21st – Private Booking
Sat 24th, Seiners Pub, Perranporth, 9:00pm

Sat 1st – The Union, Saltash, 9:00pm
Fri 7th – Ohana, Newquay, 9:00pm
Sat 8th – The Millbridge, Plymouth, 9:00pm
Sun 9th – The Castle Inn, St Ives, 9:00pm (Jake & John duo)
Fri 14th – Private Booking
Thu 20th – Finns McCouls, Falmouth, 9:00pm
Sat 22th – London Inn, Paddstow, 9:00pm
Sun 23rd – Castle Inn,St Ives 9:00pm (Chris & Dr Funk duo)

Sun 27th – Red Lion, St Columb, 4.30pm
Mon 28th – Finns McCouls, Falmouth, 8:00pm (Jake & John duo)

Fri 2nd – The Tywarnhayle, Perranporth, 9:00pm
Sat 3rd – The Albion, Liskeard, 9:00pm
Sat 10th – The Union, Saltash, 9:00pm
Wed 14th – Ain’t Nothing But.. Blues Bar, London, 9:00pm
Fri 16th – The Millbridge, Plymouth, 9:00pm


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