Introducing The 251s

Hello! We are a South Essex-based four-piece band, and bring together a collective love of blues, jazz and swing - and everything in between, from over 40 years of avid playing, watching and listening.
 
We believe in delivering a memorable and fun experience to discerning venues, promotors and their audiences. Delivering an eclectic mix of Blues, Jazz and Swing favourites, we draw on our sound experience of knowing what it takes to entertain, engage and excite.
Russ Cottee
Roy Webber
Cliff Macdonald
Steve Tolton
 

United Kingdom

the251s.com Blues Band

For over 30 years Russ has
earnt his dues with such
notable UK Blues acts as the
Blues Spiders - playing all over
the UK, with their 3 albums
climbing high in the Blues
charts across the UK, Europe and the US. His tone-rich signature guitar style captures multiple inspirations from the likes of Bill Jennings, Hollywood Fats, Billy Butler, Chris Corcoran, Tommy Harkenrider and Grant Green.

One of the UK’s finest Blues
drummers, Roy has served
his time with the wonderful
Cadillac Kings and in addition
to the 251s, continues to
play with the UK’s top Blues
acts and talents such as Steve West Weston and Martin McNeill’s Bottleneck Blues.
Roy now brings his legendary
Blues shuffles, groove-laden
brushwork and relentless
Essex-born rhythm & boogie to
the 251s’ set.

He literally hasn’t stopped
playing bass for over four
decades and has enjoyed
working with a wide variety
of bands in-and-out of the
Blues, Jazz and Swing set.
From his 80's success with

(New Romantic band) Ava Raj, to current success with (50's Rock n Roll favourites) Julie Jive and the Bigshots, Cliff has now fallen in love with the Blues and brings it all home to play with The 251s.

He’s never been far from the
music he loves. Carrying it
with him in his heart and
keeping his hand-in while on
his business travels around
the world with a harmonica
constantly at his side. Now fully reconnected with band mates old and new, Steve’s been dusted down and given a new brief to go back out on the road. This time, taking care of a different kind of business: The 251s.