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During the past 2 years, acoustic country blues guitarist Michael Roach and electric blues harmonica player, Johnny Mars, have teamed up to form a blues duo.  Together, they mix country acoustic and city electric blues styles to great effect. 

As both musicians are based in the United Kingdom, it was a natural partnership. They are of African American origin with Michael born in Washington DC and Johnny in Laurens, South Carolina. It was through the Blues Week and Acoustic Blues Weekend educational programmes sponsored by the European Blues Association that paired them together. What started off as a jam has now turned into a professional collaboration that draw on their unique specialist skills. Combined, they have over 70 years of experience in blues music making and produced 16 recordings.

Their energetic performances are informative and entertaining. In 2008, they appeared at the Bath Music Festival (UK), Pocono Blues Festival (USA) and the Kastav Blues Festival (Croatia). In 2009, they played played several theatre and club dates including the Visby Jazz Club in Gotland Sweden and the Crawley Blues Festival (UK). In January 2010, they toured the Middle East and received raving reviews.