chris montague


CBSO Centre, Birmingham UK 15-10-2016 Review and photographs by John Watson When you see the names Kit Downes, Petter Eldh and James Maddren in the publicity for a new trio, you just know this will be a band that cannot fail…. Read More ›

Troyka – Ornithophobia

(Naim naimcd210) This is the third album from the trio of Chris Montague on guitar, Joshua Blackmore on drums and Kit Downes on keyboards. The band treated the Birmingham audience of the bigger Troyk-estra to a preview back in November. All… Read More ›


CBSO Centre, Birmingham UK 08-11-2014 “It’s great to be the support act for our own gig,” said guitarist Chris Montague as he, drummer Josh Blackmore and keyboardist Kit Downes took the stage for a Troyka first half. With a multitude… Read More ›


Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham UK 30-1-2014 Troyka play an intense hybrid of funk-strewn jazz rock with a bluesy edge and a hefty dose of electronica. On Thursday night they returned to the Hare exactly a year to the… Read More ›

CD review: Troyka

Moxxy (Edition Records) Not to be confused with the ’60s Canadian rock band of the same name, this trio of guitarist Chris Montague with Joshua Blackmore on drums and Kit Downes on keyboards goes from strength to strength, with this… Read More ›

Disc of the day: 31-07-09

Troyka: Troyka (Edition Records EDN1014) I realise that bands like Troyka would prefer not to have the jazz tag attached to them for fear it may alienate their younger audience, so apologies in advance for reviewing this disc here. Even… Read More ›